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Ayia Napa Travel

Most holiday visitors to Ayia Napa will arrive at Larnaca International airport, a modern and efficient airport located about 45km west of the resort by the main A3 road.

Although Ayia Napa has a small port there are no regular ferry services here. The nearest ferry port is at Limassol but, for several years it has been very difficult to get to Cyprus with a car or by ferry if you don't like flying. The regular ferry service between Athens (Piraeus) and Limassol ended some years ago.

Main roads in the Ayia Napa region are generally good but minor roads may quickly turn into dirt tracks especially as you head north of Ayia Napa and away from the village resorts of Paralimni and Protaras.

Bus services to Larnaca and to local villages are generally good but many tourists rent their own transport or use the local taxis of which there is no shortage.

Holiday flights to Ayia Napa

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The main route to Ayia Napa is through Lanarca International Airport, located about 5km south of Larnaca and accessible from Larnaca and Ayia Napa by the A3 motorway.

In 2006, Hermes Airports Ltd took over the operation of Larnaca and Paphos airports for 25 years. Recently Larnaca Airport has undergone a significant upgrade including new and terminal building and it is now the largest airport in Cyprus handling about 800 flight arrivals per month and serving about 30 international airlines and a similar number of chartered airlines.

The airport now has 67 check-in desks and eight check-in kiosks as well as a large retail store. There are several restaurants and bars, a post office, banks, bureau de change, ATMs and an information desk. Other facilities include a first aid room, a VIP lounge and lost property office.

Larnaca handles many European flights and receives direct flights from UK destinations including Glasgow, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle.

There are car hire desks inside the terminal, and taxi stands are located just outside. Larnaka has car parking spaces for up to 900 cars at one short-term and two long-term parks. New car parks are expected to boost spaces by a further 900 this year. Parking charges are by the hour and prices are low at €12 a day.

Distances to the main resorts are Ayia Napa — 46km, Nicosia — 9 km, Limassol — 70km and Paphos — 139km

Ferry services to Ayia Napa

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There are any number of boat cruises on offer in the harbour area. The most popular are to to Cape Greco but there are even cruise boats to the Holy Land and Egypt

You can travel by train and ferry from the UK but expect the journey take at least six days , possibly longer. The only practical year-round ferry route from the UK to Cyprus is through Turkey, landing at Kyrenia in north Cyprus or bagging one of the limited number of passenger places on freighters run by Grimaldi between Bristol and Southampton via Portugal and Italy.

There are sometimes weekly ferry cruises from Limassol to the Greek islands operating June to September but these can be patchy. Salamis Cruise Lines ran a ferry service to Haifa, Israel, in the summer months until 2012 but there are no plans to restart this service either. Varianos Travel, based in Nicosia, usually have details of the latest ferry boat services between Cyprus, Israel and Egypt.

Bus services in Ayia Napa

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Ayia Napa has very good main road links to other coastal Cypriot cities. The A3 highway connects the northern outskirts of Ayia Napa with Larnaca where it joins the A5 and A1 to Limassol, while the road north to Paralimni leads to the Protaras holiday area. Further north than this roads thin out considerably.

Ayia Napa is well connected to other Cyprus cities and resorts by bus services. Regular buses run daily between Ayia Napa to Larnaca airport, from 7.15am to 4.30pm and back from 9am to 6pm.

The EMAN bus company runs a daily bus to Nicosia, Monday to Saturday, leaving at 8am and returning at 3pm with a journey time of around 90 minutes. EMAN also operates a regular daily service to Paralimni via Protaras with a reduced service on Sunday during the summer holiday season. A yellow bus operates in Ayia Napa for tourists on a regular schedule around the resort.

Please note that buses run by the same company can look quite different so check the destination displayed in the windscreen. Bus timetables and schedules are generally available from tourist offices or directly from the bus companies. Cyprus By Bus has a good online bus route planner for Cyprus.

Also note that many Cyprus bus services stop at around 6pm with limited services at weekends and holidays. Bus fares are usually paid direct to the bus driver so you nearly always need the exact fare.

Ayia Napa taxi services and car rental

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Car hire CyprusThere are plenty of car and bike hire outfits but you hardly need them if you are staying in the resort. Ayia Napa is quite small and everywhere is walkable. There is public transport but it's not that reliable and buses do not run very frequently. There are plenty of taxis in and around Ayia Napa — reliable with reasonable prices.

Unfortunately, many taxi drivers in Ayia Napa fail to turn on their meters so be sure to agree the fare before you get in. Since distances around town are short you can use your common sense about fair price. In the high summer, demand is higher and buses or even car hire may work out cheaper. Taxis are just about everywhere and, if you can't see one you won't have to wait long.


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