Ankara is Turkey's capital and second largest city in the central region. It is located 938 m above sea level. The city's climate is continental, the average temperatures are about 29 C in summer and -2 C in winter. The city has a dry season from July to September. The city was originally famous for its angora goats, cats and rabbits. Since historical times pears and muscat wine grapes are grown in the neighboring areas of the city. Also an exceptionally large number of students and foreigners is living in Ankara, what makes it a remarkably modern city.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Ankara forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Ankara is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $46.39, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $113.48, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $40.06
- Hotel (3 stars): $57.22
- Hotel (4 stars): $77.37
- Hotel (5 stars): $87.49
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.49
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.85
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.27
- Meal, McDonalds: $3.48
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.79
Ankara has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 60.1 (better than United states average 48.3)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 77.3 (better than United states average 70.0)
- Walking alone at night: 49.6 (better than United states average 42.1)
More information: Ankara safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.