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Getting Around in Cyprus

Public transportation in Cyprus is surprisingly poor, and most Cypriots drive.


Services connect all towns and villages on the island every day except Sunday and public holidays. Service is cheap.

Urban buses

They operate frequently during the daytime and, in some areas during the summer, timetables extend until midnight.

Nicosia has its own privately run bus company operating efficient services at flat fares, which offers a comprehensive service covering the urban area of Limassol and linking the port with the tourist area. For more details, contact the Limassol Urban Bus Company (E.A.L.) Limited, PO Box 51117 (tel: (25) 354-050).

Rural buses

Limited to one or two services each day and can be slow; however, they are a good way of seeing the more remote villages.


These run 24 hours a day between all the main towns on the island. Fares are regulated by the Government and all taxis have meters. Rural taxis can only be hired from the base station and do not have a taximeter installed. Transurban Service Taxis offers an excellent, cheap service using seven-seat taxis running fixed routes between main points. Taxis run to a timetable and delivery is door to door. Services operate every 30 minutes (Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm; Sat and Sun, 6am-5pm) and can be booked by phone. Fares under this system are often one-tenth of the usual rate.

Taxis are widely available in Nicosia. A 15 per cent surcharge is in operation from 11pm-6am. Tipping is expected.

Car rental

Cars are one of the best ways to explore the island. They may be rented at airports and commercial centres, but should be reserved well in advance during the summer season. Reduced tariffs are offered if cars are hired for more than a week. Road signs are in both Greek and English. Traffic drives on the left. Although most roads are of a good standard, the driving standards of others may be of a lower standard than that in the UK or elsewhere. Drivers attack their art with an equal mix of aggressiveness and incompetence and view road rules as mere guidelines. Take care when crossing the roads, and even greater care when driving on them.

It should also be noted that there are strict repercussions for those not wearing seatbelts or a crash helmet, or using a mobile telephone/under the influence of alcohol whilst driving.Visitors wishing to bring their car to Cyprus can do so for up to three months provided the car has a valid registration licence for its country of origin.


Riders and pillion passengers should always wear crash helmets if the motorcycle is over 50cc.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit or national driving licence is accepted for one year.





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