Larnaca Airport and Car Hire Guide

Larnaca Airport (LCA) Passport StampLarnaca International Airport (LCA) is Cyprus’ main airport for international travelers. Many flights connecting Europe to the Middle East route through LCA in addition to the heavy tourist traffic to the sunny island itself. Over 5 million passengers go through Larnaca International Airport each year. It is larger than Cyprus’ Paphos International Airport.

There are a number of car rental and car hire companies located at the airport. Hermes Airports Ltd (who also operates Paphos airport - PFO) released the results of its tender process on January 31st 2014 announcing that the companies that are able to operate as on-airport car rental providers from now until March 15th 2017 are:

Larnaca Marina at sunsetIn addition, Avis and Hertz have been authorized to operate as off-airport suppliers meaning that they are authorised to operate a shuttle bus to transport their clients to and from their parking operations.

No other car rental companies are authorised to operate at, nor pick up clients from either Larnaca or Paphos airport.

An expansion project at Larnaca airport began in 1998. This includes a new terminal, new control tower, new offices, and an extended runway. There is also a fire station. Surrounding roads have also been upgraded. The new construction is bright, modern, and clean. The airport is equipped and able to meet the needs of people with reduced mobility. When finished, the expanded terminal should support 9 million passengers per year. The expansion should be completed in 2014.

Larnaca International Airport has ATMs available both in the public concourse and the arrivals area. There is a post office, first aid room, and police. Free wifi is available to all travelers. At this time there are more than 25 wifi access points in the airport.

Larnaca airport is recognized for having excellent shopping. With over 6,000 square meters of retail space, there are plenty of options. There are shops in the airport where travelers can pick up gifts, books, and periodicals. Lots of cosmetics and skin care products are available along with a wide variety of clothing and accessories. Furla, Rocco Barroca, Diesel, Guess, Umbro, Reebok, and Speedo are among those represented. There are also plenty of choices for jewelry like Misaki and Damiani. There are also, of course, lots of duty free options.

Explore beautiful mountainous landscapes and local villages in Cyprus with a rental carThe hungry or thirsty traveler is sure to find a satisfying option among the 19 bars, restaurants and cafes in Larnaca International airport. There are coffee shops including Costa Coffee, Segafredo, and Kafenio. Bakeries like Panopolis offer tasty sandwiches and sweet treats. Sandwiches and salads are also available at Caffe Ritazza. There are also restaurants that offer more substantial fare.

Using a private taxi is an easy way to travel between the airport and the city of Larnaca.  It is a 15 minute trip and will cost between €7-10 during the day with prices being higher at night at €12-15.

There are also shuttles available to the airport. Kapnos Airport Shuttle and Limassol Airport Express both run transport to the airport and cost roughly €8-9.

There is a large parking lot in front of the terminal at Larnaca International Airport with space for 1000 cars. Long and short term parking is available. Short term parking will cost about €1.50 per 20 minutes. Long term parking costs €12 for the first 24 hours and €9 per day following that. There are sometimes promotions that may offer better rates.