Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, is a sprawling, modern metropolis and the second largest city in the country. The historic centre of Ankara, Ulus, is the site of the ancient Ankara Castle. Rent a car in Ankara to visit the many museums and old buildings at your leisure. Some traditional wooden Ankara houses that have been recently renovated can be seen in the Hamamonu District. The district of Kizilay is Ankara's political centre and, even today, political protests are usually held in the legendary Kizilay Square. Cheap car rental in Ankara makes it easier to travel from attractions inside the city to distant ones like the Atatürk Forest Farm.
Ankara rental cars - the most important rental sites
When you book in advance, rental cars are readily available for you to pick up directly from the Ankara EsenboÄŸa International Airport or from any other place you choose.
Main Opening Times*
Ankara-EsenboÄŸa International Airport
BalÄ±khisar Mh., Özal BulvarÄ±, Akyurt/Ankara, Turkey
12:00 a.m. - 23:59 p.m.
Kavaklidere Tunus Cad 68/2, Ankara, Turkey
12:00 a.m. - 23:59 p.m.
*The opening times may vary depending on the rental site. More information can be found in the listing details. Pick up and returns are possible outside of the opening times, although additional charges may be applicable.
Rent a car: Ankara and its sights
Ankara Castle: A medieval fortification, the Ankara Castle was in the command of the Romans and the Byzantines before being captured by Seljuq Turks. The castle is surrounded by 42 pentagonal towers along the walls that were used for its defence. Other attractions close by include the ruins of a Roman theatre and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. Park your rental car near Ankara Castle and go shopping in the stalls to buy the traditional Turkish handicrafts, sweets and spices.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations: To the south side of Ankara Castle you will find this Ottoman building which houses interesting exhibits of Anatolian archaeology. Starting with the stone tools uncovered in the Antalya Karain Cave dating back to the Palaeolithic era, the museum has many rare artefacts and exhibits of gold, silver, marble, and bronze works. The first minted money can also be found in the extensive coin collection here.
The War of Independence Museum: The museum is positioned below the Hall of Honour in Ataturk’s Mausoleum and displays many artefacts from the Turkish war for independence. If you rent a car in Ankara, you can quickly reach the Turkish Grand National Assembly building in the Ulus district and visit the museum which was opened to the public in 2002.
Atatürk Forest Farm and Zoo: Visitors in Ankara who rent a car have the freedom to travel around as they please and explore the best attractions Ankara has to offer. The picturesque Atatürk Forest Farm and Zoo houses a dairy farm, a brewery, some restaurants, numerous small-scale agricultural farms and, obviously, a zoo. Hire a car to travel to this farm established in 1925 by Atatürk himself, the founder of the Turkish Republic. You can purchase traditional produce, such as old-fashioned beer, fresh dairy products and much more.
Getting around in Ankara when you rent a car
In Ankara when you rent a car, remember to carry all the correct documents in the car as the police may stop the vehicle to verify papers. Road signs are excellent here, with large brown signs pointing to tourist attractions while blue signs indicate towns. Drive within legal speed limits as there are traffic control cameras installed on the main roads.