|Area:||9,251 sq km|
|Coastline:||648 sq km|
Almost all villages are connected with the nearest town by local buses. Bus operation is limited to once or twice a day. Regional bus companies provide more routes. In the main cities the buses operate frequently during daytime and in certain tourist areas, during summer, their timetables are extended till midnight.
Rural taxis are to be found at taxi stands only. In Cyprus
cities both hotel and private taxi services are available. You can find them at
taxi parkings, bus stations, in front of big hotels, airports or other frequent
locations. The charges are reasonable and depend on the tariff periods – the
fare is more expensive after 20.00/22.00.
Urban taxis are provided with taximeters and charging commences upon the entrance of a passenger. Although all taxi drivers are obliged to use a taximeter, you can encounter a taxi that will charge you their fixed price, mainly in North Cyprus. It is advisable to agree upon the fare with the driver before setting off. The system of sharing a taxi with another passenger travelling to the same destination (called Dolmus) also operates widely in North Cyprus. This is a 24 hours service of urban taxis provided in all towns. Taxis can be booked by phone or be hired from their locations. Remember that if you need to take a taxi late at night or early in the morning, it is better to arrange a taxi by calling the company in advance.
There is no public transportation between Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus, although rental cars are available from larger towns and you can drive across the border. Traffic in Cyprus circulates on the left, as in Britain, and the traffic signs are international, with good dual carriageways connections between major towns.