Hiring a car from Bodrum airport
Why hire a car at Bodrum Airport?
That all-important first mile: driving out of Bodrum airport?
60-second guide to Bodrum airport
in its own head
"Bodrum is the best place in Turkey for holidaymaking. That's why so many people come here."
but more realistically
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.
the local speciality
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.
did you know?
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 Q&A
Where are the car hire desks?
Bodrum Airport car rental desks can be found in the arrivals hall of the newly built International Terminal.
What should I buy at duty free?
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.
Are there any cashpoints?
There is an ATM and bureau de change in the main terminal.
Where's the best place to eat?
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.
The secret tip
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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