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Lefkoşa (North Nicosia)

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

The long-distance bus station is on the corner of Atatürk Caddesi and Gazeteci Kemal Aşik Caddesi in the New Town. Buses to major towns leave from here. You may prefer the bus to the sometimes hair-raising rides in service taxis or dolmuş (minibuses).

Car & motorcycle

Drivers and riders will enter North Nicosia via one of two main roads that lead directly to the Old City. If you come from Famagusta or Ercan airport, you will enter North Nicosia via Mustafa Ahmet Ruso Caddesi and then Gazeteci Kemal Aşik Caddesi. This road leads directly to Kyrenia Gate. Arriving from Kyrenia, you will enter North Nicosia via Tekin Yurdabay Caddesi and eventually Bedrettin Demirel Caddesi, which also leads towards Kyrenia Gate.

If you are entering North Nicosia from the Republic of Cyprus, the car crossing point is at Agios Dometios, west of the city. The easiest way into the Old City is to turn immediately right after passing the Ledra Palace Hotel crossing and enter via Memdah Asar Sokak. Turn left onto Tanzimat Sokak as soon as you cross the moat and you will reach Kyrenia Gate after about 200m.

Parking is usually not a problem, though finding a place in the Old City may get tricky if you arrive late in the morning on a working day. If you arrive early, you can easily park on Girne Caddesi.

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Air

Ercan airport is about 14km east of North Nicosia and is linked to the city by an expressway. Many visitors to the North now fly to Larnaka airport, as the flights are direct and less subject to delays at Larnaka. There are scheduled flights to London and several destinations in Turkey. All charter flights operate from Ercan (Tymvou; 231 4703), although occasional flights are diverted to the military airport at Geçitkale(Lefkoniko; 227 9420), nearer to Famagusta, when Ercan is being serviced.

The two airlines serving Northern Cyprus are based in North Nicosia.

CyprusTurkish Airlines (Kıbrıs Türk Hava Yolları, KTHY; 227 3820; www.kthy.net/kthyen/html; Bedrettin Demirel Caddesi)

Turkish Airlines (Türk Hava Yolları, THY; 227 1061; www.turkishairlines.com; Mehmet Akif Caddesi 32)

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