For any travelers who find themselves on a ship that docks at Souda and who want to avoid the costly excursions offered by their cruise company, here’s some cheaper options for Chania transportation, taxi, train, bus and airport trips.
Souda Port to Chania
Independent travel between Souda and Chania is very easy and super cheap! The distance from Souda port to the centre of Chania is around 7 km. Buses depart from right outside the port terminal building; little more than 100m walk from the cruise ship. When a ship is in port, buses depart every 5 minutes or so. Tickets are purchased from a small kiosk next to the bus stop and cost 1.50 Euros one-way / 3.00 Euros return. As you board the bus, give your ticket to the inspector and he will tear it in half to show that it has been used. You may have to stand for a bit if there aren’t enough seats, which may be a little uncomfortable in the heat. The journey to Chania is around 15 minutes. The bus drops you off outside the market building on Sof. Venizelou Square. From there, it’s a 10 minute walk or so (via shopping streets and cafes) to the port.
Chania to Souda Port
The bus departs from the same spot that it had dropped you off outside the front of the market building on Sof. Venizelou Square. You can purchase return tickets in Souda, otherwise you’ll have had to purchase tickets as you board the bus. It’s easier to purchase tickets in Souda because boarding the bus on the return journey is a bit of a free-for-all; passengers boarded en masse rather than in an orderly queue. Also the heavy traffic in the centre of Chania makes the journey significantly longer one; nearly 30 minutes to get back to Souda port. Factor in the possibility of heavy traffic when planning your return to your cruise ship.
Buses from the airport to the city center comes every half an hour and take about 20min to the city centre. The last stop is city center, just 5 min walk from the old town. Single tickets are only 2.30 euros and you can buy the ticket from the driver.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Chania Transportation – Taxi, Train, Bus & Airport Tips.