Taxis and Carpooling

Information on lift-sharing schemes and taxi services in Cyprus, including taxi routes and fares...

Carpooling

Carpooling and lift-sharing is becoming more common in Cypru 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 or Classifieds notice boards. A carpooling scheme is also in operation on Facebook or Car Pooling Cyprus (In Greek)

Taxis

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

  • Service/intercity taxis
  • Urban taxis
  • Rural taxis

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

Island-wide shared service taxis

Intercity taxi service (known as Travel & Express) is offered in shared  8-11 seater minibuses. This service provides a connection service between all major towns at a fixed rate. The taxis do not operate between smaller towns and villages.

These taxis can either be boarded from the service taxi office in town or specific pick-up locations on route. Reservations are necessary. Passengers may be dropped off anywhere in the destination municipal zone. Payment is made to the driver.

The service runs every half hour Monday to Saturday  from 06:00 to 18:00 and on Sundays from 07:00 to 17:00. No service is available on public holidays.

The Travel & Express website offers details of services, fares and a journey planner. Tel: 77 777 474

Service Taxi Routes

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

These service taxis do not operate between smaller towns and villages. Call for a schedule and detail of routes.

  • Cyprus Interurban Taxi Co. Ltd (Pagkypria Eteria Yperastikon Taxi Ltd) Tel: 77 777 474 or +357 22 730 888 (from outside Cyprus)

Service Taxi Office Locations

  • Nicosia
    At: Leoforos Salaminos, Municipal Parking Place (Kolokasi)
    Tel: 22 730 888 or 77 777 474
  • Limassol
    At: Thessalonikis 21A, Othelos Building
    Tel: 77 777 474
    At: the corner of Gonia Kavazoglou Street & Misiaouli Street
    Tel: 25 877 666
  • Larnaca
    At: the corner of Gonia Papakyriakou Street & Marsellou Street
    Tel: 24 661 010 or 77 777 474
    At: the corner of Kitiou Street & Kilkis Street
    Tel: 24 662 110 or 77 777 474
  • Paphos
    At: Kinyras 34
    Tel: 26 923 800 or 77 777 474
    At: Evagora Pallikaridi 9
    Tel: 77 777 474

Urban taxis

Urban taxis provide 24-hour-a-day service 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.

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.

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)

Note: Rural taxis do not have taxi meters.