Getting from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno

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Getting from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno

Rethymno is a famous holiday destination on the island of Crete; it is also home to several popular tourist attractions, such as the Fortezza Fortress, Rimondi Fountain, and Neratze Mosque. When you arrive in Crete, you will probably land at Heraklion Airport. Once you do, you may wonder how you'll reach Rethymno.

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Neratze Mosque in Rethymno

Taxi, private transfer, or bus? What is the best way to get from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno

Getting from the Heraklion Airport to Rethymno will take 1 hour and 9 mins, depending on the type of transport you take. Fortunately, there are several options for you to choose from and these include taxis, buses, and private transfers. Traveling by train is not available, as there are no train routes in Crete island.

How do I get from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno by bus?

If you plan to travel by bus to Rethymno, you have to take a taxi first from the airport going to Heraklion's main bus station. There is no direct (non-stop) bus from Heraklion airport to Rethymno, so you need to ride one at Heraklion's Bus Station A (located near the port). Many buses to Rethymno are found here and they are available every day so catching one is not a problem. Note, however, that the bus going to Rethymno costs €8.3 but prices may change depending on the season. As such, it is best to always double-check. Traveling by bus will usually take an hour or two since stops are made along the way. If you like to save on costs and see more of the surroundings, then you may take this form of transportation.

Once you get on a bus going to Rethymno, possible stops will be made in the following locations:

  • Xeropotamos
  • Pantanassa
  • Palaiokastro
  • Fodele
  • Adelianos Kampos

However, be sure to ask the bus conductor to inform you when and where your stop will be since some stops are not made on every bus.

How do I find a public transport stop at Heraklion Airport?

Since there is no direct (express / non-stop) bus from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno, it is best to take a taxi first to the main bus station in Heraklion. There are two bus stations in Heraklion, Bus station A and Bus Station B. Bus Station A is located near the Heraklion Port and is where you can catch a ride to Rethymno. Buses for Rethymno are found on the coast west of the fortress.

How do I get from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno by Taxi?

If you're carrying a lot of luggage with you and riding a bus doesn't seem to be a good option, then you may want to go for a taxi instead. This is because taking a taxi from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno will only take an hour and 13 minutes since, unlike buses, taxis don't make any stops along the way. The cost of going to Rethymno by taxi is around €80 and you can easily find one right outside Heraklion Airport's departures building. Many taxis are available around the place and they can take you to other cities in Crete as well.

Koules Fortress in Heraklion

Private transfer services at Heraklion Airport

Booking a private transfer from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno is by far the best option to consider. Choosing a private transfer will take you directly and is faster compared to riding public transportation. The experience is also more comfortable since the driver will be waiting for you at the airport and your luggage is also handled.

When opting for a private transfer, you're given the option of choosing your own schedule and vehicle. As such, if you're traveling with a big group, then this may be the wisest choice for you as the price is lower compared to buses and taxis. Plus, you won't have to worry about delays and traffic.

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