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Airport of arrival: Ercan International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Lefkosia: 1 hour
Flight time from Izmir to Lefkosia: 1 hour 20 minutes
Flight time from Gaziantep to Lefkosia: 1 hour 5 minutes
Flight time from Hatay to Lefkosia: 55 minutes

Lefkosia is the capital city of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The city represents the division between the Northern vs. Southern Cyprus with the Green Line extending throughout Lefkosia. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a great travel destination in order to explore the historical and cultural ties it maintains with Turkey. The island is also a paradise for sea lovers who want to spend their holidays in the five star resorts with affordable costs. Pegasus Airlines provides cheap flight tickets to Lefkosia.

There are direct flights to Lefkosia from numerous locations in Turkey. Pegasus Airlines offers flights to Ercan Airport directly from Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, Gaziantep, Antalya and Hatay.

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About the Airport

Ercan Airport is the prominent connection point for Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

It is situated approximately 25 km away from Lefkosia city center.

Ercan Airport

Ercan Airport is named after the heroic Turkish pilot Fehmi Ercan who lost his life during the Peace Operation of 1974. It became operational for civilian purposes in 1975 and continues to provide service with its wide range of facilities designated for all needs.

Transport from Ercan Airport to the City Center

Cyprus Airport Service (KIBHAS) buses provide fast transport to Lefkosia city center as well as to nearby cities of Kyrenia, Famagusta and Lefke. The departure hours are listed online depending on your desired destination of arrival and with the option of booking your ticket in advance. The journey to Lefkosia from Ercan Airport takes about 30 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi or benefit from car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

Transport in Northern Cyprus is not difficult considering the small size of the island. However, there are no municipal buses in the country. The public transport is provided by private companies or minibuses that work on a wide network of transportation. City’s main bus terminal is the departure point for all buses. Taxis are also commonly used for getting one place to another due to the small size of the island. You can easily discover the inner city on foot.

Lefkosia is a very small city where there are a number of accommodation options concentrated at the city center. Old City or Dereboyu (Mehmet Akif Street) areas are definitely one of the best places to stay if you want to be close to the center.

If you would like to have further assistance to plan your trip, you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.

The local cuisine in Northern Cyprus has many similar flavors to that of Turkish due to the historical and cultural ties between the two. However, Lefkosia has its own special local flavors that you cannot miss out once visiting the island. Hellim cheese, peach kebap, kolakas, lalangi, molehiya, pirohu are some of the traditional delicacies that you cannot find anywhere else.

You can have a look at Lefkosia Food Guide for more suggestions about all the local foods.

Here are some useful information you may need to know while visiting Lefkosia:

About Visa

Turkish citizens can visit Northern Cyprus solely with their id cards for stays up to 90 days hence are not obliged to apply for an entry visa. EU citizens can also travel to Northern Cyprus with their national id cards.

Neighboring Cities

  • Kyrenia (19 km)
  • Larnaka (37 km)
  • Famagusta (52 km)
  • Limassol (60 km)

Weather

Being an island country, Cyprus has a fairly mild Mediterranean climate. Lefkosia is situated at the very heart of the island, at around 162 meters above the sea level. This rather preserved geography of the city leads to warmer summers and colder winters where the difference between to can vary greatly unlike the coastal cities. The temperatures drop to 6 celsius degrees during the coldest months of January and February.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +90 392
  • Lefkosia Area Code: 22
  • Airport Contact: +90 392 600 51 00
  • Emergency Line: 112
  • Airport Shuttle Service: +90 392 227 52 31

Venice Column, Sarayönü Mosque, Kyrenia Gate, Selimiye Mosque or formerly known as  Cathedral of Saint Sophia and the Green Line frontier that divides the island into two parts are worth paying a visit in Lefkosia. On the other hand, Cyprus Museum displays the history of the ancient settlements in the area with many important archeological findings extending until the Neolithic era.

You can have a look at Lefkosia Travel Guide for further details on more places to visit.

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