Most people fly from the Athens International Airport to the Chania International Airport with Olympic Airways or Aegean Airlines. Reservations are necessary in the High Season. The airport of Chania is located about 43km from the Avra Imperial Hotel. From the airport to get to the hotel one should take a Taxi.
Please visit the airport websites for full information on flight schedules and airlines operating to/from Athens.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Crete has two ports and two international airports. Please arrive at the airport/port in Chania. Alternatively the port/airport in Heraklion is a 2 hour drive to the Avra Imperial Hotel.
For information on flights you can visit:
Travelers also arrive to Chania, Crete by boat. During the summer the island has frequent connections from Athens (Piraeus Port), Thessalonica and sometimes in high season occasional international ferries to Ancona in Italy, Cesme in Turkey, and Haifa in Israel.
The journey from Piraeus, Athens port to Crete take about 9 hours on standard ferries, and 6 hours on the high-speed fleets (Knossos Palace and Festos Palace - of the Minoan Lines). On the Athens - Crete route, overnight ferries arrive at their destination between 5.00 and 6.30 in the morning.
The ferries sail when the weather is considered suitable and stable conditions are predicted. If the weather is bad, sailings will be cancelled and you should be accommodated on the next available sailing.
Schedules information is available at: