Travel to Cyprus
Flying to Cyprus
Cyprus is served by international airlines that fly direct to Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport from around the world. British Airways (www.ba.com), Monarch Airlines (www.monarch.co.uk), Emirates (www.emirates.com), Egypt Air (www.egyptair.com) and Russian airline Aeroflot (www.aeroflot.ru) are among the companies offering flights to Cyprus.
Low cost carriers easyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies between the UK and Cyprus, and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com), which has a regional base in Paphos, flies to and from countries throughout Europe, including Poland, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Hungary, along with the UK.
The national carrier is Cyprus Airways (www.cyprusair.com), which has a network linking the island with, among other destinations, London in the UK, Moscow and St Petersburg, and the European cities of Amsterdam, Athens, Zurich, Rome, Brussels, Frankfurt, Milan and Vienna. The airline flies between Cyprus and Middle Eastern destinations, including Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
All flights to the north arrive at Ercan International Airport in north Nicosia via Turkey. Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) is the Turkish national carrier, with Pegasus Airlines (www.flypgs.com) and Atlasjet (www.atlasjet.com) among the companies offering flights to north Cyprus.
While Cyprus is a year-round destination that can boast of attracting tourists who like to relax on the beach in the morning and snow ski in the afternoon, at least during the month of February, many airlines offer limited flights during the winter. July and August are the most expensive months to fly, while bargains can be found in winter, early spring and late autumn.
Since 1974, the Cyprus government declared Ercan International Airport an illegal port of entry to Cyprus and there are no direct flights other than from Turkey. However, tourists can now fly into the south and travel by road across the border in Nicosia to holiday in the north.
From London to Paphos and Larnaca is approximately 4 hours 30 minutes, to Ercan in north Nicosia, via Turkey, around five hours 30 minutes plus time allowed for flight connection.
Getting to Cyprus by boat
Cyprus has a growing number of marinas that welcome visiting yachtsmen. Larnaca’s marina is the largest, with new marina complexes currently under construction in Limassol and Paphos.
Since 1974, the Cyprus government has declared the ports of Famagusta (Ammochostos) and Kyrenia, both in the north of the island, as illegal ports of entry to Cyprus.
Cyprus is a regular port of call for cruise companies with eastern Mediterranean itineraries. Cruise ships disembark at the cruise terminal in Limassol (www.cpa.gov.cy). Local companies, Salamis Cruise Lines (www.salamiscruiselines.com) and Louis Cruises (www.louiscruises.com) offer short cruises of between one and nine days departing from Limassol. Egypt, the Holy Lands and Lebanon are popular short cruises, with longer cruise options including sailing around the Greek Islands.
There are currently no ferry routes linking Cyprus with the European, Middle Eastern or north African mainland.