Chania Airport, Crete

Daskalogiannis International Airport

The Old Town is just 20 km from Chania Airport (photo by Irene Shin)

Chania Airport is located in the north-west of Crete, 15 km from Chania town.

This is a busy international airport receiving many flights from Athens and European cities every day.

In turn domestic flights depart Chania Greece for other points in Greece such as Thessaloniki.

Local air companies using these routes are Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airways.

Other major flight carriers to this airport include Ryan Air and easy Jet.

The code for this airport is CHQ.

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Check flights with Aegean Airlines here...

Flights from Athens to Chania here...

Transfer Facts...

The local bus service leaves frequently from outside the terminal to the centre of town (return also).

Car rental desks are inside the airport terminal. The taxi stand is outside the arrivals hall and a taxi to the center of town should be around 20-25.

Pre-book a taxi here for peace of mind...

Distances and transfer time:

  • The trip into Chania centre is around twenty minutes, and depending on the route, 14-15 km
  • From this airport to Agios Nikolaos in the east is 210 km
  • From this airport to Heraklion town in the centre of Crete is 150 km
  • From Chania airport to Rethymnon town is 70 km

See more on our page about getting around in Crete...

See more about regional buses here...

Local Bus

Chania bus services - for independent travellers looking to use local buses. There are plenty of local bus services and you shouldn't have any problem getting a bus except, perhaps, very late at night.

The bus schedule is set to meet the incoming flights, with frequent services throughout the day, at cost of €2.30 with travel time of 30 minutes. You can pay on the bus.

The bus will drop you at the Chania Bus Station, located at corner of Kidonias and Kelaidi Streets in in the centre of town, just off the 1866 Square. Here there are luggage storage facilities, a cafe and further information about all the regional buses.

To get to the old town from here, walk across 1866 Square and then down Chalidon Street, and you get to the beautiful old Venetian Harbour in less than ten minutes.

If you are going to the airport on the bus, the services are timed to get you there on time for departing flights, check the schedule with KTEL to be sure.

Accommodation Nearby Chania Airport

All central Chania hotels are nearby to this airport. The individuality of Pension Eva, which is located in the characteristic old town, may suit modern travellers looking for something charming. This is a small place with only five rooms.

Our pick would be the Doge Traditional Hotel for its central location, comfort and complete traditional authenticity. This hotel is close to the Venetian harbour and the picturesque lighthouse.

Kamares Houses just 30 km from Chania International Airport

For a charming rural experience nearby to the airport, we would recommend the beautifully restored studio houses in the village of Macheri, just 30 km inland and away from town.

The Kamares Houses (left) are peaceful, restored studios in a quiet village only 5 km from the Mediterranean.

Below is a map of Crete with the airports and ports marked:

Around Chania, Crete

Balos Lagoon

Travel Chania for breathtaking scenery and fascinating discoveries, here are the top five...

  • Samaria Gorge
  • Elafonisi Beach
  • Balos Lagoon
  • Loutro
  • Lake Kournas
Lake Kournas, Chania CreteLake Kournas, 50 km from Chania Airport
The steep walls of Samaria Gorge, Crete GreeceThe steep walls of Samaria Gorge, Crete Greece

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