Cheap flights to Heraklion arrive from all over Europe on charter airlines. Regularly scheduled flights to Heraklion also use the same airport. Although small in size, Nikos Kazantzakis International provides the same facilities, as do the larger airports.
When arriving on a Heraklion flight, passengers can have their immediate requirements met: banking, ATM and bureaux de change facilities are all available within the terminal complex. Bus and taxi services are just outside the building with regular services into the city and, cars can be rented from several companies. Duty free shopping and cafe services are also provided inside the terminal.
Crete has a relatively good transportation system. Regular ferry and bus services make getting around the island fairly easy. Regular bus services operated by Minoan Line buses are available at reasonable prices, serving the northern coast of Crete. Within Heraklion, town buses provide a local service, and Heraklion's two bus stations provide the starting points for longer distance bus journeys.
For shorter journeys, taxis can provide a quick and reasonable service. Within the city, taxis use a metrr, with a tariff set to either day or night rates. Taxis can also be used for longer journeys however it is worth asking the driver for the price before the trip. For independence, consider hiring a rental car or motorcycle.
The archaeological sites and museums in Heraklion can provide days of exploring. Within easy reach of the city are the ‘Palace of Knossos' and the Palace complex of ‘Phaistos', two ancient Minoan sites. In Heraklion city, you will find the 'Museum of Crete' and the world famous 'Heraklion Archaeological Museum'.
A trip to 'Thalassokosmos' will allow the visitor to explore the ocean life surrounding Crete. A hike down the 'Samaria Gorge', although arduous, is well worth-while. Architecture buffs will enjoy exploring 'Koules', the Venetian Fort and also the city walls of the old city.
As a large commercial centre, shopping locations abound in Heraklion. Take advantages of your cheap airfares to Heraklion, shop from the top designers on Daedalou Street, to the street markets, bargains whilst exploring this wonderful city.
Dining out is a Greek pastime. Whether experiencing the 'real Greece' at a local tavern, or catching up with friends at an Ouzeri for a couple of drinks. Eating Cretan Cuisine allows one to experience Meze mixes, or traditional Greek moussaka and souvlaki.
In the evenings try sitting in a cafe and watching the world go by. Visiting a local bar can provide music and entertainment. Clubbing goes into the late hours for those wanting to dance the night away.