Chania: How To Get To The Charming Cretan Destination


Although the main gateway to Crete is Heraklion Airport, with up to 20 daily flights from Athens and arrivals from other cities in Greece and Europe, Chania Airport is also similarly well-connected but with less frequency.

Taxis from Heraklion to Chania cost around €200, and the journey from Chania airport to the city centre costs around 30€. Buses run from the airport to Chania from 5 am to 11 pm and cost €2.30.

Lighthouse Chania

Chania Airport – Phone: +30 28210 83800
Aegean Airlines – Phone: +30 28210 63366
Olympic Air – Phone: +30 28210 66088

Ferries also connect Piraeus with Chania, and the passage takes around 8 hours. Boats generally run overnight and arrive at breakfast time. The journey can be taken on deck, in airplane-style seats, or cabins with different fares for each.

There are also connections with other islands, mainly in the Cyclades and Dodecanese.


The ferry companies that serve Crete include Anek Lines (, Blue Star Ferries (, Hellenic Seaways (, and Minoan Lines (

The port for Chania is Souda Bay, and a taxi costs €15 while the bus costs €3.

Port Authority Souda – Phone: +30 28210 89240

Compact, the historic city centre is very walkable, but Chania is now sprawling out along the coast in both directions. Luckily, the bus network is very good, with connections along the northern resorts towards Rethymno and westwards towards Kissamos.

Chania Venetian Port Chania Crete

The bus station is at Kidonias 25 and is well organised with a helpful information desk. Buses connect with Heraklion via Georgioupolis, Rethmyno, and Bali, and there are services to Almyrida, Elafonisi, Falassarna, Hora Sfakion, Kissamos, Omalos, Paleochora, Stavros and all stops on the way.

Urban buses are plentiful and connect the local beaches.

Avis Chania Airport: International Airport Chania, 731 00 Phone: +30 28214 40118 24-hour drop-off
Avis Platanias: Platanias, Main Road, 730 14 Phone: +30 28210 68932

KTEL: +30 28210 93052
Taxis: +30 693 881 6000, +30 28210 98700

Crete Chania Balos01 photo Y Skoulas

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