Larnaca has good travel connections with major highways heading east to Ayia Napa and west to Paphos as well as north to Nicosia. Local roads are good and bus services, in Larnaca at least, fairly regular.
Limited public transport outside Larnaca makes visiting nearby resorts and attractions difficult unless you have your own transport. There are buses to villages, but often they are once a day so a visit may require an overnight stop. Tourist development has recently spread south to the cape at Kiti.
Taxi services are as plentiful as you would expect in a major holiday resort and there are service taxis that operate on inter-city routes at very reasonable rates. The airport is only a few kilometres from the city and there are any number of taxi shuttle services for holiday visitors.
Holiday flights to Larnaca
Lanarca International Airport, located about 5km south of Larnaca and is operated by Hermes Airports Ltd. The airport has recently undergone a significant upgrade with new terminal buildings, car park and other improvements.
Larnaca is now the largest airport in Cyprus and handles about 800 flight arrivals per month serving about 30 international airlines and a similar number of charter airlines.
The airport has 67 check-in desks and eight check-in kiosks as well as a large retail store, several restaurants and bars, several banks, a post office and ATMs. Other facilities include a first aid room, a VIP lounge and lost property office.
Larnaca handles many European flights and receives direct flights from most UK destinations. There is car rental desk inside the terminal, and taxi stands are located just outside the arrivals area. There is only a limited bus service to and from the airport with services #22 and #23 near the airport entrance.
Larnaka Airport has parking spaces for up to 900 cars at one short-term and two long-term parks. New car parks are expected to boost spaces to 1,800. Parking charges are relatively low at €12 a day. Distances to the main resorts are Protaras — 60km, Ayia Napa — 46km, Nicosia — 9 km, Limassol — 70km and Paphos — 139km
Ferry services to Larnaca
There are no ferry services to Larnaca although the resort does have the second biggest port on the island and a large marina to the north with another smaller marina to the south. Larnaca is a popular stopover port for cruise ships and they call in there for most of the summer.
Plans are in the pipeline for a €700 million redevelopment of the Larnaca marina to create a major cruise hub for the Mediterranean. Work is expected to start in 2013 with the first phase complete in three years .
It is currently very difficult to get to Cyprus by ferry if you don't like flying. There are ways to get there but expect the journey take at least six days or more. The only practical year-round ferry route from the UK to Cyprus is through Turkey, landing at Kyrenia, in the north. The alternative is a berth on a cargo ship run by Grimaldi which runs between Bristol and Southampton via Portugal and Italy.
There are sometimes weekly ferry cruises neighbouring from Limassol to the Greek islands operating June to September but these can be patchy. A Salamis Cruise Lines ferry service to Haifa, Israel was axed last year. Varianos Travel, based in Nicosia, usually have details of any ferry boat services to Israel and Egypt.
Bus services in Larnaca
Larnaca has very good road links to other coastal Cypriot cities and to Nicosia which lies just to the north. The A3 highway runs direct to Ayia Napa with Larnaca where it joins the A5 and A1 to Limassol. Larnaca city is a few kilometres north-east of the airport and there is a good road into the resort.
Larnaca has reasonably good bus services, much improved since 2010, with routes for all the main cities and tourist resorts such as Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos, Agia Napa and Paralimni and Protaras. Larnaka Urban Bus Station is at Gonia Karaoli & Dimitriou and there are daily services to urban areas of Larnaca and to nearby villages.
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 and schedules for Larnaca.
Also note 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.
Larnaca taxi services and car rental
There is no shortage of taxis in Larnaca. There is a large taxi rank to the right of the exit doors as you leave Larnaca Airport and a taxi into Larnaca city should be about € 20 or € 30 or the Dhekelia road side of the city.
Taxis can be seen everywhere you go in Larnaca and you shouldn't wait long to flag one down. Most hotels will call a taxi for you but it may cost more. Urban fares are regulated but further afield and you will need to negotiate the fare before getting in.
Service taxis operate routes between the main resorts in Cyprus and they can be found at the corner of Gonia Papakyriakou and Marsellou and at the corner of Kitiou and Kilkis or your hotel will call one for you.
There are plenty of car and bike hire outfits in Larnaca but the city is quite small and you can walk to most tourist venues.