FORTH campus is located 8 to 10 kilometers South-West of Heraklion center. You can reach FORTH by using:


It will cost you approximately 15 to 20 Euro, and the driving time is approximately 20 minutes.

The name of FORTH in Greek is spelled and pronounced “ITE”, and “ITE” is near the University Hospital, spelled “PAGNH” and pronounced “PAGNI”; make it clear to your taxi driver that you are going to “ITE” which is different from “TEI”, this will ensure that he does NOT take you to “TEI” by mistake!

  • From Heraklion city center to FORTH The most convenient taxi queue is at “Eleftheria’s Square” (“Platia Eleftherias” in Greek). A taxi ride takes about 20-30 minutes and costs approximately € 15
  • From airport to FORTH. Taxi service is provided just outside the airport. A taxi ride takes about 15-25 minutes and costs approximately € 20

Please advise the cab driver that you are going to “ITE” (located near the University and the University Hospital –“ΠΑΓΝΗ” PAGNI).

2. Iraklio Urban Buses 

The (one-way) ticket to FORTH costs 1.70 Euro or 2.50 Euro if purchased on the bus, and takes about 30 minutes to reach FORTH. There are two bus lines reaching FORTH #8 and #11.

Reaching the Eleftherias/Liberty Square (Platia Eleftherias) bus stop, outside Astoria Hotel (see city map above) at approximately: 07:30, 08:40, 11:40, 14:10, 15:40, 17:30, 19:50, 21:25.

  • Bus line No 8 connects the airport to FORTH through the city center.(Please note: Sign on the bus reads “I.T.E.”) , the bus terminal is just in front of the FORTH building.
  • Bus line No 11 connects the city center directly to the University Hospital (Please note: Sign on the bus reads “ΠΑΓΝΗ- ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ” (PAGNI–UNIVERSITY), the bus stop is at approximately 300 meters from FORTH’s main entrance and operates at a frequency of about 15 minutes. Trip duration is about 30 minutes. Specifically, when the bus reaches the area of the “Voutes” campus of the University, near which FORTH is located, use this “FORTH Location and Bus Stops” Google Map for orienting yourself.

One-way ticket: € 1.70 (tickets can be purchased at special vending machines near bus stops or at city kiosks).

We advise you to buy your ticket prior to getting onto a public bus, as well as your return ticket (for your return from FORTH – it is very hard to find a selling point at or near FORTH).

The “The Heraklion City Center” Google map above, shows the location of the bus stop in the centre of the city, in front of the Astoria hotel, in the direction towards FORTH; the note on that map also lists the bus line number, name, frequency, and approximate times.