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Transfer Options from Heraklion Airport to Elounda

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How to get from Heraklion Airport to city centre

Heraklion airport is the largest Crete airport, and the second largest airport in Greece. Crete Heraklion airport connects to cities all over Crete, and is the preferred airport when traveling to Elounda. For the journey from Crete Heraklion airport to Elounda, you have two transfer options, bus or taxi. Taking a Heraklion airport taxi is the easiest and most direct option. The journey will take 60 minutes, and the price is fixed at 75€. Taking the public bus is the cheaper option at 9€ for the entire trip. However, there is no direct bus line, you will need to change in Agios Nikolaus. The total journey time is 3 hours and 25 minutes, including a 60 minute average waiting time.  Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Crete at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.


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  • Prepaid flat price - no hidden fees.
  • Meet & Greet at the gate.
  • Free cancellation.

Mario Lavreti

I used Welcome Pickups twice. On time and english speaking drivers.

Spinalonga, Elounda, Crete

Comparison of the options

Taxi €75 60min 24/7
Welcome Pickups €82 60min 24/7
A trusted, professional driver will pick you up at the gate right on time. Excellent reviews, flat price, no hidden fees, free cancellation.
Bus €18 105min 06:45–23:15


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How to get from Heraklion airport to Elounda by taxi

Taking a taxi from Heraklion airport to Elounda is by far the easiest and quickest transfer option. The long, 68 km journey will only take 60 minutes. Taxis at Heraklion airport are charged at a flat rate fee to Elounda.

Taxi fare from Heraklion airport to Elounda

Taxis at Heraklion airport are charged at a flat rate fee. The transfer from Heraklion airport to Elounda will cost 75€ for up to 4 people.


Taking a taxi from Crete Heraklion airport is the most popular option, simply because it's so convenient. Taxis are available 24/7, so no matter what time you land, you will be able to hop in a taxi and be taken to your accommodation in Elounda.

Editor’s Note

The journey from Heraklion airport to Elounda is a long one, why not make it pass as quickly as possible by taking a taxi?

Useful Tips

Be sure to bring cash in the form of Euros, most drivers don't accept card payments.
Let the driver know you are aware of the basic fee.
Most taxis at Heraklion airport are grey/silver colored

How to get from Heraklion airport to Elounda by bus

There is no direct bus from Crete Heraklion airport to Elounda. You must first get a bus into Agios Nikolaus, and then switch to a different line to continue your journey to Elounda. The bus from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaus takes 75 minutes, and the bus from Agios Nikolaus to Elounda takes 30 minutes. With the average waiting time considered, the total journey will be 195 minutes. The total cost of this journey is only 9€.

How much is a bus from Heraklion airport to Elounda?

There is no direct bus from Heraklion airport to Elounda, you must make a change in Agios Nikolaos.

The bus from Heraklion airport to Agios Nikolaos costs 7.10€, and the bus from Agios Nikolaus to Elounda costs 1.90€, giving a total of 9€ for the whole journey.



Trip Duration

105 minutes

Waiting time is around 90 minutes.


Buses run from 6:45 to 23:15

Where do I get it from?

There isn't a bus station directly inside Crete Heraklion airport. You must exit the arrivals terminal and head to your right. After a few meters you will hit the main road, from there make a left, and you will see the bus stop a few steps in front of you.


Taking a bus from Crete Heraklion airport to Elounda is the least convenient transfer option. The journey is long, you need at make a bus transfer, and if you land after 23:15, there isn't a bus service until the following day.

Editor’s Note

If you are particularly strapped for cash, then taking the bus may be your only option. You can make the most out of your trip by enjoying the lovely views of Crete as you travel to Elounda.

Useful Tips

There is a safe space to store your luggage under the bus.
Have your payment in the form of cash, the drivers can't accept card payments.
Bus timetables are subject to change with the season, so be sure to check before you land.

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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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get from Crete Heraklion airport to Elounda?

The journey from Heraklion airport to Elounda is a fairly long one. By car or taxi, it will take around 60 minutes. Other modes of transportation will take much longer.

How much is taxi from Heraklion airport to Elounda?

Taxis at Crete Heraklion airport are charged at a flat rate. The journey to Elounda will cost 75€, so long as you are traveling into the central ring.

How far is Crete Heraklion airport from Elounda?

Heraklion airport is 68 km from Elounda. The journey will take around 60 minutes by car or taxi in light traffic.

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