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What to expect when you arrive at Heraklion Airport

This is the second busiest airport serving Greece after Athens International Airport, so skip the queue for the local taxis and pre-book your transport to your resort with us. Once your plane has landed, you will find one of our friendly and professional drivers waiting for you in the arrivals hall, ready to drive you straight to your hotel.

Where is Heraklion Airport?

Heraklion International Airport (HER), also known as Nikos Kazantzakis airport, is the primary airport on the island of Crete, Greece, and is located 5 km to the east of Heraklion, near Nea Alikarnassos.

What to do in Heraklion

Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is located along the north coast of the island. The capital itself has a world to offer holidaymakers, from beaches and bars to shops, sports and sea. The bustling city centre gives way to sumptuous beaches, which can be enjoyed alongside an exploration of Heraklion’s fascinating culture and history through its many relics and museums.

Popular places to visit

The long, clean, sandy beach of Amoudara is situated close to Heraklion Town, and its beauty makes it a real hit with sunseekers. On the southern side, Matala beach offers a stunning contrast between the ordered smoothness of the beach and the strange, jagged rock formations that overlook it.

The nearby resort of Malia, just nineteen miles from the airport and easily reachable by airport shuttle or pre-booked taxi transfer, is the most popular beach resort on the island. It is also the most famous spot for nightlife, with holidaymakers flocking to Malia for a sun-soaked, no-holes-barred party holiday. However, there are plenty of quieter resorts on Crete for those seeking more relaxation.


Q: What shops are at the airport?

A: There is a duty-free shop, café-bar, bank and currency exchanges office.

Q: What airlines fly to the airport?

A: British Airways, TUI, Thomas Cook Airlines and low-cost carriers Jet2 and easyJet all fly direct to Heraklion from UK airports.

Q: What are the restricted items?

A: There are restrictions on certain plants and plant products and there are restrictions on products of animal origin from outside EU member states. You can check the airport's website or ask your airline for a detailed list of prohibited items before travelling.

Q: How far is Chania?

A: Chania is 141 km to the west of the airport, a 110-minute journey by car.

Q: How do I get to Malia?

A: Malia is 32 km (20 miles) from the airport. The easiest way to get there is with a transfer directly from the airport to the town, only 40 minutes away by taxi.

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