Cyprus is a large island located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the southern coast of Turkey. With long, sunny summers, mild winters, and iconic beaches, tourism is an important part of the Cypriot economy. If you are visiting Cyprus and planning on exploring the island, renting a car is a great way to get around.
Perhaps most important to know is that you will be driving on the left side of the road. For most nationalities, this means you’ll need to get comfortable using the gear shift with the opposite hand and learn to make right turns into traffic. You will also need to adjust which mirrors you use. It is a good idea to drive around a parking lot to get your bearings.
Please be aware of local laws:
- Using a mobile phone while driving is illegal in Cyprus.
- Children under 5 must ride in the back seat.
- Children ages 5 to 10 must have appropriate child seats in order to ride in the front seat.
- Everyone in the car must be wearing a seatbelt.
- Do not drink alcohol and drive.
- Keep your license, passport, proof of insurance, and registration with you when driving.
You will need to be at least 21 years old to rent a car and will generally be charged an extra fee until you are 25 years old. Any fines for speeding or illegal parking should be taken care of at a Traffic Police branch as soon as possible.
The road systems in Cyprus are well organized and relatively well maintained. Be aware that minor roads may not be paved, and rental car companies may have specific policies regarding insurance and un-surfaced roads. Depending on where you are traveling, it may be advisable to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Greek and Turkish are both official languages on Cyprus. English was the official language during British colonial rule and continues to be used proficiently by the majority of the population. English will be on road signs and speed limits will be displayed in kilometers per hour. Gas stations can be used anytime now with automated ATM machines. During business hours, an attendant will help you.
Most car rental companies will advise against travel into the Northern Occupied area of Cyprus. Review this with your car rental company when you rent your car if you do wish to drive to the northern part of the island.
Lastly, remember your sunglasses. Cyprus is a super sunny place, and this can make for difficult driving conditions at certain times of the day!