The island has three significant airports:
Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion. There are long term plans to replace Heraklion airport, which is too close to the city, by a new inland airport at Kasteli, southeast of Heraklion. It is a small airport located at the edge of Heraklion. Has basic facilities and a small parking lot.
The military airport Daskalogiannis at Chania. Chania airport is much smaller and far less busy than Heraklion airport. Located on the Northwestern part of the island and the airport is also known as the K. Daskalogiannis Airport.
A new public airport in Sitia. Sitia airport serves currently only a small number of domestic flights, mainly to/from Athens.
There are daily flights from Athens airport by Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines and Athens Airways to Heraklion and Chania. Sky Express operates flights from Athens airport to Sitia. During the months of July and August Astra Airlines flies from Thessaloniki to Heraklion and Chania.
From April till early November charter airlines fly directly to Heraklion and Chania from many European airports.
Flights going from Heraklion and Chania to Thessolaniki take about 90 minutes. The airport at Heraklion also has daily flights to Rhodes which takes 1 hr. There are daily flights between Athens and Heraklion.
Ferry services from Piraeus to Heraklion, Rethimno and Chania and from
Thessaloniki and the Cyclades to Heraklion.
A great way of visiting Crete is to fly to Athens to El. Venizelos and take the ferry from Piraeus - to Crete.
The Athens airport is a little bit far from the port, but it's worth the extra time for a fantastic way to travel. Imagine he journey approaching the island of your dreams, early in the morning, standing on the deck of one of those famous ferries a superb way to arrive at a promising destination.
Thus, some suggestions to help you get the best out of your sea voyage.
Piraeus to Heraklion takes about 5 - 8 hours on standard ferries. These overnight ferries arrive at their destination between 5.30 and 6.30 in the morning.
Tickets can be bought in advance from Minoan and ANEK Lines.
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