The closest airport to fly in to is Chania, but
Heraklion has more flights available.
From Chania Airport you can take a taxi to Chora Sfakia (about 1.5
hours) or take a taxi to Chania bus station and then by bus to Chora
Sfakia (about 2 hours). Last bus from Chania to Chora Sfakia is at
At Chora Sfakia the ferry departs 4-5 times a day for Loutro,
starting at 10:30 in the morning (see
ferry schedules). If you wish you can use the Water Taxi service -
ask for this when you book your rooms. Alison will also arrange the taxi
for you if you want to reserve it in advance.
of the enjoyable parts of visiting Loutro is arriving by ferry (15
minutes) as you are introduced to the panorama of the bay, the mountains
climbing steeply behind the hotel and tavernas.
From Heraklion airport the options are the same, including the
choice of reserving a taxi in advance, the journey time to Loutro is 2.5
hours. By bus you need to take the airport bus or taxi to the
Chania bus station, buy your ticket to Chora Sfakia. You will actually
change buses at Vrysses. The last bus from Vrysses to Chora Sfakia is at
A few enthusiastic walkers do arrive in Loutro via the Samaria gorge,
walking the 18 km with luggage upon their backs, then taking the ferry
(about 45 minutes) from Agia Roumeli to Loutro.
Busses run throughout the island of Crete almost all day, making it an easy task to get to Chora Sfakia from any point, and from there to Loutro.
View the following link to get bus information and timetable.