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Travelling Cyprus

Travelling Cyprus (4)

Friday, 04 November 2016 23:21

Where to stay?

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Paphos Region

From Limassol on the south coast to Polis on the island’s north-western tip is the Paphos region of Cyprus. Most people flock to the region’s breath-taking beaches, which have white sands, edged by pam trees. Both Paphos and Limassol have retained their Mediterranean charm, with cobbled stone old towns and buzzing little cafes.

Larnaca Region

The island’s east coast is the nocturnal sister to the west. Ayia Napa has earned its stripes for being a town that knows how to let its hair down but turn your back on it and head out into the countryside and it’s a paradise for walkers and family outings.

Capital Nicosia

If a beach holiday isn’t your thing, then having Nicosia as your base could be the perfect option. It is an enticing city with museums, churches, mosques, traditional restaurants and unspoilt streets to explore.

Friday, 04 November 2016 21:38

Getting Around

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Car

Driving is on the left and cars are right-hand drive in Cyprus; one less thing to have to get accustomed to! Motorways and main roads are a good standard but side roads, especially in the mountains, might be unsurfaced. Speed limits vary depending what type of road you are on, but generally motorways have a maximum of 100km/h, main roads have a limit of 80km/h and built-up areas are generally 50km/h.

Parking is free in many villages, as well as on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays in towns. It’s worth having a look at the nearest meters for street parking or carparks should have a sign up indicating prices.

Driving in the north is similar to driving in the south: cars drive on the left and the signage is international.

Car Rentals

Both international airports offer full car renting facilities, including companies Europcar and Sixt.

In the South: There are rental companies in the main towns and cities. You can also rent motorcycles, scooters and quad bikes. Check with the company if you want to visit the north of the island and for insurance.

In the North: There are only local rental companies – most of which are well set up – and the minimum for hire is 25.

Car rental starts at around €34 per day in summer, €20 per day in winter.

Bus

The south of the island has a good bus system, covering all districts, and is used as a reliable mode of transport.

Fares €1.50 for a single journey and a day ticket costs €5.00.

Visit Cyprus by Bus for a combined view of all the bus routes and times.

Taxi

In the South: Taxis can either be hailed from the street or a taxi rank, or booked over the phone. In main cities they are extensive and equipped with meters that the taxi drivers are obliged to use.

In the North: Make sure to agree a fare at the start as the drivers don’t operate with meters.

Bikes

Cyprus is an incredible destination for cyclists or if you just fancy hiring a bike for a day or two. There are lots of established routes that you can explore before or during your stay.

Bike renting is available from Paphos and the West, Larnaca and Limassol regions.

Friday, 04 November 2016 21:28

Getting There

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Air

Most people fly into Cyprus, arriving at either one of the island’s two International Airport. Airfares depend on season; you’ll pay the highest fares in peak season (June – August) and you’ll get the best prices in low season.

There are daily flights from all the major UK airports to Pathos International Airport and Larnaca International Airport. Flight times are in range of 4.5 hours and you can find flights from all the London airports. The following airlines (but not limited to) fly to Cyprus:

• Thomson
• British Airways
• Thomas Cook
• Jet2.com
• easyJet
• Norwegian Air
• Monarch
• Ryanair
• Aegean Airlines

Larnaca International Airport

Laraca International Airport is the main airport for Cyprus. Travel distance to Paphos is 1.5 hours and you can reach Nicosia in 50 minutes.

Pathos International Airport

Pathos International Airport is approximately 12km from Paphos and well served by bus and taxi network.

North Cyprus

It is not possible to fly directly from the UK to the northern part of Cyprus. Under the terms of the International Convention on Civil Aviation of 1944, flights can only operate legally to the international airports designated by the Republic of Cyprus.

Crossing the 'Green Line’

A buffer zone, known as the 'Green Line', was established following hostilities in 1974. It is patrolled by UN peace keeping forces, dividing the island from the coast north west of Morphou through Nicosia to Famagusta. It is possible to visit the northern part of Cyprus by using any one of the official crossing points on the 'Green Line'. There are no longer any restrictions on how long you can stay in the northern part of Cyprus if you cross over.

The crossing points are:

Ledra Palace in central Nicosia (Pedestrians Only)

Ledra Street in central Nicosia (Pedestrians only)

Agios Dometios in Nicosia

Limnitis in the hills above Kato Pygros

Plya to cross into the north from Larnaca

Astromeritis near Morphou

Strovila is the easternmost crossing point

There are no strict border formalities for EU citizens at the green line but you’ll need your passport. You’ll not get a stamp on your passport but on an accompanying document.

Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:01

Flying to and from Cyprus

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Flying to and from Cyprus

 

Cyprus has 2 new world class airports recently build under a PFI inititive with Hermes Airports.

 

Paphos international airport was opened in November 2008 and won an award for the best European airport in its first year. It is approximately 12km from Paphos and well served by the bus and taxi network and only 3 km from the main motorway.

 

Larnaca International Airport opened in November 2009. It is the main airport for Cyprus, close to the main motorway network, Paphos is 1.5 hours away, Nicosia less. It has the latest technology for a large airport including sky walks and has provision for great expansion in the future when needed.

 

Please find below links to the airport websites, arrivals and departures.


Official Website for Larnaca Airport
Airline List for Lanaca Airport
Larnaca Live Arrivals - Larnaca Live Departures

Official Website for Paphos Airport
Airline List for Lanaca Airport
Paphos Live Arrivals - PaphosLive Departures

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