Driving in Cyprus

General Information

In Cyprus traffic drives on the left.

• Most traffic signs will be recognizable as they conform to EU standards.
• Speed limit signs are in Kilometres Per Hour (Kph).
• The maximum speed limit on motorways is 100 km/h (60 mph) and the lower speed limit is 65 km/h. On most other roads the limit is 80 kmph (50 mph) and 50 kmph (30 mph) in built-up areas.
• Information signs are in Greek and English and in Turkish.
• The Drink Driving Limit is now 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.
• All passengers in a vehicle must wear seatbelts.
• Mobile phone use is prohibited. Hands free is permitted by law.
• Helmets are required to be worn for all mopeds and motorcycles.

Driving is the easiest way to get around Cyprus. Road conditions are good and distances are short. The distance from Nicosia to Paphos is only 160 km (100 miles).


There are roundabouts at certain intersections. On roundabouts the traffic moves clockwise. The right of way goes to drivers approaching from the right.

Sings or Maps

These are some examples of names you might find spelt different in a map and on a road sign (or in different road signs), but they refer to exactly the same place:

• Nicosia – Lefkosia
• Limassol – Lemesos
• Larnaca – Larnaka
• Paphos – Pafos
• Agia Napa – Ayia Napa

Petrol Stations

Petrol stations are normally open from Monday to Saturday and are closed on Sundays, though most of the stations offer a 24-hour automated service that accepts both cash and credit cards.

Parking places

Parking places can be found in town centres. Parking metres in town centres can be used at an hourly rate. Parking metres do not operate on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Public Holidays. Parking and waiting is prohibited along a double yellow line. Along a single yellow line parking is prohibited at all times.

Parking for disabled

In parking places or in sports centres there are parking with signage for the disabled.