North Cyprus Guide
Travel to Cyprus
There are frequent scheduled and charter flights out of England and other European Countries to North Cyprus. More than 60 flights per week arrive at North Cyprus airport Ercan during the summer. There are 15 flights from three airports of London: Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow. Most of them arrive in the evening. North Cyprus has direct air links only with Turkey, where all planes from Europe must first touch down. From Turkey, you can choose from a number of scheduled flights from Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Adana and Antalya.
There is a ferry service three times a week throughout the year between Mersin and Gazimagusa (Famagusta). Also a little ferry boat linking Tasucu and Girne (Kyrenia) during at all seasons and a new boat link has been established during the peak season between Alanya, Antalya and Anamur to Girne (Kyrenia). You are advised to reserve your places before departure.
Cyprus is situated at the cross point of 35°N latitude and 33°E longitude.
The approximate population of the whole island is 900.000 of which 215.000 live in Northern Cyprus.
Total area of Cyprus is 9251 km². The TRNC is 3242 km² and is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily and Sardinia. Britain, which was the last ruler of the island gave Cyprus its independence in 1960, but before leaving, established two sovereign military bases on the island. These are Akrotiri (124 km²) and Dhekelia (132 km²) and they cover an area of 256km². 244 km² is the United Nations controlled green line (no man's land).
The official language is Turkish. English language is widely spoken with full of grammar mistakes!
240 Volts. Plugs are in English standards.
For international calls dial 00 90 392 followed by your number in Cyprus. For example, to call Riverside Hotel from UK you should dial (0090 392) 821 89 06. Town Codes : Girne (Kyrenia) =81, Magosa (Famagusta)=36, Lefkosa (Nicosia)=22
Taxis are in reasonable prices. Ask for the price before you depart. There is also a collective taxi system mainly using minibuses known as Dolmus. Bus departures are frequent between big and smaller towns during the day. Public transport services are less frequent after 5pm and during the weekends.
Climate of the island is typical Mediterranean. It has dry, long summers, and warm, short, light rainy winters.
A valid passport is required for entry.
Prices are excellent for the travellers who wish to act freely. You can hire a car with your driving licenses. We drive on the left in North Cyprus just like in England, so you will not confuse. Wearing seatbelt is compulsory. All signposts are international.
The Turkish Lira (TL) is the currency used in North Cyprus. Foreign currencies and travellers' cheques are accepted in banks, exchange offices and Topset Hotel. Most credit cards are valid in many places, but bank charges may apply in some places.
During the summer period (May-October), opening times vary. In winter times opening hours are as follows: 9am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm. Museums are closed on National holidays. For more information you can contact with the Museums and Antiquities Department through the telephone number.
Tourist Information in UK
North Cyprus Tourism Centre, 29 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EG, UK. Tel: 0207 631 1930.
Popular souvenirs include: potteries, wicker baskets, copper, silver, bronze, and onyx objects, Turkish dolls, meerschaum pipes and tavla boards (backgammon), jewellery, leather cloths and the textiles can be purchased at low prices. You can find many kinds of Turkish Cypriot craft work in many places. Shop opening times are 8am-1pm and 3pm-7am. Export of antiquities is illegal.
Attention: Export of antiquities is illegal.