Four lane motorways connect the capital of Cyprus, Lefkosia with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaca and one part of Paphos and smaller roads connect the more remote areas of the island. All roads are well surfaced but extra care does need to be taken especially in wet conditions. When visiting any of the towns it may be worth noting the rush hour times to avoid wasting time sat in queues of traffic.
Tips for driving in Cyprus
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Traffic drives on the left in Cyprus.
You must wear a seat belt in the front and rear of the vehicle.
Driving with children
Children under the age of 5 must not sit in the front passenger seat. Children aged between 5 and 10 may sit in the front seat but only if an appropriate child’s seat belt has been fitted.
Blood alcohol limit
The blood alcohol limit is 49mg alcohol per 100ml blood.
Can I use a mobile?
The use of mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
Do I need snow chains?
In winter, whilst it is not essential, spiked tyres and snow chains can be used in mountainous areas.
Triangles & other essentials
You must carry two warning triangles with you when travelling in Cyprus. It is also recommended that you also carry a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.
Horns and headlights
Vehicle lights must be used between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise. Spotlights are prohibited. You must not use the vehicle's horn between 10pm and 6am. Never use it if you are near a hospital.
Don’t get distracted
Eating and drinking whilst driving is prohibited.
What should I do if I breakdown?
If you breakdown in Cyprus, call the car rental provider who will be able to advise you of the next steps. It is recommended you contact us at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
What should I do if I have an accident?
If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. You must also contact the supplier and ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.