Cyprus

Car hire in Cyprus

Guide to car rental in Cyprus: all the info to drive on one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. Why to rent, tips, traffic rules.
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Coastal roads with breathtaking views of the sea, rural roads that cut through the inland countryside passing through tiny villages, roads that climb steep mountains: driving a car in Cyprus is a varied but always exciting experience.

Renting a car is the best way to explore the length and breadth of this enchanting Mediterranean island. Thanks to the open gates along the Green Line you can easily pass from the Greek to the Turkish side to admire the beauty of landscape and culture of both areas and fully understand the peculiarities of this divided island.

Having a car also allows you to sunbathe and swim in the most beautiful beaches, difficult or impossible to reach by public transport. You decide what time you want to leave, where you want to go, what route you want to take, how fast you want to go, and at any time you can stop for a snack, visit a church that the guidebooks don’t mention, or take a photo from a panoramic viewpoint.

Book online to take advantage of low-cost fares: with the money you save you can pamper yourself on the road, perhaps with a succulent seafood dinner with a sea view or a boat trip. Here you will find all the information you need to drive safely and enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Car rental locations in Cyprus

The most convenient solution is to rent a car at the airport in Cyprus in order to leave immediately and have the car available for the duration of the vacation, but there are car rental agencies in all major locations on the island.

Pafos Airport

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Driving in Cyprus

The best way to discover Cyprus is with a rental car

In the Republic of Cyprus is the driving on the left (with overtaking on the right), as in England. This frightens many Europeans who think they will get confused by driving in the opposite direction to what they are used to. In reality, you get used to it quickly, rather instinctively.

Once this first hurdle is overcome, driving in Cyprus is quite easy: the main roads are wide, in good condition and generally not busy (except during rush hours in the largest cities). In particular, to travel from Pafos to Nicosia you can take a fast-flowing highway without having to pay tolls.

Extra caution is required when driving on rural roads or in mountainous areas, especially when tackling steep inclines. Also watch out for speed bumps: they are frequently found and some are very high.

Rules and regulations of the road in Cyprus

The rules for driving in the Republic of Cyprus are very similar to those of the rest of Europe, with slight differences that are good to know:

It is recommended to follow the rules of the road because controls are frequent and fines heavy.

Petrol stations

Petrol stations are quite frequent along the main roads (some with self-service pumps open 24 hours a day), while in rural and mountainous areas it is difficult to find one. It is therefore advisable to fill up before entering remote areas.

LPG is not available.

Parking

With the exception of the historic centers of Nicosia and other major cities, finding parking in Cyprus is easy and free. Paid parking lots in the cities are affordable.

What car to choose for driving in Cyprus

The general advice when renting a car is to choose a model similar to the type of car you are used to driving. However, the most suitable cars for driving in Cyprus are small cars and off-road vehicles.

Asmall car has the advantage not only of being cheaper, but also of allowing agile movement in traditional villages, which often have very narrow streets. On the other hand, they require a lot of caution when entering mountainous areas, especially when the slopes become very steep.

With an off-road vehicle you can drive without difficulty on all terrains, including dirt roads, but this type of car is generally the most expensive. In addition, those who are not used to driving an off-road vehicle may have some initial difficulties in driving.

If your vacation is mainly villages and beaches, we recommend a small car. If, on the other hand, you want to venture into mountainous and unpaved areas, an off-road vehicle will guarantee you greater safety.

Driving in Northern Cyprus

Few tourists decide to cross the border and visit the northern part of Cyprus, scared of borders and bureaucratic formalities. Actually cross the border is very simple, just a quick check of documents: it is worth crossing the border posts to see one of the wildest areas of the island, where there are some of the most beautiful beaches.

If you also want to go to North Cyprus pay attention to the insurance clauses when you book your rental car.

Many standard insurance policies only allow you to drive within the Republic of Cyprus, which means that if you get into an accident in the northern area you are not covered. You can almost always add coverage in the northern part of the island by paying a small additional fee.

Car categories available in Cyprus

The following models are some examples of the cars that you can rent in Cyprus.

Mini
Car hire Mini in Cyprus
  • 2-4
  • 1
  • 0
  • Examples: Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto
Budget
Car hire Budget in Cyprus
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • Examples: Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Seat Ibiza, Citroen C3
Standard
Car hire Standard in Cyprus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Audi A3
Station Wagon
Car hire Station Wagon in Cyprus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Opel Astra SW, Ford Focus SW, Golf SW
MPV
Car hire MPV in Cyprus
  • 5-9
  • 3
  • 1
  • Examples: Volkswagen Touran, Opel Zafira, Ford Galaxy
SUV
Car hire SUV in Cyprus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Toyota RAV 4, Ford Escape, Jeep Renegade
Luxury
Car hire Luxury in Cyprus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Mercedes Classe C, Mercedes Classe E, Audi A5
Convertible
Car hire Convertible in Cyprus
  • 4
  • 2
  • 0
  • Examples: Ford Mustang, Audi A3 cabrio, BMW serie 2

Frequently asked questions about car rental in Cyprus

Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Cyprus.

More and more people are choosing to rent a car to reduce contacts and increase social distancing, avoiding the often crowded public transport.

Car rental companies are committed to higher hygiene standards to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.

All the safety measures we are accustomed to are taken at the rental desks and the cars are disinfected after each rental, especially the areas most at risk, such as seats, gearboxes, handles and steering wheel.

Undoubtedly yes. During the pandemic, almost all car rental companies in Cyprus were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.

When tourism in Cyprus has restarted, due to the crisis in raw materials and electronic components, they have not managed to buy back enough cars.

The consequence is that today every company has far fewer cars than in 2019 and cannot cope with the high demand. This leads to higher prices and less availability, especially during the high season.

The advice we give you is therefore to book the car well in advance, both to get the best prices but above all to be sure of having a rental car.

To reserve a car in Cyprus a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:

  • a credit card in the name of the driver. Debit and ATM cards are not accepted;
  • copy of the reservation;
  • a driving license valid for at least 12 months;
  • an identity document.

The car rental companies in Cyprus allow to rent a car to all those who are between 21 and 70 years old. However, there is an additional cost for under 25 and for those over 70.

A car rental in Cyprus always includes:

  • theft insurance;
  • limitation of liability for damage to the vehicle;
  • local, road and airport taxes.

Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.

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