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Travel and accommodation in Cyprus

Cyprus has two international airports, at Larnaca and Pafos, with Larnaca being the main arrival point for international scheduled flights. Larnaca International Airport is located 5km south of the centre and is a 30 minute drive to Nicosia (about 45 km). Pafos International Airport is roughly a seventy minute drive to Nicosia and is mainly for charter flights.

There are several scheduled airlines running daily flights to Larnaca from European countries as well as a range of charter companies running packaged vacation breaks to Cyprus. The flight time is four and a half hours from London to Pafos or Larnaca. Scheduled airlines flying to Cyprus include Cyprus Airways, Helios Airways and British Airways. There is also a bundle of charter airlines flying from the UK, such as Thomson, which operate from 12 UK airports. Charter flights can be booked through web sites such as Cheapflights or Lastminute.

International flights come into Lanarca from the Arab Emirates, Greece, Bahrain, the USA, Scotland, Russia, Israel, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy and Germany. Flights to Beirut may be affected by the volatile situation in Syria.

Cyprus Hilton Hotel in Nicosia

There are no trains in Cyprus so you need to get around the island by bus, taxi or car. You can take a taxi to Nicosia from the airport and these are readily available outside the airport terminal, with metered fares. The island’s inter-urban buses are also a good, cheap and reliable way to travel between the towns, and there are regular daily services. A number of bus companies link the major towns including the Lefkosia Interurban Bus Company which travels between Lefkosia and Lemesos, the Intercity Bus company covering Lefkosia to Larnaca, the Nea Amoroza Transport Co Ltd covering routes between Pafos and Polis, the PEAL Bus company between Paralimni, Larnaca and Protaras or the Eman Bus Company between Agia Napa and Larnaca.

The preferable mode of transport in Cyprus however is the car, not least because more remote interesting areas can’t be reached via the public transport system, but also because the roads are good, and four lane motorways connect the capital, Nikosia, with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaca and Pafos. Rental cars in Cyprus are known as ‘Z’ Cars, due to a distinctive red licence plate with a ‘Z’ prefix and they can be booked at airport arrivals. Driving is on the left.

The currency in Cyprus has been the Euro since January 1 2008. The price for a four star hotel in Lemesos is roughly €60 on a B/B basis while a three star hotel in Lemesos costs €30 (on a B/B basis). A four star hotel in Nicosia costs roughly €90 on a B/B basis while a three star would be €50.

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