Most holiday visitors to Protaras will fly into Larnaca International airport, a modern and efficient airport located about 65km west of the resort and linked by the main A3 road with Ayia Napa which lies just to the south-east of Protaras.
Protaras has no port and the nearest marina at Ayia Napa does not have regular ferry services. The nearest ferry port is at Limassol but there is not much on offer. The regular ferry between Athens (Piraeus) and Limassol ended some years ago.
Main roads in the Protaras region are generally good although minor roads may quickly turn into dirt tracks, especially as you head north towards the UN buffer zone or away from the administrative centre at the townof Paralimni
Bus services to Ayia Napa and then on to Larnaca are good and there are services to local villages although these are usually only once or twice a day . Many visitors rent their own transport or use the local taxis of which there are plenty.
Holiday flights to Protaras
The main visitor route to Protaras is through Lanarca International Airport which is located about 5km south of Larnaca, and links up with the A3 motorway to Ayia Napa then good main roads beyond.
Hermes Airports Ltd have run Larnaca and Paphos airports since 2006 and the airport has recently undergone a significant upgrade with new terminal buildings and car park. Larnaca is now the largest airport in Cyprus handling about 800 flight arrivals per month and serving about 30 international airlines plus 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, a number of restaurants and bars, 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, from Glasgow to London. There are car rental desks inside the terminal, and taxi stands are located just outside 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 Protaras — 60km, Ayia Napa — 46km, Nicosia — 9 km, Limassol — 70km and Paphos — 139km
Ferry services in Protaras
There are no ferry services to Protaras but there are a number of boat cruises on offer including schooner and catamaran cruises to Cyprus island sites such as Konnos and Cape Greco. There is scuba diving in Protaras and at Ayia Napa.
You can travel to Cyprus 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.
Taxis and bus services in Protaras
Protaras has decent 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 from Paralimni leads to theNicosia. Roads thin out considerably as you near the UN Buffer zone.
Protaras has reasonably good bus service. Regular buses run daily to Paralimni and Ayia Napa. The EMAN bus company runs operates a regular daily service to Paralimni via Protaras with a reduced service on Sunday during the summer holiday season. Bus routes 101 abd 102 are the main routes and there are connecting services to Larnaca and Nicosia, either from Paralimni or Ayia Napa.
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 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.
Protaras taxi services and car rental
There is no shortage of taxis in Protaras. They can be seen everywhere you go and you rarely need to wait long to flag one down. Most hotels will call a taxi for you but it may cost more. Unfortunately, many taxi drivers in Cyprus fail to turn on their meters so be sure to agree the fare before you get in. Since distances around Protaras are short you can estimate a fair price.
There are plenty of car and bike hire outfits but you hardly need them if you are staying in the resort. Protaras is quite small and everywhere is walkable.