A week ın Cyprus wıthout a car

A week ın Cyprus wıthout a car

You are planning to visit Cyprus for a week or two but renting a car is out of your budget. How are you going to move around? What places can you visit? I will try to give you some answers. Just note, that I will be talking only about the Southern part of Cyprus.

Public transport in Cyprus

Cyprus public transport comes down to buses. That’s it 🙂 No metro, no trams, no trains. Taxis are expensive considering Cyprus distances. On my Facebook page previously I gave some tips on getting to the city from the airport inexpensively. Now, let’s see how you can move around the cities and between them using public transport.

  • Moving around Limassol. Look for a bus No 30. Its route lies through the whole main beach road. The service starts from former Le Meridien hotel (now Parklane) next to Amathus ancient ruins, passes tourist area, an old port, Marina and ends in My Mall of Limassol. You can use this route to explore the city, visit interesting sites, cafes, restaurants. A single ticket costs 1.50 EUR.
  • Nicosia buses are a bit more complicated. All of them leave from a central Solomou square bus station located close to the old town. You have to check the routes to find the one you need. Here is the website you can always refer to for any information regarding bus schedules, fares and routes: http://www.cyprusbybus.com/routes.aspx?sid=5. Tourists in Nicosia hang out mainly in the center, Ledras street with shops, cafes, museums, etc.

I can’t tell you details about bus service in other cities of Cyprus (Larnaca, Paphos, Paralimni, etc.) but on this website, you can find all the relevant information you might need.

Cyprus Intercity Buses

There are frequent intercity buses that will help you explore the island. They are usually colored in green, so you can easily identify them. Ticket price varies from 4 to 7 EUR depending on the route. For timetable and fare details visit this website http://www.cyprusbybus.com/setups.aspx .

Make sure you check the timetable because on Holidays and weekends it differs from a usual schedule. With Intercity buses you can visit all the major cities of Cyprus. If you are not sure where to get off, go ahead, ask a bus driver or people on the bus. Most of the times, they are happy to help 🙂

Places to visit within a week

Cyprus by Bus website offers to plan your visit to the most popular places in Cyprus using a bus. Apparently, you will have an opportunity to make your way to Cyprus villages as well. You need to choose a place you want to go, press the “Plan my Journey” button and the site will suggest you the bus route, advise on the relevant bus stop you should start from, etc. Here is a link to the relevant section of the website.

I will list below some of the multiple places you can visit without a car.

-in Nicosia:

  • Famagusta Gate
  • Cyprus Museum
  • A traditional neighborhood Laiki Getonia
  • Ledra street

-in Limassol:

  • Ancient Amathus ruins
  • Kolossi Castle
  • Limassol District Archeological museum
  • My Mall
  • Limassol Marina
  • Curium

-in Paphos

For detailed info about Paphos buses visit this link

-in Larnaca

If you travel with friends, one of the alternative options that are cheaper than taxis is Travel Express. It is a shared taxi service that will pick you up from the desired location and leave at the exact address. The price is more expensive than a bus but definitely cheaper than taking a taxi. You MUST book it in advance. The disadvantage of this service is the lack of night routes. I believe the last pick up is around 5-5.30 PM.

Cyprus is not only about beaches, but it also has beautiful villages, amazing nature in the mountains and so much more. Yes, the most convenient way of going around is getting a car. It allows you to visit remote areas, not to worry about time and missing the last bus. However, if you cannot afford it or you are not comfortable driving on the left-hand side of the road then the above information might come handy.

TIP: Note down the telephone numbers of Bus service . Call them every time your bus is late to ask and make sure it is coming. I am not scaring you but there were some cases in the past when the bus didn’t show up 🙂 It was a long time ago though, I know that things had improved since then.

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