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Getting There & Away

Most people hike Samaria one way going north–south on an organised day trip from every sizeable town and resort in Crete. Confirm that tour prices include the €5 admission to the gorge or 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 seasonally changing schedule. Taxis are another option.

At the end of the trail, in Agia Roumeli, ferries operated by Anendyk go to Sougia or Hora Sfakion; some are met by public buses to Hania.