Car hire in Cyprus
If you intend to hire a car in Cyprus please bear in mind that you must have a valid driver’s license from your country of residence as well as an International driver’s license. Cars will not be hired to anyone under the age of 21 years and a minimum of 3 years driving experience is required if the driver is under the age of 25. Driving in Cyprus is done on the left hand side of the road and strict rules are in place regarding seatbelts, which must be worn at all times, and the use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited, unless it is hands free. Petrol stations are readily available in all the larger residential areas and you can travel from one side of the island to the other in a few hours. If you search on the internet, you will car hire companies in all major towns, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta and Paphos. Most of these companies will meet you at the airport so you will have your rental car the minute you arrive. It is always better to book online before you travel to Cyprus as this will most likely cost you less.
Things you need to know when hiring a vehicle in Cyprus
- Have your national and international insurance ready
- If you will have other people driving or require a child or booster seat, book this in advance so that it is included in your quote
- Drivers younger than 25 years of age must be insured separately with a slight surcharge in the price unless they have 3 years driving experience
- A minimum deposit of 10% is required when booking your vehicle and the balance will be payable as soon as you receive the car.
- Make sure that the car hire company sends you an approval booking code and car hire voucher together with a receipt for the deposit
- What happens if the flight is delayed and you don’t arrive on time?
- Check the terms and conditions so you know what you are paying for and what the insurance will cover
- Ask whether you will be paying extra for mileage
- What happens if car breaks down, find out all the details of what happens in case of an accident
- What is their fuel policy?
- Can you get a refund if you return the car earlier? In most cases this would not be possible.
- What are the charges if you return the car later than agreed on?
These are all relevant questions that are best to ask before you hire a car.
Hiring a car in Cyprus when on holiday is essential as travelling between towns or up to the mountains can be expensive if you hire a taxi. Having your own car will afford you the opportunity of seeing the whole island, with its secluded beaches, the beautiful mountain villages and excellent local restaurants. All main roads have clear signage and with a map you will find it is very easy to get around. With relatively short distances to travel you could be at the beach one day and exploring the forest the next.
Deciding on which car is best for you will depend on how many people will be with you, what type of car you want and also your budget. You can hire anything from the compact mini, economy, small, med or large sedan, 4 x 4 vehicles and top of the range luxury vehicles. You get what you pay for, so depending on your budget you will find something suitable as there are many choices. If you intend to explore the island off road it is best to get a 4 x 4 which will allow you to travel off the beaten track.
There are many car rental companies in Cyprus, you will find the international groups like Hertz, Budget and Europcar and also a lot of local companies that have huge fleets of cars which will give you a choice on hiring the vehicle you want. The smaller companies are obviously restricted with your choice of car, but you could find some really good deals when hiring from them as the price is often negotiable. All cars for hire in Cyprus come with red number plates and the number always starts with Z.
Hired cars in the Republic of Cyprus are not allowed to be driven to the north of Cyprus due to insurance restrictions.