Bus Timetable

Bus Timetable, Summer Season 2023.
The bus timetable for summer season 2023 for Eastern Crete (Heraklion, Hersonisos, Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Sitia, etc.), as published on 19 June 2023.

bus station of Aghios Nikolaos
At the bus station of Aghios Nikolaos in Crete.

All links between Heraklion, Malia, Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Sitia, Elounda and the surrounding area.

The departure times refer mostly to the local bus station. In the case of intervening bus stops, it is always possible to expect traffic-related, normal deviations from the arrival of the buses.

Bus timetable summer season 2023:

from-toMonday-FridaySaturdaySunday
Aghios Nikolaos-Malia-Hersonisos-Heraklion6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00, 21:30, 22:306:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00, 21:30, 22:306:00, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00, 21:30, 22:30
Heraklion-Aghios Nikolaos6:30, 7:15 (Express), 8:15, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:45, 13:00, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45, 19:45, 20:45, 22:00, 24:006:30, 7:15 (Express), 8:15, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:45, 13:00, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:15, 19:45, 20:45, 22:00, 22:45, 24:007:00, 8:15, 9:15, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 13:00, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:45, 20:45, 22:00, 24:00
Aghios Nikolaos-Ierapetra6:30, 8:15, 9:45, 13:15, 15:15, 17:15, 20:15, 22:158:15, 9:45, 13:15, 15:15, 17:15, 20:15, 22:158:30, 13:15, 15:15, 20:15, 22:15
Ierapetra-Aghios Nikolaos6:30, 8:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:006:30, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:006:30, 10:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:00
Aghios Nikolaos-Sitia6:30, 8:15, 12:15, 14:30, 19:308:15, 12:15, 14:30, 19:308:30, 14:30, 19:30
Sitia-Aghios Nikolaos5:30, 8:45, 11:45, 14:45, 17:155:30, 11:00, 14:45, 17:1511:00, 14:45, 17:15
Aghios Nikolaos-Elounda6:45, 7:45, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 22:006:45, 7:45, 9:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 20:00, 22:006:45, 7:45, 9:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 20:00, 22:00
Elounda-Aghios Nikolaos7:30, 8:30, 9:40, 10:20, 11:40, 12:20, 13:40, 14:20, 15:40, 16:20, 17:40, 18:20, 19:40, 20:207:30, 8:30, 9:40, 11:40, 12:20, 13:40, 14:20, 15:40, 16:20, 17:40, 19:40, 20:207:30, 8:30, 9:40, 11:40, 12:20, 13:40, 14:20, 15:40, 16:20, 17:40, 19:40, 20:20
Aghios Nikolaos-Plaka6:45, 7:45, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:006:45, 7:45, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:006:45, 7:45, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
Plaka-Aghios Nikolaos7:20, 8:20, 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:307:20, 8:20, 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:307:20, 8:20, 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30
Aghios Nikolaos-Kritsa7:00, 11:30, 14:30, 16:30, 18:307:00, 11:30, 14:007:00, 11:30, 14:00
Kritsia-Aghios Nikolaos7:30, 11:45, 15:00, 16:45, 18:457:20, 11:45, 14:157:20, 11:45, 14:15
Aghios Nikolaos-Kroustas7:00, 14:30--
Kroustas-Aghios Nikolaos7:20, 14:50--
Aghios Nikolaos-Kalo Horio/Istron6:30, 8:15, 9:45, 10:45, 12:15, 13:15, 14:30, 15:15, 17:15, 19:30, 20:15, 22:158:15, 9:45, 13:15, 14:30, 15:15, 17:15, 19:30, 20:15, 22:158:30, 13:15, 14:30, 15:15, 19:30, 20:15, 22:15
Istron/Kalo Horio-Aghios Nikolaos7:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 12:45, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 15:45, 17:00, 18:15, 18:307:00, 9:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 15:45, 17:00, 18:15, 18:307:00, 9:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00, 15:45, 17:00, 18:15, 18:30

Some ticket prices (from 2022):
Heraklion-Gouves €2.20; Heraklion-Hersonisos €3.10; Heraklion-Malia €3.80; Heraklion-Aghios Nikolaos €7.10; Heraklion-Ierapetra €11.00; Heraklion-Sitia €14.60; Heraklion-Rethymno €7.60; Heraklion-Chania €13.80; Heraklion-Archanes €1.90; Heraklion-Matala €7.80.

No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information (as of 19 June 2023).

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Alternatively, you can also use a taxi or get a rental car.

For the latest updates on bus schedule changes or for Western Crete, please visit the KTEL Homepage or KTEL Routes.



The bus in Crete

bus in Crete
A typical bus in Crete at a bus stop.

The only form of public transport on Crete is the bus, which however covers the island almost completely and also at reasonable fares.
The connections in the north of Crete are maintained by modern, fast and efficient buses along the coast almost every hour, although the standards on the main routes always vary approximately.
The connections that serve important tourist destinations, such as Festos and Matala, the Samaria Gorge or Omalos and Hora Sfakion, are also mostly manned by modern and practical buses.

However, on routes that are mostly used by the local population to reach schools or local markets, older vehicle models are mostly used. The first trip is made very early in the morning and back at noon, which makes their use unsuitable for day trips.
There are only a few places on Crete that cannot be reached by bus, and if you take the next opportunity and do some walking, you can get practically anywhere – and most of the time very cheaply and quickly.

The buses on Crete are operated by a consortium called KTEL. However, this is not a unified bus company, which is especially noticeable in Heraklion, where there are two separate bus stations (for Western and Eastern Crete) that operate different directions and routes.
In general, buses depart from the provincial capitals of Heraklion, Rethymno and Chania, and in Lasithi from Aghios Nikolaos and Sitia. In addition, there are a number of smaller and local connections, which also cross the provincial borders.

The current timetables are available at the large bus stations and tourist offices, as well as at the individual, regular bus stations also again for the respective route attached. The prices are reasonable and not too expensive.

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4 thoughts on “Bus Timetable”

  1. There are no details about the most frequent service, between Heraklion and Gouves/Hersonissos/Malia!

    1. Thanks for the information!
      Just went to the bus station to ask and they really changed it from May 14 again this year. But just minor changes (late night buses mainly aded) except Plaka/Elound-Agios Nikolaos and reverse, where some 5-minutes changes are.

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