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Car hire at Crete Airport

Car hire at Crete Airport

Crete Airport (HER) - also known as Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis - serves the Greek Island of Crete. Located on the north of the island, the airport is accessed via route 90. It is the primary airport on the island, with countless airlines flying there.

What I need to know

Many Crete Airport car rental suppliers are located at the airport. Book through the Holiday Autos site to compare car hire and ensure you end up with the right car for your trip to Crete. Booking through the site has the added benefits of no credit card fees, customer support and free cancellation.

Where to pick up my car

Crete Airport car hire offices are at a number of locations in and around the terminals. However, most of the companies can be found in the arrivals hall. For the others, just follow the signs!

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Where to go

Once you’re behind the wheel, you’re free to explore Crete as much as you want. As well as Heraklion, which boasts plenty of historical landmarks, you can motor to Chania, which is famed for its beaches and aquamarine waters. Alternatively, Malia offers vibrant nightlife for those looking for a wild night out.

Nearby Crete Airport

A mere 12-minute drive - and 7.1km - from the airport lies Knossos, which boasts the must-see Palace of Knossos, the capital of Minoan Greece. Take a walk into Iraklio wine country, where there are plenty of restaurants serving mouthwatering Greek food, and beautiful scenery to enjoy.

Longer drives

It takes around two hours to drive from Heraklion Airport to Chania, with a distance of 142km between the two. Chania is famous for its beautiful architecture, historic landmarks, and of course the stunning beaches and crystal clear waters.

Eating and drinking

You will find Greek food in most cities around the world - and it’s more than worth experiencing the authentic artefact while you’re in the country. Beware of tourist tavernas, and instead look for understated joints selling meze, and other Greek delights.

Things to do

There are many points of interest in Heraklion, including its archeological museum, the Natural History Museum of Crete and the Museum of Visual Arts. Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful beaches and take a dip in the sea either!


Greece is certainly not short of sightseeing opportunities thanks to its lengthy history. See the fortifications of Heraklion - a series of ancient defensive walls around the area - for a glimpse into the past. Koules Fortress, meanwhile, dates back to the early 16th century and is well worth a visit.