Heraklion Airport is located 5 kilometres east of Heraklion town centre in the Nea Alikarnassos area. Its official name is Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis”, in honour of the famous Cretan author.

heraklion airport front view

Heraklion International Airport (IATA: HER) is the second-busiest airport in Greece. In the summer months it welcomes hundreds of domestic flights and foreign charter flights.

Heraklion Airport boasts a 2,680-metre-long runway and several areas for VIP and private aircrafts and jets. It receives hundreds domestic and international flights per day and works 24 hours per day all year long. Summer months are the busiest period of time, as the island of Crete accepts visitors and tourists from all over the world.

The airport features five cafés and snack bars and one restaurant. There are duty free shops for international flights and regular shops located on the ground floor.

Visitors can also use the several lockers located at the Parking lot of the airport, which is open 24/7 to travellers and visitors. There is also a currency exchange bureau and ATM cash machines located in the main building. In addition, all possible conveniences to disabled people are offered inside and outside the airport.

If you decide to visit Crete, you can book a flight to Heraklion Airport and arrange transportation by renting a car from our website to cruise around the city and its beaches easily and safely. Whether you are coming for a few days or a few weeks, you can experience the island of Crete by visiting some of the most famous places that are within easy reach of Heraklion Airport.

Parking at Heraklion Airport

  • There is a special car park at the airport, which is free for visitors when Heraklion airport is open
  • There are also private car parks nearby, just opposite the airport, where you can safely leave your car for more days

Travelling to and from Heraklion Airport

Visitors can easily drive to any part of Crete from Heraklion Airport, as there is an exit to the national road heading both east and west only a short distance away. The airport is also close to Heraklion town centre, so you can easily reach your hotel or other place of residence in the city.

aerial view of heraklion airport


  • Heraklion Airport offers passengers use of a free Wi-Fi connection. Computers and free Internet use are provided at the Everest restaurants in the airport.
  • Heraklion Airport also has snack bars and restaurants, kiosks and little shops for your last-minute shopping before leaving Heraklion. There are also Duty-Free shops for cheap deals on the upper floor.
  • Finally, there are also information desks, banks and an exchange bureau at the airport to meet all your immediate customer needs.

Airlines and Destinations

Airlines providing domestic flights into and out of Heraklion Airport are Olympic Air, Aegean Airways and Sky Express. There are domestic flights to and from the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Kos, Rhodes, Ikaria, Mytilene, Chios, and of course to the major airports of Athens and Thessaloniki.

Heraklion Airport also hosts charter flights from many European countries, mainly the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia and Romania.


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