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Ayios Nikolaos is linked to Pireaus with direct ferry service once a week, and the trip takes about ten hours. At other times, the best option is take the ferry to and from Heraklion, less than an hour way by bus service that runs at least every hour, and often more frequently during the day. A boat also arrives in Ayios Nikolaos from Rhodes once a week. During high service, daily catamaran service links Ayios Nikolaos and Santorini. Ayios Nikolaos does not have an airport, but is less than an hour away from the airport in Heraklion; expect to pay about €50 for the trip by taxi. Like other major towns on the north coast, Ayios Nikolaos is on the national highway. Parking in the town center is difficult, though you'll often find spaces along the seafront on Akti Koundourou; look at signs careful to make sure you are not in a space reserved for residents. The bus station is just south of the town center, near the sea on Akti Atlantidos (off Plateia Venizelou at the end of Venizelou street).
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