Chania Crete Cruise Port Information – Know before you go!

Chania Crete Cruise Port Information –

Know before you go!

This summer we had a wonderful cruise on the Thomson Dream Cruise Ship around the Greek Islands. Following our stops at Rhodes and Santorini we visited Chania Crete. If you are heading there we hope this post helps you make the most of your day.

Where does the Cruise Ship dock in Chania Crete?

Cruise ships dock in the Port of Souda which is actually a neighbouring town to Chania. From the ship there were some beautiful views of the coastline of Crete but the other way it was a busy working port which serves the ferry’s that go around the Greek Islands. It’s is a 20 minute bus ride to Chania and approximately 6 kms.

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Docked in the Port of Souda

Some ships do tender, when we were there the Azamara Quest was anchored just outside the Venetian Port and tendering their passengers in. So do check with your cruise line.

How do you get to Chania Crete?

The bus stopped only about 50 metres from the ship and tickets were available at a booth at a cost of 1.50 euros. The bus trip into town was not very inspirational, passing lots of run down buildings and graffiti so we were pleasantly surprised when we actually arrived in Chania. The bus stops just outside the Municipal Market Building Agora.

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Bus stop in Chania Crete

The market was great to wander through with lots of local produce to buy if you chose too. We came across numerous lovely squares whilst wandering the streets and soon found ourselves at the picturesque Old Venetian Harbour.

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Venetian Harbour Azamara Tender

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Venetian Harbour Chania Crete

The Venetian Harbour is beautiful and vibrant, it had a really relaxed vibe to it, we liked it a lot. As like all places eating and drinking right on the front isn’t cheap however if you just go back a couple of alleyways from the water you will find some perfect little Greek restaurants.

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Cafe in Chania Crete

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Stunning restaurants in Chania Crete

We stopped for a Greek Salad and some refreshments and were not disappointed.

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Greek Salad

There are horse and carts all around the harbour so if you wanted a trot around then that is available. Must admit we tend to avoid that type and thing as always feel sorry for the animals dragging tourists around in the heat.

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Horse and cart tours in Chania Crete

Chania really has it all, it is a great port of call with so many shops restaurants and bars most with free WiFi. It was a shame we were only here in the day as we would of liked to experience it at night too. We would imagine it is a lively little town.

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Chania Crete

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The maze of tiny streets – very easy to get lost!

The buses run regularly back to the ship but do note that when the bus gets back to the port that it makes multiple stops to all the ships that are docked in the port. We got off as it stopped and joined a queue which we thought was back to our ship however, we didn’t realise we were in the queue to get on the MSC Sinfonia. A fifteen minute walk through the docks got us back to where we needed to be and back on to the Marella Dream.

Our Verdict of Chania Crete

We loved Chania, it is a pretty Greek destination that appears to have everything that we enjoy, plenty of restaurants and bars and free WiFi! It is a mixture of old and new with shopping centres and old style greek tavernas. We both agreed that it was somewhere we would of loved to had more time to explore and no doubt we will return in the future to do that.

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Pottery shop in Chania Crete

Have you visited Chania? Is there anything you can add? We would love to hear in the comments below.

Further reading – 

Rhodes Town Cruise Port Information

Santorini Cruise Port Information

10 photos that will inspire you to visit Greece

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30 Responses to Chania Crete Cruise Port Information – Know before you go!

  1. We loved Crete and although we only spent a day in Chania we really liked it! Great post!

  2. Lolo says:

    Would love to cruise around the Mediterranean! #feetdotravel
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  3. We haven’t been to Crete yet but look forward to seeing it. Nice tips with the restaurants and the tip on returning to the ship is priceless! 🙂
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  4. SamH Travels says:

    Crete looks great and you have taken some fantastic photos! I haven’t been on a cruise since I was a kid, but your posts are really tempting me to look into it! I will be reading more of your cruise posts to get a feel for what we may like to do first 😀

  5. I am looking forward to a trip to Crete and a cruise might be the ticket. One of my bucket-list places. Great information and photos! I will definitely pin this for later use. #feetdotravel

  6. Chania is really developing in its Tourism sector. They have a plenty of fascinating places to go. I wish I get a chance to travel there on future.

  7. We had a quick stop at Chania as part of our tour of Spinalonga Island. We found it charming and picturesque! We would love to go back to Crete and spend more time here!
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  8. Marcelle says:

    Chania Crete looks like a beautiful Greek gem. What a luck for you as travel bloggers that there is WiFi even between these old walls!

  9. Kreete says:

    You always make me want to go cruising after your fabulous photos and awesome stories! One day.. 😉

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  11. Anisa says:

    I had not even heard of Chania before, but it sounds lovely. Glad there is good wifi, that is important. And good tip to go a little inland to save some money, seems like that might work at a lot of cruise ports. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  12. Gorgeous photos. I flew over a few years ago en route to Tanzania and have been dying to go ever since. Totally agree with you about those carriage rides. They always bum me out.

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  14. What a wonderful post. I would love to visit one day. The setting is so picturesque.

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  17. Costa Marcos says:

    Yes, Chania’s definitely a super cruise destination. In fact so good, I’ve returned 3 times on a Ryanair plane. Old town is fantastic, your last photo gave a good feel of the old city walls. The beach just to the west side of the old port is also really good, with some great rocks to swim out to just off shore.

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