I am travelling to Republic of Cyprus. I am planning to rent a car in Larnaca and travel to Northern Cyprus as well. I have called several big rental companies (Hertz, Sixt, Europcar) and learned that while it is allowed to drive to Northern Cyprus, neither of those rental companies provide insurance for the rental car. I would have to buy a third-party insurance at the border. In case of an accident or car breakdown I have to organize towing the car from the Northern Cyprus part back to the Republic of Cyprus. And since the insurance is not valid in the Northern Cyprus, I am personally fully liable for any car damage.
- Has anyone else travelled with a rental car from Republic of Cyprus to Northern Cyprus? Any issues with that? Any recommendations / suggestions on how to handle the insurance? What is the approx price of the insurance?
- Has anyone experienced any car breakdown / accidents with a rental car from Republic of Cyprus in Northern Cyprus?
- In general, how safe it is to drive a car from Republic of Cyprus to Northern Cyprus? I assume the car plates are different.
- Are there any alternatives? Such as taking a bus from Republic of Cyprus and renting a car in Northern Cyprus instead?