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Air

About 5km east of Iraklio city centre, the Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport has an ATM, a duty-free shop and a cafe-bar.

Boat

The ferry port is 500m to the east of the Koules Fortress and old harbour. The Regional Bus Terminal is about 500m south, while the local bus terminal is outside the port entrance. Iraklio is a major port for access to many of the islands, though services are spotty outside high season. Tickets can be purchased online or through local travel agencies, including central Paleologos. Daily ferries from Iraklio’s port include services to Piraeus and faster catamarans to Santorini and other Cycladic islands. Ferries sail east to Rhodes via Sitia, Kasos, Karpathos and Halki.

Ferry Table

Iraklio–Halki

Company

Anek

Fare (€)

22

Duration

12hr

Frequency

2 weekly

Iraklio–Ios

Company

Minoan Lines

Fare (€)

49

Duration

2½hr

Frequency

3 weekly

Iraklio–Ios

Company

Sea Jets

Fare (€)

70

Duration

2½hr

Frequency

3 weekly

Iraklio–Karpathos

Company

Anek

Fare (€)

19

Duration

8hr

Frequency

2 weekly

Iraklio–Kasos

Company

Anek

Fare (€)

20

Duration

6hr

Frequency

2 weekly

Iraklio–Mykonos

Company

Golden Star

Fare (€)

55

Duration

4½hr

Frequency

daily

Iraklio–Mykonos

Company

Sea Jets

Fare (€)

84.30

Duration

4½hr

Frequency

daily

Iraklio–Naxos

Company

Sea Jets

Fare (€)

77.80

Duration

3½hr

Frequency

3 weekly

Iraklio–Paros

Company

Sea Jets

Fare (€)

58.70

Duration

3¾hr

Frequency

3 weekly

Iraklio–Piraeus

Company

Minoan

Fare (€)

46

Duration

8½hr

Frequency

daily

Iraklio–Piraeus

Company

Anek

Fare (€)

29-38

Duration

9hr

Frequency

daily

Iraklio–Rhodes

Company

Anek

Fare (€)

29

Duration

14½hr

Frequency

2 weekly

Iraklio–Santorini (Thira)

Company

Sea Jets

Fare (€)

68.80

Duration

2hr

Frequency

daily

Iraklio–Santorini (Thira)

Company

Golden Star

Fare (€)

39

Duration

1¾hr

Frequency

daily

Iraklio–Thessaloniki

Company

Sea Jets

Fare (€)

25

Duration

3hr

Frequency

2 weekly

Bus

Iraklio's long-distance bus station (known as the Regional Bus Station) opened to fanfare in 2018 on the site of a revamped soap and olive oil factory. For details on services, see KTEL. Some buses are wi-fi equipped.

Regional Bus Station East of Koules Fortress on Ikarou, this depot serves major destinations in eastern and western Crete, including Hania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and the Lassithi Plateau.

Local Bus Station City bus 2 to Knossos leaves from near the Regional Bus Station (note: this is on the site of the old long-distance bus station; if there's confusion, local buses are blue and white).

Iraklio Bus Station B Just beyond Hania Gate, west of the centre, this station serves Anogia, a traditional village. Formerly, some other services departed from this station, and you may see references to this in some materials, but all other regional services are now departing from the Regional Bus Station.

From Regional Bus Station

Agia Galini

Fare (€)

8.70

Duration

2

Frequency

4 to 7 daily

Agia Pelagia

Fare (€)

3.80

Duration

45min

Frequency

7 daily

Agios Nikolaos

Fare (€)

7.70

Duration

1½hr

Frequency

at least hourly

Arhanes

Fare (€)

2

Duration

35min

Frequency

4-14 daily

Hania

Fare (€)

13.80

Duration

3hr

Frequency

hourly

Hersonisos

Fare (€)

3.30

Duration

45min

Frequency

frequent

Ierapetra

Fare (€)

12

Duration

2½hr

Frequency

1 to 5 daily

Kastelli

Fare (€)

4

Duration

1¼hr

Frequency

1 to 6 daily

Knossos

Fare (€)

1.70

Duration

30min

Frequency

frequent

Malia

Fare (€)

4.10

Duration

1hr

Frequency

at least hourly

Matala

Fare (€)

8.50

Duration

2

Frequency

up to 6 daily

Mires

Fare (€)

6

Duration

Frequency

up to 12 daily

Phaestos

Fare (€)

7.10

Duration

Frequency

up to 6 daily

Rethymno

Fare (€)

8.30

Duration

1½hr

Frequency

hourly

Sitia

Fare (€)

16

Duration

3hr

Frequency

up to 7 daily

Long-Distance Taxi

For destinations around Crete, you can order a cab from Crete Taxi Services or Heraklion Taxi. There are also long-distance cabs waiting at the airport, at Plateia Eleftherias (outside the Capsis Astoria hotel) and at the Regional Bus Station. Sample fares for up to four people include Agios Nikolaos (€85), Hersonisos (€39), Malia (€50), Matala (€101) and Rethymno (€108).