Buses and minibuses in Northern Cyprus cover the routes between all major towns and larger villages, but they do not go to many of the main tourist attractions. That is why a car rental is recommended. They are a varied mix of old and newer privately owned vehicles. Each bus route is leased privately from the North Cyprus government. Being of different sizes they are most commonly white mini buses or bigger colourful old fashioned ones. The destination is usually shown in the front windscreen. Locally they are known as kombos (from Turkish dolmus). It originally signifies the bus when fully loaded by commuters. Either stand at a bus stop or you can simply flag the vehicle down anywhere along the main road. The buses in TRNC do not follow fixed schedule. However, bus departures are frequent (every 20-30 minutes) between large and smaller towns during the weekdays and weekends. After 7 pm the service is not that frequent.
Buy a car
So, you’ve finally relocated to Northern Cyprus and you want to get around and need some independence – i.e., you want to look around for that ideal form of transport, the car!
At SWI, we can help you with this…
ULUHAN AUTOS, one of the best auto showrooms in TRNC, is our business partner in this regard. You can either choose one of our cars in our auto gallery or we can bring any vehicle you want from abroad for you. Once you approve the purchase, our team will resolve all paperwork for you. We also assist you in technical service before and after purchase.
How to get to Northern Cyprus
North Cyprus can be reached by air and by sea. You may choose the most convenient way for you. Although there are no direct flights to the TRNC, traveling to North Cyprus is very easy. There are many airline companies that provide scheduled flights to the TRNC from all international airports worldwide via Turkey. As mentioned above, all the aircrafts flying to Turkish Republic of North Cyprus are to touch down in Turkey. It will take you approximately an hour to get from Turkey to North Cyprus. The name of the TRNC International Airport is Ercan Airport and its international code is ECN. It is located in the capital Nicosia.
If you travel by sea, the voyage to Northern Cyprus may take you from 2.5 to 10 hours. Ferry-boats and sea-buses operate regularly between North Cyprus Kyrenia and Famagusta toTurkey. Sea-busses are faster and travel between the island and Turkey almost every day. Northern Cyprus Ferry boats can take more passengers and cargo, but go slower. A trip by a ferry boat can take up to 4-10 hours.
Driving of left side
Drivers from the United Kingdom will feel especially comfortable in North Cyprus because traffic here also travels on the left side of the road. And like most many countries throughout the world, a seatbelt law is enforced and children under the age of five are not permitted to ride in the front seat of a car. Drunk driving laws are also very strict here and are stringently enforced.
Speed limits are often posted in both kilometers per hour or miles per hour. On the highway the speed limit is usually 100 kph (60 mph), with a minimum speed of 65 kph (40 mph) that may be also enforced. On smaller back roads the speed limit is generally 60 kph (37 mph).