Bus from Paleochora to Omalos

by Monika

Hello, we are planning a roundtrip on Crete from 25 May to 7 June. On this trip we also want to walk the Samaria Gorge.

So we are thinking of taking room in Paleochora and take a bus to Omalos to walk the gorge.

To make the hotel reservation we need to know if there is a daily bus from Paleochora to Omalos. Does it run on 1 June, or how we can handle the trip?

We have a rental car but the beginning of the trip is Omalos and the end is Paleochora, so this is not possible to do by car.

Have you any tips?

Thank you for your help.

Local Bus to Samaria from Paleochora

Hi Monika, yes you can take the local bus from Paleochora to the northern end of Samaria Gorge which leaves each morning at 6.15 am.

The Samaria National Park is open from May to October every year so that the bus will depart during these times. However to be sure, it would be best to check the timetable with KTEL, the local bus company, or email or phone them to be sure that this bus will leave on the date you require. Then again check with your hotel when you arrive in Paleochora, to be sure.

Local Buses in Crete – Info

KTEL Crete

At the time of writing, here is the page with the timetables for Paleochora to Omalos bus:

KTEL Bus Timetable Paleochora to Omalos

Timetables are seasonal so you must always check.

You can then take the 16 km walk from north to south which starts at Omalos and ends at the village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast. Then you can take a ferry back to Paleochora.

There is another option on how to do this walk – which may mean you cannot do the whole 16 km track, but you will still experience the south of Crete, and walk 16 km if you choose. The idea is to take the ferry from Paleochora to Agia Roumeli in the morning, walk the gorge from south to north for part of the way, then return to Agia Roumeli before the evening ferry to Paleochora. Or you could stay overnight in Agia Roumeli which is a nice calm place after all the day walkers have left on the last ferry.

Be sure to check the ferry schedules with Anendyk SA or check with your hotel in Paleochora.

In Paleochora we suggest the Aris Hotel run by a local family or, if you have a car, the more secluded Olive Tree Cottages.

In Agia Roumeli we suggest the Gigilos Hotel or Hotel Agia Roumeli, which are both very affordable options, clean and close to the beach.

The information pages you might need are:

Chania Region

Chania Town info

Paleochora Info

Samaria Gorge Info

Agia Roumeli Village

Kalo Taxidi!

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