Getting to Crete




By air

There are airports in Heraklion (airport code: HER) and Chania (airport code: CHQ) with direct scheduled flights to/from Athens airport (duration 45 minutes), which is the main international hub for Greece. There are also scheduled flights to/from Thessaloniki and other domestic routes.  Daily scheduled domestic and connecting flights are provided by Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air.   In the summer months there are direct charter flights between the airports in Crete and most major European destinations.


There is a bus service and taxi rank at Heraklion airport.  Journey time between the airport and the centre of town is approximately 10 minutes.


By ferry

There are daily ferry services between Heraklion and the mainland port of Piraeus. Daily ferry services are also available directly between Piraeus to/from the Chania port of Souda.  For information on schedules and prices see the websites of Minoan Lines,   ANEK Lines,


By bus & ferry

The public bus service KTEL has combined bus-ferry schedules running daily to/from Heraklion and major towns in mainland Greece.  For timetables and prices see the inter-city KTEL site.


Getting to the University Campus in Rethymnon

Getting to the University Campus in Rethymnon The Schools of Philosophy, Education and Social Sciences are located at the University’s Gallos Campus in Rethymnon.

Rethymnon is located 90 km west of Heraklion and 70 km east of Chania, linked by the island’s main east-west highway. Journey time from either destination to Rethymnon is about an hour.

If you are arriving by air or sea in Heraklion or Chania, the KTEL public bus service provides an economic means of getting to Rethymnon. For timetables see the KTEL website. Taxis from Chania or Heraklion to Rethymnon are also available from the taxi ranks at the airports and the harbors.

The Gallos University Campus is located about 4km from Rethymnon town centre. There is a regular bus service between the town and campus every 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, a taxi will take 10-15 minutes.


Getting to the University Campus in Heraklion

 The Voutes Campus is about 10km from Heraklion town centre, in the area of Vassiliki Vouton. All the Departments of the School of Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Sciences, and Mathematics) are now housed in new buildings on the Voutes Campus, as well as the School of Medicine and the adjoining University General Hospital. 

There is a regular bus service every 15 minutes between the campus and the town centre (Eleftheria Square), journey time about 35-40 minutes.  Tickets can be purchased at the kiosks next to the bus stops. Alternatively, journey time by taxi is about 20 minutes .