Mountains, sandy beaches, hills and rock coastline are all located on this island nation. Cyprus is becoming a popular winter sports destination with many mountain resorts. Most of the island can be traveled by car, however keep in mind that traffic travels on the left hand side of the road.
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your licence for three years. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. There is a maximum age limit. Seatbelts are mandatory in the front seat and children must be at least age 5 to be in the front seat. Child seats are mandatory for children up to age 5.
Speed limits in Cyprus are as follows: City 30mph/50kph Open Roads 62mph/100kph
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the left and headlights must be used a half and hour before sunset and a half an hour before sunrise.
Most fuel stations are found only in the major cities on Cyprus.
There are no toll highways on Cyprus.
Parking meters are found in town centers and are valid for 1 hour. If you see a double yellow line painted on the curb, parking is prohibited at all times. A single yellow line on the curb is a loading and unloading zone but no parking.
Cars rented on Cyprus may not be taken off the island or driven into the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus.
Domestic one-way rentals are available and cost an additional approx. US$20. International one-way rentals are not available.
The first thing you may notice when driving in a foreign country is that the roadway signs are different. In many countries, the speed limit is posted in kilometers, and warnings will be written in the country's native language. Sometimes, speed limits are not posted at all, and drivers will travel much faster than the driver is accustomed to traveling. Depending on what part of the world you are driving in, you may find that travellers drive on the left-hand side of the road and that the steering wheel is located on the right-hand side of the car.
Check to see if the country where you will be driving requires mandatory equipment in the vehicle. Frequent mandatory items include: first aid kit, reflective warning triangle, reflective vest, spare fuses and light bulbs, fire extinguisher.
It may be wise to practice driving in a less populated area before you try to drive in a foreign city at rush hour.
Know your route of travel.
Chart your course of travel before you take to the road, and keep a good map with you.
Always have at least one-half tank of gas.
Make sure that the lights, signals, horn, and brakes work properly.
Avoid driving after dark, especially in rural areas.
Always park in places that have good lighting.
Always use safety belts. Some countries have penalties for violation of seat belt laws.
After exiting or entering the car, lock the doors.
In many countries, driving while under the influence is a very serious crime that could result in severe criminal penalties. Never drink and drive.
Avoid riding motorcycles. If you do ride a motorcycle, make sure you wear a helmet.
In order to drive in Cyprus you should Obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP).Carry your IDP and your both, the National and the International, driver's license with you at all times. The Requirements of getting an international drivers licence: -Valid and active native drivers license ( driving licence ) issued by government agency; -18 years or older.
Seat Belts: No matter where you are driving, it is imperative that you wear your seat belt. Almost all countries this is a strict law, but aside from that seatbelts are there to save your life, so make use of them.
Avoid the temptation of road rage. Honking and yelling at the drivers around you is probably more likely to make someone get out their tire iron than to help get traffic moving. Be patient.
Drive carefully and slowly in wet and windy weather. If possible, stop and wait for the weather to settle down.
Fully service your car before leaving and ensure everything is running correctly.
It is wise to learn in advance the rules and regulations of the country to which you are traveling. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than they are at home. Exercise good judgment and remember that some countries have a "zero tolerance" policy with severe penalties for those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Drug violations, firearms possession, photography of government or military installations, and antiques purchases are frequent cause of detention by local authorities.