|Currency:||Euro ( € ) in the south, Turkish Lira (TRL) in the north|
Cyprus is a Eurasian island country in the Mediterranean Sea. It is divided into Greek (Republic of Cyprus) and Turkish (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) parts. The UN still treats the North of the island as a militarily occupied area. The Republic of Cyprus is part of the European Union.
In the North buses are a little expensive, but frequent and fast, and hitching is quite easy. In the South you can move around a single region for one or two euro, and for this reason most people will be confused as to why you're hitch-hiking. Never the less, it's quite easy to find a ride, even within the city, but be sure that they take you to a good location if not going to your destination. Police will not be understanding if you are standing right on the motorway. In rural areas and in Troodos mountains it's easy to hitchhike, even with little traffic, everyone stops for you, even without asking. The locals simply put out their hand with the palm to the ground, but all seem to understand the thumb, and this is probably good for you as a sign that you're a traveller.
In the South costs are higher than most of Europe except for when taxes are lower like for alcohol & cigarettes. Southern Cyprus like many places has become 2 cultures on top of each other native and immigrant i.e. a village square has a store and opposite a Bulgarian/Romanian/Philipina place with cheaper stuff. The North is usually about half price for many things, but alcohol is a little more expensive.
(Turkish names of cities in brackets)
- Famagusta (Gazimağusa)
- Kyrenia (Girne)
- Larnaca (İskele),
- Limassol (Limasol, Leymosun)
- Nicosia (Lefkoşa)
- Paphos (Turkish: Baf/Kasaba)
The EU doesn't recognise the Turkish right to put a border, so if you have a passport/visa valid for the EU you can cross it without limitation. It makes no difference if you entered from Turkey and have a stamp. (Note all native born Northern Cypriots can enter the south, but most Turkish immigrants and other guest workers from the north cannot, because they don't have EU visas)
Ferries to Cyprus
From Turkey there are ferries Between Taşucu (Mersin Province) to Kyrenia ("Girne"), Alanya and Antalya. The night (slow) ferry From Taşucu is 72 Lyra, including port taxes. In summer fast ferries run everyday, but in the winter there are 2 slow ferries weekly (60TL or 100TL return) There are also ferries Between Mersin City in Turkey and Famagusta "Gazimagusta" in the East of the North side. But, apparently booking a plane ticket from any major city in the South to the Airport in North Cyprus is cheaper. It only requires some pre-planning.
From the South side there are no ferries 2012-13, an agent comments
There is a 2012 discussion about Israel ferries. Salamis Lines sometimes have cruises 2013 Schedule
Ferrylines.com provides info on most ferries in the Mediterranean.
- see http://www.cyprusbybus.com/default.aspx
- Paphos Airport to Nicosia: It's best to take the bus to Limassol City then change to Nicosia bus. In Paphos the Nicosia bus is up the hill at Paphos Karavella which is only directly connected at 08:00 and 19:00. Otherwise you need to first take the bus to Paphos Harbour & then to Paphos Karavella.
- Larnaca Airport does have direct buses to Limassol or Nicosia
Particularly in the south accomodation is expensive. (A few budget places are listed on couchwiki) Free camping is allowed with the land owners permission. It seems OK on beaches and forests.
- Couchsurfing Wiki includes some budget accommodation tips
- Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Forum for Cyprus good for questions
- Wikivoyage for Southern Cyprus
- Wikivoyage for Northern Cyprus
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