Cyprus is one of the more expensive Mediterranean islands, but you can save money on your visit if you keep these things in mind.
The beautiful island of Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean’s most coveted destinations. With the desire to visit, however, comes a price – and it’s often a high fee to pay for crystal-clear waters and gorgeous beaches. It may seem unattainable, but visiting this Cyprus is possible on a budget if you are careful and know what tactics to use when planning a trip.
In fact, the phrase “it won’t be easy but it will be worth it” could be coined to plan a trip like this. Those dreamy beaches and fresh Mediterranean cuisine could only be a plane flight away with some tips for saving money on transportation, accommodation and, yes, even how to save on food costs. There is an entire island just begging to be discovered and explored, and this is the best way to do it while saving money.
Book a flight and find out about bus timetables in Cyprus
Flights to the Mediterranean are not cheap, and especially not to Cyprus, in particular. While plane tickets are always a big chunk of the budget when it comes to a highly sought after destination like this, it doesn’t have to hurt the overall budget of a trip. The best way to find affordable flights to Cyprus is to be open to the possibility of flexible flights, which may also include multiple stopovers or connections. Sure, it’s a pain – but it’s a sure-fire way to save money. To cushion the trip a bit, consider heading to a nearby country or town where you’ll enjoy walking around and exploring a bit (or even consider spending the night) before catching one last flight to the island.
The bus schedule once you arrive in Cyprus, however, is a bit more complicated than a round-trip flight. According to Skye Travel, the schedule of local buses in the cities of Cyprus is a bit of a nightmare and not worth trying to decipher. Not only are they confusing, with half the cards in Greek, but they are also expensive, as passengers have to pay for each bus journey card. Intercity buses, however, are much simpler to use and cost only around $ 8. While this may be more than many are used to spending on a bus ticket, it’s worth avoiding the potential expense associated with renting a car for each vacation day. Plus, having a bus ticket allows travelers to visit new cities every day without the added cost of gasoline.
Affordable accommodation and research
Finding accommodation in Cyprus is tricky business but, again, not entirely impossible. It’s a trip that is much better when it’s planned well in advance and includes reservations. Hostels have been banned in Cyprus since 2014 and although they are difficult to find, travelers might be lucky if they conduct specific research for them. That being said, they will definitely be the bare minimum, which could be nice if you don’t mind just having a place to rest at night. The other option is Couchsurfing which is similar to a hostel, but travelers will spend the night with another family or someone else in their home – however, the payoff is not always worth the risk, as there is no way of controlling hosts and accommodation can prove unreliable or come with a lack of privacy.
The best option which is somewhat cost effective and also offers enough privacy for a person to enjoy their trip is Airbnb. Surprisingly, the cost of renting a room or apartment is cheaper than an overnight hostel, and it’s also a lot more comfortable than Couchsurfing. The key to getting a good deal on Airbnb is to book early – and also book out of season. The real trick to scoring these great prices is to avoid any time of the year when prices are skyrocketing, which makes the off season much more desirable.
Find food and cut costs
Go figure, the food in Cyprus is the only thing that is not likely to break the budget. The island is home to many street vendors selling delicious food such as gyros and doner, and even the platters at local restaurants won’t be much more than what one would typically pay for a Mediterranean dinner.
For those on a tight budget, there are plenty of restaurants and markets where you can find food at low prices; if you’re renting an Airbnb, just make sure it has a kitchen – that will automatically kill two birds with one stone.
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