What you should know before hiring a car in Izmir
Car hires in Izmir: practical information
Where to rent a car in Izmir
The Aegean coast awaits. Izmir is one of Turkey's biggest ports and is an excellent spot to start any sun holiday in Turkey. The first thing to secure for your trip to Izmir are your flights. Once you have those, you should compare car hire in Izmir. The best place to pick up your economy car hire in Izmir is from the airport. Car hire Izmir airport are available 24/7 making it easy to pick up a rental no matter what time your flight to Izmir lands. The following car hire companies are available: Payless, Yes Oto National, Avis, Sixt, Zafer Rent A Car, Duray Rent A Car, Europcar, Hertz and IŞIL TUR.
You can also rent a car in Izmir city centre. There are a ton of car rental companies located along the harbour. Avis, Jet Car Rental, Zafer Rent A Car, Pegasus Otot Kiralama and Izmir Rent A Car are all located within close proximity to each other near the Dokuz Eylol University.
Driving in Izmir: parking and other tips
Your best chance at parking in Izmir is to book hotels in Izmir with free parking for their guests. Swissotel and Hilton are just two that do. You're not likely going to need your affordable car hire in Izmir to get around the city since you can walk most of it. It can be tricky to find free parking in the city but not impossible.
Road trips from Izmir: what to do, what to see
This small village is a must in the summertime! It’s just a 30 minute drive from Izmir if you’re heading west. The coloured streets and brightly painted houses are beautiful. Don’t miss the castle but most of all, don’t miss the chance to go kiteboarding and windsurfing.
You can’t get any more Greek than Alacati, which used to be known as Agrilia. It was inhabited by local Greeks until the 1920s and it has recently become a popular destination for surfers and windsurfers. Now, it’s a trendy stop on the summer holiday circuit.
For historic sights, head to Selçuk, to the south of Izmir. The city centre is full of historic homes, churches and buildings but mostly it’s used as a hub to reach the nearby Roman city of Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House. It’s one of the main Catholic pilgrimage sites. Nearby are some lovely villages with fantastic wines to taste.