Is There Uber In Turkey? Yes. Well, Kind Of…

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Written by our local expert Nicky

Nicky, originally from the UK, is now a local in Turkey. She moved to Marmaris, Türkiye for love 12 years ago and is now your Turkey travel planner.

Is There Uber In Turkey? Yes.

Well, Kind Of.

Uber is available in Turkey, specifically in three major areas, making it a viable option for anyone visiting Turkey, including Istanbul. Uber drivers in these regions provide an alternative to regular taxis and public transportation systems.

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If you are visiting Turkey, you will want to know how to get around quickly. You can definitely use public transport or taxis, but what about Uber?

Uber is widely available in many countries worldwide but is not so commonly used in Türkiye. The reason is mainly down to the fact that public transport in Turkey is very affordable and high quality.

It runs on time, and there are plenty of choices, especially in Istanbul.

What You Need To Know About Uber In Türkiye

Uber in Turkey Guide - Uber in Sultanahmet

Uber operates in major cities like Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara. This expansion into the Turkish market, particularly after an Istanbul court’s decision in 2021, marked a significant development.

Uber vehicles in Turkey include different types, such as standard yellow taxis, which are a good option for solo travelers or smaller groups, and Uber XL-size vans, suitable for larger groups.

If you want to use Uber, or you come across a situation when an Uber is the best option, the service is available in

  1. Istanbul
  2. Izmir
  3. Ankara

In Turkey, There Are Three Different Uber Vehicle Types

  • the turquoise taxis are in the mid-priced range, and the
  • black taxis or minibusses are the most expensive type, while
  • the standard yellow taxis sometimes work under the Uber guise, and these offer the lowest price

You don’t have to use the taxi app for a yellow Uber taxi. The only difference is that if the taxi is an Uber taxi, it may cost slightly more than a regular one. However, the app can only book turquoise Ubers and black minibus Ubers.

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When Uber Is Better Than Taking Public Transport

Getting around Istanbul - Taxi in Istanbul

During peak times, especially in city centers, finding a regular yellow taxi can be challenging.

Uber offers a convenient alternative with a fixed price, making it a great option for those unfamiliar with the local language or public transportation system. Moreover, Uber’s presence in cities like Istanbul includes airport transfers, which is particularly useful for those arriving at Istanbul airport for the first time.

There are certain times of day when hailing a cab on the street or trying to find a taxi office is literally impossible. For that reason, Uber is the next obvious choice if you want to avoid public transport.

Uber is safe to use, and as it runs the same way, i.e., via the app, if you have any problems, you contact Uber themselves, and the issue will be resolved.

As for regular public transport, such as buses, sometimes these aren’t available, e.g., at night. If you’re trying to get back to your hotel after a night out, you may struggle to find a bus, and even if you do, it may not be the safest option to use if it’s incredibly late and you’re on your own. In that case, an Uber is a much safer choice.

How To Pay For Your Uber In Türkiye

Uber in Turkey - Paying in Turkish Lira

The payment method for Uber in Turkey is versatile. Users can pay with cash, credit cards, or digital wallets. It’s always a good idea to confirm the payment method before starting your taxi ride.

You pay for your Uber in Turkey exactly as you do everywhere else. You can pay by:

  • Cash
  • Credit, or debit card
  • In most cases, you can also use Google Pay, Apple Pay, and PayPal

Note: If you decide to pay cash, make sure you pay the amount stated on the app. Taxi drivers can sometimes try to scam/trick you to pay more than the fare shown.

Alternatives To Uber In Türkiye

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We had zero issues with taking taxis in Turkey

While Uber is a popular choice, there are several Uber alternatives in the Turkish market. These include local apps like BiTaksi and iTaksi, offering similar services with a range of vehicles, from regular taxis to larger vehicles for groups.

Most locals in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, don’t tend to use Uber as much as BiTaksi and iTaksi. These are two alternative apps that run in a very similar way to Uber and are a little cheaper.

You pay your fare before your journey begins, as the overall price is calculated before, and you get to see it, pay it, and know that your car is on its way. You can, however, pay in cash to the driver once they arrive, if that is preferable for you.

BiTaksi And iTaksi Apps

You can find both BiTaksi and iTaksi apps in Google Play and Apple Store for free download. 

Uber in Turkey

Additional Insights On Uber In Türkiye

The introduction of Uber and similar ride-hailing services has stirred discussions about unfair competition between Istanbul’s taxi drivers and traditional taxi services.

Regular yellow taxi drivers, particularly those operating around popular destinations like Istanbul airport, have expressed concerns over unfair advantage and regulatory issues.

Uber Turkey, catering to different needs, offers a more luxurious ride in certain vehicle types, which can be a better service option during peak hours. Despite these discussions, Uber’s fastest-growing market remains a convenient transportation option for both locals and tourists.


Whether you’re considering a quick trip within the city center or need an airport transfer, Uber in Turkey offers a range of options. From standard yellow taxis to larger vehicles, the service caters to different groups and preferences, making it a viable choice for first-time visitors and regular Uber users alike.


Is Uber performing in Istanbul?

As of 2024, YES! Uber in Istanbul, BUT when you book an Uber, it is still going to be one of the regular yellow taxis that shows up.

Which is cheaper, Uber or a local taxi in Turkey

In Türkiye, Uber may be more expensive than regular taxis and public transport in general.

Is there a reason Uber wasn’t in Turkey for a while

There was a time when Uber wasn’t available in Türkiye. After the popular app was introduced in Turkey, it began to make an unexpected impact on the local taxi business. This led to the local taxi associations (Turkey’s United Taxi Drivers Association) collaborating to ban Uber from Türkiye. A court in Istanbul overturned the ban in 2021. Uber was allowed to relaunch. Although many local taxi drivers are against the relaunch, officials see it as an opportunity for local taxi services to become more competitive (and honest!).

Is it possible to pay for taxis in Turkey using a credit card

If you’re hailing a taxi ride from the road, the card option might not be available. This includes Uber, BiTaksi, and even iTaksi. Many taxis display the card option on their doors, but we suggest you keep some local currency (Turkish Lira) on hand just in case.

Does Lyft operate in Türkiye

No. In Turkey, Lyft is not available.

Uber is safer than traditional taxi services in Türkiye, right?

Both local taxis and Uber in Turkey are generally safe. However, it is important to take the right precautions, whether it’s an Uber or a local taxi. One such precaution is to be sure you are getting into an authorized vehicle. 

Comments (7)

  1. I would add that Uber here is quite disappointing. I tried today to use it and for over 20 minutes all drivers that accepted the call sent me a message instantly saying that the trafic was too bad (it wasn’t) and that they would have to charge more. I said that Uber accounts for trafic when setting the final price and after that all of them canceled the ride. One of them even asked me the price Uber displayed and when I said, he canceled. The local taxi app was even worse, no one ever replied.
    I decided then to use public transportation and I think it was better. Either Uber had to increase prices or leave Turkey because it is really not working. I won’t even try tomorrow.

    1. Oh I am sorry to experienced this. I had no issues with the taxi app. What do you mean replied? No taxi took your booking or you were writing asking questions?

    2. Regrettably getting around in Istanbul can be very aggravating.
      I had the same experience that livery drivers who constantly want to charge more, even Uber.
      Traffic conditions shouldn’t provoke verbal demand for higher cost since taxi meters account for idle time, distance and calculate accordingly.
      Very disappointing.

    3. Uber was first banned and blocked in Turkey because it caused unfair competition. Although the ban was lifted in 2020, it cannot be used very well in Turkey due to the reaction of legal taxi drivers because the taxi service is provided with special transport documents, qualification documents and special licenses in Turkey. Unlike other countries, not everyone with a car can become a driver, for this reason they have not been able to reach enough drivers and are under pressure from legal taxis. Uber members are most likely yellow taxi owners and the fare they charge is the yellow taxi fare. That’s why renting a car is the most popular form of transportation in Turkey.

      1. Thanks for that information Burak. Uber does seem to have the same problems in some other places where local taxis have to pay for permits (same for Croatia). We loved hiring the cars in Turkey – we saw so much more that way!!

  2. I am visiting istanbul next month and like everyone trying to see the best option available to see around in istanbul. i have heard from many that uber is the worst here since they want to charge more. how can we hire cars in Turkey if i dont drive ? Do we have something like hiring cars with drivers who charge on daily basis ?

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