What is a North Cyprus Holiday Like?

North Cyprus is truly the hidden gem in the Mediterranean; lush unspoilt landscapes, coupled with friendly locals, lots to do and great places to stay, ensure you’ll have a holiday you will never forget.

Why North Cyprus? – North or South?

North Cyprus is not part of the EU, and is primarily Turkish, using the Turkish Lira currency. Unlike South Cyprus, there are no big international business chains in the north, just local businesses and friendly people. North Cyprus is also quieter and more unspoilt than the south, yet still lively enough for those who want to go out on the town in the evenings.

Where is North Cyprus?

North Cyprus is just below Turkey on a map, adjoined with South Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea. North Cyprus covers around 1,295 square miles which is just over a third of the island of Cyprus. Tasucu port is just 74 miles north of Cyprus, which can be reached via ferry boat from Kyrenia Harbour.

Is North Cyprus in Europe?

Although North Cyprus is geographically part of Europe, the TRNC (Cyprus, Turkey side) is not yet part of the European Union (EU). South Cyprus (Cyprus, Greek side) is part of the EU.

Is North Cyprus Part of Turkey?

North Cyprus is situated below Turkey on the map, and is also known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or KKTC in the Turkish language. The main language spoken in North Cyprus is Turkish, however most people also speak English.

Travelling to North Cyprus

How Do I Get To North Cyprus?

You can fly from over 18 different airports in the UK to either Larnaca airport in South Cyprus and get a transfer to North Cyprus, or fly to Ercan airport in North Cyprus and either hire a car or we will transfer you to your hotel or villa. If you choose to fly to North Cyprus Ercan airport, there is a short stop in Turkey on the way, whereas Larnaca flights are direct, but have a slightly longer transfer time to your North Cyprus hotel. Either way, the total journey times work out very similarly for hotels in Kyrenia whether you go via Larnaca or to Ercan airport.

Can You Get Direct Flights To North Cyprus?

You can fly from these airports in the UK to Ercan Airport in North Cyprus*:
  • Stansted
  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Dublin
*Flights to North Cyprus are via a short touchdown in Turkey, usually Istanbul.

North Cyprus Holidays Via Larnaca

If you would like to fly direct to Larnaca for your North Cyprus holiday, then these UK airports below operate direct flights to Larnaca Airport in South Cyprus and we then transfer you to your hotel in North Cyprus*:
  • Stansted
  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Luton
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Doncaster
  • East Midlands
  • Leeds Bradford
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Exeter
  • Belfast
*subject to summer/winter schedules.

Do I Need A Visa For North Cyprus?

If you have a British passport, you do not need a visa to travel to North Cyprus, however you should ensure you have at least 6 months remaining on your passport before it expires. You must ensure that you are in possession of a full and valid passport/visa for travel, as this is your responsibility. If you are travelling into Larnaca (LCA) this is in Southern Cyprus, if you are travelling into Ercan (ECN) this is in Northern Cyprus, which could have different immigration requirements for non-UK passport holders. Check with us before you travel.

Can You Visit North Cyprus With A Turkish Visa?

You do not need a visa to visit North Cyprus if you hold a British passport, as a 90 day tourist visa will be granted on arrival. If you fly to North Cyprus via a touchdown in Turkey, you do not need a Turkish Visa, as you will pass through the transit lounge and are not officially entering the country.

Can You Visit Turkey with a North Cyprus Visa?

If you are planning a multi-stop holiday including Turkey, then you will need a Turkish visa to visit Turkey as a North Cyprus visa is not valid in Turkey due to it being a different country.