Getting Around Crete

The best way to get around Crete is by car. Although there is a public bus that connects Heraklion, Rethymnon, and Chania via the National Highway, service is sporadic at best. You can rent a car in any major city as well as at Heraklion International Airport (HER) and Chania International Airport (CHQ). If you plan to do a lot of exploring, keep in mind that the island is larger than it may appear; you can avoid spending excessive amounts of time behind the wheel by planning your itinerary in advance.

Car A car could come in handy to explore Crete. You'll find rental agencies in the larger cities as well as at both the Heraklion and the Chania airports. Although U.S. driver's licenses have been known to work in the past, save yourself the worry by obtaining an International Driver's License before you leave the states. There is no specific penalty for not carrying one, but an international driver's license can help you avoid any miscommunication at rental agencies or if you get into a sticky situation on the road. Apply for one here.

KTEL bus service offers transportation between Chania, Rethymnon, and Heraklion via the National Highway, which runs east to west along Crete's northern coast. Buses also connect the major cities to smaller towns on the southern coast. Depending on the length of your trip, fares can range anywhere from €2 EUR ($2.50 USD) to €13 EUR ($17 USD). Service between major cities in the north is more frequent than those heading south since there are no major roads on the southern coast; However, KTEL schedules are said to be spotty and unreliable. It's much easier to explore the island if you have your own car.

On Foot and By Taxi Once you're in one of the major towns, you'll find that, as far as transportation goes, your feet should suffice. However, if you find yourself growing weary or need to get somewhere fast, taxi cabs are available. Just be aware that many drivers do not use their meters, so you should always agree on a price before getting in to the cab. You can expect to pay around €20 EUR ($26 USD) for a taxi from the airport to Heraklion, while fares from Heraklion to other major towns such as Rethymnon, Chania, and Agios Nikolaos range from €4 EUR ($5 USD) to €14 EUR ($18 USD). Before hopping into a cab, it's also a good idea to write down the address of your destination to avoid any confusion.
Entry & Exit Requirements

To enter Greece, your passport must be valid through your stay and for at least three months after. You won't need a visa, however, unless your stay will last for more than 90 days. Visit the U.S. Department of State's website for more information on entry and exit requirements.

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