Car Hire

Discerning Collection pre-booked Car Hire Rates - including FULL insurance cover

car hire

GroupCarDoorsPeopleCCMay, Jun & OctJul, Aug & Sep
1 Day3 Days7 Days1 Day3 Days7 Days
AHyundai Era, Fiat Linea, Renault Clio451400£25£75£170£30£85£180
BToyota Auris, Corolla, Opel Lastra451400£30£90£210£35£105£240
CHyundai Era, Fiat 500L, Clio, Linea (Diesel and Manual)4514-1600£35£100£235£37£110£260
DOpel Mokka – luxury hard-top jeep551600£42£125£290£50£150£350
People Carriers
D+Opel Zafira Tourer, Toyota Verso571600£42£125£290£50£150£350
EMercedes Vito, VW Caravelle Minibus (or similar)482000£50£145£330£62£185£430

Please note:

We can confirm a specific car model within a group at time og booking

All vehicles include air-conditioning and a radio/CD

All vehicles come with a map of Turkey, a torch, a basic first aid kit and a 24-hour emergency breakdown service

Rental Periods

Subject to availability rental can start on any day of the week

The minimum rental period is one day

For two days rental, double the daily rate

For rental between 4–6 days, divide the 3-day figure by 3 and multiply by the required number of days

For rental above 7 days, divide the 7-day figure by 7 and proceed as before.

Full Insurance Cover is Provided

Our rates include unlimited mileage, insurance in compliance with Turkish law, collision damage waiver and government tax.

It is usual in Turkey that this insurance does not include damage to lights, windscreens, and tyres with an excess insurance made available locally to cover this. However at Discerning Collection we INCLUDE FULL INSURANCE COVER – covering all items with NO additional payments due.

No Additional Charges

Our dedicated Discerning Collection Car Hire Service has been created to provide a hassle-free service for our own Guests. In our opinion one of the most irritating aspects of hiring a car is the inconsistency of additional charge policies. We are therefore delighted to present the following confirmation of additional charges within our dedicated service:

Excess Insurance CoverNo Charge – as Full Insurance is provided
Accident / Damage – minorNo Charge – as Full Insurance is provided
Accident / Damage – majorNo Charge – as Full Insurance is provided*
Petrol at end of rentalA full tank is provided to get you started**
Traffic & Parking Fines (a rare occurrence)Guests settle locally – if preferred this can be via our local team
Drop-off ChargesNo charge for the local area. See below for other regions

Special notes:

*Major Accident Damage: As is usual any necessary reports must be obtained for ‘major’ incidents. Clear information is provided in situ and our local team will provide assistance if required

**Petrol at end of rental: Please return the vehicle with full tank. A charge will be made if the tank is not full but this will be exactly as the petrol station receipt states with no penalty charge.


PRE-BOOKED: All vehicles will be delivered by 10:00 and collected at approximately 18:00 (therefore 7 days rental = 6.5 days use etc)

Backup Service

Should you have the misfortune to have an accident or mechanical breakdown and you are in the general local area – a replacement vehicle will be provided within 6-12 hours (sooner whenever possible)

In the event you are further afield, a rescue service to fix the vehicle on the spot will be actioned quickly. If the vehicle cannot be fixed, you will be driven back to your property and a replacement vehicle provided as above.

Please note: Subject to availability the replacement vehicle might be of a lower category until the original vehicle is again available.


Drivers must be a minimum of 21 for cars and 25 for jeeps

Two drivers may be named per vehicle and must always travel with a full driving licence, passport and vehicle papers

Additional drivers can be added for a minimal cost (paid locally).


All vehicles have seat belts. The middle rear seat belt in a five-seat vehicle is a lap belt.

Driving is on the right hand side of the road and the infrastructure is generally good, though you do occasionally come across all manner of slow-moving farm vehicles!

Drop-off Charges

Vehicles will be delivered and collected to/from your original coastal property without additional charge. Should you require your vehicle to be collected from a differing location the following charges are applicable:



Dalaman AirportNil
Kalkan, Kaş & IslamlarNil
Fethiye & GöcekNil
Dalyan, Gökova,£30
Antalya & Bodrum£30
Izmir & Şirince£100

Should you decide to cancel your pre-booked car hire when in Turkey a two-day charge is applicable.

Family Information

This table displays the suitability of each vehicle for Car Child Seats and/or Booster Seats.

GroupCarSeat BeltsChild Car SeatsOR Booster Seats
ShoulderLapTotalBackFront (facing backwards)(back seat only)
AHyundai Era, Linea, Clio415212
AFiat Linea415212
BHyundai Era415212
BFiat Linea55212
CToyota Corolla415212
CToyota Auris415212
DOpel Mokka – hard top jeep415212
D+Opel Zafira Tourer Car437212
EMercedes Vito, VW Caravelle Minibus (or similar)268212

Please note: Back seat places can be utilised by either Car Seats or Booster Seats, or a combination to a maximum of back-seat places available.

Child Car Seats are available for a charge of £10 per rental. These seats are of a ‘one size fits all’ design suitable for a child weighing up to 16kg – should you have any concerns we recommend you bring your own.

Getting Out & About

Kalkan is ideally located for exploration of the Lycian coast, whether by dolmuş, taxi, car or on foot.

By Dolmuş

Dolmuş are little mini-buses, and they’re a colourful feature of Turkish life. They’re also the cheapest way to get about. Dolmuş means ‘stuffed’ and you’ll soon appreciate how apt the name is when you see one in action! They tend to fill up quite quickly, especially on market days when it seems as if the whole world piles in – livestock and all. Dolmuşrun from early morning to late evening over a specified route to the destination displayed on the front windscreen, or as announced by a boy on the bus (who will also collect your fare). There are no dolmuş stops – just stand on the side of the road and flag one down. At the point where you wish to get off, you’ll need to exclaim ‘Inmek istiyorum’ meaning ‘I want to get off’. If this seems too intimidating, the drivers will usually respond to a loud, ‘Stop, please!’ Please be warned that the local dolmuş service can be somewhat irregular.

The dolmuş (mini-buses) run from the centre of town to Patara beach/ Kaputaş beach. The larger buses go to nearby towns like Kaş and Fethiye and depart from the bus station at the top of the town. Dolmuş also run from this bus station, but it’s generally more convenient to use the dolmuş stop in the centre of Kalkan if you want to go to Patara or Kaputaş beach.

Kaş:Daily every half an hour from 09:30 to 12:00, then every hour on the hour until 18:00. The trip takes about thirty-five minutes
Patara Beach:Every half an hour from 10:00 to 12:00 and then every hour on the hour until 18:00. The trip takes thirty to forty-five minutes. On top of the cost of the dolmuş, there’s a small additional entrance fee to the beach which subsidises the conservation area
Kaputaş Beach:Daily every half an hour from 09:30 to 12:00 and then every hour on the hour until 18:00. The trip takes approximately fifteen minutes
Fethiye and Antalya:Buses to Fethiye and Antalya go on an hourly basis.
By Taxi

Taxis are in plentiful supply and are easily identified. The bright yellow taxis operate either a meter system (with a supplement after midnight) or a fixed tariff. It’s a good idea to agree the price in advance if it’s not a metered taxi.

By Car

If you want the freedom of having your own vehicle, you can hire a car (see below).

Distance Drive (approximate)
Kaputaş Beach7 km10-minutes
Patara (site & beach)16 km20-minutes
Xanthos18 km20-minutes
Letoon20 km25-minutes
Kaş27 km30-minutes
Fethiye80 km1 hour
Ölü Deniz89 km1 hour 10-minutes
Kekova45 km1 hour 15-minutes
Dalaman130 km1 hour 40-minutes
Dalyan145 km2 hours
Pamukkale266 km3 hours 45-minutes
Ephesus357 km4 hours 15-minutes