Car Hire

Self-drive cars are also known as ‘Z cars’ because their registration number, which is shown on red plates, often starts with the letter ‘Z’.
Rates vary according to the category of the car, period of rental, period of the year and extras.
Cyprus is equipped with fairly good surfaced roads that comply with international traffic requirements, and link the towns and the various villages.
Four Motorway lanes connect the capital, Nicosia with the coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Ayia Napa.
Minor roads and forest roads are still largely not surfaced, but in good conditions. Appropriate care should be taken when using these roads, especially during wet weather.


Driving on the Island

  • Traffic moves on the LEFT hand-side of the road, NOT on the right.
  • International road traffic signs are in use, and placed along the roads and highways, on the left hand-side.
  • Distances and road speed limits are posted in kilometres and kilometres -per hour (km/h) respectively.
  • The maximum speed limit on the motorways is 100 km/h and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h.
  • On all other roads the general speed limit is 80 km/h, unless a lower one is indicated.
  • In built-up areas, the speed limit is generally 50km/h, unless a different one is indicated.
  • The use of seat–belts is compulsory (front and back).
  • Children must use the child restraint appropriate for their weight.
  • Children can travel in the rear and use an adult belt in a taxi if the right child restraint is not available.
  • Rear facing baby seats must NOT be used in a seat protected by a frontal air bag unless the air bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.
  • Rush hours in the towns are approximately between 07:30-08:00 / 13:00–15:30 and in late afternoon 17:00 – 18:00 in winter, or 18:00 – 19:00 in summer.
  • Due to the intense brightness of the clear Mediterranean sky, drivers are advised to wear sunglasses.
  • Driving, or being in charge of a motor vehicle or pedal cycle with alcohol concentration in breath or blood above the prescribed limit, is an offence. The permissible limit in the blood is 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (BAC 0,5mg/ml). The permissible limit in breath is up to 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of exhaled air.
  • In case of an accident, call 112 immediately.
  • Hands free during driving are mandatory. During driving, the driver should take all necessary measures to ensure that his/her hands are free at all times in order to have full control of the vehicle. Therefore the use of a mobile phone is strictly prohibited.

Driving License

Visitors in Cyprus can drive using a valid International Driving Licence, or their National Driving Licence, provided it is valid for the class of vehicle they wish to drive.

Insurance Issues

Insurance is charged extra. Drivers under 25 years of age holding a driving license for less than three (3) years at the time of rental must inform the car rental company, so that under-age insurance coverage is provided.

In the event of damages sustained to the rental car, the customer is responsible for a certain amount, depending on the category of car.

Please note: When hiring a car, the insurance is only valid within the area under the control of the Republic of Cyprus

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