Since the public transport on Northern Cyprus is still developing and there are infrequent bus services to many areas of the country, as well as most of bus services do not operate after 5pm., hiring and driving car is the most advisable form of get to know the country.
Driving in North Cyprus is especially easy for British drivers, since the traffic moves on the left and majority of cars are being right hand drive. The traffic signs are in English.
You will be amazed with lack of a long-distance traffic on the island! An important point is the fact, that the main roads on the island are in a very good condition and roads between villages are reasonably good as well.
Most petrol stations are open from 7:00 a.m. and close around 8:00 a.m. Some however, stay open later and there is an increasing number of stations which operate 24 hours a day.
Petrol prices are cheaper than in Turkey and most of European countries.
1 litre of Euro Diesel costs approximately 3,15TL
1 litre of gasoline –3,10 TL
Free municipal parking is available in all major towns, however as a general rule, you herever you see an available space. Restricted areas are marked with either a no parking sign or black and white painted curbstone. These are the same as double yellow lines. Car parks are called Oto Parks.
Speed limits on all roads are posted in KPH.
The highway speed limits set at 100km/h and 65 to 60 km/h and 50 to 65 km/h in the cities. Please notice, that it is important to pay attention to speed limits as there are speed cameras and photo radars at the most part of the island.
Drink drive limit:Drivers are prohibited to drive under the influence of alcohol.
The limit is 50 mgr of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood (0.5 grams per litre) / 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath.
- Front seat passengers must wear seatbelts.
- Children are not allowed to sit in the front passenger seat.
- The using of a cell (mobile) phone while driving is not allowed.