Heraklion Airport Duty Free

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About Heraklion Airport (HER)

Heraklion 716 01, Greece
+30 281 039 7129
Website: http://www.heraklion-airport.info/
Arrivals: Heraklion Airport (HER) Arrivals
Departures: Heraklion Airport (HER) Departures
35.33969879, 25.18029976
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Heraklion Airport (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR), is an airport serving the Heraklion area in Greece. Scroll down or click here to see what Heraklion Airport shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, and facilities we have in our Duty Free Information 2022 Database. Currently in our database we have information on 5 shops, 0 cafes, and 0 restaurants at Heraklion Airport. If you believe this data is out of date or incorrect in any way, please contact us and we will get our team of researchers to correct our data.

It is both a civilian and military airport and was named after Nikos Kazantzakis, a Greek philosopher. This airport is due to be replaced in 2025, but until then it is the second-busiest airport in the country. It has two asphalt runways and one terminal.

HER opened in 1939 while it was still a piece of land flat enough for a Junkers Ju 52 to deliver a passenger. In WWII, it was where the Battle of Heraklion was fought and closed to the public for a few years thereafter. The flights resumed in 1946,  and in 1947, a new terminal offered basic services. 4,000 passengers were served that year. Expansions and runway makeovers allowed air carriers to offer their first charter flight via British Airways. HER served over 8 million passengers in 2017.

Transportation to the airport is available via bus and taxi. There is ample short- and long-term parking.

How far away is Heraklion Airport from from the centre of Heraklion?

It takes approximately 8 mins to drive the 1.8 mi (2.9 kilometres) between the centre of Heraklion and Heraklion Airport, making it accessible enough to facilitate and accommodate any travel plans. Make sure you arrive in time to take the opportunity to explore the duty-free shopping opportunities located inside HER airport, where you can purchase exclusive perfumes and colognes, cigarattes, alcohol, food items, confectionery, and souvenirs from Greece.

What are the parking options at Heraklion Airport?

External parking options are available. Don't forget that you can also opt to leave your car at home, thanks to the many public transportation alternatives that can take you to and from Heraklion Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Duty free shopping is when you can purchase goods that have had the duty/tax (usually taxes like import, VAT, and sales tax) waivered by the government, therefore reducing the prices that you would normally expect to pay in a standard shop or website. Duty free shops are usually found at airports or sea terminals, but you can also sometimes purchase duty free goods during international flights or on cruises.

Anyone travelling internationally (between two different countries) is eligible to purchase duty free items.

The term 'duty' refers to the tax that you pay if you bring a product from one country to another. i.e. if you bought some perfume in the United Kingdom, and then flew to Germany you might have to pay tax in both countries. Most governments do not charge the duty on products bought when you are leaving that country, which means that the customer doesn't have to pay the tax twice. This usually only applies when you are leaving the country, i.e. it is for export purposes only.

As the price for items bought in duty free shops often have the duty taken off the RRP, it can make them a lot cheaper than if you bought the goods in a normal shop. However, there are usually limits on how much you can buy on your trip, and these limits will vary from country to country, and also vary from item to item (i.e. there will be different limits on alcohol and cigarettes).

The most popular items in duty free shops are usually the products that are most heavily taxed, i.e. alcohol, perfumes, and tobacco. Duty free inventories will vary from country to country, and also from airport to airport. In larger airports, you may even find different prices in the numerous shops - remember it's always best to shop around! Make sure you check our database to see all the shops at each airport, and then you can invesigate the prices at each one.

Sadly, you can't just turn up at a duty free shop with several empty suitcases and fill them up with goodies! Restrictions will be in place, and these can vary from country to country. You will only be allowed to buy certain amounts of different types of products. Tobacco, alcohol, and perfumes are usually the products that are most likely to be subject to the stricter allowances. Make sure you check whilst purchasing, or else you run the risk of your items being confiscated upon arrival at your destination's customs.

No. Duty free is only available to travellers who are flying from one country to another country.

Yes. Many duty free shops will allow you to pre-order any purchases online before your journey. You will need your boarding pass and passport when you pick the items up from the airport shop.

What is there to do upon arrival at Heraklion Airport?

Once you arrive at the airport, you have the option to fuel up for your journey ahead by grabbing a bite to eat at any of the available restaurants and cafes, or why not head straight for the duty-free shopping opportunities at the 5 different shops around Heraklion Airport? Get a last-minute gift for a loved one, or spoil yourself with a well-deserved souvenir from your trip.

Heraklion Airport shops, restaurants, and facilities

Shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, and facilities at Heraklion Airport include:

2x Duty Free shops
  • There is a large duty-free shop on the upper floor of the airport.
6x Snack Bars
Currency Exchange Kiosk
News Kiosk

What airlines operate passenger services out of Heraklion Airport?

The following airlines all fly passenger services out of Heraklion Airport:

Duty Free Allowance at Heraklion Airport

If you are travelling to Greece from a country within the EU, then you can bring in an unlimited amount of goods that you have bought in that country as long as the price you paid included tax and the goods are for your own personal use (this also includes items that you intend to be gifts).

What are the limits on duty free cigarettes/alcohol at Heraklion Airport from inside the EU

Despite there not being a limit on the amount of alcoholic and tobacco goods that you can bring in from a country in the EU, if you have goods that are more than the following guidelines, then there is a good chance that you will be questioned by a Customs Officer about what you intend to do with the goods:

  • 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, or 1 kg of tobacco
  • 110 litres of beer
  • 10 litres of spirits
  • 90 litres of wine
  • 20 litres of fortified wine

What are the limits on duty free cigarettes/alcohol at Heraklion Airport from outside the EU

If you are entering Greece from a country outside of the EU, then your allowance changes to the amounts listed below. Again, these must be for your own personal use. If you intend to sell the goods or if you go over these allowances, then you may have to pay duty and/or tax).

  • 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco
  • 4 litres of still wine
  • 1 litre of alcohol over 22% volume or 2 litres of alcohol less than 22% volume
  • 16 litres of beer
  • up to £390 worth of all other goods
Heraklion Airport Reviews

not a bad airport but different in design an operation to other but i like the stand layout
- Oliver Dawson

Old, crowded, dirty airport. CFG-Handling by Swissport - chaotic. 1st counter: check in/weighing. 2nd counter: drop off/security. Why not at one counter? Long queue at hand luggage check and slack passenger check. All in all not that nice...

Aéroport qui mériterais une rénovation puisqu'il est vraiment trop petit pour accueillir tout ce monde qui vient profiter des vacances. Certains de ces passagers du troisième âge devait attendre debout dû au manque de place et de chaise
- Florian Tintori

This airport is very old and small. In August it is overcrowded with practically no place to seat and very low ceiling, about 2 m or so. Arrivals and departures screen was just one for the terminal and small, so it was very hard to see important info there.
- Dmytro

Flew from this airport with an IT operator. Queueing outside the terminal in the sun (30+ degrees) with little shade for an hour to get to check in desks. Then queueing for passport control. Reached departure lounge just as flight started boarding, and flight delayed by late passengers stuck in system.
- Stephen James Gee

I don't like this airport. It was old (in 2011) and smelly. I coudn't take my baggage for a bit less than 2 hours!
- Miłek Kaczmarek

You cannot leave your luggage right at the check-in counter, you have to stand in another line to get your bags x-rayed. Wifi simply does not connect. :( Food prices are quite high (6 euros for a simple hot dog), no variety. No security check at the airport entrance. The bright side is that the airport is really close to the city.
- Eliana

Very fast arrival waved through gate with minimal checks baggage collection easy well signed so easy to find your way around staff were friendly and helpfull
- Bevan Emmott

Terrible non-electronic checkin, big mess, head-on-head, queues outside of the terminal, no airconditioning.

Lousy for connections. On internal EU connection (Cyprus-UK) we had to go out of building, return (completely inadequate signage) and go through passport control. They are not set up for connection. The passport officer expressed surprise we were connecting. Bag worked out OK
- donard
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