The Heraklion International Airport (HER) is the principal aviation facility serving the Greek island of Crete. This airport was established in 1939, and has spent the intervening years expanding its flight options, its services, and its terminals. The airport is an easy distance of 4km from Heraklion, the main city on the island, and this hub is the second busiest airport in Greece, offering almost 50 direct destinations, and seeing almost seven million people each year transit through its gates.
The airport caters pretty well to its passengers; there is an ATM in the departure lounge, and there is access to bureau de change services. Free WiFi is available for the first 30 minutes, and there are payphones travellers can utilise.
For dining, there is only one restaurant, but there are several smaller food kiosks you can purchase food from. The shopping options here are slim, but there is a decent variety of produce, with two duty-free outlets selling standards like cosmetics, fragrances, tobacco and alcohol, as well as a small shop selling reading materials and confectionary. Other amenities include a medical clinic, a VIP lounge, and an information desk.
Fly to Crete from Australia with a number of airlines, which comprise of Olympic Air, MEA, Emirates, Finnair, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Qantas, and many more.
· Driving into the city shouldn’t take you long, around 10-15 minutes in total. Just hop on the Leof Ikarou towards Grammou, and you will come directly into the central part of town. There are lots car rental companies at the airport, but it’s always advisable to book your vehicle in advance, and this can be done easily using Skyscanner's car hire search tool.
· The public bus services from the airport into Heraklion are very good, leaving frequently, taking only 20 minutes, and cost 1-2EUR ($2-3) per ticket. If you’re travelling in a group, it may be more comfortable to pre-arrange a shuttle transfer online, which can meet you when you land.
· You can take taxis from right outside the airport, and this is a popular way to get into town. This is a pretty efficient service, taking only 15 minutes and should cost about 10EUR ($17), but you should agree the price with the driver before setting off.
Please note that information is correct as of April 2017