Location & Maps


Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is rich in ancient and modern Mediterranean cultures.   Apart from the archaeological sites, the museums, and the spectacular scenery, it is an island with a reputation for hospitality and good food.  The University of Crete is located in two towns on the north coast of the island: Rethymnon and Heraklion.  Both towns claim to a lively society and offer a host of social and cultural events and activities to meet the varied interests of all visitors.


For information on Greece and Crete:

Hellenic Tourist Organization

Crete Regional Authority



For detailed information on the cultural and social life of each town - including the sights, events, accommodation and maps - as well as the services offered by the local authorities, see the Municipality sites:   

Rethymnon Municipality                             

Heraklion Municipality  


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. 




Last update 13/09/2019