Cyprus has long been a very popular destination for tourists due to it's superb climate, beautiful beaches, mountain trails and interesting history. Public transport is not very abundant on the island, so booking cheap car hire in Cyprus before you go is a must if you want to sample everything this beautiful island has going for it. Rhino has a superb variety of vehicles to opt for ranging from economy, compact, 4x4, 7+ seaters and convertibles.
We have many locations dotted all over the island where you can pick up your car hire including Larnaca Airport, Larnaca, Paphos Airport, Paphos and Limassol. Particularly popular to hire in Cyprus is an open top jeep, like the Suzuki Jimny which allows you to enjoy the fresh air and soak up the sun as you drive along. If you prefer to keep cool on the journey, our hire cars in Cyprus come with efficient air conditioning systems, which are invaluable as temperatures can rise above 40 degrees in the summer months.
Cyprus Car Hire - Did You Know?
- Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
- In 1974 the country was divided when the Turkish Army occupied the northern part of the island.
- Cyprus Independence Day is celebrated on 1st October.
- There are two official languages on the island: Greek and Turkish, however around two thirds of inhabitants speak English.
- Halloumi cheese originated from Cyprus and is a popular dish all over the island, usually served grilled.
Cyprus Mini Guide
Cyprus is officially named the Republic of Cyprus, and is an island sitting in the Mediterranean Sea. To the east is Greece, the south is Egypt, to the north is Turkey and to the east are the multiple borders of Lebanon, Israel and Syria. Cyprus is the third largest island to be found in the Mediterranean Sea, a popular tourist destination with a long and varied history. Indeed, Cyprus has often been cited as the world's largest open air museum, and surely no other nation can offer such a wealth of fascinating historical and archaeological sites in such a small area.
Cyprus has a history that is intricately tied into Greek mythology, the mythical birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite and the homeland of King Cinyras. Cyprus has seen a host of rulers through the ages, beginning with the Assyrians at around 700 BC, a short period of Egyptian rule, with Persian rulers taking control in 545 BC. More recent history has seen Cyprus as part the Roman Empire, and it was brought under Greek rule by Alexander the Great. In more recent times it has been Ottoman and British controlled before gaining independence in 1960.
Although public transport is somewhat limited on the island of Cyprus, it is an incredible place to explore in your own vehicle. Indeed, if we check the transport figures of recent years it is clear to see that privately owned vehicles are the primary form of transport throughout the island by far. Cyprus is also served by two international airports, Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport. The third airport, Nicosia International Airport was closed down in 1974. There is a privately operated bus service in Cyprus, and a wealth of taxis, although a hire car is probably still the best way to get around while staying in Cyprus.
There are plenty of things to do in Cyprus, a new riding school has just opened, www.horseridingpaphos.com. We have arranged a 10% discount deal, just say "rhino" and they will apply the discount at time of booking.
Famagusta is arguably the most impressive place on Cyprus from a historical viewpoint, certainly no other area of Cyprus contain such a density of important archaeological and historical sites. In the Northern part of Famagusta can be found the Salamis ruins, this was once a large city which was founded around the 11th century BC and was once the capital of the island. The city withheld invasions from many would-be conquerors; the most determined being the Romans and in 648 A.D. was finally abandoned following a combination of disasters including pirate raids and earthquakes. These ruins are still fairly well preserved, and contain examples of Roman baths, a gymnasium and an amphitheatre.
Can I hire a car in south Cyprus and drive it to the north?
If you have hired a car in the South of Cyprus it is possible to cross to the North of the border. As some rental car companies have different terms and conditions, it is always recommended to check their specific details before travelling. Many people cross the borders between the North and South on a regular basis, for activities such as tourism and shopping or business. Additional insurance will need to be taken out on arrival at the border, as any previous insurance is invalid once the border is crossed. This can be paid directly at the crossing.
Cyprus Holiday Guide Overview