Cyprus Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Cyprus
Cyprus may be technically in the Middle East geographically but the standard and style of driving has little in common with neighbouring countries. Both North and South Cyprus drive right hand cars on the left hand side of the road, like UK. Whilst not quite up to Western Europe/USA standards, driving isn’t much worse than most parts of Southern Europe. The standard of most roads is good and you shouldn’t have problems driving in urban areas- even Nicosia is pretty straight forward, If you visit in Winter, whatever the weather at the coast , you should expect snow and cold weather in the mountains.
Cyprus Car Rental –
Sixt , Hertz, Europcar , National, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, have outlets here.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
There are many local companies providing car hire in the south of the Island , which may be cheaper than the big international companies –
http://www.drivecyprus.com/ is a local broker website
All the above companies have offices in the South of Cyprus and will not allow vehicles to be driven into Turkish Northern Cyrpus.
This company rents high performance, prestige cars such as Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 6 and 7 series, to the Porsche Boxster and Panamera, the Ferrari F430 Spider, the Aston Martin DB9
The following companies rent cars in Northern Cyprus , again rental cars cannot be taken over the border into the South but most companies will arrange for you to be picked up by taxi at the airport in South Cyprus and taken to the North where you can collect your car.
Cyprus Self Driving Rules-
As stated above, if you rent a car in the South you can’t take it to North Cyrpus and vice versa. In North Cyprus the minimum age to rent a car is 25. In the South its generally 21.