Chania to Vienna ? Route suggestions please

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Chania to Vienna ? Route suggestions please

Postby Howard » Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:02 pm

Any suggestions re driving from Chania to Vienna please?

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Re: Chania to Vienna ? Route suggestions please

Postby Kilkis » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:26 pm

I've never done it but the most direct route would be Chania to Piraeus on the ferry. From Piraeus get onto the main north-south motorway from Athens to Thessaloniki. Note that it isn't motorway class road all the way. About 20 km before Thessaloniki branch off left and follow the motorway to the border with Northern Macedonia at Evzoni. Head towards Skopje and then towards Belgrade in Serbia. From Belgrade head to Budapest in Hungary and from there to Vienna. A bit over 1,700 km.

If you don't fancy stopping overnight in Northern Macedonia or Serbia you'll find a couple of reasonable hotels in Polikastro quite close to the motorway and not far from the Greek border. Set off early from there and you should be able to get into Hungary before stopping overnight again. Polikastro to Szeged just into Hungary is about 800 km.

If you want to avoid the Balkan peninsula altogether then I think you can get a car ferry from Patras to Venice and then drive from Venice to Vienna crossing directly from Italy into Austria. More relaxing and a lot less driving but probably more expensive for the additional ferry. Worth pricing up.


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Re: Chania to Vienna ? Route suggestions please

Postby Maud » Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:29 pm

Austrian friends do the Patras to Trieste route annually. They catch the ferry from Iraklio to Piraeus, drive to Patras, then ferry to Trieste. They have a house just south of Vienna, and the roads from Trieste to there are very good. I think it is only about a 5 hours drive for them.

It is certainly a less stressful journey than driving all the way......unless of course you want to do a road trip?

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