Larnaca: Local Travel Info
White washed houses, palm-trees and sandy beaches
Internal flights and major international airports for Larnaca
Larnaca has its very own Airport, Larnaca International Airport (LCA), which is located 5 kilometres (3 miles), from Larnaca’s centre, and is the biggest air centre in Cyprus. The other airport is situated in Paphos. There are no internal flights in Cyprus, and Cyprus Airways as well as many other big European travel companies arrange flights in and out of the island.
Getting to and from the airport for Larnaca
There are a few transportation options for getting from the airport to the city centre. It is advised that you hire a taxi, as this is the easiest and most convenient option. A taxi rank can be found outside the Arrivals Hall. Taxis are available 24 hours a day and they drive to most destinations in Larnaca, this takes a maximum of 15 minutes. There is a board in the Arrivals Hall which displays the fares to key destinations in Larnaca. Shared taxi and minibus services can be organised by calling Cyprus Airport Transfers (tel: 357 026 323 422) or Acropolis Transport (tel: 357 246 22000).
Public buses are available between 6.30am and 4pm. Bus number 21 connects the airport with the city centre, but on Saturday afternoons or Sundays there are no buses. Many of the nicer hotels have free shuttle services for their guests, and it is worth contacting your hotel to see if they offer this service.
Travel costs in Larnaca
Taxis in Larnaca cost €29 per 10 kilometres (6 miles). Fares are subject to a meter after a base charge and the metered rate is based on a fixed rate chart. Taxi fares are regulated by law. Tariff 1 is the daytime tariff, valid from 6:01am to 8:30pm. Tariff 2 is the night tariff, valid from 8:31pm to 6am and the cost per-kilometre charge is higher than Tariff 1. An extra supplement must be paid on public holidays. Waiting time and luggage weighing more than 12 Kilograms, (9 Stone), will result in a higher fare. Be careful of unlicensed taxi cabs, as they are often do not have metres and will overcharge you for your journey. The Bus service in Larnaca is reliable and cost effective. Bus fares are priced from €0.85 to €5.00 one way depending on the journey length. Long-distance buses are more costly and start from €8.50.
Renting Cars in Larnaca
Cars can be hired once you are in Larnaca or booked by the internet or phone in advance, prices start from a frugal €10 a day for a modern, air conditioned car, and this is indeed a very economical option. For travelling round Larnaca, renting a car is not necessary for your whole stay, as everything is quite local, but to travel further afield renting a car is useful. Be careful about your terms and conditions when signing up for a hire car and check whether there are limits on mileage for example. In order to get the best prices and ensure availability, it is recommended that you pre – book your hire car.
To book car rental in Larnaca online, view our Car Hire section for Larnaca. We offer Ok Alpha users the latest special offers and best rates available for car hire in Larnaca. We advise you book your Larnaca hire car in advance so you can pick it up and drop it off directly at the airport.
Drivers licenses requirements?
Visitors are allowed to drive if they have been issued with a full EU driving license or a current international driving license, they are only eligible if the license is valid for the class of vehicle they require, and they are the minimum age for the classification for the vehicle they intend to drive. Persons who wish to hire a car must be 21 years or over and have held a driving license for at least 3 years.
Traffic travels on the left hand side of the road and headlights must be turned on 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise. The speed limit on rural roads is 80 kilometres (50 miles) per hour and 50 Kilometres (31 miles) an hour in developed areas. Seatbelts are mandatory in the front seat and children must be at least 5 years old to sit in the front seat. Child seats are compulsory too. Children between five to ten years old may sit in the front passenger seat if a child's seat belt has been fitted. When driving, talking on mobile phones without using a hands free device is a criminal offence. Traffic offences result in a fixed penalty fine, if the offender does not pay this, then the case goes to court. The offender can be issued with penalty points, and 12 points can result in disqualification.
The Bus service in Larnaca is reliable and cost effective, and there are bus stops located around the city centre. Bus fares are priced from €0.85 to €5.00 one way depending on the journey length. Long-distance buses are more costly and start from €8.50.
Taxis in Larnaca cost €29 per 10 kilometres (6 miles). Fares are subject to a meter after and an initial charge, while the metered rate is based on a fixed rate chart. You can hail a taxi from the street or phone for one to pick you up. Taxi drivers must display and use a meter by law, but some of them refuse to follow this procedure. If this happens, make sure you settle on the fare before starting your journey. Taxi fares are regulated by law. Tariff 1 is the daytime tariff, valid from 6:01am to 8:30pm. Tariff 2 is the night tariff, valid from 8:31pm to 6am and the cost per-kilometre charge is higher than Tariff 1. An extra charge must be paid on public holidays. Waiting time and luggage weighing more than 12 Kilograms (1.9 Stone) will result in a higher fare. Be careful of unlicensed taxi cabs, as they often do not have metres and will overcharge you for your journey.
Cyclists are not allowed to cycle on the highway or motorway, and are obliged to wear a helmet. Try to avoid cycling off the designated cycle track and use the well used tracks, as they are safer. Bicycles can be hired from shops and outlets in Larnaca’s city centre. Alternatively, you can arrange bike hire through your hotel or travel operator for your holiday to Larnaca. Hire starts at around €3 a day and the prices are reduced if you book a bike for a week or more.
Hitch hiking is an unrestricted way of getting around, although it is not a standard means of transport in Cyprus. The Cypriots are known for their hospitable natures and are generally a friendly nation, especially those in the countryside. When waiting for a lift in the summer, Hitchhikers should wear sunglasses and sunhats due to the intense heat. Hitchhikers should position themselves on the left hand side of the road due to the flow of traffic in Cyprus.