The International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis is found 4 km from the city center, in the region of Nea Alikarnassos. Throughout the year it serves domestic flights from/to Athens and Thessaloniki, while in summer it operates charter flights from many European airports. The flight time from Athens to Heraklion is about 45 minutes. Many low-cost air companies also fly to Heraklion in the summer season, making it the most important gateway to Crete.
Travel to Heraklion
Travel to Heraklion, Greece: Organizing your travel to Heraklion is easy as there are many direct ferries and flights there. These ferries and flights depart from Athens daily, while there are also direct flights and charters from abroad in tourist season. Here is the most useful travel information about the airport, flights, and ferries but also useful numbers, pdf guide and information about our travel services.
Direct daily ferries link Piraeus to Heraklion, the busiest port in Crete. These trips are daily or overnight and they usually last from 6 to 8 hours. The large port of Heraklion is also connected with many other Greek islands, especially in the summer season. In particular, there is a daily ferry connection between Heraklion and Santorini in the summer. There is also ferry connection once per week with other islands of the Cyclades, such as Mykonos, Paros, and Milos. Three times per week there is a ferry from Heraklion to Karpathos, Kassos, and Rhodes.
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Useful numbers in Heraklion: police station, hospital, taxis, bus services, museums, and more