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Public Transport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby jnielow » Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:02 pm

Hello All,

Does anyone know what the public transport is like? and how it works?

I know may sound stupid, but some idea would be good!

cheers

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Postby tcklim » Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:49 am

To put it simply..... it doesn't....

Cyprus public transport is ridiculously inefficient and has yet to be updated. There are a number of busstops littered around the town, but most have had the schedules ripped out of them (for purposes of amusement i'd suppose), though this is not as big a disadvantage as it may seem, as for all intent and purpose, these schedules are useless...... the bus will come anywhere between 5 - 90 minutes between the time you get to the busstop (depends which station really and what time) and you'll have to ask the driver where the crap it goes....

To stop, press the red button in the roof (although this sometimes pisses off the driver) or walk to the front of the bus and point in the general direction of where you would like to be let off :)

Cyprus is a blast though :) Have a gr8 time! (btw im speaking of Limassol, havent used public transport in any other towns but its mostly the same) oh and the fare is 60 cyprus cents or something....

There a buses between towns and these are much more efficient, comfortable and air-conditioned (I took a bus from napa to larnaca and they follow the schedules, ask your hotel for these)
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Postby Piratis » Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:17 pm

tcklim, I think you exaggerate. It is true that our public transportation has nothing to do with what big European cities have, but somebody can travel around with bus, it is not impossible.

My girlfriend often uses the bus to come home from college, or along the coast . The schedule is there, on the coast (old port until Meridien) there is a bus about every 30 minutes from early morning until around 9pm and busses are usually on time (10 minutes delay is the max).

The problem is that busses don't go everywhere and that they work only during day time (you can't get a bus at 11pm for example)
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Postby tcklim » Sun Jul 31, 2005 1:49 pm

hmmm well along the coast the buses come along eventually during the afternoon especially, but I have yet to see a shcedule and the buses never actually correspond to the times stated on them anyway.....

It's not impossible, especially along the coast.... the 2 bus lines that won't overly aggravate you with regards to waiting time are the ones running along the coast and the one running to the main station downtown, but living in more rural areas i see the bus service as way too aggravating to even consider..... plus the heat. Even sometimes along the coast.... I remember waiting outside Amathus for over an hour, before giving up and taking a taxi around 7 in the evening.... speakin of which wow have taxi prices shot up...

Coming from a lot of Europe, one will get really frustrated at the bus service in Cy..... then again, I live in Switzerland.... the most overly organized country in the entire world, where when the bus schedule says 7:01, it means precisely 7:01 and not a minute either way.... I prefer a little disorganization and surprise :)

Along the coast, maybe you won't have as big of a problem..... just be sure to ask your hotel which number bus to take ..... but really, it's much easier to simply grab a cab and safe urself a lot of time....
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Postby Panyan » Wed Aug 17, 2005 1:52 pm

I have just returned from 2 weeks holiday in Protaras and found the buses quite reliable, although it was only to Paralimni and Aya Napa. You should be able to get a timetable from your hotel, but roughly they run about every 20 minutes or so up until 13:00 then every half hour until about 16:00 and then again every 20 mins.

Hope that helps.
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Postby Olga » Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:55 pm

Hi!

The bus number 30 that goes on the sea road (as Piratis said from Le Meridien until the old port) runs every 15 minutes in summer season (in winter season this period is a bit longer, every 20-25 minutes). This, however, excludes public holidays when the bus goes every 25-30 minutes.
Delays are very rare, and the bus goes quite fast, not much longer than with a car.
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Postby crazyguy » Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:03 pm

Bus Service in Limassol is very bad ... its better to say no bus service at all... :(
you can't rely on anything here... :twisted:
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Postby GIz33k0 » Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:54 pm

Take a taxi, o and if ur greek, speak it too them otherwise they'll rip you off.. :D
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Postby Roberto » Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:36 pm

Hi!

I live in Limassol since some months and I'm still unsure about the public transport of the upper part of the city.

Is it possible to find a map with the bus lines?

For example is there any busline along the Makedonias Avenue?

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Postby Olga » Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:56 pm

I think you can get this information at the main bus station (where the market in the Old Limassol town).
Call 192, they will give you phone number of this main bus station
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