Taxis and Carpooling

Information on carpooling, shared taxi shuttles and taxi services in Cyprus, including routes and fares...

Taxis

Numerous taxi companies provide transportation services in Cyprus. Service is categorised as:

  • Interurban/intercity taxis – a shared service that provides a daily connection between all major towns
  • Urban taxis – services operating within the major towns
  • Rural taxis – services operating in village areas

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s ‘Visit Cyprus’ website has useful information on taxi services including details on tariffs.

Island-wide shared service taxis

An intercity taxi shuttle service is operated by the company, Travel & Express. Passengers can book a seat on 8 seater air-conditioned minibuses, which travel between major towns for a fixed rate.  These shuttles can either be boarded from their main offices, or at specific pick-up locations on route. Passengers can be dropped off anywhere in the destination’s municipal zone. Payment is made to the driver.

Bookings must be made in advance either by phone or online.

The service runs every half hour Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 07:00 to 17:00. Service are not available on public holidays.

Regular service taxis run between the following towns and airports:

  • Nicosia - Limassol
  • Larnaca - Nicosia
  • Nicosia - Larnaca airport
  • Larnaca - Limassol
  • Limassol - Larnaca airport
  • Limassol - Paphos
  • Limassol - Paphos airport

The Travel & Express website offers details of their services

Travel and Express office locations:

  • Nicosia
    At: Leoforos Salaminos, Municipal Parking Place (Kolokasi)
    Tel: 22 730 888
  • Limassol
    At: Vasileos Pavlou A, 47
    Tel: 77 777 474
  • Larnaca
    At: the corner of Gonia Papakyriakou Street & Marsellou Street
    Tel: 24 661 010
  • Paphos
    At: Kinyras 34
    Tel: 26 923 800
  • Paralimni
    At: Griva Digeni 105
    Tel: 26 923 800

Urban taxis

Urban taxis provide services 24-hour-a-day in all cities.

Taxis can be hired from the street although it is advisable to telephone to book the taxi to ensure availability. Fares are metered after an initial base charge and the metered rate is based on a fixed rate chart. Taxi fares are regulated by law. In tourist areas, taxi drivers available to pick up a fare will often press the car horn at intervals whilst driving along.

  • Tariff I: daytime tariff, valid from 06:01 to 20:30
  • Tariff II: night tariff, valid from 20:31 to 06:00 (the per-kilometre charge is higher than Tariff I)
  • A supplement is payable on certain public holidays
  • Driver waiting time costs extra
  • Luggage weighing more than 12 Kg costs extra (though it is a nominal charge)
  • Pets in carrying containers are allowed, though a nominal fee per pet is charged

In Nicosia, a taxi rank is available at Eleftheria Square (City Centre), with taxis available at all times.

Visit Cyprus has up to date information on taxi charges and fares per kilometre.

Rural Taxis

Rural taxis serve villages and small towns. The pick-up and drop-off points can only be from the taxi base station unless taking a taxi from the taxi rank at the airport or seaport. Rural taxis do not have meters and charging is based on a kilometre/tariff rate.

There are two tariff scales with fees paid on a per-kilometre rate. There are further fees payable for extras:

  • Tariff I: daytime tariff, valid from 06:01 to 20:30
  • Tariff II: night tariff, valid from 20:31 to 06:00 (the per-kilometre charge is higher than Tariff I)
  • Driver waiting time costs extra
  • Luggage weighing more than 12Kg costs extra (though it is a nominal charge)

Visit Cyprus has up to date information on taxi charges and fares per kilometre. 

Carpooling

Carpooling and lift-sharing is common in Cyprus among colleagues, although it is still a little-used alternative to buses, taxis and private cars. Drivers and passengers can coordinate travel plans via Angloinfo Cyprus Discussions