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Chania Crete Greece Cruise Port Guide


Chania city and seaport in Greece, is located in northwestern Crete (Kríti). It is the second largest city on Crete and considered among the most picturesque in Greece. It is built around an old Venetian Port and Castle and extends to a new part which boasts parks and wide streets.

You will be docked the Port of Souda, about 4km from Chania. The bus stop from Souda to Chania Central is about 50 meters distance from the port. When a cruise ship arrives at the port the frequency of the buses is every 5 minutes. The fare is 2 € one way. But the portauthorities may organise a shuttlebus also to the covered Marketplace, the fare of this busticket is € 1,70 one way.

It's only about 10 minutes on the bus which drops you by the Market building in Chania.

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Some notable sights include the Mosque of Djamissi; the remains of the Venetian "arsenali", where ships were once built and repaired; the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, the huge Municipal Market that connects to the new town at its opposite entrance; the marvelous Archaeological Museum occupying a 16th Century Venetian church; and many of the lovely side streets filled with shops, craftsmen, and beautiful architecture.

The old town is centered around the harbor, it is a maze of alleys and houses that have been standing for many hundred years rebuilt, ruined and built up again with details from the different epochs. The old town is full of souvenir, art and crafts shops; the new quarters house the regular span of shops, here you can find the most of your needs for the hiking or other adventures. The beaches begin in the city a bit away but not far from the old town. The nearest one is Nea Hora, a 1 km. walk from the west end of the Old Town.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

You can use the little train to discover the area.

From where the bus drops you off in Chania you can take a hop on/off bus, which in the end will drop you off at the cruise ship dock.

It pays to compare your cruise line tours here.


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Souda terminal now has a decent wifi service.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Public Services: open Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 2.00pm.
Retail Stores & Specialty Shops: Monday to Friday, 9am – 1.30pm and then again from 5pm – 9pm. Saturdays, 9am – 2pm.    
Supermarkets: Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm, and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm.
Tourist Shops and Convenience Stores: most of these do not have official opening hours and are usually open from dawn to well after midnight during the summer months.

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