Is it safe to drive?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2013 9:05 PM Last Post By: chris1953
Apr 1, 2013 9:00 AM
Apr 1, 2013 10:29 AM
1I don't find driving in Turkey difficult or dangerous, but it IS expensive! About $10 per U.S. gallon for gasoline, a bit less for Diesel. Car rental prices are also rather high. I do not though suggest driving in Istanbul--if you do this I would suggest picking up the car somewhere on the Asian side of the city. Also, it's not a good idea to drive at night in unfamiliar areas.
It's about 750 km from Istanbul to the heart of Cappadocia. Doable in a day, but get an early start, be certain to bypass the city of Ankara and don't plan on much time for sightseeing along the way.
Given your limited time, I would fly to Cappadocia and perhaps rent a car there for use in the area as there is MUCH to see in the Cappadocia region and private transportation can be quite useful.
Apr 1, 2013 11:05 AM
Apr 1, 2013 12:54 PM
Apr 1, 2013 3:40 PM
4I can't comment on Capadocchia driving but agree about avoiding large cities such as Istanbul (and probably) Ankara. The Istanbul traffic is most stressful.
I've driven from Istanbul and along the Aegean coast and back and had no major problems. Just be aware and drive defensively as some Turkish drivers have bad habits eg:-
1. Driving too fast for the conditions, especially when wet
2. Driving down one-way streets the wrong way
3. Not always using lights at night.
4. BTW, not all roads have safety rails at the top edge of steep drops
Fly/drive sounds like a good option for maximising your time (and sanity). Agree that car hire and petrol is expensive so get a manual diesel car with a low engine capacity. Oh yes, and make sure you have good maps and sat-nav.
Apr 2, 2013 12:00 AM
5These are main differences for me :
- Pay attention before overtaking trucks.Warn them with light, if needed with horn beforehand. They may not respect faster cars behind them.
- When you see Radar sign, be careful for the speed limits.
- Be careful for crosswalk signs , its important in Europe as red light, here not so. So before stopping, watch your behind.
- If you travel at agricultural areas at night , you may meet not lighted tractors. If you have to drive at night, follow a bus some 100 meter behind without irritating its driver.
When anybody talks about renting a car in any part of world , most people opposes almost in all forums. Rental car is your private area in holidays. You can stay in cheap but good hotels which are away from city centers. You can shop at supermarkets and eat as you wish. You will have opportunity to see outside of cities, villages, natural beauties around.
You just need to pay extra attention until understanding driving habbits.
Current fuel prices in Istanbul :
Gasoline is 2.1 Euro per liter.
Diesel is 1.8 Euro per liter.
Aproximate fuel costs :
Gasoline consumes 8 liter per 100 km.So 100 km= 17 Euro (1.6 cc car, with speed 90 km/hour)
Diesel consumes 6 liter per 100 km. .So 100 km= 11 Euro (1.4 cc car, with speed 90 km/hour)
Motorways are very cheap in Turkey.
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