As the Island of Cyprus was once a British colony its traffic regulations are similar to England. Cars still drive on the left side of the street and as such its better to have a car with the steering wheel on the right side of the car. This is not only more comfortable for you as a driver but also increases the safety of you and other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists whom with you share the road.
A good, inexpensive network of buses and mini-buses operates between all the main towns, in addition there are Dolmus (shared taxis) operating on the same routes. Taxis are widely available but do not carry a meter, however, there are standard journeys.
There are frequent bus services between the major towns of North Cyprus during the day. Public transport becomes less scarce after 7pm and at weekends the services are less regular.
Each bus route is leased privately from the Northern Cyprus government. The vehicles are different shapes and sizes but most commonly white mini buses. The destination is shown in the front windscreen. They are locally called dolmus.
Either stand at a bus stop or simply flag the vehicle down anywhere along the road. There are no timetables but the buses are very frequent. This type of transport runs between the main towns and villages of Norhern Cyprus, however the buses do not go to many of the main tourist attractions.
Rural Taxis are to be found at taxi stands only. The charges are reasonable, although there are no meters to display the fares. It is advisable to agree upon the fare with the driver before setting off. The system of sharing a taxi with another passenger traveling to the same destination (called Dolmus) also operates widely in North Cyprus.
This is a 24 hours service of urban taxis provided in all towns. Taxis can be booked by phone or be hired from their base station. Urban taxis are provided with taximeters and charging commences upon the entrance of a passenger.
While visiting Northern Cyprus car hire is recommended as there is plenty to see and do.
There are many rent a car companies in North Cyprus with competitive rates. Most companies will offer a range of vehicles to rent at varying rates. You will need a driving license or International Driving Permit and will have to be over 21 years old (some car hire companies will loan you a vehicle at 18, although this is the exception rather than the rule).
You can make considerable savings by booking in advance and the Internet provides the best starting point. Car Hire is available in all the main cities and also from Larnaca airport. If you have hired your car in the Turkish side, such as Kyrenia, you cannot drive across the border. However, you can drive up to a check point and walk across.
Mid summer is too hot for walking in Northern Cyprus and it is not at it’s most scenic during summer. Even the mountain temperatures are too high for most people. The best times are spring and early summer and again in October and November. There are many trails in the mountains, but some of them are difficult to follow.