Top Tips For Driving In Cyprus
Are you going to Cyprus on vacation this summer? Are you considering renting a car? If you are then this article is just what you needed to bring you up to speed! For all you will require to know about driving in Cyprus, and the top tips that we recommend, then read on for more…
Road Rules In Cyprus
· In Cyprus, you drive on the left hand side of the road – similar to the UK and Ireland – so there is no transition required!
· Seat belts are to be worn by all occupants of the vehicle at all times – children that are under five years of age must sit in the back seat and secured in the correct child car seat.
· You must be over 18 years of age to drive on the road in Cyprus.
· Never ever drink and drive. For the sake of your holiday, don’t spoil it by getting a prosecution! You are considered to be over the legal limit in Cyprus if the blood/alcohol level is equal to or exceeding 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.
· The use of a mobile phone when driving is not permitted. If caught, you will be subject to an on the spot fine.
· Road signage in Cyprus is displayed in both Cypriot Greek and translated into English.
· Travel distances between Cypriot towns and villages are represented in kilometers.
· The roads in Cyprus are all Toll Free.
· Carry your driver’s licence with you at all times when driving in Cyprus. Ensure that your registration documents are in place together with your vehicle insurance.
· Speed limit on motorways is 100 kilometers per hour, and 80km on rural roads.
· Developed urban areas in towns and villages have a speed limit of 50km unless stated differently. Speed checks are common on Cyprus roads, along with traffic cameras. Depending on the seriousness of any traffic offence you could be fined on the spot, or worse still, imprisoned – so you have been warned!
· By law in Cyprus, road vehicles must carry two red warning triangles. These are to notify other traffic if a vehicle broke down or was involved in an accident. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, get in contact with the police immediately on emergency number 112. Do not move your vehicle until notified by the police.
· The glare of the sunlight can be dangerous and blinding so take due care – the sun can be distracting to drivers especially during the summer and driving towards the west in the latter part of the afternoon. Ensure to always carry sunglasses in the car!
The Road Network In Cyprus
The road network in Cyprus has improved over the past couple of decades – the roads are well maintained and decently sized, and all of them connect the main towns of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Paphos.
The south of the island has a total area of around 11,000km of highways – of which around 7,000km is surfaced. The principal motorways are as follows:
A1 – which connects Nicosia to Limassol
A2 – which merges with the A1 near Pera Chorio and connects to Larnaca
A3 – connects Larnaca to Ayia Napa and Paralimni
A5 – The A1 Larnaca which merges with A1 near Kofinou
A6 – This is the Paphos to Limassol route
A9 – Nicosia to Astromeritis route
So there you have it – a guide to road rules and regulations that are in place on the island of Cyprus. To get to see more sights in less time than public transport allows, the best way to fully explore Cyprus and get around is to hire a car. Check out our Car Rental Cyprus page for the best deals on offer.
Taking a Cyprus vacation in 2010? Do you have any information on driving on Cyprus roads, or some of the road language that is used in this Mediterranean paradise? Get in touch with us, we welcome your travel advice!