Public Transport in Cyprus: A Guide
Cyprus has had a reliable public transport system for a little over a decade. Although a bus service was present prior to this, it was plagued by issues and not very reliable. Buses remain the only public transport option in Cyprus, as the train service, which was very limited even when functioning, ceased operations in 1951. Each region has a separate bus service, all of which provide efficient transportation around their respective city and its surrounding rural regions. There is also a bus service which connects all cities in Cyprus with one another.
Whether you are visiting the island for a holiday, or have lived here for a while, knowing how to get around with public transport in Cyprus is an important and cost effective solution. In the following guide, we plan to go over the public transport services for each city in Cyprus, in as much detail as possible, while providing information such as ticket prices and important information along the way.
Important: Buses in Cyprus only accept cash payments. Make sure you carry some change on you, as you will need to pay the driver directly when boarding the bus. This is the same in every city.
As there is an airport in Paphos, the bus service has two buses which depart from there at convenient points during the day. Aside from that you can also use the bus service to get to the beach, or even go as far as Polis, which is the closest town to the Akamas Peninsula. Buses are mostly on-time, although delays can happen due to road congestion. You can easily distinguish the buses due to their blue colour and large electronic signs indicating the route. During the summer season expect the buses to be crowded, although you can usually always find a seat. Tickets are modestly priced at only €1.50 for a one-way ticket, although you can opt for either daily or weekly tickets for €5.00 and €20.00 respectively.
Limassol is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, especially during the summer months, as the refreshing sea breeze really helps with Cyprus’ intense heat. Fortunately, getting around with public transport is efficient, although it can get a bit warm onboard when the bus is full! There are bus routes which service the city, as well as its surrounding rural area. Whether you just need a ride along the main coastal road, or want to get from one side of the city to the other, EMEL has a bus route in place for you. As detailing each of their routes would take up way too much space, you can choose to check out their official website, or have a look at the table below for the most popular routes!
Did you know that Famagusta, and particularly Ayia Napa has the biggest capacity for tourists in Cyprus? That’s right – it has a 27,000 person-bed capacity! With all those beds, it also needs a pretty good public transport system too. Fortunately OSEA provides a decent service throughout the region, with the most routes running in and between Ayia Napa, Protaras and Paralimni. Depending on where you are staying, you will want to consult the bus route map available on the OSEA website, to determine which bus is the best one for you.
|Bus Number||101||201 (Summer Only)||711|
|Start/End||WaterPark to Paralimni||Central Station ∞||Paralimni to Larnaca|
|Start/End Times||6:15 – 00:30||8:00 – 20:00||5:30 – 18:45|
|Stops||6||21 (Circle Line)||27|
|Duration||~ 60 minutes||~ 30 mins||~ 130 mins|
|Price||€1.50 – €2.50 Night||€1.50||€1.50|
|Has a night route?|
As Larnaca is also a city with a large international airport (at least for Cyprus’ standards), having an efficient bus service is a priority. The entire region of Larnaca is serviced with its bus routes, with a number departing from the airport, as well as those which go between the various villages and smaller towns. Both Larnaca and Nicosia buses are provided by the same company, CPT, who offer the most expensive bus tickets on the island (in comparison to the other regions discussed), at €2.00 for a one way ticket, and €3.50 for a night-time trip. From the central bus station in Larnaca, you can easily walk down to the Finikoudes boardwalk, and get other connecting buses, especially those between the two cities.
Nicosia has perhaps the highest number of bus routes on the island, with almost 100 running throughout the day, and some at night. In addition, there are a number of buses in Nicosia which service the smaller rural areas. The buses in Nicosia are coloured blue and white and come in a variety of sizes, depending on the overall distance of the route and the time of day it is functioning. The main bus stop in Nicosia is located very close to the centre of the city, namely at Solomou Square, which is within walking distance of Ledras Street as well as the crossing point to northern Nicosia. In the following table, you can see three of the most popular routes from the central station, one going to a central stadium, the other to the main university. To see these routes, and others, in more detail, head over to their official website below.
to Solomou Square.
|Solomou Square to Hospital||Solomou Square to UCY|
|Start/End Times||5:15 – 22:45||5:30 – 21:30||5:45 – 21:15|
|Duration||~ 13 mins||~ 19 mins||~ 27 mins|
|Has a night route?||– N1||– N1||– N2|
City to City Buses (Intercity)
If during your travels, you get the inkling to visit other cities in Cyprus, the Intercity bus service can offer you this opportunity for an affordable price. They offer routes from all the cities to each other, although can be slightly inconvenient at times, as they don’t offer a nightly service, or provide many amenities on board. Depending on the city you pick one up from, it can be difficult to find the central stations, as they are not always the same as the city’s central station.
|Bus Number||Paphos to Limassol||Nicosia to Limassol||Larnaca to Ayia Napa|
to New Port Stop
|Solomou Square to New Port Stop||Finikoudes to Ay.Napa central|
|Start/End Times||5:55 – 20:00||5:45 – 21:30||6:00|
|Duration||~ 75 mins||~105 mins||~75 mins|
|Has a night route?|
Cyprus Public Transport: Is it worth it?
This all really depends on your own travel preferences. It can be a great option for some travellers, but an absolute nightmare for others. You should carefully take into account elements such as comfort, privacy, as well as whether you are travelling with children or the elderly, as public transport in Cyprus is not very accessible for the less able. Nevertheless, for solo travellers, or young couples visiting the island on a budget, buses can provide a great option for getting around and seeing Cyprus.
We hope this modest guide helps you on your journey. With this, your trip to Cyprus should be a little less stressful, although if you truly want to get rid of all of your stress, then booking a reliable transfer with AtoB is really your only choice.
Until we see you again, happy travels or Καλό Ταξίδι!