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Car rental Chania airport

Chania is served by Chania International Airport (IATA: CHQ, ICAO: LGSA) on the Akrotiri Penisula. Officially called Ionnis Daskologiannis, it is named after Daskalogiannis, a Sfakiot hero who was skinned by the Turks in the 18th century. It is one of Crete's three airports, a gateway to western Crete for the increasing number of tourists. Airlines serving at the airport include Aegean Airlines with flights to Athens, Larnaca, Thessaloniki, Transavia with seasonal flights to Amsterdam.

Book a rental car in advance at, for more conveniece during your holiday

Car rental at Chania airport is on high demand, as it is the best way to explore the city and its surrounding villages at your own leisure. The airport is located about 15 kilometers east of Chania, with well posted road signs near the Sounda bay, which makes it handy to pick up your rental car here and head to the city or holiday resorts. Rates of car rental at Chania airport are quite reasonable and it is freely available. You can find all big companies offering car rental at Chania airport, such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty. But it is important to book in advance, especially during the holiday peak season of July and August. You can rent a car at Chania airport from international car hire broker, where you can compare the rates, options and conditions of car rental at Chania airport in a simple product overview.

Facilities available at Chania airport (CHQ) include:


Chania International Airport
Odos Airodromio, Akrotiri
73100 Chania

Airport codes

IATA airport code: CHQ
ICAO airport code: LGSA
Tips and experiences for Chania airport

Our customers rated Chania airport with an average of 8.9 based on 10 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

Well, that really depends what type of traveller you are. Creta offers a bit for almost everybody. I was mainly on north-western side, so these are the suggestions: Beaches: Elafonisi and Balos (you would feel almost like in caribic). Also Falasarny is perfest. Very wide, sandy, with very good entry for kids. Hiking: Samaria is a must. If you are recreational walker, take organised trip. If you are a real one, make it down and up again on your feet. This is what we have done. History: A lot to see, not only Knossos (Jul/Aug do it during a cloudy day). I will not mention other places. Do areaserch so that you will find out, what is Creta about. Nice trip
Got to visit Elafonis. Also spend time visiting closer cities. Eat in various places and you'll certainly find many gems. Make sure you enjoy the history of Chania. Do some snorkelling and boating if at all possible. Try as much local food as you can and as early of your trip as you can.
Visit agios nikolaos
we was travelling so many beautiful and nice places - especially nice and lowely beaches that having a car was necessary
Crete is a wonderful island. I started from Chania and was there for a conference but then headed down to the south coast for a much needed holiday. Some of the roads are nerve racking but there are some truly astounding wild places and beaches down there away from the tourist resorts along the north side of the island. Which of course you do need a car to get to.
the beaches and the people!
Nice driving to the Southside and eastside of the Island, nice towns and beautiful scenery.
Explore Chanua region. ( mountains, archeological sites)
The best season to visit the place is in spring as there is no so many tourists and everything is more beatiful and calm.
get a gps to help you get around. Street signs are nonexistent.