There is no airport in Rethymno, so visitors use the airports in Chania and Heraklion.
1. Aegean and Olympic Air connect Ioannis Daskalogiannis airport in Chania with Athens (50-minute flight) and Thessaloniki (flight duration 1hr, 20 mins), while you can also fly from Athens to Chania with Ryanair in 1 hour, and from Thessaloniki in 1 hr, 20mins (tel. +30 28210 83800, www.chania-airport.com).
2. Olympic Air and Aegean Airllines connect Heraklion with Athens and Thessaloniki (flight duration is about 50 minutes). In addition, throughout the year, many charter flights from abroad land at Heraklion Airport Nikos Kazantzakis. (tel. +30 2810 397800, www.heraklion-airport.info).
Also, there are no ferries from Piraeus to Rethymno, so visitors use the ports in Chania or Heraklion.
2. Minoan Lines (tel. +30 2810 399800, www.minoan.gr) and ANEK Lines (tel. +30 210 4197470, www.anek.gr) ferries connect Heraklion to the rest of Greece via Piraeus. A single economy class ticket costs €39 with Minoan Lines and €33 with ANEK Lines, while for a 4-bed inside cabin the cost is €62 and€59/person respectively.
From Chania, Rethymno is approximately 63 kms and from Heraklion approximately 82 kms. From both cities, a bus service departs regularly in case you haven't rented your own vehicle, which will take you where you want to go.