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    Car hire in Cyprus - A dreamy island tour

    Car hire in Cyprus

    Known as 'the island of Aphrodite', Cyprus is a romantic Mediterranean island with lush forests, pristine coastline, and fertile olive groves. The country, offering 3,500 square miles of diverse natural beauty, can easily be explored with a vehicle. Therefore, make sure to pick up a car hire in Cyprus to be able to see everything this beautiful island has to offer.

    Most of the people identify Cyprus primarily with wonderful sandy beaches, which is absolutely true, but with its long and rich history and its position in the eastern half of the Mediterranean, there is much more to it. Many rulers have changed during the centuries and now the island and its capital Nicosia are split in two parts, the northern one under the Turkish influence. Despite the division this city is the most populous and is seat to a lot of financial and economic activities. The southern part of the island features other major centres like Paphos to the south-west and Larnaca, to the south-east. Paphos boasts an Archelogical Park which is UNESCO World Heritage, while Larnaca is a lively and charming coastal city perfect to stroll around and have a tasty meal with sea view. On the southern coast, just in the middle between these two cities there is Limassol, that welcomes visitors with the Kebir Mosque and a Medieval Castle. During winter the mountainous interior also attracts winter sport lovers for some “divine” skiing down the slopes of the Mount Olympus.

    When travelling to Cyprus, you will want to have a trusted rental partner, offering low prices, an extensive selection of rental cars and excellent customer service. Auto Europe fulfills all of these needs. Wherever you land on this mythical island, Auto Europe will have a vehicle waiting for you. Let us arrange your cheap car rental in Cyprus, tailored to your travel needs. Use our easy three-step booking engine or call our reservations specialists under +441233225114. It would be our pleasure to turn your holiday in Cyprus into an adventure to remember.

    Read what others had to say about their recent Auto Europe car rental experience on the island in our car hire reviews in Cyprus page.

    For more information about renting a vehicle in Cyprus, click on the car hire related topics listed below:

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    Where to Pick up a Car Hire in Cyprus

    Being an island, Cyprus has to be reached either by air or sea. This is why most of the car hire companies have offices at the two main airports located in Paphos and Larnaca. With Auto Europe you can either pick up your car rental in Cyprus at the airport, as well in any major city around the island in order to guarantee maximum flexibility. Therefore do not feel surprised to find amazing car hire deals also in Protaras, Ayia Napa or in the capital Nicosia. Please note that the rental cars are usually not allowed to enter the Turkish area.

    We advise you to give a quick to read to our page on car hire pick-up and drop-off procedures to be sure you bring with you all the necessary paper work and know beforehand what to do once on site, because this is going to save you time and give you a nice start to your stay.

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    Book with the Best Car Hire Suppliers in Cyprus

    If you need to rent a car in Cyprus a car hire broker like Auto Europe, with a long experience and many trusted partners, is surely the ideal solution because it ensures the cheapest rates with the widest range of car models and the best service. On the island we work with famous international companies such as Sixt and Europcar, but also with several low cost local brands such as CY Car Hire, Get your car hire and Cyprus Airport.

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    Please note that clients satisfaction is Auto Europe’s main goal. We try to secure the cheapest deals for you, without having to sacrifice the quality of the service. This is why we work only with reliable suppliers and have a multilingual and dedicated reservations team on hand, available 7 days a week over the phone and email to answer any question or assist you withany issue that may arise during or after the rental.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Car in Cyprus

    Contact UsAuto Europe wants to make your booking of a rental car in Cyprus easy and pleasant. This starts with the packages we sell on our website, thought to accommodate any need, to a professional client’s support. Part of this is also providing our customers with all the most relevant information about renting and driving a vehicle in Cyprus, from car hire insurance options, and age limitation to questions about driving rules and toll fees. The FAQ format will guide you quickly through all these topics and at the end you will feel more than ready to hit the road.

    How old do I have to be to rent a car in Cyprus?

    The minimum legal age to drive in Cyprus is 18 but this does not automatically apply to rental cars. First of all the driving license usually needs to have been held for over a year, so drivers need to be at least 19. Besides that each car hire supplier can set their own age restriction and a minimum driving age. If you are under the age of 26 years, you will need to un-tick the box "Driver Age 26-69" when you do a search with our booking engine on the website and we will show you all offers from the suppliers that rent out a car to drivers under the age of 26. You should be aware that a young driver fee will likely apply and will need to be paid locally to the chosen car rental suppliers. Information about this fee along with the exact minimum age for each supplier can always be found under “Info Icon” in the booking engine.


    Can I pick up my car rental in Cyprus in one place and drop it off in another?

    Yes. This kind of rental, called a one-way car hire is possible, but on request and usually against an extra fee (either paid while booking the rental online or directly with the supplier at pick up). Please note that only so called domestic one way car hires are allowed as the northern part of the island is under Turkish influence. Auto Europe does not offer car rentals in the Turkish territory, nor do any of the car hire suppliers allow you to drive the rented vehicle in to the Turkish territory.


    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Cyprus?

    Yes. To pick up your car rental in Cyprus you always need to show a valid credit card in the name of the main driver specified on the voucher when you pick up the car. This is necessary because the supplier will need to reserve a safety deposit on it, usually as high as the insurance excess. The amount of the deposit and a list of accepted credit cards are to be found under the “Info Icon” tab on our portal. For more detailed information please refer to our credit cards and deposit FAQ page.


    What are the most important driving rules in Cyprus?

    When driving your car hire in Cyprus, you will find that the main roads are well kept. However, once off the beaten track, be prepared for more challenging road conditions, with roads being uneven and unpaved. Given such conditions, you may wish to consider an SUV for your travels. Drivers in Cyprus can be careless and reckless, so drive with caution and courtesy. For more information and road rules please check out our Cyprus driving guide page.

    To drive safely in Cyprus, please bear in mind the following facts and rules. As in the UK, driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Headlights must be used at dusk and dawn. Seat belts must be worn when driving. Children under the age of five may not sit in the front seat, and children aged five and over may only sit in the front if in an appropriate child restraint seat. Mobile phone use is restricted to hands-free systems only. Always carry your driving licence, insurance and car rental documents with you when driving. Car horn use is restricted - do not beep between 10pm and 6am, and never beep near a hospital.

    As for the most important limits please avoid driving when drinking, even if the limit is lower than England at 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. There are also stricter limits of 20 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood for high risk groups of drivers such as novice drivers, and for motorbikes, buses and trucks. Within towns do not exceed 50 km/h, outside towns 80 km/h and on motorways 100 km/h. You may not smoke in a car carrying a passenger aged 16 or younger.

    Be extra careful when entering narrow streets in little towns, like Lefkara, for example, and make sure you don’t scratch your side mirrors. You can, however, get yourself an insurance policy for extra peace of mind, in case something happens. Auto Europe’s full protection option includes them.

    Petrol stations on Cyprus are easily found in the major cities and are available even in some remote locations. Prices are relatively cheaper than what you might pay in the UK. The hours vary, but generally you will find them open between 6am to 6pm. Some petrol stations offer automated petrol pumps that will accept cash or credit cards. Unfortunately, there aren’t many 24 hour petrol stations.

    In the event of a car breakdown or an accident please call 112. You will then be connected to the police, ambulance or fire department. Please read our handy tips about what to do in these emergency cases.


    Do I need to pay tolls when driving my car hire in Cyprus?

    Cyprus has no toll roads, therefore all motorways and major streets are free of charge.


    What kind of insurance do I need for my car hire in Cyprus?

    Insurance is a very crucial aspect when driving any car. First of all note that all car hire deal for Cyprus on the Auto Europe website always includes liability insurance with legally required minimum coverage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), fire and theft protection. This is our basic rate it comes with an excess; meaning the driver is liable in case of damages or theft, but up to maximum amount. The suppliers are therefore placing a safety block on the driver’s credit card that corresponds more or less to the excess amount. If you as a client does not feel comfortable with such high sums you can purchase a zero excess package, that will result in a minimum safety block on the credit card to guarantee for minor costs that could still arise such as administrative fees or similar. If you feel a bit lost you can read our page on how car hire insurance coverage works to get a wider picture.


    Can I use my UK licence to drive my rental in Cyprus?

    The answer is usually yes. The UK driving license should be accepted, provided that you have been holding it for a minimum of 1-3 years. However car rental companies set their own rules and limitations and some could require an International Driving Permit (IDP). Please always check under “Info Icon” to see what a supplier requires and in case of doubts call our reservation agents.

    As of 8 June 2015 customers holding a UK driving license could be asked on site to provide a printed copy of the license record that can be downloaded on the DVLA website 72 hour before the car hire pick-up, plus a DVLA code to check the driver’s license record.


    Can I add an additional driver to my rental car in Cyprus?

    Yes. When signing the car hire contract on site additional drivers need also to be present to show their ID and driving license. Usually they have to pay an additional driver fee in order to be covered by insurance coverage. Check our promotions with free additional driver, to see if we have some Cyprus rental car offers with free additional drivers included.

    Additional Vehicle Rental Options in Cyprus

    When looking for the best car rental offers for Cyprus, the Auto Europe’s portal is the perfect place. Working with the best car rental brands worldwide and also with many reliable local suppliers enables us to boast a large choice of models at the most competitive rates. In every country we are present, we have smaller categories such as Mini, Economy and Compact, perfect for smaller travel parties and city drives. We also have larger and more comfortable models like the Intermediate and Large categories. We also feature the most modern and powerful SUV models or even have amazing luxury cars.

    For larger groups or families we have modern 7- up to 12-seater vans. All models are very modern and comfortable. Since these vehicles are on request please try to book some time ahead to be sure the one you need is available.

    Should you be undecided about the best car model for your Cyprus visit feel freed to get inspiration from our detailed Cyprus fleet guide or call our car hire experts for direct advice.

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    Luxury Car Hire Cyprus - Travelling around a beautiful island like Cyprus with such breath-taking panoramas would be even dreamier behind the wheel of an exclusive luxury car. Have a look at the amazing offers we have in our “Luxury Car Hire” section.

    Van Hire Cyprus - If you need more space or comfort for larger travel parties, secure in advance one of our convenient van deals. We have 7- to 12-seater, all very modern.

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