Practical Course

European Molecular Biology Organization


Computational molecular evolution

29 April - 10 May 2012 | Heraklion | Greece



The Institute of Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR) is located about 15km east of Heraklion airport which is the main airport of the island.

The Institute is located right next to the Cretaquarium in a small sea-side town called Gouves







By plane:

From Europe:
There are three options:

  1. Change planes at Athens airport, there are about 10 daily flights from Athens to Heraklion.
  2. Since the touristic season will already have started in May there is a good chance to find a direct non-stop charter flight to Heraklion from many central European countries.
  3. Easyjet offers direct nonstop flights from London.

From the US:

There are a couple of nonstop services to Athens from JFK (Delta), Newark (Continental), Atlanta (Delta), and Philadelphia (US Airways).
So the easiest thing is to get onto one of those and then continue from Athens for the short 35 minute hop to Heraklion.


Getting from Heraklion Airport to Gouves:

HCMR map can be downloaded here.

How to get from Heraklion Airpot to IMBG/HCMR - CRETAQUARIUM at Gournes.

by BUS

There is a bus schedule aprox every 30 min from Heraklion Airport to Gournes.
Routes to Ag. Nikolaos, Malia, Hersonissos, Sitia, Ierapetra are the ones you should take. (ask for a stop near by the Cretaquarium or the Hotel)
Detailed bus timetables can be viewed online at (attention: this is the 2011 summer timetable plan with departures from Heraklion port - it usually takes 5-10 minutes from the port to the Airport)
Heraklion Main Bus Terminus = tel.: +30 2810 246530
Ticket price (2011) = 1,70 euro (one way)
Travelling time = aprox. 30 minutes


by following the special brown information signs "CRETAQUARIUM", posted on the national road and several minor roads linked to it.


Lastly, those who prefer to come by taxi but couldn't find any available at theAirport Heraklion, could call
Heraklio radio taxitel.: 2810 210102 -168 -146
Candia radio taxi tel.: 2810 361362 -3 -4 <>

Indicative taxi fare:

Extra taxi charges



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