Medical tourism is now an established part of the the healthcare scene. If you are interested in treatment abroad you will be interested in the following information about travel to Cyprus and accommodation in that country.
Cyprus has two international airports, at Larnaca and Pafos, with Larnaca being the main arrival point for international scheduled flights. Larnaca International Airport is located 5km south of the centre and is a 30 minute drive to Nicosia (about 45 km). Pafos International Airport is roughly a seventy minute drive to Nicosia and is mainly for charter flights.
There are several scheduled airlines running daily flights to Larnaca from the UK as well as a range of charter companies running packaged vacation breaks to Cyprus. The flight time is four and a half hours from London to Pafos or Larnaca. Scheduled airlines flying to Cyprus include Cyprus Airways, Helios Airways, British Airways and their subsidiary, GB Airways. British Airways operate four flights a week to Pafos from London Gatwick and two per week from Manchester. Return fares start from £139 including taxes.
Cyprus Airways fly 13 times per week from Heathrow to Larnaca, twice a week from London Stansted, once a week from London Gatwick, three times a week from Manchester and once per week from Birmingham. They also fly once per week from London Heathrow to Pafos. Low season return flights with Cyprus Airways are from £178 including taxes. There are more flights in the summer months, and the price increases.
There is also a bundle of charter airlines flying from the UK, such as Thomson who fly from 12 UK airports. Charter flights can be booked through web sites such as Cheapflights or Lastminute.
There are no trains in Cyprus so getting around the island is done by bus, taxi or car. From the airport you can take a taxi to Nicosia and these are readily available outside the airport terminal, with metered fares. The island’s inter-urban buses are also a good, cheap and reliable way to travel between the towns, and there are regular daily services. A number of bus companies link the major towns including the Lefkosia Interurban Bus Company which travels between Lefkosia and Lemesos, the Intercity Bus company covering Lefkosia to Larnaca, the Nea Amoroza Transport Co Ltd covering routes between Pafos and Polis, the PEAL Bus company between Paralimni, Larnaca and Protaras or the Eman Bus Company between Agia Napa and Larnaca.
The preferable mode of transport in Cyprus however is the car, not least because more remote interesting areas can’t be reached via the public transport system, but also because the roads are good, and four lane motorways connect the capital, Nikosia, with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaca and Pafos. Rental cars in Cyprus are known as ‘Z’ Cars, due to a distinctive red licence plate with a ‘Z’ prefix and they can be booked at airport arrivals. Driving is on the left.
The currency in Cyprus is the Cyprus £ (CY£) and there are around CY£0,84 to £1. The price for a four star hotel in Lemesos is roughly CY£105 on a B/B basis while a three star hotel in Lemesos costs CY£51 (on a B/B basis). A four star hotel in Nicosia costs roughly CY£155 on a B/B basis while a three star would be CY£82.
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