Heraklion Travel Guide

Travel Crete Private Tours – city of Heraklion

Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region’s most fascinating and vibrant cities.

The historic Candia, the city of Heraklion with its Venetian port is a modern capital with dozens of options in culture, accommodation, dining and entertainment. It is a city where you can enjoy the pleasures of today and the beauty of yesterday.

It offers a wealth of museums, a summer-long arts festival, historical sightseeing, amazing nightlife and events throughout the year. Whatever the purpose of your visit, your stay in Heraklion will be one to remember.


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Travel Crete Private Tours – Transportations in Heraklion

  1. Air Transportations

Heraklion airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” or Heraklion International airport, is the second busiest airport in Greece. It took its name from the famous author Nikos Kazantzakis and is 4km from the center of the city at Alikarnassos.

The IATA code used for the international airport of Heraklion (HER)


Heraklion Airport Facilities

You can found the information near the baggage area in the Arrivals Hall. Information center tel: +30 2810 397136

There is a bank, an ATM and a currency exchange service in the terminal building.

Commercial Bank Tel : +30 2810 397330 

There is a duty-free shop.

Lost property should be made to the information desk. Lost & Found – “Nikos Kazantzakis” Airport Tel: +30 2810 397368

You can spend your waiting time at the cafe-bar in the terminal building the cafe bar offer drinks and snacks.

Internal Flights are available by OLIMPIC AIR and AEGEAN Airlines

Flight Counters at the airport:

OLYMPIC AIR Τel. +30 2810 337203

AEGEAN Airlines Tel. + 2810 330475

Postal Address:

Heraklion International Airport N.Kazantzakis

71601 Heraklion Crete, Greece

Tel: +30 2810  397800

Fax: +30 2810 221700


  1. Sea Transportations

Heraklion Port Authority S.A. manages one of Greece’s twelve most important ports and is a founding member of the Hellenic Ports Association. Second in passenger traffic after the Port of Piraeus, we are fully equipped and staffed to render highly competitive and efficient services to all forms of shipping.

Situated at the center of Heraklion Prefecture’s northern coast and adjacent to island’s capital, our Port occupies a location that has harbored maritime trade for about five millennia. It was developed during the 20th Century and expanded east of its antique predecessor, the 700 hundred year old fortified Venetian Harbor that is now a marina and public recreation area.

The New Passenger Terminal is an ergonomically designed and fully air-conditioned 2,500 m² facility, equipped to handle both ferry and cruise operations with efficiency and comfort.  

All necessary requirements to conduct modern passport & security clearances are in place, including latest X-ray scanner and magnetic arch equipment. In addition, there is a dedicated check-in area specifically organized for cruise ship turnarounds and home porting. In cases of cruise line–airline cooperation, the terminal is fully capable of handling off airport check-ins. 

Other terminal features include two passenger halls, ferry line ticketing & car rental desks, retail outlets, a snack bar & cafeteria, a tourist information kiosk, ATM access, short-term luggage storage lockers and a small infirmary. Luggage trolleys are available in the passenger halls.

Postal Address:

Heraklion Port Authority

Heraklion Port, P.O. Box 1068, Heraklion, 71110

Fax: +30 2810 226110

Secretariat: +30 2810 338115 & 16

Email: info@portheraklion.gr


  1. Public Transportations

HERAKLION OFFICE: +30 2810 246534

AGIOS NIKOLAOS OFFICE: +30 28410 28284




  1. Travel Crete Private Tours Transportations

Shore Excursion – For guests who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary, a private car and driver is the answer

For guests, that intend to visit Crete for a short time ( passengers of Cruise ships -MSC Fantasia/Magnifica/Orchestra, Holland America Line’s/Noordam/Prinsendam/Ryndam/Rotterdam, Norwegian Cruises/Spirit, Costa, Aida, Nautica, Oceana, Ventura, Thomson, Mein Schiff, Arcadia, Aurora, Queen Mary/Elizabeth, Celestyal, Royal Princess – from the port of Heraklion , Chania and Agios Nikolaos ) we can provide chauffeur service, Vehicles with driver only, are offered on a half-day (four hours) basis.

If you choose the driver-only option, please be aware that the drivers’ command of English varies and that drivers cannot act as tour guides.

Vehicles are air-conditioned and are provided with a driver. Guests are not allowed to operate vehicle.

Type of vehicle used will be determined on number of guests booked.

Dress: If you plan to be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. Comfortable flat-soled walking shoes, sun glasses and sunscreen are recommended.

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.

Cruise ship passengers (At time of booking or request), must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time.



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