Heraklion Tourist Information

How to get to Heraklion

By air from Athens, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos and from many cities in Europe. Heraklion's airport is about 5 km (3 miles) east of the city, along the coast. Major car-rental companies have desks at the airport.

A taxi to Heraklion costs about 6 Euro, and the public bus is 1 Euro.

By boat: The Island has daily connections to Athens (Piraeus Port) all year round, and during the summer to other islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Tinos and Paros.

The journey from Piraeus, to Crete takes about 9 hours on standard ferries, and 6 hours on the high-speed fleets.

On the Athens - Crete route, overnight ferries arrive at their destination between 5.00 and 6.30 in the morning.

By bus: The third common mode of arrival in Heraklion is by public bus from one of the other Cretan cities or towns.

Useful Telephone Numbers

  • International Dialing Code: +30-2810
  • Customs Heraklion Port: 2810-346200
  • Civil Aviation Airport: 2810-397800
  • First Aid (EKAB): 166 or 2810-222222
  • Venizeleio General Hospital: 2810-368000-29
  • Regional Academic Hospital: 2810-392111
  • Police Flying Squad: 100
  • First Police Department: 2810-282243
  • Second Police Department: 2810-284589
  • Tourist Police: 2810-283190
  • Municipal Police: 2810-289900
  • Fire Department: 199
  • Port Police: 108 or 2810-244912
  • Olympic Airways (airport): 2810-245644
  • N.Kazantzakis airport: 2810-228402
  • Post Office: 2810-234468
  • Crete Region Tourism Division: 2810-228203
  • Local Buses Heraklion-Lasithi: 2810-245019
  • Local Buses Hania-Rethymno:2810-221765
  • Greek Alpine Club: 2810-342586
  • Knossos: 2810-231940
  • Vikelaia Library: 2810-399249
  • Kazantzakis Theatre: 2810-242977
  • Archaeological Museum: 2810-226092
  • Historical Museum: 2810-283219
  • Museum of Battle of Crete: 2810-346554
  • N.Kazantzakis Museum: 2810-741689
  • Municipal Gallery: 2810-399228
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