IEEE Signal Processing Society
Winter School on Speech and Audio Processing for Immersive Environments and Future Interfaces

16-20 January 2012    FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


MAP of Heraklion Center on Google Maps

HOW TO REACH Heraklion - Crete:

By air:
There is a considerable number of flights daily (10-20 depending on the season) connecting Heraklion International Airport ("Nikos Kazantzakis", airport Code: HER) with the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (ATH). There are also direct connections from Heraklion to various Greek islands as well as to major European cities. Aegean Air and Olympic Air are the major carriers to Athens.

  •  Olympic Air, 27-29, 25th August st, Tel. +30-2810-244846, -244824, -244868
  • Aegean Airlines, 11 Dimokratias st, Tel. +30-2810-344321, -344321, -344761
  • Sky Express, Heraklion Airport, Tel. +30-2810-223500, -223500, -282828

The distance from the airport to Heraklion center is approx. 5 km.

By sea:
There are now three ferries going daily between Athens (Departure from Piraeus Port) and Heraklion:


Distances - approximately, from the center of Heraklion:

- 5 km to Heraklion International Airport
- approx. 20 minutes walking distance to the Port
- 6 km to the Minoan Palace of Knossos
- 8 to 10 km to FORTH


There is a frequent public bus service from Heraklion-airport to the center of town as well as from the center of town to FORTH. It is necessary to buy your tickets prior to getting onto a public bus. You can buy bus tickets from ticket machines at "Platia Eleftherias" Square and at some of the kiosques. The current price of the bus-tickets is 1.50 Euros (one way) from Airport to the center of town or from the center of town to FORTH.

From the airport and the port as well as from the city center, you can reach both FORTH and the University of Crete by bus, No.11 (ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ / ΠΑΓΝΗ), ("ΠΑΓΝΗ" is the university hospital located 800 meters south of the Physics Department "ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ") and No.8 (ITE) ("ITE" stands for the Greek abbreviation of FORTH - the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, 1000m west of the Physics Department). Both buses stop near (200m) from FORTH and in front of the University of Crete - Physics department. There are bus stops in the city center. The main stop is in "Platia Eleftherias" Square.

The use of a taxi is also a convenient and relatively not expensive mean of transportation in Heraklion. Taxis in Heraklion are silver. You can find a lot around in the city streets. You can find them also waiting at the airport, the port, the bus stations, in the Lion's, and the "Platia Eleftherias" Square. From the Airport to the center of town, the cost of a taxi is approximately 10 to 13 Euro.  From the center of town to FORTH, the cost of a taxi is approximately 12 to 15 Euro.

Automobile / Motorbike rental:
There are rental offices at the Airport and in Heraklion city.

Travel agency contacts:
If you need to contact a local travel agency for further information, we can suggest, for example:


Capital of Crete, in the center of the northern coast of the island

<4th biggest city in Greece with 150.000 residents (2001 census)

Soft Mediterranean, Sun shinny, Mild Temperatures

Birthplace of the first European civilization, the Minoan period beginning around 3000BC, with its capital at Knossos.

Key sectors are Tourism, Agriculture, Trade

Olive trees, vines, legumes

Cretan foods with olive oil, vegetables, fruits, wines, raki.

Archaeological Museum, Historical Museum, Natural History Museum

Archaelogical Sites:

Academic Institutions:
University of Crete, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Technological Park (STEP C)

Down Town:
Morozini Fountain (Lions Square), Vasilika of Saint Markos, Vasilika of Saint Titos, Venetian Fortress, Logia (city hall), Outdoor market

Also Visit:
Archanes Village, Creta Aquarium

"Nikos Kazatzakis" Heraklion International Airport is located about 5km from the city and it's the second busiest airport in Greece due to the charter flights.

Port: Commercial and Cruise port, that connects Crete with a multitude of destinations such as Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes and mainland Greece.

Road Network:
European road E75 runs through the city and connects Heraklion with the 3 other major cities of Crete, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno and Chania.

Regional Academic (ΠΑΓΝΗ), Venizelio General, Private Clinics, Health Centers

Emergency phones:
Police: 100, Ambulance: 166, Fire Brigade: 199

National Tourism Organization