Taxi prices to and from Heraklion Airport
A taxi to Heraklion centre takes about 10 minutes door-to-door and the cost is €20.
From Heraklion airport to Agios Nikolaos the journey takes about an hour and costs around €70. A transfer to Elounda is €75-80 and takes around the same time. Chania is a couple of hours away from Heraklion airport and a standard taxi is €150-170. Hersonissos is 25 minutes from the airport and taxis cost around €32. Heraklion airport to Sisi bay takes about 40 minutes and costs €53. These prices are estimates for a standard metered taxi, if you require a bigger vehicle, get stuck in a traffic jam or travel during the night then prices can be significantly higher.
Heraklion airport taxi and transfer companies
You can get a metered taxi from Heraklion airport that can take a maximum of 4 passengers. The meter starts with a standard fee and includes one small case and one small bag per person. If you have more than this then you will be charged a supplement. The meter charges based on time and distance so you will pay more if you end up in a traffic jam and the meter goes at double speed during the night. Heraklion airport is the second busiest in Greece and the number of taxis is limited, for this reason you can experience long queues during the summer months. You can simply pre-book your transfer with a local company though to avoid waiting and an unpleasant surprise at the fare when you get there. Simply fill in your details and get quotes from Cretan taxi firms then book the company best suited to your needs.
Top destinations around Heraklion airport
Crete is the largest Greek island and it’s a popular holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, varied terrain and charming towns. Here is a list of some of our favourite Cretan destinations.
Heraklion is a port city with its own airport so it serves as the main entry point for most visitors coming to Crete. It is also the capital of the island. Heraklion is a working city so not one of the main tourist hubs but it does have an incredible museum worth visiting.
Heraklion airport to Heraklion centre is about 10 minutes.
Rethymnon or Rethimno is on the north coast of Crete. It’s a beautiful fishing town with a Venetian harbour. If you want a beautiful old town and a long sandy beach right on your doorstep then Rethymnon is the perfect place for your holiday.
Heraklion airport to Rethymnon transfer takes approximately 1hr 10 minutes in light traffic.
Chania or Hania also has an airport but it is less well served than Heraklion airport. Chania itself is on the northwest coast of Crete and it’s known for its beautiful old port, narrow shopping streets and fabulous waterfront tavernas.
Heraklion airport to Chania transfer time is around 2 hours.
Agios Nikolaos offers lovely views from its hilltop location over the beautiful Bay of Mirabello. Head down to one of the sandy beaches and enjoy some lovely Greek food in town. If you want to experience an authentic fishing village and great tavernas then head to Plaka, a few minutes drive from Agios Nikolaos.
Heraklion airport to Agios Nikolaos transfer time is about 50-60 minutes.
Elounda is home to many upmarket hotels and resorts on the island and is known as the most luxurious resort in Crete.
Elounda has still managed to retain its charm and authentic feel with pretty buildings and charming tavernas. From Elounda take a boat trip to the famous Spinalonga island. There used to be a leper colony here and it also inspired Victoria Hislop's 2005 bestselling novel The Island.
Heraklion airport to Elounda transfer time in light traffic is about 60 minutes.
Makrigialos or Makry Gialos is in the more remote south-east corner of Crete. It feels a bit more isolated and less touristy than the main resorts in Crete. The name “Makri Gialos” means long beach and it is a beautiful sandy one. Head down to the port and try to catch a boat to the island of Koufonisi, you won’t regret it.
Heraklion airport to Makrigialos transfer time is 1hr 45mins.
Neapoli or Neapolis is on the east of the island. Head up to the Lasithi plateau and see some typical Greek windmills. Neapoli is a working town and if you want to go somewhere off the beaten track and experience an authentic Cretean place then it’s a great choice.
Book your Heraklion airport transfers with a local company
Heraklion airport welcomes around 8 million passengers a year and as you can imagine the number of taxis on the island is limited. In high season you can expect a long queue at the airport’s taxi rank where the metered taxis are at a first come first served basis. By booking your Heraklion airport transfer in advance you won’t need to wait around and can start your holiday without any delay. You can also specify any extras you may need like car seats, a car with wifi, a trailer for extra luggage or a bigger vehicle, etc.
About Heraklion Airport
Heraklion airport is named after Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek author of Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ among many others. It is the main airport on Crete and also the second busiest airport in Greece after Athens.
Heraklion airport is 5 kms outside of the town of Heraklion but most travellers tend to head to one of the many stunning resorts in the vicinity.
Heraklion airport offers the usual facilities you’d expect from an international airport however many travellers note that it’s outdated and queues in high season can be long. There are plans for a brand new airport called Kasteli airport that will replace Heraklion in the near future.