Fig Tree Bay Beach, Protaras, Cyprus Fig Tree Bay Beach, Protaras – Image courtesy of SummerandHoliday

How to get to Cyprus

Cyprus – at roughly 240km (150mi) long and 100km (62mi) at its widest point – is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located 75km (46mi) south of Turkey and 800km (497mi) east of mainland Greece.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974: the Republic of Cyprus comprises roughly 59% (mainly in the south and west) and the Turkish controlled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus covers about 36 (mainly the north); about 4% of the island's area is covered by the UN buffer zone; the balance is taken up by the British Sovereign Territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

The most convenient route to Cyprus is by air into Larnaca International Airport – Glafcos Clerides (LCA), which receives daily direct flights from several cities in Europe and the Middle East, with connecting flights from Asia, Australasia and North America.

Cyprus has three international airports: both Larnaca and Paphos airports offer a choice of scheduled flights from major European airlines as well as from low-cost carriers, including seasonal and charter flights.

Larnaca International Airport – Glafcos Clerides (LCA) is Cyprus' main international gateway and the largest of the country's two commercial airports. It is located about 4km (2.5mi) southwest of Larnaca on the southeast coast.

Paphos International Airport (PFO) is a joint civil-military public airport located 10km (6mi) southeast of Paphos. Paphos Airport is commonly used by visitors to western Cyprus, including Paphos and the popular resorts of Coral Bay (6km north of Paphos) and Limassol (50km southeast of Paphos).

Ercan International Airport (ECN) is the primary civilian airport of the internationally unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is located about 13km (8mi) east of North Nicosia, near the village of Kirklar.

By sea, both Larnaca and Limassol are favourite ports-of-call for several cruise lines.


Flight times to Cyprus

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Cyprus.

From the United States: American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and British Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Larnaca International Airport – Glafcos Clerides (LCA), Cyprus.

Atlanta to Cyprus is 15 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Cyprus is 12 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Cyprus is 13 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Cyprus is 14 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Cyprus is 12 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Cyprus is 15 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Cyprus is 15 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transit, Easyjet, Lufthansa and British Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Larnaca International Airport (LCA), Cyprus.

Toronto to Cyprus is 12 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Cyprus is 11 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Cyprus is 14 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas and Emirates offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Larnaca International Airport (LCA), Cyprus.

Adelaide to Cyprus is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Cyprus is 21 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Cyprus is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Cyprus is 20 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Cyprus is 17 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Qantas and Emirates offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Larnaca International Airport (LCA), Cyprus.

Auckland to Cyprus is 23 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightsˆ


From Singapore: Emirates and Qatar Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Larnaca International Airport (LCA), Cyprus.

Singapore to Cyprus is 14 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: British Airways and EasyJet offer the most convenient scheduled daily flights to Larnaca International Airport (LCA), Cyprus.

London to Cyprus is 4 hrs 35 min, direct flight


From France: Lufthansa offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Larnaca International Airport (LCA), Cyprus.

Paris to Cyprus is 5 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Larnaca International Airport – Glafcos Clerides (LCA) is located about 4km (2.5mi) southwest of Larnaca, 49km (30mi) from Nicosia, 70km (43mi) from Limassol, 46km (28mi) from Ayia Napa and 139km (86mi) from Paphos.

The airport can be reached by car, taxi and public transport system. There is a shuttle bus system to and from Limassol, Nicosia, Protaras, Paralimni and Ayia Napa. Local buses are available at the airport to various locations in Larnaca.

Paphos International Airport is situated 10km (6mi) from Paphos town and 63km (39mi) from Limassol. There is a regular bus service from Paphos Harbour station to the airport, limited services also run to and from Paphos Town (Karavella) and Polis. Direct buses to and from Limassol, Nicosia and Larnaca are also available.

Private, metered taxis are available from both terminals and generally wait on incoming flights. Hire cars are also available. At Larnaca, an Intercity bus service is available.

Ercan Airport is serviced by Cyprus Turkish Airlines and Turkish Airlines receiving daily flights from Istanbul, Ankara and other cities in Turkey. It is not possible to fly direct to Northern Cyprus from any country other than Turkey.


Entry requirements

Visitors must have a passport valid for at least three months after entry. All visitors must hold return/onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

Note: Visitors may be refused entry to Southern Cyprus if their passports show that they have entered the island via Northern Cyprus.


Getting around

Best by hire car. Just remember that Cyprus is a divided island, so while you may take a car hired in the Greek south into the Turkish north, you may not take a northern car into the south.

Note: If going north, you will need to buy additional car insurance as your southern policy will not be valid.


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Latest update: How to get to Cyprus: 23 May, 2019


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