How to get from Heraklion to Rethymno?

The article is about how to get from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno: distance, cost,and route.

How to get from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno?

From Heraklion to Rethymno it is possible to get by bus or taxi. You can also rent a car without a driver. A bus trip, including stops and changes, will last 3 hours, and the ticket price will make 10.10 euro. Taxi will take you there in 1 hour 15 minutes, and the trip will cost 92 euro. The distance between Heraklion Airport and Rethymno is 80 km.

There are no direct bus routes from the airport to Rethymno, so you will be able to get by bus only making a change in the city of Heraklion. Buses run frequently, but do not run at night. A bus trip is pretty comfortbale, as buses have air conditioners, and cosy armchairs allow tourists to have a nap. Make sure to check the timetable on the carrier's website before the trip, as it often changes, especially in the period between April and July, and from September to December.

Rethymno, a town with a holiday atmosphere

Rethymno is a very picturesque old town, and a favourite holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. If you happen to visit Rethymno, make sure to take a walk along its narrow streets with a plenty of houses. Every house looks like a little masterpiece with its cast door handles, open-work wrought iron lattices, and wooden balconies. After the walk around the city, go see the sights. The fortress, which is the biggest coastal forification buit by the Rebulic of Venice, deserves special attention. It may also be interesting to visit the Archeological Museum, where one can buy unique souveniers, or visit the Old Townm where one can enjoy the views of the old lighthouse and the beauty of the working port. In the beginning of February, the annual Carnival takes place in Rethymno, summer is time for the festival of arts "Renaissance", and in September they celebrate the Festival of Wine.

Buses from Heraklion to Rethymno

Buses from Heraklion to Rethymno
Cost

~€10

Waiting time

1 h 10 min

Travel time

1 h 50 min

Clients

Solo traveller

In order to get to Heraklion, take a bus 78, which goes from the airport to the bus station A. The duration of the trip between Heraklion to Rethymno is 20 minutes, the cost of the trip is 1.8 euro. Tickets can be bought from a driver.
At the bus station change to the bus going to Rethymno. It is en-route for 1.5 hours, and you will pay 8.3 euro for the trip. Tickets can be bought from a driver or in a ticket office at the bus station. Timetable of buses from Heraklion to Rethymno should be checked in advance before the trip, near the ticket office at the bus station.

Bus from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno:

City bus 78 with a change to the bus to Rethymno

Timetable of buses from Heraklion to Rethymno:

Bus 78: from 06:25 to 22:45
Bus to Rethymno: from 05:30 to 21:30

Route:

Heraklion Airport – Heraklion bus station – Bali – Rethymno

Travel time:

1 h 50 min (20 min – a way to Heraklion bus station, 1.5 h – a way to Rethymno)

Waiting time:

1 h 10 min (10 min – a trip to Heraklion bus station, 1 h – a trip to Rethymno)

Comfort level:

High: spacious and clean buses, air conditioner, adjustable armchairs, space for large baggage

Cost:

10.1 euro (1.8 – a trip to Heraklion bus station, 8.3 – a trip to Rethymno)

Clients:

For families without children; young tourists; savers; tourists arriving during a day; those who have a good sense of direction

How to find the bus stop at Heraklion Airport:

Turn right at the airport exit. Go to the gate, behind which there is the stop, across the road.

Taxi from Heraklion to Rethymno. Transfer.

Taxi from Heraklion to Rethymno. Transfer
Cost

€92

Waiting time

5 min

Travel time

1 h 15 min

Clients

Family

If you do not want to get to Rethymno with changes, are travelling on holiday with small children or elderly parents, it makes sense to book an individual transfer or a taxi from Heraklion to Rethymno. The car will take you to the city in 1 hour 15 minutes. The cost of a taxi cab from Heraklion to Rethymno will make 92 euro, and of a minibus for 7 passengers – 162 euro. To book a car is possible online or by phone.

Timetable:

24h

Route:

To your hotel in Rethymno or to the particular address

Travel time:

1 h 15 min

Waiting time:

Choice and booking a taxi on the spot will take 5-7 minutes.
A driver of a private transfer will meet you at the arrivals area exit with a name sign in his hands.

Comfort level:

Taxi on the spot: a ride without travel companions and stops. A transfer booked online in advance: a wide range of car classes, child seats, air conditioner in a car, possibility to pay a transfer by card in advance, stops on request, personal meeting, help with baggage.

Cost:

From 92 euro for an economy class car; from 162 euro for a car for 7 passengers

Clients:

For businessmen; families with small children, big company of tourists; tourists with large baggage; those arriving at night; elderly tourists; travellers who visit Heraklion/Rethymno for the first time

How to find the taxi rank at Heraklion Airport:

The taxi rank is located at the passenger terminal arrivals area exit, on the right side.

Car rental in Heraklion

Car rental in Heraklion
Price

from €10

Rental Period

from 1 day

Required driving experience

from 1 year

To rent a car without a driver to get from Heraklion Airport to the city center you need to provide a standard set of documents: a driving license of your country, a passport, and a credit card. In order to avoid problems with the police, it’s better to have an IDL.
The price of car rental per day starts at €10 for a compact car. The price includes insurance that covers carjacking and motor vehicle collisions, road tolls and airport tax. The latter one is applied if you rent a car at the airport in Heraklion on the day of arrival.

Route:

within the EU

Minimum age:

21 years

Comfort level:

high
you choose transport, don’t wait for anyone

How to rent a car

Hire a car online or rent it right at Heraklion Airport.

How to get from Heraklion to Rethymno?

How to get from Heraklion Airport to Rethymno: distance, costs, and route

To get from the airport to Rethymno is possible by bus or taxi. A bus trip is complicated by the fact that you will have to change at Heraklion bus station. Thus, the bus trip will take much more time, than a car ride. The bus will be a good option for solo travellers, whereas a private transfer - for those who are travelling with children or in a group of friends and, therefore, have a lot of luggage.

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