The West Crete holidays guide

Find the right place for your holidays in western Crete

Chania airport - Heraklion airport

Crete has two airports. A third one in Sitia (eastern Crete) should become operational for charters soon.
Heraklion airport is the largest and is located about 5 km east of the city of Heraklion. Heraklion airport has far more passenger traffic than Chania airport so you may have to fly to Heraklion even if your final destination is West Crete. You will then have to travel either by taxi or public bus to the West of Crete, a trip of about 2 to 3 hours depending on where you are going and your mode of transport.

The airport of Chania is a much better option if you are heading for the West of Crete. It is located on the peninsula of Akrotiri, about 14 km from the city of Chania. There is no public transport from the airport to the city. The airport of Chania is smaller than Heraklion and generally less crowded although it can get a little chaotic if several charter flights arrive (or depart) around the same time.

Taxis from the airports: Both airports have a taxi stand and you rarely need to wait for a taxi. It occasionally happens that taxi drivers try to charge more than the normal prices. Both airports have a list of prices for common destinations displayed at the taxi stand so make sure that you have a look at it before getting into a taxi. Bear in mind that there is a small airport surcharge (which is also displayed on the price list).