Rethymnon>General Info>Getting Here

By Plane

Many visitors arrive on the island of Crete by plane.  The nearest airports to Rethymnon are Chania (±60 km) and Heraklion (±80 km). In high season (May-October) there are regular direct charter flights from all over Europe to these airports.  Easyjet and Ryanair provide scheduled direct flights from several European countries - including the UK, Germany and Italy - to Heraklion and Chania. In low season and for some long-haul flights, you may find that your international flight terminates in Athens.  Should this be the case you can easily arrange a domestic flight from Athens to Crete - either with Olympic Airlines or with Aegean Airlines; both of these companies have online booking facilities

By Ferry

Cretan LinesGood News!!!
At the end of March 2012, the Rethymnon Community-Based Company 'Cretan Lines' completed the purchase of of the ferry 'Elli T.
As of July 21st 2012 the Elli T has officially started operating on the line Rethymnon - Piraeus. The ferry leaves Rethymon (marina area) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 21.00hrs. It will depart from Piraeus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 21.00hrs and on Sundays at 09.00hrs. The Rethymnon office of Cretan Lines is located at Sof. Venizelou 15 (near the entrane to the marina); Tel: 28310 21013, Fax: 28310 42222, Email:

The company 'Cretan Lines' has been working very hard to make their dream a reality. As a community-based company, it asks everybody in the region to support this new ferry by purchasing shares at €100 a piece. For more details, check out their website

By Bus

KTEL Bus station - RethymnonThe inter-city operator KTEL provides frequent regular services between the major towns and villages on Crete (online timetables available in English).  Buses between Rethymnon and Heraklion/Chania run on an hourly basis; journey time between Rethymnon and Heraklion is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, between Rethymnon and Chania approximately 1 hour.  The bus station in Rethymnon is to be found at Kefalogiannidon Street (to the West of town, just off the main road to Chania); phone 28310 22785 (office), 28310 22212 (information), 28310 22659 (luggage storage).
In addition to inter-city services provided by KTEL, local bus companies operate frequent shuttle services between outlying suburbs/hotels and Rethymnon centre.  Bus tickets for these local services may be purchased from peripteros (kiosks) along the route.


By Car / Taxi

Many European companies offer fly-drive packages to Crete; these companies will generally provide a "meet and greet" service.  Major car rental companies are also represented at both Heraklion and Chania airports in the arrivals halls.  In Rethymnon itself, there are numerous outlets that provide car rental services.

Taxi services run between both Chania and Heraklion airports and Rethymnon.  Recommended fares are displayed in both these airports; however, it is advisable to check the price with the taxi driver before setting out on your journey.

In Rethymnon, local taxis may be flagged down on the street or picked up from one of the taxi ranks.  The main taxi ranks in Rethymnon are to be found at Platia Agnostou Stratioti (Square of the Unknown Soldier) and Platia 4 Martiron (centre of town, just by the Guora Gate).