How to reach the island of Crete
Crete offers a lot of direct air connections with many international airports around Europe and connecting flights to the rest of the world through the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Connections to Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” (HER), named after the Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis, have a flight time of about 40 minutes.
It is possible for international participants to get a direct flight to Heraklion airport, if they select as layover point a major European city like Frankfurt, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Zurich, Geneva, Milan or London.
Heraklion’s airport is about 5km east of the city and about 26km (appr. 25 minutes drive) from the Conference Hotel in Hersonissos. Major car-rental companies have desks at the airport. Taxi and public bus are available for transfer from/to Iraklion.
Heraklion also receives a lot of visitors by boat. There are daily ferry trips to and from Piraeus (Athens’ port), and many weekly ones to and from other islands and towns in Greece. The sea journey takes about 6 to 7 hours and you may find trips offered by Minoan Lines, ANEK Lines & Superfast Ferries.
The terminal at Heraklion port is within walking distance from the town’s center and there is plenty of taxis to take visitors to their destinations. The Crete intra regional Bus terminal is also located close to the port.
How to get to Hersonissos and the Conference Venue
From Heraklion Airport:
The taxi rank of Heraklion airport is located just outside the passengers’ terminal. The approximate fare from Heraklion airport is 36€.
Cretetaxi offers a special price of 33 € for all the ICFHR 2014 participants, for the fare from Heraklion airport or Heraklion port to the Creta Maris Conference Center in Hersonissos.
Participants that will arrive with the same flight/ferry or at the same time, will be asked if they want to share a taxi (and costs). The taxi sharing is possible up to 3 passengers, so everyone will have a comfortable fare.
To reserve the special fare, one has to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org referring to the ICFHR 2014. The contact person, who speaks English, German, Dutch and Greek will be at the airport to welcome the participants and she will coordinate all the fares. For more information contact Cretetaxi directly.
You can also use Public intercity Buses (green line) available every 15 minutes from the airport exit. The price of the ticket is 3€ and the journey time is about 30 minutes.
For detailed routes and pricing please visit: http://www.ktelherlas.gr/index.php?lang=en
You can also hire a car from Heraklion airport. The hire car companies’ desks are easily found in the arrivals hall of the airport. Please visit the Creta Maris Beach Resort website for driving instructions to the conference venue.
From Heraklion harbour:
When you arrive at the Heraklion harbour, you may also use the Public Bus Services, departing to Hersonissos every 15 minutes or a taxi.
Additional information about transportation options in Crete can be found at: http://www.incrediblecrete.gr/773/index.en.html