Samaria Gorge

National Park - Chania Crete

Facts & Questions

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Is the gorge open tomorrow?

This is the most frequent question.
There is an anouncement at the "Home" page of this website only in the case that it will be closed and for how long. 
This announcement might be posted up until 8.30 pm so please "refresh" the "Home" page in your webrowser as it might not appear at first.

How can i book/buy my tickets online?

Since there is always the possibility of bad weather rain, strong winds, heat wave etc and the gorge must and will be closed for safety reasons, the best thing to do is buy your tickets as you go.
You will always be able to issue your entry ticket when you arrive, there will always be the ferry to transfer you to Sougia or Chora Sfakion, and there will always be enough buses for the passengers of the ferry.

What time does the gorge open?

Samaria gorge opens at 7.00am every day from the 1st of May until the 31st of October.

What time does the gorge close?

The gorge closes at 1.00pm for the whole hike and at 3.00pm for a few kilometers.

Can i walk from Agia Roumeli up to Xyloskalo?

You can enter from any entrance you want.

Do i have to walk all the way or i can come back anytime i want?

You can walk as far as you like. There is no restriction.

Do i need to pay at the entrance, and if so do i need cash?

Yes there is an entry fee which you can pay with credit card also.