Welcome to Nikos Kazantzakis AirportThe official name is the Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, named for the famous Cretan writer best known for "Zorba the Greek", but it is usually referred to as Heraklion Airport. It may also be spelled Iraklion.
Airport CodeThe airport code is HER and this is what should appear on your baggage claim checks if you are checking through the Heraklion. Heraklion has customs services, so it is possible with many airlines to check through luggage all the way. Heraklion is also spelled Iraklio, Iraklion, Heraclion, and other variations.
Baggage Check Service at HeraklionIf you're looking to check your baggage for a few hours, the baggage check kiosk is located in the parking lot. A few Euro per bag will hold it for you in a secure area. This facility is presently open 24 hours a day, but if you're planning on retrieving your luggage at an off hour, make sure this is true at the time you're using the service. After midnight, bags are charged for another day. It's not cheap - the average person's bags will run about twelve Euro - but it will make last-minute sightseeing in Heraklion much more pleasant if you can do it without your bags. With the city itself only twenty minutes and half a Euro away, this sure beats sitting at the airport if your tour group drops you off early.
Flight InformationHeraklion Airport flight information is available at +30 2810 397129; airport information can be reached at +30 2810 245598.
Bus Service to HeraklionThe 78 Service or #1 bus costs .75 Euro and takes twenty minutes to bring you into central Heraklion; one stop is right by the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (which may close for renovations in 2006-2007).
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