Many people who visit Cyprus tend to stick to the same areas for the duration of their holiday, but with Cyprus’ diverse countryside spots and countless beaches why not make the most out of your next trip and hire a car? Hiring a car in Cyprus is an ideal opportunity to explore everything that this glorious island has to offer and is the key to unlocking some of the country’s hidden gems and attractions. So, if you fancy taking to the roads of Cyprus follow our top tips for car hire and you can’t go wrong.
Top tips for car hire
- Check your insurance documents as most policies only cover the car and theft as standard, so if your car is damaged the company will not pay out.
- Take your own car seats and Sat Nav as you could be charged up to £80 per week, plus chartered airlines don’t charge a fee to take a car seat on board.
- Before driving the car away check for any dents or scratches, if you find any make sure you point this out to the hire car company before driving the car away.
- Make sure you check the fuel policy and go for the most cost effective arrangement. If you choose the ‘full-full’ option you will pick the car up with a full tank and you will be expected to return it in the same way.
- Be practical about the size of the car you require as the price can almost double if you upgrade to a larger sports car.
- The driving conditions in Cyprus are almost identical to those in the UK as they drive on the same side of the road. And you will often find that the road signs are in both English and Cypriot along the main roads and dual carriageways.
- Paphos – Is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, and is rich in both history and culture.
- Troodos Mountains – This excursion is hugely popular and gets a substantial layer of snow, which means visitors can often ski here.
- Nicosia – This capital city is a haven for shopaholics and those wanting to sample the Cypriot life.
- Larnaca – Is an area of outstanding beauty with some of the most stunning beaches on the island such as Castella Beach and Finikoudes Beach.
- Fig Tree Bay – Sits just up the coast from Ayia Napa and is a recognised Blue Flag beach. This is one of the countries number one hotspots and is a great place to catch some rays.
Cyprus driving distances
- Paphos to Protaras – 140 miles
- Paphos to Mt Olympus – 52 miles
- Larnaca to Nicosia – 37.5 miles
- Larnaca to Mt Olympus – 72 miles
- Larnaca to Protaras – 33.4 miles
From 8 June 2015 the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) are scrapping the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence and existing paper counterparts will no longer be valid.
If you intend to hire a car when you go abroad you will need to obtain a special one-time use access code from the DVLA website beforehand. For more information regarding these changes please click here.