Getting Around Crete Island

  • Tunnel on National Highway.
    Tunnel on National Highway.
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    How to travel on Crete...

    by Jawnuta Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    If you did not book your hotel and you are planing to find your dream destination or to move from town to town - rent a car.
    You have two choices, book a hotel in a touristy place close to the airport just for the first night and rent a car next morning walking from agency to agency and looking for bargain.
    Or book your car before and have it waiting for you at the airport.

    Warning! Never try to book the car at the airport - it is too expensive.
    Do your homework, find out the best deal on line before you start looking for a car on food while already there.

    If you are really on a budget and time is not the issue, the Crete has pretty friendly bus transportation along the island. To all you POLACY, Wez autobus za pare Euro, maly plecak z majtkami na zmiane i .......ahoj przygodo, przygodo ahoj!!!!

    on Cape Spanta N/W Crete Our Hyundai 180 E/7 days National Hway National Hway road to Matala

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    Rent a car

    by oriettaIT Updated Feb 25, 2009

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    Crete is not a place where go and stay trapped in a luxury resort.
    Rent a car and drive around the island! You will discover many wonderful secluded beaches and peaceful mountain villages.
    You will get the best rates through an internet reservation in al local rental agency. Be careful and look at the insurance options. Normally they don't cover the bottom of the car and tires.
    It is not allowed to take a ferryboat with a rented car.

    Agency where I have rented a car in Crete with a great experience:
    East Area: Kafetzakis LTD
    West Area: Autoway

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    Boat to Chrisi Island

    by oriettaIT Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    From Ierapetra harbour leaves the boats to Chrisi Island. It take about one hour sailing.
    There are maybe 3 or 4 different boats, I suggest the smaller ones, they leave earlier than the huge "Fun Boat", the cost is the same, 20Euros every person in 2006. You can buy the ticket at the boat entrance just before to leave.

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    "Reisen" in Chania

    by Jawnuta Written Jun 17, 2007

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    In August 2006 we rented a car for 5 days in Chania.

    We used "REISEN" rent a car B&S MARINAKIS on 75 Halidon Str in Chania.

    We rented Hyundai Accent for about 160 Euro, however there was a 500 Euro "self risk".
    Car rental owners were very nice, it took us about 15 minutes to rent a car. We also checked all other car rental agencies and this one had the best rates.

    Over all, we had a great time driving around Crete in our Accent, and the return of the car took us about 2 minutes. The owner just looked at the car from far away, and took our keys back.

    We paid cash for rental.

    our Hyundai Accent

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    CENTRALWINGS

    by Jawnuta Written Jun 1, 2007

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    In August 2006 we were flying to Chania from Warsow on Centralwings (Polish private airline).

    The plane was little late both ways, but I guess all charter planes are late. The service was great. Flight attendants were very pleasant and hard working. Plane was very clean and in pleasant colors (decor).
    Pilot was announcing on the loud speaker all major towns we were flying over making the whole trip more interesting.

    The whole plane was booked by travel agency, leaving few (Exit door) seats for individual tourists like us. That gave us an advantage of spreading on all empty exit door seats.

    Centralwings plane Inside the plane I told you servive is great!!!

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    CONDOR airlines

    by Jawnuta Updated Sep 17, 2007

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    We were using Condor in summer 2007.
    I was able to find $200 flight from Berlin TXL to Chania.
    Our flight was very pleasurable however the landing was very "hard"(few people started screaming). I guess it happens sometimes.
    The meals on the plane were delicious (yes, delicious! I know, it is almost never the case) and the crew was very nice.
    We will definitelly try to fly with Condor in the future.

    just landed on Chania airport leaving Chania Condor plane Over Crete ISland over the clouds

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    Bus around Crete.

    by alectrevor Updated May 21, 2007

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    The buses i saw and used were clean, modern and on time, They run under the group KTEL,the buses are named Minoan and ANEK . The fare from Heraklion to Rethymnon was 6 euro, the same from Rethymnon to Chania.Just be aware that the cretes spell names in several ways, Chania can be Hania or Xania, Heraklion can Iraklion; Rethymnon can be Peoymo. A tip i use is, write the place name has you know it on a piece of paper to show to ticket office staff. My photo of the bus for Souda shows what i mean about spelling in greek.My travel was in May 2007.Oh by the way the bus in Chania to Souda goes from near the big market, not the bus station.

    Heraklion bus station bus in paleohora Bus for Souda in Chania.
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    By ship or plane

    by chancay Written Jan 8, 2003

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    You can travel to Crete by plane to Iraklio or to Hania. As well there are differnent possibilities to travel by boat, as well to the capital Iraklio or Hania. Friends of mine did kind of island hopping by boat. They started in Athens and passed by 5 or 6 beautiful islands of Greece ending their journey on Crete.

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    Car Rent

    by mustardgirl Written Sep 15, 2005

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    Go for a local company as are more flexible and have better prices than big international chains. I had my car for a week from Elite – they gave free upgrade and pick up/ drop off was from my hotel. Not sure if they even wanted a CC guarantee, but I paid with one (they seem to prefer cash though) so I can’t be 100% sure.

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    Ferry to Greece and Crete.

    by alectrevor Updated May 21, 2007

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    I travelled to Ancona in Italy by train from Paris.The Superfast Ferry leaves at 13.30 for Patras in Greece, it has comfortable cabins, aircraft type seats, and deck tickets which lets you sleep almost anywhere. Good food onboard, bars etc. The ship arrives at Patras 11.30. A bus is on hand to take you to Piraeus and Athens. The ferry cost £150 for cabin, the bus £12. At Piraeus i took the Minoan Ferry to Heraklion , cabin £40. The ferry leaves at 21.00 and arrives Crete at 06.00. On Crete i travelled by bus to Rethymnon and Chania. Bus fares were about £4.I left Crete from Souda the port of Chania,to Piraeus,this time i travelled air type seat £20. Ferry departs 21.00 and arrives 06.00.From Piraeus took local train to Athens,then coach to Patras,where i took the Superfast Ferry back to Ancona Italy.The ferries run everyday at same times so it is easy to arrange an itinerary at any speed of time taken.

    Ferry in Piraeus to Crete Ferry in Souda to Greece Pool on board to Ancona Superfast Ferry
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    Flying to Crete from the UK (+ ferry from athens)

    by Christina20 Written Dec 23, 2007

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    Getting to Crete can be quite costly from the UK, especially if you are travelling from Ireland. However i have found www.xl.com to have fantastic prices from may through to the end of october for DIRECT flights to Heraklion. In the winter months i have found the cheapest and quickest way to get to crete is via athens with easyjet.com from the UK mainland, DONT USE OLYMPIC AIRLINES just for the simple one hour journey from greece to the island of crete, aegean airways are so much cheaper starting from as little as 30 euro, if your luck is down and it seems like it will cost a bomb the boat from piraeus starts from 21 euro for a deck passenger, see anek lines on google for timetables, getting to the boat from Athens airport is pretty simple too, the metro station is attached across the road from the entrance of the airport. P.S athens airport has to be one of the best, brilliant shopping centre! and mcdonalds is in there too!!!!

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  • But it is an island

    by majusieso Written Aug 12, 2003

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    It is fun to hire a car in Crete. Comparatively cheap and many agencies offer a wide range of selection of cars. We had not met tights roads, but what we have experienced was panoramic coastal roads - you stop as you wish and then your camera will have a hard job...

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    Most enter through the airport...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Most enter through the airport or harbour of Irakleion. Large cruiseliners make stops on the island and - especially in summertime - numerous charter and regular connections come to (and go from) Crete.
    Rent a car, motorbike or scooter and get used to the Greek chaotic traffic. Then the island is within your grasp. Furthermore there are buslines throughout the island and touristic companies offer several excursions to all mayor sights. Hiking is an option, but reckon with the heat in summertime.

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    Don't Take A Bus

    by 88Starflite Written Oct 5, 2007

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    I found that the buss's are very slow and would say a taxi would be much better if you can find it in your budget to do so. A taxi can avoid the many stops and take a more direct route. Make sure you ask the driver to take it eassy though as they drive like they're in a race.
    BTW, Hrekalion to Matala is about 50 euros during the day and 60 euros at night.

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    Ferry From Santorini

    by 88Starflite Written Feb 16, 2008

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    I took the slower ferry which leaves Santorini at about 22:00 hrs and arrives at Herk. Crete at about 00:30 hrs. One problem I had with this trip was that when I arrived at the port I had to wait about 20 mins. for a taxi, some other people were still waitting when I left. So keep in mind you may have a long wait before you get a taxi at that hour. Keep in mind this was the second week of Sept. and I'm sure things are different in July & Aug..

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  • Apr 12, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    easiest (and cheapest) way to get to crete is via air from athens. aegean air offers promotions for as little as 25 euros each way there is another 27 or 28 euro tax, but it is well worth it. upon arrival in chania, an airport bus (runs between every 60 and 90 minutes) will bring you to the city center within 20 minutes.

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