Driving in Antalya

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Antalya.
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1. Understanding the Driving Culture

Driving in Antalya, like many parts of Turkey, can be a bit chaotic for those not used to it. Traffic rules are often not strictly adhered to and drivers can be aggressive. It’s important to be alert and cautious at all times. Also, be prepared for heavy traffic, especially during the summer tourist season.

2. Car Recommendation

Compact cars are recommended for driving in Antalya due to the narrow streets and heavy traffic. They are easier to maneuver and park. Also, consider a car with good air conditioning as Antalya can get very hot in the summer.

3. Parking in Antalya

Finding parking in Antalya can be challenging, especially in the city center and during the peak tourist season. Some areas have paid parking zones. The cost is not too high but it can add up if you park regularly. It’s advisable to consider accommodation with parking or rent a place with a parking spot if you plan to have a car.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in Turkey with an international driving permit along with their original driver’s license for up to six months. After that, you will need to obtain a Turkish driver’s license.

5. Obtaining a Turkish Driver’s License

To get a Turkish driver’s license, you need to apply to the Traffic Registration Office. You will need to provide your residence permit, your current driver’s license, a translation of your license certified by a notary, a health report proving you are fit to drive, and two passport photos. You may also need to take a driving test, depending on your country of origin.

6. Road Conditions

While major roads and highways in Antalya are generally in good condition, some of the smaller streets can be narrow and poorly maintained. Be cautious of pedestrians, especially in crowded areas.

7. Be Aware of the Traffic Rules

While traffic rules in Turkey are similar to those in many other countries, they are not always strictly enforced. However, it’s important to follow them to avoid fines. For example, seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless you have a hands-free system, and the alcohol limit is 0.05%.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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