Matala is a laid-back village with vibrant shops and an alley. It is about an hour driving away to the south of Heraklion. It is a renowned seaside resort with a crystal-clear sea. Matala beach has fascinating man-made caves carved on the rock on a low hill. The village has a hippie vibe that allows any visitor or traveller to fall in love with the place instantly.
The best way to get from Heraklion airport to Matala are taxis or private airport transfers. This is a great option for those people who are fond of road trips and want the privacy of having their own car. Hailing a taxi on arrival could be exciting for some, while others fancy meeting a pre-booked car on their arrival at the airport to avoid waiting. You should opt for either of these, depending on what suits your needs.
Probably the cheapest and most convenient option to travel from Heraklion airport to Matala is by KTEL bus service. From the airport, you would have to reach Heraklion Central Bus A to catch the bus to Matala. If you decide on taking a bus from the airport, it will drop you precisely near the station within approximately 15 minutes.
Get to the Heraklion Bus station at least half an hour before departure to purchase your ticket to avoid any issues at the eleventh hour. Two daily buses cover the Heraklion-Matala route, and their timings vary depending on the day you are travelling. The total distance of this route will be 70 km which will take you around 2 hours 27 minutes by bus. Thus, travelling by bus saves you money as well. From Monday to Friday, the bus service is functional from 7:30 to 13:00 hours, while on Saturdays, the timings are from 7:30 to 11:30. Be punctual lest you miss your bus. On Sundays, there are no buses, and therefore you might want to take a bus from Heraklion to Moires and travel to Matala from there.
A bus from the airport to Heraklion Bus Station will cost you €2. The ticket from Heraklion Bus Station to Matala will cost you about €6 – €9.
Getting a taxi to travel from Heraklion to Matala could prove to be a better option than the bus since taxis will be available at the airport as well as in the centre of town. Before accepting the fare, try negotiating with the driver. So, if your flight is arriving late at night when there is no bus service, a taxi could be your saviour. The cost can be shared with your friends as well if they are travelling with you, making the ride economical. You can also book a taxi from Heraklion airport without having to wait and can enjoy seamless travel from the airport, with welcoming drivers and top-notch vehicles.
The distance from the airport to Matala is 60km which can take about an hour, mostly depending on the traffic and weather situation. The ride can cost you between €80 to €100 and about €150 to €180 for a round trip. The main benefit of booking a taxi with Best Crete Transfer would be free cancellation in case you need to change your reservations and professional drivers. You will have a memorable experience with us, as customer satisfaction is our top priority.
If you are into road trips, renting a car would be a better option for you as it would allow you to explore lesser-known areas at your own will. You will not have to adhere to any inconvenient bus schedule and will be able to make unexpected stops. However, this option lies on the pricier side and would not be a great option if you are travelling on a budget. Moreover, for you to be able to drive a car around town, you need to own a licence and credit card for payments.
We have a policy of free 1-hour waiting time right after your flight lands. Additionally, we are constantly monitoring flights, allowing us to intimate our drivers about late arrivals.
The cost of a taxi from Heraklion airport to a hotel in Matala town is somewhere between €80 to €100. Generally, the price depends on the car class and is fixed accordingly.
Our drivers will be reached before your flight arrives and will be waiting with a nameplate in the arrival area of the airport.
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