Cheap Flights to Crete, Greece

Cheap Flights to Crete

Many of our readers from North America are planning their trips, and ask us about cheap flights to Kriti.

Get prices and book flights here with Olympic Airlines or Aegean Airlines.

The path to Crete in Greece will be through New York, and then Athens, Greece, which is a 10 hour direct flight, with a local trip from Athens to Crete with flying time of 1 hour.

Prices change on these routes all the time and it is best to check on the services provided below.


European Routes...

We suggest the routes below and to search for up to date fares using the codes NY and ATH.

New York to Athens

Cheap flights from New York to Athens:

• Via London on British Airways
• Via Zurich on Swiss Airlines
• Via Paris with Air France
• Direct to Athens with Aegean AirlinesOlympic Airlines, British Airlines or Delta Airlines



Athens Info...

Athens Caryatids - Acropolis

The airport in Athens, Greece is called Eleftherios Venizelos and the code is ATH. It is located 27 km out of the city of Athens. It is not necessary to spend the night in Athens as there are many flights per day to Crete.

If you are interested in seeing Athens, get the low down on our Athens Stopover page.


Sofitel Athens Airport

Athens taxis, tours and where to stay near the airport, here on Athens Flights...



Crete Airports

The airports and their codes in Crete are Chania (CHQ) and Heraklion (HER), which both accept flights from all over Europe.

The smaller airport at Sitia JSH accepts domestic flights only.

See how to choose an airport in Crete for your travel plans...

See the airport locations in Crete on the map below, cheap flights to Crete could fly into either of these international airports on the north coast of the island...





Transfer in Zurich...

Börsenstrasse in ZurichThe Börsenstrasse in Zurich

Lake side markets in Zurich - fresh fruit and flowers - sunflowers


To fly to Athens via Zurich in Switzerland we always check for good fares on Swiss Airlines.

We love stopping over in Zurich, it makes for a nice and peaceful arrival in Europe. The streets of Zurich with beautiful architecture as seen from Börsenstrasse and the sonnenblumen or sunflowers and fresh fruit at the markets at the edge of the scenic Zürichsee or Lake Zurich...


New York to Zurich

Montreal to Zurich

Miami to Zurich

Other destinations in Switzerland include Basel, Geneva, Berne and Lugano.



Cheap Flights to Crete
Flight durations

The non-stop travelling times from USA or Canada to Greece:

  • the flight time from New York to Zurich or London is around 8 hours
  • the flight time from New York to Athens (direct) is around 10 hours
  • the flight time from Zurich to Athens is around 3 hours
  • the flight time from Athens to Crete is approximately 1 hour
  • the flight time from London to Crete is around 4 hours
  • flight time from Toronto to Athens is around 10 hours



Transfer in London

Big Ben Clock Tower - London (image by Victoria Peckham)

In summer there are many direct flights from London to Crete, so if you are coming from the USA you can use London as your hub city.

There are direct flights to London from many US and Canadian cities.

Be sure to check the transit times and departure and arrival times. Aim to arrive in Crete before 9pm at night for a smoother arrival experience. Try to keep your transit in the airport in London below three hours. No need to wait any longer or the whole trip will be much too long.

Airports in London include London Heathrow LHR and London Gatwick LGW. If your flights does require you to change airports, it is a 45 minute transfer time, as the airports are located in different areas of London.

Cheap flights to Crete from London all airports (LON) are run in peak season by Easy Jet, Thomas Cook and Monarch

New York to London

Toronto to London

London to Heraklion HER or London to Chania CHQ



Flights to Sitia JSH

Sitia in eastern Crete is a very Greek townSitia in eastern Crete is surrounded by olive groves

Cheap Flights to Crete - the eastern town in Crete of Sitia is well positioned to receive flights from all over Greece. Use Athens as a hub to get to the east of Crete before lunchtime. Most flights from Greek islands such as Karpathos, Rhodes, Santorini or Mykonos to Athens have a duration of 1 hour. Flights from Athens to Sitia are 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Sitia is close to Vai Palm Beach, Zakros Gorge and untouched beaches in the east such as Kato Zakros Beach.



Check flights from Athens to Sitia here
use codes ATH and JSH...







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