Survival Guide to Larnaca Airport, Cyrprus
With its palm-lined promenades, superb beaches and perfect mix of historic charm and modern convenience, Larnaca in Cyprus is a favourite for tourists with approximately 5.5 million passing by Larnaca International Airport last year. The option to bask in the glorious Cyprus weather is proving so popular that a third terminal is being built at Cyprus Larnaca Airport (due for completion in 2013) and the development of a marina and expanded cruise ship port beginning at the end of 2009. The name itself derives from the Greek work “larnax” meaning sarcophagus, many of which have been uncovered on the isle, and gives some idea to the thoroughness of its ancient past and the archaeological wonders waiting to be discovered.
located 5km south of the city centre, Larnaca Airport comprises one terminal, 21 aircraft stands and 9 departure gates. Cheap flights to Larnaca are offered by several low cost providers including easyJet and Thomson Flights and leave from a number of UK airports. Flights to Larnaca go from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted. Once landed, passengers are transferred via shuttle bus to the terminal building and go by passport control before collecting luggage at one of the 6 baggage reclaim belts. If for any reason character has gone missing, then there is a lost luggage office located close by, although is not currently possible to store anything here. Alternatively the airline helpdesks are also based in the arrivals hall to help with locating missing items.
For those who have not managed to change up money before leaving the UK, then there are a large number of ATMs, a post office, money exchange office and three edges all located either in the Larnaca Airport arrivals hall or public concourse to choose from. There is a tourist information desk offering literature about Larnaca and a 24 hour business centre enabling visitors to keep on top of any work commitments by a range of sets such as fax, Internet access and copying facilities. Other facilities include the obligatory duty free shop, newsagent, pharmacy and gift shop. For refreshment there is a cafeteria in the public concourse and a restaurant and bar in Larnaca Airport departures which also boasts 48 check-in desks.
The most important area of information however once you have reached an airport is knowing about onward travel. As the public transport system in the country is not fabulous, for those wanting to travel around at all, car hire at Larnaca Airport is pretty much basic. There are 8 Larnaca Airport car rental firms and these are Astra, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Petsas, Sixt and Thrifty. Fortunately vehicles excursion on the right in Cyprus and along with the helpful road signs provided in English in addition as Greek plus the large, well-maintained road network, driving here should potentially be a breeze for British visitors.
The Larcana Airport buses are fairly symbolic of the pubic transport service as a whole. The number 22 and 23 take in the city centre but there are only around 7 runs a day and the last one leaves at 16:00. In addition there is no service obtainable on Saturday afternoons or Sundays. Tickets are bought on board at a cost of EUR1.20. in addition as going to the centre of Larcana, there are other buses that journey further afield to places like Ayia Napa, Limassol and the capital, Nicosia. More reliable options are to use Larnaca Airport Transfers, where a driver meets you in arrivals and whisks you straight off to a waiting car or any one of the Larnaca Airport taxis based just outside the terminal. For the 10-15 minute excursion into Larnaca it costs around EUR10-15. To check rates for other destinations there is a price board hanging in arrivals with up-to-date details.