North Cyprus  

Tourist Guideline - Useful Information
  Climate in North CyprusNorth Cyprus is blessed with seemingly endless sunshine and enjoys one of the healthiest climates in the world. The average annual temperature is about 20C /68F. Summers are  hot with July and August averaging over 30C / 90F. The coldest months are January and  February with a mean temperature of 10C / 50F.

The sea temperature is the warmest in the Mediterranean, ranging from a mean average of about 16C / 61F in January, to 32C / 90F in August.


Health services are extremely good in North Cyprus and there are good hospitals and medical facilities. Visitors to Northern Cyprus do not require any medical treatments prior to entry.

Bus Services
There are frequent bus services between the major towns during the day. Public transport becomes less scarce after 7pm and at weekends the services are less regular.
Taxis are to be found at taxi stands only. The charges are reasonable, although there are no meters to display the fares. It is advisable to agree upon the fare with the driver before setting off.

The system of sharing a taxi with another passenger travelling to the same destination (called Dolmush) also operates widely in North Cyprus.

Car Rental
Renting a car in North Cyprus is easy and cheap (between UK £10 to £15 per day. Car rental services are widely available in the main towns, and petrol is cheap. A current driving licence [with your passport] is all that is needed. Traffic drives on the left, as in Britain. The speed limit in urban areas is 30 mph.
Traffic & Driving
  Traffic in North Cyprus circulates on the left, as in Britain, and the traffic signs are international, with good dual carriageways connections between major towns.

North Cyprus Distance Chart, in Kilometres (1km = 0.622 miles)

Currency & Credit Cards
  Turkish Lira is the legal tender in North CyprusThe unit of currency in North Cyprus is Turkish Lira (TL). The approximate exchange rate fluctuates daily, so it's best to check the rate at the many banks, exchange bureaus or at your hotel before you change your money.  Most businesses will also happily accept payments in main foreign currencies such as Euro, Sterling Pound,  US Dollars, and Cyprus Pounds.

Most major international credit and charge cards are accepted by hotels, restaurants, and shops.
  North Cyprus is well served, with each major town having about 10 banks. The opening hours for most banks change from summer to winter:

  Winter-Spring Summer-Autumn
Mon 7:30 am to 2:00 pm & 
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tues 7:30 am to 2:00 pm 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wed 7:30 am to 2:00 pm 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Thurs 7:30 am to 2:00 pm 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am to 2:00 pm 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am to 1:00 pm 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sun Closed Closed

N.B. - The cashier's desk opens at 8:30 am and closes at 12 noon daily throughout the year. Most major banks also have ATMs which also accept main credit and charge cards.

  For typical souvenirs of North Cyprus shop for embroidery, Lefkara lacework, rugs, and hand-painted pottery.Most of the shops are open Mondays to Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm during the summer months. In the winter, they keep the same hours, but do not close at lunchtime.

For typical souvenirs of North Cyprus shop for embroidery, Lefkara lacework, rugs, and hand-painted pottery.

Philatelists will also find a number of shops specialising in the postal history of Northern Cyprus.

Public Holidays
1 January New Year's Day
23 April Children's Festival
1 May Youth and Sports Day
20 July Peace and Freedom Day
1 August TMT Day
30 August Victory Day
29 October Turkish Republic Day
15 November Proclamation of T.R. of Northern Cyprus

There are also 2 Religious days, according to the lunar calendar Ramazan Bayram and Kurban Bayram, each of 3 days duration.
  Turkish-Cypriot MediaNorth Cyprus' radio and television station BRT (shortly Bayrak) broadcats daily in Turkish, English and Greek from Nicosia. The programme content is a mixture of news, current affairs, music, movies and documentaries.

There are 8 daily newspapers and 3 weeklies published in Turkish. Largest daily circulation papers are Kibris, and Halkin Sesi. English language publications of interest to the visitors are the weekly Cyprus Today, the monthly magazine Pan, and the North Cyprus Monthly.

A range of the major European daily newspapers and magazines is usually available at larger newspaper shops.

  North Cyprus has excellent telecommunications facilities and continually upgrades its systems.
When calling from abroad the code is +90-392 plus the local dialing code plus the local number. 

The local dialling codes for the main towns are:

Inter-communal dialogue between the Turkish and Greek-Cypriot sides on the island gave way its fruits and for the first time since the division of the island a telephone link has been established between the two sides in 1998.

To call from Turkish-Cypriot GSM to Greek-Cypriot lines or GSM 
1. Dial 0123 press yes/ok and  get a dial tone
2. Then dial 9 and the number (623545) and DO NOT press yes/ok just wait for the rings
3. If it is normal lines (Nicosia) press 2 and the number and DO NOT press yes/ok
To call from Greek-Cypriot GSM to Turkish-Cypriot lines or GSM
1. Dial 0139 press yes/ok and wait for a dial tone
2. Then dial the number e.g. 0542 and number e.g. 8550360 (Telsim) and DO NOT press yes/ok just wait and it rings
3. If it is KKTCell  dial 0533 and number, DO NOT press yes/ok
4. If it is normal phone 0392 and number, DO NOT press yes/ok (I got through just dialing the number without the prefix)
Postal charges within Northern Cyprus are very reasonable. A detailed information on Turkish-Cypriot stamps and postal services can be found here.
  240 Volts AC , 50 Hz throughout the country. Sockets are the British 3-pin variety.
  North Cyprus operates on Eastern European time, which is +2 hours ahead of GMT.  Click to see the current local time in North Cyprus.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Tourist Information Offices
Nicosia 227 5051
Famagusta 366 2864
Kyrenia 815 2145
Ercan Airport 231 4737
Nicosia 228 5441
Famagusta 366 5328
Kyrenia 815 2266
Güzelyurt 714 2125
Nicosia 228 3311
Famagusta 366 5310
Kyrenia 815 2125
Güzelyurt 714 2140
Fire Department 
Nicosia 227 1259
Famagusta 366 5389
Kyrenia 815 2111
Güzelyurt 714 2200