One of the most go-to cities there is Crete, where the town of Chersonissos, the beacon of peaceful, family-friendly beaches surrounded by ancient ruins, is located. It is found north of Crete, 25 kilometers east of Heraklion, bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
To get there, the best way is to jump off from Heraklion Airport or HER. Then you can reach Chersonissos in less than 30 minutes, depending on the vehicle you choose and your budget. What's great is you have a lot of options. You can either hire a cab, private transfer or go with a public shuttle.
The cost of a taxi fare from Heraklion Airport to Hersonissos is about 30 EUR while the whole trip may take about 25 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Taking a taxi is an ideal option if you want to skip the hassle of riding public buses. With a taxi, you are given the freedom of your own space and may make stop overs if you wish.
In Heraklion, buses run from the city center, not from the airport, but all buses going east pass by the airport. So, if you're heading to Chersonissos by bus, you have two options. One is to take a taxi from the airport to Heraklion's central bus station first to ensure you have a seat. The only issue you'll have is a large queue of tourists waiting to board the bus to Chersonissos, which means travellers need to stand under the sun's heat to board.
The second is to take your chance and wait for a bus since there are numerous buses to Chersonissos that run every day, so catching one is a breeze. At the airport exit, turn right. There is a bus stop across the street if you walk behind the barrier.
The buses are clean and big, with air conditioning, adjustable chairs with armrests, tinted windows, and plenty of luggage space, so comfort is still top-notch. In addition, because stops are made along the way, traveling by bus will usually take almost two hours and will cost 3.30 euros per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance from a driver or at a designated kiosk at the stop.
Tip: You can also catch the bus on the bus stop that is located right outside the Heraklion Airport's arrival's terminal!
The possible bus stops are
There is no direct bus to Chersonissos. So, when you board a bus bound towards Chersonissos, you will be able to make the following stops:
Some stops are not made on every trip, so make sure to ask the bus conductor when and where your stop will be if you have other plans.
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In general, taxis in Crete are also quite cheap compared to many other Greek cities. So, if you want a simpler way to reach Chersonissos, taking a cab is a good choice. To hire a taxi from Heraklion Airport, you may easily book one with an agency.
Going for taxi services is a great way to avoid long lines and crowded buses. Generally, taxi transfers to Chersonissos are quite affordable and easy to hire, as long as you choose a reliable company to accommodate you. A cab ride will take roughly 25 minutes as the distance between Chersonissos and Heraklion Airport is 25 kilometers. It will cost you at least 30 euros, depending on your chosen agency.
Another way to reach Chersonissos is through booking a private transfer from Heraklion Airport to Chersonissos for lesser worries. You can make a travel reservation in less than 60 seconds and get a confirmation right away. When you arrive at the Crete Heraklion Airport, the driver will greet you with a sign and transport you to your hotel, house, or flat in Chersonissos. Plus, it will only set you back roughly €30.