Rent a car Crete: is this the only way to explore Crete?

There are two ways to get to Crete. By aeroplane, landing in Chania, Heraklion or Lassithi airport or by boat in Chania, Heraklion and Rethymnon port. And after that? Everybody knows that Crete is a large island with literally innumerable points of interest. Plus, many of them, such as some secluded exotic beaches and mountainous villages, are difficult to reach. Thus, most travellers rent a car Crete. Are you now planning your vacation on the island and wondering which type of transportation to choose? Do you want to save money and are you searching for some alternative ways to explore the island? Let’s have a look at the possibilities you have, and the choice is yours!


If you come from a country in central and northern Europe, you may think that buses are the best way to explore a place. However, keep in mind that buses do not go to all place in Crete, but only in the major attractions, such as the most popular organised beaches and the large towns, such as Heraklion, Rethymnon and Chania. Plus, the times and frequency vary depending on the season, meaning that you have to be prepared to wait for a long time… Find bus services for Chania here


Taxis are good option for short distances because taxis generally in Greece are not expensive. The problem exists when you want to explore another prefecture and make a longer distance, such as from Heraklion to Phaistos ancient site or from Chania to Balos Lagoon or Rethymnon. These common distances are more than 60 km, and thus it is not affordable to take a taxi several times during your vacation. Find Taxi services for Chania here


There are some interesting boat trips, such as from Ierapetra to Chrissi islet, from Agios Nikolaos to Spinaloga or from Kissamos to Balos Lagoon. By boat, you can have a perfect day by the sea and make a wonderful excursion enjoying secluded beaches and hidden coves. However, by boat you can go only to a few places and not to the many sites of the island.

Renting a car or motorbike

If you want to really explore the island, go off the beaten path and forget stress, the only way is to rent a car in Crete. You can rent a car in Heraklion or Chania, and then discover secluded beaches, untouched traditional villages and remoted historical sites away from mass tourism. The good news is that you can enjoy this flexibility at low prices, as you can find amazing deals for rent a car Crete. If you think about renting a motorbike in Crete, we recommend you rethinking it. Driving in Crete is much safer by car, especially at night. Find Car hire services in Chania here

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