Traveling to Cyprus

Cyprus, a jewel in the Mediterranean, combines stunning beaches, rich historical sites, and cultural depth to offer a unique travel experience. Visitors can explore ancient ruins, enjoy the vibrant nightlife, and relax on beautiful beaches. The island’s cuisine, a blend of Greek and Turkish influences, promises a delightful culinary journey. For further exploration, plan your trip to Cyprus and test your knowledge with a travel to Cyprus quiz. The official tourism website provides additional resources for travelers.


Public Transit

Public transportation in Cyprus is mainly serviced by buses, with extensive coverage in major cities and tourist areas. While reliable, schedules can be less frequent, especially on weekends and in rural areas. Fares are reasonable, offering daily and weekly passes for unlimited travel.


Taxis are widely available and offer a convenient way to travel, especially where bus services are limited. Fares are regulated and metered, but it’s advisable to agree on the fare beforehand for longer journeys. Taxis are considered safe, and booking via phone or app is recommended.


Driving in Cyprus is on the left side of the road. Speed limits are 50 km/h (31 mph) in towns, 80 km/h (50 mph) on open roads, and 100 km/h (62 mph) on motorways. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%. Road signs are in Greek and English, making navigation relatively straightforward for English speakers. An International Driving Permit may be required, depending on your home country’s license.

Attractions and Shopping

Shops typically open from 9 am to 7 pm, with a midday break from 1 pm to 3 pm. Many shops close on Sunday. Museums and archaeological sites have varying hours but are generally open from 9 am to 5 pm. Dining in Cyprus starts late, with lunch served from 1 pm to 3 pm and dinner from 8 pm onwards.

Tipping Culture

Tipping is customary in Cyprus, with 10-15% of the bill being standard in restaurants and cafes if a service charge is not included. Tipping taxi drivers and hotel staff is also appreciated but not mandatory.

Duty Free

Travelers from non-EU countries are eligible for duty-free purchases and VAT refunds for goods bought within the EU if they are taken out of the EU within three months of purchase. Keep receipts and look for the “Tax-Free” logo in shops.


Cyprus is considered safe for travelers, with low crime rates. The emergency number is 112 for police, fire, and medical emergencies.

Water & Food Quality

Tap water is safe to drink in most areas, though bottled water is recommended in some rural regions. The food safety standards are high, with strict regulations in place for restaurants and markets.


Crime rates are low, but visitors should be cautious of petty theft and scams targeting tourists, especially in crowded places.


The healthcare system in Cyprus is of a good standard. EU citizens should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for access to public healthcare at reduced costs. Non-EU visitors are advised to have travel insurance.

General Tips


Greek and Turkish are the official languages, with English widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and by younger generations.


The Euro (€) is the currency of Cyprus. Credit cards are widely accepted in cities and tourist locations, though cash may be necessary in smaller towns and villages.

Electrical Outlets

Cyprus uses the British-style Type G electrical outlet, with a standard voltage of 230 V and a frequency of 50 Hz.


Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers (average temperatures around 30°C/86°F) and mild winters (average temperatures around 17°C/63°F). The island receives most of its rainfall in winter.