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Getting There & Away

Most people hike Samaria one way, going north–south on a day trip that can be arranged from every sizeable town and resort in Crete. Confirm whether tour prices include gorge admission (€5) and the boat ride from Agia Roumeli to Sougia or Hora Sfakion.

With some planning, it’s possible to do the trek on your own. There are early-morning public buses to Omalos from Hania (€7.50, one hour), Sougia (€5.30, one hour) and Paleohora (€7, one hour), once or twice daily in high season. Check www.e-ktel.com for the schedule, which changes seasonally. Taxis are another option.

At the end of the trail, in Agia Roumeli, ferries operated by Anendyk depart for Sougia (€11) and Hora Sfakion (€12.50) at 5.30pm and take 40 minutes. These are usually met by public buses back to Hania from Hora Sfakion at 6.30pm and Sougia at 6.15pm; some buses from Sougia go to Omalos.