Flights to Crete
Getting to Crete is easy, as the island is well connected to the rest of Europe and Greece through its two international airports: Heraklion Airport (HER) and Chania Airport (CHQ). Both airports offer direct flights to many European cities, as well as domestic flights to other cities in Greece. The duration of the flight between Athens and Crete is approximately 50 minutes and major airlines such as Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, and EasyJet operate flights to Crete, providing a wide range of options for conference attendees.
Once you arrive at the airport, transportation options are readily available to take you to the conference venue (Out of the Blue Resort), or accommodation. Taxis and rental cars are widely available, or you can book a transfer in advance through a local travel agency. Additionally, Crete has a reliable public transportation system, with buses running regularly throughout the island.
Ferries to Crete
If you prefer to travel by sea, Crete also has several ports that receive ferries from other Greek islands and the Greek mainland. Some popular ports of entry include Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, Sitia and Agios Nikolaos. During the summer season, there are regular daily connections between the port of Piraeus (Athens) and the ports of Heraklion and Chania. The connection between Athens and the port of Sitia runs three times a week. The fastest connections take between 8 and 9 hours.
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets through travel agencies or online booking platforms.