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See: Why rent a car in Larnaca ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

(All of these pages will look a lot nicer when they are tidied up later in the spring)

Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Larnaca?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.

That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Larnaca?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Larnaca car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Larnaca with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

Should I rent a car in Larnaca? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Larnaca, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

In general, Cyprus is the sort of holiday destination where most visitors probably will hire a car, and this is hardly surprising given that there is an extensive road network on the island, including a modern motorway stretching westward along the southern coast from the capital Nicosia.

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. 

We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Larnaca is in car rental price band: 1/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Larnaca? 

Yes. Extremely cheap car hire, if booking economy vehicle outside peak holiday period.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Larnaca between the peak and the off peak season?

7/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:1/10

Balance: 7

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Why? Visiting Larnaca using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Larnaca ?

  • A hire car is ideal for exploring the interior of the island of Cyprus.
  • Public transport is generally poor.
  • There is no form of rail service on Cyprus, and buses on the island are adequate but far from ideal.

Why not? Visiting Larnaca without a car

Why don't you need a car in Larnaca ?

  • If you’re planning on mainly staying downtown in either Larnaca itself or in Nicosia, then you will probably get around without too much trouble using buses.
  • A regular express coach service is available to Paphos, and also into Nicosia.
  • You can tour the island on an organised coach tour.
  • Within the main resorts, most thigns are close to each other.
  • Some visitors might also want to venture into Turkish occupied Northern Cyprus. This is much better done on foot rather than in a hire car (check legal status before doing this).

Ratings: How does Larnaca compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Larnaca? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Larnaca, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Larnaca? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Larnaca (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Larnaca? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Larnaca airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Larnaca car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 7

2019 - 8

2021 - 7

Average score - 7


R - local buses + most things close


Compared to Paphos, which is much further west, other resort areas around Larnaca are generally close to each other, but it would be a shame to visit Cyprus and not venture inland. The interior of Cyprus has numerous different scenic areas, including the Troodos Mountains National Park, and even if this is the sort of excursion that can be done by tour bus, it’s much better to have the flexibility of a rental car.

Therefore our Larnaca car hire advice is that it’s generally very useful to get one, and although our verdict here is a “yes”, it is nothing like as strong as it in Paphos.


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