A car vacationer’s tips for the holiday island of Cyprus

An inexpensive way to get to know the island

Renting a car in Cyprus is a very affordable way to get to know the island’s attractions. You can get a rental car for around 150 euros for a week, so the car doesn’t necessarily take up a large part of the travel budget even in the most popular holiday season.

There are plenty of gas stations along the roads, and the short distances ensure that running out of fuel in the middle of the journey is quite rare. Fuel is slightly cheaper compared to Finnish prices.

You should book a rental car well in advance of your trip, especially if you are traveling during the most popular tourist season, April–October. The number of rental cars on the island is limited, and there are only a few dozen car rental companies on the holiday island of Cyprus. In the worst case, you may be completely without a rental car if renting a car is left to the last minute.

Orientation is easy

The holiday island of Cyprus has a comprehensive road network, and having your own car is a very convenient way to move from one place to another. The distances are small, so you don’t have to drive for hours to get from one destination to another on a Cyprus vacation.

The road network is mostly in good condition, and especially the island’s three highways are well taken care of. However, there are plenty of roads in poor condition, and the rental company’s insurance does not necessarily cover driving on, for example, bumpy mountain roads. You should always check the situation of your own car rental company separately when renting a car, so that there are no ambiguities.

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The easiest way to find the best beaches on the island is with your own car.

The roads on the island are well signposted, and the names of the cities are written in two ways on the road signs. Due to the effortless navigation, it is easy for travelers to find their destination. Speed ​​limits are indicated in kilometers, so compliance with them is effortless for Finns.

Cyprus has left-hand traffic, which may initially cause a headache for an unaccustomed driver. However, you will get used to driving on the left as the driving days progress, so you should not be afraid of it. Car rental companies have both manual and automatic cars available, and getting used to left-hand traffic can be easier with an automatic car.

The local traffic culture can be very chaotic

Traffic rules in Cyprus do not differ significantly from Finnish traffic rules, so driving within them is quite easy. However, problems are caused by local drivers who may follow the traffic rules very flexibly. For this reason, travelers should be constantly alert and careful in local traffic. It is good to be prepared for unpredictable and even chaotic traffic behavior.

For example, the use of turn signals is very little or even non-existent locally, and despite the official parking areas, it is common to park cars almost anywhere on the island. Instead of turn signals, the car’s horn is in very heavy use among local drivers.

Foreign and international driver’s licenses are accepted in Cyprus, so a Finn will only need an EU driver’s license.

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Text: Inka Khanji
Photos: Cyprus Tourism Organisation

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