Driving in Cyprus
Thoughts on Driving in Cyprus
As the railway in Cyprus was finally dismantled in 1950, so the road network has become the `lifeblood` of the island. The South has a total area of approx. 11,000 km of highways, of which 7,000 km is surfaced. The upgrading of the road network is crucial, since the uniqueness of Cyprus lies in the ability for travellers to explore the island with ease and safety.
A2 (A1-Larnaca)-merges with A1 near Pera Chorio
A3 (Larnaca-Agia Napa-Paralimni)
A5 (A1-Larnaca)-merges with A1 near Kofinou
A9 (Nicosia-Astromeritis) - partially under construction
Traffic in Cyprus circulates on the left, making the adjustment easy for British drivers. Traffic signs are multilingual. Minor roads and forest roads are still largely unsurfaced, but in good to fair condition. During driving, the driver should take all necessary measures, so that his/her hands are free at all times in order to have full control of the vehicle. Therefore, the use of a mobile phone is strictly prohibited, unless using a `hands-free` kit.
Traffic Accidents & Breakdowns
If involved in an accident, phone the police immediately on emergency 112. Do not move the car until they arrive. Otherwise, may be deemed to be at fault, even if you are not. It is compulsory to carry two red warning triangles and to place them some distance down the road, thus warning other traffic, when involved in a breakdown or accident. In case of breakdown, there are SOS phones on the motorways. However, these seldom work. Carrying a mobile `phone is recommended. The Cyprus Automobile Association is a non-profit organisation, providing 24- hour emergency service to members and members of affiliate organisations.
CAA 24-hour emergency service: 22 313 131
There are several private 24hr breakdown service and towing companies. Check these on the Internet before travelling.
Driving Licence & Insurance
Cyprus accepts the driving licences of all EU Member States. Non-EU citizens may drive on valid foreign licences for a period (for those with a US licence the period is six months). Cyprus is a signatory to the Multilateral Guarantee Agreement (MGA). Vehicles registered and insured in signatory states (which include all EU countries) are automatically insured in Cyprus.
The speed limit on motorways is 100 km/h (about 63 m.p.h.).
Regional roads: 80 km/h (50 m.p.h.), unless otherwise indicated
Built up areas (towns and villages): 50km/h (just over 30 m.p.h.), unless otherwise indicated
Municipal and private parking places and garages are widely available. Pay street parking is available in the town centres (free on Saturday afternoons, Sundays, or public holidays).
All petrol stations sell unleaded petrol and diesel. Many petrol stations in urban and coastal areas are self-service, taking payment by credit card or bank notes. These are usually available 24 hours a day Petrol may not be available inland, or in rural areas, on weekends or public holidays. Note: In August, many rural petrol stations may be closed.
We Go Car Hire offer car hire throughout Cyprus, in all major town and airport locations. For a driver between 25 and 70 staying in Holiday Apartments in Limassol, you can fetch your quote by using the links below.
All information on this page is provided as a guide for our customers. It is intended as an overview of different driving rules, customs and points of interest in each country. It is not a comprehensive guide. Although we try to keep information on this page as accurate and up to date as possible, we cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If you find any errors or there is anything you would like us to add, please contact us.
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