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If you’re intent on going local, grab your baggage and head for the public bus stop. The Cretans are incredibly proud of their bus service and, stepping aboard a KTEL or Minoan Lines bus, you’ll soon see why.
Clean, air-conditioned and super cheap, us Brits could learn a lot from the Cretans when it comes to buses. Having said that, getting to and from the airports to the beach resorts can be fiddly, demanding a change of buses in Heraklion or Chania city centre.
Heraklion has two major stations, each running services to different areas of the island, so be sure you’re heading for the right terminal!
If hauling your bags around between bus stops sounds like a bridge too far, organise a taxi from the airport instead. Yes, it costs, but sometimes you can’t put a price on convenience.
From Heraklion airport, a taxi to Malia will set you back around €40, while the hour-long trip to Aghios Nikolaos costs approximately €70 and the journey to Elounda is about €75.
From Chania, a taxi to Maleme costs €50 and the trip to Kolybari will cost around €60. From both airports, a taxi to Rethmynon will set you back somewhere in the region of €100.
Regular taxis hold up to four passengers, so save some cash by making new friends on the plane and splitting the cost.
If you’ve booked a package holiday to Crete, coach transfers are a worthwhile investment due to the distances covered.
Once you’re all settled in, getting around by bus is easy and a great way to meet the locals to boot. Minoan and KTEL buses plough the roads all over the island, making it simple to hop between tourist hotspots.
It’s incredibly cheap to travel by bus, with two-hour journeys costing around €12. If you’re on a shoestring, you’ll be laughing.
Bear in mind that services to more remote pockets of Crete operate less frequently, so unless you want to risk hitching a ride home, be sure to get bus information in advance.
Off-the-beaten-path beaches, hilltop villages, a sunset to call your own… there are plenty of reasons to taste the freedom of island car rental. Discover your options on our Crete car hire page.