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From Chania: Elafonisi Bus Trip with Free Time

4.5 / 5

90 reviews

Activity provider: Quality Travel

From Chania: Elafonisi Bus Trip with Free Time

Activity provider: Quality Travel
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From US$ 33.10 US$ 28.14 per person

Enjoy a day trip to Elafonisi, one of the most beautiful beaches on Crete. Travel in an air-conditioned bus through the mountains and then take free time to swim and explore at your leisure.

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Duration 12 hours
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Check your email for pickup information. On the day of the tour, please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes in advance.


  • Drive safely and comfortably through the mountains with an experienced driver
  • Enjoy convenient pickup and drop-off from multiple places in the Chania area
  • Drive past the traditional villages of Kissamos and Elos on your way to the beach
  • Explore sand dunes, wade through shallow lagoons, and spot local wildlife
  • Take a swim in the clear waters and relax on the pink sandy beach
Full description

Known for its sandy pink beaches and clear waters, Elafonisi is a stop you won't want to miss. Located 76km west of Chania, in the South-West tip of Crete, this peninsula forms part of a protected area and is home to the endangered loggerhead sea turtle as well as other rare plants and animals.

The day begins with pick up from specific points in Chania. Then, travel approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus to arrive at Elafonisi beach. At the beach, you'll have the chance to explore the area on your own. Wander through sand dunes or just enjoy a relaxing swim.

Those traveling with children will enjoy the shallow lagoons, which are perfect for wading and exploring. Be sure to bring your camera, as you'll want to get a picture of the pinkish sand – a color it gets from the millions of crushed shells.

In the mid-afternoon, the bus departs for the return trip to Elafonisi.

  • Roundtrip transfer in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus
  • Pick-up and drop-off at specific points
  • Driver
  • Free time at Elafonisi
  • Food and drinks
  • Guided tour
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Beachwear
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4.5 /5

based on 90 reviews

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We had a great trip to Elafonisi beach, on a beautiful sunny day. This beach is incredible! One of the most amazing we have ever seen. The drive there and back was fun too. We had a great driver, Manolos and our guide Daniel was excellent. We never felt rushed, had a few ‘pit stops’ for breaks, the last being a stunning taverna in Elos for a light lunch after the beach. Special thanks to Daniel for making the trip fun, and at the same time being very professional. He showed great patience and diplomatic skill when handling an issue with two exceptionally rude and disrespectful fellow travellers. We highly recommend this company, this day trip…and Daniel and Manolos as hosts. Elafonisi is incredible…don’t miss it when you’re on Crete!!

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September 25, 2022

Wonderful trip ! Our tour guide, Daniel was an absolute treat , showed us interesting places, was witty and told us about Greek mythology which was a fun experience ! if there was one thing i would improve , then that is that 3 hours on such a lovely beach is just not enough . recommended !

September 14, 2022

For those who want to visit the beautiful beach of Elafonisi but don't want to worry about driving through the steep and curvy Cretan mountains, this is the tour you want to choose! The bus leaves early in the morning, which guarantees a perfect spot on the beach, and leaves before the traffic becomes too busy. Nektarios, the bus driver (and also a PILOT) is very experienced and makes us feel safe even when staring at the huge cliffs. Daniel, the guide, has a soothing voice, a good sense of humor and tells us interesting stories and facts in some moments of the trip. He also gives the best tips, like where the best side of the beach is, and does everything he can to take care of everyone's wishes and needs. The bus is very comfortable and the stay is long enough to swim, take photos, have some beers , sunbathe. As a solo female traveller, I felt really safe and comfortable. If you're still on the fence of which excursion to choose in Crete, trust me, this is the one!

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September 4, 2022

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