Car hire in North Cyprus
Car hire in North Cyprus
North Cyprus prides itself on being different to the more tourist-centric south of the island, offering a more distinctive and authentic taste of life in south-east Europe.
We should stress that North Cyprus is not a sovereign state or a member of the UN in its own right, with only Turkey recognising it as an independent nation following the invasion in 1974.
What I need to know
North Cyprus car hire is really easy, as you can choose vehicles from several different providers and use our dedicated site before travelling to find the right option for you. We also offer unbeatable round-the-clock support in case you need us.
Where to pick up my car
Car hire vehicles can be easily picked up at Ercan International Airport (ECN) and Paphos Airport (PFO). Just look for your provider's desk at the airport terminal after your plane has touched down and you will soon be on your way.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
The capital city Nicosia is well worth visiting, while the towns of Girne and Gazimağusa are great destinations for visitors too.
Car hire drivers should also head to the archeological site at Salamis, as well as take in the stunning views around the Kyrenia Mountains.
There are several key regulations car hire drivers should be aware of. For example, traffic travels on the left side of the road, under-fives are not permitted to travel in the front seat of a car and the strict drink-driving rules are heavily enforced.
The speed limit is usually 60 mph (100 kph) on highways, with minimum speeds of 40 mph (65 kph). The maximum speed is around 37 mph (60 kph).
A hire car offers a great way to see lots of North Cyprus in just a short time. You should make a point of heading to many of the area's beaches, as they have avoided the mass tourism that has led to high-rise resorts taking over many other Mediterranean coastal resorts.
Eating and drinking
All sorts of Mediterranean delicacies can be enjoyed in North Cyprus, from lamb kebabs, baklava pastries and tyropitakia cheese pies to souvlaki and dips such as tzatziki. But all tastes are catered for in this part of the world, with major towns and cities hosting an impressive array of bars and restaurants.
Things to do
North Cyprus boasts some wonderful historic buildings For instance, Kyrenia Castle dates back to the 16th century and stands at the east end of the old harbour in Kyrenia.
The town is also home to numerous hotels, a lively nightlife and some great shops, so there's plenty here to keep everybody entertained.
Othello Castle, also known as Othello's Tower, is another historic castle worth seeing. Located in Famagusta, this impressive spectacle dates back to the 14th century.
You should certainly take your hire car along the North Cyprus coastline, where you can see sandy beaches, pebble beaches and stunning cliffs.
Lara Beach and Acapulco are two highly recommended areas to explore, while Kervanseray and Escape Beach are also beautiful locations.