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
Hostels are not a thing in Cyprus, making it expensive for a solo backpacker. The best option for getting around Cyprus on a budget would be to travel as a group. Apartment style hotels offer two bedroom apartments starting around €40 a night, with the ability to sleep four. There are a large variety of hotels and costs go up from there. There is also a number of workaway hosts, couch surfing hosts, and even WOOFing available. Our suggestion: Rodonafni Apartments.
Most 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.
We 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
Getting 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!]
€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 group
I 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
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.
One of the best times to travel in Cyprus is October the crowds are waning off, prices are cheaper, the weather averages out at 79 degrees, the water is warm, and you have an 85% chance of a sunny day.
Enjoy the FREE
Beaches 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).
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Plan and Pack for Cyprus
Book a Tour
Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the work!
Rent a Car
One of the best ways to get around Cyprus is with a rental car. See our tips for renting a car in Cyprus here.
These were great to have! You’ll do a lot of walking around Cyprus in the extremely hot sun. Hiking sandals allow for your feet to breathe and they do not collect sand when trudging through the desert. You bet we’ve reviewed the best hiking sandals for travelers!
Most hotels will provide you with a towel, but they often aren’t suitable or allowed on the beaches. I like to travel with a microfiber towel because they are light and fold up small, and they also don’t cling on to sand our dirt. Here are a few of our favorite travel towels.
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