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Flights to Crete, Greece are frequent in the summer months. So getting to Crete is easy. Unlike many of the small Greek Islands there are three Crete airports on the island.

Flying to Crete from the UK is very easy and often you can pick up cheap flights too. Getting to Crete from other European countries via direct flights is easy too.

There are many direct flights flying to Crete airports from European cities including Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Holland, Poland and Russia.

In the winter months there are currently no direct flights to Crete from the UK or any other European airports so travellers need a connecting flight from Athens Airport or Thessaloniki Airport. The only exception to this is the direct flights to Crete from Cyprus which continue their direct flights all year long.

The three Crete airports of Heraklion, Chania and Sitia are easily accessed via Athens Airport or Thessaloniki Airport on mainland Greece from Australia, USA, Canada, Israel, Russia, Cyprus, Japan and China throughout the year. Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines have frequent flights to both Heraklion airport and Chania airport from Athens.

Athens to Crete flights normally take around one hour and the Thessaloniki to Crete flights usually take about one and a half hours.

Crete Airports

Heraklion Airport

Heraklion Airport is the largest and busiest of the 3 Crete airports and is centrally located towards the east of the island, about 5K east of Heraklion Town.

Heraklion Airport is useful for getting to popular beach resorts such as Ammoudara, Elounda, Hersonissos, Istron - Kalo Horio, Malia, Sissi and Stalis, and the popular towns of Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra.

You’ll probably be flying into Heraklion Airport if you are staying in and around Rethymnon too, with the popular holiday resorts of Adelianos Kampos, Agia Pelagia, Amoudara, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Panormos or Platanes within easy access.

Heraklion Airport is the most popular destination airport for flights to Crete from airports all over Europe.

Direct flights to Crete from the UK that land at Heraklion airport fly from Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff,  East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle and Stanstead. Holiday companies like, and Tui UK, all have direct flights to Crete airports.

The low cost airline of Easyjet has cheap flights to Crete landing at Heraklion airport from Bristol, London Gatwick, Luton and Manchester.

If you're lucky you can sometimes get cheap flights from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Luton and Manchester Airport to Heraklion Airport via Tui UK.

Heraklion Airport has a large car park opposite with space for about 500 cars (more if the parking was better organised). Some people often park by the perimeter fence along the west end of the airport, but you can get a ticket doing that.

On arrival, you can leave by hire car, taxi or bus. There are several hire car companies with kiosks just off the arrivals area. Local buses are frequent too, and there is a taxi rank just outside.

Here's a list of resorts served best by Heraklion International Airport and approximates transfer times:

Agia Galini 1½ hours
Agia Pelagia 20-30 minutes
Agios Nikolaos 60 minutes
Amoudara 1¼ hours
Analipsi 30-40 minutes
Arolithos 20 minutes
Bali 45-60 minutes
Elounda 60 minutes
Gournes 30-40 minutes
Gouves 20 minutes
Hersonissos 30-40 minutes
Ierapetra 2-2¼ hours
Kalo Horio 60 minutes
Kokkini Hani 15 minutes
Malia 40 minutes
Matala 1-1¼ hours
Milatos 40 minutes
Rethymnon 60 minutes
Sissi 40 minutes
Stalis 30-40 minutes

Chania Airport

Chania airport is the other international airport on Crete and is located in the West of the Island.

There are many direct flights to Crete from many European countries to Chania airport which makes getting to Crete very easy indeed.

Chania Airport is useful for getting to popular west Crete beach resorts such as Agia Marina, Almyrida, Gerani, Kalyves, Kissamos, Maleme and Platanias.

Direct flights to Crete from the UK that land at Chania airport fly from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Luton, Manchester and Newcastle.

The low cost airlines of Easyjet and Ryanair have cheap flights to Crete landing at Chania airport from Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Stanstead.

If you're lucky you can sometimes get cheap flights from London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Newcastle Airport to Chania Airport via Tui UK.

Here's a list of some of the resorts best served by Chania Airport. The travel times shown are by car:

Agia Marina 10 minutes
Almyrida 20-30 minutes
Georgioupolis 45 minutes
Kalyves 20 minutes
Kato Galatas 15 minutes
Kato Stalos 15 minutes
Kolimbari 20-30 minutes
Maleme 20-30 minutes
Platanias 10-15 minutes
Rethymnon 45 minutes
Stalos 15 minutes
Stavros 15-20 minutes

Sitia Airport

Sitia airport is the smallest of the Crete airports. It is located in the far east of the island. Sitia airport has plans to expand but currently there are limited flights flying into this airport and it is mainly used for Greek domestic flights.

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