After an absence of 4 years, passenger ferry services from Alanya to northern Cyprus will recommence this year.
Operated by the Akgünler Shipping Company, the service will be available from the end of May through to the end of October. This will be a twice weekly service; the outbound leg departs from Alanya harbour every Thursday and Sunday and the inbound leg departs from Girne on Saturdays and Wednesdays – this allows for either a 2 or 3 night stay.
Departures will be at 12.00 from Alanya and 10.00 from Girne, with each leg taking around 4 hours - the round trip will cost 355 TL (accommodation should be booked separately).
The 'sea-bus' to be used for this service is a Norwegian built motor catamaran - this is around 38 metres in length and has a capacity of 386 passengers.
For anybody thinking of booking this service, i can fully recommend it – in 2008, my wife and I undertook this trip and spent a very pleasant couple of nights in Girne; the venetian style Harbour is a particularly nice place to while away the hours, accompanied by a cheeky glass (or 2!) of chilled wine. We also made time to take a bus to Nicosia, from where we crossed through (via border control) to the southern side of Cyprus.
Be wary, however, when crossing the road – in northern Cyprus, cars drive on the left side (as they do in the UK)!