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April 2, 2024

Taxis in Crete: Everything You Need To Know

Bus, rental car, bike, taxi… There are several options for getting around Crete. If you are staying in a city, you will notice that all amenities are within easy reach and walking around is the best option (especially in high season, cities can get very busy). However, if you need to go out of town for dinner or an excursion, a taxi is a good alternative.

If you choose to travel by taxi around Crete, there are a few things you should know. In this article, we have gathered useful information to know before getting into a taxi.

taxi in agios nikolaos creteTaxi station by the lake in Agios Nikolaos Crete

Taxis in Crete

First of all, taxis in Crete are safe and reliable. It’s easy to recognize them, you’ll see a sign either on the top or side of the car.

Where to find a taxi in Crete

It is quite easy to find a taxi in Crete if you are staying in a tourist area like Agios Nikolaos or Elounda. You will find taxi stations in town, for example in Agios Nikolaos between the lake and the port. If you are staying in a hotel in Crete, you can always ask the reception to call and request a taxi for you. If you can’t find a taxi, don’t hesitate to walk into a store, bar or tavern and ask if they can call you.

How much costs a taxi in Crete

Taxis in Crete are not that expensive, although prices have increased a bit in recent years. You should know that not all taxis in Crete are equipped with counters. It is therefore best to always ask the price before starting your trip. If you are calling from a hotel, you can also ask the reception for the price to avoid any misunderstandings.

Can I book a taxi in Crete

For a short distance, it is not necessary to book a taxi. But keep in mind that in peak season you may have to wait a few minutes if demand is high and all taxis are busy. However, if you need a taxi for an airport transfer, for example from your place of stay, it is best to book so that the driver has your flight information (time etc.) in mind.

Should I tip the taxi driver in Crete

Tipping a taxi driver in Crete is not obligatory. However, if you are satisfied with the service, you can of course tip.

Do the taxi drivers speak English

Don’t worry, most taxi drivers speak English, or at least a few useful words to make your journey pleasant. However, it is always a good idea to learn a few phrases in Greek:

  • “Hello, to Elounda please”: Kalimera/Kalispera, stin Elounda parakalo
  • “How much is it?”: Poso kani?
  • “Thank you, bye!”: Efcharisto, adío!

Our extra advice

Always write down the address of the place you want to visit, especially if it is a lesser known area, as some places in Crete have the same name.

Getting around Crete by taxi is an easy option. So keep our advice in mind to ensure you travel peacefully and worry-free, and get ready to explore Crete!


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