Located on the southwest coast, Bodrum benefits from excellent climate and beaches, and its popularity with tourists ensures that it is well served by shops, restaurants and family attractions. However, Turkey is a country of scenic and historical interest and exploring as much of it as possible is highly recommended.
Why hire a car at Bodrum Airport?
Although it’s known as Bodrum Airport, the town itself is some 22 miles away and you’ll need transport to get there. Hiring a car from the airport gives you the freedom to do that, getting your holiday on the road as soon as possible.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Bodrum airport?
In Turkey they drive on the right-hand side of the road. This can take some getting used to but don’t worry, the airport has a decent sized car park and a roundabout so you can get some practice in before joining the exit road.
"Bodrum is the best place in Turkey for holidaymaking. That's why so many people come here."
It depends what you’re looking for from a holiday, but whether you like busy resorts or those that are more sedate, once you’ve got a hire car you can spend your holiday any way you like.
The locals are very aware that you are there on holiday, and therefore the vibe, particularly along the coastline is one of laid-back and easy living.
Hospitality and care for the family are said to be the cornerstones of Turkish life; if you travel with yours, expect a hearty, warm welcome.
The general rule is wear sunscreen. In winter, temperatures rarely drop below 15°C, and in the summer they hover in the low to mid 30’s. Make sure to book a hire car with air conditioning, you’ll be glad of it after a day on the beach.
For a taste of local flavour, order the et çökertme, a dish made from sliced beef, grated potato, garlic yoghurt and butter.
Bodrum has been a popular destination with celebrities since the days of Anthony and Cleopatra. Keep your eyes peeled and you might see Beyonce, Tom Hanks or Pamela Anderson strolling along the beach.
Bodrum hasn’t always been popular. In the 1920’s, it was a place of exile, though it would be hard to imagine anyone feeling hard done by if they were sent there.
"A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste" - Lonely Planet
Bodrum Airport car rental desks can be found in the arrivals hall of the newly built International Terminal.
Look for boxes of 'Lokum’, more commonly known as Turkish Delight. They make great gifts for the family back home if you can bear to give any away.
There is an ATM and bureau de change in the main terminal.
There are a few cafés and restaurants offering snacks and meals in the terminal, but if you have time, stop off at one of the towns or tavernas on the way to the airport to make the most of your holiday.
Haggle. If you’re going to get a good bargain in Turkey you need to learn to barter, haggle, and debate prices quickly. Don’t be shy, this is the Turkish way.
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Bodrum is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations, which means that holidaymakers of all type are well catered for. This town on the coast is suitable for families, couples and groups of friends.
This fishing village on the Mandalaya Bay offers a more peaceful alternative to Bodrum. Here, you’ll find good food, immaculate beaches and beautiful sunsets. Simple.
If you’re looking for a slower paced, less touristy traditional Turkish village, then this could be the perfect place for you. Inland, away from the hubbub of beach life, this town offers a tranquil alternative. Known locally for making honey and carpets you’ll pick up some great souvenirs here. Visit for a day, or a few.