Larnaca is the gateway to Cyprus' south-east coast, allowing UK visitors to reach resorts like Ayia Napa while also offering plenty of attractions of its own. Getting there is simple, with a wide choice of flights to Larnaca departing from major UK airports and budget fares that keep holiday spending down.
There's only one airport in the Larnaca area: Larnaca International Airport. From there, travellers can reach the city via a range of buses. Take numbers 417, 419, 425 or 429 and expect journey times of 15 to 20 minutes. Express buses run to Limassol (45 minutes) or Nicosia (40 minutes), while shuttle buses serve major resorts on the nearby coast.
Larnaca has strong aviation connections with the UK. Travellers can choose fares from airlines like Blue Air, British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Norwegian, TUI or Wizz Air. Departure points vary, too, with options including London Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Doncaster/Sheffield, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds/Bradford.
Larnaca is a great arrival point for city breaks and beach holidays alike, and flying there makes a lot of sense. Flights from most UK airports will be fairly quick, with journey times averaging around four hours 40 minutes. That's much faster that combining buses and ferries, which is the only other option. What's more, travellers to Larnaca can book budget flights from a huge selection of UK airports, mixing value and convenience. When easy transfers upon arrival are factored in, flying is comfortably the best route to Larnaca.
Many travellers headed to Larnaca will have onward travel planned to coastal resorts. Shuttles should be available to larger hotels, while car rental can be arranged at the Arrivals Terminal. But it's worth spending some time in Larnaca itself. The city has plenty to offer, especially for fans of historical architecture. The Old Town is studded with striking ancient churches, such as Agios Lazaros, and there are Muslim masterpieces like the lakeside mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke. The Pierides Museum hosts a wonderful collection of local archaeology, and with 4,000 years of history, it has a lot of content. When the day is done, wander to the outskirts where the arches of the Kamares Aqueduct are illuminated nightly. It's a magical sight, and a great end to a day of sightseeing.