Bus Services in Cyprus
Public transport in Cyprus is limited. There is no train service available. There are inter-urban public bus services connecting major towns, urban buses which run within most larger towns and tourist centres, and rural buses connecting smaller villages to their nearest towns.
Buses are not consistent in appearance, though the destination is usually displayed in the windscreen. Bus time tables and schedules are available from tourist offices or directly from the bus companies. Be aware that services stop early daily (at approximately 18:00) and there is limited bus service on weekends (some areas have no service on Sundays). Bus fare is paid directly to the bus driver; exact change is required.
Shared and private taxi services provide an alternative method of transport with the options being Island-wide bus services, urban buses, rural buses, intercity taxis, urban taxis and rural taxis.
Island-wide Bus Services
Various bus companies link all major towns with a regular service leaving every one or two hours. There is limited bus service on Sunday with some routes having no service at all. Bicycles can be taken on some of busses serving the main intercity routes.
There are three stations for busses in Limassol, though intercity service is usually offered from the KEMEK bus station at Enoseos and Eirinis Street, and the Kallenos bus station at the intersection of Hadjipavlou Street and Araouzou Street.
Note: Dogs may not be taken on buses.
Bus companies serve the following routes:
Larnaca - Nicosia - Limassol - Larnaca Airport - Ayia Napa - Protaras
Ayia Napa - Larnaca - Paralimni
Nicosia - Limassol - Paphos
Nicosia - Limassol
Larnaca - Nicosia / Larnaca - Limassol
Paphos - Limassol - Polis
Larnaca - Paralimni - Protaras
Paralimni - Protaras - Ayia Napa / Paralimni - Deryneia - Larnaca / Paralimni - Protaras - Larnaca
It is recommended to check directly with the bus companies to determine if service is available on a particular day.
Within urban areas, buses run on fixed routes roughly every half hour, with services ending in the evenings at about 18:00 Monday to Friday and earlier on Saturdays. Some routes have no service on Sundays. Hours are extended until midnight during the tourist season.
Timetables are available from tourist offices or directly from the bus companies.
The municipality of Nicosia runs Yellow Buses which offer free transportation within the city walls. The Nicosia Bus Company also offers service throughout the area.
Nicosia Bus Company Ltd
Bus terminus at: Solomos Square/Plateia Solomou
Generally run every 20 to 30 minutes, except on weekends
Tel: 22 665 814 or 22 778 841
Website (with schedule)
The Alepa Limites Pafos City Bus has an intercity service for Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia; an urban service in Paphos and airport routes to both Larnaca and Nicosia International airports.
The comprehensive website in English details the routes and has timetables: Click here
There are three stations for busses in Limassol, though most urban busses use the station at Andreas Themistocleous Street in the city centre. Intercity service is offered from the KEMEK bus station at Enoseos and Eirinis Street, and the Kallenos bus station at the intersection of Hadjipavlou Street and Araouzou Street.
Limassol Urban Bus Station
At: A. Themistocleou Street
Tel: 25 370592 or 25 354050
Larnaka Urban Bus Station
At: Gonia Karaoli & Dimitriou 36A
Tel: 24 650477 or 24 657466
Paphos Urban Bus Station
At: Karavella Bus Station
Tel: 26 934 410 or 26 934 252
Paralimni Urban Bus Station
At: Agiou Georgiou 12
Tel: 23 821318
Ayia Napa Urban Bus Station
At: Leofcros Makariou III 32A
Tel: 23 821318
Polis Urban Bus Station
Tel: 26 321114
Rural buses connect towns and villages and make frequent stops. The service is infrequent with schedules limited to one or two routes per day.
Bus Services in North Cyprus:
Cyprus, Bus ServicesThere are frequent bus services between the major towns of North Cyprus during the day. Public transport becomes less scarce after 7pm and at weekends the services are less regular.
Each bus route is leased privately from the Northern Cyprus government. The vehicles are different shapes and sizes but most commonly white mini buses. The destination is shown in the front windscreen. They are locally called dolmus.
Either stand at a bus stop or simply flag the vehicle down anywhere along the road. There are no timetables but the buses are very frequent. This type of transport runs between the main towns and villages of Norhern Cyprus, however the buses do not go to many of the main tourist attractions.