Hiring a car is a great way to explore Paphos and the rest of the beautiful island of Cyprus. While the initial cost of your vacation will undoubtedly increase, you may also find that car hire can help you save money during your visit. It will offer the opportunity to visit lower priced supermarkets outside the more expensive tourist areas and save money on potentially costly airport transfers and coach trips.
This is exactly why we cooperate with some of the best car hire companies in the world to bring you the best quality cars at the lowest possible prices.
Driving is on the left with overtaking on the right. Cyprus has exactly the same road system as in the United Kingdom so visitors from former commonwealth countries will adapt easily.
If you are from a country that drives on the right, then be sure to take your time to get used to the roads and drive defensively. Cypriots tend to be quite aggressive drivers. This means that cars will often pull out in front of you when it is your right of way and you should always check that nothing is coming even if you have a green light.
Tailgating on the motorway is also common as many drivers do not use the left hand lane as the regular lane and the right hand lane for overtaking only. A lot of roads have small potholes and uneven cambers, so be prepared.
Drivers tend to be very liberal with their use of the horn and will even use it in built up areas at night, though this is not legal.
- In case of a car accident
Do not move your car (unless it is in a dangerous position which might lead to another accident) and call the rental company. In the meantime swap insurance information and addresses with the other driver. If you have a camera handy, take pictures of the accident for police and insurance purposes. You should give a copy of the police report to your insurance company.
- Seat belt regulation
All passengers must wear seat belts and children under the age of five should not sit in the front seat. Children aged between 5 and 10 can sit in the front but only if they are in an appropriate child seat. It is illegal to drive while talking on a mobile phone.
- Speed limit
50 kilometers per hour in built up areas.
100 kilometers per hour on highways. The motorways in Cyprus are mostly dual carriageways.
- Minimum age to drive
To rent a car in Cyprus you should be at least 21 years of age with a minimum of three years driving experience. There might be a young driver surcharge for drivers under the age of 25.