Pafos or Paphos International airport (IATA code: PFO) serves the city of the same name in western Cyprus and its surrounding areas, although it is considered as a secondary air travel hub in the country behind Larnaca airport. In terms of travel purpose, Paphos airport in Cyprus is commonly chosen by tourists who visit the country to explore ancient territories, relax in the sun at the holiday resorts of Limassol or enjoy the beach life by the sea in Coral Bay.
Their first gateway into Cyprus is the newest terminal building of Paphos airport (opened in 2008), a base for the charter airlines BH, Arkia and Ayit Aviation as well as for the British Airways scheduled route between London Gatwick and Paphos, run all year round. It must be said, though, that many other airlines -among which we count the ones that will be mentioned later on in this post- operate seasonal services to and from this airport in Cyprus.
With the aim of enhancing passenger experience and maximising the effectiveness of ground handling, the terminal of Pafos airport has been remodelled to accommodate a spacious check-in area with express check-in kiosks and e-gates for priority boarders; a varied array of shops and restaurants, five rental car offices managed by renowned and trusted international companies and over five hundred parking spots. Furthermore, passengers going through may use the complimentary WiFi internet available in Paphos airport.
Airlines flying to Pafos in Cyprus
If you are looking for direct flights to Paphos and the dates of your trip are flexible, note that aside from the aforementioned route from London Gatwick airport, other carriers offering seats to fly to this city in Cyprus on a seasonal basis are: Ural Airlines (from Moscow Domodedovo), Travel Service Polska (Katowice and Warsaw Chopin in Poland), TUI (selected destinations across the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Edelweiss (Zürich), Easyjet (Berlin Tegel, Bristol, Edinburgh, London Luton and Manchester), Norwegian (London Gatwick), Germania (Berlin Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Hamburg), Lufthansa (Munich), Finnair (Helsinki Vantaa), Thomas Cook (East Midlands airport in England), Jet2.com (Birmingham, London Stansted) Ryanair (Dublin, Thessaloniki, Riga, Bournemouth, Bratislava, Kaunas, Kiev Boryspil and Liverpool).
Transport from Paphos International airport in Cyprus
Depending on your final destination and travel style, you will find certain ways of commuting from Paphos airport to your hotel or accommodation more suitable than others.
-If you want to get to Paphos from the airport by car, it should take no longer than 15 minutes. The car rental offices are located in the public area of the Arrivals hall in case you opt for hiring your own vehicle, and authorised taxi cabs wait outside, in a clearly signposted rank, at any time of the day or night.
–Travelling to Paphos by bus from the airport takes about 30 minutes and implies getting on line 612 towards Pafos Main Station.
-Is Limassol the final stop of your journey? In such case, you may commute by bus or taxi from Paphos airport to the Main Station. From that point, buses departing every two hours will take you to Limassol in a bit more than one hour. However, if you would rather pay for a slightly more expensive ticket than the public transportation ones, you can also get on the direct shuttle bus operated by the Limassol Urban Buses Company, which leaves from the airport and goes straight to the holiday area. For greater convenience, these buses feature air conditioning and spacious baggage storage compartments.
What to do in Paphos
Travellers who visit Pafos in Cyprus usually find plenty of reasons to come back, namely the crystal-clear waters of Coral Bay, the underground necropolis known as the Tombs of the Kings, the archaeological park Kato Paphos with its fortress, villas and Roman remains, the birthplace of Aphrodite according to the Greek mythology, the Adonis Baths, Paphos Castle and the local water park, to mention but a few.
Larnaca or Paphos: which airport in Cyprus should you fly to?
For disambiguation purposes, we will highlight the fact that, while the passenger terminal of Paphos airport is located on the south western coast of Cyprus, Larnaca International airport is on the south eastern coast. Nevertheless, travellers have different means of ground transportation put at their disposal (including taxis, shuttle buses and public transport) so that they can commute conveniently to the beach areas and sites of interest from either of the two terminals.
If you are lucky enough to find a direct flight to Paphos departing your origin airport, it then should become your first option, yet bear in mind that Larnaca has the advantage of handling a considerably more extensive list of routes to and from European and international destinations, with the additional perk of airlines offering higher frequencies as opposed to the eminently seasonal periodicity of flights to Pafos airport.