Cyprus is a well-known vacation destination but is also a place that largely doesn’t incite a budget destination.
However, we were able to do Cyprus on a small budget and still able to see the best of Cyprus.
There’s more to Cyprus than some beach resorts filled with British and Russians; the island has history, beautiful untouched beaches, magical mountains, and is inhabited by some of the warmest people we’ve met while traveling through Cyprus. You’ve probably already decided you’re going to Cyprus, but this is for that extra bit of information for staying on budget, or to just give you that extra push to go.
Things to See in Cyprus including Our Tips for Visiting
Typical CostsRodonafni Apartments.
FoodMost Cypriots are Greek by heritage, and it is very evident in their food and culture. Meze is a big deal here and all of the typical dishes that come with that. You have savory Lamb Kleftiko, cool Tzatziki, creamy hummus, and doughy pita bread. Costs here are decent if you’re eating the local cuisine, and you’ll be eating well. We found Meze at a good tavern to come around €12 a person and the average entrée costing €10. Groceries if you’re eating the local stuff can be very cheap, you can get great Feta, Halloumi, Pita, Olives, Cucumbers, yogurt, pomegranates, and whatever else is in season for cheap. We ate in for about€5 a person, with a nice spread of food eating hummus, olives, tzatziki, cheeses, meat, and pita. Our suggestion: Kambana Restaurant.
DrinkWe love coffee and often have to factor it into our budget, Cyprus coffees should set you back 1-2 euros, see it for anymore and run for the hills, and a frappe will cost about €2-3. A beer goes for about €3, and a cheap bottle of wine around 4€ in the supermarket. Our suggestion: Coffee Island
TransportationGetting to Cyprus has never been cheaper with budget airlines such as RyanAir servicing the island (Our tickets cost €30 one-way). City buses run€1.50 one-way. Long distance buses to another city typically cost around €7. An automatic rental car in the goes from€15 a day in the low season up to €35 a day in the higher seasons (automatic) and will ensure you get to the best places to go Cyprusrus. Taxis charge a surcharge of €3.50 and €1 a km. Our Suggestion: SiXT Rental Car (reliability and service made them our choice). [Check prices here!]
Activities€15-30 ranging from kayaking, paddleboard, banana boat rides, snorkeling, and boat rides. Our suggestion: Splurge and go to Waterworld Waterpark in Ayia Napa.
Our average day in Cyprus cost us about €30, owing largely to eating in and staying in apartments.
Money Saving tips
Travel in a groupI know this one isn’t easy for everyone, but what’s cheaper a rental car by yourself, or a car split between four allowing you to get to great places to see in Cyprus? It also relates to cheap apartments you can find throughout the island.
Cook your own meals!Mediterranean food is great and an absolute must if you’re traveling in Cyprus, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat out every day. In fact, you can actually eat like a local for cheap. We made feta salads, ate pounds of olives, had spoonfuls of greek yogurt, munched on pita, cracked dozens of pomegranates, dipped great hummus and tzatziki, and fried up fresh halloumi with every meal. And drank it all with local wine every night. We typically ate well for under €5 a night. Keep a lookout for the market named Papantoniou, they have several locations and offer affordable pricing with good local product
Taverns!The village taverns are a great place to get the meze experience. They’re often inland and family run. We were able to get a delicious feast of mere for €12 a person.
Enjoy the FREEBeaches are always open to the public, there are the beautiful vistas, natural parks, old towns, churches, caves, cliff diving, and the Troodos Mountains, in Cyprus there is no shortage of things to do for free. Wine tastings at many of the vineyards are also free, we can personally vouch for Vouni Panayia Winery. They are a family run establishment perched high up in the Troodos with tremendous views of the valley below, great wine, and tremendous hospitality (we were given a free bottle of wine with apples and pomegranates from their orchard).
Plan Your Trip to Cyprus
We rely on a few trusted websites that help save us money and time when booking hotels, flights, and car rentals. Check out some of our preferred partners below:
Accommodation in Cyprus: We like to use Hotelscombined to compare various booking engines and make sure we are getting the best possible deal. To feel more at home we use Airbnb. Here is a coupon for your first stay!
Flights to Cyprus: Compare airlines, dates and prices all in one place with Skyscanner.
Car Rental in Cyprus: Auto Europe is a car rental booking service that compares all the major brands like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, and Europcar.
Travel Insurance: We never travel without travel insurance with World Nomads. We ALWAYS travel with travel insurance. Natasha is a bit of a worry wart and would rather stay safe than sorry. World Nomads offers incredible flexible and great plans!
Water: We found the water in Cyprus fine to drink, if you want extra assurance then we love traveling with our Lifestraw Go Waterbottle
Guide Book: Sometimes it’s just nice to have a book on you!