Visitor Information

The Department of Physics is located in the new campus of the University of Crete at Voutes, seven kilometers southwest of Heraklion, next to the University Hospital.

Our postal address is:

University of Crete
Department of Physics
P.O Box 2208
GR-71003 Heraklion, Greece

Location / Access

The Department is housed in the same building complex with the Department of Biology. Details maps of all levels of the Physics Bldg, as well as the numbers of offices, are available in the following PDF file.

The area can be reached from downtown Heraklion in ~20min by taxi (typical fare ~8 Euros) or by regular public buses (ticket price 1.2 Euros). To reach the Department by car from the airport take the National Road and then drive east towards the direction of Rethymnon. After approximately 7km take the 3rd exit (direction "Moires") and go south following the signs towards the University of Crete and the Foundation of Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH). After another 4km you will see the white Physics Bldg on your right. You may also use line 200 of the public bus to reach the Department from the airport (ticket price 1.5 Euros).

A map of the area around Heraklion follows. The Department of Physics is indicated with the yellow marker and can be found at the bottom left corner of the map. Click on the area and use the arrows as well as the +/- sings to zoom in and out for a better view.

A larger more detailed map is available here.

Heraklion can be reached from the mainland Greece by plane with direct flights from Athens in ~40min or from Thessaloniki in ~50min. Aegean Airlines offers a number of flights daily. Direct charter flights from various cities of northern europe are also available, especially during the tourist season (April - October). One can also reach Heraklion by boat from Athens daily, in approximately 7hrs. For more information on prices and schedule check the web page of Minoan Lines, ANEK Lines or Superfast Ferries.

General information on the city of Heraklion is available on numerous web sites including Wikipedia and


The weather in Heraklion is mild in the winter and warm/hot in the summer. Seasonal averages are avalable here and the current weather conditions can be obtained from Weather underground and the Poseidon Project.

Accommodation / Eating Out

A list of hotels in Heraklion which offer a reduced special rate for visitors of the University of Crete is available here. Simply mention that you are a University of Crete visitor in order to be eligible for the reduced rate. A more complete list of hotels in Heraklion and elsewhere in Crete can be retrived from a number of sites including, The hotel arrangements can be made by the participant.

Last but not least, you may also consider the following top-10 list of restaurants in Heraklion, which was compiled by a couple of experienced faculty members of the Department of Physics and which are highly recommended to all our visitors.

University of Crete - Department of Physics - P.O Box 2208 - GR-71003 Heraklion, Greece
phone: +30 2810 394300 - fax: +30 2810 394301