Paphos, Cyprus, - Istanbul, Turkey ? ?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Sep 15, 2013 8:00 AM Last Post By: meckerdv
May 7, 2013 2:22 PM
Paphos, Cyprus, - Istanbul, Turkey ? ?Hello,
In July I'm flying from UK to Cyprus (Paphos) to have a 4 week stay at the art school near there. After that I'd like to go to Istanbul, then maybe Budapest, by any means possible though preferably flying or ferry. (not sure what other options there would be, come to think of it . . ). From Istanbul or Budapest I'd then fly home - that bit isn't complicated.
I've done a few hours of research into getting from south Cyprus to Turkey but everything seems to say a slightly different thing . . Can someone tell me if this is possible and what the easiest and/or cheapest option would be, and how to go about booking it ?
I am British / have a British passport if that makes any difference.
Would be most grateful for everyone's input.
Cheers, George : )
May 7, 2013 9:08 PM
1No problems crossing from south CY to north CY and then departing for Turkey. Your UK passport guarantees you the right to pass between the north and south. Booking is another matter. You need to get to the border, then cross and get public transport or a taxi to the ferry port.
Turkish airlines is probably the only air carrier between Istanbul and Budapest but if purchased in advance, flights shouldn't be too expensive.
It is possible to travel overland from Istanbul to Budapest and there are multiple interesting places along the various possible routes but they all take time and money.
May 8, 2013 12:35 AM
2As Ruth said, no problem crossing from south to north. Just go from Paphos to Nicosia, and once in Nicosia walk across the border in the center of the city, and fly out of Ercan airport to Istanbul. The crossing is very straightforward and unless you have a very early flight flight there's no need to stay in N. Nicosia unless you want to. Buses leave for Ercan Airport from N. Nicosias bus station two hours or so before every flight out. There are lots of cheap flights that will be less expensive than a ferry and bus tickets, and will of course be much faster. Check http://www.skyscanner.net/ for flights.
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May 9, 2013 2:36 AM
6When you arrive in Cyprus you'll go through customs procedures like you would in any other country. Your'e then entirely free to travel around southern Cyprus until you decide to cross the border to northern Cyprus in Nicosia (there are other crossings but for your plans Nicosia will be the easiest). You'll cross from south to north Nicosia via the Ledra St. crossing. It's a pedestrian only street in the center of the city. Once you go through the border you'll be in the Turkish controlled Republic of Northern Cyprus. You won't get a stamp when exiting the south as the Greeks don't consider you to be leaving the country. The Turks will stamp a separate piece of paper that you'll need to show at Ercan Airport. When exiting through customs at Ercan the custom officials will ask if it's alright to stamp your passport. As far as I'm aware having a stamp from the Republic of Northern Cyprus in your passport isn't a problem when entering or exiting any other countries, even S. Cyprus should you decide to return. The politics of this may sound a little complicated, but in all actuality it's very very straight forward. Don't worry, many people do this and tourists who spend a fair amount of time in Nicosia might cross this border several times a day.
May 9, 2013 3:37 AM
7As a British citiizen, you will most probably enter (South) Cyprus with your ID and will get not stamp at all. North Cyprus officials will probably ask for the passport and stamp a seperate sheet that you will have to give back when leaving North Cyprus at Ercan airport (or Kyrenia port).
There are direct flights from Ercan to several Turkish towns
http://www.bulucak.com/ (enter Lefkosa as origine)
There are also a (small) ferry and a catamaran from Kyrenia/Girne to Tasucu, close to Silifke
Sep 10, 2013 1:59 PM
I'm a newbie here, so not sure if this will bump the thread up, but I have exactly the same question....and the reason I'm asking is that in the Lonely Planet guide to Cyprus, it quite clearly says on page 2:
"In theory, foreign tourists are permitted to cross and stay up to three months, although it's currently not possible to enter Cyprus on one side of the line and leave from the other"
So....which is it? We are hoping to fly into Paphos, head over the border at Nicosia, fly out from Ercan to Antalya and on to Istanbul.
Thanks in advance for any advice (or experience of doing this) anyone may have.
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Sep 15, 2013 8:00 AM
14Knoydartian: as a British citizen, you will have not problem at all. EU (and Swiss) passport holders can enter Cyprus at Paphos, Larnaca or Lemessos with their ID (or with their passport that will NOT be stamped anyway), cross the Green Line and ask the North Cypriot officials to put their stamp on a separate sheet, leave North Cyprus via Ercan airport or Kyrenia ferryport for Turkey.
I just did the following 2 weeks ago: Flight from Europe to LCA, airport shuttle to Lefkosia, Green Line crossing at Ledra Palace, bus to Kyrenia, bus to ECN, flight to Antalya, bus to Olympos, bus to Antiphellos/Kas, ferry to Kastellorizo, ferry to Rhodos, flight home.
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