Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Chania Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
We had to stand in line for one hour to get our boarding cards, another 20 minutes to leave our baggage and finally 15 minutes to the security check. – a traveller (2015)
CHQ Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Chania International Airport.
What to Expect
Chania Airport (code: CHQ) has a single terminal that serves a few domestic routes year-round but is especially busy in summer with many seasonal routes. Reviewers report chaotic, disorganized and time-consuming procedures, from check-in to boarding and arrival. The lack of air-conditioning also doesn’t help during the hot summer months. Facilities are limited to a few bars and shops and a minimarket. We are unable to confirm if WiFi is available. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for its location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Though the airport is open 24 hours, overnight stays are not permitted inside this airport. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Chania Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Pazinos Village Studios – (7 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
- Royal Sun Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Theofilos City Hotel – (12 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Chania Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
As of this update we were unable to confirm details about the airport’s VIP lounge. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Free unlimited WiFi is available at Chania Airport.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Alpha Bank, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: both in the Landside and Airside Arrival and Departure Zones.
Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby care rooms for breastfeeding. Location: 1st Floor.
Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available, free of charge.
Currency Exchange – OneXchange offers foreign currency exchange services for over 50 different currencies. Location: Landside, Arrivals Area.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, as well as a mini market and traditional crafts market.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. Dining options include:
- Landside: Everest
- Airside, Non-schengen: Air Canteen • MeGusto • Flocafe
- Airside, Schengen: Air Canteen • CREAT • Goody’s Burger House • Labyrinth Flavors • Ontime Coffee
Information Desk – Have any questions regarding flights and airport services? There is an information desk at the airport. Location: Unknown.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Medical Services – A First Aid station is available on the ground floor.
Mobile Charging – A reader tells us that mobile charging stations are available in front of Everest (landside). There may be other locations.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
The airport operates 24 hours a day; however, the terminal closes at night and overnight stays are not permitted inside of the airport terminal.
Chania airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air Baltic • Air Mediterranean • Air Serbia • ASL Airlines • Atlantic Airways • Austrian Airlines • Bule Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Condor • Cyprus Airways • DAT • EasyJet • Edelweiss Air • Ellinair • Enter Air • Eurowings • Finnair • Helvetic Airways • Jet Time • Jetairfly • Lauda Motion • NordStar • Norwegian • Novair • Olympic Air • Rossiya Airlines • Ryanair • SAS • Sky Express • Small Planet Airlines • Smart Wings • SmartLynx Airline • SunExpress • Swiftair • TAROM • TransaviaTravel Service • TUI • Wings of Lebanon.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The KTEΛ public bus connect the airport to the city center of Chania and surrounding areas. As of this update, the fare is € 2.50. For more information regarding routes, schedules and ticket purchasing, visit the KTEΛ website.
The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avance/Trust • Avis/Budget • Hertz/Thrifty • Kydon • Sixt.
Metered taxis are readily available in the ground transportation area. The fare estimate to Chania is approximately € 25.00 and lasts 25 – 30 minutes. An additional fee may be added for excess luggage.
Last updated: 2021-10-20
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.