Chania Practical info

General Info

Chania has a Mediterranean climate, typical of all Greece. Summer period is hot and sunny with temperatures up to 35 °C mostly and winters are mild with moderate rainfalls and winds. During summer time and especially in August, Meltemia winds are blowing and sometimes it is difficult to find a calm beach on the north part of the prefecture. In the south coastal part, beaches are more suitable for relaxation and swimming.

The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Chania Town is: +30 28210. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call. Due to the size f the prefecture, other areas have a different area code.

Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.

Getting There

Chania can be reached by air at Chania National Airport “I. Daskalogiannis”. The flight lasts about 50-55 minutes and the airport is located at 14 km distance from New Chania Town (about 20 minutes drive). Bus routes are available from the airport to the town.
Chania National Airport: Tel.: +30 28210 83800 / Fax: +30 28210 66100
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos:

Olympic Air: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Olympic Air website
Tel.: 801 801 0101/+30 210 3550500
Hania Office Tel.:  80111 44444/+30 28210 53760-1
Office at Chania Airport Tel.: +30 28210 63171/+30 28210 63264/+30 28210 66088

Aegean Air: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit Aegean Air website
Tel.: 801 112 0000/+30 210 6261000
Hania Office: +30 28210 51100
Office at Chania Airport: Tel.: +30 28210 63366

Athens Airways: Athens Airways is a new charter airline flying from Athens to Chania Tel.: 801 801 4000/+30 210 6696600

Chania prefecture has in general many ports. The main port though is the one in Souda, where ferry boats from Piraeus have frequent routes. There are two boats per day for Souda port, one departing from Piraeus in the morning and arriving at Souda in the afternoon and the other departing from Piraeus in the evening and arriving early in the morning. The trip to Chania takes about 8-8,5 hours. Souda is located at about 10km from Chania New Town and it will take you about 15 minutes to reach it.

ANEK LINES: For accurate timetable and ticket costs visit ANEK LINES website
There is also another port in Kissamos, used for routes from/to Peloponnese and Kythera Island. The company performing these trips is Anen Lines.
Kissamos Port Authority: For accurate timetable and ticket costs call here +30 28220 22024.

Local Transportation

Chania is a contemporary city offering all sorts of services and transportation means to the visitor. You can move around the town and the entire prefecture by buses, taxis, long distance buses (KTEL) that travel to regions and villages outside the main town or you could even rent your own car or motorbike and enjoy the flexibility according your needs and desires.
Normal in-town buses depart from Municipality Market Square and 1866 Square and go to all areas of the town. KTEL buses main station is in Kidonias Street and in other touristic areas of the prefecture like Elafonissi, Sfakia, Kastelli, Vrisses and Paleochora. For accurate timetables and routes, you should definitely call at the main stations.

Chania Town Buses Tel.: +30 28210 93345/+30 28210 98115
Long Distance Buses (KTEL) Tel.: +30 28210 93052/+30 28210 93306

There are main taxi stands in various spots of the town, such as Dikastiria Square, Tzanakaki Street, 1866 Square but the safest way is t call at the following numbers:
18 300, +30 28210 94300, +30 28210 98700, +30 28210 87700

Chania prefecture is a very large district offering many choices for car or motorbike rentals. All over Chania Town but also other towns or settlements you will be able to find many agencies that rent cars or motorbikes.

Local Services

Chania Town is full of branches of nearly all Greek banks. Surrounding towns, villages and settlements also have bank branches according their population and size but most surely you will find in almost every town and settlement an ATM.

Banks exchange all major currencies, traveler’s cheques or Eurocheques; the commission is always lower for cash. Post offices exchange cash, but not traveler’s cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveler’s cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Banknote exchange machines can be found in most tourist areas.

The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island are in Chania, one at Peridou Str., operating from 7 am to 8pm from Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning and the other at 10th Anapafseos Str.. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. Boxes can be found in various spots of the town but in order to send your letter more quickly mind to use the main post office’s box. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post Office in Chania (Peridou Str.) Tel. no: +30 28210 42609
Post Office in Chania (Anapafseos Str.) Tel. no: +30 28210 71180
Post Office in Platanias Tel. no: +30 28210 68665

Chania Town Police Station is at 32nd Giamboudaki Street.
Police Station Tel.:+30 28210 46162, +30 28210 42640, +30 28210 28744

The Municipality of Chania is in the centre of Chania Town, at 29th Kydonias Str.
Tel.: +30 28213 41600

Useful Numbers
  • Tourist Police: +30 28210 28750, +30 28210 25931
  • Hospital of Chania: +30 28210 22000-9
  • Port Authority (Souda): +30 28210 89240
  • Port Authority (Chania): +30 28210 28388
  • Tourist Information: +30 28210 36155, +30 28210 36204
  • Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30-210-9699101-3
  • Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174

Due to its great touristic development and infrastructure, you will find international press in many spots around the town of Chania and other large villages and settlements.

  • Police: 100
  • Fire Department: 199
  • Ambulance: 166
In Chania you will be able to find a number of hospital and private clinics for anything that may occur during your stay there. Listed below the most important contact details in case of emergency:

General Hospital Agios Georgios
Mournies, Chania
Tel: +30 28210 22000
Fax: +30 28210 71112

EKAV (Emergency Ambulance service)
22, Em. Mountaki Str. , Chania
Tel: 166, +30 28210 28667

In Chania, like all major cities, you will find a great number on pharmacies, not only within the new city but also in other central, touristic spots. We provide you with an indicative list for pharmacies operating within Chania city and from which you will be able to get information on all pharmacies in Chania prefecture:

Adontakis Spiros
Tzanakaki 106 , Chania
Tel: +30 28210 57393

Adreaki Christina
Skalidi 89 & Margouniou 1 , Chania
Tel: +30 28210 93401

Aligizaki Maria
8hs Dekemvriou 4 , Chania
Tel: +30 28210 58345

Karamaliga Ekaterini
Kidonias 102 , Chania
Tel: +30 28210 72156

Karapataki Maria
Apokoronou 74 , Chania
Tel: +30 28210 91859    

Leledaki Aggeliki
Sfakianaki 10 , Chania
Tel: +30 28210 72442

Lilibaki - Nikiphoraki Ekaterini
Iroon Politechniou 14 , Chania
Tel: +30 28210 51618, +30 28210 51618

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