Car rental service in Cyprus gains popularity each year. In Protaras, a relatively small tourist resort, a hire car will help you not only get from hotel to beach in comfort but also explore a fascinating part of the world. This quiet family resort is located relatively far from the main tourist destinations — just 13km from Ayia Napa and 71km from Larnaca. And you will get there by car before you know it.
You get the best of two worlds — recreation at a quiet place and all entertainments of a popular resort. And, of course, you'll be able to visit one-of-a-kind caves and see the nearby windmills located about 10km from the town. Car hire in Protaras enables you to explore the Windmill Valley without putting your body to the test of two things — hot weather and buses — that can be tolerated separately but are hardly tolerable together.
We recommend that you book a car in Cyprus in advance online. Many car hire companies on the island do not guarantee either availability of a suitable vehicle by the time of your arrival or good terms and conditions. Booking a car on our website will guarantee you both.
Who can rent a car and which documents are required
In Protaras, a driver must be over 25 years old and have at least 3 years of driving experience to drive a hire car. To sign a rental agreement, you’ll need your bank card, ID or passport, and driving license.
There are several standard car insurance options.
- Third-Party Liability Insurance (TPL) covers damage you cause to others with your car. This basic insurance is usually included in rental cost.
- Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) covers most of the car in case of a collision. It does not cover damages to tyres, windshield, and undercarriage. It is often included in car rental cost.
- Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) is a more expensive and comprehensive coverage that includes damages to tyres, windows, and undercarriage.
The insurance is not valid at the territory of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Each type of insurance can be offered with or without a deposit. Deposit is a certain amount you pay in cash or by card when signing your rental agreement. It is used to cover the damage. If the damage cost exceeds the deposit amount, the insurance company will cover the difference.
Driving in Protaras
Driving in a quiet resort town, such as Protaras, is very easy, even though it uses left-hand traffic. Exiting parking lots and turning at intersections can be a bit of a challenge, but not a problem. When driving is second nature to you, you have to focus so that your hands do not steer the car to the right-hand lane instead of the left-hand lane “automatically”.
Apart from that, road surface, marking, and traffic signs are just fine.
Filling stations in Protaras
Fuel stations sell Unleaded 95, Super Unleaded 98 or Euro Diesel. There’s an EKO petrol station on the Pernera to Protaras road.
Filling stations are open:
- Mon - Fri: 6am - 6pm
- Sat: 6am - 4pm
- Sun: Closed
Automated filling stations work 24/7. Refuelling your car in Protaras should not be a problem.
However, please note that when you pay by card, an amount of €60 will be temporarily blocked, irrespective of the actual fuel cost. If you are not okay with it, you can pay in cash.
Parking in Protaras
Protaras has both paid (about €0.5 per hour) and free parking spaces.
Free parking is available near supermarkets, churches, and landmarks during opening hours.
Cars must be parked only in the direction of travel at all parking facilities in Protaras. The penalty for violation of this rule is a sizeable fine of €85.
You can buy a SIM card literally anywhere. Tourists should not go for the cheapest SIM cards and should opt for special tourist SIM cards sold at €10-15.