Car Rental in Trabzon
The ancient city of Trabzon is situated along the northeast coast of Turkey and has been a melting pot of cultures and traditions for millennia. The city is an ideal destination for history lovers with many incredible landmarks in the region, while its Black Sea location places travelers within easy traveling distance of numerous coastal resorts. With many of Trabzon’s finest attractions located outside the city, your own rental car makes it far easier to get around and see everything.
Where to rent a car in Trabzon
There are a few international car rental providers at Trabzon Airport including Avis, Budget and Enterprise along with several local companies. You will find counters located within the arrivals hall of the domestic passenger terminal. If you want to rent a car with an international company it is best to do so at the airport as they are all based there. However, there are plenty of local companies with a presence in the center of Trabzon so you don’t need to get your vehicle at the airport.
Driving in Trabzon
Trabzon is a fairly busy city so you can expect the usual traffic in central areas. It is best to avoid the city center from 07.30-09.00 and 17.00-19.00 or you can end up in slow-moving traffic for hours at a time. While summers in Trabzon enjoy excellent sunny weather, there is often snowfall during the winter so drive extra carefully and try to avoid rural areas if you can during snowstorms. Local driving standards aren’t as good as they could be so you might experience the odd reckless driver, and the winding mountainous roads around the city can be dangerous.
Parking in Trabzon
Parking usually isn’t a problem to find in Trabzon but you may discover that spaces are at a premium in the city center. It is highly likely that your hotel or resort in the city will offer their own parking arrangements, so consult with them before so you can plan ahead. If you’re visiting the leading shopping malls or popular tourist attractions in the city you’ll find ample parking available, while most locals simply choose to park up along the street.
Where to go around Trabzon
There are many excellent destinations within touching distance of Trabzon if you have your own rental vehicle. One unmissable landmark is the stunning Sumela Monastery which is around an hour's drive south of Trabzon. Nature lovers should head to Uzungol lake which is up in the mountains around 100 km from Trabzon. It offers spectacular scenic views and there are a growing number of restaurants and resorts. Several resort towns are also just a drive away from Trabzon along with the many beaches in the region if you are looking for a laid-back holiday. Check out our guide to the top things everyone should see and do in Turkey.
* This information is correct as of December 2018