Transportation guide for Rethymnon
Getting to Rethymnon
There are 6 ports in Crete, in Chania, in Heraklion, in Rethymno, in Agios Nikolaos, in Sitia and in Kasteli, which connect the island to various regions in Greece. There are daily ferry boats that connect Rethymno, Chania and Heraklion to Piraeus port. The routes to Rethymno are very frequent during summer months, because there is a great tourist demand. Ticket prices are not high, but they vary depending on the demand and the type of ferry boat. The port of Heraklion, which is also the biggest, is connected to Thessalonica, Volos, Santorin, Mylos, Paros, Tinos, Skiathos, Naxos, Syros, Kythira, Antikythira and Gythion. These routes are not daily, but take place 1-3 times a week. You can book your ferry tickets to Rethymnon from fantasticgreece.com.
Rethymno does not have an airport and it is served by the 2 International Airports in Crete, in Heraklion and in Chania and the domestic airport in Sitia. The flight from Athens-international Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" - to Chania-Heraklion lasts 45 minutes, while to Sitia lasts 75 minutes. There is also air connection Chania and Heraklion to Thessalonica, Rhodes, Santorin, Mykonos, and Paros during summer period. Sitia airport, apart from Athens, offers also flights to Karpathos Island. Finally, during summer there are many charter flights that connect Crete to big European cities. You can book your air tickets from fantasticgreece.com. Once you reach Crete by airplane (Heraklion, Sitia or Chania) you can go to Rethymno by taxi(77 Euros from Heraklion airport, 73 Euros from Chania airport), by a rented car or by KTEL buses that are very often (every hour).
Getting around Rethymnon
KTEL bus services in the island of Crete are very well organized, because Crete is a very big island and many regions must be connected. KTEL services of Prefecture of Rethymno, is located in the capital, in Rethymno and serves the travelers with many routes and cheap tickets. Buses that connect Rethymno to Heraklion are daily, every hour, from 6.30pm up to 10.30 am.
Car is the most ideal vehicle in order to get around in Rethymno and the entire Crete. The distances are long in the island of Crete and car will facilitate your visit to each part of the island. Motorbikes give you a sense of freedom, but they are suitable for close distances and not to cover long distances. You can rent a car at from fantasticgreece.com. However, once you have a car, always carry your driving licence with you and use your seat belt and never drive while you have drank!!!
In the prefecture of Rethymno exist many taxi ranks, in the capital and in the most popular tourist resorts, but it is equally easy to get a taxi at the most central streets. Of course, a radio-taxi service is also available. The charge for the most popular destinations is predetermined.