How To Get There
Posted 17 November 2006 - 03:24 PM
Since we do not intend to bring a car, I have started to look for air tickets on the net. Beginning with the economy airlines, which we used for our visit in October. They are now open for booking: the earlier you act the lower the fare. I have already booked our low cost return flight, which will be by end of April, when spring hopefully starts coming to Norway. They are not offering any south-bound flights for February or March and the only option seems to be Athens-Piraeus-Heraklion at non-discounted fares. Booking VIP-seats on the Minoan ferry will be done in January.
This is how far my search on the net has brought me. There might be better ways, so any advice will be received with thanks!
Posted 17 November 2006 - 07:31 PM
Good luck with your search.
Posted 18 November 2006 - 08:34 AM
We will fly Aegean which cuts down both travel time and cost from Athens. Flying Norwegian to Heraklion in October for 80E we were spoiled and are now complaining about BA which asks 350E to fly us to Athens! Any better deals?
The exact date has not yet been decided, but it will be around middle of March.
Posted 18 November 2006 - 11:00 AM
the list goes on
Posted 18 November 2006 - 04:44 PM
Easyjet flies HER from Gatwick, but low cost flights OSL-LON are all Stansted. Best connection Stansted-Gatwick?
Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:25 PM
By train you would have to use Stansted Flyer to London/Liverpool St, then the Gatwick Express from London/Victoria to Gatwick. I think there are plans to stop the Gatwick Express in the near future. That would also need a subway connection thru London. So not a good option.
I think there is a coach link but it is via London Heathrow.
As far as I am aware only BA operate a schedule service from Gatwick to Heraklion. I have already booked for next year. Not sure of the start dates for next year. The flight departs Gatwick at 0715.
You maybe able to find a charter seat from Stansted to Heraklion for that you will need to contact UK Tour operators. Thomson, Mytravel, First Choice, Cosmos, Avro etc all via their websites.
I hope you find a solution to your route.
Posted 18 November 2006 - 07:11 PM
"Easyjet flies HER from Gatwick, but low cost flights OSL-LON are all Stansted. Best connection Stansted-Gatwick?"
Currently Easyjet do not fly to Crete. Their service from Gatwick (and from Luton) only goes to Athens.
Posted 18 November 2006 - 09:12 PM
I planned to correct it, but you were there before me!
I can fly OSL CPH LGW ATH but with all the charges added on top of each fare, flying BA from Oslo via Heathrow may still be my best bet. I will check the airlines suggested by Mani in his last post before I make the booking. Thank you both for your help!
Posted 18 November 2006 - 10:13 PM
Posted 19 November 2006 - 11:16 PM
When you buy a ticket you pay "airport tax" so, if you fly into and out of the same airport within 24 hours you have paid the tax twice. You can reclaim one tax amount at each airport.
For example, you fly to Athens with BA and fly Agean from Athens to Crete. When you get to Athens take your BA boarding card and your Agean ticket to the BA counter and claim a refund of the tax. BA will give you a cash refund. Easyjet will not give you cash & will tell you to write to their office in the UK. Do this and you will, eventually, get the refund. We have done this at Athens, there is no reason that I can see why you should not do this at all the airports where you change planes (and airlines).
Hope this helps
Posted 19 November 2006 - 11:59 PM
I shall try to get the refund you mention, John.
Posted 20 November 2006 - 11:56 AM
Posted 01 November 2007 - 11:32 AM
This one e.g. is about getting there from Holland, but it is also useful for travellers from England and Germany.
The latter offering some interesting possibilities.
But: the problem of "getting there" out of season in a direct flight remains. You have to make a transfer at Venizelou airport, and from there you can take a domestic flight to Chania/Heraklion/Sitia.
Or take the ferry it's fun and it's a great way of arriving on Crete.
Posted 02 November 2007 - 11:41 PM
With present concern about CO2 emissions, we wish that seafaring nations like yours and mine would restore the proud period of the windjammers!
Posted 11 January 2008 - 07:06 PM
Keep us informed about the trip!