Flights & getting there
From about April to October, buses link Rethymno with major towns and tourist attractions on a regular basis.
The roads in Rethymno are generally good. The E75 highway connects Rethymno with Iraklio and Hania, while coastal communities are accessed via the parallel Old National Rd. Southern-coast driving, meanwhile, means negotiating a maddening warren of tiny roads off the Rethymno–Agia Galini road. The going is scenic but slow here and in other rural areas, such as the Amari Valley and the foothills of Mt Psiloritis. Having a map app on your phone (with data) or hiring a GPS device is essential for navigation, or otherwise invest in a detailed road map. Given that most villages have tight, narrow, single-lane streets, a more compact car is preferable if you plan to hire your own wheels.
A ferry from Rethymno runs twice a week to Santorini, Ios, Naxos and Mykonos. In the south of the island, you can get a ferry to Gavdos Island from Plakias or Agia Galini.