Travelling to Crete is always an exhilarating experience. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple in love or a family explorer, Crete offers breathtaking scenery, a rich history, dream beaches and memorable cuisine. But if you’re like some people without a driving licence, how do you get around this island of wonders? This haunting question has a simple answer: the bus. Yes, you read that right. Crete’s bus network, called Ktel (pronounced kee-tel), is the ideal way to get around the island. Ready to go? Make yourself comfortable and punch your ticket!
The Ktel network: your ally for a successful trip to Crete
At first glance, the bus network in Crete may seem a little complicated. But once you understand how it works, you’ll see that it’s very manageable. Ktel buses serve not only the major towns such as Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion or Agios Nikolaos, but also more remote destinations.
That said, you won’t always get a direct bus between two points, and you may have to consider one or more changes. Nevertheless, the network is well developed, and I always managed to get to my destination, even if it sometimes required a little patience. It’s crucial to plan your journey in advance and check bus timetables.
At some destinations, particularly the more isolated beaches, there are only one or two buses a day. Don’t miss your return bus, unless spending the night under the stars on a beach in Crete is in your plans!
Travelling by bus in Crete: comfort and prices
Having made several bus journeys in Crete, including Analipsi – Agios Nikolaos or Heraklion – Hersonissos, to name but a few, this is a real travel option. Price and comfort included! Ktel buses are extremely comfortable. These modern coaches, similar to those found in France, are equipped with wide armchairs.
The absence of a television is more than made up for by the magnificent scenery of Crete that flashes through the window. Come on, admit it, who needs a screen when nature is offering us such a grandiose spectacle?
As far as fares are concerned, they are fairly affordable for a European, although slightly high for Greece. For example, a journey Heraklion-La Chania, which takes around 4 hours, will cost you 15 euros. Prices vary according to destination, and you can check the Ktel website for an estimate.
Buying your bus ticket and boarding: tips you need to know
You can buy your bus tickets either directly at Ktel stations, or on board the bus if you get on at a roadside stop.
Also along bus stops, you’ll often find roadside machines where you can buy your ticket quickly and easily! In larger cities, Ktel stations are usually equipped with a shop where you can buy coffee, snacks, and of course, your bus tickets.
Once you’ve got your ticket, keep it safe. A ticket inspector will come by at some point to check it. Sometimes this happens as you enter the bus, sometimes during the journey.
Buses in Crete: more than just a means of transport
Travelling by bus in Crete is not only a necessity, but also an enriching experience. On these buses, you will rub shoulders not only with tourists of all nationalities, but also with Cretans, who can give you valuable advice on places to visit, or simply share a moment of conviviality with you.
If you’re planning a road trip in Crete, I urge you to consider the bus option. Not only will you not have to worry about driving, but you’ll also be able to take full advantage of the scenery, the people you meet and, why not, a little nap during the long journeys. So, are you ready for adventure? Enjoy your trip to Crete!