Driving in another country always feels different than driving at home. Even though the rules might be similar, signs will be slightly different, road quality and traffic flow will be different and local interpretation of driving laws will vary – Sometimes a lot.
Driving in Cyprus is different than in many other countries.
The following might make it seem like it is dangerous to drive in Cyprus. The tips are all only included to prepare you a little for the local customs when it comes to driving in Cyprus.
When driving in Cyprus you should generally be aware of the following two things:
- Drivers follow the traffic legislation as if it is guidelines.
- Many Cypriot drivers are primarily focused on themselves, the 2 x 4 meters of their car and how they can reach their destination as quickly as possible.
Driving on the left hand side
Traffic in Cyprus is left-hand traffic, so if you are used to driving in left-hand traffic, move to the next point. However, if you’re not used to driving in the left hand side of the road, in the beginning you should be very attentive when you are starting in a place without traffic. In that case make sure that you actually drive your car into the left lane upon start – with no other traffic to refer to, it is easy to drop back into old habits and choose the wrong lane.
And think for an extra second before you approach the drivers seat – It is after all in the opposite side of the car.
The speed limits are mostly clearly marked and generally resembles the speed limits in most other European countries. The speed limits are marked in km/h (kilometre pr hour) and not mph (miles per hour), although the speed limits are shown in both units some places.
Drunk driving and DUI
The legislation in this area is pretty strict, so it’s definitely worth taking a note of – for more reasons than one. The legal limit for drunk driving in Cyprus is 0,22 mg pr. ml, which is significantly lower than in the United Kingdom and lower than in the majority of the other European countries.