Car hire in Cyprus - hints and tips regarding car hire in Cyprus
Cyprus is the country which lies furthest east in Europe. It is in the Mediterranean sea south of Turkey, not far from Syria, Lebanon and Israel in the Middle East.
The country of Cyprus joined the European Union in 2005 and has had the euro as currency since 2008.
The climate in Cyprus is very similar to that of Spain and Portugal. It is warm in Cyprus with temperatures in the twenties already in April, and the summer lasts as long as November.
Most travellers fly to Larnaca (Larnaka) International airport, but quite a few visitors travelling to Cyprus, fly to Paphos International Airport in the southwest of Cyprus instead. A broad variety of operators such as: Easyjet, Thomson, Jet2, British Airways, Aegean, Cyprus Airways, Thomas Cook and Monarch offer direct connections to Pafos from London Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Doncaster, Leeds Bradford, East Midlands, and Exeter Airports.
Car hire in Cyprus is available from Budget, Avis rent-a-car, Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, National to name but a few. The competition on prices of small hire vehicles is high, but not so much when it comes to larger hire cars.
Cheap car hire in Cyprus
At Larnaca airport – LCA in the south east part of Cyprus as well as in the second largest airport Paphos – PFO, you will normally be able to hire a small vehicle (Ford Fiesta, VW Polo or similar) for prices starting at £129-£149 for 1 week of car hire in Cyprus.
Many tourists book hotels in Agia Napa or in the more quiet area of Protaras and Fig Tree Bay in Cyprus. The coastal cities of Pissouri, Pafos (Paphos), Larnaca and Limassol are also popular tourist destinations in Cyprus. You can also hire a vehicle from these destinations but the prices for doing so will usually be £8-£25 higher than if you hire the vehicle at the airport for one week of car hire.
Prices for car hire in the previously divided (Greek and Turkish areas) capitol of Nicosia in Cyprus are also usually higher than in the airport.
Hire a 4x4 or a convertible in Cyprus
There are great possibilities when it comes to hiring fun cars in Cyprus – these types of vehicles are usually cheaper to hire from the airport in Cyprus. It is a good idea to book these well in advance as there are often fewer of these special cars available.
A Renault Megane convertible (or similar) with a folding roof and space for 2 adults and 2 small children is often available for hire in Cyprus with prices starting at £240 for a week of hire.
Car hire terms and conditions in Cyprus – check “terms for fuel” in the conditions
It is usually straightforward to hire and drive a vehicle in Cyprus, where the roads are good and the traffic is less hectic than in many other south European countries.
The insurance excess on hire cars is usually low – normally between €300 and €400. You may consider insuring yourself for the excess with a collision damage waiver.
It is worth keeping in mind that when hiring a vehicle in Cyprus that almost all hire companies will bill you extra for a tank of petrol regardless of whether you fill it up before returning the car or not.
In other words, it is best to use up almost all the petrol before delivering the vehicle back to the hire provider.
Details such as the ‘fuel policy’ can vary between vehicles and hire companies in Cyprus. This can be viewed under ‘price details’ on each hire quotation.
Keep in mind that if you are between the ages of 21 and 24, there is an additional charge of €5-€8 per day when hiring a vehicle in Cyprus.
Due to Cyprus previously being a British colony the cars are right hand drive (RHD) like in Britain.