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Transfer Options from Heraklion Airport to City Centre

Heraklion airport is the largest and most important of the Crete airports. Heraklion airport is situated only 5km away from the city of Heraklion, so this Crete airport is the best choice if you are traveling to the city.

To get from Heraklion airport to the city centre, you have two transfer options, bus or taxi. Taking a Heraklion airport taxi is the quickest but more expensive transfer option. The journey will take 10 minutes, and is charged at a flat rate of €16. Taking a bus is much cheaper, but also slower. Total journey time on the bus is 35 minutes, but it will cost only 2.00€.

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Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €16 10min 24/7 Book
Taxi €20 10min 24/7
Bus €4 25min 06:00–21:15

How to get from Heraklion airport to the city centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Heraklion airport to the city centre of Heraklion is the easiest and quickest transfer option. There is a flat rate fee of 20€ to anywhere within the city centre ring, and the journey will only take 10 minutes in light traffic.

Taxi fare from Heraklion airport to the city centre

Taxis at Heraklion airport are charged at a flat rate based on zones. If your final destination is within the city centre ring of Heraklion, then the fare will be 20€.

Taxi prices
Day time
Night time
10 min
60 min
1h 10 min
2h 20 min


Trip Duration

10 minutes

There may be up to a 10 minute wait time for a taxi


Taxis are available 24/7 from Heraklion airport

Where do I get it from?

As soon as you step out of the arrivals terminal at Crete Heraklion airport, you will see the taxi rank right in front of you. The grey/silver cars will be lined up with bright ‘Taxi’ signs on top.


After a long flight, all you want to do is get to your accommodation and relax, and the quickest way to do this is by taxi. The driver will pick you up from the airport, and drop you off directly at your door in just 10 minutes.

Editor’s Note

Crete Heraklion airport is so close to the city centre, that it's worth that extra convenience of just hopping into a taxi and arriving in the shortest amount of time. However, if you are on a budget, alternative transport is recommended.

Useful Tips

Most taxi drivers in Crete speak English, but some don't. Have your destination written down just in case.
Be sure to carry cash, most drivers don't accept card payments.
Let your driver know that you are aware of the basic fee.
Taxis at Heraklion airport are grey/silver colored.

How to get from Heraklion airport to the city centre by bus

Taking a bus from Heraklion airport isn’t the most convenient option, but it’s definitely the cheapest. There isn’t a bus stop directly inside the airport grounds, so you will have to walk a little to the main road to catch one.
There are two lines that run from Crete Heraklion airport to the city centre, 1 and 78 and the total journey will take 35 minutes.

How much is a bus from Heraklion airport to the city centre?

For a one way ticket into the city centre from Heraklion airport it will cost you 2.00€. You can pay the driver as you are entering the bus.



Trip Duration

25 minutes

There is an average waiting time of 10 minutes


Buses are available from 6:00 to 21:15

Where do I get it from?

The stop for buses into the city centre isn’t inside the actual airport, it’s on the inner ring road. You will need to head out of the arrivals terminal exit doors and to your right. Follow the side of the airport until you see the main road in front of you. Turn left onto the main road, and a few meters ahead of you is the bus stop.


Although cheap, taking a bus from Crete Heraklion airport to the city centre isn’t a very convenient transfer option. As there is no bus stop for the city centre inside Heraklion airport, you will need to carry all your luggage out onto the main ring road to catch a bus. Also, if you arrive after 21:15, there is no bus service at all.

Editor’s Note

If you are looking for a cheap and fairly quick way of getting to the city centre from Heraklion airport, then taking the public bus may be a good transfer option for you. However, if you arrive after 9:15pm, you will need to find another mode of transport.

Useful Tips

The blue buses are to the city, the Green buses connect Heraklion to other cities.
Carry cash with you, most bus drivers can't accept card payments.
Be sure to keep an eye on your belongings while on the bus.
You can pay the driver before you get on the bus.
Buses 1 and 78 will drop you off at bus stand A in Heraklion.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Crete. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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24/7 email & phone support

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Same price as a regular taxi from the line


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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get from Heraklion airport to the city center?

Crete Heraklion airport is extremely close to the city centre. It shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes by car or taxi if the traffic is light.

How much is taxi from Heraklion airport to the city centre?

Taxis at Crete Heraklion airport are charged at a flat rate. It will cost you 20€ to reach your destination, so long as it’s inside the city ring.

How far is Crete Heraklion airport from the city centre?

Heraklion airport is only 5 km from the city centre. It will take 10 minutes to reach it by car, or 35 minutes by public bus.

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