The major bus company on Crete is KTEL....
On major routes in and between tourist areas in season the crews are happy to deal with foreign visitors and usually make sure you don't miss your stop. But beware, although bus inspectors are both helpful and frequent, they will want to see your ticket... Or ask you to pay if you can't produce it!
|Go by Bus - 'Me to leoforio' ..
Wait in the shade at the main KTEL bus station in Chania - next to the Omalos Hotel. Main route buses on Crete are green and cream coloured. Regardless of what the destination a bus shows - check the number in the top centre of the windscreen. If in doubt ask the driver or conductor!!
|In town the system is different...
The local buses run only within the city limits, although this means some kilometers outside. In Chania they start from outside the market hall and opposite next to the National Bank of Greece. Buy your tickets from the small kiosk next to both or from a Periptero near a stop. You MUST cancel your ticket by giving it to the driver - who will tear it in half and give you a half back!
|To add to the confusion both types of bus appear to stop sometimes at the same places. If you are in any way uncertain ask the driver when you climb aboard. Catch them at bus stops. If you are uncertain of their whereabouts ask when you buy your ticket. We were saved a long walk from the outskirts of Athens recently when we waved down a local bus away from a stop. They don't have to stop but this one did. A piece of luck as it was carrying an inspector who was able to sell us tickets, otherwise we would have been footsore and well cooked before finding the next stop to swelter at. And mobile 'phones don't always save the day - ours, on that occasion, didn't.|