The cheapest times to fly from HER to SWA are

  • May 7th to August 5th
  • October 8th to October 28th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from HER to SWA is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $8649 for Sunday flights during late January and early February, or as low as $1191 for Saturday flights around early to mid October.


When to Fly to Shantou

Flying from Heraklion (HER) to Shantou (SWA) will usually cost between $4182 to $8517 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $1385. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late January and early February, with an average price of $8648. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $7263 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $6359 can be considered a good price for a round-trip HER to SWA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the HER to SWA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

HER to SWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the HER to SWA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Heraklion. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.73, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Shantou, and Wednesdays are the most expensive days to return to Heraklion. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1469 (22%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $5013. Return trip prices are from the SWA to HER flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from HER to SWA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 10 hour 40 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking HER to SWA

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from HER to SWA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Vienna (HER > VIE > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $835
  • Average savings: $5524 (86.87%)

See HER to SVO flights

Hack #2: Moscow (HER > SVO > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $899
  • Average savings: $5460 (85.86%)

See HER to VIE flights

Hack #3: Dusseldorf (HER > DUS > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $951
  • Average savings: $5409 (85.05%)

See HER to DUS flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from HER to SWA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 11 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, China Southern, Etihad, Eurowings, KLM, Lufthansa, Olympic, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Waisha Airport to Nikos Kazantzakis Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5383 miles or 8663 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from HER to SWA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop HER to SWA flight is about 10 hour 40 minutes.

How many flights go between Heraklion and Shantou?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 4 available flights from HER to SWA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code HER
Origination airport name Nikos Kazantzakis Airport
City Heraklion
Country Greece
Latitude 35.3
Longitude 25.2

Return Airport

Destination code SWA
Destination airport name Waisha Airport
City Shantou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 116.8


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