The only way to get around Cyprus is by car, bike or bus. The only railway which ran trains between Nicosia and Famagusta closed in 1951. Cycling is difficult as some of the regions are hilly, and unless the visit has a car, the island's bus service is sufficient for many visitors. There are two types of bus services. The regional (blue) buses provide services in the main towns (Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos) and tickets are 1 Euro 50 cents per journey irrespective of distance and obviously long journeys are good value for money, example Polis to Paphos is 36 kilometres. The other type of buses are the intercity (green) buses which only stop at a few stops in the city from which the bus travels and similarly in the destination city. The fares are usually 4 Euros, single and 7 Euros return, or on a longer journey 5 Euro/9 Euro.
FROM LARNACA AIRPORT BY BUS TO LIMASSOL
The Company EAL LTD only transfers from Larnaca Airport to Limassol and back. There are only 2 bus stops in Limassol. The first one at AGIOS ATHANASIOS, and the other one at AGIOS GEORGIOS HAVOUZA.
For weekdays and weekends timetables are the same.
No booking in advance. Tickets are purchased on the bus from the driver.
The trip from the Airport to Limassol is approximately an hour.
Fares are 8 euro for adults (12 years and up)
Children 4 euro (5-12 years) Free for infants up to 5 years old.
There is no extra charge for luggage.
The bus terminal at the Airport is on the ground level to your left as you exit the arrivals. It is approximately 20 meters as you exit the airport building.
The sign on the bus is “Limassol Airport Express”
FOR JUST 2 EUROS!
If you wish to get from Limassol to Platres there is a new bus service that can take you out there and bring you back in the afternoon.
The cost is just 2 euros to go and return.
ONE EURO for one way trip!
From Limassol you can take the bus from the central bus station opposite the Old Hospital.
It is a big bus station where there are buses for other destinations as well.
From Platres the bus leaves from the Police Station area.
Limassol departures at 9.30 am, 12.30 p.m, 1.30 pm and 5.50pm
Platres departures at 7.30 am 8.30 am and 3.45pm
On the weekends 9.30, 12.30, and the very last at 4.45pm from Limassol.
The bus passes through Alasa, Lania, Trimiklini, Saita, Pera Pedi, Lania, Mandria, Platres, and Phoini or (Fini).
From Platres: 7.30 am and in the afternoon at 3.45pm
ARE YOU PLANNING HIRING A CAR?
If you plan to explore the island the best way to do it is to hire 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.
Driving in Cyprus is on the right
Watch out when you are driving on the highway. You cannot exceed the 80 kmh the maximum otherwise speed cameras will spot you. Police is watching you and you cannot even see them sometimes. They know well how to cover their police cars but it is for our own safety of course.
Watch out for possible pathholes on the road!
Moving around in taxis can be extremely expensive unless you can afford it.
Tell the taxi driver where exactly you want to go and ask for the cost before you set off. A good idea is to write down the number plate just in case something goes wrong.
PUBLIC MEANS OF TRANSPORT
Buses are very popular throughout the south part of the island (Greek part) they are punctual and safe. You have to dare it just for once and follow the rest of the tourists and you will be amazed on the quality of travel and the low cost! Drivers speak English -the majority of them are very friendly and hundreds of tourists use them daily. The Cyprus Transport Organization has bus routes to the most popular places of interest.
DAY TRIPS FROM AGENCIES AND PICKED FROM THE HOTELS
You come across several travel agencies in Cyprus.
I recommend them if you don’t plan to hire a car. It is a way of seeing places and going around Cyprus from one end to the other.
You can arrange to be picked by Tourist Agencies either from the hotel you are staying or the closer to you bus station (depending on the agreement made) and have a tour to the Mountains or any other place of interest for not much. Both on my previous trip to Paphos and this one I came across one or two of these agencies and I want to try them next time.
Ask info from the reception desk of the hotel you are staying.
ANOTHER HELPFUL LINK
I find this link interesting and I came across it this morning.
It gives precious info and key contact details for local airports and info about public transport access, airport services, plus Sea Travel.
From Limassol to Nicosia by Bus
My next destination is the capital of Cyprus –Nicosia.
We call it “Lefkosia” in Greek with stress on the –ee (like Lefkosiiia)
Those of you who follow my Guides already know that I am using a lot public conveyance, and since there are no trains I use buses.
TAXIS in Cyprus had always been costly and lately with the economic problem in Cyprus they cost a fortune.
HIRING a car is the other alternative and I highly recommend it only if the traveler/tourist is on a short stay and wants to see as much as possible.
Hiring a driver to take you around is a huge mistake!
I have heard of times when for a half day’s trip people pay as much as the cost of the air ticket!!
I am going to show you how with very little I am going to get from Limassol to Nicosia.
I am at the Four Seasons Hotel –on the beach front avenue. If I wanted to get to the City centre I would get to the bus stop which is only a few metres from the entrance of the hotel and with just One euro I would catch the bus for the Old Port.
Today, I want to get as far as Nicosia, so I have to catch the bus from the opposite side of the road. (Ask the reception to indicate the bus stop –Opposite the Colours Café).
You have to catch the Blue Bus #30. Get off at St. Raphael’s bus stop.
From this spot out here, catch the InterCity Green bus for Nicosia. The fee is 4.50 euros. (So with 5.50 euros) you can get to the capital. It is that easy.
There are no delays especially if you know the departure time. (From the Main station of the NEW Port to St. Raphael’s the bus needs approximately 20 minutes depending on the traffic so count this time in as well). If you wish to catch it from the OLD Port, it just needs 10 minutes to come there.
Cyprus by Bus:
TIP: T r a v e l Clever
If you have the time -go for it!
It is a clever way of traveling not only for those on budget holidays but for everyone!
Save this money and spend it on something else – a souvenir, lunch/dinner at a nice restaurant, or upgrade your accommodation for instance.
Anyhow, whether using a bus, a taxi or hiring a car, I am sure you will have the most memorable holidays ever!
Cyprus is an amazing destination, a country of beauty and contrasts!
Please don’t ask me to indicate the best month because I cannot do it.
For me Cyprus is beautiful the year round.
So, if you are a person who loves Natural beauty, History, Culture, Colourful Sunsets, ….LIFE in general then trust me.
This little island will AMAZE you. It is MAGIC!*
We were in Cyprus in October 2011 and made great use of the bus system. Both the local buses and the inter-city buses were in our experience, inexpensive and reliable as per timetable.
We used the local buses in the Agia Napa - all routes regardless of distance, just 1 Euro per trip, or for unlimited trips for one day 2 Euro. We could have gone from Agia Napa to Larnaca for just 1 Euro.
We used the similar local systems in Limassol and also in Paphos.
The inter-city systems were good too - Limassol to Paphos just 3 Euros, Larnaca to Limassol also just 3 Euros.
These trips operated several times a day - all year around - though less trips on weekends.
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!
Call the automatic phone number 77778833 to assure that your flight has not changed.
I always find this number very useful and hours before my departure I check to see in case something has changed. This saves me both time and money.
Public transport in Cyprus is not really perfect and so I decided to rent a car. According to my experience the rental cars are cheaper in Larnaca than those in touristy Paphos. Roads are mostly in quite a bad condition in Cyprus and you have to drive on the left and the local roundabouts are at least in the beginning a bit tricky for drivers not beeing used to the british type of roundabouts with 2-3 seperate tracks in them, but drivers in Cyprus mostly care a lot for each other and I hardly ever met a real racing-rowdy except sometimes in some cars with a red licence-plate, so those were tourists in a rental car !
When renting a car in Cyprus you have to sign a contract that does not allow you to drive on roads that are not asphalted and it is also forbidden to cross the border and drive through the part of Cyprus that is occupied by the army of Turkey !
You can get to the city of Larnaca with bus #22 and #23 and the bus stop is outside on the left hand side of the entrance as you leave the main building.
If you don't wish to wait for the bus, just go to the other side on the right where you can find the taxis. It will probably cost you 15 to 18 euros to get to a city hotel in Larnaca, and 25 to 30 if you want to be driven to Dhekelia road.
Be sure to ask about the cost before entering the taxi, to avoid possible misunderstandings!!!
Hallo, you can find the shuttle bus info in the below link, i have tried it and it is just great,regards
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