On the Road

What to consider when driving in Cyprus, including speed limits and items to carry in the car...

Before taking to the roads, make sure you're prepared and know what to expect.

Speed Limits

  • In towns and villages: 50 Km/h
  • On highways: 80 Km/h
  • On motorways: 100 Km/h, unless otherwise indicated
  • Speeding is penalised with a fine

Speed checks are frequent as the police try to curb the high death rate on Cyprus' roads.The Cyprus Traffic Police Traffic use modern speed enforcement equipment and carry out regular speed checks. Although they are not concealed, traffic officers will often carry out spot checks at locations where it is difficult to see their position in the distance.

Some static traffic cameras now operate in Cyprus. They are set up in areas where speeding is a problem, at traffic lights to catch drivers jumping the lights, using mobile phones while driving, not wearing seatbelts etc. More will be rolled out over time, including fixed speed cameras on the Nicosia to Limassol motorway.

Police may use mobile cameras during their speed checks.

Motorways

Motorways in Cyprus are mainly referred to by the locals as highways. They labelled with the prefix ‘A’ and go from A1-A22. Most highways have two lanes with three lanes in some areas.

  • The speed limit is 100 Km/h
  • The minimum speed is 65Km/h
  • The right hand lane is strictly for overtaking only
  • Vehicles are forbidden to stop or park on a motorway
  • Pedestrians are forbidden to cross
  • Bicycles, mopeds and agricultural machines are also forbidden
  • Motorway signs are in green

Items to Carry in the Car

It is compulsory to carry one red warning triangle in the vehicle and use them to warn other traffic when involved in an incident, breakdown or accident. Larger vehicles need to carry two red warning triangles for this purpose.

If stopped, drivers should be able to show their valid driving licence, vehicle registration documents, proof of insurance and proof of roadworthiness. If the licence is not an EU/EEA-issued licence, it should be accompanied by an International Driver's Permit/Licence (IDP/IDL).

Note: UK licence holders are generally only required to present the card section of the licence.

The Cyprus Automobile Association offers advice to drivers regarding road safety in their booklet Think before you drive (PDF)