Driving is on the left and cars are right-hand drive in Cyprus; one less thing to have to get accustomed to! Motorways and main roads are a good standard but side roads, especially in the mountains, might be unsurfaced. Speed limits vary depending what type of road you are on, but generally motorways have a maximum of 100km/h, main roads have a limit of 80km/h and built-up areas are generally 50km/h.

Parking is free in many villages, as well as on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays in towns. It’s worth having a look at the nearest meters for street parking or carparks should have a sign up indicating prices.

Driving in the north is similar to driving in the south: cars drive on the left and the signage is international.

Car Rentals

Both international airports offer full car renting facilities, including companies Europcar and Sixt.

In the South: There are rental companies in the main towns and cities. You can also rent motorcycles, scooters and quad bikes. Check with the company if you want to visit the north of the island and for insurance.

In the North: There are only local rental companies – most of which are well set up – and the minimum for hire is 25.

Car rental starts at around €34 per day in summer, €20 per day in winter.


The south of the island has a good bus system, covering all districts, and is used as a reliable mode of transport.

Fares €1.50 for a single journey and a day ticket costs €5.00.

Visit Cyprus by Bus for a combined view of all the bus routes and times.


In the South: Taxis can either be hailed from the street or a taxi rank, or booked over the phone. In main cities they are extensive and equipped with meters that the taxi drivers are obliged to use.

In the North: Make sure to agree a fare at the start as the drivers don’t operate with meters.


Cyprus is an incredible destination for cyclists or if you just fancy hiring a bike for a day or two. There are lots of established routes that you can explore before or during your stay.

Bike renting is available from Paphos and the West, Larnaca and Limassol regions.

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