Keep Safe on Cyprus Roads

  • In Cyprus, we drive on the LEFT side of the road. NOT the right.
  • For their own safety and the safety of others, drivers must adhere strictly to the national speed limits. The maximum speed permissible on the island’s major highways is 100 km/h – the minimum is 65km/h. Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit on ordinary inter-urban and rural roads is 80km/h. In built up areas, the maximum limit is 50km/h,although local limits are often set lower. These are signposted accordingly.
  • It is prohibited to drive if the levels of alcohol in the blood or breath are above the admissible limit. The admissible limit in breath is up to 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of exhaled air.
  • The use of hand—held mobile phones while driving is prohibited. Drivers wishing to use their mobile phone while driving must use a hands-free device.
  • Seatbelts are obligatory both in the front and back seats of motor vehicles. Children under 12 years of age and less than 1.5m in height must wear a suitable safety beltor be restrained with a suitable restraint system.
  • Be sure that you are covered by insurance for injury or damages.
  • Pedestrians must remember that traffic moves on the LEFT side of the road. Therefore you must always:
    – Walk on the pavement. In case there is no pavement, walk on the right side of the road (ie. towards the oncoming traffic).
    – Look both to your right and left before crossing any road.

All speed limits in Cyprus are posted in Kilometers per hour (Kph)

Speed Sign Approx.mph
Type of Road Sign
Highway:(Motorway) highway Maximum speed limit 100 62
Minimum speed limit 65-Blue 40
Built up Areas: factory Maximum speed limit 50 31
Country Roads: Maximum speed limit 65 40


Maximum speed limit

Roadworks, bends etc.

30 18
National Speed Limit: Maximum speed limit 80 50
National Speed Limit applies: national-speed-limit 50