Muttly wrote:Kilkis thanks, is that because of distance, speed limits or traffic density, which is the greater of the three?
I haven’t checked it exactly but I think the distance is around 200 km.
As far as I know the speed limit is 90 kph or less for the whole of that distance. I would describe the road as mainly a cross between a poor A road and a good B road for most of that length. There are a few, relatively short dual carriageway sections, but not enough to have a significant effect.
Traffic density is not a problem in the M25 sense. For large sections, however, overtaking is a bit difficult. If you come up behind a single slow moving vehicle on one of these sections it can be quite a way before you can pass “SAFELY”. Slow moving vehicles are quite common. Incidentally the stretch from near Ierepetra to Sitia is even worse in this respect. Obviously you can go into Greek driver mode and overtake on blind bends if you wish. Personally I am prepared to exceed speed limits by a small margin where I judge it safe to do so but I am not prepared to adopt Greek overtaking strategy, i.e. He is in front of me therefore I overtake him.
filippos wrote:Leaving Kalyves at 05:30 it's 1hr 12m. to Iraklio airport.
P.S. It would be quicker but for the last few Km that twist down to Iraklio; some of those bends are tricky.
Obviously we are a bit further west. From our house to the Kalyves junction takes about 30 minutes so that would translate to 1 hr 42 minutes. I have not tried it at 05:30 but it has taken me close to 2 hours the last few times I have done the airport trip in daytime/early evening. I guess that would account for the extra 18 minutes OR perhaps you exceed the speed limit a teency weency bit more than I do? For those that don’t know, think 12-year-old 1.3 litre Toyota Estate versus much newer Peugeot 206 GT.