Renting a car is the best way to explore Cyprus. For cheap car hire in Paphos Airport, Skyscanner's car rental comparison search tool finds the best deals on rental cars in Paphos. Europcar, Budget, and Sixt have offices in the arrivals hall area of Paphos International Airport. The Sixt office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers must be over 21 years of age to drive a car in Cyprus, and it is not permitted to drive a rental car into the Turkish occupied area of North Cyprus.
Driving From Paphos International Airport to Paphos
It is important to remember to drive on the left side of the road in Cyprus. There are no toll roads in Cyprus. Visitors can take B6 northwest and drive 13.6 kilometres to reach Paphos City Centre. In normal traffic conditions, it is an 18 minute drive.
Driving to Attractions Around Paphos
Paphos is a small town, so it is possible to drive to most of the local attractions in a single day, leaving time to explore the rest of Cyprus by car. Travellers may take B20 to Paphos Archeological Park, put on some good walking shoes, and take a hike through history. The main attractions in the park include Greco-Roman ruins, crumbling columns, the Odeon, the House of Dionysos, and ancient mosaics depicting mythological themes. South of the park lies the Medieval Castle of Paphos.
For some truly underground history of Paphos, the B20 north leads to the Agia Solomoni Catacom. Visitors can continue north and turn left on Tombs of the Kings Avenue. Two kilometres north lies the impressive Tombs of the Kings, an underground tomb complex dating from the 4th century B.C.
Driving to Attractions Outside of Paphos
Cyprus is drenched in sun and history, and driving around Cyprus is the best way to see it all. Visitors can experience snowy mountain peaks and warm beaches, all in a single day. A 22.6 kilometres drive on B6 south leads to Aphrodite's Rock, the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite. The resort town of Limassol is only a 47 minute drive east from Paphos, No day trip is complete without a drive to Larnaca and Ayia Napa, a two-hour drive from Paphos.
Travellers can take B8 and B9 north for a two-hour drive through the Troodos Mountains to Nicosia, the Capital of Cyprus, and the last divided city on Earth. There they may enjoy high mountain villages of Amiantos and Kakopetria before descending the mountain to Nicosia. A popular stop is Old Town within the star-shaped, 16th century Venetian walls. The Cyprus Museum in Nicosia holds relics from the Neolithic through the Byzantine eras. Driving north on Ledras leads to the Lidras parking lot. From there, the Ledras Border Crossing takes travellers by foot to the Turkish-occupied territory of North Cyprus. A passport is necessary at the border crossing.
There are many ancient and natural wonders to see in Cyprus, all within a 2-hour drive from the major beach towns. To find the best rates on rental cars for the trip through Cyprus, visitors should be sure to use Skyscanner's rental car comparison search tool.