Cyprus

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency of the Republic is the Cyprus pound - Cú, which is divided into 100 cents. Notes and coins currently in circulation are as follows:
Bank Notes: Cú20, Cú10, Cú5, Cú1.
Coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents.
More than 11,000 shops, restaurants and hotels accept at least one of the following Credit Cards: Visa; Mastercard and American Express.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Cyprus , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Offices: Normal office hours are from 8 am to 5:30 pm, with half an hour for lunch. From May to September, midday break lasts from 1pm to 4pm.
Banks : From 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Monday to Friday (also 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm on Mondays only)
Government: From 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Monday to Friday. (also open from 3 pm to 6 pm on Thursdays only)
Retail: Hours vary, but typically 9 am to 7 pm. Monday to Friday, and from 8 am to 1 pm only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.



Transportation

Road
Bus: Services connect all towns and villages on the island. Service is efficient and cheap. Although local buses are sometimes slow, they are a good way of seeing the more remote villages. Taxi: These run 24 hours a day between all the main towns on the island. Fares are regulated by the Government and all taxis have meters. Transurban Service Taxis offer an excellent, cheap service using seven-seat taxis running fixed routes between main points. Taxis run to a timetable and delivery is door-to-door. Fares under this system are often one-tenth of the usual rate. Car hire: Cars are one of the best ways to explore the island. They may be hired at airports and commercial centres, but should be reserved well in advance during the summer season. Reduced tariffs are offered if cars are hired for more than a week. Road signs are in both Greek and English. Traffic drives on the left. Motorcycles: Riders and pillion passengers should always wear crash helmets if the motorcycle is over 50cc. Documentation: An International Driving Permit or national driving license is accepted for one year.



Air
Larnaca (LCA) is 5km (3 miles) south of the city. Buses to the city centre depart every hour (journey time - 15 minutes). Taxis are also available (journey time - 15 minutes). Airport facilities include outgoing duty-free shop, tourist information, bank/bureau de change (available 24 hours), bars and restaurants (open 24 hours), Cyprus Hotel Information and Reservation Office, car hire and post office (0730-1430). Paphos (PFO) is 15km (9 miles) east of the city (journey time - 25 minutes). Airport facilities include outgoing duty-free shop, special facilities for disabled people, car hire, bank/bureau de change, hotel reservations, a nursery free of charge (open 24 hours), bar and restaurant. Ercan (ECN ) is 12km (7 miles) east of Nicosia, in the occupied areas (journey time - 20 minutes). The airport is served almost exclusively by Turkish Airlines (operating from Turkey), since it is not recognized by the international aviation authorities.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .cy



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Nai '
No = O khi
Thank you = Efharisto '
Hello = gia sou
Goodbye = an dio sas
I do not understand = Den katalave no
What's the price? How much does it cost? = Po'so ka'ni afto '
I would like to buy = Tha I'thela na agora so
Do you accept credit cards? = Pe rnete of pistotike ka rtes
Where is? = pou i'ne
Post office = taxidromi'o
The bank = tra'peza
The police station, the police force = astinomiko ' tmi ma, astynomia
The pharmacy = farmaki o
An airport = aerodro mio
The station = o stathmos tou tre nou
One ticket to..., please. =E'na isiti rio gia ..., parakalo '
Would you have any available room for tonight? = e hete doma tio gia ' apopse?

 


Languages spoken

Greek and Turkish are the official languages. English is widely spoken. French and German are also spoken within the tourism Industry.


Last modified in January 2006
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