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Heraklion airport car hire

Airport Code: HER

The primary airport on the Greek island of Crete is Heraklion International Airport. Also known as Nikos Kazantzákis International Airport, after Heraklion native Nikos Kazantzákis, the Greek writer and philosopher. It is the country's busiest airport, and located just 5 km from the main city of Heraklion near the municipality of Nea Alikarnassos. Get from the airport to your hotel or destination easily with a private Heraklion Airport car hire.

The city of Heraklion is home to the an amazing Archaeological Museum, the legendary palace of Knossos, as well as Byzantine churches and a well preserved Venetian wall and fortress from the 15th century. Reserve a car hire Heraklion Airport and tour the sights and monuments of this historic city at your own convenience, and enjoy everything this fabulous Greek island has to offer.

For car rental in Heraklion Airport you can find counters for main car hire companies in the Arrivals Hall, at Heraklion Airport. These car rental companies include:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Eurocartell
  • Eurodollar
  • Eurolease
  • Hertz
  • Holiday Auto
  • Motor Club-Sigma
  • Motor Sport
  • National-Alamo
  • Sixt
  • Tourent
  • Travel Star

Book your Heraklion car hire vehicle in advance and get the cheapest deals on 7 seater, 9 seater, luxury car and all types of rental car for collection in Heraklion Airport.

For cheap car rental in Heraklion, Greece book in advance with us. The best way to tour Heraklion is with your own rental car, this allows you to move around more comfortably and avoid the hassles of public transportation. Our book engine on the right will find for you the cheapest car hire offers in Heraklion Airport.

Additional Airport Information

Airport Name: Heraklion, Greece

Airport Code: HER

Telephone: (2810) 397 129

Distance: Heraklion city || 3 Miles / 5 km / 10 minutes by rental car from Downtown Heraklion

Address: Ikarou str, N Alikarnassos, 71601, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Timezone: GMT+2

Population: 137,711


Churches and Cathedrals

Heraklion car hire

Heraklion features several churches and cathedrals of historic significance or architectural interest. Spend a day touring its many religious monuments in your own Heraklion car hire, such as St. Minas Cathedral, St. Titus Church, St. Catherine of the Sinaites Church, St. Mark's Basilica and Dominican Church of St. Peter.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

There are several excellent museums in the city, but this museum is one you do not want to miss as it may define your visit. Here you will find the most important and representative artifacts from Minoan civilization.

Highlights include the statues of the Snake Goddess, the famous Bull-Leaping Fresco, the mysterious Phaistos Disk, and Minoan seals and jewelry.


Spend an afternoon on the city's beach. This three kilometer strip of sandy beach features several cafes, bars and hotels. While you are here catch a movie or a performance at the "Technopolis", a modern multiplex with a cinema and an open-air theater.

Day Trips

Palace of Knossos

Visit one of the most important and well known Minoan sites. The palace complex is an easy 5 km drive south of Heraklion by car hire. Knossos was the seat of the legendary Cretan king Minos, though you may have heard more about the palace's connection with the myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. The site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000-3000 B.C.) until Roman times.

Ferry Tours and Cruises

Take a one day cruise from Heraklion to Santorini by cruise boat or high speed catamaran. You can also take a high-speed catamaran or normal ferry to Athens, Thessaloniki, Cyclades, or Dodecanese from Heraklion and back.

The frequency is reduced in winter, but you should be able to find a decent boat ride to somewhere around this Mediterranean paradise at any time of year.

CretAquarium Thalassocosmos

If you are traveling with the whole family this aquarium is an excellent choice for children and adults alike, and a must see. Reserve a cheap car rental Heraklion and head about nine miles east of Heraklion on the National road, visit the biggest aquarium in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Airlines Providing Airport Services to Heraklion, Greece

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aeroflot
  • Air Berlin
  • Air Italy
  • Air Mediterrané
  • Arkefly
  • Arkia
  • Athens Airways
  • Austrian
  • Blue Air
  • Condor Flugdienst
  • Cyprus Airways
  • Czech Airlines
  • EasyJet
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Eurocypria Airlines
  • flyLAL
  • Germania
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