Istanbul Ataturk Airport Car Rental

Ataturk Airport Basics.....

The Ataturk Airport (formerly the Yesilkoy) is easily the largest airport in Istanbul, and at over 30 million passengers per year, is the eighth busiest airport in Europe, and in the top 40 in the entire world. 

Ataturk Airport Car Rental.....

The Instanbul Airport currently offers rental car services thru Airport Tur, Alamo, Avais, Avis, Baf Turizm, Budget, Dollar, Europark, Europcar, Hertz, Mert Oto, Murat Turizm, National, Sixt, Sun, Thrufty and Ulger Turizm Car Rental.  When requesting a booking thru our booking engine above, will compile and rank the cars by type in order of the least expensive.  This guarantees that you will find the best value available.

All Ataturk car hire vehicles will be in the area at the third floor (the Red Parking Area that sits inside the Ataturk Car Park).

After renting your vehicle, you most likely will drive out of the airport via the Havaalani Yolcu Girisi (or Passenger Airport Access).  Very soon thereafter - less than one quarter of a mile - you will arrive at a circular area where you will hop on the Ataturk Havalimani Cd. (or the "Ataturk Airport Rd")  You will either travel north towards Mahnutbey, or east (right) towards the Istanbul area.  If heading to the Istanbul, you will then approach another circular road where you will finally have one more decision to make.  If heading to Istanbul, you will need to choose the road that takes you east - Yesilkoy Bakirkoy Sahil Yolu or The Yesilkoy Coast Road.  Enjoy your rental car jaunt as you travel travel along the coast of the Sea of Marmara to your right!


Istanbul Marmara Sea (10)


Many Turkish drivers report that driving in Istanbul can be very bad for your health.  We generally recommend a steely nerve and a lot of experience to attempt this.

Airport Amenities.....

For starters, yes, there is free Wi-Fi.  At lest in the general arrivals and departures terminals.  It's also free near the lounges, but you'll need to inquire when trying to access the internet within other rented out spaces, such as restaurants, shops, etc.  This is a nice distinction from other European airports, that generally charge for network access.

OK, let's talk about food.  In the International Terminal (Arrivals) there is a Greenfields Sports Bar, offering typical bar food and drinks, while you watch the local sporting events.  In the same area, there is a Gloria Jean's cafe, a Starbucks (picture below), and a Mobil Cafe serving sandwiches and cold drinks.


Starbucks - Istanbul Airport


In the Departures area (International Terminal) there will be more choices, of course.  A Restro Eat'n Fly, a Burger King for a quick Whopper and a Ton Ton Donerci all have establishments set up here.  There are restaurants as well where you can grab a quick meal, or take your time and enjoy your meal.

Other amenities (besides Car Rental and Restaurants) include plenty of shopping services, banking services and currency exchange.  Also when you want up to date information on your flight, text 2811 to get a return message to your cell phone with current information on flight times and delays.  I don't think there would be any more information via this method than what is generally scrolled on airport flight information screens, posted throughout the facility.  But, at least you wouldn't have to get out of your chair!

Ataturk Airport Hotels.....

The Ataturk has an 'in-house' hotel designed for both overnight visitors and hourly visitors as well.  Each room comes with screens showing up-to-date flight information, a speaker system that plays ongoing music, and internet access.  Current Single Room rates are as follows:

  • 0-3 Hours € 85
  • 3-6 Hours € 120
  • 6-9 Hours € 150
  • 9-15 Hours € 175
  • 15-24 Hours € 195

The phone number for the hotel is +90 (212) 465 40 30.

Car Rental Driving Distances.....

Refer to driving directions above under the heading Ataturk Airport Car Rental.  Exiting the airport is not difficult, especially for those heading to downtown Istanbul. 

So, you've gotten this far, now you might want to know of some local attractions in Istanbul as you put around in your newly rented car.  So, we have listed some of these, and also some estimated driving distances as well.  Remember, these are estimates, and if you're looking for exact distances, you might want to reserve a GPS when you book your car.  With Eurocar Rental, you will have that choice as you go through the check out process.  All distances are from the Ataturk Airport.

Downtown Istanbul, 18 km.
Turkish Flavours, 21 km.
Sarnic Hotel Turkish Cooking Class 18 km.
Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi) 19 km
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) 18 km.
Alibeykoy, Türkey 26 km.
Mahmutbey, Turkey, 9 km
Küçükçekmece, Turkey 10 km
Kemerburgaz, Turkey 36 km
Pirinççi, Turkey 27 km

Rental Cars Available at Ataturk Airport.....

Generally, just about every type of car in any other airport will be available here as well.  Compact cars, Luxury Cars (Sometimes Mercedes), SUV's and 7 or 8 passenger minivans are usually available.  One rule of thumb - the more expensive the vehicle, the quicker it runs out of stock.  Not because of higher demand, but because of less supply, generally.  To avoid an out-of-stock, book early today.

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