Heraklion Airport in Greece

Also Known as Nikos Kazantzakis Airport in Crete

Heraklion Airport
••• Heraklion Airport. Benoît Prieur (Agamitsudo) via Wikimedia Commons

Conveniently located at the edge of Heraklion, this small airport has basic customs facilities and a small parking lot.

Welcome to Nikos Kazantzakis Airport

The official name is the Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, named after the famous Cretan writer best known for "Zorba the Greek", but it is usually referred to as Heraklion Airport. The airport name is also known as Iraklio, Iraklion, Heraclion, and other variations.

Airport Code

The airport code is HER, which is what should appear on your baggage claim checks if you are checking your luggage through Heraklion. 

Airlines

Many airlines serve Heraklion Airport, but only a few operate all year round. These include Aegean Airlines and Olympic Airways and SAS.  Many other routes, companies, and charters are seasonal from June to September.

  • Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Germania
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Berlin
  • SAS
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Slovakia
  • Smartwings
  • Ellinair

Baggage Check Service at Heraklion

If you're looking to check your baggage for a few hours, the baggage check kiosk is located in the parking lot. A few Euro per bag will hold it for you in a secure area. This facility is presently open 24 hours a day, but if you're planning on retrieving your luggage at an off hour, make sure this is true at the time you're using the service. After midnight, bags are charged for another day. It's not cheap -- the average person's bags will run about twelve Euro - but it will make last-minute sightseeing in Heraklion much more pleasant if you can do it without your bags.

With the city itself only twenty minutes and half a Euro away, this sure beats sitting at the airport if your tour group drops you off early.

Flight Information

Heraklion Airport flight information is available on the official airport website. Heraklion Airport is served by major airlines from all over Europe.

Aegean Airlines dominates the schedule, but there are also flights from most European capitals and many places in the Middle East.

Bus Service to Heraklion

The 78 Service or #1 bus costs 1 Euro and takes twenty minutes to bring you into central Heraklion; one stop is right by the Heraklion Archaeological Museum which has now reopened after a long closure for renovations. This is right by several small hotels and the Capsis Hotel, a moderately-sized business class hotel. A taxi line by the museum can provide transportation to other options.The #1bus can also drop you within walking distance to Bus Terminal B, which has longer distance bus options to the east and west portions of the island. Or you can stay on the bus to Bus Terminal A, which has buses to the south coast of Crete, including the popular beach town of Matala.