Buses and Coaches

Find out how to get around Cyprus using the bus and coach networks...

Buses in Cyprus are run by private companies regulated by the Government. Each district is operated by a different company so buses throughout the island are not consistent in size and appearance. Each company can be identified by its logo.

To add to the confusion, yet another private company, Intercity Buses, provides the bus service between all districts.

Nicosia and Larnaca are served by the newly formed Cyprus Public Transport (CPT) which began its operation in July 2020.

  • Famagusta, Paralimni, and Ayia Napa are serviced by the company OSE
  • Paphos is serviced by the The Paphos Transport Organization OSYPA Ltd
  • The Limassol area is serviced by EMEL 

On modern bus fleets, the destination is displayed on screens located above the windshield. On coaches or mini buses the destination is displayed with a sign in the windscreen.

Children under 6 and soldiers, producing a military identification card, can travel for free. School students pay €10 per month to travel on all routes i.e.school, urban and night buses.

Timetables

Bus timetables and schedules are available online via each company’s website, from tourist offices, or directly from the main office at central bus stations.

Details of routes, timetables, and fares can also be found online. See our guide below for details on travelling in each district.

Within urban areas, buses run on fixed routes roughly every half hour, with services ending in the evenings at about 18:00 Monday to Friday and earlier on Saturdays. Some routes have no service on Sundays. Hours are extended until midnight during the tourist season.  Some urban routes now offer a night bus service on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

 

The Motion Bus Card

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works in cooperation with the bus companies are gradually introducing a new electronic ticketing system throughout Cyprus. All paper tickets and cards will gradually be replaced by the Motion Bus Card.

The Motion Bus Card is a permanent reusable electronic ticket the size of a credit card which can be used throughout the bus system and in all districts. It can be topped up online or at main sales points. Motion Bus Card can be charged with up to three different period fares (eg. 7 days, 30 days or 365 days) and with cash (e-wallet).

Student Motion Cards are also available and be used on school buses.

To find out more visit the motion bus card website

Island-wide bus services connecting district

Intercity Buses provide the bus route service connecting all major towns. There is a regular service on popular routes. There is limited bus service on Sunday with some routes having no service at all.

It is recommended to check the Intercity Buses website for details on bus stops and to determine if a service is available on a particular day.

Information Tel: 80 007 789

Bicycles can be taken on some of buses serving the main intercity routes.

Note: Dogs may not be taken on buses. Guide dogs must wear muzzle and carry an updated health book.

Intercity routes, timetables, and fares

Intercity Buses operate the following routes:

For a details on tickets and prices

Children over 6 years old, school children, students, pensioners, and registered disabled persons get a 50% reduction on their fare when they present the relevant ID.

Urban Buses

Each district is serviced by a different bus company which can be identified by their distinctive logos and branding. Within urban areas, buses run on fixed routes roughly every half hour, with services ending in the evenings at about 18:00 Monday to Friday and earlier on Saturdays. Some routes have no service on Sundays. Hours are extended until midnight during the tourist season.  Some urban routes now offer a night bus service on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

Timetables are available online, tourist offices or directly from the bus companies main bus stations.

The bus fare can be paid directly to the bus driver; exact change is required. Weekly and monthly passes can be purchased from ticket offices. Some companies have Apps where motion cards can be topped up. One day multiple route passes valid for all districts are also available.

University students and pensioners now have to pay 50 per cent of the ticket prices and can no longer travel for free.

Bus Services in Nicosia and Larnaca

Nicosia, Larnaca and their adjoining towns, are served by the newly formed Cyprus Public Transport (CPT) which began its operation in July 2020. The new fleet of 200 buses have eco-friendly, low-emission EURO 6 engines. All buses are fully accessible and have special areas for disabled persons.

Buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, USB charging ports and electronic signage that provides information about the upcoming stops. They also have a state-of-the-art location tracking system which will allows the passengers to know where the bus is at any time. CPT also plan to upgrade 4,962 bus stops and create an extra 2,015 by 2025.

There is a night bus service in operation on some routes Friday and Saturday from 18:45-00:15

Bus terminals are located at: Solomos Square, Markario, The General Hospital, Arediou, Tempria and Alambra.

For details on routes and timetables

For details on fares and cards

Cyprus Public Transport have also created two apps for passengers.

The Pame App allows bus passengers to plan their journeys when using Cyprus Public Transport. The app gives passengers real time information on buses and their arrival at each bus stop. Passengers can also browse an interactive bus map, access route information, route maps and other information. Passengers can also top up their Motion Travel Card.

The BeeMate mobile app is a useful tool for parents who wish to track the location of their child’s school bus. It also allows parents to create a profile for their child which enables to the driver to know if the student is on board.

Cyprus Public Transport

At: Griva Digeni 81-83, 6th Floor, Nicosia
Tel: 1416
Email: contactus@publictransport.com.cy

 

Nicosia’s Mini Buses

The Municipality of Nicosia runs Nicosia’s mini-buses L1, L2 and the UniCity route. This is a free transportation service within the city walls. The buses make short commutes every 20 minutes, from 07:30-23:30. The service starts from Vasileos Pavlou Street, next to the old GSP stadium, and passes through all the city’s points of interest. They can accommodate 21 passengers, 13 seated and 8 standing.

Bus Services in Paphos

The Paphos Transport Organization, OSYPA Ltd are responsible for bus services in the Paphos area. They operate an intercity service for Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia; an urban service in Paphos and airport routes to both Larnaca and Paphos International airports. Buses are blue.

For details on routes and timetables

For details on fares and cards

Bus terminals are located at: Kato Paphos, Karavella and Polis

OSYPA Ltd

At: Mesogi Industrial Area, Mesogi, Paphos
Tel: 8000 5588
Email: info@pafosbuses.com

Bus services in eastern Cyprus: Famagusta-Paralimni-Ayia Napa

The Famagusta District Transport Organisation, OSEA provides the bus services in the Famagusta, Paralimni, and Ayia Napa area. There are increased services during the summer months with buses running until 04:00 on some routes.

For details on routes and timetables

For details on fares

Bus terminals are located at: Paralimni, Ayia Napa and Famagusta Hospital

OSEA
At: 23 Agiou Georgiou, Agiou Paralimni
Tel: 8000 5200
Email: info@osea.com.cy

 

Limassol

Bus services in Limassol are operated by the Limassol Passengers Transport Company EMEL. There are service in central, urban and rural routes of Limassol. Night buses are available until 23:00-03:35 (depending on the route) on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays.

Bus terminals are located at: Lenitiou, Municipal Market Station, My Mall and Lambrou Porfira .

For details on routes and timetables

For details on fares

Emel are part of the motion bus card network and scheduling information is available via the Motion APP

Bus terminals are located at: Paralimni, Ayia Napa and Famagusta Hospital

EMEL 

At: 15 Feidiou Street, 3075, Limassol
Tel: 7777 8868 / 25 870 160
Email: info@limassolbuses.com

 

Limassol Park-and-Ride system

The Limassol Municipality operate a park-and-ride system in cooperation with the Limassol Passenger Transport Company. Citizens can park free of charge at the municipal parking lot Epaminondas, situated west of Voreiou Ipirou street. A shuttle bus service operates every 15 minutes to take passengers to the city centre. Ther service is available from Monday-Friday 06:30-19:40

For more information visit the Limassol Municipality website

Airport Shuttle

The bus company Kapnos, provide a daily airport scheduled shuttle service between Nicosia and Larnaca International Airport and Nicosia and Paphos Airport. The buses are large white coaches. The service is boarded at Kyrenias Avenue behind Melconian opposite the Police Headquarters in Nicosia.

It is a direct service with a travel time of 40 minutes from Nicosia to Larnaca international Airport and n 90 minutes to Paphos Airport. Buses are air-conditioned with reclining seats.  Free WI-FI is available on board. Passengers should arrive at least 10 minutes before departure.

It is advised to book seats in advance. Bookings can be made online via the Kapnos website

For details on timetables

For a map of the Kapnos Airport shuttle station

Kapnos Airport Shuttle
At: 15 Feidiou Street, 3075, Limassol
Tel: 77 77 14 77 
Email: info@limassolbuses.com

Useful Links

  • Cyprus By Bus provides information about buses, bus routes and timetables in Cyprus
  • The Visit Cyprus website offers comprehensive details on transportation in Cyprus
  • For details on public transport for the disabled read ‘Accessible Cyprus’ (published by the Cyprus Tourist Organisation)

Shared and private taxi services provide an alternative method of transport. See Angloinfo’s guide on Taxi’s and Carpooling.