How to Rent a Car at the Heraklion Airport

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 28, 2021

  • RentalCars.com is the best site for booking rental cars in advance for Heraklion.
  • FerryHopper.com is the best site for booking ferry tickets in advance for the Greek islands.

Rental Car Pick-up at Heraklion Airport

Car rental pick-up at Heraklion Airport.

RentalCars.com gives many options for car pick-up and drop-off. Select “Crete – Heraklion Downtown” to pick-up in the downtown area near hotels and the ferry port. Select “Heraklion Airport” to pick-up at the arrivals level of Heraklion International Airport (there is only one airport in Heraklion).

Heraklion Airport Car Rental

RentalCars.com is the best way to rent a car at the Heraklion International Airport. Car pick-up is inside the arrivals terminal. If you’re going to rent a car for Crete it’s much easier to get the car at the airport than in the city center of Heraklion. Even if you’re arriving by ferry it’s often best to hop in a taxi for the 8-minute drive to the airport to get your car. (There is only one airport in Heraklion so don’t worry about whether you’ve reserved at the right airport.)

Heraklion Car Rental

Heraklion International Airport is a pretty small airport. It has many daily flights but never feels too busy.

Heraklion Car Rental

The rental car companies are found in Arrivals immediately after you pass immigration/customs and pick-up your luggage. 

Heraklion Car Rental

There are 5 or 6 car rental companies at the airport. If you’ve reserved in advance with RentalCars.com or directly with Budget, Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, or Sixt then picking up a car is quick and easy. If you haven’t booked in advance be prepared for a lot of haggling and high rates (last-minute bookings is how they make their money).

Heraklion Car Rental

When you walk out of the Arrivals Hall of the airport turn left for the taxi stand and go straight for rental cars.

Heraklion Car Rental

The rental cars are directly across from the Arrivals Terminal at Heraklion Airport.

Heraklion Car Rental

The parking lot for the rentral car companies is a short walk from the Arrivals terminal but there are free shuttle buses if you have a lot of luggage.

Heraklion Car Rental

The bus stop is also across the street from the airport.

Heraklion Car Rental

The taxi stand is steps from the main terminal.

Heraklion Car Rental

Taxi fares from the Heraklion Airport to Chania and other towns around Crete.

Heraklion Car Rental

The main highway along the north of Crete (from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion to Rethymnon to Chania) is good quality road.

Heraklion Car Rental

Most car rental companies will allow for dropoff at the Heraklion ferry port. There’s plenty of parking space steps from the ferries. Just ask before leaving the pickup spot how and where to dropoff.

Heraklion Car Rental

The ticket pickup for ferry tickets is located at the Heraklion ferry port. You can take a taxi right up to the ferry if you’re not dropping off a rental car.

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  1. Bus from Heraklion to Chania

    Without renting a car, what’s the best way to get from the Heraklion Ferry Port to Chania Old Town? (And how much might this cost?)

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Take the bus from the Heraklion Bus Station to Chania. It’s walking distance from the port to the bus station in Heraklion. The bus to Chania takes about 3 hours and costs €15. The bus station in Chania is just outside of the Old Town and an easy walk to most Old Town hotels.

  2. Should We Rent A Car in Crete?

    Hello. 8 of us will be in Crete for 4 days staying 20 minutes outside of the airport. We arrive via ferry and depart on a plane We will want time both touring and relaxing at the home. Dinners will mostly out. Would you recommend renting a van or arranging private transfers and local taxis. Thank you. Your sites are very helpful.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It all depends on how much you want to see and get around. If you want to explore Knossos, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, wine country, and some of the traditional inland villages then you’ll want a rental car. If you’re only planning a couple of trips to Heraklion and the beach then a combination of bus and taxi will work. My guess is, though, that you’ll probably want to rent a vehicle.

  3. Port Pickup for Rental Car

    I’m picking up at the port and dropping off at airport? Will this be a problem or should we just take a taxi from port to airport to pick it up?

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It will be fine.

  4. Best Car Rental Heraklion Airport

    If I’m using rentalcars.com what is the best car hire company to use for pickup at Heraklion airport?

    Thanks.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I have used Budget and Hertz and both were good. All the car companies are close to the terminal, so in that regard, there isn’t a big difference. As long as you book in advance you’ll get a good rate.

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