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Public buses

Greece has a national bus service called KTEL. It is cheap, safe and reasonably punctual.
KTEL has three web sites with the local routes and timetables for Chania and Rethimnon, Lassithi and Heraklion .
I do not know how up to date the timetables are kept but the Hania site seems to be pretty good. If you want to double-check, the phone numbers of the main bus depots are 2831022212 for Rethimnon and 2821093052 for Chania. Don't assume that they will speak English well or at all.

As a rule, there are many buses per day between the main cities and at least 2 a day to even the smallest villages, if only to take children to and from school.
The buses between Heraklion and Rethimnon - Chania run hourly from 5.30 am (first departure from Hania and Heraklion) to 8.30 pm (last departure from Chania and Heraklion). This can pose a problem for night arrivals at the airports. The travel between Chania and Heraklion takes over two hours - do enquire though, there are some express buses as well as a few that are particularly slow.

The buses are in good mechanical condition but few are very recent models. Most buses on the main routes have air-conditioning. The drivers are safe and competent and accidents are very very rare. This is probably the safest form of transport in Crete.