Holiday North Cyprus
Useful tips when you want to holiday North Cyprus.
Visit all the main sights in North Cyprus including the beautiful unspoilt Karpas peninsula, Kyrenia and Famagusta, not to mention the amazing mountain ranges, St Hilarion castle and the stunning beaches and deep blue water of the Mediterranean.
Tips for Visting Northern Cyprus
These tips for visiting Northern Cyprus are useful for expats living in the South as well as tourists.
Travelling time from Larnaca airport to Kyrenia, the main resort in the North, is around 1 hour 30 mins, including time taken to cross the border at Nicosia. Some websites claim it only takes 45 minutes...yes but only if travelling at the speed of light!
While many holiday companies say you can fly direct into Ercan airport in the North, this can only be done by landing in Turkey FIRST! The alternative is to fly into Larnaca and take a bus or taxi across the border or just ensure your holiday package includes this transfer; the time difference between that and landing/taking off from Turkey is about the same.
Or you can get a ferry from the Turkish mainland to Kyrenia.
Once in North Cyprus. the best way to get around is by hire car, although taxis are cheaper than in the South so if just wanting to get to and from the airport, taxis may be your cheapest option.
NB: Mobile phones using sim cards from South Cyprus do NOT work in the North unless close to the border.
When you cross over, be sure to change the service provider setting on your phone to manual; if you leave it on automatic, the phone will continually search for a provider but as you're not allowed to connect to Turkcell, all that will happen is your battery runs flat!
Cyprus Border Crossings
Once you've negotiated the Cyprus border crossings, make note of the following:
The official currency is the Turkish Lira (TL) but Euros are accepted, plus even GBP sterling and $US dollars! The Euro-TL exchange rate is approx 2x TL to 1 Euro, so roughly half of the TL price. It's worth remembering this for situations where you may be getting ripped off!
It's not uncommon, especially at places of interest like Bellapais, for the TL price to be rounded up well above the average 2x mark-up. If you want to avoid this, change some currency into Turkish Lira before you go across.
While some of the roads in the North are not good quality and ideally require a 4x4 vehicle, there is a good motorway link from Nicosia to Kyrenia and a motorway that runs from Morphou/Guzelyurt in on the west to Famagusta in the east.
Enjoy your holiday North Cyprus!
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