Every large town in Crete, like every large town in Greece, has a KTEL rural bus station from where the comfortable and fast green and cream coaches fan out to other towns and almost every village. The KTEL buses, in fact, are one of Greece's unsung success stories, as they are enviably punctual and clean. In Crete the main KTEL bus stations are at Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra. All these towns are interconnected with regular bus services. All the bus stations have timetables listing times of departure for each destination. The times are also available by telephone, so it's not at all difficult to plan an itinerary around Crete based solely on bus travel. It's cheaper and safer than renting a car, and you'll be able to relax and concentrate on the scenery as well as observe local life. Some drivers switch on the radio or CD player, so you can get some Cretan music to while away your journey.