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Transfer Options from Chania International Airport to Rethymno

If you are landing at Chania International Airport (CHQ) but your final destination is Rethymno, you will have to choose between two transfer options, taxi, and bus. A Chania airport taxi is the most comfortable and time-saving choice by miles! Reaching Rethymno in only 70 minutes, it will cost you approximately 87€. Otherwise, you can always use public transportation. You will find a direct line from Chania airport to Rethymno which costs 8€ per person and takes 1h & 35min to get to Rethymno KTEL station.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €82 70min 24/7
Bus €16 95min 09:15–22:45

How to get from Chania airport to Rethymno by taxi

Taking a taxi from the Chania airport is a quite reasonably priced luxury you can offer yourself! The blue vehicles with the distinctive “TAXI” sign will transfer you comfortably to the exact location of your destination in Rethymno in about 70 minutes while their fare, calculated by the taximeter, is approximately 82€.

Taxi fare from Chania Airport to Rethymno

The fare for the transfer from Chania Airport to Rethymno is not predetermined but the taxi charging system is based on the taximeter. Thus, the journey distance and the required time basically form the price. Nevertheless, you can expect to be charged 82€ on average if you travel during daytime (05:00-24:00) and your luggage is not excessive. The night tariff is approximately 25% higher.



Trip Duration


*Rates may vary depending on the time of the day and the pieces of luggage

Value for money

Taxis are always available at Chania Airport

Where do I get it from?

The taxi rank is situated just outside the main terminal building of the airport. You can easily make your way to the taxi line by following the relevant indications. Note that during the rush hours of the airport, the demand for a taxi is high and therefore, the waiting time might be considerable.


Chania airport taxis are the best choice if a comfortable and stress-free ride is a top priority for you. You may be charged about 82€ but you will get to your exact desired place quickly and without any hassles. It’s likely that you will have to wait during peak hours but even so, the waiting time for the bus is significantly longer than for the taxi. Last but not least, you will find an available taxi no matter what time you arrive at the airport.

Editor’s Note

Chania airport taxis have a 24/7 call center for your support while you can download their mobile application to make a quick and easy reservation or to check out all the useful information.

Useful Tips

Always carry some cash with you because not all taxi drivers accept credit cards.
Some taxis offer a free WiFi use during the ride.
There are special vehicles for people with disabilities but you have to book your taxi in advance and mention that request.

How to get from Chania airport to Rethymno by bus

Fortunately, there is a direct bus line connecting Chania International Airport to Rethymno. The KTEL bus is running 5 times per days and the travelling time is estimated to be around 1h & 35min. The ticket costs 8€ per person.
You can always use the local buses, which run every half an hour, in order to reach the Central Station in Chania. From there, you will have to take the intercity bus to Rethymno KTEL station. However, apart from the hassle of changing buses, the total fare is slightly higher.

How much is a bus from Chania airport to Rethymno?

The KTEL bus ticket from Chania airport to Rethymno costs 8€ for an adult. Three-kid families and students get a 25% discount while people with disabilities and multi-kid families pay only 4€. Finally, the army staff receives a 15% discount on the bus fee. You can also buy your ticket from the driver inside the bus.



Trip Duration


The waiting time is 3 hours on average

Value for money

Buses are running from 09:15 to 22:45 every day

Where do I get it from?

The bus stand lies just outside the exit of the arrivals hall of the airport. You can follow the signs or ask the airport staff for directions but most probably, you will find it right away.


Despite the fact that Chania airport is directly connected to Rethymno by bus, public transportation remains an inconvenient option for most travellers. The bus services are inadequate, rendering the waiting time really long. What’s more, the drop-off location is the central bus station in Rethymno and thus, you will have to walk or take a cab to reach your hotel.
Nevertheless, if you travel on a budget, the bus is a really cheap alternative as the ticket costs only 8€.

Editor’s Note

If you are on a hurry and the airport bus timetable to Rethymno isn't convenient for you, you should check the local buses to Chania central station. Those buses run more frequently while the itineraries heading from the main station to Rethymno are scheduled once an hour.

Useful Tips

Remember to have cash with you as it is the only payment option.
Always check out the timetable as it may change unexpectedly, especially during the summer season.
You can visit the KTEL website in order to buy your tickets online.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Crete. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

Which are the transportation options from Chania International Airport to Rethymno?

If you arrive at Chania airport and you need a transfer to Rethymno, you will have to choose between bus and taxi. In any case, you should check if your hotel offers transfer services and you can always consider using private shuttle buses.

How much is a taxi from Chania International Airport to Rethymno?

Chania airport taxis will easily transfer you to Rethymno in about 70 minutes and their fare will be approximately 82€. As taxis charge based on taximeter system, elements such as the time of the day or the pieces of luggage increase the fee.

How much does the bus from Chania airport to Rethymno cost?

The bus ticket price is fairly affordable as it costs only 8€ for an adult. You can buy your tickets from the driver inside the bus or pre-book them online on the KTEL website.

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