Fylde Coast Musings vs Cyprus Life – in pictures

Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas at the beginning of March 2004 and spent the next glorious 12 years in Limassol, Cyprus. Sadly, in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We now live on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea just across from Fleetwood. More places to discover and capture on camera!

Paphos taxi drivers in trouble again.


Paphos taxi drivers are again bringing the island of Cyprus into disrepute with their hiked up prices.

Now the new Ryanair flights have started to arrive so have the complaints! In some instances a short journey of around 15 minutes (or 8 minutes by taxi) into Paphos tourist area has cost holidaymakers more than the price of their flight!

Passengers complain of being charged €50 for a taxi from the airport into Paphos when they were previously advised by friends it should cost approximately €30.

Price regulators indicate it should be no more than €25 in a small taxi with luggage 😦

However, the increasing problem with Paphos taxi drivers is that neither the Government regulatory bodies nor the Airport authorities will stand up to them and monitor the situation. I’ve given up on the amount of times the taxi drivers have been told they must have a pricing structure on display and once the board has been erected, they’ve torn it down…

Paphos airport where a taxi can cost more than the flight!

They complain about other drivers or illegal taxis coming to pick up passengers. Some of these drivers are Cyprus residents collecting their friends and family yet they constantly get hassled and threatened by the taxi drivers.

It’s really no wonder why Cyprus hotels are complaining their rooms are sadly lacking in guests!

Yes, there are some rogue (illegal) taxis that visit the airport and the registered taxi drivers most likely know who they are as they will see their cars and faces on a regular basis.

My suggestion? Well I have more than one:
Policing the airport properly to ensure taxi drivers are indeed registered.
Only registered taxis are allowed into the waiting area with private taxis (advanced bookings, tour operator taxis etc being in a different location).
Put a proper taxi queuing system in place to help resolve this issue.
Have a sentry type box where passengers go to arrange a regulated/official taxi. Taxi drivers queue (yes I know, the “queue” word is mostly unknown in Cyprus) in line waiting for the next fare and the sentries monitor the taxi queue ensuring a smooth flow.
Fixed prices by destination and time of day/night are paid in advance to the sentry box officials who pay the drivers as the taxi leaves the checkpoint. This way all prices can be checked by the passengers with the sentry officials before reaching the taxi and all destinations are monitored as well as the taxi plate number. If at the end of the journey the passengers want to give the driver a tip – well that’s fine for the driver! And, if there’s a complaint about the driver the plate number will already have been logged as a backup.
Alternatively, ban taxi pick ups completely from the airport. Let them bring passengers in but don’t allow them to make a fare pickup until they demonstrate they can abide by the fare rules.

The Good News is that more bus services may be on the cards for Paphos airport customers! Which of course, means more Bad News for the taxi drivers…..

Check out my twitter link to the main article by Bejay Browne in the Cyprus-Mail.


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cypruspictures/albums/ and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Paphos taxi drivers in trouble again.

  1. When I went to Malta the taxi system was excellent. You went to a desk and said where you wanted to go and it was a fixed price. Average price was around 15.00 – 20 euros. You paid and got a ticket and waited for the next taxi. It run so smoothly and the taxi fares were very reasonable too. You had the option of giving a tip at your destination.
    Dubai has an excellent taxi service too, very inexpensive and efficient. They are always busy and its cheaper than using a car.

    • Yes, I agree with you about Malta as we’ve used their taxi system at the airport one time during our visits.
      It works, you know the cost at the outset and you’re told where to go with your taxi driver.

      It’s about time Cyprus got up to date and realised they cannot keep ripping off the people who are supposed to be coming to put money into their economy. Instead, they’re sending visitors back out of the country with an extremely bad taste in their mouths to tell all their friends.
      Unfortunately, bad news will always spread faster than good news!

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  3. hi just came across your blog. I’ve come to Paphos for 1week holiday and already I’ve experienced excess fares which some people tell me are standard. I booked a taxi from Corallia beach just where the buses wait to Skaloupion – (half way up) the distance is just a smudge over 1km. I was charged E 10. that fare should be E5? I can see myself doing a lot of walking because of these excesssive fares. thanks for the info.

    At the airport I decided to take the bus as although I booked the shuttle owing to a mix up with my flights and the fact that they did not get my email meant that they were full and couldn’t take me. So many taxi drivers tried to persuade me to book qith them for a special price of E40!. I stood my ground and said no in that hot sun and waited for the bus. So altogether 2 bus rides and 1 taxi my total cost to Peyia was E13 and not E40 but indeed it was much longer.

  4. Hi,
    It is true that there taxi services which are ridiculously expensive. But i have tried Vangelis & Son many times and there prices are very reasonable. They also have a website from where you can contact them as i did last time i booked with them.

    • Thank you for your comments Stav.
      I would be interested if you could say where you to travelled to and where you were picked up from – and also the cost of the journey?
      Otherwise, the information you have written doesn’t really provide any information to our readers.
      Thank you!

      • Hi Michele,

        I traveled from Paphos Airport to Paphos city center using their service and was very satisfied. Did not have to wait for the driver to arrive. He was outside at the Arrivals department holding my name on a piece of paper. He also helped me put my luggage in the taxi.

        Kind Regards,

      • And the cost for this marvellous journey was, how much?

      • If i remember correctly it was around 20-25 euro

      • Thank you!

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