Olympic Air connects Athens, and other islands, with Heraklion, Chania, and Sitia. Aegean Airlines flies between Athens and Heraklion and Chania. Sky Express flies to both Heraklion and Sitia. Ryanair connects Chania to Athens, and to other European destinations. Fares on all are highest in the summer, often double that of a ferry.
The principal arrival point on Crete is Heraklion Airport, where up to 20 flights daily arrive from Athens and daily flights arrive from throughout Greece. Heraklion is also serviced directly by flights from other European cities.
There are several daily flights from Athens and, in summer, other European cities to Chania Airport, and several per week from Athens to Sitia, which is also connected to the Dodecanese islands with a few weekly flights in summer.
A bus just outside Heraklion Airport takes you to the town center. Tickets are sold from a kiosk next to the bus stop or you can pay the driver; the fare is €2. From Chania Airport, buses run hourly to the center for €2.50, but these are not running 24 hours. Tickets are available inside the airport or can be bought from the driver. Cabs line up outside all airports to meet flights; the fare into the respective towns is about €12 for Heraklion, €25 for Chania, and €5 for Sitia.
Chania Airport. Chania, Crete, 73100. 28210/83800; www.chq-airport.gr.
Heraklion Airport (Kazantzakis International Airport). Heraklion, Crete, 71202. 28103/97800.
Sitia Airport. Sitia, Crete, 72300. 28430/20151.