I'd like to recommend on a very nice expiriance with a scooter rental in Paphos
The owner was very nice and welcoming He looks like a typical Greek with a long mustache, just like a movie star. My wife and I rented a scooter 200 cc and ride to the beaches and around the city , we really enjoyed it and the end after we returned the scooter we got a ride back to the hotel.
the name of the store is Golden ride rentals the have all kind of bikes and Buggie
Shop 1 - Coral Bay
Intercoral Shopping Centre, Block B,
Shop No.11, 8560
CORAL BAY, Paphos, Cyprus
Tel: +357 - 26 621 845 / +357 - 99 632 813
Shop 2 - Paphos
Aristo Royal Complex,
Tombss of the King,
Tel/Fax: +357 - 26 911 773
If you plan to explore the island the best way to do it is by hiring a car. Travel independent if possible. I advise that you get a good map and try to use the main roads mostly. Petrol is quite cheap but before you set off make sure you have plenty especially if you plan to drive to more remote parts. The advantage of having a hired car is that you can drive to the smaller villages, and stay for as long as you wish.
If you plan driving to Akama/Aphrodite trail have in mind that you should hire a 4X4 jeep and not a saloon car because you cannot make it otherwise. There are plenty of companies to choose from and make sure that there is insurance within the quoted price.
Find all the information you might need through the thread I give below.
There is daily bus service, even during the weekends as from summer 2010, the company is very reliable, and the buses depart exactly on the time mentioned.
Routes for all the main cities: Larnca, Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos
Agia Napa and Paralimni and Protaras.
AN IMPORTANT NOTICE
A number of tickets has been stolen from the Intercity Bus company and are beeing sold illegally on the market , the tickets will not be accepted on Intercity buses.
For this reason passengers are requested to buy their tickets only from the bus drivers on board the buses. Otherwise the tickets they might have got from anywhere else won't count!
It is licensed by the Cyprus Tourist Organization and you can travel to the different destinations through this agency.
Agia Napa, Larnaca, Troodos, Kykkos, Paphos, Nicosia, Lefkara, Mountain Villages, Coral Bay, and Aphrodite's Baths.
Call them to reserve a seat.
For Paphos / Pafos a rentalcar is not really necessary, but of course it adds a lot to your convenience. I had rented a car in Larnaca and for the whole week I payed just 174 euros for a tiny KIA-picanto. Rental prices are a lot higher in Paphos according to what I have seen and in any case it really makes sense to book your rental-car in advance !
There is an elevator in the citycentre, taking you from the large carpark to the upper part of the citycentre. that elevator is totally free of charge and it does not only save you from taking the steep trottoir, but it is also a lot safer, because there is a lot of dangerous trafic there in the small roads.
Intercity buses are few. There is one direct Paphos to Nicosia at 8 am ( always check time ). It takes 3 hours and the fare is 10 euro. This bus goes via Limassol, there are other buses to Limassol. Another way of travel is the shared taxi, either go to the office or ring 26 923800, i used this Limassol to Paphos cost was 10 euro, there were 7 passengers. This service is most of the day.PS. I found the bus station hard to find at first, it is tucked away in town.
Local transport in Paphos is fine and frequent - buses along coast to harbour and market - but not to airport. regular buses to Lemessos and coast past Aphrodite's Rock etc.
Taxis are very common and reasonably priced.
Why not fly direct to Paphos?
You do really need a car if you want to explore further than the town limits. There are plenty of daytrips, of course, and they are good value. But the bus service is rather limited, and local buses non-existent after about 1800.
Plenty of car hire places, as one would expect. But do watch out for the usual add-ons: CDW, EDW, waivers here and there. And check out the condition of the vehicles, and what provision they have for breakdowns etc.
Oh, and the rather clever scam (it seems to me) of charging you for a whole tankfull of petrol, refunding the cost only if you pay by credit card and even then taking off a 'refuelling charge'!! They all do it though, so no firm is going to be any better than another from that point of view.
As for the driving, it's on the left so easy for a Brit! Even major roads can have pretty bad potholes though, and the locals (as everywhere) merrily break the speedlimits; I just pulled over and let them fly past. Speed limits off the motorway are quite low anyway: 80kph max (around 50mph), but there are police with speed cameras dotted about. It's worth keeping an eye open and your speed down (and reduces the risk of a puncture from the potholes).
If you are staying in Kato Pafos or Coral Bay, you can get to either by taking a simple bus ride! It takes around about 20 minutes each trip but takes you direct to where you want to go! The bus will take you right onto the beach at Coral Bay or right onto the Marina at Pafos Harbour. It costs around 80 cents (about 95p) whereas a taxi would cost up to CYP20 (£23)!
Because we were quite a way out from the Town and Harbour we used the bus alot.In Paphos you have to pay the driver and its the same price about 70 cents to go anywhere,whether its for the next stop or five.We thought it was good value for money.
As usual, the taxis in a tourist area are there to make as much cash as possible from the punters. If you do not know how much it is, they will work you for an extra poind or two. The best deal around Paphos is the local bus. Most are airconditioned, and the fare is only 50P. Most of the drivers are helpful, though one or two are a bit crochety. They do not run on a schedule, but eventually one will show up. there are only a limited amount of routes, so it is not hard to get around. Paphos to Coral bay is the 10 or 15 bus, but cab it is a minimum 8 pounds, though some will try to charge 10 - 12 pounds. The cash adds up quickly.
The cheapest taxis in Coral Bay is the Coral Beach taxi company. They were consistenly 2 pounds less expensive than all the others, though somtimes you had to help with directions.
Paphos is not a large town, but it is a bit spead out. We walked, used local buses & hired a car for a while to get us further afield to the troodos mountains etc.
If you dont want to drive there, there are plenty of travel agents with organised tours to places.
Cyprus drives on the left. This is due to the heavy British influence of the island. This is ideal for UK and Japanese drivers but may be confusing for European of American drivers as most of the rest of the medateranean drives on the right.
Car Hire is reasonable, you will need your driver's licence. Be sure that your stupid fiance doesn't put diesel into the car when it actually takes petrol. Driving is a good way to view the spreadout places on the island.