Crete ranks quite high on sun-seekers' list as as a year-round holiday destination in Greece. The island is most definitely one of the most popular tourist picks in Southern Europe in the summer, and is still, in spite of this, quite affordable.
Plan a holiday in Crete and book a car hire in Chania with Auto Europe in advance to avoid the hassle of booking late. Since this is a popular summer destination just like many others in Greece, especially Greek islands, be sure to plan and book on time as car hire in Chania tends to be more expensive in summer..
Traffic in Chania can get busy during the summer months when the town sees an increased number of tourists. Pay attention to speed limit and be extra careful as some road signs are hidden behind lush vegetation if you are driving near the city. Also bear in mind that Chania is the second largest city on the island, right after Heraklion, and traffic-congestion is a common place in certain parts of the city.
Some streets are quite narrow and it can happen that local and other drivers do not respect road rules and regulations. Therefore, drive your car hire in Chania extra carefully!
Chania has two large car parks which are free and can be found if you drive past the fortress to the sea. Street parking in side streets is also an option but finding a spot for your car hire may be difficult especially during the rush hour. For free parking head to supermarket lots and to the football stadium in Chania. Always pay attention to the signs as this may be subject to change.
Chania is situated on the west coast of Crete. The whole area is quite rich in natural beauty and has both plains and mountains, pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs. Chania is also one of the Minoan cities deeply steeped in history. Summers here are typically dry, hot and long while spring, autumn and winter are much shorter, and can be cool and wet. Crete is a year-round destinations and lends itself for exploring with a car rental.
Chania International Airport (CHQ)
After Heraklion as the first one, Chania Airport is the second busiest airport on Crete, situated about 8.5 miles from Chania city. In addition to regular domestic flights to and from Athens and Thessaloniki, the airport operates a large number of seasonal charter flights from spring to late autumn. You can reach Chania with a car rental in approximately 20 minutes.
Telephone: +30 2821 083800
The main bus station in Chania can be reached if you walk to the beginning of Halidon Street, cross the square and turn right. In addition to city lines which will take you across Chania, there are also buses to Heraklion, Samaria Gorge, and other places but since departures are not that frequent, car hire in Chania remains the best option for getting around Crete.