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

How to get to Cyprus

Cyprus – at roughly 240km long and 100km at its widest point – is the third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located 75km south of Turkey and 800km east of mainland Greece.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974: the Republic of Cyprus comprises roughly 59 per cent (mainly in the south and west) and the Turkish controlled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus covers about 36 per cent (mainly the north); the balance is taken up by the British Sovereign Territory of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

Getting to Cyprus

By air, Cyprus is serviced daily with direct flights from several cities in Europe and the Middle East, with connecting flights from Asia, Australasia and North America.

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

From Australia: The most convenient flights to Cyprus are on Emirates via Dubai or on Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights to Cyprus are on Air New Zealand or Emirates via Melbourne or Sydney connecting on Emirates via Dubai or on Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.

From the UK: British Airways, Aegean Airlines and Cyprus Airways all offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Larnaca. Thomson, Easyjet and Monarch offer direct flights from London Gatwick to both Larnaca and Paphos.

From the USA: From New York Kennedy, British Airways offers the most convenient daily flights via London Heathrow. From Los Angeles, Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic offer connecting flights on Aegean Airlines and Cyprus Airways via London Heathrow.

Flight time to Cyprus

Brisbane to Cyprus is 21 hour 30 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Cyprus is 21 hours 5 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Cyprus is 20 hours 50 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Cyprus is 17 hours 45 minutes, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Cyprus is 26 hours 5 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
London to Cyprus is 4 hours 25 minutes, direct flight
New York to Cyprus is 12 hours 20 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Cyprus is 16 hours 5 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Cyprus has two international airports, Larnaca and Paphos. Larnaca International Airport is 5km from Larnaca town, 49km from Nicosia, 70km from Limassol, 46km from Ayia Napa and 139km from Paphos.

Paphos International Airport is 15km from Paphos town and 63km from Limassol.

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 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is serviced by Cyprus Turkish Airlines and Turkish Airlines receiving daily flights from Istanbul, Ankara and other Turkish cities. It is not possible to fly direct to Northern Cyprus from any other country.

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.

Latest update: How to get to Cyprus: 18 November, 2018

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