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How to reach Crete

  • By air:

    Nikos Kazantzakis airport (airport code: HER) is the only one located in Heraklion. Heraklion has 8-10 direct flights daily from Athens (ATH), and 2-4 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.

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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. We highly recommend the taxi option, since you will be able to find one immediately outside the arrivals building and it will take you directly to your destination. Estimates of the taxi fares depending on the hotel you have booked can be found further down this page, under hotel information.

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How to reach ICS-FORTH

By Taxi:

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 8€. 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 10-15€.

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.

By Car:

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.

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A low resolution map is also available:
How to come to FORTH

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,  13:55,  15:25,  17:20,  19:40,  21:15
  • Astoria Hotel - FORTH (approximately):
    07:30,  08:40,  11:40,  14:05,  15:05,  17:30,  19:50,  21:25
  • FORTH - Airport
    08:00,  09:15,  12:15,  14:30,  16:10,  18:00,  20:10,  21:30

Please keep in mind that city traffic may affect departure and arrival times.

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Hotel Information

We recommend the following hotels in Heraklion for their quality and location.

Capsis Astoria Atrion
Address Eleftherias Square Heraklion 71201, Hellas
Phone/Fax +30 2810 343080 / +30 2810 229078
Email info _at_ astoriacapsis _dot_ gr
Airport distance 5km
Taxi fare to airport 10€ (add 1.70€ if ordered by phone)
Distance from city center 0km
Direct bus to FORTH bus stop outside the hotel
Internet access available in rooms
Address 9 Chronaki Street, Heraklion 71202, Hellas
Phone/Fax +30 2810 246000 / +30 2810 223292
Email info _at_ atrion _dot_ gr
Airport distance 5km
Taxi fare to airport 10€ (add 1.70€ if ordered by phone)
Distance from city center 0.5km
Direct bus to FORTH bus stop at 700m from hotel
Internet access available in rooms
Lato Megaron
Address 15 Epimenidou Street, Heraklion 71202, Hellas
Phone/Fax +30 2810 228103 / +30 2810 240350
Email info _at_ lato _dot_ gr
Airport distance 5km
Taxi fare to airport 10€ (add 1.70€ if ordered by phone)
Distance from city center 0.2km
Direct bus to FORTH bus stop at 300m from hotel
Internet access available in rooms
Address 9 Doukos Beaufort, Heraklion 71202, Hellas
Phone/Fax +30 2810 305300 / +30 2810 305400
Email megaron _at_ gdmmegaron _dot_ com
Airport distance 5km
Taxi fare to airport 10€ (add 1.70€ if ordered by phone)
Distance from city center 0.5km
Direct bus to FORTH bus stop at 700m from hotel
Internet access available in rooms
Mövenpick Resort & Thalasso Crete Santa Marina Hotel
Address 72 Andreas Papandreou Street, Gazi 71414, Heraklion, Hellas
Phone/Fax +30 2810 377000 / +30 2810 250669
Airport distance 11km
Taxi fare to airport 15€ (add 1.70€ if ordered by phone)
Distance from city center 5.2km
Direct bus to FORTH: N/A
Internet access available in rooms
Address P.O. Box 32, Amoudara 71414, Heraklion, Hellas
Phone/Fax +30 2810 261103 / +30 2810 261369
Email santamarina _at_ apollonia _dot_ gr
Airport distance 15.5km
Taxi fare to airport 15€ (add 1.70€ if ordered by phone)
Distance from city center 6.5km
Direct bus to FORTH: N/A
Internet access available in rooms

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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.

Heraklion plan

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Local Weather

You can find information regarding the local weather on the dates you are visiting Crete, through the following link.

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