Left-hand side!

Driving in Cyprus is much the same as in the U.K but without all the traffic hassles or road rage to contend with. You are not permitted to drive unless you hold either a valid international driving license or your national driving license, provided it is valid for the class of vehicle you wish to drive.

If you aren’t convinced yet that driving is a great way to see more of this beautiful Island paradise just read on.


Driving in Cyprus

Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. International road traffic signs are in use, and placed on the left hand side of roads and motorways.

Distances and speed limits are posted in Kilometers per hour (km/h) respectively.

The speed limit on the motorway is 100 km/h with a minimum of 65 km/h. On all other roads the speed limit is 80 km/h, unless otherwise indicated.

In built up areas the speed limit is usually 50 km/h, unless otherwise indicated. While on the road, the driver must ensure that his/her hands are free at all times in order to have full control of the vehicle.

  • The use of mobile phones without a hands free device is strictly prohibited.
  • The use of Front and Back seat belts is compulsory.
  • Children under the age of 5 must not under any circumstances sit in the front passenger seat.
  • Children from 5 – 10 years old may occupy the front passenger seat only if an appropriate child’s seat-belt has been fitted.

If possible avoid driving west in the late afternoon, as a glare of the setting sun can be disturbing and potentially dangerous.


In general, how do you find driving in Cyprus? Comments are welcomed


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