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Basic info and car hire in Heraklion Airport

  • IATA airport code: HER

  • ICAO airport code: LGIR

  • Full name: Heraklion International Airport—Nikos Kazantzakis

  • Location: Heraklion, Greece

  • Hub for: Sky Express

  • Website: http://www.hcaa.gr/

  • Contact: +30 2810 3971 36

  • Owner: Greek State

  • Elevation: 115 ft / 35 m

  • Number of Runways: 2

About Heraklion Airport

Heraklion Airport is located along the coastline on the Island of Crete. The arrival to Crete will welcome you with a splendid view of the Aegean Sea and will make your arrival to the island a most pleasant one. A car hire at Heraklion Airport will be truly convenient and will take you directly to your hotel. You can always hire a car at Chania Airport, if you’ll be arriving to the western part of the Crete island. Besides the Heraklion International Airport, Crete offers the second, Chania International Airport, which is the country’s second busiest airport right after Athens. Wherever you may arrive, a car hire in Crete will let you see all the islands hidden places and clear waters.

Enjoy your vacation on this hot and dreamy island, a cultural and culinary gem of the Greek islands. Think about the fresh marine air with the scent of lavender and rosemary, while sipping your strong Greek coffee from crystal glass served with ice. Traditional Greek music in the back and the sound of sea waves splashing on the coast – that all is Crete and so much more!

Drive your rental car around Heraklion Airport

Heraklion Airport is located in the north of the island. Since it's practically in the middle of this long horizontally oblong island, it's a great starting point. No matter if you're headed East (all the way to Sitia) or West (to Kissamos), you'll need about two hours of drive. If you're on the lookout for fabulous beaches, start with Matala (1-hour drive), Timpaki (1-hour drive), or Agioafarago Beach ( an hour and a half drive).

Services in Heraklion Airport

Heraklion is not a super large airport, but it has everything you need—as a business or leisure traveller. If you're in need of any last-minute gift-shopping, there's a small duty-free shop, and you can sit down for a beer, a cup of coffee or a sandwich if you have an hour or two to spend. If you have to spend the night, the cheapest way is to sleep on the couches that are available at the airport. For a more peaceful night, book a hotel nearby.

Business travellers

There's a free Wi-Fi available there for all your most important business work. If you're searching for a hotel—with free parking, Wi-Fi and a reasonable price, AQUILA Atlantis Hotel may soothe you best. 

Leisure traveller

If you expect that you'll have to spend the night at the Heraklion Airport, and you're travelling with your family, think ahead. Pack some food with you, since snack options are pretty weak and expensive. A book or a board game will also come handy.

History of Heraklion Airport

Even though aeroplanes land on Heraklion for more than 70 years already, Heraklion Airport—as we know it today—functions since 1971.

Petrol stations near Heraklion Airport

There are plenty of petrol stations at Crete—nearby Heraklion Airport as well. Expect a full-service petrol station there, since they are in the majority. With a car hire at Heraklion Airport you’ll need the location of petrol stations near the airport specially if your fuel policy is stated as full to full. You can find the fuel policy stated on your voucher Vehicle Rent has sent you along with your booking confirmation. Don’t forget to download all the necessary documentation, passport and credit card with a deposit amount available.