Flights to Northern Cyprus from the United Kingdom range from about 5h-14h. If you’re departing from as far south as London, your flight will be both geographically closer to the Cypriot area and you may also have a better chance of booking a direct flight. However, if you’re flying out of northern England or Scotland, your flight will be longer due to your departure location and you’re more likely to have a stopover or two along the way, which will contribute to lengthier flight time.
You can enjoy direct flights to Northern Cyprus when you depart from London Stansted or Luton Airports, which offer several non-stop flights a day. The airlines that service these flights include Wizz Air UK, BlueAir, and Jet2. Jet2 also services direct flights to Northern Cyprus from Manchester, as does Thomas Cook Airlines. If you do experience stopovers along your journey to Northern Cyprus, you’ll likely stop in common cities along the route like London, Paris, Larnaca, and/or Naples.
When you’re flying to Northern Cyprus, you’ll alight at Larnaca International Airport (LCA), which is about 4km southwest of Larnaca city centre. To reach Larnaca city centre from the airport, you can take one several bus lines, with bus 429 being the most direct option. You will reach the city centre within 50 minutes, for a fare that costs about £1.34. If you’re travelling to Limassol or Nicosia, you can take the Limassol Airport Express or the Larnaca Airport Shuttle, respectively, both of which depart regularly from the airport. Travelling by taxi is another popular option. You can reach Larnaca city centre in about 10 minutes by cab, with a fare of about £8.60. It’s pricier to get to the other cities: about £41.30 for Limassol and £95 for Nicosia. The final option is to hire a car from the airport, with plenty of national and international companies to choose from.
Northern Cyprus is a popular choice for holidaymakers who prefer unique destinations. Its climate, mountainous terrain, and fascinating history means it’s a place with plenty to see and do. Visit remote Karpaz Peninsula for up-close encounters with its most famous residents – wild donkeys. Donkeys are everywhere, even on the Peninsula’s stunning golden beaches. Northern Cyprus is home to numerous ancient castles, one more awe-inspiring than the last, with St. Hilarion Castle, constructed during the 10th century, and Othello Castle, where the story behind Shakespeare’s play supposedly occurred, being two standouts. On Nicosia’s Ledra Street, you can shop, sip Turkish or Greek coffees, and cross from the Greek to the Turkish side if desired.
British citizens travelling to Northern Cyprus, in the Republic of Cyprus, need a passport with at least six months of validity at the time of your arrival. You are not required to apply for a visa, however.