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 & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

€ 240

Enjoy a private transfer from the cruise ship port or from your hotel in Heraklion city, skip the lines, and discover the Labyrinth inside the Palace of Knossos. Learn a lot and later see the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion with your own private guide.

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.

Heraklion, Knossos & Minoan Culture Show

€ 69

Learn everything about Minoan culture in Crete and visit not only the famous Knossos archaeological site, but also discover the old town of Heraklion and experience a 3D video show and dance theater.


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.

Day Trip to Chrissi Island from Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos

€ 61

Sail across the Libyan Sea on a 12-hour day trip to Chrissi Island from Crete. Transfer to Ierapetra to cross to one of Europe’s southernmost Mediterranean islands. Spend the day on paradise beaches, or follow the walking paths through cedar forests.

Tours and transport

From Rethymno: Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

€ 22

Journey back in time and visit the Minoan palace at Knossos on a day trip from Rethymno. Learn more about the ancient civilization at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

From Agios Nikolaos: Knossos Palace & Heraklion Guided Tour

€ 40

Join a day trip by bus to the Palace of Knossos and to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Enjoy a guided tour by a licensed guide and later visit the historical city of Heraklion.

Heraklion: Private Sunset Cruise with Wine and Fruit

€ 315

Experience an unforgettable, romantic adventure while sailing in the beautiful bay of Heraklion enjoying your wine under the magnificent colors of the sunset.


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