Transportation to and from Heraklion Airport


What is the distance from Heraklion Airport to the centre of Heraklion?

The airport is well located, just 5 kilometres / 3.1 miles from the city centre (Old Town). A drive from Heraklion Airport to the centre of Heraklion takes 10 minutes.

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

Public transport

Bus to Heraklion

The public transport company KTEL takes travellers to and from the city. Especially in the summer months, there is a bus leaving to the centre of Heraklion regularly, approximately every 5 to 10 minutes. There are several bus lines that you can use, travel time is around 20 minutes. On Sundays and holidays you have fewer options. The blue buses are city buses, the green coloured buses are regional bus services. In order to reach the centre of Heraklion, you have to take a blue bus. All blue buses of KTEL that leave from the airport run in the direction of the centre of Heraklion.

Bus tickets
Tickets are available from the bus driver, the price is € 1.20 per person. Heraklion has three main bus stations, two to the east of the Old Town (bus station A, KTEL Herakliou – Lasithio) and one to the west of the Old Town (bus station B). If you want to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, 6 kilometres southeast of Heraklion, you can take bus line 2 from bus station A. There are two free bus services in Heraklion, namely bus 1 Red Line and bus 2 Blue Line. Please consult website KTEL for more information.

Car sharing

There is no car sharing service available at the airport. If you are planning to rent a car in Crete, take a look at our car rental tips and see the full list of all car rental companies at Heraklion Airport!


Knossos Palace Skip-the-Line Entry with Guided Walking Tour

€ 40

Skip the ticket line and immerse yourself into the majestic Palace of Knossos with a detailed guided walking tour which takes you 3500 years back in Greek history. Use the same ticket to enter the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion later.

From Rethymno: Full-Day Knossos and Heraklion Tour

€ 20

Take a 1-day bus excursion from Rethymnon to Knossos. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion, and more.

Heraklion: Private Knossos Palace & Archaeology Museum Tour

€ 350

Visit the most important archaeological site on Crete, the Minoan palace of Knossos. Afterwards, you will explore the Archaeology Museum of Heraklion, which houses the biggest prehistoric exhibition of artifacts in Greece.


Heraklion Foodies Feast: Half-Day Small-Group Tour

€ 93

Experience Heraklion like a local and explore the streets where residents live, eat and shop, all while snacking away on Crete's best local treats.

Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

€ 100

Taste 15 different wines from Crete at a private wine tasting for no more than 8 people on a food and wine tour from Heraklion. Go to a gourmet restaurant for an olive oil tasting and immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of the island.

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

€ 140

Enjoy fast entry and a 1-hour guided tour inside the majestic Minoan Palace of Crete. Meet your licensed guide at your hotel, skip the ticket lines and wander into the remains of ancient Minoan civilization.

Tours and transport

Crete: Private Transfer from or to Ports & Airports

€ 90

Enjoy a private transfer from or to the ports and airports of Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno areas.

Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area

€ 38

Enjoy a 1-day bus excursion from Chania to Knossos. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the Archaeological Museum, the city of Heraklion and more.

Heraklion: 2–Hour Cretan Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour

€ 49

Experience Cretan culinary life for a day, discover the world famous Mediterranean diet as found in Crete. Uncover the secrets of Cretans longevity on a tasting walking tour.


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