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Crete Transport – Local Bus

A comfortable KTEL regional bus in Crete
KTEL - Exploring Crete by Bus

Crete Travel

Many of our readers are interested in independent travel and ask us about the buses and timetables.

The local and regional bus services in Crete are run by regional collectives known as Kino Tamio Eispraxeon Leoforon or KTEL.

What this boils down to is that many of the coaches you climb on board as you explore the large island of Crete are owned by the driver and his family.

We have always found that this creates a real pride of ownership and excellent service from Cretan coaches. Of course match family pride with Cretan pride and you get superior results!

Regional buses at Bus Station A in Heraklion - by the PortRegional buses at Bus Station A in Heraklion - by the Port

Regional buses at Bus Station B in HeraklionRegional buses at 'Chanioporta' - Bus Station B in Heraklion

Seriously, the bus services are great. Reliable and more or less on time. Safe. They make getting around in Crete so easy.

It is almost one hundred percent predictable that you will get to listen to Cretan music Kritiki musiki, on the loudspeakers for the duration of your trip. This makes everyone happy and certainly adds to the memorable trip!

Timetables vary between quiet and busy season, so check your route and timetable at the Cretan Bus service, see the link to bus timetables below. There are luggage compartments underneath the buses, the driver will put your luggage on and off for you. There are luggage storage options at each city bus station.

The KTEL buses pictured above are the comfortable air-conditioned coaches, used for regional bus lines in Crete.


Chania Bus Station: 77 Kidonias St, Chania

Rethymnon Bus Station: Emmanouil Kefalogianni Avenue, Rethymnon

Heraklion Bus Station A: 9 Ikarou Avenue, Heraklion

Heraklion Bus Station B: Chanioporta, 7 Machis Kritis, Heraklion

Agios Nikolaos Bus Station: 59 Epimenidou St, Agios Nikolaos

Bus Services in Crete - the Bus Station A is next to the port in HeraklionHeraklion Bus Station A is close to the Port and the Old Port (with fortress in foreground)

Heraklion Bus Stations

The regional bus stations for KTEL in Heraklion serve different parts of the island:

Bus Station A is near the port (above) and serves destinations along the north coast of Crete including west to Rethymnon and Chania, and east to Agios Nikolaos in Lasithi.

Bus Station B is near Chanioporta in town, at 7 Machis Kritis. Buses leave from here for destinations to the south in Heraklion prefecture such as Zaros, Mires and Matala and towns in between. From here buses leave for Anogia, Gortys and Festos.

To get from one bus station to another is quite a walk, through the centre of Heraklion. If you have plenty of time it would be OK and give you a good look at the town...however if you are in a hurry or have luggage or a bus to catch, we suggest you take a taxi which should be about 3-4 Euros.

See the location of Bus Station A and B in Heraklion on this map:

Bus Station A - HeraklionBus Station A - Heraklion - is near the port

KTEL Timetables

K.T.E.L. stands for Κοινά Ταμεία Εισπράξεων Λεωφορείων or 'Bus Common Income Funds' as these are all regional collectives. Make sure to check the timetables because schedules are seasonal. If in doubt, email the bus company or phone them, they all speak English and have good customer service.

Red bus cartoon

Timetables & Services - whole island

Bus travel Heraklion and Lasithi - logo

Heraklion & Lasithi - centre and east

Bus Travel in Chania and Rethymnon - central and west of Crete - logo

Chania & Rethymnon - west of the island

Heraklion City Bus

Heraklion city bus and bus-stop at night

Heraklion City Buses - The local buses are cheap and good too, they can take you around the city and to Knossos archaeological site, which is only 5 km from the centre of the city.

To get these buses you must buy a ticket first, get this from one of the small kiosks. Bus Line 2 goes to Knossos, we suggest you take it from the stop on Plateia Eleftherias near the Astoria Hotel.

The bus you see pictured to the left is a Heraklion city bus. You can take a city bus from the Airport into the town, just buy a ticket at a kiosk first. The prices are between €1.10 and €1.50


Chania City Bus

Chania City Buses Logo

Chania City Buses - These services run all around the city of Chania and along the coast to the west of the city to Platanias, Agia Marina and Maleme. Take the bus from 1866 Square in the centre of Chania town. This is an urban bus service only. Tickets from € 1.10 - 2.00, if you are travelling slightly further fares are €2.50. You can pay on the bus.



Below are good accommodation options in each town of Crete

Cocoon City Hostel Chania
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Cocoon City Hostel is close to the bus stop in Chania with budget rates suitable for all the family, and great for solo travellers. Close to the old town, cafes and tavernas.

Boho City Hostel Chania
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Another budget option a few streets from the bus station in Chania is the Boho City Hostel - good value in the old town. Welcoming, clean, comfortable and the location is ideal.

Casa dei Delfini Sq

For a mid-range price, enjoy the narrow old laneways of Rethymnon Old Town whilst staying at the Casa dei Delfini. In the very centre of the old zone, surrounded by great shopping, boutiques, jewellers, this stylish accommodation is close to the Rimondi Fountain, Nerantze Mosque and the Archaeological Museum.

Heraklion Youth Hostel
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The Heraklion Youth Hostel - a good budget hostel near to the Liondaria fountain and pedestrianised central streets of Heraklion, and the 1866 Markets.

Accom Capsis Astoria HER

The Capsis Astoria Hotel is close to the bus station, the Heraklion Archeological Museum and the city's main square, in the centre of town.

Pergola Hotel Agios Nikolaos
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Overlooking the harbour on Sarolidou street in Agios Nikolaos is the blue and white Pergola Hotel run by several generations of the one family. This is not a luxurious accommodation, yet the location and the service make it a real treat for budget conscious travellers. The pick up from the bus station is a great help too. Remember to ask for a room with a sea view. This hotel is very handy to the port if you are taking an inter-island ferry, and very convenient accommodation in Crete.

West Crete by Bus

West Crete by Bus ebook

West Crete by Bus

This wonderful e-book mini guide to the west of the island is by the authors of We Love Crete.

The route visits the following destinations:

•    Knossos
•    Rethymnon Old Town
•    Arkadi
•    Georgioupolis
•    Chania Old Town
•    Samaria Gorge
•    Agia Roumeli
•    Sougia
•    Agia Irini Gorge
•    Paleochora
•    Elafonisi Beach
•    Balos Lagoon

Use the tips here to make your own independent trip to Crete.

West of Crete by Bus with these handy tips making it easier to enjoy your independence and keep your budget low.

See Knossos, Heraklion, Rethymnon and the historic Arkadi Monastery. Visit the long wide beach of Georgioupolis and the narrow laneways of Chania Old Town, then decide with our guidance how you want to visit the south coast of Chania and see the remote beaches, including Elafonisi Beach and protected natural zone.

Links to bus information, tips on buses in Crete, all you need to get on your way tomorrow for your unforgettable holidays on Crete...

East Crete by Bus

East Crete by Bus ebook

East Crete by Bus

This wonderful e-book mini guide to the west of the island is by the authors of We Love Crete.

The route visits the following destinations:

•    Knossos
•    Agios Nikolaos
•    Elounda
•    Spinalonga Island
•    Sitia
•    Vai Beach and Palm Forest
•    Palekastro
•    Zakros Gorge
•    Kato Zakros
•    Makrigialos
•    Ierapetra
•    Chrissi Island

Use the tips here to make your own independent trip to Crete.

Ktel buses on Crete are very modern and comfortableKTEL buses on Crete are very modern and comfortable

Buses connect Chania to Chora Sfakion on the south coast of CreteBuses connect Chania to Chora Sfakion on the south coast of Crete

Getting to Crete

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

More on flights and ferries below.

Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.

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