Turkey uses international road signs, but instead of the mandatory stop sign “STOP”, the equivalent road sign “DUR” is used. Standard brown signposts lead to the sights. The traffic regulations are standard and easy to follow.
Police do not hide in ambushes, but stand openly on the highway, which can be considered unusual by some tourists. You may be stopped for an identity check even if you haven’t done anything wrong.
In Turkey, motorways connecting major cities, as well as some bridges and tunnels, are toll roads. The tools are relatively low: €1-3/100km for motorways, €1-3 for bridges over the Bosphorus, and €11-18 for bridges over the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles.
The toll is paid via an automatic gate system that detects the car, scans a special HGS sticker, transponder or car number and then charges the money from the linked account. If you want to use toll roads when renting a car, please notify the rental agent in advance to activate the HGS sticker.
Parking in Turkey
In large cities, free parking is only available near large shopping centres and public parks. You pay for parking in advance through an inspector in a yellow or orange vest. Municipal parking facilities are generally cheaper than private parking facilities. But there's always an available space at the private ones.
You can stop in paid parking areas for 15 minutes free of charge.
Gas stations are frequent on the highways. The fuel is slightly more expensive than the European average, but the quality justifies the price. There are such network gas stations as Shell, BP, Sunpet, and Lukoil.
If there are no attendants at the gas station, fill it up yourself:
- Insert the nozzle into the tank
- Engage the latch on the handle to lock the fill lever open
- Pay at the cashier's office.
Cash and cards are accepted. To pay in cash, you need local money.
The most important thing to remember is that you can't buy cheap SIM cards from unauthorised dealers in Turkey. It's a scam. On average, SIM cards cost 300-350 Turkish Liras (~€15-17).
There are three providers in the country: Vodafone, Turk Telekom, and Turkcell. SIM cards are sold at the airport, in authorised retail stores, in large shopping centres, and other popular locations. But... the cost of the same SIM card will be different in different places.