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This is only a very brief list of suggestions for car hire in Paphos, please also see our much longer car hire advice guide for Larnaca, which also covers exploring the whole of Cyprus, as Larnaca is closer to other major urban centres.
Generally, as we’ve also said for Larnaca, getting a hire car in Cyprus makes sense, because there is no fixed rail-based public transport, local buses aren’t that great, and a car is useful both for heading deep within the island and also just for getting about in between the different resorts.
In the case of offering Paphos car hire advice as opposed to Larnaca, where we also recommend hiring a car, we would simply say that any advice that suggested a hire car is useful in Larnaca is simply reinforced in Paphos, which is much further away from the more built-up areas around the capital Nicosia, and which is also closer to the various different coastal and inland scenic areas which make up the northern side of (the Republic of) Cyprus.
As we also said with Larnaca, you can still get around using local buses, and if you’re really just planning on spending most of the time on and around the beach, then it’s easy enough to take an organised trip or two by bus.

Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Paphos car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Paphos 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 Paphos? 

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


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

8/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 4/10

Non car score:2/10

Balance: 8

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

General comment -


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Why not? Visiting Paphos without a car

Why don't you need a car in Paphos ?

Ratings: How does Paphos compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Paphos? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Paphos, 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 Paphos? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Paphos (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 Paphos? 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 Paphos airport have a direct rail link?

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






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

2017 - 8

2019 - 9

2021 - 8

Average score - 8




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