There are impressive car ferry boats, performing night trips Piraeus to Heraklio and Chania (Souda port) and vice versa. During the summer months they additionally perform daily trips for same destinations.
The main coastal navigation companies are:
BLUE STAR FERRIES
The Marina (yacht harbor) of Agios Nikolaos is a modern one, very well organized and well protected by all weather conditions is built to European standards and is capable of accommodating up to 255 boats all year round. It is located in the heart of the town and provides easy access to the center of town, the main archeological sites and other places of interest. Mantraki Apartments, are situated above Marina and enjoy a panoramic sea view.
Heraklion (HER) international airport (NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS) is the nearest airport to Agios Nikolaos (65 km) connected by a national road (45 minutes by taxi). There are also frequent domestic flights of all Greek airlines, from Athens, as well as from Thessaloniki, Rhodes and other Greek airports.
Sitia (JSH) international airport (Vitsentzos Kornaros) at Eastern Crete is a smaller airport, with limited domestic and international flights. It is connected to Agios Nikolaos by a winding road (67 km, 1.5 hours by taxi).
Finally, Chania (CHQ) is the 2nd international airport (Ioannis Daskalogiannis) at the west Crete, 207 km from Agios Nikolaos (about 3 hrs by a taxi on the National road).
Athens International airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) - tel. (+30) 210 35 30 000 - www.aia.gr
Heraklion International airport (Nikos Kazantzakis) - tel. (+30) 2810 39 78 00 - www.heraklion-airport.info
Chania International airport (Ioannis Daskalogiannis) - tel. (+30) 28210 83 800 - www.chania-airport.com
Sitia International airport (Vitsentzos Kornaros) - tel. (+30) 28430 24 424
Aegean - tel.: (+30) 210 6261000 - www.aegeanair.com
Sky Express - tel.: (+30) 2810 223800 - www.skyexpress.gr
Olympic Air - tel.: (+30) 210 3550500 - www.olympicair.com
Ellinair - tel.: (+30) 2311 224 700 - www.ellinair.com
Volotea - tel.: (+34) 93 12 20 717 - www.volotea.com
Remark: All tickets reservation service, as well as printing of your “boarding pass”, available at our reception desk.
By Public Bus ("KTEL")
Public buses offer a regular, reliable and economical service from Heraklion airport to Agios Nikolaos bus station (65 km/1,5 hour), provided landing time is within buses daily working hours. Their modern, comfortable air conditioned buses, are also connecting all main villages in Crete, with a dense timetable, so very convenient for the people who do not use private cars or taxis, and for the tourists to visit most sightseen places in Crete.
Heraklion Bus Station - tel.: (+30) 2810.245019 Agios Nikolaos Bus Station - tel.: (+30) 28410.22234 Chania Bus Station - tel.: (+30) 28210.93306
Please, see the KTEL current timetable here.
Car rental companies, available at Heraklion airport, as well as in Agios Nikolaos. Bikes, motorbikes and scooters rental also available. They should all be fully insured.
It is important to choose your car in person, so you see what you rent. We have experienced many complaints from our customers who have rent a car via internet (problems with mechanical or electrical systems). Also, it is very important, in case of any problem, local car company replaces the car, without delays.
Local Reliable car rental companies
Local company CLUB CARS has a variety of new and fully insured cars, and offers special prices for the customers of MANTRAKI. Club Cars - tel.: (+30) 28410 25868 - www.clubcars.net
A local Mercedes taxi with English speaking driver we trust and usually use for our customers, to bring them from the airport directly and safely to our hotel, is recommended.
Customers pay as per taxi meter (region 75€). No extras involved.
Remark: Any other taxi drivers, may have difficulty in finding us easily, searching for a long time in the town.
By Shuttle Bus
If the landing time is late (no public buses) and customer does not want to rent a car or to pay for a taxi, Shuttle private bus may be the economic alternative. Customers can book directly from their country.
There are 2 problems with the shuttle bus: First, that it may take multiple time to arrive in Agios Nikolaos, depending on the number of tourists to be distributed in their hotels in various places. The second, when arriving in Agios Nikolaos, they disembark our guests at a place, convenient to the driver, so they have to walk and manage their luggage for a certain distance, until they arrive at MANTRAKI.
Public Bicycle Service
Municipality of Agios Nikolaos, offers a service of bicycles rental in the town, limited, free of charge. One of the bicycle station, is at a small distance from MANTRAKI. There is also possibility, to rent a bicycle daily or weekly, at very low prices.