* Public Transport. * Information for Drivers. * Useful Information * Currency. * Climate. * Bank Holidays. * Public Holidays.
The bus and taxi services run an extensive network. The bus terminal is at Solomos Square, in the city center. Buses run to all destinations in the city and in the suburbs from 5.30 am to 6.15 pm, every half an hour. They are more frequent at peak periods.
Nicosia Municipality also runs the Yellow Buses with regular itineraries in the city center. The starting point is Solomos square. The service is free.
Country bus services are timed to bring villagers and their produce to market early in the morning, returning about midday when business is done.
Taxis are numerous and operate from the offices of their owners rather than from taxi ranks. They are best contacted by telephone if no taxi office is in your vicinity. When engaging a taxi for excursions in the country, special arrangements should be made with the taxi operator. The cost from Larnaca Airport to Nicosia is about CYP12.
Inexpensive scheduled taxi services operate regularly and frequently (every half an hour) between the main towns. The last taxi service leaves at 5.30 pm. Seats may be booked in advance. The services run on time, pick you up at your hotel or private address, and take you to your destination.
Information for Drivers.
Numerous firms specialize in self-drive car hire. Charges vary according to the size and make of car. The Survey of Cyprus Map, obtainable in a single sheet from booksellers, is adequate for general purposes.
Speed limits are: 50 Km/h (30 m/h) in town 80 Km/h (50 m/h) out of town 100 Km/h (60 m/h) on motorways
The charge for use of public and private car parks in the city center is 40 cents per half day unless otherwise stated. Special arrangements can be made with attendants of private car parks for longer periods.
The Cyprus Pound (CYP) is divided into 100 cent. Bank Notes: CYP1, CYP5, CYP10, CYP20. Coins: 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent. The exchange rates are currently (September 96): Greek Drachma 517.62 Sterling Pound 1.29 US Dollar 2.16 Deutsche Mark 3.28 Swedish Krone 14.35 Swiss Franc 2.76 French Franc 11.11 Danish Krone 12.56 Austrian Schilling 23.03 Norwegian Krone 13.80 Finnish Mark 9.86 ECU 1.70
Nicosia enjoys rather mild winters and hot summers with cool evenings after 6.00 pm.
Minimum and maximum temperatures are: August: 21C min - 40C max 70F min - 104F max February: 6C min - 16C max 43F min - 61F max