First-time visitors to Heraklion who expect a typical, small cobblestone Mediterranean town may be taken by surprise by the appearance of the city. Being the largest city on the island of Crete, it is a bustling urban centre, still going through a development phase. In Heraklion, you will see modern facilities hand in hand with historic places of interest. If you are a history enthusiast, just as with all other places in Greece, there will be a lot to explore. Book a car hire in Heraklion and set off on an interesting journey through time. Trust your booking Auto Europe and enjoy the best price offer in Heraklion.
Driving your rental car in Heraklion and in Crete in general may be a bit challenging, but if you prepare well, your trips will be safe and pleasurable. Bigger cities such as Heraklion, Chania and Sitia are connected by motorways, and smaller ones by local roads. You may come across maintenance road works at times. In the south of the island, roads are generally more narrow, some winding, and blind bends are common. As in most of Europe, driving in Greece is on the right side of the road. The right of way also belongs to the vehicles coming from the right, unless shown different by a traffic sign. Sometimes fast drivers will expect the slow to let them pass by, by pulling onto the emergency lane or hard shoulder. However, be careful since these can end abruptly. Read more about driving and traffic regulations in Greece in our compact guide.
Parking your car hire in Heraklion would be best done in one of the municipal car parks or hotels. On-street parking is mostly allowed, but very difficult to find. Please note that in certain areas you will need to buy and use a Parking Card, which you can obtain from the kiosks located nearby known as "periptero". If you park your rental car in an area not designed for parking or where parking is prohibited by law, you may not only pay a fine but also risk losing your licence plates.
Heraklion is the largest city on the island of Crete, bordered by the Cretan Sea in the north and the Libyan Sea in the south. Cretan landscape is dominated by mountains, especially in the south and the area around Heraklion. Cool, mild winters and hot summers with soaring temperatures are typical for Heraklion as a Mediterranean city.
Heraklion International Airport (HER)
The airport is the main point for travellers arriving from other countries. It is also the second busiest airport in Greece, located about 3 miles from the Heraklion centre.
Website: Heraklion Airport
Telephone: +30 281 039 7129
If you decide to park your car hire in your hotel and explore the city on foot or by public transportation, be sure to look for blue city buses that operate in Heraklion from early morning until late evening. Intercity buses, connecting the city with other destinations on the island, are green. Of course, you can also use taxis.