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Top tips for renting a car in Cyprus
Renting a car in Cyprus is the best way of seeing the island’s stunning views, including the mountains and coast. As public transport is scarce in Cyprus, the quickest and easiest way to travel is by car. With your own car, you will have the freedom to discover Limassol and the nearby mountain village of Omodos, which is 24 mi away, as well as the surrounding wine villages, or Krasohoria.
When you leave the airport, it is important to recognize that in Cyprus, children under the age of five are not allowed to travel in the front of vehicles. It is advised that, upon arrival in Cyprus, parents travel with a car seat for their children or rent one at the car rental desk for an additional cost of around 5 € ($6). All children must be placed in a suitable child seat in the rear of the car.
As parking is limited in major cities and at tourist attractions, particularly during the peak months of July and August, you should look for parking meters, which charge around 2 € ($2.25) per hour, or park in private parking lots, which charge 2-3 € ($2-3) for half a day.
Because Cyprus has a hot climate, convertibles and open-top jeeps are a popular rental choice, especially if you are exploring the mountainous regions. Four-wheel drives are also great for up to five passengers and lots of luggage. For city trips or historical exploration, smaller cars or compact models are better suited for your needs, whereas if you want to drive across the whole island, a saloon offers the most comfort for longer journeys.
FAQs about renting a car in Cyprus
Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cyprus.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company in Cyprus is Economy Rent a Car (6.5, 52 reviews).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Cyprus are Paphos (45% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Cyprus), Larnaca (44%) and Ayia Napa (3%).
On average a rental car in Cyprus costs $225 per week ($32 per day).
On average a rental car in Cyprus costs $966 per month ($32 per day).
In Cyprus, you must drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right. During the winter months, you may need to use snow chains or spiked tires on mountain roads. Driving around the island is very simple, since there are no toll roads.
To rent a car in Cyprus, you need to be 21 and up and have a valid license that you have held for three years. Drivers under the age of 25 will incur a surcharge that varies depending on the vehicle category. The maximum age for renting a car in Cyprus is 75. Both EU and international driving licenses are accepted when driving in the country.
When you need to fill up your rental car in Cyprus, you will find that gas prices are on average 1.27 € ($1.41) per liter. Because gas is regulated by the Cypriot government, you will find that the price of gas is the same at all gas stations. Many of the gas stations on the island offer full service and are well-signposted. If you are planning to drive up to the mountains, it is advised that you fill your car’s tank, so that you have plenty of gas for the journey there and back.
When you rent a car in Cyprus, you will need to adhere to their speed limits. In residential areas, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph), and on country roads it is 65 km/h (40 mph). On national roads, you can travel at a maximum speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), while on highways, the minimum speed is 65 km/h (40 mph) and the max limit is 100 km/h (62 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.