For getting around in Cyprus, driving a car is by far the most preferred method of transport - mainly due to the somewhat irregular public transport service which (even when it arrives) does not always go to the more remote areas of the island. As driving in a foreign country can sound daunting at first, here's an introduction to the Cyprus highways.
|First thing to note is that Cypriots drive on the LEFT side of the road, and at roundabouts give way to traffic approaching from the right. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory in both front and rear of the car, and the use of mobile phones whilst driving is forbidden. Police will issue on-the-spot fines to anyone caught breaking these laws.|
Drivers must also carry their driving licence with them at all times.
|All the major towns are linked with fairly-good surfaced roads that compy with international traffic requirements. Dual carriageways link the capital, Nicosia, with the coastal towns of Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. The majority of minor roads and forest roads are still unsurfaced, and care should be taken when using these roads, especially during wet weather in the winter months. Be aware that insurance cover on your vehicle does not apply when driving on unsurfaced roads unless the vehicle is a 4-wheel drive type, so we advise customers to avoid these roads wherever possible.|
|All distances and road speed limits are shown in kilometres and kilometres per hour respectively, with international road traffic signs placed along the left-hand side of the roads and highways. The maximum speed on the motorways (dual carriageways) is 100km/h and there is also a minimum speed of 65km/h applied. On all other open roads, the speed limit is 80km/h unless otherwise stated. Built-up and town areas are usually restricted to 50km/h.|
Busiest times in towns are 07.30 - 08.00, 13.00 - 13.30, and 17.00 - 19.00
Due to the intense glare of the sun, it is advisable not to drive due West in the late afternoon - not only is it uncomfortable on the eyes but it is also potentially dangerous. A strong pair of sunglasses are recommended at any time of day, and drivers should be aware that the glare of headlamps at night is increased by the lack of street-lighting on many roads and may restrict visibility.