Cyprus travel information

Cyprus travel information

Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean that offers great local and international travel services. It is best to reach Cyprus either through air or sea. To date, there are above 40 airlines plying to Cyprus, including the national airline of Cyprus, Cyprus Airways. You find scheduled flights of Cyprus Airways flying within, to and from Cyprus, convenient for your traveling needs.

The international airport Larnaca is found about 5 km to the south of the city. There are taxis found outside the airport to reach the city. The airport itself has some airport facilities like duty-free shopping, bank bureaus, bars, tourist information, restaurants, first aid, post office, car hire and Cyprus Hotel Information and Reservation Office. Pafos is another international airport situated in Pafos, and is 15 km to the east of Cyprus, needing 25 minutes to reach it. Its airport facilities include car hire facilities and special facilities for disabled people. It should be noted that there is no departure tax from any of these airports.

If you prefer to visit Cyprus by sea, you will find that the ships from the ports of Limassol and Larnaca connect Cyprus to many Greek and Middle Eastern ports. However, ship services are reduced during winter months. However, it should be noted that the Cyprus government had declared the ports of Famagusta, Kyrenia and Karavostassi, together with the airport of Ercan to be illegal ports of entry to Cyprus.

On reaching Cyprus, you find that there are bus services that connect towns and villages on all days but Sunday. The bus services in Cyprus are efficient and cheap; but can be rather slow. However, they are great means of seeing the more remote villages of Cyprus. You can also find taxis that run all the 24 hours of a day between all the main towns of Cyprus. The taxis all have meters, where the fares are all regulated by the government.

Of all the taxis that are found in Cyprus, it is the Transurban Service taxis that offer excellent and cheap service. These taxis offer seven seat taxis that ply between fixed routes between main points. The taxis here run following a timetable where delivery can be made from door to door. The fares here are usually one-tenth the usual rate.

You find that hiring a car is a great means of exploring the island. Though cars can be hired from airports and commercial centers, they have to be booked well in advance during summer season. You can avail of reduced tariffs for your car if you hire the car for more than a week.

The road signs in Cyprus are both in Greek and English, for the convenience of tourists. Traffic here drives on the left where though most roads are good standard wise; there are some roads that are of a lower standard than those in UK or anywhere else. However, it should be known that there are severe penalties for not wearing seat belts and helmet here, and for using mobiles or driving under influence of alcohol. All pillion passengers and riders of bikes have to wear crash helmets for motorcycles over 50cc. International Driving Permits and national driving licenses are accepted in Cyprus for a year.