Cyprus car hire is essential for exploring the island. Let me show you how to get the lowest car rental prices by using a comparison site to book your hire car.
Did you know that there are no trains in Cyprus? We do have buses here of course but they only link the main towns, so if you fancy doing some exploring and seeing the REAL Cyprus, hidden away in the hills and mountains, you really need to hire a car.
Tip 1: Don't always go with a Cyprus car hire brand you already know. They MAY offer air miles with every booking but they are often more EXPENSIVE and you have to stand in a BIG queue to get your car at the airport as everyone else has booked with the same firm!
Tip 2: Don't waste time searching different car rental sites for the best prices, Just use a comparison site where, believe me as I've checked, the prices are usually lower than actually going direct to the sites themselves.
Tip 3: If you're happy to wait till you get to Cyprus, you can often get a cheap rental car in your resort if you shop around for half an hour. I've seen rates as low as EUR 9 per day in low season from local car hire firms eager to rent their vehicles.
Tip 4: Check your INSURANCE details carefully. Many firms do not include "sump" insurance as standard and if you take your vehicle off road on one of the many bumpy tracks and break the sump...you will have both a headache AND a big bill from the car hire company.
Tip 5: Always ask what the policy is on FUEL. Many car hire firms charge you up front for a full tank of fuel...at a MUCH higher rate than you would pay at the pumps. And some even ask you to bring it back with a full tank as well! Make sure you just bring it back with the same amount of fuel as when you started. If the company won't agree to this, BOOK ELSEWHERE!
Tip 6: If you plan on touring the island, give yourself flexibility by using a car hire firm like Carrentals that will allow one-way rentals from various locations throughout Cyprus. That way you can pick your car up from one place then use alternative transport or your own two feet to explore the island.
Every few months, I check prices for a basic mini car for a week and I recently looked at Carrentals to do a quick price comparison.
I was shocked to discover that their prices were 25% CHEAPER than my previous recommended car hire firm Holiday Autos - and they even quote a car from Holiday Autos themselves at a lower price!
So if you're looking for a great deal on car hire at any time of the year in Cyprus, do a quick price comparison before you book:
Don't want Cyprus car hire but need a taxi to the airport?
NB: Taxi drivers are starting to overcharge people with one way trips into Paphos costing more than 60 Euros!!