IMA 2011 Conference

Travel information

IMA 2011 Conference will be hosted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania.


MAICh is located 3 km south-east of Chania city centre, 13 km from the airport and 1 km from the port of Souda.

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The city centre of Chania can be reached by bus. Buses leave every 20min and the bus stop is located outside the MAICh premises on the main street (Souda Avenue). Tickets cost 1.50€ one way and will be available for purchase at MAICh's Restaurant. Taxis to the city centre cost about 7-10€.

More information about the city of Chania can be found in the site of Municipality of Chania.

A detailed map of Chania city centre can be found here. (942 KB, 1633x1142 pixels)

The port of Souda can also be reached by bus. Taxis from MAICh to Souda cost approximately 3€ and from Souda port to Chania city centre cost 9-12€.

There is no direct bus service connecting the airport with MAICh. Taxi is the only means of transportation at an approximate cost of 22-23€. Bus tickets from airport to Chania city centre cost 2.30€.

Travelling to Chania


By airplane

Chania International Airport is the closest airport. Heraklion can be an alternative but a bus journey would take 3 hours.

There are direct charter and scheduled flights connecting Chania with many European cities carried out by RYANAIR (Chania-Frankfurt, Chania-Milan) and Easyjet (Chania-London, Heraklion to Berlin, Bristol, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Rome).

Domestic flights from the Athens International Airport are also frequent and are carried out by Olympic and Aegean Airlines.

By ferry

Ferries to Chania (Souda port) leave from Athens (Piraeus port) on a daily basis. Please check the shipping companies web sites for ferry schedules (ANEK, Blue Star Ferries). Also note that there is a direct bus service connecting Athens International Airport with Piraeus port. More information about public transport in Athens can be found here.

Chania can be reached by coach from the city of Herakleon situated 145 km (90 miles) from Chania. The bus fare is about 9 euros and takes about 2.5 hours. The taxi costs approximately 80 euros. Herakleon, being the biggest city of Crete, is directly connected with charter/scheduled flights with many European cities. Flights to/from Athens are also frequent. Ferries from Piraeus travel to Herakleon every day. The overnight/daytime trip with MINOAN lines takes between 7-8 hours.

Weather / Climate

The climate is relatively mild, Mediterranean. During the fall and winter months north and northwest winds dominate, while in the summer the ill winds make it enjoyable. But the divine gift of the eternal sunshine allows one to start their vacation from March and end it at the end of October.

Chania has the largest amount of water in Crete (65%), and for this there is rich vegetation of plants and fruitful trees (citrus trees, olives, vines etc.) as well as semitropicals. The very clean beaches of Chania win always the "blue flags" of Europe and are accessible for all ages throughout the year.

More information about Chania climatology can be found in Hellenic National Meteorological Service.