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Driving and Public Transport

Turkey - Driving and Public Transport

Anyone who wishes to bring a vehicle into Turkey must provide the following documentation:

1) Passport
2) International driving license (recommended) or home country valid license
3) Vehicle registration
4) Power of Attorney if vehicle is registered to someone else
5) International green Insurance Card (TR to be visible)
6) Carnet de Passage if intending to proceed beyond Turkey

You must register and license your vehicle if your stay in Turkey exceeds the tourist visa period which is generally defined as fewer than six months out of a given year.

Turkish traffic flows on the right hand side of the road. In major cities pedestrian traffic is very heavy and great caution should be employed. In rural areas livestock frequently cross the roads and can be a hazard.

It may be easier to utilize the various forms of public transportation available, especially in the larger cities.


Taxis are painted a uniform bright yellow and very common in all Turkish cities. Fares are relatively inexpensive compared to those in other European countries.


A dolmus is a collective taxi that follows specific routes. The vehicle may be a sedan or a minibus. Dolmus travel is inexpensive and convenient. Passengers pay according to distance traveled, and may embark or disembark at specified or requested stops. Highly recommended mode of local transportation.

City Bus

Buses are inexpensive, but can be very crowded during rush hour. Tickets are purchased in advance at conveniently located ticket booths. There are two kinds of buses: privately owned buses (orange in Ankara, green or blue in Istanbul) and municipal buses. You may generally pay the driver directly in cash on the private buses.


These vessels can be an attractive alternative to heavy city traffic. Excellent means of moving from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side.

Added 15/11/05 by Fay - I think everyone who brings a car to Turkey should be made aware of what happens if they leave Turkey if only a day trip to Greece. I wished to board a ferry to one of the Greek Islands only to be told that I was unable to travel as I did not have my car with me. This was very distressing for me and I would not want anyone to go through what I went through.

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