NICOSIA – It was a long time coming and thought dead with quick and fast flights between the countries but a ferry linking Cyprus with Greece will resume on June 1, from Limassol to Piraeus, a trip that will take 30 hours.
“After 21 years, our fellow citizens will be able to travel to Greece and Europe by sea, transporting their private vehicles as well,” President Nicos Anastasiades said, saying it would enhance maritime tourism, said The Cyprus Mail.
The prices will be relatively competitive with flying, although cheap seat airplanes still have an advantage, especially because a flight is only 1 hour and 40 minutes but officials said they wanted another option, especially for those who can’t fly or are afraid.
The cheapest return tickets for adults, with a simple seating arrangement, are set at 76 euros ($80) while a second-class cabin return ticket is 80 euros ($84.20) and one-tickets cost 38 and 40 euros ($40-$42.
Children aged 4-12 will be charged 56 euros ($59) while those aged up to four will be charged 31 euros ($33) and cars up to 5-meters long will have a fee of 203 euros ($214.)
The details were announced by the Deputy Shipping Ministry as it was reported that the service will last until September 16, with four trips scheduled for June, eight in July, seven in August and three in September.