Most holiday visitors to Limassol fly into Larnaca International airport, a modern airport located about 70km north of the resort and linked by the main A1 road.
Limassol has a large port but there are no regular ferry services, just a few cruise ships docking here. There are several firms in the marina offering tourist cruises along the coast.
Main roads in the Limassol region are generally good although minor roads can be tricky,
especially if you head into the hills of the Troodos region.
It is easy to get around in Limassol as it is a relatively small city. Limassol has four main roads crossing the city east to west. The most southern road runs parallel to the beach and moving north there is Makarios III Avenue, running through the city centre then the Spyros Kyprianou Avenue, also called Makedonias Avenue and finally the city's northern by-pass which takes traffic to Paphos and Nicosia. The by-pass has reduced Limassol city traffic to a minimum.
There are good inter-city bus services as well as urban routes and services to local villages although the latter usually only run once or twice a day . Many visitors who want to explore the area, especially the Akrotiri peninsula will hire a car or use Limassol taxis which are plentiful.
Holiday flights to Limassol
The main visitor route to Limassol is through Lanarca International Airport which is located about 70km to the north-east and linked by the A1 highway which also heads east to Paphos
Larnaca is now the largest airport in Cyprus and operated by Hermes Airports. The airport has recently undergone a major revamp with new terminal buildings and car parks. The airport handled around 800 flight arrivals per month and serves about 30 international airlines plus a similar number of holiday charter airlines.
Larnaca airport has 67 check-in desks and eight check-in kiosks as well as a large retail outlet, several restaurants and a number of bars. There are bank branches, a post office and cash machines. Other facilities include a first-aid room, a VIP lounge and lost property office.
Larnaca gets direct flights from most UK destinations, from Glasgow to London. There are car rental desks inside the terminal, and taxi stands are located just outside to the right of the arrivals area. Shuttle buses into Larnaca leave from the left hand side of the arrivals area.
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 Ayia Napa — 46km, Nicosia — 9 km, Limassol — 70km and Paphos — 139km
Ferry services in Limassol
Limassol has a large port to the south of the city but there are currently no ferry services here although there are a number of tourist boat cruises on offer during the summer months.
Those who don't like flying can expect a six day overland trek. The only practical year-round ferry route from the UK to Cyprus is through Turkey, landing at Kyrenia in north Cyprus or a small number of passenger places on freighters run by Grimaldi between Bristol and Southampton via Portugal and Italy.
There are sometimes day cruises from Limassol to the Greek islands between June and September but these can be patchy. Salamis Cruise Lines ran a ferry service to Haifa, Israel, in the summer months but this service is currently not operating. Varianos Travel, based in Nicosia, usually have details of the latest ferry boat services from Limassol.
Bus services in Limassol
Limassol has decent main road links to other coastal resorts. The A1 highway connects the resort to Larnaca in the east and then to Nicosia in the north. The A6 links to the A1 and heads west to Paphos.
Limassol has only a moderate city bus service which runs from 7am to 7pm. Buses travel between all popular resorts but there is no Sunday service. Some companies run guided tours to the interior attractions such as the Troodos mountains.
Intercity buses stop at one of the three main bus stations. KEMEK buses have a terminal at the Enoseos and Eirinis Street, north of the castle, with services to Nicosia, Pafos and Polis. Kallenos buses stop at Araouzou and Hadjipavlou with services to Larnaca and Agia Napa. The third bus station on Andreas Themistokleou is mainly for urban services.
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 take 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.
Limassol taxi services and car rental
Limassol has a good urban taxi service and there are connections to other Cyprus resorts with a network of service taxis which has stands in Spyrou Araouzou Street and Thessaloniki Street. Service taxis don't operate after 6pm but popular routes are to Paphos, Larnaca, Nicosia and Troodos.
There is plenty of car rental in Limassol but it's not particularly cheap. As well as the major international companies like Hertz, Budget and Avis there are also good local companies such as the Petsas Company and Andy Spyrou.
Cyclists are well catered for with several biking trails in the city and the countryside around. Cycles are easily available at rental agencies at modest rates. Limassol Cycle Club has expeditions and mountain biking for tourists and others. Trails for cyclists and walkers are well maintained and signposted.