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About Larnaca

Larnaca also spelled Larnaka is a city on the southeast coast of Cyprus. It is an important tourist destination and the second most important port in Cyprus. The city of Larnaca is known for its beautiful promenade along the coast, where there is a row of palm trees. Most of the major festivals take place along this promenade. Larnaca is one of the oldest cities in Cyprus with luxury yachts docking in the port for tourists who enjoy the clean beaches, crystal blue sea, rich nightlife, and numerous festivals is Larnaca. The most popular beaches in this charming place are Mackenzie, Finikoudes, and Janates - for snorkeling lovers. Those who are interested in the history of this place can visit many places of interest, such as the Tomb of Saint Lazarus, the 17th-century museum, the Sultan Teke Hall, and the ancient city of Kition. The nightlife is not as active as in other places in Cyprus, so Larnaca is an ideal destination for a family vacation. However, there are plenty of bars to visit during the day, as well as a handful of restaurants where the food is said to be unique. Larnaca is the third-largest city after Nicosia and Limassol.

Basic info and car hire in Larnaca

  • Location: Port city on the southern coast of Cyprus. 
  • Population: 144,000 
  • Official language: Greek and Turkish
  • Currency: Euro ( EUR ) 
  • Weather: The weather in Larnaca is typical of all coastal towns in Cyprus, where summers are cooler and winters warmer than inland because of the sea.
  • Holidays in Larnaca:  Larnaca is known for being around 340 days of sunny days, making it an ideal location to visit at any time of the year. Summer will allow you to lie on the beach while the rest of the months will be so much better for exploring all the interesting things that this city and its surroundings offer.
  • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafes offer 
  • Road conditions:  Well-maintained, well-developed roads.
  • Car hire in Larnaca: Renting a car at Larnaca Airport and Larnaca Down Town at Orbit Car Hire gives you a lot of freedom to travel throughout Cyprus at your own pace. With a wide selection of vehicles, you can be sure to find the vehicle that suits your needs and will benefit you the most on your trip.   

 Driving in Larnaca

There are no tolls in Cyprus. Traffic in Larnaca is not exactly heavy, you may encounter minor congestion in the city centers, otherwise, you will mostly encounter rental cars along the way. Google Maps is very handy for navigation.
Parking lots are usually not hard to find, for the most part, they are even free, otherwise, they only cost one or two euros for the whole day. Parking at hotels is also free and mostly safe.
The speed limit on the roads is as follows, in the settlement 50 km/h, outside the settlement 80 km/h and on the expressway 100 km/h.

  • Age limits: The age limit is 21 years, depending on the car rental agency. Many of the agencies either charge a fee for young drivers fee if you are under this age, or do not allow you to rent the car at all. A Young Driver Fee may apply to drivers aged 21-24. 
  • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). 
  • Additional papers:  An identification card (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company in case your policy does not cover you when driving in Cyprus).
  • Additional requirements:  Warning triangles, spare wheels are mandatory, as is a hands-free device with hearing aids if you are talking on the phone while driving.
  • Children in the car:  All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over five feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat.
  • Driving side of the road: Left.
  • Lights: Headlights are turned on at all times (day and night).  
  • General speed limits: Speed limits are usually clearly signposted and are generally similar to speed limits in most other European countries. Speed limits are stated in km/h (kilometers per hour) rather than mph (miles per hour), although in some places speed limits are stated in both units.
  • Parking suggestions: The unofficial rule in Cyprus is that if a space is not occupied by another car, it is a potential parking space. Sometimes the police hand out fines for illegal parking, but this is rarely seen, so the fines have no real preventative effect.

Car Hire in Larnaca

Most popular car hire at Larnaca

The most commonly chosen rental car in { CITY } is the Fiat 500, Fiat Panda, and Renault Clio. Renault Capture is also a popular option. The most popular car types in { CITY } are economy and mini.

Popular Driving Routes

Popular One-Way car hire from Larnaca

Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Larnaca. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Cyprus.

  • Larnaca to Paphos ( 1 hr 30 min - 137,0 km)
  • Larnaca to Ayia Napa ( 1 hr 54 min -179,3 km)
  • Larnaca to Limassol ( 46 min - 67,3 km)

Popular day trips from Larnaca

There are plenty of things to do and see in Larnaca, but to get to know Cyprus, you'll need to hire a car and explore some other places near Larnaca. Here are some suggestions:


Famagusta is a well-known place in Cyprus and it's worth taking a day trip to get to know the region. A trip to the city of Salamis, Venetian fortresses, and even the famous Othello Tower, an imposing structure that guards the city and its port, is a must for fans of history and architecture. Medieval architecture surrounds you, giving you a sense of how things were centuries ago.


Although Paphos is smaller in area than Nicosia and Limassol, it has made great strides in recent years and is now one of the most attractive cities on the island. Starting from the magnificent Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, which houses the Tomb of the Kings and a large number of incredible mosaics, to the Church of St. Paul, the medieval fortress, to the Archaeological Museum.

Cape Greco

This is the place with the best nature on the whole island. Cape Greco is something not to be missed. The protected nature park is located between Ayia Napa and Protaras and according to Cypriot legend was once home to a mythical monster. Amazing turquoise waters, rocks of various shapes, and hands down, perhaps the most beautiful view you'll ever see, will make you instantly fall in love with this little oasis of calm. 

Ayia Napa

Ayia Napa is a great place for a day trip. There are many restaurants in the area and water sports of all kinds, including scuba diving. The best part is that it is only a half-hour drive from Larnaka. 


Kornos, Cyprus is a rural village located in the center of the three major cities of Nicosia, Larnaca, and Limassol. From Larnaca, it is about 30 minutes by car to Kornos. Pottery traditions have endured here for centuries and are still a source of pride for the locals. The clay used to make the pottery comes from the foot of Stavrovouni Mountain.


Lefkara is one of the most visited villages in the Larnaka region for its deep-rooted traditions of lace-making, its captivating architecture, and its endearing inhabitants. From the 14th century onwards, embroidery and lacework became popular among the women of Lefkara. Leonardo Da Vinci once visited Lefkara.

What to see in Larnaca

Larnaca city is best known for its mile-long palm-lined promenade, better known as Finikudes, with a gleaming sandy beach, and a 14th-century fortress that was later used as a prison and is now the seat of the museum. In the center of the town is the 9th century Church of Saint Lazarus, dedicated to the Lazarus of Bethany. From a historical point of view, this is the biggest attraction of Larnaca, and the interior of the church is truly amazing. Also unmissable is the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque, 4 kilometers from the center of Larnaca, built on the site where Umm Haram is buried, who according to tradition was the nurse of Prophet Muhammad and the wife of Ubad bin al-Samit, his follower. Larnaca is one of the cheaper cities in Cyprus, and prices are sometimes twice as low as in Ayia Napa. It's a good idea to buy souvenirs right here.

  • Visit Larnaca

    Explore Cyprus 

    Drive your rental car beyond Larnaca

    Your rental car will open up the entire south of Cyprus to you. Start by exploring the area around Larnaca with its beautiful beaches, historical sites, and squares. The city has so much to offer that you can visit a cultural attraction in the morning and have a relaxing sunbathe and swim in the afternoon. Head a little further to Ayia Napa, where you can enjoy 14 Blue Flag-certified sandy beaches.

  • Explore Larnaca

    Enjoy the culture in Larnaca

    Where to eat, drink, and party in Larnaca

    Cypriots treat food with great respect, it is a special part of the local culture, so only fresh produce and vegetable oils are used in the preparation of all dishes.

    Seafood and all kinds of fish are caught in the Mediterranean, and it is extremely rare to find frozen food imported in restaurants. Meat also comes from the region - on the mountain slopes, farmers raise a variety of farm animals, so they use fresh meat for cooking in restaurants.

    The food in Larnaca is mainly Greek, so you can enjoy some wonderful Mediterranean cuisine here that is not only delicious but surprisingly good for you.  And if you fancy a change of pace, there are a number of restaurants offering dishes from other parts of the world. 


What you need to know about renting a car

How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.

What are the charges for security deposits?

Every car rental has its security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

What if I would like to change my booking?

If you need to change your booking you have made through Orbit Car Hire please contact our customer support team at customerservice@orbitcarhire.com or by phone at +354 823 0165. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Terms of Use. 

How do I cancel my booking?

You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

When do I pay for the rental car?

You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

What is included in the price?

Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

Are there any hidden fees?

There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:

  • Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
  • One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
  • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
  • Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
  • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

What is a voucher and why do I need it?

A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.

What is an airport or premium location fee?

Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?

Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.

How do I get the cheapest car hire?

Prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Alicante!

How many countries does Orbit Car Hire compare?

We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, Germany. 

What currency should I use to pay for the car?

You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up. 

Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

What is the cheapest car to rent?

The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

Can I add an additional driver to my booking?

You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

What payment methods are accepted by Orbit Car Hire

You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

Can I drop off my car at a different location?

Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for a one-way car hire. 

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