Heraklion airport (HER)

Location details, contact information, airlines, departure and arrival flight status, transportation, facilities and services, parking, special passenger amenities, nearby hotels and answers to passengers' frequently asked questions.


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Heraklion International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis, opened on March, 1939, is one of the busiest in Greece and serves the capital of the island of Crete. It operates with domestic flights and many seasonal international destinations throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Official Website: ypa.gr
Number of Terminals - 1 - Open 24 hours a day.
Annual passenger traffic: 8.1 million passengers went through it in 2018.
Tel: +30 281 039 7800 / 7129 / 7136. There is an information counter in the Arrivals Hall, next to the baggage reclaim area.


Heraklion airport is located 5 km (3 miles) to the east of the city of the same name.

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What services does Heraklion airport (HER) facilities include

The airport has ATMs, currency exchange bureau and Wi-Fi access free of charge. The Goldair Handling Lounge is situated on the first floor and opens from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm the rest of the days; it provides computers, refreshments, drinks, TV, air conditioning, telephones, fax, Wi-Fi (access with Priority Pass, Lounge Club, DragonPass or Diners Club membership, through online booking or by paying at the door - €28.00).

Food and Drinks- Inside the terminal there are bars, coffee shop, restaurant and icecream store.
Shopping- Duty-free articles in the Departures area, gifts, cosmetics, tobacco and newsagents.
Baggage- 24-hour left luggage service inside the car park (Tel +30 281 039 7349). Secure wrapping in the Departures Hall. Enquiries about missing items should be directed to the information desk.
Other Services- Baby changing room, medical center.


Public and private transportation

Bus - There are services from KTEL (Tel +30 281 024 6530) to the city's bus station, with a trip of around 20 minutes and a fare of €1.80. They run every 15 min. from Monday to Saturday and less frequently on Sundays. The stop is found a few minutes away from the terminal. In Heraklion you can board buses to different destinations inside the island, such as Rethimnon, Kavros, Georgioupolis and Chania.

Taxi - Cabs (grey-colored) are available around the clock in front of the Arrivals level. Journey time to the city centre is about 15 minutes and the fare is around €17.00. Prices are higher between 0:00 am and 6:00 am. Bookings: Tel +30 281 021 0102.


Car rental agencies

Car rental desks are located in the Arrivals area.

Avis/Budget (Tel +30 281 039 0373 - 24 hours a day)
Εurodollar (Tel +30 281 028 1338)
Europcar (Tel +30 281 022 5150 - 7:30 am to 9:00 pm)
Ηoliday Autos (Tel +30 281 024 6603)
Hertz (Tel +30 281 033 0452 - 8:00 am to 9:00 pm)
National (Tel +30 281 022 6002 - 7:30 am to 10:00 pm)
Sixt (Tel +30 281 028 0915 - 7:30 am to 11:00 pm)
Tourent (Tel +30 281 024 0222 - 6:00 am to 0:00 am)


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Parking services at Heraklion airport (HER)

The enclosure has a parking lot for short and long stays near the terminal building. The area is small given the airport's passenger traffic. More information: Tel +30 281 022 6980.


Facilities for passengers with special needs

Facilities are basic, including ramps, reserved parking spaces and adapted restrooms. Passengers requiring special assistance should contact their airline at least 48 hours in advance.

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Latest updates: March 07, 2019