SUMMER Courses  on Advanced Laser-based Technologies in Heritage Science.


 (HERAKLION google map)

  By air:

 By boat:

Heraklion is also connected to the Port of Piraeus in Athens with daily ferry boat service by:


From the Airport:

  • By bus: The airport is very well-connected to the city center by public bus. One-way ticket: €1.60
  • By taxi: It takes less than 10 minutes to get to the city center and costs about €20.

From the Port:

Most city hotels are within walking distance from the Port of Heraklion.
  • By taxi: It takes less than 5-10 minutes to get to any of the city hotels and costs about € 15.




FORTH campus is located 10 km South-West of Heraklion and can be reached by:

With Iraklio Urban Buses 

Buses directing to FORTH reaching the Eleftherias/Liberty Square (Platia Eleftherias) bus stop, outside Astoria Hotel (see city map above) at approximately: 07:25, 08:35, 09:35, 14:30, 15:35, 17:35, 19:50, 21:25. There are two Buses lines: 
a. Bus line No 8 connects the airport to FORTH through the city center (Please note: Sign on the bus writing “I.T.E.”)
b. Bus line No 11 connects the city center directly to the University Hospital (Please note: The sign on the bus reads “ΠΑΓΝΗ- ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ” (PAGNIUNIVERSITY). This bus makes a stop at approximately 300 meters from FORTH’s main entrance and operates at a frequency of about 15 minutes. The trip duration is about 30 minutes.
Remember that a one-way ticket at € 1.60 can be purchased at special vending machines near bus stops or city kiosks. Please make sure you get your return ticket in advance.

By taxi

  •  From Heraklion city center to FORTH:
    The most convenient taxi queue is at “Eleftheria’s Square” (“Platia Eleftherias” in Greek).
    A taxi ride takes about 20-30 minutes and costs approximately € 15
  • From the airport to FORTH:
    Taxi service is provided just outside the airport.
    A taxi ride takes about 15-25 minutes and costs approximately € 20

Please advise the cab driver that you are going to “ITE” (located near the University and the University Hospital –“ΠΑΓΝΗ” PAGNI).

Important Dates

  • OPTO-CH 2022 summer course exact dates soon will be announced
  • Application deadline: March 2022
  • Notice of Acceptance:  April 2022