Getting here couldnt be simplier, the easiest route is flying into the North of Cyprus, flying into Leftkosa/Nicosia/Ercan, its the same place, same airport, places in Northern Cyprus have 3 names. Flying with Pegasus Airlines, a large company similiar to the UK's Easyjet, only bigger with more International flights and destinations. Also flying indirect into Northern Cyprus is Atlasglobal Airlines. Turkish Airlines. All flights stop over in Turkey just 1 hour flying away for a pick up and refuel. You stay on the plane for 45 minutes while passengers embark and new passengers arrive. All routine for those of us who travel to Northern Cyprus regurlarly.
You can also fly into Southern Cyprus or Cyprus, landing at either Paphos or Larnacca airports. Upon arrival in a southern cyprus airport you have travel into the North of the island to Northern Cyprus passing through a passport control and onto Aphrodite resort. its very simple, indeed Nicosia is a city split by a high street also with passport control. Take one step and you are no longer buying your goods in Euros but in Turkish Lira, strange as it may seams, perfectly normal in Cyprus. There are many passport crossings into Northern Cyprus. If we arrange a taxi to pick you up from a Southern Cyprus Airport. Our taxi driver will handle all the crossing passport details for you. Its all very simple and routine. However when you first travel to the North, it can make you nervous, as it something your not used too. It did me when I first travelled to the North on my own. Now I understand its perfectly normal, routine and safe, we travel into the South frequently to shop at my favourite store Ikea.
Flight prices. For example in May flights cost approx £230 return from Stanstead using Pegasus Airlines which is Turkeys equivalent to easyjet. All nice new planes, I have flew with Pegasus to Dubai in the past and had no problems. Its a great airline. And I do recommend them. Cheap as well at certain times of the year. The advantage of flying into Northern Cyprus is you avoid paying the taxi fare pick ups and you can pick up and return your hire car to and from the airport, again saving you the extra costs of taxi fares. Car hire cost roughtly between £10 to £25 a day depending upon the company and the time of year. Remember Northern Cyprus is very popular and it gets busy with a similiar Ibiza/ Ayia Napa stlye crowd in certain places.
The taxi/airport picks up are charged at local prices, prices are set by 3rd party companies, we do not make any monies from taxi or airport pick ups, these are normal, standard prices. I have travelled from Paphos on public transport using buses from the airport to Nicosia then a taxi into South Nicosia then a short walk across border, then got a turkish side taxi. The town of Nicosia is split into two right down the middle of the main shopping high street strange, I know. Then 2 more taxis and got delivered directly to the Aphrodite beach resort. Taxis and public transport drop you off exactly where you want to be dropped off. You can request the public bus to pick you up from a cafe or bar no problem. Again to us UKexpats its very unusual but perfectly normal in Northern Cyprus. Bonus! My travel from Paphos using public transport to Aphrodite beach resort cost a total of 39 euros. It took me about 5 hours with probably 3.5 actual travelling time. Its pretty good value.
Flights to Northern Cyprus stop over in Turkey. The stop over is 45 minutes and some passengers get off and new ones get on. If your travelling onwards to Northern Cyprus you simply stay on the plane. A small inconvenience for a reasonably priced flight ticket.
When travelling to Northern Cyprus NC Kitesurfing we have flown into Larnacca or Paphos in Southern Cyprus, many times.
There are many options to get to the resort from the South. Taxi from airport to the resort.
You can arrive at either Larnacca or Paphos and get a taxi booked from the resort to pick you up. Pre booked taxi airport pick ups costs are Larnacca pick up 80 euros to 100 euros. Depending upon the size of the vehicle, if you have a lot of people with kiteboarding equipment then we will book you a minibus. And Paphos is 100 euros to 120 euros. These are independant 3rd party taxi companys, that we use and they are their fixed prices. The taxi driver will look after you at the passport crossings. The driver gets out of the vehicle at passport control with your passports, does the paperwork and you go into Northern Cyprus, sometimes you are required to get out of the vehicle. The customs officers, can ask to check your bags, if they wish. You have 2 passport controls, first you leave the Greek Cypriot side, then cross the 200 metres UN controlled border/green zone, then you are checked into Northern Cyprus by the turkish customs. Its very simple, very routine. You cannot take large amounts alcohol, cigerettes from the South to the North and visa versa and there is a limit of the cost of goods bought from Southern Cyprus shops for example like "Ikea" and taken into the North. That amount is about 130 euro and everything bought in the south over that amount is charged an import duty into Northern Cyprus. Obviousely they are not targeting tourists. They are looking for local traders driving across the border into the south and loading up with goods that are difficult to get hold of in the North (its an embargoed country) and sold at profit. Affecting local businesses in the North. The list can be long, like electrical goods, and my favourite "Ikea" furniture etc.
Travel from Paphos and Larnacca to the Nicosia border by bus from the airport. Sounds simple , not quite, The bus service stop for Nicosia is a few miles from the border control, out of town. Its a taxi ride costing approx 12 to 15 euros to the actual border crossing which is "Leadra Palace" border crossing. its a walking only border control, no cars. Very often clients make their way to the "Leadra Palace" crossing and walk across and then I pick them up in my car. Or our taxis pick them up or they book a taxi from that North side. its worth remembering that Northern Cyprus taxis are cheaper than southern taxis.
I personally get a 5 euros taxi to the bus stop or another taxi company that will get me to the resort in Guzelyurt, North Cyprus. In the past you go to the office of the taxi company and when they have enough people booking a ride to Guzelyurt, you get in the minibus and of you go picking up passengers on the way. Costing 8 euros or equivalent. Sometimes they do ask for another fare for the kiteboard bag as it will take up a full space.
Then you arrive at Guzelyurt bus/taxi station the small town about 3 miles away from the resort. The driver of the minibus will then pay a taxi driver or the bus driver to take you to the resort.
The resort is very famous in Northern Cyprus and indeed in the south, pretty much all taxi/bus driver in the North know it. Just to recap from Nicosia you tell the bus/taxi company you need to go all the way to Aphrodite Beach Resort and then the last little ride is paid for by them.
Its sounds pretty sketchy but i have personally done it a few times and on the Turkish side I have never had someone try to inflate the prices just because you are a tourist. In Southern Cyprus sadly some do try to over charge you.
We use public transport to get to the resort as if your travelling alone it can save you alot of money. Travelling from Paphos to the resort can take from 3 hours to 5 hours depending on the connections.
Through experience cheap flight companys like Ryanair arrive late in the day into Paphos around 21:00 which is too late to get to the resort, all the way on public transport. You could get to the border crossing by midnight on the last bus and then get a taxi all the way to the resort.
Remember at any time you get it wrong, miss the last bus or simply get stranded in the wrong place etc. You can just get in a taxi and go directly to the resort for the taxi prices mentioned above. So you cant really go to wrong. Taxi drivers from the south can travel into the North no problems.
Ideally if you get a late flight into Pahos in the south, its easy to get a taxi to a local hotel, spend the night in Paphos, enjoy a beer, great food and travel on public transport the next day. This I have also done. Its great to spend time in the south of the island and do some sight seeing. Although, it feels like your in the Costa Del Sol. Spain. paying for everything in euros. having lived in the Costa Del Sol in Spain for many years. It doesnt do anything for me. I'm sorry. The south has a completely different feel, to the North. You can judge this for yourself.
If you go with this option you will need a taxi from the airport to the hotel (30 euros). The a taxi to the bus stop from the hotel (12 euros) and the hotel can be booked for £25 upwards. And of course some advance planning. Other airlines arrive into Paphos early so check the flight times of other airlines.
And remember when you go with the option of travelling to the south, you have to budget and plan for your return journey. Or book one ways and travel out from the Ercan the Northern Airport with Pegasus, Atlas Global or Turkish Airlines. Flights can be juggled for the best deal. We do this all the time.