IATA code: HER
ICAO code: LGIR
Passengers: ~ 5 million
Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” (HER) is an airport situated about 5 kilometers east from the city of Heraklion, close to the town of Nea Alikarnassos.
It’s the main airport of the Island of Crete and the second busiest airport in Greece, after Athens International Airport (ATH). The airport serves 5 million passengers annually.
Since the airport is both a civil and military facility, passengers are often requested not to take any photographs or videos of the runway.
If you’re landing at Heraklion, check out our guide for relevant and important information about the Heraklion Airport.
How to get from Heraklion Airport to Heraklion
There are several ways to get to and from Heraklion Airport, including public transport and private options.
City buses operated by KTEL company run all year round every 10 to 15 minutes, with higher frequency during the summer period.
On Sundays and holidays, there are fewer departures. Buses are full-sized blue coaches.
Please keep in mind that some buses will take you to the Bus Station A, located in the Old Town, close to the port, and some to the Bus Station B, situated west from the Old Town.
Bus tickets can be purchased directly on board, drivers accept only cash and EUR currency. Travel time is around 20 minutes, depending on the traffic.
If you prefer a comfortable ride over a crowded public transport, we recommend you to take a taxi operating 24/7. You will find a taxi parking in front of the Terminal.
The fare from the Airport to the Heraklion city center is usually 15 to 20€ one-way.
Another way to travel to Heraklion is with a private, door-to-door transfer from Heraklion Airport to your accommodation in the city.
You can pre-book a transfer for a hassle-free experience, professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.
Renting a car
For those who would prefer to reach the city and explore the area on their own, the best option is to rent a car directly at the airport.
At Heraklion International Airport you’ll find the following car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Autohellas, Travel Star, etc. Car rental booths can be found on the ground floor of the main terminal.
Renting a bus
Larger groups of passengers should consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.
Heraklion Airport airlines
A large number of airlines handle domestic and international flights here.
Most of them are seasonal since Crete is a popular summer destination.
Some of the most popular flights are to or from Belgrade, Berlin, Warsaw-Chopin and other destinations in Europe.
Here’s a list of airlines with the most frequent flights:
- Aegean Airlines
- Corendon Airlines
- Nordwind Airlines
- TUI Airways
Facilities and Services
The airport offers a range of services and amenities for passengers waiting for a flight or are on a layover.
- Baby Room
- Currency Exchange
- Duty-Free Shops
- Luggage Storage
- WiFi (in the dining areas and Duty-Free shops)
Heraklion Airport Accommodation
There are no hotels at the airport, but there are several hotels nearby. You can stay at the Sofia Hotel, the Hotel Asterion Nea Alikarnassos or Pasiphae Hotel. All of them are pretty near the airport, but there are no shuttle buses that stop there.
Check out other available accommodation near the airport on the map below.
Heraklion Airport FAQs
There are several bus lines operating from the airport to the Heraklion city centre from early morning to late night hours, but in case you miss the bus, you can always take a taxi which are at your disposal 24/7.
Yes, there is a free WiFi available throughout the airport terminal.
Exchanging money at Heraklion Airport is easy, there is a currency exchange service placed at the Arrivals and several ATMs inside the terminal building.
Besides the blue colored city buses, there are also green colored regional buses connecting Heraklion with other Crete cities.