Tips for Getting Around in Cyprus

By: Anna Fleet

As the third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is still small enough for tourists to get around fairly easy. It’s up to you if you choose to drive or take public transit. But many tourists are comfortable with the roads, smooth driving, and signage to maneuver in a rented car or even via motorcycle. Others, who find the roads a bit worse for wear, may opt for the straightforward public transit system.


1. Bus

Bus service on the Southern portion of the island is fairly frequent and reliable. The buses do look a little outdated, but they are generally safe and comfortable. The bus is the cheapest form of public transit from a village to a city and vice versa from Mondays through to Saturdays. There is no bus service on Sunday, but you may be able to book long-distance routes through a private tour operator.

Chris Jenner /
Chris Jenner /

2. Taxi

Public transport is limited to buses and service taxis (stretch taxis that run on predetermined routes). There is no train network and no domestic air services in either the North or the South. Four-lane motorways link Lefkosia with Lemesos and Larnaka, and this network has now been expanded west to Pafos and east to Agia Napa. In Northern Cyprus, there is only one motorway, which runs between North Nicosia and Famagusta.

Brigida Soriano /
Brigida Soriano /

3. Rented Car or Motorcycle

Distances across Cyprus are typically pretty short and straightforward so renting a car or motorcycle is another option and you can travel on your own time and get to some of the more out-of-the-way places, such as the Tyllirian Wilderness. On route you will see many petrol stations, rest stops, and picnic areas. Of course, if you do rent a vehicle, always inspect its condition before setting off and make sure it’s insured. If you pick up your car at the airport, don’t be surprised if you find it unlocked with the key under the floor mat. Car theft is almost nonexistent in Cyprus.

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4. Bicycle

If you opt for the healthy mode of transport around the island of Cyprus, you won’t be alone. Many locals choose this cheap, convenient, healthy mode of travelling and commuting as well. However, keep in mind that soaring summer temperatures can make cycling pretty unbearable so spring, fall, and winter are more advisable. Also, for safety, keep cycling to main city roads, but not highways where cycling is not permitted. Even on city roads, cars rarely make room for cyclists.

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5. Walking

Cyprus is ideal for a walking holiday. In fact, nature lovers will revel in the ideal temperatures and mild climate that make it comfortable all year long. Summer may be a bit hot, but take it easy and wear sturdy walking shoes for comfort and support.  In most of Cyprus, surrounding major cities, you will find beautiful, scenic countryside that will make your trip to Cyprus one of the healthiest yet!

Kourion's amphiteater. Cyprus

6. Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is never recommended in your own country let alone a foreign country. However, some backpackers still do it even though the risk is small (for violent crime) but the risk high (for injury), particularly in more rural areas of Cyprus between villages and cities.   People who do choose to hitchhike are advised to travel in pairs and to stand in a prominent position at a safe distance from traffic so you don’t get struck by a passing car.