Driving in North Cyprus
North Cyprus, like the United Kingdom, drives on the left side of the road. In North Cyprus, anyone having a driver’s license is allowed to drive. You can drive in North Cyprus for up to three months with your international driver’s license. Then you must obtain a North Cyprus driver’s license. If you do not acquire one and are involved in an accident, your automobile insurance will become invalid and worthless. To hire and/or operate a hired vehicle in North Cyprus, you must have both sections of your complete UK driver’s license with you, and you must be over the age of 25. When driving a rented car, you must have your valid documentation (driver’s license, insurance, and rental agreement) with you at all times. Tourists will be handled gently if stopped by the police, but driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as unsafe driving, is a crime that will not be condoned, and substantial penalties will be levied. Parking restrictions are indicated by black and white kerbstones or double yellow lines, and they should not be violated. There are lots of parking spaces available at a reasonable price.
Because there are so many places to explore and fun activities to do in North Cyprus, many visitors choose to rent a car. Cypriots drive on the left side of the road, and speed restrictions are displayed in kilometers. Look for traffic lights that just flash red or amber all of the time; this suggests that a filtration system is in use. Slow down when you see an amber flashing light on a high pole, which means you are approaching traffic signals. Drink-driving regulations in North Cyprus are comparable to those in England, and a substantial fine is imposed on the spot.
In general, you can park wherever there is space. In North Cyprus, restricted zones are identified by a no parking sign or black and white painted curbstones. Double yellow lines are the same as these. Car parks are called Oto parks. Because drivers do not use their indicators as often as they used to, be wary of the car in front of you. Horns are used often. Even though they are written in Turkish, most traffic signs in North Cyprus are easily recognized.
As Cyprus was once a British colony, its traffic laws are comparable to those in the United Kingdom. Since cars still drive on the left side of the road, it is preferable to have a car with the steering wheel on the right side. This not only makes driving more pleasant for you, but it also improves the safety of you and other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists who use the road with you.
Between all of the major towns, a good, economical network of buses and minibusses operate, as well as Dolmus (shared taxis) operating on the same routes. Taxis are commonly accessible but do not have meters; nonetheless, there are standard journeys. During the day, buses run frequently between the major towns of North Cyprus. After 7 p.m., public transportation becomes more scarce, and services are less frequent on weekends.
The North Cyprus government leases each bus route privately. The vehicles come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but the most prevalent are white minibusses. On the front windscreen, the destination is displayed. They are known as dolmus in the area. You may either wait at a bus stop or flag down the car anywhere on the road. There are no schedules, although buses run often. This mode of transportation connects North Cyprus’ major cities and villages; nevertheless, buses do not stop at many of the island’s major tourist destinations.
Rural taxis are only available at taxi stands. Although there are no meters to indicate the rates, the costs are modest. Before leaving, it is a good idea to settle on a fare with the driver. In North Cyprus, the Dolmus practice of sharing a cab with another passenger heading to the same location is extensively used. Urban taxis are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in all towns. Taxis can be reserved over the phone or rented at their base station. Taximeters are installed in urban taxis, and charging begins as soon as a passenger enters. North Cyprus vehicle hire is advisable when visiting because there is so much to see and do.
In North Cyprus, there are several automobile rental companies offering affordable pricing. Most companies will hire a variety of automobiles at various costs. You must have a valid driver’s license or an International Driving Permit and be at least 21 years old (some car hire companies will loan you a vehicle at 18, although this is the exception rather than the rule).
By scheduling ahead of time, you may save a lot of money, and the Internet is the greatest place to start. Car rental is offered in all of the major cities, as well as at the Larnaca airport. You cannot cross the border if you have rented a car on the Turkish side, such as at Kyrenia. You may, however, drive up to a checkpoint and stroll through it. North Cyprus is too hot for strolling in the middle of the summer, and the scenery is not at its best. Even the temperatures in the mountains are too hot for most people. Spring and early summer, as well as October and November, are the finest seasons to visit. The mountains have many pathways, but some of them are difficult to navigate.