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Getting to Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos is a beautiful little coastal town on the north of Crete with a population of 25,000. The conference hotel (Mirabello Beach hotel) is about 2km north from the downtown city center. The closest international airport or sea port is the city of Heraklion which is about 1 hr (70km) to the west of Agios Nikolaos.

Arrival from Heraklion: Participants are advised to privately organize to share a taxi directly from the Heraklion air- or sea port to the conference hotel (about 60 euros for up to 4 people with not too much baggage) or if staying longer in Crete to rent a car. Car ride to Agios Nikolaos from Heraklion area estimated at about 60 minutes. Organized conference buses at a lower price might also become a possibility (therefore please don't forget to fill out on the registration form your detailed arrival and departure times) and will be announced when and if available. Another possibility is the local bus (see public transportation).

Public transportation to Agios Nikolaos is also possible both through the central bus station in Heraklion and from the airport or harbor itself. Buses to Agios (Nikolaos) usually run every half hour. Total time Agios - Heraklion or Heraklion - Agios estimated to be less than 90 minutes. Specific times are listed in the listed link:

Public transportation schedule from Agios (Nikolaos) to Heraklion and surrounding villages

Buses to Agios Nikolaos will take you to the central bus terminal in Agios Nikolaos from where a second bus (direction ELOUNDA - PLAKA) can take you to the conference hotels. Just tell the bus drivers the name of your hotel so they can drop you off at the right stop.

Bus to Heraklion also stops at Heraklion Airport to let off passengers. The bus from Heraklion to Agios stops by the airport to pick up passengers.

Getting to Heraklion
Heraklion is a city of about 200,000 and has both a port and an international airport (Nikos Kazantzakis airport).

Arrival by air via Athens: Most participants will probably arrive to Heraklion via Athens International airport on one of the local carriers. These are: Olympic Airways, and Aegean Airlines and make regular flights to Heraklion every day. Between them there is almost hourly coverage throughout the day.

Charter flight directly to Heraklion: In the summer there are also many charter companies flying directly to Heraklion from many different cities in Europe including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Belfast, Stockholm, to name a few. These flights can be quite cheap and convenient since they are direct, but need to be carefully booked to secure a spot. Information can be obtained via the web. However, beware of small, unreliable charter companies that can leave you stranded at the last minute!

Boats from Athens: There are also ferries and boats arriving to Heraklion directly from Athens (the port of Pireaus), Thessaloniki, Rodos and Santorini, on a daily basis. The main boat carriers are Minoan Lines and Anek Lines. A direct airport transport (bus or subway) from the Athens International airport can take you to the boat departure area in Pireaus (allow a minimum of 2 hours connection time). Boats usually leave around 9pm every night and also twice a week in the morning around 11am. Tickets can usually be bought on the spot. However, to obtain a cabin (for overnight travel) advanced reservations are usually required. The boat trip from Athens to Heraklion takes about 8-10 hours. For more precise and up to date information please consult the boating companies websites.

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