There are scheduled flights and an ever-increasing number of charter and budget flights to Cyprus from most European cities and the Middle East. Flights are heavily booked in high season (midsummer). Tickets on scheduled flights tend to be expensive, but Europe-based travellers may be able to pick up cheaper tickets with budget companies. If you’re in Greece, you can usually find reasonably priced one-way or return tickets to the Republic from travel agents in Athens, Thessaloniki or Iraklio.
Airports & Airlines
Two airports handle international flights in the Republic. Note that on most airline schedules, Larnaka is listed as 'Larnaca' and Pafos as 'Paphos'. This is particularly important to know when making online bookings. Cyprus Airways (www.cyprusairlines.com) is the national carrier of the Republic of Cyprus.
Larnaka International Airport (www.cyprusairports.com.cy)
Pafos International Airport (www.cyprusairports.com.cy)
Ercan Airport, covering Northern Cyprus, is 14km east of North Nicosia (Lefkoşa). It is not recognised by the international airline authorities, so you can’t fly there direct. Airlines must touch down first in Turkey and then fly on to Northern Cyprus.
Ercan Airport (www.flyercan.com)
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
Tickets to Cyprus are most expensive in August. Try picking up flight-only deals with package-holiday companies during this time or scour the budget airlines (though these are hardly budget in summer). Prices depend on the season, and to a lesser degree on the day of the week or even the time you fly.
Vacant seats on charter flights block-booked to Cyprus by package-tour companies are cheap, but conditions apply. First, you can rarely get more than two weeks for your itinerary and, second, the departure and arrival times are quite inflexible once booked. That said, a percentage of all package-tour seats is given over to flight-only travellers, so give it a go.
Intercontinental (RTW) Tickets
Neither Cyprus Airways nor Turkish Airlines are signatories to any round-the-world (RTW) ticket agreement.
It is not possible to travel here by land.
The only way to arrive in the Republic by sea is aboard a cruise boat; there are no longer any passenger ferries. Lemesos (Limassol) is the South’s main arrival and departure port, and the port, complete with new marina, is 3km southwest of the town centre.
In Northern Cyprus, two Turkish ferry companies run regular boats, from the New Harbour in Kyrenia (Girne), to Taşucu in Turkey.
- Akgünler Denizcilik (www.akgunlerbilet.com) Runs three boats every week with sailings at 6pm on Monday and Friday and 11.30pm on Thursday (adult/child/car 105/40/181TL including all port departure taxes).
- Filo Shipping (www.filoshipping.com/tr) Runs three car ferries per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at midnight (adult/child/car 105/40/206TL including all port departure taxes).
Akgünler Denizcilik also runs a regular ferry service from Famagusta (Gazimağusa) to Mersin in Turkey. There are three car ferries weekly at 11pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from (adult/car TL115/190).
Salamis Tours is a long-standing travel agency that organises cruises to Greece and can issue tickets to transport your vehicle by boat to Greece or Israel.