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Hiring a car in Northern Cyprus

Northern Cyprus is steeped in history and Turkish influences, as well as lots of sunshine. It boasts a beautiful coastline lapped by the pristine Mediterranean Sea. Your Northern Cyprus car hire will give you the freedom to explore picturesque villages and discover different beaches. It's easy to get around the island by car but be aware that the local driving style is lively. You can expect a bumpy ride on the dusty back roads between towns and villages. Take extra care when approaching sharp bends on narrow mountain roads. Ecran Airport makes for a convenient pick-up point for your rental car so you can start your adventure from the word go.

Places to visit around Northern Cyprus

Set between mountains and the seaside, Kyrenia offers glorious sunny beaches and a whole heap of history. Get fantastic views from Kyrenia Castle which is perched above the city and is also home to the Shipwreck Museum. Hit the shops or chill at the cafes lining the picturesque harbour. Go hiking in the surrounding mountains or visit one of the historic neighbouring villages. Try the private beach resorts to the west of Kyrenia for watersports, swimming and sun-loungers, such as Kervansary and Escape beach. Take a drive to the must-see ancient city of Salamis, a magnificent archaeological site dating back to 1100BC.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in North Cyprus, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in North Cyprus. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in North Cyprus!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.