Sleeping in Airports

Heraklion Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Heraklion Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

my god was it fun! I got stuck in this lift trying to get to Pizza Hut so i recommend the stairs! -Lawrence

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Heraklion International Airport.

What to Expect

Heraklion International Airport consists of a small, recently renovated, terminal that primarily offers seasonal flights. Terminal amenities include a couple of eateries, bars, gift shop and duty free store, though previous reviewers were critical of high prices at these establishments. Reviewers are also critical about the terminal’s cleanliness. Comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

Renovations do not appear to have helped the sleeping situation at this airport. Previous reviewers cited some couches on the landside second floor as a good sleeping spot, and suggested having eyeshade and earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones to induce better sleep. A reader (July 2018) reported it was near impossible to find a seat and what you do find are filthy. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

A recent reviewer (April 2018) said there was no WiFi, but we’re not sure if this was just a temporary situation.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Evropi Lounge – Location: Airside, 1st Floor, Extra-Schengen, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Goldair Handling Lounge – Location: Airside, 1st Floor, after Immigration. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Filoxenia Lounge – Location: Landside, 1st Floor, Departures Hall, opposite the Swissport Check-in. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Heraklion Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Sofia Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel advises against walking due to the high volume of traffic. A taxi is approx. 10,00€.  » Check Rates
  • Prince of Lillies – (6 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available upon request. Cost is approx. 10,00€ each way.  » Check Rates
  • Pasiphae Hotel – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests the bus which stops directly in front of the hotel and costs 1,00€.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Heraklion Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Heraklion Airport. Internet access is also available at the cafe on the ground floor.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Piraeus Bank and National Bank, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.

Baby Care Facilities – A “baby room” is located in the Departures Terminal, on the ground floor.

Currency Exchange – Yes

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a limited variety of retail shops.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. The airport has one restaurant, five bars, and an ice cream shop. At the time of this update, we were not able to confirm the availability of 24-hour dining.

Information Desk – An information desk is located in the the Arrivals Area. Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: At the airport car park. Hours: open 24 hours daily. Rates: a small fee in Euros is required.

Luggage Wrapping – Location: Departures Terminal, Ground Floor.

Medical Services – The Airport Medical Center is open 24 hours a day.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Showers – Not available

Rest Zones – Not available.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Heraklion airport is served by the following airlines: KLM • Aegean Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Brussels Airlines • Lufthansa • Swiss • British Airways.


Bus line 1 serves Heraklion Airport.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avis • Budget • Eurodollar • Europcar • Holiday Auto • Hertz • National • Tourent • Sixt.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

Last updated: 2018-10-29

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.