Crete’s capital, Heraklion is cultural and vibrant
Approximate flight time: 4 hours (total distance 2322 miles)
No of flights per week: 9
Airlines that fly direct: TUI, Jet2.com
No. of Airports in Warsaw: Crete Heraklion Airport
Seasons: High = May - September; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
With great shops, bars and restaurants, Birmingham Airport is a great choice of airport to fly to Heraklion from.
Birmingham is easy to get to from all over the UK. If you want to travel by public transport, you will find bus and coach services running directly to the airport. Trains will take you to Birmingham International train station, which is connected to the terminal by a free and frequent Air-Rail link taking just two minutes.
Those driving to the airport will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%. While you’re there, you could also pre-book entry into one of our five airport lounges, which offer complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly.
If you want to eat before you board, we have a fantastic selection of cafés, bars and restaurants for you to choose from. Frankie & Benny’s and Giraffe both do great kids’ menus for those travelling with children. Wetherspoon and All Bar One have a varied menu including some great drink deals. If you’d like a coffee and a croissant, pick from Costa, Caffé Nero, Caffé Ritazza and Pret a Manger.
Once you’ve eaten, why not browse the shops? There are great deals at World Duty Free, plus you’ll find fashion stores like Kurt Geiger, and Boots for essentials, so we’ve got everything you could need before you fly. All organised? Grab a magazine and a bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith and relax in one of our spacious seating areas.
Arriving at Heraklion Airport
Heraklion Airport is Crete’s main gateway to the world. It is located about 5km east of the main city of Heraklion.
There is no underground or train in Heraklion, so if you want to take public transport, you will have to travel by bus. The Heraklion Airport bus runs every 10-15 minutes all year round, from 6:00 to 12:00. The journey time from Heraklion Airport to the city is about 20 minutes depending on the road traffic. You can buy your ticket when you board, drivers accept EUR currency and cash only.
Local taxis are waiting outside the Arrival Hall, and shared minibuses are also an option. Should you want a car for your time in Crete, there are car hire options at the airport.
What to expect in Heraklion
Heraklion (or Iraklio, to the locals) is Greece’s fifth-largest city and Crete’s capital. The city is the island’s economic and administrative hub but is also home to some of Crete’s best sights. Take the time to discover Heraklion, and you’ll find a thriving café and restaurant scene, good shopping and bustling nightlife, as well as cultural attractions.
Greek is the main language spoken in Heraklion, but most locals speak English very well, although learning a few words in their native language will always be appreciated.
Heraklion enjoys a warm and temperate climate. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) and the coldest is January at 12°C (54°F). The wettest month is December with an average of 100mm of rain.
Culture in Heraklion
Immerse yourself in the history of Crete when you visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the nearby Palace of Knossos, which both provide fascinating insight into Crete's ancient past.
Discover the Old Town of Heraklion including the well-known Morosini Fountain in Lions Square, the Loggia and St. Mark's Basilica. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere, wander through the narrow streets, visit the market, browse the local shops or visit the Venetian port with its fortress. Explore small parks, street cafés and many historic buildings and fountains from Venetian and Turkish times.
Crete has one of the oldest and most delicious gastronomic traditions in the world. It is simple but extremely fresh and flavourful. Some things you must try on your trip to Heraklion include olive oil (or liquid gold, as they call it in Crete), Cretan cheeses, sarikopitakia (cheese pie), and loukoumades (fried dough served with ice cream, nuts and honey).