Car Hire at Crete Heraklion Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Crete is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, and when you hire a car at Heraklion Airport you can enjoy the best that it has to offer. Get out of your resort and discover quaint villages, ancient ruins, and Crete’s best beaches.
Where to hire a car at Crete Heraklion Airport
Eurodollar, Avis, Autohellas and Travel Star all offer car rental from Crete Heraklion Airport.
Petrol stations near Crete Heraklion Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The nearest petrol stations to the airport are in the city of Heraklion. There are plenty of service stations dotted along the E75 road.
Driving around Crete Heraklion Airport
From the airport you can drive west along the small local roads to reach Heraklion. If you’re heading to the major resorts it only takes a few minutes to drive onto the new E75 highway which runs along the north coast. The road isn’t too large, fast, or busy: in most places there is only one lane and a hard shoulder in each direction.
Getting to your destination
Excellent beaches and an even better nightlife have made Malia one of Crete’s hottest destinations, especially with young Brits.
It takes just over 25 minutes to drive to Malia from Crete Heraklion Airport. Parking in Malia is fairly often unregulated. You can park on the street, but look out for lines and signs indicating where you can’t. If you’re staying in the town for a few nights it’s always best to choose a hotel with a guest car park. These are widely available throughout Malia, and will save you the stress of finding a good overnight parking space.
Crete’s largest city is packed with fantastic shops and buzzing cafes. It also has plenty of attractive places to visit, such as the newly regenerated waterfront, ancient historic quarter, and intriguing archaeological sites. It’s an excellent choice if you want a bit more buzz from your Greek island holiday.
It only takes seven minutes to drive into the centre of Heraklion from the airport. On street car parking can be hard to come by in the city, but there are plenty of parking lots. The central ones charge a small fee to park for the day, usually in the region of €5 (about £3.62) so it shouldn’t break the bank. If you’re basing yourself in Heraklion try to choose a hotel with a guest car park.
Crete’s most popular resort, Chersonissos, transforms from quiet harbour town in winter to hedonistic party town in summer.
It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Chersonissos from Heraklion Airport. On-street parking is available, but if you’re visiting during the summer it can be tricky to find spaces. Lots of the large resort hotels have guest car parks. It’s worth checking this before booking your accommodation.
Prices subject to change