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Chania Old Town is only 15 km from Chania Airport - code CHQ

Crete Flights - Airports

The major international Crete airports are:

There is a domestic airport at:

  • Sitia - airport code JSH

Major Airlines

Greek airlines

The major Greek airline is Olympic Airlines which has flights from Athens to Crete regularly.

Another major airline is Aegean Air which also flies from Crete to Athens and other destinations regularly.

Cheap Flights - Charters

Big Ben - flights to Crete from the British Isles

From the British Isles

Crete Flights - here is a great tip for independent travellers. From the British Isles there are many cheap charter flights to Crete in summer (May to October).

Charter flights fill up mostly with passengers on package holidays, however any excess seats are sold off, and can cost you much less than regular fares.

Flights depart at least once a week in summer from the following airports to Heraklion HER.

  • Belfast International BFS
  • Birmingham BHX
  • Bristol BRS
  • Cardiff CWL
  • Doncaster DSA
  • Dublin DUB
  • East Midlands EMA
  • Glasgow GLA
  • Humberside HUY
  • Leeds Bradford LBA
  • Gatwick LGW
  • Luton LTN
  • Manchester MAN
  • Newcastle NCL
  • Stansted STN

How to Choose an Airport in Crete

Crete Flights - when choosing your flights, keep in mind which side of the island you would like to explore, is it west or east?

This will help you decide which airport to arrive into and which one to depart from. If you want to stay in the west, for example, you could arrive and depart from Chania - airport code CHQ.

Chania Town in Crete


Chania town is in the west and the best airport to use is Chania CHQ.

Elafonisi Beach, Crete


Elafonisi Beach is in the west and the best airport to use is Chania CHQ.

Samaria Gorge is in the west of Crete


Samaria Gorge is in the west and the best airport to use is Chania CHQ.

Knossos Palace is near to Heraklion Airport


Many visitors to Crete wish to see Knossos Minoan Palace. This is located 5 km from Heraklion, so the best airport to use is Heraklion HER.

Matala Beach Crete


Matala Beach is located on the south coast of Crete 85 km from Heraklion town. The best airport to use is Heraklion HER.

Vai Beach and Palm Forest


Vai Beach is located on the eastern tip of Crete.The best airport to use is Heraklion HER or Sitia JSH.

Agios Nikolaos located in the east of Crete.


Agios Nikolaos located in the east of Crete.The best airport to use is Heraklion HER.

Trip Planning

Crete Flights - check the following pages to assist with your choice o flights and your trip planning

Route Guides

Upon Arrival

Crete Flights - Crete Airport Map

The map below shows the map of Crete with all the airports and ports marked.


We show accommodation handy to both Chania and Heraklion airports here. These will be handy for late arrivals or early departures or to cut down on transfer time - get your holiday started!

Receive a delicious continental breakfast every morning and good advice on what to see in Chania town and region from friendly staff. Wow. What a find in Chania.

With its own restaurant and bar, the Alcanea Boutique Hotel makes for a romantic place to stay by the bayside of the old port of Chania. Gaze at the reflections on the water over a slow drink and a long conversation.

A convenient location along the promenade of the limani, close to all tavernas, clubs and cafe-bars of the old town, this historic building is over 400 years old and a delight to the eye. Views over the harbour and the lighthouse are perfect from here.

15 km from the airport.

Fagotto Art Residences is located at Aggelou Street, which is one of the most beautiful and picturesque streets of Chania Old Town

The Fagotto Art Residences are located convenient to Chania Airport, in the Old Town of Chania.

Your suite is housed in a listed Venetian building dating back to 1540. The building was built to house the Venetian headquarters. Now fully renovated and tastefully decorated with objects and photographs from bygone eras offering a charming hotel. Located in the atmospheric tight laneways of the Chania Old Town.

The Veneziano Boutique Hotel is a beautifully renovated noble home in Heraklion town

All central hotels in Heraklion are nearby to this airport.

The Veneziano Boutique Hotel in a beautifully renovated noble home is tucked in a side street yet very central to the walking and shopping streets of central Heraklion. Enjoy a little bit of history and a whole lot of style here in this exquisite hotel.

We recommend the Lato Boutique Hotel for its central location, comfort and view of the Heraklion old  harbour

Our pick in the centre of town would be the Lato Boutique Hotel for its central location, comfort and view of the Heraklion old  harbour. This hotel is close to 25th August Street and the Liondaria Fountain. This hotel really is a stylish inner city hotel, with a restaurant on the rooftop over looking the old harbour with its fishing boats, restored arsenals and Venetian fortress.

The hotel is close to the airport, bus stations and the port, and it handy for those in transit. Ferries for Santorini leave from the port close by.

Getting Here

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

More on flights and ferries below.

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