Most short-stay visitors to Cyprus from Europe arrive by air as part of an all-inclusive package. Frequent scheduled and chartered flights operate year-round from London and other European cities.
There are two airports in Cyprus: Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport. The first operates most of the commercial flights in and out of the island and the second operates mainly charter flights (but not only).
The national carrier is Cyprus Airways, and most European airlines operate schedules to the island. There are no direct flights between Cyprus and any North or South American countries, Australia, South Africa and most Asian countries.
As the state is not recognised by any international organisation, its Ercan Airport is not recognised by the IATA. This means all flights (including charters) must touch down in Turkey before continuing to Ercan. Scheduled flights on Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet and Pegasus connect via various destinations in Turkey, and countries such as the UK, Germany and Iran.
Mediterranean cruise ships stop at Limassol Port. Shipping traffic between Europe and Cyprus is also conducted from the harbour here; there are connections to the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete and to the port of Pireaus (Athens). Crossing to Pireaus takes about 48 hours and ticket prices depend on the season.
Passenger ferry service is also available between Cyprus and Israel, Lebanon and Egypt.
Most ferry services will also transport motor vehicles. Prices vary according to the season.
Travel Packages and Deals
Cyprus is one of the most packaged destinations in the Mediterranean. Package prices usually include accommodation for one or two weeks, flights and meals.
Prices vary depending of the season, which is assessed different by each tour operator. Usually the high season is reckoned as late June through late October.
Tour operators’ brochures usually promote additional activities as part of the Cyprus experience. You can find specialised packages focused on water sports, golf and even wedding packages. Mini-cruises to Egypt, the Greek islands or Lebanon are popular add-ons to package deals.