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Heraklion Airport

General information

Heraklion Airport is the second-busiest airport in Greece, located in the north of Crete. In 2025 Heraklion Airport will be replaced by a new airport near the village of Kastelli. Heraklion, Iraklio in Greek, has about 175,000 inhabitants. There are two airports on the island, the other is Chania Airport in the west.


Where is Heraklion Airport situated?

The main airport in Crete is located east of the capital of the island. From the city, Heraklion Airport is accessible by road ‘Ikarou’. In all other cases, the E75 motorway will take you there.

How many terminals does Heraklion Airport have?

Heraklion Airport has one terminal, it is known as one of the worst in Europe. During the summer months, long queues are standard.

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Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from Heraklion Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in Greece.

Airport Distance
Chania Airport 96km
Santorini Airport 121km



The distance from Heraklion Airport to the centre of Heraklion is 5 kilometres. By car, it takes 10 minutes to get to the centre of Heraklion.

From HER Airport to Heraklion City centre by Car
5 km
10 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Heraklion Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from Heraklion Airport you can travel by bus. Visit the Heraklion Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Heraklion Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Heraklion is about € 15.-. Book your taxi at Heraklion Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From HER Airport to Heraklion City centre by Taxi
5 km
10 min
€ 15.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Heraklion Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National (Enterprise Holdings), Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Heraklion Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Heraklion Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Heraklion Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Heraklion Airport.

Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to Heraklion Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Heraklion Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Corendon Airlines
  • easyJet
  • TUI Airways
  • Sky Express


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Heraklion Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Sofia Hotel, Heraklio Town

Less than 5 minutes' bus ride from Heraklion centre in Crete, Sofia hotel offers a seasonal swimming pool and a seasonal restaurant. It serves breakfast and features rooms with free WiFi and a balcony.


Life Hotel by Estia, Heraklio Town

Situated just 200 metres from Heraklion Port, Life Hotel by Estia offers quality central accommodation with modern amenities, including free WiFi access. The hotel is fully air-conditioned throughout. The well-appointed rooms feature a fridge and TV.


Pasiphae Heraklion Hotel, Heraklio Town

Pasiphae Heraklion Hotel is situated in Heraklion, very close to the airport, port and the historical centre where several restaurants, bars and museums can be found. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Hotels in Heraklion

Looking for the best hotels in Heraklion? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Galaxy Iraklio Hotel, Heraklio Town

Located in Heraklion's elegant district, this 5-star hotel offers 2 gourmet restaurants, a free wellness centre and a large freshwater pool. Luxurious rooms feature balconies with pool and city views.


Castello City Hotel, Heraklio Town

Situated by the ancient Pantokrator Gate, Castello City Hotel is just a short walk from Heraklion beach. It offers views of the sea, the old city, and the Venetian walls, and year-round accommodation in elegant rooms with free WiFi.


Olive Green Hotel, Heraklio Town

Olive Green Hotel is centrally located in Heralkion, right in the lively shopping area of the town. Authentic Cretan recipes blended with modern gastronomic touches can be tasted at the 24/7 restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Heraklion Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Heraklion: Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Walking Tour

Cruise past long lines to the Palace of Knossos and immerse in Greek history. Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion later.


Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Ticket & Private Guided Tour

Enjoy fast entry and a guided tour inside the majestic Minoan Palace of Crete. Meet your licensed guide at the Knossos Palace entrance, skip the ticket lines, and wander into the remains of the ancient Minoan civilization.

Tour & transport

Heraklion: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip

Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece on a fantastic cruise to the most western part of Crete. Stop at the island of Gramvousa and the lagoon at Balos.


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