Information for visas of entry in Greece can be found in the Visa Information page.
Most travelers to Greece arrive in the airport of Athens (International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos). From Athens, there exist two ways to arrive in Crete and, more specifically, Chania. During the high season (April to early November) there are also a series of direct flights from Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Scandinavia to Chania offered by RyanAir or charter flights.
From Athens the following two options are available:
- Flight from Athens to Chania: there are everyday flights from Athens to the International Airport of Chania (Airport I. Daskalogiannis). Mainly, the two companies that serve this route are: Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air.
- Ferry boat from Piraeus to Chania: Piraeus is the major port of Greece, the largest passenger port in Europe and is located next to the city of Athens. Starting from the port, you can reach Chania with a ferry boat in 5-10 hours depending on the ferry boat size. The routes from Piraeus to Chania are performed on an everyday basis, however their frequency may vary as the demand is much higher during summertime. For more information on these routes, which might not be as fast as a flight, but are both scenic and cost efficient, you can consult the website of ANEK lines.
The airport of Chania is situated 14 km away from the city of Chania and 39 km from the Orthodox Academy of Crete. The port of Chania is situated 11 km away from the city of Chania and 31 km from the Orthodox Academy of Crete. The conference venue is located in the picturesque village of Kolymvari which is not normally served by a bus service neither from the airport nor from the port. Normally, one would have to use a taxi in order to reach the Orthodox Academy of Crete with a cost of 50-60 euros. The trip takes up to 20 to 30 minutes, depending on congestion.
For travelers arriving in Heraklion, Crete:
1. Bus from Heraklion to Chania (KTEL in Greek). It takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach Chania from Heraklion on a bus. The cost for a one-way ticket is 15 euros. The timetable is available at KTEL website.
Then, from the central bus station in Chania, you will have to change bus and take the one that goes to Kolymvari. It is a 40 minute bus ride. Once in Kolymvari, the Orthodox Academy of Crete is within 1.5 kilometers, which you can do by either walking, local bus or taxi.
2. Taxi rent from Heraklion to Chania (about 200 euros, which can be shared with other participants).
3. Car rental. A number of companies exist and they can be found also within the Heraklion airport.
In case you require further information or assistance with your arrival in the conference site, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.