Day trip

From Chania: Elafonisi Bus Trip with Free Time

4.5 / 5

99 reviews

Activity provider: Quality Travel
Day trip

From Chania: Elafonisi Bus Trip with Free Time

Activity provider: Quality Travel

From US$ 36.92 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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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 99 reviews

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The trip was very good with convenient pickup. The positive was an early arrival at the beach before other buses had a chance to arrive. Our guide Daniel informed us about the culture and life of the Cretan people. He also shared useful info about the beach itself. Unfortunately for us, there was little pink sand but you may be luckier. We also had stops for breakfast and lunch in local villages along the way.

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March 23, 2023

Dan was an excellent guide. Incredibly informative and approachable. He set a great tone for the day and managed the days schedule well. I felt very at ease and comfortable on the drive which took the stress away of getting there and back on my own. Highly recommended for value for money :)

March 23, 2023

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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March 23, 2023

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