All participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements.
Early October in Crete is not the peak tourist season. Ticket availability should not be a problem for these dates, if arrangements are made well in advance. However, early booking is strongly advised.
Basic travel info can be found below. One can visit Chania either by plane or by boat.
Chania has an International Airport named “I.Daskalogiannis” (IATA: CHQ) (www.chania-airport.com). The airport has regular daily domestic connections to/from Athens and Thessaloniki (operated by Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air and RyanAir). Domestic flights from and to the airport of Athens (Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”) are often used as connecting flights from and to major European and worldwide gateway cities.
From April to early November there are also many charter flights from across Europe in addition to the low-cost airlines RYANAIR & EasyJet. The map of direct scheduled flights between European destinations and the airport of Athens can be found here. Travellers from outside Europe can break up their journey in a European city of their choice or select to keep connection time to a minimum. Such itineraries may also involve a flight connection through the airport of Athens. The map of direct scheduled flights between international destinations and the airport of Athens can be found here.
The airport is located near Souda Bay on the peninsula of Akrotiri, 14km away from the city center and 33.2 km away from the Conference Venue (about 35-40 min driving).
Bus routes connect the airport with the city center (line Chania Airport – Chania). They last about 30 minutes, while the ticket price is ~ 2.50 €. You may find updated information on bus routes (e.g., timetables) here.
Travellers should be aware that the international airport located in the other major city of Crete (Heraklion; Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis”; IATA: HER) is 140 km away from the city of Chania (approx. two-hour drive away).
The port of Souda offers daily boat connections from and to Piraeus (Athens). The port is situated 7 km away from the city center and 21 km away from the Conference Venue (about 20 min driving).
Regular bus routes also connect the port with the city center (line No13, Souda – Chania). They last about 20-25 minutes, while the ticket price is ~ 2.50 €. You may find updated information on bus routes (e.g., timetables) and bus fares here.
You may find updated information on pricelist for the taxi transfer prices from Chania airport “I. Daskalogiannis” to the most popular destinations in Crete here.
The cost of transfer by taxi is approximately the following:
- Airport – City Center ~ 25 €
- Airport – Conference Venue ~ 40 €
- City Center – Conference Venue ~ 20 €
Local Bus Routes
Bus routes that connect the Conference Venue in Platanias with the city center are available (line Chania – Platanias). They last about 20 minutes, while the ticket price is ~ 4.00 €. You may find updated information on bus routes (e.g., timetables) here.
Note to all travellers:
The official portal of the Hellenic Republic to complete the simplified PLF is travel.gov.gr.
Any other websites that act as intermediaries, are not approved and are considered to be fraudulent. We therefore advise travellers to complete the simple process directly on travel.gov.gr.
For those wishing to visit Greece and, by extension, the Schengen Area, a visa may be required depending on the country of origin. The list of countries requiring or not a visa can be found at the web site of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Conference Secretariat of IEES2023 will be happy to issue a letter of invitation to participants wishing to apply for a visa.