Thursday, 18th July 2024
Traveling to Crete
Crete is a favorite Greek Island. It's packed with rural charm, famous archaeological sites, seaside towns with fabulous seafood, caves of historic significance and more.



Chania airport access: At Chania airport there are only a few, infrequent, buses - a taxi is the best option if you are not renting a car.

A taxi into the town takes 20 minutes and costs 14-16 euros and about 35 euros to Almyrida.
Parking: There is paid (quite expensive) parking, running in front of the airport building. Long term (lower cost) Parking is available a few hundred metres before the airport gates. The long term rental place offers pick up when you arrive service, taking you with their van to the parking lot.
Airport facilities:

Cash/ATM machine for cash advances and withdrawal.

Coffee and snacks are available.

"Duty-free" shop and giftshops.

Tel: 28210-63245, 83800.

There are flights to Crete via Athens from Europe, the USA or other countries

Direct charter flights to Crete from EU countries

Direct flights to Crete from other countries

Domestic flights to Chania

Within Greece all flights are a short hop, so you might think there would be little to choose between airlines. Purely on grounds of quality and service our favourite is Aegean Airlines, which ranks in our experience, with the best of European airline companies.
Aegean have a code-sharing agreement with Lufthansa - connections with Lufthansa hubs and gateway airports bring some of Europe "closer" to Athens, Thessaloniki and all Greek airports served by Aegean.

Aegean Airlines has merged with Olympic Air. The merger took place October 2013 as EU made a decision.

Chania Airport is served by the following scheduled airlines:

Aegean Airlines
Air Berlin
Air Finland
Austrian Airlines operated by Lauda Air
Astra Airlines
Azerbaijan Airlines
Belle Air
Blue Air
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Olympic Air
Smart Wings
Thomson Airways
Transaero Airlines
TUIfly Nordic

Additionally, several airlines operate charter flights to the airport, including:
Air Italy Polska
Cimber Sterling
Travel Service Airlines


Athens, Larnaca [begins 29 June], Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Nürnberg
Seasonal: Helsinki
Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Vienna
Seasonal: Thessaloniki [begins 2 July]
Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart
Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Seasonal: Brussels
Seasonal: Luxembourg
Seasonal: Bergen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Bergamo, Frankfurt-Hahn
Seasonal: Prague, Bratislava, Kosice
Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Amsterdam
Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Malmo, Oslo, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stockholm-Skavsta


A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. The new Athens airport makes this a slightly slower process because it is further from the port, but it's worth the extra time for a still-romantic way to travel. A trip to Greece has long been associated with the idea of approaching the island of Crete (Chania), early in the morning, standing on the deck of one of those famous ferries - an enthralling and gentle way to arrive at destination.

These overnight ANEK Lines "Elyros" & Blue Star Ferries "Blue Galaxy" overnight ferries take 8-9 hours. During summer there are daytime trips. Departure at 9 am from Pireus and Souda port.

 IMPORTANT NOTE: The ferries sail when the weather is considered suitable and stable conditions are predicted. If the weather is bad, sailings will be cancelled (not often - but there are a few such days every year), and you should be accommodated on the next available sailing.


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