Driving in Cyprus

An introduction to driving a vehicle in Cyprus, an overview of the main road rules and regulations, and details on the safety items which you must always carry in a vehicle...

  • The minimum age at which an applicant can receive a learner permit  is 17.5, but permit holders must be 18 years of age to legally drive. For full details of age restrictions for different vehicles and motorcycles, see the Cyprus Highway Code (in Greek)

  • Drive on the left in Cyprus (as in the UK, unlike the rest of western Europe)

  • Seat belts for driver and passengers are compulsory

  • It is obligatory for all children under the age of five to sit in the back, strapped into a proper child car seat. Children from five to ten years of age may occupy the front passenger seat provided a child's seat belt has been fitted.  Child seats are required up to the age of 12 or a height of 150cm

  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless using a "hands-free" unit.

  • Smoking in a vehicle which is carrying a passenger under the age of 16 is prohibited

  • Motorcyclists and passengers must wear a crash helmet

  • Motorcycle/moped/scooter passengers must be over the age of 12 and sit astride the seat

  • Road signs are in English and Greek, and occasionally in Turkish

  • Distances are marked in kilometres

  • Road speeds are marked in kilometres per hour (Km/h)

  • All roads on the entire island are toll free

  • Horns should not be used between 22:00-06:00. Honking near a hospital is forbidden at any time

  • Third party liability insurance is obligatory

  • For emergency assistance call 112 or 199