How to get there

Heraklion is directly connected to Athens International Airport with daily, domestic flights run by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. 2-4 direct flights per day are coming in from Thessaloniki (SKG).

There are also other direct scheduled airline connections from major European cities as well as many charter flights from most European countries.

Alternatively, one can use the ferry-boat connecting Heraklion with the harbour of Piraeus (Athens).

Connection is offered by Minoan Lines & ANEK Lines and the overnight trip takes about 7 hours.

Arrival by Air

When you arrive at Heraklion airport, transfer to the conference site, Knossos Royal Hotel at Anissaras (near Hersonissos), is possible by:

  • Public bus to Hersonissos (KTEL):
    Public bus service every 30 minutes from the airport exit. Once you arrive in Hersonissos, get off at the second bus stop by the taxi rank (look for the large super market XALKIADAKIS). Take a taxi to the hotel/conference venue, approximate cost 10€.
    • There are 1-2 busses daily going directly to the Knossos Royal Hotel, depending on demand. Timings can be found in the above web site.
    • Last bus to Hersonissos departs at 22:00 hrs. 
    • Price: ~3€
    • Journey time: about 45 min.
  • Taxi
    The most convenient method to get to the conference hotel/venue from all locations (airport / seaport / downtown) is to use a taxi. The approximate fare from Heraklion Airport is 33€.
  • Renting a car

From the airport / port / downtown area, get to the highway (follow signs to the National Road). On the highway, head East and follow the signs to Agios Nikolaos and/or Hersonissos straight for about 20km. Turn right onto the exit at Kastelli and then turn left for Hersonissos. Keep going straight for 2 km until the traffic lights and then cross the road to the other side and join the road parallel to the main road and turn right. Follow the road until you reach the sign for the Knossos Royal before turning left. 

Arrival by Boat

When you arrive at the Heraklion harbour, you may walk to the public bus station which is within walking distance. From there, buses depart to Hersonissos, every half hour. The first bus departs at 06:30 hrs and the last one at 22:00 hrs. Follow the same instruction given above (public bus).