Ferry to Chania

Beautiful Ancient and colorful Building In Chania, Crete

An easy guide for how to get to Chania by Ferry, schedules and prices for the ferry to Chania, and recommendations for public transportation and services. Explore the website and find all the necessary details for the ferry to Chania; Connected routes with departures and frequency, Accommodation options with real-time Availability, and helpful tips for transfer opportunities in Chania!

Are you planning a trip to Chania, Greece? If so, one of the best ways to get there is by taking a ferry. Not only is it a scenic and relaxing way to travel, but it also allows you to see some of the beautiful Greek islands along the way.

Several ferry companies operate routes to Chania from various ports in Greece. Some of the most popular ports include Athens, Crete, and Santorini. Depending on your starting point, the journey can take anywhere from a few hours to an entire day.

One of the benefits of taking a ferry is that it allows you to bring your car with you. This is especially convenient if you plan on exploring Chania and the surrounding areas. However, it's important to note that there are limited spaces for cars on each ferry, so it's important to book in advance.

Another benefit of taking a ferry is the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views of the Aegean Sea. As you sail towards Chania, you'll be able to see some of the most beautiful islands in Greece, including Mykonos, Naxos, and Paros. Make sure to bring your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

Overall, taking a ferry to Chania is a great way to start your Greek vacation. With stunning views, comfortable amenities, and the option to bring your car, it's a convenient and enjoyable way to travel. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey.

In the next lines, we'll try to give you the necessary information on how to get to Chania by ferry!

How to access the ferry port of Chania

  • Souda harbor is situated approx. 7 km to the East of Chania City. There is a regular city bus service every 20 min. that connect Souda port with Chania downtown. If you arrive very early by ferry from Piraeus, is best to take a taxi or wait for a while in a cafe that is situated just outside the harbor. The bus service starts at 6:00 am and ends at 11:00 pm.

Chania ferry connections

  • Ferries depart from Piraeus (port of Athens) to Chania on an everyday basis, and the ferry schedule is more frequent during the summer season. There is a ferry that departs Piraeus at 21:00 and arrives in Souda at 05:30 the next morning. Sailing overnight, you'll enjoy a relaxing evening on board with a range of excellent leisure facilities that will keep everyone entertained.
  • If you want to sail during the day, take the ferry from Piraeus at 16:00 and arrive in Souda at 22:30.

Give a departure port and a date and find all possible ferry connections to/from Chania!

Notice: Each year and depending on the period, there may be more or fewer connections to Chania. The biggest shipping companies (ferry operators) announce the new ferry schedules to/from Chania by the end of December and the rest of them by January-March each year!

Schedules, prices and availability

Book your ferry tickets to Chania with any ferry company that suits you better and enjoy your days on Crete! The “Easy-Way” booking system of go-ferry.com, allows the most reliable online ferry reservations and offers cheaper, faster, and better services.

With go-Ferry.com you can connect online with the reservation systems of most Greek shipping companies, to compare prices, find information about routes and vessels, look for alternative routes, and print instantly your Chania ferry confirmation.

Ferry timetables may change by season, so take an optical canvassing via our search engine to receive the latest cull of dates, schedules, prices, and availability to Chania by ferry. With so many accommodation options to choose from, you can be sure to find the best deal at a price that fits your budget.

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Book in advance your ferry to Chania

Arrange your ferry journey in advance

You must organize your trip to or from Chania in advance, having arranged all the details. You don't want something to go wrong, and you can achieve perfect holidays with a great organization. In addition to hotel accommodation and air tickets, when you book the boat tickets you know that everything is under control even before leaving home.

There are many reasons why you should arrange to book in advance your ticket. Here are some of the most important:

Pay for a Hotel in Chania without using it!
During the high season in Greece, and especially in July and August, it is likely that you won't find ferry tickets to popular destinations, such as Chania if you don't book them in advance. So, don't make the mistake of booking your hotel in Chania or somewhere else, without having booked the ferry tickets to or from Chania. The last thing you want is to get to the port and not find an available ferry to Chania!

Save time in Chania!
Although we charge a commission for acquiring ferry bookings to or from Chania, this allows you not only to secure your ferry tickets but also to save time in Chania; besides receiving a service and attention first.

Have a bigger choice of ferry tickets!
Buying in advance gives you a better chance of getting the ferry tickets to Chania, on the ferry you prefer and at the schedule you want. It does not make sense that your trip is interrupted by not finding available ferry departures, but it is possible.

Find more ferry routes!
If you want to organize your vacations to or from Chania, it is wise to check all the possible routes and timelines to make the right combinations between Chania and other destinations as well as between the air and the ferry tickets. Online, you can have an overview of all the routes going to or departing Chania.

Get the best deal!
Ferry tickets to or from Chania can be expensive, so it’s natural to want to get the best deal on them. It has become a regular practice for ferries to announce special rates and deep discounts for booking tickets to or from Chania up to 3-6 months in advance.

Feeling Great having a Chania ticket in your pocket!
You will feel a great feeling when having the ferry ticket confirmation to or from Chania in your hands. The reservation with us will allow you to secure your ferry to/from Chania, you will be relieved to have the confirmation in your hands or your smartphone!

Accommodation options on the ferry to Chania

Book your ideal accommodation options on the ferry to Chania and arrive fresh and rested on your destination! Comfortable armchairs, business class comfort seats, outside and inside cabins or economy deck chairs. There is a range of accommodation options to choose for a day or night ferry.

Public transportation services in Chania

Road network from Chania to the west side of Crete

The road network in Chania area will take you everywhere, since in its most part it is paved (drive carefully), and perhaps only in some of the most unknown and remote beaches you will drive in a dirt road.
Best destinations from Chania:

  • Elafonisi, one of the most famous beaches in Greece (75 km)
  • Balos beach (50 km)
  • Sfakia (70 km)
  • Palaiochora (70 km)

Public Bus Service in Chania

  • Buses are the best of public transport in Chania a quite extensive network makes it relatively easy to travel around the prefecture
  • The itineraries of the urban bus in Chania are numerous and frequent and they mainly start from the Market Square. The BLUE buses go to Souda port, the tomb of Venizelos and to University
  • With the Blue buses, passengers can also reach Perivolia, Kounoupidiana, Nea Chora, Tsikalaria, Mournies and the region of Nerokourou
    Tel.: +30 2821093345, +30 2821098115
  • KTEL GREEN buses they serve most of the villages and places of interest of the county
  • There is a network of KTEL green buses between Chania and Rethymnon with a connection to Heraklion
  • The central station is located near the old Market of Chania. From there you can reach Kasteli, Paleochora, Elafonisi, Sougia, and Agia Irini Gorge, Sfakia, Kolympari, Kares, Palia Roumata, Georgioupolis, Kournas, Vamos, the beach of Almyrida, Kalyves and many more villages of Chania.
  • Bus Terminal / Station: 75 Kidonias and Kelaidi str., near to the old Market of Chania
    Tel: +30 2821093306, +30 2821093305, +30 2821093052, Details

Taxi services in Chania

By hiring a taxi you can reach not only all parts of the city and its surroundings, but also every corner of the prefecture. Taxis in the city of Chania are BLUE and the charges rates depend on the length of the route per kilometer.

Some indicative taxi prices:

  • From the port of Souda to Chania 10-15€, to Platanias 20€, to Kastelli 40-50€, to Falasarna 60-65€, to Elafonisi 80-90€, to Palaiochora 80-90€, to Sougia 80€, to Vamos 25-30€, to Georgioupolis 30-35€, to Sfakia 70-80€.

Taxi stands in Chania

  • 1866 square
  • El. Venizelou Street, next to the Municipal Market
  • P. Kelaidi Street (side Entrance to KTEL Bus)
  • Tzanakaki Street (next to the National Bank)

Pre-book a Taxi in Chania

Note: All above information for Chania was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice.

About Chania

The city of Chania is built on the area of Minoan Kidonia, at the end of the homonym gulf between the Akrotiri and Onicha peninsulas. It was the former capital city of Crete (from 1847 until 1972). Nowadays, it is the second largest city of Crete after Heraklion and the capital of the homonym prefecture. Chania includes the old and new city. There are different architectural styles here presenting the historical route of the city.

After Arabs and Byzantines, it was conquered by Venetians in 1252 and was given to Turks in 1669, later it was annexed to the rest of the Greek State on December 1913 under the administration of Eleftherios Venizelos and King Konstantinos the 1st. The old town is an integral settlement with visible boundaries set by the Venetian walls surrounding it.

Chania has a daily boat connection with Piraeus port from Souda port (7 km). Chania is also connected with Athens by airplane which you can take from Akrotiri airport 15 km E of the city.

The old town is built around the Venetian port and is also a relatively integral area where Venetian buildings and later Turkish elements compose a unique architectural style. Due to the historic center of Chania with its Venetian walls defining the borders between the old and new city and its ramparts, the city has been pronounced as preserved. It consists of five connected districts surrounding the Venetian port.

Its design was made by Venetian engineer Michelle Sammichelli. The Lighthouse is located at the end of the rock protecting the port from the north. It was built in 1570 by the Venetians and reconstructed in 1830 by the Egyptians and from there on preserves its current state.

On the east of Palea Poli is Splantzia (or Plaza), a district built on the former Turkish district. Here you will see among others Aghioi Anargiri Church, the only Orthodox church that had permission to operate during the period of the Venetian and Turkish occupations. You will also see the Sintrivani square.
Neoria (or Chiones) district on the northeast side is located in the area of the former port of the city and of the Venetian shipyards of the 14th and 16th centuries from which it also took its name.

Kastelli district is in the center of Palea Poli (Old Town) west of Neoria. It is the exalted location of the Byzantine citadel where the “palazzo” (palace) of the Venetian commander and the lodgings of Pashas of Chania were later built. Venetians used to call the area Castello Vecchio.

On the southeast of the old city lies the Hebrew district or else Ovraika. It reminds us of the times when the developing Hebrew community of Chania was obliged by the Venetians to move to a delimitated area called Judeca where two synagogues were operating.

On the borders of Ovraika, in Chalides Street, you will see the Folklore Museum of Chania and Aghios Fragkiskos Church (14th century) which houses the Archeological Museum of Chania. On the north side is the Turkish bath (chamam). On the south side of Ovraika and Skridlof Street lies the so-called Stivanadika (from Shivani, the Cretan boots). Among the shops selling leather items and souvenirs survive some traditional shoe ateliers.

After archaeological excavations, it was revealed with certainty that in the position of the present-day city- the position of Kastelli – Kydonia was built in ancient times, which was built by the Kydones, the most ancient peoples who were already mentioned by Homer. Herodotus however gives another version for its settlement according to which the people of Samos rebelled against the tyrant Polykrati and having kicked out the Zakynthians, occupied Kydonia and rebuilt it in 519 B.C. What is important is that the city was preserved and during the Roman years flourished since it provided a theater and other public buildings. It sustained its prosperity until its occupation by the Arabs (823-961 A.D.). The city exhibited growth during Venetian rule and was the center of the province. On 11 August 1645, the city went under Turkish rule after a two-month siege. In 1898 after the departure of the Turkish army in Chania, it was designated the capital of the Cretan State (1898-1913). At the fortress Firka the first Greek flag was raised which meant the Union of Crete with Greece in 1913.

Useful information

Municipality: 28213 41600
Municipal Police: 28213 41650
Municipal Harbour: 28213 41749
Port Authority: 28210 28388
Tourism Office: 28213 41666

Health Services

E.K.A.B.: 166
Chania Hospital: 28210 22000
Erithros Stavros (Red Cross): 28210 52550

Airport Police Department: 28210 63033
Police Department: 28210 28744
Fire Office: 28210 96444
Tourist Police: 28210 28708, 28730
Traffic Police: 28210 28758
Archaeological Museum: 28210 90334
Byzantine Museum: 28210 96046
Historical Archive: 28210 23082
Folk Museum: 28210 97930
Maritime Museum: 28210 91875
War Museum: 28210 44156
Museum School Life: 28210 74764
Museum of Printing: 28210 51003
Museum Akriton Europe: 28230 42265
Radio Taxi: 18300, 28210 98700, 94300
Regular Buses: 28210-14505

One day excursions to Santorini from Chania

1-day Santorini excursion

Unfortunately the One Day Excursion to Santorini isn't any more operated from Chania port!

Instead of Chania, the Excursion now starts from the nearby Rethymnon town. Here-under you'll find information on how to reach the port of Rethymnon.

How to get to Rethymnon

From Chania by public bus

From Chania to Rethymnon it takes about 1 hour 15min by bus. The distance is 60km and the bus fare is about 8-10 Euro per person.
Bus Terminal / Station: 75 Kidonias and Kelaidi Str., near the old Market of Chania
Tel: +30 2821093306, +30 2821093305, +30 2821093052

By taxi

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Chania to Rethymnon port. This is about 50min. by taxi and the price is 90-100 Euro.

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