Cyprus Buses Worth a Praise this Year !
Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
145Trip End Feb 06, 2011
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Where I stayed
Aphrodite Beach Hotel Latchi
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Travelled All the Way by Bus from Larnaca
From Larnaca to Paphos, Polis and Latchi for just 8 euro.
I have a long trip to cover this morning as it shows on the map I give below and I will try to reach my destination by using only the Public means of Transport. No taxis, no car rentals. I am doing this in an attempt to prove that traveling around the island is pleasant and many popular destinations are very easily accessible by local buses. I used them again when I went from Limassol to Platres and Troodos for just a euro on my previous trip.
Car renting and taxi companies are not pleased lately because buses have become quite popular with tourists
My starting point is Larnaca and my destination is Latchi out in the Chrysochou bay in the north west of Cyprus very near Akamas:
Check the map to see the distance:
I get the intercity green bus leaving for Limassol from the Phinikoudes Avenue for 3 euro. (www.intercity-buses.com). The funniest of all is that I find people who remember me from previous trips and Mr. Diomides is one such person. He remembered me from the trip I had in January when I used the same bus company then. His politeness surprises me happily and he is very helpful giving information and knows how to deal with everyone. He wants to attend everyone's wants and many people know him by name and greet him as they enter the bus.
I always try to get the seat next to the drivers because I can take much info from them. Upon reaching the old port of Limassol the driver requests everyone to step off at the bus stop next to the roundabout. The main station is at the new port so I remain in the bus for 10 more minutes until we reach there. Later on Mr. Diomides tells me that they usually let people off at the old port because it is the city centre and people would probably want to see the city before taking the next bus – of course this gives them time to stretch their legs before the next trip.
I don't have to wait long as the bus to Paphos leaves in 15 minutes. I find a number of tourists waiting at the bus stop and we are soon heading back to the old port to pick the rest of the people traveling to Paphos. The cost is again 3 euro, but for somebody who wants to return the same day, a two way ticket would cost just 5 euro. I recognize some of the people who were traveling with me from Larnaca, -a group of friends coming from the U.K. and they ask me why I did not come off when they did. I explain and we start chatting throughout the trip about tourism and the public means of transport on the island and as always I try to help -something I always do especially when I am traveling around Cyprus, the island I love so much and for which I am very proud of
The trip to Paphos is now very pleasant and interesting with much chatting with the British group who are excited and eager to get to know Cyprus as they are traveling here for the first time. The day is beautiful, and I, on the other hand feel pleased that I can be of help with my suggestions and tips. I tell them of places not to be missed, and restaurants to eat well and cheap. Of course there is always Mum back in my mind and this makes me restless but as a positive person I try not to think negative. I am on my way to the outskirts of Latchi –a fishing little resort very popular not only with locals but tourists as well. I am going to post many photos in the following entries and write about this place in the coming days. I really don’t know what to expect even though I have visited Latchi many times before but I am anxious to see what the hotel I have picked to stay at this time will be like. It is still a long way to go until I reach my destination but I take it as it comes. The funniest of all is that I just have 50 euro cash on me like always, and I don’t plan to spend more during the 2 weeks that I will be on the island. I feel secure with my credit card of course but I never use it anyway unless urgently needed. This never happened, …..so why now?
We come to Paphos main station and in a short distance, 3 to 5 minutes walk I come to the other stationhttp://pafosbuses.com/ and I have to wait for about 20 minutes to catch the bus to take me to Polis and then change from the same station to go to Latchi. This might seem complicated but I really want to have this experience of traveling by bus so here I am today and indeed it is something that I truly enjoy. All buses are new and the idea of the cost of traveling out here makes it tempting. A euro for such a long trip from Paphos to Polis is actually nothing! When I reach Polis, I change for the bus to Latchi with just a euro again.
I am going to be picked from Latchi by the owner of the Aphrodite Hotel where I am staying at, so this is kind of relief for me for today, however I plan to have the same trip back from Latchi to Paphos and move around by bus on another day to experience this route as well. In reality now that I am writing all these it is not only very cheap, but so simple and easy at the same time.
For people reading my pages who would like to use the Public means of transport to come here I suggest they ask for the booklet with all routes and time tables from the main bus stations. They will get them for free and they are very handy.
So I traveled all the way from Larnaca to Latchi with just 8 euro
It would have cost me at least 80 – 100 euro to come here if I used a taxi.
I left Larnaca at 8 A.M. and by 11:00 A.M. I was at the hotel which was just a 4 or 5 kms from Latchi. I urge tourists visiting Cyprus to use the Public Means of Transport as much as they can. I believe the more people use them, the better they become.
NOTE: Get all the info you need on buses through this thread: http://www.cyprusbybus.com/
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