Getting to Crete
Crete is the most southerly tourist island in Greece and a major holiday destination so, as might be expected, travel links are wide and varies.
Most visitors arrive by charter flight at one of the two major airports of Heraklion, in the east, and Chania to the west.
Holiday charters from the UK and Europe arrive from April to November but there are scheduled services and domestic flights throughout the year.
Regular ferry services run from from Piraeus (Athens) to ports at Heraklion, Chania and Rethymnon but it is a long trip; ferries usually leave in the evening and arrive the following morning. The main ferry firms serving Crete are ANEK Lines, Minoan Lines and Rethymnon Lines.
Roads are good but Crete is a very large island. A major expressway runs the length of the island east/west while roads going north/south are mostly single carriageway and snake over impressive mountains and through dramatic gorges.
Updated for 2016