Driving in Cyprus

Driving in Cyprus…

If you want to discover the real Cyprus,  the best way to do it is to hire a car. So many people, who visit the island,  miss some of the best parts, simply because they are difficult to reach with local transport.

In Cyprus only 20% of people use public transport because it finishes early at around 8.00pm in the evening. The majority of people in Cyprus have a car or some type of transport to get them around.

As in the UK, driving is on the left-hand side of the road and you must have either a valid international driving licence or a national driving licence from your country.

The roads are good and distances and speeds are posted in kilometres throughout the island so driving in Cyprus can be very enjoyable. All you need is a good map to show you where you’re going.

It’s a good idea to buy a map of Cyprus before you arrive as this can save you a lot of time and also prevent you getting lost.

Don’t forget to get a Cyprus street map which is free of charge from the local tourist office (see Cyprus Tourist Information) of the city or town you’re staying in Cyprus.

Seat Belts

Seat belts are compulsory in the front and back of a car and if a child occupies the passenger seat (between the age of 5 and 10).

A child’s safety belt must be fitted and used and on no account can a child under the age of 5 sit in the front sea.

Mobile Phones

The authorities are very hot on the use of mobile phones whilst driving and anyone caught receives an on-the-spot fine of CY£50.

Mobiles & Telephones in Cyprus

Crash Helmets & Rush Hour

When riding a motorcyle or autocycle it’s compulsory to wear a crash helmet.

Rush hour Traffic is from 07:30-08:00 in the morning and 13:00-13:30 in the afternoon
Late afternoon: 17:00-18:00 in winter and 18:00-19:00 in summer.

Driving Licence 

To apply for a driving licence in Cyprus (for the theoretical and practical test) and for issuing driving licenses, exchanging driving licenses and information on costs involved contact:

The Road Transport Department
(Ministry of Communications and Works)
P.O. Box 1425
Tel: +357 22807117
Fax: +357 22354030

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