A comprehensive bus system makes Crete easy to travel around, with frequent services along the north coast, and less frequent buses servicing places of interest on the south coast via the mountainous interior. There are also many tour companies in the towns and resorts that offer excursions to all the major sites around the island. Ferries link the towns along the south coast and the islands, but many only operate during summer. Taxis can be hired to all sites and are reasonable especially if shared with two or three people; travel agents can find drivers that speak English to act as a guide as well. For those with limited time on the island, hiring a car is the most flexible way to get around outside the cities and towns, although travellers should be warned that Crete has an exceptionally high road fatality rate due to rough surfaces and curving mountain roads, particularly in the south. It does however allow one to leave the overdeveloped tourist trail and explore the real Crete, and there is no shortage of car rental companies in all the main towns and at the airports. Mopeds and motorbikes can also be hired, but again can be dangerous on winding, potholed roads.
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