Practical information, companies and how to get to Iraklion Nikos Kazantzakis


Airbus_A320-212_Aegean_at_Heraklion Iraklion Nikos Kazantzakis

Photo, 2011 Florian Waßmann

Iraklion Nikos Kazantzakis is the main international airport of the island of Crete, second most important, for passenger traffic, in the whole of Greece!

It is located in Nea Alikarnassos, about 5 km east of Heraklion. It is connected, almost exclusively in high season, with the main European and extra-European destinations. Rather small in size, in consideration of the passenger volume, it has a single terminal and the main services inside, including a duty free.

Here is the list of companies and direct connections with Iraklion Nikos Kazantzakis:

Aegean Airlines: Berlin-Tegel, Bordeaux, Brest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Larnaca, Lyon, London-Gatwick, Marseille, Metz / Nancy, Milan-Malpensa.
Air Serbia charter:

Alitalia: Rome-Fiumicino.
ASL Airlines France Charter: Manchester.
Astra Airlines: Dresden, Munich, Thessaloniki.
Austrian Airlines: Vienna.
Blu-express: Bergamo, Rome-Fiumicino.
BlueBird Airways charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion.
British Airways: London-Gatwick.
Brussels Airlines: Brussels.
Cobalt Air: Larnaca.
Condor: Hamburg, Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Leipzig / Halle, Manchester, Munich, Stuttgart.
Corendon Dutch Airlines: Amsterdam, Brussels, Groningen, Maastricht / Aachen.
Cyprus Airways: Larnaca.
EasyJet: Hamburg, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-CDG.
Edelweiss Air: Zurich.
Ellinair: Athens (all year), Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Bucharest, Katowice, Kiev-Boryspil, Munich, Moscow-Vnukovo, Santorini, St. Petersburg, Tbilisi, Thessaloniki (all year), Warsaw-Chopin.
Enter Air, Charter: London-Gatwick
Finnair: Helsinki.
Germany: Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt / Weimar, Friedrichshafen, Münster / Osnabrück, Rostock.
Eurowings: Hamburg, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne / Bonn, Hanover.
Germany Flug: Zurich.
Iberia Express: Madrid.
Jet Time, charter: Copenhagen. Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds / Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Lufthansa: Monaco.
Luxair: Luxembourg.
Sundial: Bergamo, Verona.
Mistral Air: Naples.
Monarch Airlines: Birmingham.
Neos: Bergamo, Milan-Malpensa.
Niki: Salzburg, Vienna.
Norwegian Air Shuttle: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Olympic Air: Rhodes.
Sky Express: Paros. All the year: Athens, Kos, Rhodes.
Small Planet Airlines: Graz, Katowice, Lublin, Poznan, Warsaw-Chopin.
SmartLynx Airlines: Line.
SmartWings: Bratislava, Brno, Budapest, Debrecen, Košice, Lille, Ostrava, Prague.
SunExpress Deutschland: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart.
Sun D'Or: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Swiss International Air Lines: Geneva.
TAROM: Bucharest.
Thomas Cook Airlines: Birmingham, Bristol, East Mindlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Thomson Airways: Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster / Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Transavia: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Orly.
Travel Service: Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Sliač, Warsaw-Chopin.
TUI fly Deutschland: Basel / Mulhouse, Cologne / Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden, Leipzig / Halle, Munich, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Vienna
TUI fly Belgium: Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Lille, Ostend / Bruges
TUI fly Netherlands: Amsterdam, Groningen.
UTair: Moscow-Vnukovo.
Volotea: Bari, Naples, Palermo, Venice.
Vueling: Barcelona, ​​Catania, Rome-Fiumicino.
Windrose Airlines: Dnipro, Kiev-Boryspil.
Wizz Air: Budapest.

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Taxis await you, numerous, at the exit of the terminal. It is always preferable to agree early, before embarking on the journey. In principle, to reach the center, they should ask around 10,00 € per person. Probable a discount, if you were to travel in 3 or more people.


Outside the Terminal it is possible to reach, in a few minutes, the bus station. Only one urban line connects the Iraklion Nikos Kazantzakis airport with the city center every day from morning to night. The journey takes about 20 minutes. The races, from Monday to Saturday, are quite frequent; a little less on Sundays and holidays.

Tickets can be purchased directly at the airport, at the appropriate counters. It costs around € 2,00.

IMPORTANT: In the middle of summer, especially in August, given the size of the airport and the number of travelers, it is quite likely that you will find a real crowd outside. Arm yourself with a lot of patience and, if you do not have to do it, there is always a taxi alternative.

Once you reach the center of Iraklion, you can reach Chania by bus. The bus runs daily, from 05: 30 (first run) to 22: 30 (last departure) with runs every hour, from both directions.
The bus runs several stops along the way, including Bali, Rethimnon, Kavros and Georgioupolis. The ticket varies depending on the distance, from a minimum of € 1,80 to a maximum of € 15,10 (Heraklion-Chania).