Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport - HER

Heraklion, Greece (GR)

Getting around the airport

One main terminal

Heraklion International Airport is the second busiest airport in Greece after Athens International Airport. It is the primary airport on the island of Crete and is located 5 km east of the main city centre of Heraklion. 

The airport serves as a hub for Olympic Airways, Sky Express and Aegean Airways and is composed of one passenger terminal, divided by Domestic and Schengen areas. The terminal hosts 3 passenger lounges, currency exchange offices, a pharmacy, a post office, smoking areas, ATMs, luggage services and duty-free shops. 

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Getting into Crete

Bus or taxi


Local shuttle buses are the easiest and most economical way of getting into Crete. Buses at the airport depart every few minutes from 06:00-21:15 during weekdays and take approximately 35 minutes to get to the city centre.

City bus number 78 goes to the bus station in Heraklion/Iraklion. The journey time to central is around 20 minutes. Travellers can also take Bus Line 1 which connects the airport to the city centre.

Location: Outside the main terminal, arrivals
Cost: EUR 0.75


With a taxi, you can get to Heraklion downtown within 15 minutes.

Location: Outside the main terminal, arrivals
Cost: EUR 17.00 one-way and € 14.00 round trip

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Buy access to Goldair Handling Lounge

Main Terminal. After Passport Control, turn left and take the stairs or lift up to the 1st Floor. The lounge entrance is located on the left side.

Relax and unwind in the Goldair Handling Lounge prior to your international (Non-Schengen) departure from Heraklion. Enjoy spectacular views of the Sea of Crete and Dia Island while savoring exclusive Greek specialties made from fresh Cretan ingredients. NOTE: This lounge is only accessible for departing Non-Schengen passengers. NOTE: Children under 6 years old are admitted free with an adult.
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