Jul 6 – 14, 2016
Europe/Athens timezone
Group photo: https://indico.cern.ch/event/442094/attachments/1146525/1956856/ICNFP_2016_Group_Photo.jpg

Travel and Visa


EU Nationals do not need a visa to enter Greece, but a valid ID card or passport is required.

Non-EU nationals in general require a visa for stays in Greece. A visa is not required for semi-annual visits of up to three months for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. Nationals of countries which do not have a visa-waiver agreement with the European Community must obtain a visa. Detailed visa information is provided by the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. List of countries together with visa requirenments can be found here: link

Those who need visa should fill this form. In urgent visa cases one should contact larissa.bravina@fys.uio.no.



Bus transportation between Chania International Airport and hotel will be provided the 5, 6, 14 and 15 July (cost for participants is included in the conference fee). In addition the conference will organize bus transfer  between hotels and OAC every day (cost is 5 E per trajectory).


During the summer period there are many direct flights to Heraklion and Chania from various European cities.

The recommended airport, closest to the conference site is Chania International Airport (CHQ). The OAC is located 39 km west of CHQ airport.

OAC can be reached from the Chania Airport by taxi, public bus, or rental car. The full fare for a taxi, including airport surcharge is around 60 Euros. By bus is cheaper (line Chania - Castelli), however, the bus stop is located at a distance of about 1 km from the OAC. The recommended way is car rental as special discounts have been arranged (starting from about 26 Euros per day); for details click here

If you decide to fly to Heraklion, which is located in 160 km from Kolymbari, you can reach the conference site by taxi (one-way fare around 140 Euros) or by bus from Heraklion to Chania (one bus per hour, line Heraklion-Rethymnon-Hania, duration about three hours) and then to the OAC as explained above.

Please note that the conference period is high season. We strongly advise you to book your flights as soon as possible.


Chania can be reached from Athens daily by boat. The company operating the route is ANEK Lines (see ferry schedules at this link). Boats dock at Chania's port Souda bay, which is located about 7 km east of the city of Chania. From there you can reach Chania and Kolymbari by bus or taxi.

Car rental 

Special discounts have been arranged for car rental (starting from about 25 Euros per day); for details click  here.


Kiwitaxi.com is recommended especially for Heraklion-Kolymbari transportation for 160 Euro per trip.

Special discount for taxi is offered by KOUMANDRAKIS IOANNIS giannisk1981@yahoo.gr     Mobile: (0030) 6944338618, the rates are 50 Euro (Chania airport to OAC Kolymbari)         (without discount it is 60 EURO), and 160 Euro (Heraklion airport to OAC Kolymbari)  (without discount it is ~200 EURO)

Public buses from Heraklion to Chania

The company is called  KTEL (in greek)

  • First bus:  5:30
  • Last bus: 21:00

Buses run every hour from 5:30 to 18:30 and there is one at 20:00 and one at 21:00.
Phone number: 0030 2810 246534

You have to take a taxi from the airport and ask the taxi driver to take you to the KTEL Station A, close to the port, to get the bus to Chania.

The price of the taxi airport-port should be ~10 Euros and the price of the bus Heraklion-Chania also ~10 Euros.

Public buses from Chania to Kolymbari

Can be found here or here

Public buses from Chania Airport to Chania

Can be found here

Public buses from Heraklion to Chania

Can be found here