Greek Islands with Airports: A Complete Travel Guide (Updated 2021)

If you’re planning on flying into Greece, you may be wondering what the best airport to fly into would be.

Whether you’re looking to fly into the closest airport to your destination, find an international airport in Greece or catch a connecting flight from Athens, this post will go through all the Greek islands with airports to help you plan the perfect trip.

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List of Greek Islands with Airports

  • Heraklion (Crete)
  • Chania (Crete)
  • Samos
  • Lemnos
  • Lesvos
  • Chios
  • Ikaria
  • Skiathos
  • Skyros
  • Rhodes
  • Kos
  • Astypalaia
  • Kalymnos
  • Karpathos
  • Kasos
  • Leros

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Greece Airports Map

Here is a complete Greek Islands map that includes both national and international airports on the Greek Islands:


Greek Islands with International Airports

Some of the major airports in Greece (on the islands) are listed below. Travelling from a Greece international airport, you’ll be able to fly out of Greece rather than boarding a national flight to Athens for a connecting flight. These are some of the major airports in Greece:

  • Corfu
  • Kefalonia
  • Lefkada
  • Zakynthos
  • Rhodes
  • Kos
  • Kaparthos
  • Skiathos
  • Lesvos
  • Lemnos
  • Samos
  • Chania
  • Heraklion

Greek Islands with Only National Flights (Usually Just to Athens)

  • Astypalaia
  • Chios
  • Ikaria
  • Kalymnos
  • Kasos
  • Kastellorizo
  • Leros
  • Kythira
  • Skyros
  • Milos
  • Naxos
  • Syros

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Small Greek Islands with Airports

If you’re dreaming of a trip to a quiet Greek island but you still want to have the ease of an airport on the island, there are still plenty of quiet Greek islands with airports. Here are some of our top recommendations:


Skyros

Skyros is the perfect Greek island to get away from it all, located in the Northern Sporades.

Skyros National Airport serves flights from Athens where you can catch a connecting flight to hundreds of destinations worldwide.

There are 4-6 flights per week from Skyros to Athens with a journey duration of 45 minutes.

In Skyros, you can spend your time exploring the traditional inland villages, dine on traditional Greek food or go diving around the ancient wrecks.

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Leros

Leros is a quiet island in the Dodecanese island group with a national airport that serves flights from Athens.

In Leros, you can explore the quaint villages of Alinda and Agia Marina which are best seen by hiring a car. If you’re a sun seeker, choose from 9 spectacular beaches with crystal clear water that is off the tourist track.

There is usually at least 1 flight per day from Leros to Athens with a journey duration of 1 hour. Most flights are run by Olympic Air.


Astypalaia

Astypalaia is a small quiet island located in the Dodecanese island group with a national airport that runs flights to Athens.

There is usually at least 1 flight per day to Athens from Astypalaia with a journey duration of 1 hour. Most flights are run by Sky Express.

In Astypalaia, you can visit the beautiful beaches of Kaminakia Beach, Agios Konstantinas Beach and Koutsomitis Beach. If you’re a beach lover there are lots of other beaches to discover! You could also spend your time sightseeing at Atypalaia Castle or going on a boat trip around the island and taking in the picturesque scenery.


Lemnos

Lemnos is a somewhat large but quiet island located in the Northeast Aegean. Explore the picturesque capital – Myrina Town, discover the sand dunes in the north of Lemnos or explore one of the many stunning beaches.

Where can you travel from Lenmos Airport?

Lemnos international airport has the capacity to serve flights outside of Greece but flights mainly run to Athens (55 minutes). Flights also run (sometimes seasonally) to:

  • Ljubljana
  • Ikaria
  • Thessaloniki
  • Copenhagen
  • Stokholm
  • Oslo
  • Chios
  • Rhodes
  • Samos
  • Mytilene

Lefkada

Lefkada is a quiet island in the Ionian islands group, connected to the Greek mainland by a causeway – the perfect choice of a quiet Greek island with ease of travel! The island has an international airport where (in peak season) you can fly to many destinations around Europe, including the UK.

In Lefkada, you can explore the stunning beaches with soft white sand and crystal clear water. You could also visit the waterfalls of Nydri or the Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni

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Cyclades Islands with Airports

If you’re planning a visit to the Cyclades, there are plenty of Cyclades Islands Airports:

Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most famous islands in Greece with its stunning town, iconic windmills and vibrant nightlife. Explore the winding streets of the old town and shop till you drop at the designer boutiques and souvenir shops.

The island of Mykonos has some of the best beaches in Greece, our favourites for families being Kalifatis Beach and Elia Beach. Mykonos is somewhat more expensive than other Greek islands so be prepared to pay!

You can travel to Mykonos from many destinations worldwide including from many airports in the UK as well as Athens and Thessaloniki.

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Santorini

Santorini is a must-visit island on any trip to Greece. You can fly to Santorini all year round with a huge range of destination choices during the summer months.

In Santorini, you can see the world-famous views in Oia and Fira, visit the black sand beaches of Kamari and Perivelos and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Santorini

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More on Santorini: One Day in Santorini: A Day Trip Itinerary

How to Get from Santorini to Paros


Paros

Paros is one of the best destinations in the Cyclades. Explore the stunning beaches on the east coast or explore the winding streets of the capital – Parikia. Head inland and you’ll find isolated villages in picturesque settings with delicious traditional Greek food.

Paros has a national airport with only has flights to Athens and is located 10km from Parikia and Paros Port. Many flights run from Paros to Athens, especially in peak season. Flights are run by Voleta, Sky Express, Olympic Air and Aegean with a flight time of 40 minutes.

How to Get from Athens to Paros


Naxos

Naxos has some of the best beaches in Greece and is also one of the top family-friendly islands in Greece. Naxos Town is one of the most stunning places in the Cyclades with winding streets leading to Kastro Castle a well as the stunning St George Beach. Head south and you’ll find Agios Prokopios – my favourite place in Greece, Agia Anna and Plaka – all with stunning beaches. Inland, you can visit the prehistoric Acropolis of Naxos and the stunning village of X.

Naxos Airport is located 4km from Naxos Town and serves flights only to Athens. Flights are 40 minutes to Athens where you can connect to many destinations around the world. Flights from Naxos to Athens are run by Sky Express, Olympic, Aegean and Voleta.

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More on Naxos:

How to Get from Athens to Naxos

Where to stay in Naxos for Families

Agios Prokopios Travel Guide


Milos

Milos is one of the most popular islands in the Cyclades with its port town Adamas and the beautiful hillside capital Plaka. Head around the coast and you’ll find over 70 stunning beaches and the famous rock formations of Sarakinikio. With its rich mining heritage, ample shopping and gorgeous turquoise sea, a trip to Milos is a must.

Milos has a national airport that serves flights only to Athens. The airport is located 5km from Adamantas and has flights to Athens twice each day with a duration of 40 minutes.

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More on Milos:

How to Get from Athens to Milos

How to Get to Milos, Greece


Airports in Greece Near Santorini

If you’re planning a trip to Santorini, Santorini International Airport (JTR) is the most obvious choice. However, there may not be flights from your country of origin or flights may be overpriced. There are other airports just a short ferry journey away from Santorini.

  • Heraklion International Airport – 2 hour ferry to Santorini.
  • Mykonos International Airport – 2-4 hours from Santorini by ferry.

You could also fly from Athens to a national airport nearby including:

  • Paros Airport – 2-4 hours by ferry from Santorini.
  • Naxos Airport – 1.5-3 hours from Santorini by ferry.
  • Milos Airport – 2-5 hours from Santorini by ferry.

Airports in Crete

Crete is the biggest island in Greece and the perfect holiday destination for all travellers. The island is so big it has 3 airports. Here is a complete guide to the airports in Crete, Greece.

Heraklion

Heraklion is the second major Crete, located towards the east of the island.

Domestic Flights from Heraklion:

  • Corfu
  • Kos
  • Mykonos
  • Rhodes
  • Chania
  • Athens
  • Thessalonii
  • Volos

International Flights from Heraklion: Tel Aviv (Middle East) and Yekaterinburg (Russia)

Flights to Europe from Heraklion:

  • Albania (Tirana)
  • Austria (Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna)
  • Belgium (Brussels)
  • Cyprus (Larnaca)
  • Czechia (Brno, Ostrava, Prague)
  • France (Many Routes)
  • Germany (Many Routes)
  • Hungary (Budapest)
  • Italy (Many Routes)
  • Latvia (Riga)
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands (Many Routes)
  • Poland (Many routes)
  • Romania (Bucharest, Cluj, Napoca)
  • Russia (Many routes)
  • Serbia (Belgrade)
  • Slovakia
  • Spain (Barcelona/Madrid)
  • Swizerland
  • UK
  • Ukraine

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Chania

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Chania Airport is the main airport in Crete, located towards the west of the island.

Domestic Flights from Chania: Athens, Heraklion (Crete), Rhodes, Santorini, Thessaloniki.

International Flights from Chania: Tel Aviv (Middle East)

Flights to Europe from Chania: Flights to most European countries run from Chania including:

  • Austria (Vienna)
  • Bulgaria (Sofia)
  • Belgium (Brussels/Ostend)
  • Cyprus (Paphos)
  • Czechia (Prague)
  • Denmark (Coppenhagen – seasonal, Billend)
  • Finland (Helsinki – seasonal)
  • France
  • Germany (Many routes)
  • Hungary (Budapest)
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Sweden (Stockholm)
  • Swizerland (Zurich – seasonal)
  • Ukraine (Kyiv)
  • UK: Birmingham (seasonal), Leeds (seasonal), Bristol, London (Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead, Heathrow), Nottingham and Manchester

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Sitia Airport

Sitia Airport is located on the far east side of Crete, with domestic flights from around Greece. Most flights are run by Sky Express.


Greek Islands with Direct Flights from London

If you’re planning a trip to Greece from the UK, London has the best choice of flights to Greece. If you live in London you’ll have lots of options!

Tip: If you’re travelling on public transport, Gatwick and Heathrow are much easier to reach!

You can travel to the following Greece airports from UK (London):

Flights to Crete from UK

Chania, Crete (Gatwick/Heathrow/Stanstead)

Heraklion, Crete (Gatwick/Heathrow/Luton/Stansted)

Flights to Ionian Islands from London

Corfu (Gatwick/Heathrow/Stanstead)

Kefalonia (Gatwick/Heathrow/Stansted)

Zakynthos (Gatwick/Heathrow/Luton/Stansted)

Flights to the Dodocenese from London

Kos (Gatwick/Heathrow/Stansted

Rhodes (Gatwick/Heathrow/Luton/Stansted)

Flights to Cyclades from London

Mykonos (Gatwick/Heathrow/Luton)

Santorini (Gatwick/Heathrow)

Flights to the Northern Aegean Islands from London

Skiathos (Stansted)

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Airports on the Greek Mainland

If you’re planning on exploring Mainland Greece, there are a variety of airports to choose from:

  • Ioannina
  • Kavala
  • Athens
  • Thessaloniki

Finding Cheap Flights to the Greek Islands

I use Trip.com to find the best flight deals for my trips. Simply search you’re preferred route and the tool will find the cheapest flights for you.

You should also consider flying from an airport further away from your home as this could save you a lot of money. You could fly to a different airport in Greece to save even more money. When you search you’re preferred route, Trip.com will show other possible routes that will save you money.

We have a range of transport guides on the blog which show you the best ways to travel to different destinations around Greece from the UK and other Greek islands.


Greece Transport Guides

10 Day Greece Itinerary

How to Get to Milos

Athens to Milos

Athens to Naxos

Athens to Paros

Santorini to Paros

Athens to Sifnos

Athens to Kefalonia


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