How to get from Heraklion Airport to Elounda

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How to get from Heraklion Airport to Elounda

Crete is an island full of extravagant beauty and countless wonders. Beaches of all kinds and shapes, coves and sea caves, and untouched natural landscapes combine to create a unique atmosphere of tranquility. As such, it's never a surprise why thousands of travelers visit the island each year. When visiting, one common point of entry in Crete is the Heraklion Airport, the second largest airport in Greece. From there, you can reach your desired destination.

One popular vacation spot people check out in Crete is Elounda. Elounda, sometimes known as Elounda, is a tiny village on Crete's northern shore. It is located in the Agios Nikolaos municipality and can be reached by several means of transportation. This includes riding a taxi, private transfer or bus (there is no train stations in Crete)

How do I get from Heraklion Airport to Elounda by bus?

If you're on a budget, traveling by bus is the cheapest way to get from Heraklion Airport to Elounda. However, there is no direct bus service to Elounda from Crete's Heraklion airport. Therefore, to reach Elounda, you need to head to Heraklion Bus Station A and take a bus to Agios Nikolaos. Once there, change to a different bus and continue your journey to Elounda. It takes about 75 minutes to get from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, and another 30 minutes to get from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda.

Aerial View of the town in Elounda

Intermediate stops on the way to Elounda:

Once you get on a bus going to Elounda, possible stops will be made in the following locations:

  • Kato Gouves 
  • Chersonissos 
  • Malia 
  • Agios Nikolaos

However, be sure to speak with the bus driver to know exactly where you're stopping since different bus lines might stop in different locations.

How do I find a public transport stop at Heraklion Airport?

You can't ride a bus from Heraklion Airport to Elounda. As such to find public transport, you'll have to take a taxi first to Heraklion Bus Station A (near the city's port). Once you're there, you can ride a bus going to Agios Nikolaos, then change buses and continue to Elounda.

How do I get from Heraklion Airport to Elounda by Taxi?

Traveling with a lot of luggage can be tough. You'll have to struggle carrying your bag here and there which is very annoying. This is why most people will opt for a taxi from Heraklion Airport to their desired location.

Getting a taxi to Elounda typically costs €75 and will take 52 mins to 1 hour, depending on traffic. Going for a private transfer allows you to save more time since there are no stopovers. Plus, you will be more comfortable without worrying about missing important time from your vacation (beach tours, restaurant reservations, etc).

To get a taxi, head to Heraklion Airport's departures building. Once there, you'll see dozens of taxis lined up. Ensure that the driver has the meter on and you'll get charged according to it. After settling your fare, hop in and relax while driving towards Elounda.

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Spinalonga view from Elounda Village

Private transfer services at Heraklion Airport

The best way to experience a hassle-free journey is by booking a private transfer from Heraklion Airport to Elounda. By choosing a private transfer in Crete, you won't have to deal with the hassle of finding a vehicle, waiting at stopovers, or getting lost. All these inconveniences are non-existent by choosing this kind of travel style. Plus, private transfers will carry your luggage for you and drive you directly to your destination without stops.

You have the option of picking your own schedule and vehicle when booking a private transfer. If you're traveling with a large party, this may be the best option because the price is lower than buses and cabs. You won't have to worry about traffic or delays either.