Car Hire at Pafos Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Paphos, a historical centre, features a number of cultural landmarks to appreciate. You will find here an archaeological site, which shows off a number of ancient fixtures and other artefacts that hint of the rich Cyprian life in the earlier ages. Various other sites can also be found here such as the Tombs of the Kings, grand ancient tombs heavy with Egyptian influence. There are more places to see here, once you explore the surroundings after getting down from a plane at Paphos International Airport.
Where to hire a car at Pafos Airport
Paphos International Airport features a number of transport options, but there are instances when it is better to get a rental car. There are branches of international car rental operators such as Budget, Europcar, and Sixt, as well as local Astra & Petsas Rent A Car in the terminal. You have to be 25 years old and above, before you can rent a car, though. You will also need a full valid driving licence from your home country, while an International Driving Licence can suffice. Be sure to have insurance coverage, just in case.
What to expect when hiring a car from Pafos Airport
Although connected by A6 and B6 to the communities in the area, Paphos International Airport is not as hard to get to due to the comparatively lighter traffic around the area. From here, you can visit several communities such as Agia Varvara, Marathounta, Armou, Mesogi, Choletria, Espiskopi, Kallepia, Kelokedara, Stavrokonnou, and many more. There are no toll roads in Cyprus to date, with congestion charging not implemented.
One-way roads are common on the side and back streets, which makes it important to be careful on where you are going. Detailed maps, as well as a GPS device will help you find your way to your destinations. You should be careful when driving around, especially in the rural areas. Livestock sometimes roam around, with farm equipment on the sides of the road. For refuelling concerns, there are petrol stations along the way to Paphos, such as Petrolina Service Station and Agip Service Station by the B6 road. More branches of different gas brands can also be found along the coast.
Driving around Pafos Airport
To get to Paphos, which is around 20 minutes away, you will have to drive to the city through the B6 highway. Take the 2nd exit at Κόμβος Σφαγείου, and stay on Λεωφόρος Αρχιεπισκόπου Μακαρίου ΙΙΙ. Continue onto Αρχιεπισκόπου Μακαρίου ΄Γ and merge onto Λεοφ. Αρχιεπισκόπου Μακαρίου ΙΙΙ. Get on Λεωφ. Αρχιεπισκόπου Μακαρίου ΄Γ and Λεωφ. Αθηνών from the 2nd exit at the roundabout. Turn right then to Φιλίππου Λοϊζου and turn right to Μισσιαούλη & Καβάζογλου. There are a number of parking lots and spaces in the area, where you can keep the car away before exploring the attractions in Paphos.
Getting to your destination
With its protected ancient landmarks and a rich trail of artefacts, Limassol shines with various sightseeing opportunities. There is Limassol Castle to check out, a 14th century structure which was vandalised by the Venetians, fixed by the Ottomans for military use, and then made into a colonial prison by the British. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum and the Cyprus Wine Museum, to name a few.
Take A6 Tunnel to Αγίας Φυλάξεως in Limasol. Take the exit from A6 Tunnel and then drive to Λεωφ. Ευαγόρα Λανιτή to get to the city. You can reach the area in around 50 minutes, if the traffic conditions are good. Parking can be found in different parts of the city, where establishments let customers use their slots.
A small stone-built community of farmers, Peyia makes an excellent mix of traditional Cyprian culture with the modern features one will find here. It is a multicultural community, with several beaches nearby.
To get here, take Χρίστου Κκέλη, E701 and Μιχαλακή Κυπριανού to Συνεργατισμού in Πέγεια and then turn right onto Συνεργατισμού. You can reach the area around 40 minutes later, but the parking spaces are limited. You will have to arrange with the accommodations in the area on where you can find a reasonably safe place to keep your car during your stay.
A small village, Lysos is about 36 kilometres from Paphos. Although not much is known about this area, the mystery itself makes Lysos exciting to visit, if you like to have some travelling adventures.
When going here, drive from Λεωφ. Μεσόγης to Σκούλλη and then go on to your destination in Λυσός. The estimated travel time is around an hour, with seemingly limited parking opportunities. Be sure to go here only when it is early morning, so you will have enough time to get back to your accommodations in Paphos before dark.