You can find schedules and book seats in advance at bus stations, and tourist offices are also well equipped with information about service. As efficient as the bus network is, you might have a hard time getting out of Heraklion, with its confusing number of stations. You'll find the bus station for western Crete, Bus Station A, opposite the port; this also serves places on the north coast east of Heraklion, such as Hersonissos, Archanes, Sitia, Ayios Nikolaos, and the Lasithi Plateau. The station for the south, Bus Station B, is outside the Chania Gate to the right of the Archaeological Museum; this is where you get buses for such places as Matala and Phaistos. Ask someone at the tourist information office to tell you exactly where to find your bus and to show you the spot on a map. You'll need to make reservations in advance for all buses. Alternatively, travel agents offer private bus transfers to the popular sights .

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