How to arrive in Heraklion
Heraklion is reachable by boat and plane from mainland Greece and by plane from many European cities. During the summer there are numerous regular and chapter flights linking the "Nikos Kazantzakis" airport of Heraklion with other European and Domestic airports. The two main companies operating flights to and from Greek destinations including Athens are Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines. There is also Athens Airways offering daily flights from Athens to Heraklion. The duration of the flight from Athens is 35 minutes and from Thessaloniki is 60 minutes.
The duration of the flight from the European cities varies from 2,5 to 4 hours according to the airport of departure.
The three main shipping companies offering boat trips to and from Piraeus are Minoan Lines , ANEK and Superfast Ferries. The duration of the trip varies according to the ship type. Fast Ferries need 6 hours (daylight trip) or 8 hours (over night trip), while conventional Ferries need 9 hours. There is a variety of accommodation standards offered by all ships ranging from Luxury 2-birth Cabins to deck seats.