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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Telecommunications in Cyprus are provided by the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (C.Y.T.A.), which is a Corporate Body responsible for the provision of telecommunication services both nationally and internationally. Services provided include telephony, telefax, telex, telegraphy, data transmission, mobile telephony, paging, maritime, TV transmission / reception and private leased circuits, audiotex and video conferencing.
The Authority is planning the introduction of the Paneuropean Paging System (ERMES) in 1994, as well as the Paneuropean Cellular Mobile Telephone System (GSM) and an Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) in 1995. Furthermore, new value added services, such as videotex, and others will be offered soon

TELEPHONE SERVICE
Two hundred and six countries (206) representing 98% of the world's telephones are accessed automatically from Cyprus.
For telephone enquiries regarding cypriot subscribers dial 192 whereas for foreign subscribers, country and trunk codes dial 194. Public Cardphones and Payphones
Telecard or coin operated public telephones are installed at various central locations in all towns and villages, as well as at the International Airports, Harbours, Marinas and other locations.
Telecards of 2, 3, 5 and 10 denominations may be purchased from banks, post offices, souvenir shops, kiosks and from CY.T.A. Area Offices in all towns. Coin operated telephones accept coins of 2, 5, 10 and 20 cents denominations. All public cardphones and payphones may be used for national and international calls. Dialing instructions, international codes and charges are available in all public telephones. Call Direct Service
This service offers visitors in Cyprus the possibility to call a telephone abroad and charge the call to the correspondent's bill. The caller is only charged for one unit per call. For Call Direct calls dial the special code number of the destination country provided below. You will be immediately connected with an operator at the destination country who will ask for the telephone number you wish to be connected with. Charging will commence when the correspondent abroad accepts the call. Calls through this service are cheaper than ordinary collect calls. Furthermore, the caller does not have to go through the operator in Cyprus. Today this service is available for calls to:

  1. Australia (dial 080-90061)
  2. Belgium (dial 080-90032)
  3. Canada (dial 080-90012)
  4. Denmark (dial 080-90045)
  5. Finland (dial 080-90058)
  6. Germany (dial 080-90049)
  7. Ireland (dial 080-90053)
  8. Israel (dial 080-90072)
  9. Italy (dial 080-90039)
  10. Netherland (dial 080-90031)
  11. Norway (dial 080-90047)
  12. Singapore (dial 080-90065)
  13. Sweden (dial 080-90046)
  14. UK - via a BT operator (dial 080-90044) - via a MERCURY operator
    (dial 080-90004)
  15. USA - via a AT&T operator (dial 080-90010) - via an MCI operator
    (dial 080-90000)
    - via a SPRINT operator
    (dial 080-90001)

Reduced Telephone Rates
The Authority offers reduced telephone rates for trunk and international calls during off peak hours:
Trunk calls (between districts)
20.00-07.00 every day
International calls
22.00-08.00 every day and all day Sunday
TELEFAX SERVICE
No public telefax facilities are operational, but most hotels will permit their guests the use of their facilities. For telefax enquiries call 192 for Cypriot subscribers and 134 for foreign subcribers.
TELEX SERVICE
Two hundred and fourteen countries (214) are accessed automatically from Cyprus. No public telex facilities are operational, but most hotels will permit their guests the use of their facilities.
For telex subscribers enquiries call 192.
TELEGRAPH SERVICE
Inland or overseas telegrams may be deposited at CY.T.A. counters, through the telex service or by phone at telephone number 196. Telegrams by phone are accepted from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. every day including Sundays and holidays.
INTERNATIONAL DIALING CODES

Australia.....................................................................0061 
Austria.......................................................................0043
Bahrain.......................................................................00973
Belgium.......................................................................0032
Canada........................................................................001
Cyprus........................................................................00357
Denmark.......................................................................0045
Finland.......................................................................00358
France........................................................................0033
Germany ......................................................................0049
Greece........................................................................0030
Irish Republic................................................................00353
Italy.........................................................................0039
Japan.........................................................................0081
Netherlands...................................................................0031
Norway........................................................................0047
Sweden........................................................................0046
Switzerland...................................................................0041
United Kingdom................................................................0044
U.S.A.........................................................................001
LOCAL DIALING CODES
Lefkosia......................................................................02
Lemesos (Limassol).................................................05
Larnaka......................................................................04
Pafos..........................................................................06
Agia Napa.................................................................03
Paralimni/Protaras...................................................03
Platres........................................................................05
Polis...........................................................................06


TIPPING

Because of the 10% service charge levied in hotels and restaurants, a tip is not obligatory, but small change is always welcome.
Taxi-drivers, porters, hairdressers etc., always appreciate a small tip.


TRANSPORTATION

Cyprus Domestic Transportation Services One can travel around Cyprus either by bus or by taxi. There are no trains in Cyprus.

BUS SERVICE FACILITIES

  1. Transurban buses: Various Bus companies link all major towns with daily routes at specified interval (e.g. every hour).
    For more information:-
    Lefkosia-Lemesos (Limassol)-Pafos:
    a) KEMEK TRANSPORT LTD,
    Tel: (02) 463989, (05) 363241, (06) 234255
  2. COSTAS BUS SERVICE Tel: (02) 464636, (05) 354394, (06) 241717 Lefkosia-Larnaka: KALLENOS BUSES, Tel: (02) 453560, (04) 654890 Lemesos (Limassol)-Larnaka:
    KALLENOS BUSES
    Tel: (05) 351031, (04) 654890
  3. Rural Buses: 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 formed recently will provide more routes.
  4. Urban Buses: Operate frequently during daytime and in certain tourist areas, during summer, their routes are extended till midnight.

For more information concerning timetables: - Lefkosia: Plateia Solomou west of Plateia Eleftherias, Tel: (02) 473414 - Lemesos (Limassol):
Odos A. Themistocleous,
Tel: (05) 370592, (05) 355273
- Larnaka: Gonia Karaoli & Demetriou 36, Tel: (04) 650477
- Pafos: Karavella Bus Station
Tel: (06) 234252, (06) 234410
- Paralimni: West of Agios Georgios Church, Tel: (03) 821318 - Agia Napa: Leoforos Makariou 32A,
Tel: (03) 721321

TAXI SERVICE FACILITIES

  1. Transurban Service Taxis: (Shared with other passengers 4-7 seats). This service provides connection between all major towns of Cyprus every half an hour. Mon-Sat: 05.45-18.30 (19.30 summer).
    Sunday and Public Holidays 07.00-17.30
    (18.30 summer).
    Seats can be booked by phone and passengers can be collected from and dropped to at any place they wish within the municipal boundaries.
  2. Rural Taxis: Rural taxis are allowed to be hired from their base station only. An exception is permitted when hiring is made at the airport or seaport where the taxi driver must present such document proving the collection of certain customers. Charging commences upon the entry of a passenger to the taxi and is based on the following chart. Taximeters in rural taxis are not istalled.
    1. Tariff I: Single trip 20 cents per km. Return trip at night (11 p.m. - 6 a.m.) 20 cents per km.
    2. Tariff II: Return trip 15 cents per km
    3. Tariff III: Single trips at night (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) 25 cents per km.
    4. One piece of luggage will be carried free of charge. All others will be charged at 20 cents a piece.
    5. Delay or waiting time charge: For tariff I and II 2.00 per hour. For tariff III 3.00
    6. Minimum Charge: 75 cents.
  3. Urban Taxis: This is a 24 hours service provided in all towns. Taxis can be booked by phone or be hired from their base station. Urban taxis are provided with taximeters and charging commences upon the entrance of a passenger in the taxi and is based on the following chart:
    1. Initial charge
    2. Fare per Km
    3. Delay or waiting time per hour
    4. For every luggage weighing more
      than 12 kg
    5. Minimum charge

Notes: C1 = 100 cents
- Weekdays = Monday-Saturday
- No service taxis operate between:

  1. The Airports and the towns.
  2. Towns and villages.


TRAVEL AGENTS

Approximately 370 licensed (by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation) Travel Agencies (plus 160 branches) are in operation throughout the island, many of which are IATA members. (October 1994).
A List of Travel Agents can be found in the Cyprus Tourism Organisation's annual "Guide to Hotels, Travel Agencies and other Tourist Services" which can be obtained from all Cyprus Tourism Organisation Offices in Cyprus and abroad. The Association of Cyprus Travel Agents (ACTA) also issues an annual directory giving the Association's major objectives and a list of its members. ACTA:
(Association of Cyprus Travel Agents):
P.O.Box 2369, Lefkosia,
Tel: (02) 366435, Fax: (02) 467593

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TOURIST GUIDES

Tourist Guides in Cyprus are trained and licenced by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation which is the Government authorised operator of the "Tourist Guide School". Licenced guides for sightseeing tours in Cyprus can be reached through: Cyprus Tourist Guides Association
P.O.Box: 4942, CY 1355, Lefkosia,
Tel: (02) 457755, Fax: (02) 466872
Guides can also be contacted directly by phone, according to the "List of qualified licensed Guides" which can be obtained from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation Offices in Cyprus. Guide Fees
Half day (up to 4 hours): C25,94 (July 94) Full day (up to 8 hours): C40.81 (July 94) Sundays: 50% overcharge
Public Holidays: 100% overcharge


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