How to reach Crete
By air:Nikos Kazantzakis airport (airport code: HER) is the only one located in Heraklion. Heraklion has 10-12 direct flights daily from Athens (ATH), and 2-3 direct flights daily from Thessaloniki (SKG). Between April and September there are also frequent charter flights from most major European cities. Taxi service is available 24 hours a day just outside the airport.
By sea:There are two major ship companies on the line: Athens-Heraklion. Minoan lines and ANEK lines provide daily service to and from Crete. There are taxis and buses available near the port.
Getting from the airport to the city
When you arrive at the Heraklion airport, you have two options to get to the city and to your hotel: You can either use public transportation (a bus) or a taxi.
How to reach ICS-FORTH
The telephone number for calling a taxi is: (+30) 2810-210102, (+30) 2810-210146
The taxi fare from the city center to FORTH is approximately 10-12€. There's an additional charge of approximately 1.5€ when you reserve the taxi by phone.
The taxi fare from airport to FORTH is approximately 23-25€.
If you decide to go to ICS-FORTH by taxi, you may find this page handy. Just print it and show it to the taxi driver.
Should you wish to rent a car, the following map will give you a perspective on how to reach FORTH. The destination point is FORTH's entrance. Ask for the ICS building at the gate.
By Public Bus:
There is a bus going directly from the center of the city to FORTH. You can take the bus from the bus station in front of Astoria Hotel (Eleftherias Square). The one-way ticket price is 1.30€. Ticket vending machines are located next to most bus stations. You can also buy tickets from most kiosks around the city as well as the special ticket-kiosk next to Astoria Hotel. The sign on the bus to FORTH reads "I.T.E.". The bus schedule follows:
Airport - FORTH:
07:20, 08:30, 11:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:20
Port - FORTH:
Astoria Hotel - FORTH (approximately):
07:30, 08:40, 11:40, 14:15, 15:35, 17:30, 19:50, 21:25
FORTH - Airport
08:00, 09:10, 12:15, 14:40, 16:10, 18:00
FORTH - Port:
Saturdays & sundays
Airport - FORTH:
FORTH - Airport:
For further information please visit the website of Iraklio Urban Buses
Please keep in mind that city traffic may affect departure and arrival times.
You can find lots of hotels on online booking sites. You may want to stay close to Eleftherias Square to be close to the bus stops.
Map of Heraklion
The following map provides information about the hotels' and restaurants' locations in Heraklion. For a printable version, please click on the map.