Heraklion Airport Bus

The cheapest option to get from the airport to Heraklion City Center

airport bus

The city bus in Heraklion Airport is the only mode of public transportation. There is no underground or train. The transfers are performed by KTEL company with full size air-conditioned blue coaches. A single fare from Heraklion Airport to the city center, at the time of writing, costs €2.00 (around $2.28 or £1.78). The big attraction is the low cost. There is no alternative that can compete on this price.

Heraklion Airport Bus Schedule

The Heraklion Airport bus runs every 10-15 minutes all year round, from 6:00 to 12:00 (06:00 am to 12:00 am). So waiting time during summer or winter period should not be a problem. The bus service does not run during the night.

Heraklion Airport Bus Contact Info

You can contact the KTEL City Bus Company by e-mail, phone or fax.

Phone: +302810283270
Fax: +302810332789
E-mail: info@astiko-irakleiou.gr, asktelhr@gmail.com

How to reach the Airport bus Station

Heraklion Airport has only one terminal and it’s very easy to reach the bus station. At the exit of terminal main doors, turn right, then follow the road around to the left, and all the bus stops are there. All airport buses with the sign “IRAKLIO” or (ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟ) on the up front, terminate at main the bus station in Heraklion. The journey time from Heraklion Airport to the city is about 20 minutes depending on the road traffic.

Bus ticketing

It is not possible to pre-purchase a bus ticket online. Drivers accept EUR currency and only cash. Passengers buy their ticket on board the bus when boarding. KTEL doesn’t assign seat numbers. Hence travelers take any available seat on the bus (if any).

How to reach Chania, Rethymno and other Cretan Cities from Heraklion Airport

There are 2 Regional bus stations in Heraklion; the Bus Station A and the Bus Station B.

Bus Station A (Old town gate bus station)

The 1st one (Station A), the central bus station that serves the airport is located on the port avenue and it is housed in the restored stone-buildings of old factories. The station serves the lines towards Chania, Rethymno and different destinations in the prefecture of Lassithi including Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia, the coastline northeast of Heraklion, and the eastern part of prefecture of Heraklion.

So, once you have arrived to the central bus station from the airport, buy your bus ticket from the same station and take the next green in color bus to your destination. Just make sure to know your bus number which is also appearing on the front windscreen of the departing bus.

For more info about the bus schedules you can contact the intercity bus company KTEL Heraklion-Lasithi S.A. via phone or e-mail:

Phone: +302810245020
E-mail: info@ktelherlas.gr
Address: Efessou 63, Iraklio 712 02, Greece

Among others the central bus station also serves the towns of Agia Pelagia, Archanes, Gournia, Hersonissos, Kastelli, Istron, Malia, Milatos, Sfakia, Sissi, Stalis/Stalida, Vrysses (and places in between).

Bus Station B

The 2nd Bus Station (Station B) is located right outside the city walls on the west side, on the Chanioporta gate. The station serves the east part of the prefecture of Heraklion, including the south eastern coast line. From this travel station, travelers can go to the towns of Zaros, Agia Galini, Anogia, Matala, Mires, Phaestos (and places in between).

The bus station B phone number is +302810255965 and the address: 13, Machis Kritis 7, Iraklio 713 03, Greece

Alternative Transportation Options

Local taxis are waiting outside the arrival hall. However, they work on ‘first come first serve’ basis. Also there is only a limited number of taxis in Heraklion. Shared minibuses are also an extra option. Travelers can pre-book a vehicle before their arrival to ensure that someone will be waiting for them. In terms of comfort there is no comparison between the Public Bus and the taxi services. For more info please click here.