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Driving in Cyprus

General Info

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Population: 1.1m

Area: 9,251 sq. Km

Currency: Euro (100 cents) - EUR (€)

Top 10 popular attractions:  

  • Buyuk Han, Nicosia 
  • Ayia Napa
  • Paphos Castle 
  • Larnaca Salt Lake
  • Kourion
  • Kolossi Castle 
  • Cedar Valley 
  • The Paphos mosaics 
  • Greko National Park 
  • Church of Saint Lazarus


Driving licence:

Visitors riding or driving in Cyprus must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private vehicle in Cyprus. 

All valid national driving licences are recognised

Important documents:

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Cyprus for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Cyprus the following documents should be carried: 

  • Full, valid driving licence* 
  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (Passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C Certificate)

While driving in Cyprus you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually) 
  • Warning triangle (Any motor vehicle travelling in Cyprus, regardless of country of registration, must carry two warning triangles) 
  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)


Rules of the road & regulations

Rules of the road:

  • Overtaking & passing

    Drive on the left; overtake on the right. Overtake on the right, except when the vehicle to be overtaken is turning to the right.

  • Priority

    At junctions where there are no signs, drivers must give way to vehicles coming from the right.

  • Warning of approach

    Unnecessary use of the horn is prohibited. It is also prohibited to use a horn between 2200 hours and 0600 hours and in the vicinity of hospitals.


An inventory of the contents of a caravan or camper van is required on temporary importation.

Maximum length of car + caravan: 12m

Snow chains:

The use of spiked tyres and snow chains is permitted on mountain roads in winter.

Seat belts: 

The use of seat belts is compulsory on the front and rear seats of cars.

Travelling with children: 

Children under five may not under any circumstances sit in the front passenger seat.  Children from 5 to 10 years of age may occupy the front passenger seat if an appropriate child seat belt has been fitted.

Speed limits: 

General speed limits

Type of Road Speed limit in km/h
100 maximum
65 minimum 
National roads 80
Country roads 65
Built-up areas 50

In certain areas certain speed limits are imposed.  On motorways there is a minimum speed of 65 km/h.

Radar detectors are prohibited.  If they are part of a satellite navigation system they must be de-activated.


  • On-the-spot fines

    The Cyprus Police are empowered to impose fines on the spot in cases of violation of traffic regulations.

    Traffic fines are not paid to the officer at the roadside


  • Parking regulations

    Parking regulations conform to international practice.

    Where a double yellow line is painted parallel to the kerb, parking and waiting are prohibited at all times.  If the yellow line is single, loading and unloading is allowed but parking is prohibited at all times.

  • Enforcement of parking regulations

    An on-the-spot fine of €85 may be levied for illegal parking. The police do not clamp or tow away illegally parked vehicles.

  • Disabled parking access

    There are reserved parking spaces for the disabled which are sign posted.  These may also be used by foreign disabled motorists provided they are in possession of the blue badge.

Traffic lights:

  • Traffic lights

    The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used in Cyprus.

Drink/drug driving:

  • Legal limit

    The maximum legal level of alcohol in the blood is 0.05%.

  • Alcohol

    The police are empowered to carry out random breath tests. Persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol may be subjected to a blood test.

Roads & fuel

Availability of fuel

  • Price of fuel
    (February 2015)
Unleaded petrol (95 octane) 1.167 EUR per litre
Unleaded petrol (98 octane) 1.199 EUR per litre
Diesel 1.204 EUR per litre
  • Means of payment

    Some petrol stations accept payment by credit card.

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.

What RAC can do for you

RAC offers great value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.  Whilst away, use our Route Planner for all your driving directions.

RAC can cover you against vehicle break down in Europe, with options available to suit your travelling requirements.

RAC European breakdown cover Basic and Comprehensive cover provides you with a wide range of benefits.

Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (August 2013).

Cyprus Airways is no longer operating. The Cyprus government has made alternative arrangements for holders of Cyprus Airways tickets. Contact any travel agency licensed by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation for more information.

You can use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal.

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Around a million British nationals visit Cyprus every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

Cyprus has a strict zero tolerance towards drugs. See Local Laws and Customs

Driving standards are poor. You should drive with great care. See Road travel

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go -

Office: British High Commission Nicosia
Street Address: Alexander Pallis Street
Postal Address : PO Box 21978
ZIP Code: 1587
City: Nicosia
Country: Cyprus

Telephone: (+357-22) 861100
Fax: (+357-22) 861125, 861175, 861200


Office: British Consulate Limassol
Street Address: Limassol
Postal Address : PO Box 54912
City: Limassol
Country: Cyprus

Telephone: (+357-24) 332511, 332341
Fax: (+357-24) 332595, 332180

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