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    Car hire at the Heraklion Airport - Best rates guaranteed

    As one of the most popular holiday destinations, Greece is well known to British travellers. The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete welcomes tourists all year round, with most of them arriving at Heraklion, the capital city of Crete. Auto Europe offers car hire at Heraklion Airport, a gateway to holidays on the amazing island. To ensure your car rental goes smoothly, choose one of our car rental suppliers at the airport and enjoy your holiday in the ancient city of Heraklion. There's no better opinion of Auto Europe's local car hire services than from the customers themselves, so visit our Heraklion car hire reviews page to read what they had to say about their recent car rental experience on the island.

    Airport Information

    Heraklion Airport (HER)
    Official name: Heraklion International Airport, Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport.
    Address: Heraklion 716 01, Greece.
    Location: The airport is only three miles away from the city, it is located to the east from Heraklion.
    Airlines operating at Heraklion Airport: Aegean Airlines, Astra Airlines, Ellinair, and Sky Express provide regular connections to Greek cities. There are seasonal flights to numerous UK cities operated by Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Monarch Airlines, easyJet, BA ,, and Aegean Airlines.


    Heraklion Airport is the second busiest airport in Greece, however, in the summer it receives an even larger amount of passengers than the airport in Athens. Heraklion Airport's terminal houses departure and arrival halls in one building. The departure area is divided into Schengen, non-Schengen and domestic departures.

    Car Hire Pick-up and Drop-off

    Car hire desks are located in the arrivals area of the terminal. In order to pick up your car hire from Heraklion Airport, prepare your driving licence documents, car rental voucher, and a credit card in the main driver's name. The name of your supplier is listed on the voucher under "Pick-up information". Pay attention to your fuel policy, so that you return the car with the correct amount of fuel.

    Opening Hours

    Company Opening Hours
    Avis 7am-10pm
    Budget open during airport opening hours
    Enterprise open during airport opening hours
    Firefly open during airport opening hours
    Goldcar 8am-11pm
    Hertz open during airport opening hours
    Rhodium 8am-11pm
    Surprice 7am-10pm
    Thrifty open during airport opening hours

    Airport Facilities

    Available in the terminal are shopping and dining facilities which make for a pleasant stay at the airport. There are several ATMs and a currency exchange office at the airport. The information desk is located in the arrivals hall, close to the baggage area.

    Transportation/How to get to the airport

    By car
    The airport is located three miles east from the city centre. To arrive at the terminal from Heraklion downtown, follow the Leof. Ikarou street that will take you directly to the airport in about 10 minutes with light traffic. Alternatively, take the Leof. Steliou Kazantzidi road southbound and merge onto the A90 motorway to take the exit to the airport. To reach Heraklion from Chania, get onto the A90 motorway; the drive takes up to two hours.

    By bus
    Local bus number 78 runs between Heraklion Bus Station and Heraklion Airport all week, with less frequent services on Sunday. The bus journey takes about 20 minutes.

    By taxi
    Taxis are available during the airport opening hours. The taxi rank is situated in front of the terminal building.

    Parking Tips

    Heraklion Airport provides 500 free parking spaces for short stay and drop off/pick-up purposes. Long-term parking facilities are available outside the airport, provided by private parties.

    While parking is allowed on most city streets, non-occupied parking bays may be difficult to find at times. In some zones, drivers are required to obtain a parking card from a kiosk called "periptero". There are also public car parks in various parts of the city. Pay a visit to our Greece driving guide to learn about local driving regulations.

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