Transport : Buses & Taxis
Feb 27, 2020
Buses are the only form of public transport in Crete a quite extensive network makes it relatively easy to travel around the island.
Fares are goverment-regulated and very reasonable by European standards.
There is an hourly service along the main northern coastal road and less-frequent buses to the inland villages and towns on the south coast. Buses also go to major tourist attractions including Knossos, Phaestos, Gortys, Moni Arkadiou, Moni Preveli, Omalos Plateau (for Samaria Gorge) and Hora Sfakion (ferry to Loutro and Agia Roumeli).
The larger towns have a central, covered bus station with waiting rooms, toilets and a snack bar. In smaller towns and villages that could be everywhere, maybe no more than a stop outside a kafenio or tavern, which often doubles as a ticket office.
If not, or it is closed, you can buy your ticket on the bus.
A general rule with buses: Always check before making your arrangements to travel by bus -schedules in Crete can (and many times do) change unexpectedly.
Double-check until the last minute on public holidays (1 Jan, 25 Mar, 1 May, 15 Aug, 28 Oct, 25 Dec + Easter Sunday).
In the summer, buy tickets the day before you will travel, be very early at the bus station/stop for the best chance of a (good) seat. Buy tickets at kiosks for local buses and bus stations or local agent (often a Kafeneio) for longer trips.
See bus schedules for all of Crete on our Travel Tips on the left side of this page
There are three operating bus stations. Rethymno and Chania station is now included within bus station A below.
Bus station A (tel: 2810-246530) is located nearby Heraklion Port, Ikarou 9.
For: Chania, Rethymno, and connections to Imbros, Sfakia, Kastelli and other places in the west and south-west Crete, and destinations on the north coast east of Heraklion (including Hersonissos, Archanes, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi Plateau, Zaros, Agia Galini, Matala, Mires, Phaestos)
Next to it is the bus station for local, city and Knossos buses (tel: + 30 2810-220755, 226065).
Bus station B (tel: + 30 2810-246530) at Hanioporta (part of the old city walls, at the beginning of 62 Martyrs street).
For all other destinations - this means Anogia, Rogdia, Asimi, and places in between.
Please for more information have a look at official website of KTEL Heraklion - Lasithi here https://www.ktelherlas.gr
Bus station - walk to the top of Halidon Street, across the square and turn right - it's about a hundred meters on the left. Tel: +30 28210-93306, 93305, 93052. Buses to Souda - in front of the main market.
Local buses tel: + 30 28210-27044.
The bus station is on the coast west of the fortress. Tel: + 30 28310-22212, 22659 (same for local buses)
Bus station C Agios Nikolaos (Near the hospital, on the way into Agios Nikolaos if you are coming from the direction of Heraklion): Tel: + 30 28410-22234.
Bus station E Ierapetra: Tel: +30 28420-86760, 28237.
Bus station D Sitia (Off Venizelou on the way out of Sitia, on your left - short walk from the seafront): Tel: +30 28430-22272.
Other useful phone numbers in Crete
EOT (Greek Tourism Organization) information offices:
Heraklion: At present, a visit to the tourist police is the way to get information (on Dikeosinis Str. - opposite Marks & Spencer and to the left). If you are persistent at the office opposite the archaeological museum you may find someone willing to offer a word or two of advice, but this office is really for "official business" only. Tel: +30 2810-283190.
Chania: (on Kriari St off the square at the top of Halidon Street) Tel: +30 28210-92943, 92624.
Rethymno: Tel: +30 28310-56305 (Tourist office is the white building on the beachfront towards the old harbor).
Agios Nikolaos: Tel: +30 28410-22357 (Just by the bridge between the harbor and Voulismeni Lake).
Sitia: Tel: +30 28430-24955. On the same street as Apollon Hotel towards the Bus station. Sitia Development Organisation on Antheon street - most knowledgeable and helpful.
Heraklion: Tel: +30 2810-244912, 244956
Chania (for ferries see: Souda): Tel: +30 28210-98888, 52777
Souda: Tel: +30 28210-89240
Rethymno: Tel: +30 28310-22276
Agios Nikolaos: Tel: +30 28410-22312, 22612
Sitia: Tel: +30 28430-22310
Ierapetra: Tel: +30 28420-22294
Sfakia: Tel: +30 28250-91292
Paleochora: Tel: +30 28230-41214
Heraklion: Tel: +30 2810-397129, 397136 (info 24hrs)
Chania: Tel: +30 28210-63245, 83800
Sitia: Tel: +30 28430-24424, 22671
Heraklion: Tel: +30 2810-283190
Chania: Tel: +30 28210- 53333, 28708
Rethymno: Tel: +30 28310-28156, 53450
Agios Nikolaos: Tel: +30 28410-26900
Sitia: Tel: +30 28430-24200
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