Most visitors to Paphos will arrive at Paphos International airport, a clean, modern and efficient airport located southeast of the Paphos region with good road links to the main holiday centres. The other main arrival point is Larnaca airport which is about 60 minutes away by road.
Paphos also has a decent port and marina but there are no regular ferry services to catch from here. For the last few years it has been very difficult to get to Cyprus with a car or by ferry if you don't like flying. A regular ferry service used to run between Athens (Piraeus) and Limassol but that stopped some years ago.
Main roads in the Paphos region are generally good but minor roads may quickly turn into dirt tracks especially in more remote areas line the Akamas peninsula. Bus services are generally good but most tourists rent their own transport or use the Paphos taxis of which there is no shortage.
Holiday flights to Paphos
Paphos International Airport is located 8 km southeast of Paphos, Cyprus and is the country's second largest airport after Larnaca International.
Paphos Airport is mainly used by tourists on holiday in western Cyprus staying mainly in Paphos, Coral Bay and in Limassol.
In 2006, Hermes Airports Limited took over the operation of Larnaca and Paphos airports for 25 years. A new revamped terminal for Paphos opened in 2008. It handles around 1.7m passengers annually.
Facilities include 20 check-in desks, five gates, 14 aircraft stands and a bank, restaurants, cafeterias, bars, a duty free shop and gift shop. There is also a tourist help desk, car rental, first aid, a baby/parent room and disabled facilities.
A new four-lane road is planned to link the airport and the Paphos hotel area so that passengers can avoid using the main B6 and E603 secondary roads which are currently often heavily congested.
Paphos Airport has buses to Paphos Town timed to meet scheduled airport arrivals. Bus 612 goes to Kato Paphos harbour and service 613 goes to Ano Paphos (Ktima) bus station.
Many of the charter flights to Paphos have private minibuses to take arrivals directly to hotels. There are plenty of cheap flights to Paphos from the UK and you can check out the best deals and get travel inspiration on the cheapflights.co.uk Facebook page.
Paphos Airport has basic uncovered parking facilities with space for 150 vehicles in the single parking lot opposite the terminal entrance. Car hire Paphos is available from within the terminal building with all major suppliers present, however pre-booking is recommended for the best prices.
Taxis also operate outside the arrivals terminal. It's always a good idea to agree a price before you get in a taxi. There are no airport hotels but, being close to Paphos centre, it is not hard to find accommodation.
Ferry services to Paphos
Although Paphos is a port resort, there are no ferry services as such and visitors arrive by air. For the last few years it has been very difficult to take any sort of ferry to Cyprus if you don't like flying.
A ferry service between Athens (Piraeus) and Limassol was axed some years ago and has never restarted. Nor does there look like any prospect of it.
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 Paphos
Paphos has very good road links to other Cypriot cities. The B6 highway connects Paphos with Larnaca and Limassol, while the B7 heads north to Polis by-passing the Akamas Peninsula region. Another good scenic route to the Akamas Peninsula is the E701/709, which also leads to Polis where it eventually connects with the E713.
In 2010, OSYPA (Paphos Transport Organization) took over Paphos urban bus routes from the old ALEPA company and operates intercity services for Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia and an urban service around Paphos as well as airport routes to both Larnaca and Nicosia. They have a good website in English with details of all Paphos bus routes and timetables.
A network of bus routes is operated by Kemek Bus Lines linking all cities and towns in the western half of Cyprus. Services to main cities depart hourly from the main Karavella bus station in Ano Paphos (Ktima). Another company, Fontana Amoroza, runs frequent services between Paphos and Polis.
Please note that buses operated by the same company can look quite different so look out for the destination, usually displayed in the windscreen. Bus timetables and schedules are generally available from tourist offices or directly from the bus companies.
Also be aware that Cyprus bus services often stop at around 6pm and ther
e can be limited service at weekends and holidays with many areas having no bus services at all on Sundays. Bus fares are usually paid direct to the bus driver so you nearly always need the exact fare.
Paphos taxi services and car rental
Paphos has plenty of taxis operating 4-hour services. The main taxi rank is along the sea wall promenade in the centre of Kato Paphos and near the bus station in Ano Paphos (Ktima). As well as the usual taxi services there are also airport transfers to both Paphos and Larnaca airports as well as day tours to local sites.
Taxi charges in Paphos are not regulated so rates can differ so make sure you agree a price before getting in. Check here for a rough guide to the latest taxi prices for Paphos. Most taxis are new and comfortable, mostly Mercedes. Taxis can be flagged down on the street or called from the hotel. Most drivers speak good English but it's worth checking if you hire a taxi for a tour.
There are dozens of car and motorbike rental agencies in Paphos with all types of vehicle on offer, from beach buggies to luxury saloons. The usual conditions apply and many will deliver a car to your hotel. The cheapest deals can usually be found from local agencies but you have the hassle of finding the bargains during your holiday. Many now have good websites so you can book in advance and all the major international agencies have a presence in the resort.