Arriving to Cyprus

Conference delegates arriving in Cyprus may enter the Republic of Cyprus only through the two International Airports; Larnaca International Airport (LCA) and Paphos International Airport (PFO) (please note that entry via any other airport is illegal). A large number of international and national airlines connect the island to Europe and the world, including low cost airlines (e.g. Ryanair, Cobalt, EasyJet, Blue Air, Germanwings, Vueling, Transaero, Monarch), as well as many 'national' carriers (e.g. Aegean, Lufthansa, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Austrian, Alitalia, Swiss). As Cyprus is a popular tourist destination (3-3,5 million people visit the island every summer) charter flights could also be a great option for even cheaper flights. These flights are offered by big holiday operators, such as Thomson and Thomas Cook, and start as early as April every year.

Distances (airports to Nicosia)

  • The Larnaca International Airport is located about 50km (31 miles) from Nicosia.
  • The Paphos International Airport is located about 142km (88 miles) from Nicosia.

 

From airport to Nicosia (and hotels)

Conference delegates have the following three options for their transfers from airports to Nicosia (and hotels):

Option 1: Private Taxi Transfers

Airport taxis

Conference delegates may get an airport taxi on arrival at the airport. Service is generally very good and prices may vary depending on the time of arrival. Prices from Larnaca Airport to Nicosia ranging between €40 to €45, while prices from Paphos Airport to Nicosia ranging between €90 to €100.

Pre-arranged taxis

Arrange for transfers by taxi are possible. Please contact Mrs. Myria Iona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Option 2: Airport Intercity Taxi Service (Shared)

Conference delegates may also shared airport taxi, which is a cheaper alternative to private taxi. Travel & Express provides this type of service, picking – up passengers from Larnaca and Paphos airports and transfers them to their desired city destination address. The vehicles used for passengers’ transportation are eight-seater taxis fully air-conditioned. Prices from Larnaca Airport to Nicosia ranging between €11 to €13, while from Paphos Airport to Nicosia between €23 to €25. Booking at least 48 hours in advance is required via the company's website at http://www.travelexpress.com.cy/en-us/ 

 

Option 3: Car rentals

Major self-drive car rental firms have offices at the Larnaca and Paphos airports and rental cars can be collected and delivered at the two airports by prior arrangement. Rates vary according to the category of the car, period of rental, period of the year and extras. Cyprus has a very good road network and hotels outside the old city centre (Hilton and Semeli hotels) offer free parking spaces. The University of Cyprus also offers free parking spaces.

 

Option 4: Public transportation

Step 1: From Larnaca / Paphos Airport to Nicosia (with Kapnos Airport Shuttle)

From Larnaca Airport use Kapnos Airport Shuttle coaches to reach Nicosia (journey time about 35 min, ticket price €8). Use Kapnos Airport Shuttle coaches from Paphos Airport as well, to reach Nicosia (journey time about 90 min, ticket price €15/adult, €10/student).

Kapnos is the bus company connecting Nicosia with Larnaca and Paphos airports. Kapnos coaches are located at the airport bus station and take you to Nicosia's Kyrenias Avenue, at the company's central station in Nicosia. Kapnos coaches run on a 24h basis, on particular times. Please visit Kapnos Airport Shuttle webpage for timetables at www.kapnosairportshuttle.com/ 

 

Step 2: From Kapnos station to hotels (with Nicosia public buses, OSEL)

If your hotel is located in the city centre of Nicosia (e.g. Classic Hotel, Centrum Hotel, Royiatiko Hotel, Cleopatra Hotel, Kipros accommodation):

-- Walk from Kapnos station at Kyrenias Avenue to Limassol Avenue Bus Stop 3 (bus stop ID: 435) (5 min, cross Limassol Avenue through footbridge).

-- Take bus 306 (6 min) OR bus 302 (9 min) OR bus 312 (12 min) from Limassol Avenue bus stop to Dionysios Solomos Square (Bus stop ID: 1). Solomos Square is the central bus station of OSEL and these hotels are within walking distance (5-10 min) from the station.

If you are staying at Hilton or Semeli Hotel:

-- Walk from Kapnos station at Kyrenias Avenue to Limassol Avenue Bus Stop 3 (bus stop ID: 435) (5 min, cross Limassol Avenue through footbridge).

-- Take bus 302 (1 min) OR bus 312 (2 min) from Limassol Avenue Bust Stop 3 (bus stop ID: 435) to Archbishop Makariou C Avenue 1 (bus stop ID: 433) and walk (5 min) to your hotel.

 

Please visit the Transportation Organisation of Nicosia District (OSEL) webpage at www.osel.com.cy/ for more details about routes and timetables. Please click HERE for ticket prices.

 

Alternatively, you can get a taxi from Kapnos station to drop you off to your hotel. Taxi ride to hotels in the city centre €8-10; taxi ride to Hilton or Semeli hotels €5-6.

 

From hotels to the Medical School of the University of Cyprus - Nicosia General Hospital (venue of the opening of the conference)

Option 1: Taxi

Taxi fares in Nicosia are affordable and reasonable. The taxi fare per route can be shared among the passengers.
The taxi fare per route from the city centre (Solomos Square or Eleftheria Square) to the Nicosia General Hospital is ranged from €10.00 to €12.00 This route usually takes about 15 minutes.
From the Hilton and Semeli hotels area to the Nicosia General Hospital the taxi fare can be between €8.00 and €10.00. This route usually takes about 10 minutes.

 

Option 2: Public buses (OSEL)

The bus fare for a daily single ticket is €1.50 and for a night single ticket (from 21:00 until 4:00) is €2.50. You can also choose a daily unlimited ticket which costs €5.00. It is necessary to hold a valid ticket through the duration of your journey. Tickets can be purchased on the bus or before boarding, from central stations. Make sure you have cash with you. More information about bus routes, schedules and fares visit OSEL’s webpage

There are two bus routes connecting the city centre (Solomou Square/ Eleftheria Square) with the Nicosia General Hospital. These bus routes also connect the Hilton and Semeli hotels area with the Hospital:

-- Bus route 158

-- Bus route 160 

 

From hotels to the University of Cyprus New Campus (main conference venue)

Option 1: Taxi

Taxis in Nicosia are relatively cheap and reliable. The taxi fare per route (which can be shared amongst passengers) from the city centre (Solomos Square) to the New Campus is about €10.00. From the Hilton/Semeli hotels area to the New Campus the taxi fare is about €8.

 

Option 2: Public buses (OSEL)

Nicosia boasts a reliable and efficient public bus service which runs every day and covers the whole Nicosia District. The bus fare for a single journey is €1.50 (day fare) and €2.50 (night fare, after 21:00). The daily ticket with unlimited journeys costs €5.00. Special prices are applied for university students. Tickets can be purchased on the bus or before boarding, from the station. For more information about the bus routes and schedules visit OSEL webpage.

There are two bus routes connecting the city centre with the New Campus of the University of Cyprus. Only bus route 150 though connects the Hilton and Semeli area with the New Campus:

-- Bus route 150

-- Bus route 259

More information on bus routes, can be found at OSEL webpage at http://www.osel.com.cy/

 

Visa

Cyprus is a member state of the European Union and a candidate country for the Schengen Area. Residents of non-EU countries who hold valid multiple-entry Schengen visas must first pass through a full Schengen member territory in order to utilize the visa in Cyprus. The Schengen Visa holder is allowed to travel to Cyprus directly from a Schengen member country without applying for a National Cypriot visa and stay in the Republic of Cyprus for the duration of their Schengen visa.

Please visit the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or the European Union's Cyprus visa website on how to apply for a Cyprus Visa and for a list of countries requiring a visa to enter Cyprus. You should apply for a visa in good time, in case of any delays during processing. 

Visas are issued by all the Diplomatic Missions (Embassies and General Consulates) of the Republic of Cyprus, and by all the Honorary Consulates of the Republic of Cyprus abroad in their respective countries. Additionally visas can also be issued by the British High Commissions / Embassies in the following countries: Argentine Republic, Bahrein, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Oman, Switzerland, Sudan, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai) and Uzbekistan.

If you require a visa invitation letter, please email Mrs Myria Iona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (To receive a visa invitation letter you must have registered for the conference first).

Myria would be more than happy to assist you in relation to any travel inquiry you may have. Do not hesitate to contact her.