The best way to explore Kyrenia is with a rental car as public transport is not at all good in the Kyrenia area. Those staying in central hotels can catch the "Lapta Dolmus," buses that make daily runs to the most popular beaches to the west side of Kyrenia. There are inter-city bus services to Nicosia and Famagusta.
When it comes to accommodation in Kyrenia visitors are pretty well spoilt for choice. There are several large hotels that offer excellent accommodation. There are around 40 in the city ranging from luxury five star to family, family-run hotels — all known for their warm hospitality.
The biggest and best hotels tend to be in the centre of Kyrenia but there are plenty of good ones, cheaper too, on the outskirts. There are hotels that back onto local beaches and hotels nestled in the mountains just inland.
As the most visited town in North Cyprus it is hardly surprising that there is no lack of restaurants and cafes. They spring up mainly around the harbour offering Turkish and international menus.
Many of the best restaurants though are found away from the honey trap of the harbour and in the old town which is packed with cafes, restaurants and bars tucked away down the old side streets between the harbour and the mosque areas. There is Italian, Indian and Turkish as well as fast food take-aways — even British pub grub in places like The Swallow or The Marlborough.
Kyrenia's nightclubs tend to be tamer and more friendly than their commercial cousins in the south. Favourites include the revamped C'est la Vie club and Night Jar while Cherenis Gardens offers a cool open-air venue. Most clubs open about 9pm. Several of the big hotels also have nightclubs and many bars and pubs have live music.
The main currency is Turkish Lira but UK pounds are accepted in most places and credit cards are welcome almost everywhere. There are half a dozen banks in the town centre with cash machines.