Chania Airport, Crete

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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 include Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines.

Use code CHQ

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

The code for this airport is CHQ.

Check flights with Olympic Air here...

See the location on the map below...

Transfer Facts...

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.

Distances and transfer time:

  • The trip into Chania centre is around twenty minutes, and depending on the route, 14-15 km by car
  • 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...

The local bus service leaves frequently from outside the terminal to and from the centre of town.

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 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.

Car Rental from Chania Airport

When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by Harry and his team. Easy pick-up from Chania Airport.

Town Accommodation
Close to Chania Airport

The entrance to Pension Eva in the Old Town of Chania
This is the budget symbol

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.

Doge Traditional Hotel

Also convenient is 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.

Art Residences Fagotto with characteristic charm

Inside the walls of the old town you will find Art Residences Fagotto with characteristic charm, stylishly presented in a lovely location in the historic lane ways near the harbour.

Madonna Studios Chania Crete

Madonna Studios are centrally located in the old town and offer bright clean rooms close to both the beach and the old harbour. Be welcomed by Cretan hospitality.

Country Accommodation
Close to the Airport

Irida's House is 6 km from Chania International Airport
Irida's House is 6 km from Chania International Airport with sweeping views across Souda Bay in Chania, Crete

For a charming rural experience nearby to the airport, is Irida's House just 6 km from the airport, away from town, on the Acrotiri peninsula.

This 3 bedroom house, with a spectacular view on the edge of a quiet village, is in between the five most popular beaches of Chania city; Stavros, Loutraki, Marathi, Seitan Limani and Kalathas.

This charming house combines luxury, elegance and fairy tale touches.

This accommodation is best visited with a car, you will be 8 km from Chania Old Town and in a good position to explore the west of Crete.

On the Map

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 just five...

  • Samaria Gorge
  • Elafonisi Beach
  • Balos Lagoon
  • Loutro
  • Lake Kournas
The steep walls of Samaria Gorge, Crete Greece

The steep walls of Samaria Gorge, in the south of Chania.

Elafonisi Beach is located at the south-western tip of Chania.

Elafonisi Beach is located at the south-western tip of Chania.

Gramvousa Islet and Balos Lagoon in north-western Chania (image by Mark Latter)

Gramvousa Islet and Balos Lagoon in north-western Chania. Take a boat from Kastelli-Kissamos harbour. Tread in the footsteps of the pirates. From Chania Airport travel to Kastelli Kissamos 56 km, then take a boat trip to this lagoon.

An idyllic Greek seaside village in the south of Chania. Get there by foot or by ferry.

Loutro is an idyllic Greek seaside village in the south of Chania. Get there by foot or by ferry. From Chania Airport drive south 78 km across the mountains to Chora Sfakion, then take a ferry for 20 minutes to Loutro.

Lake Kournas, Chania Crete

Lake Kournas, 50 km south-east of Chania Airport. Relax by the sandy beach or take a peddle boat or kayak out onto the lake. Enjoy great local food at the tavernas overlooking the lake. A lovely sweet water lake with birds and aquatic life to watch.

Getting Here

Flights leave Athens daily for Chania Aiprot and the duration is one hour. Fly with Olympic Air or Aegean Airlines.

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