OPTO-CH 2020 meets IPERION-CH.gr,  June 29th - July 03rd


 (HERAKLION google map)
  •   By air:

A number of flights are available daily, connecting the Heraklion International Airport (“Nikos Kazantzakis”, airport Code: HER) with the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH) and the International Airport of Thessaloniki (SKG).

These flights are operated by OLYMPIC,  Aegean Airlines,  Sky Express , Ellinair and VOLOTEA.  Additionally, in the period of April to October, direct charter flights connect several major European cities with Heraklion.

  •  By boat:

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

Minoan Lines (Departure at about 21:00, Arrival at 7:00)

ANEK Lines – Superfast Ferries (Departure at about 21:00, Arrival at 7:00)



From the Airport

  • By bus: The airport is very well-connected to the city centre by public bus. One-way ticket: €1.70
  • By taxi: It takes less than 10 minutes to get to the city centre and costs about €15.

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 € 10.



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

Reaching the Eleftherias/Liberty Square (Platia Eleftherias) bus stop, outside Astoria Hotel (see city map above) at approximately: 07:30, 08:40, 11:40, 14:10, 15:40, 17:30, 19:50, 21:25.

a. Bus line No 8 connects airport to FORTH though the city centre.(Please note: Sign on bus reads “I.T.E.”)
b. Bus line No 11 connects the city centre directly to the university Hospital (Please note: Sign on 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. Trip duration is about 30 minutes.

One-way ticket: € 1.70 (tickets can be purchased at special vending machines near bus stops or at city kiosks. Please make sure you get your return ticket in advance).

  • By taxi

a. 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

b. From 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 202 summer course is Cancelled
  • Application deadline: April 26
  • Notice of Acceptance:  April 30