/ Travel and transportation
Getting to Crete
Arriving in Crete by plane
Crete is served by 2 airports
Heraklion International Airport
, IATA code: HER)
Chania International Airport
, IATA code: CHQ)
In July there are some direct international flights to both Heraklion and Chania.
If you are flying from a Greek city to either Heraklion or Chania Airport, there are three airlines with (several) daily flights.
(A3): Tel: +30 210 6261700, +30 28210 63366
(OA): Tel: +30 210 3550500, +30 28310 22257, +30 28310 24333
(FR): (flights only between Athens and Chania)
Arriving in Crete by ferryboat
From Athens you have the option to reach Crete (Heraklion or Chania) by ferryboat. The ferries to Crete leave from the port of Piraeus. To get to Piraeus from the airport of Athens, you have the option to:
a) use the
direct Airport Bus No. 96
Bus ticket: 6 €. The bus ride takes about 1.30 hr (more depending on the traffic).
b) use the underground (Metro). Take the blue
Line 3 to Monastiraki station and change to (green) Line 1 to Piraeus.
Ticket 10€. Ride duration approx. 70-80 min.
c) get a taxi (costs approx. 60-70€ daytime fare).
From Piraeus to Heraklion: for schedules & ticket prices see
Blue Star Ferries
When you arrive in the port of Heraklion,
the bus station (KTEL)
is on Ikarou Ave. and Efessou Street (7 minute walk from the port).
From Piraeus to Chania: for schedules & ticket prices see
Blue Star Ferries
When you arrive in the port of Chania (Souda), the bus stop to Rethymnon is just outside the port area.
Getting to Rethymnon from the Heraklion or Chania airports
From Heraklion airport
: distance to Rethymnon about 82 km
BY BUS: You need to go to the Heraklion central bus station (KTEL) near the harbor. You can get there by either taking the local shuttle buses (bus stop located outside the Arrivals building) or by taxi.
Local shuttle buses to KTEL run every 10 minutes (from 6:00 to 23:00). [ATTENTION! Bus No.5 does not go to KTEL].
The trip duration is approximately 20 minutes. Local bus phone number: (+30) 2810 245020
A taxi from the airport to KTEL costs approx. 10-12€.
Once you arrive at KTEL, you take the intercity bus (also called supraregional bus) to Rethymnon (trip duration: approx. 90 min. Bus ticket: 8.30€ usually every hour, if not more often - check the
BY TAXI: Getting directly from Heraklion airport to Rethymnon by taxi will cost approximately 100-120€ (trip duration: 60-70 min).
From Chania airport
: distance to Rethymnon about 68 km
BY DIRECT BUS: There is a direct bus route from Chania Airport to Rethymnon (via Souda) and vice versa. (Trip duration: approx. 60-70 min. Bus ticket: 8 € - see the
BY non-direct BUS: You need to take a bus to Chania central bus station (KTEL). You can get there by either taking the local shuttle buses (bus stop located outside the Arrivals building on your right hand) or by taxi.
Local shuttle buses to KTEL run almost every half hour (starting at 6:30 to 23:45). Trip duration: approx. 30 minutes. Ticket cost 2.50€. For more information please see the
A taxi from the airport to KTEL costs approximately 22-25€
Once you arrive at KTEL, you take the intercity bus (trip duration: approx. 60-70 min. Bus ticket: 6.80€ - see the
BY TAXI: Getting directly from Chania airport to Rethymnon by taxi will cost approximately 90-100€ (trip duration: 1 h).
PLEASE NOTE that the last intercity buses from the Heraklion and Chania central bus stations (KTEL) to the Rethymnon bus station leave at 22:45 and 00:00 respectively.
Getting to the University Campus
The Gallos University Campus
is located about 5 km from the Rethymnon town center.
You can take bus #10 (which runs every hour from downtown to the University) or any other bus that says University/ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ. The bus route takes approx. 15-25 minutes. Ticket price: 1,30€
Alternatively, many CreteLingers in the past have shared taxis from downtown to campus (and back). The taxi fare to and from downtown is approx. 7-8€ (daytime fare).
Taxi ride/fare can be shared among four people. You may want to share a cab with other students from your dorm and then the cost of the taxi per person is not much higher than the bus ticket.
Getting to the Faculty of Letters & the Department of Philology from downtown
Please check the map route for how to get to the Philology Department and the Classrooms (either by bus or by taxi).
The bus leaves you at the main entrance of the campus.
A taxi can drop you off at the Department of Philology.
University of Crete, Rethymnon - Gallos Campus
Dorms: Gallos Dorm,
What is where in the summer school premises
Transportation and points of interest in Rethymnon
University of Crete
Municipality of Rethymnon
Rethymnon Tourism Support Office
Region of Crete
How to reach the School of Philosophy, Rethymnon
from Heraklion international airport
from Chania international airport
Department of Philology
Section of Linguistics
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