Cyprus - the island is small, so that the transport system here is appropriate - small and not too well developed. What may seem surprising, given the special resort status of the Republic of Cyprus and the great popularity among tourists. Some types of transport are simply absent - as a useless railway communication was discontinued as early as 1952 year, and internal air communication as such is also not represented. However, charter flights between Larnaka and Paphos are carried out on small pleasure crafts, which are primarily aimed at tourists.
Strangely bus service in the Republic of Cyprus and not so developed as it should have expected from the tourist region. Nevertheless, Cyprus there are a total of three types of buses.
Intercity buses run several times a day between the major cities of Cyprus. Normal frequency of flights - once in one to two hours, and we must bear in mind that sometimes the last buses leave early enough - about 6 pm. On Sundays coaches some routes do not go at all, while those that continue to drive, do it very rarely. In addition, coaches can not take the dogs with them, but the bike - no problem. The fare is made directly in the bus.
Intercity bus services in Cyprus is carried out several different companies, for example, Cyprus Intercity Buses, PEAL Bus Co, Alepa Buses (Paphos), EAL Bus Co (Limassol) and others.
The main long-distance routes:
Ayia Napa - Larnaca - Paralimni, Nicosia - Limassol - Paphos, Nicosia - Limassol, Larnaca - Nicosia, Larnaca - Limassol, Paphos - Limassol - Polis, Larnaca - Paralimni - Protaras, Paralimni - Protaras - Ayia Napa, Paralimni - Deryneia - Larnaca Paralimni - Protaras - Larnaca.
Should be pre-checked with the transport companies or tourist offices, whether there is a route in any given day of the week. Useful information can be found on the website.
Prices for buses of different routes vary, but roughly calculated from the rate in the euro for 5 50 kilometers, so that, for example, from Nicosia to Limassol ticket costs 7 euros and to Larnaca (not airport) - 4,50 euros.
It is worth noting that from and to the airports go only intercity buses and city taxis and long distance taxis ply directly between cities.
For your convenience - frequent routes, fully air-conditioned buses with additional space for luggage, direct traffic directly to your destination. Stop for disembarkation / embarkation are at the airport in designated areas.
City buses connect the various areas and suburbs of major cities on Cyprus standards as Limassol, Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos. They go from Monday to Saturday strictly on certain routes and usually stop moving near 6 pm, although in high season they time may be extended considerably.
In the capital, Nicosia, in the Greek part, and the District on weekdays free shuttle buses Yellow, which depart from the main bus station on Solomos Square / Plateia Solomou. Movement frequency - 20-30 minutes.
Limassol is located just three bus stations, although for intercity buses meet the one that is on the street Andreas Themistocleous in the city center. Two other stations receive the coaches - it KEMEK street Enoseos and Eirinis Kallenos and at the intersection of Hadjipavlou and Araouzou.
Larnaca station intercity buses located at Gonia Karaoli & Dimitriou 36A
Rural buses connect small villages in various parts of the country to nearby cities. Routes through the village buses are usually once or twice a day from Monday to Saturday, so sometimes their own to get to some remote monastery is problematic.
Excellent alternative undeveloped bus system is highly developed system of various types of taxis and repetition range. Taxis, of course, more expensive than bus fare (although not by much), but the comfort and speed guaranteed. As is the case with buses in Cyprus are three types of taxis: long distance route, urban and rural.
Long-distance taxis are able to accommodate from 4 8 people. These minibuses connect major cities of Cyprus - Nicosia, Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca - and run every half hour. In small towns and villages especially those not drive a taxi. Place in a taxi must be booked in advance. You can do this by calling the local branch of a taxi. At the same time, you can specify any suitable location within the boundaries of the municipality where it is most convenient for tourists to travel (eg hotel) and the minibus will take him directly from there. The landing is also possible in any place where the passenger wishes. Payment is made directly into the saloon taxi.
Opening hours intercity taxis - with 06-00 18-00 to weekdays and until 07-00 17-00 on weekends. Holidays - outside.
Phones and addresses long-distance taxis in cities
Prices on certain fixed routes.
City taxis are engaged in transportation around the clock in all cities. Taxis can be caught right on the street or ordered by phone. All taxis are equipped with counters, which turn on immediately after the commencement of the trip. The fee per kilometer is the same everywhere and is established by law. There are two tariffs - the daily tariff, which operates from 06-01 to 20-30, and nightly - from 20-31 to 06-00. Night is more expensive by about 15 percent. The initial fee is 3,42 euros per day and 4,36 euros at night rates. The kilometer costs 73 during the day, and at night - 85 euro cents. In addition, a long waiting time for the driver of a passenger is paid separately, as well as the transportation of luggage weighing more than 12 kilogram (1,20 euro). Animals are allowed to transport only in special baskets, and this will cost 55 cents per basket.
Village taxis differ from the city even if they are not equipped with a meter. In addition, they ply only between small Cypriot towns and villages. You can take a taxi at special parking lots in the villages. Actually, disembarkation of passengers is possible only on them. There is also 2 tariff - day and night. By day rate, a kilometer to one side costs 0,63 cents, and in both directions - 0,49. At night rate - 0,715 cents one way and 0,63 cents per kilometer back and forth. As in the case of a city taxi, long waiting or delay of the driver, as well as luggage more than 12 kilograms are paid additionally.
To fully explore the island, which, incidentally, is not so great, looks viable independent car rental. Cyprus problems with rental cars have absolutely no, as the local car rental market presented as world famous firms and many Cypriot private firms engaged in this activity. Naturally, most of these firms are located in the resort center.
Take a car hire in Cyprus are winners of international driver's license is not younger and older 25 70 years with the experience of not less than 3 years. However, some private offices less stringent conditions, for example, you can rent a car and 18 years. As a rule, the minimum rental period cars - 2 days, but some offices and give the car for one day. Gasoline is paid independently and insurance is included in the price. Number of kilometers often indefinitely.
Prices vary depending on the class of vehicle, number of days and seasons. Rent on a conventional runabout 3 day in high season cost about 30-40 euros. Availability of bank card carefully.
The rooms are all leased cars start with the letter Z, which makes it easy to identify these cars as police and local motorists that if anything can be more indulgent treat riders to tourists.
The fact is that the movement in Cyprus is left-handed (the legacy of British rule), so that many drivers from different countries can bring some trouble. What can not but please domestic tourists is the excellent quality of roads, even in the interior of the island in not the most popular places. Road signs are available immediately in two languages - Greek and English. The motorway network in Cyprus is fairly ramified and well-laid, so there is no need to orientate with problems or to get to this or that place of the island. The maximum speed on the highway is 100 km / h, and the minimum speed is 65. In the city the maximum permitted speed is 50 km / h, and on simple country roads - 80 km / h.
Since the left-hand movement, then overtaking is permitted only on the right side. Maximum permissible level of alcohol in the blood - 0,4 ppm. When driving, prohibited use your phone system hands-free. Smoking is not allowed if there is a person in the cabin under 16 years.
All passengers must wear seat belts. Children under 5 years can not be on the front seat, and children 5-10 years can only sit in front of a special child seat.
On Cyprus roads should be extremely careful as driving style local motorists and motorcyclists can be quite unpredictable, which, coupled with an unusual left-hand traffic increases the risk of accidents.
Often on the streets of Cyprus and especially the streets, is nowhere to park, which is why we have to use the services of paid parking. These parking designated or sign Parking, or traffic sign, or white squares on the pavement, there are both public and private.
On the private parking lot, the duty person works, to whom payment is made. With the municipal business is somewhat more complicated. Special automatic machines are used here, in which you need to omit coins worth 5, 10 or 20 cents, previously determined with the time of parking. The parking hour will cost 10 cents. On the check, which will give out the machine, the exact time to which parking is possible will be indicated. This check will need to be placed on the dashboard under the windshield so that the indicated time is visible. Sometimes, along with a check, a tape is issued, with which the check can be stuck to the glass. The most expensive parking lots are along the sidewalks in the center of the cities, marked with white squares on the asphalt and where the hour's cost is usually 20 cents.
On the streets of the Cypriot cities have zones marked by one or two yellow lines. In the first case in this area is permitted landing and landing passengers, but parking is prohibited, and where there are just two yellow lines, smoking and then, and more.