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Key information about Larnaca

Population

144,900

Country
Cyprus
Money
Currency
EUR - Euro (€)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 0.87 EUR
ATM fees

3 - 5 EUR per withdrawal (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted everywhere

Tipping

10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars

Airport
Main airport

Larnaca International Airport (LCA)

Airport to city center

Bus #407 to Larnaca Station (1.5 EUR), Official taxi (~11 EUR)

Other options

Paphos international airport (PFO) - located approximately 1.5 hours drive away

Transportation
Taxi apps

nTaxi

Public transportation

Buses serve the central station in Larnaca to other cities and villages in Cyprus. Cost is generally 1.5 EUR, payable to the driver.

Getting around

The city is small and easily walkable. Taxis are the main way to reach the town's outskirts. Buses are cheaper but slower and you pay cash to the driver. Bicycles are another great way to get around.

SIM card
Best options

Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN

Expected cost

35 EUR for 5GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

At most gas stations, kiosks or network provider shops. Takes 5 minutes and passport often needed.

Language
Official language(s)

Greek

Level of English

High

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..

Local food specialities

Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka

Eat like a local

Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.

Vegetarian / vegan options

14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available

Food delivery apps

Deliveryman, Foody Cyprus

Supermarkets

Kokkinos: Cheapest supermarket in the area. Has a range of local and imported goods, as well as some home goods.
Sklavenitis: Mid-range grocery stores more commonly found in the city. Good range of organic and local goods for regular prices.
Metro: Larger, better organized stores offering local, organic and imported goods in central Larnaca. Higher prices than other stores for slightly better service.
Lidl: Discount supermarket with local and imported goods at central locations in the city center. Look for bulk discounts!
Spar: Larger convenience stores with imported and non-branded goods with heavy discounts.
Markets and kiosks: Easily found across the city with lots of organic and convenience goods. Perhaps the easiest and most sensible way of shopping in this city.