Cyprus is two hours ahead of the UK (GMT) and observes Daylight Saving Time (DST) in March (Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+03:00)) and October (Eastern European Time (UTC+02:00)).
The local currency is the Euro. Many merchants accept payment by credit card (especially Eurocard-MasterCard and American Express); however, it is a good idea to have cash on hand for small expenses and trips to more rural locations.
Electricity and Plugs
230 volts. Cyprus uses a Type G plug, which is the same as UK sockets. No need for a plug adapter here.
As a general rule, supermarkets and local shops are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings. Banks are open from 8:30am to 12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Cyprus has a number of independent newspapers, including Politis and In Cyprus, which is written in English. British newspapers can also be bought from major supermarkets and some corner shops.
Cyprus Post is the island’s premier multinational postal and courier company. There are multiple offices in Cyprus’ main towns and cities (including Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaka, Pafos and Ammochostos). All are open from 8:00am until 2.30pm Monday to Friday.
Cypriote phone numbers have +357 before them. To call the UK from Cyprus dial: 00 - 44 - area code – and a landline number, or 00 - 44 – plus a mobile number.
Wi-Fi is readily available in most restaurants, shops and hotels. It should be noted that 4G is also only offered by MTN & Primetel mobile networks.
Mobile coverage is excellent across most parts of Cyprus. It is less reliable in its mountainous regions.