Ferry to Heraklio


Ferry tickets to Heraklio

How to travel with a ferry from Athens to Crete (Heraklion)

Why visit Crete (Heraklion)?


Hop on a ferry from Athens to Crete (Heraklion) for breathtaking natural landscapes, stunning beaches, worldwide famous local cuisine, and warm hospitality!

  • Crete is the largest island in Greece.
  • Crete was home to the ancient Minoan civilization, so there are many glorious Minoan palaces in Crete. In Heraklion, you’ll find Knossos and Phaestos palaces.
  • The Venetian harbor in Heraklion town is one of the best spots for afternoon strolls and sunset gazing.
  • With a 1,046 km long coastline, Crete has a great variety of beaches. Elafonisi, Balos, and Kedrodasos are the most popular ones.
  • Crete is famous for its dramatic gorges. Samaria, Agia Irini, and Kourtaliotiko are musts for nature lovers.

Going to Crete (Heraklion)


Going to Crete (Heraklion) by ferry is simple!

  • Ferries from Athens to Crete and ferries from Crete to Athens operate throughout the year.
  • There are ferries to Heraklion from both Piraeus and Rafina ports in Athens.
  • Ferries to Heraklion arrive at Heraklion port.
  • The duration of the trip from Athens to Heraklion is 8-9 hours.
  • The ferry companies that travel from Athens to Crete (Heraklion) are Anek Lines and Minoan Lines.
  • The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Crete (Heraklion) is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Crete to Athens.
  • Ferry tickets from Athens to Heraklion cost between '30' 'EUR' (30 Euro) and '160' 'EUR'  (160 Euro) (for a cabin).

What's the best season to visit Crete?


Crete is beautiful all year round! It is definitely one of those islands that receive tourists throughout the year, even during the shoulder season. That's because Crete has a wide variety of landscapes. From beautiful beaches to dramatic gorges and from verdant valleys to imposing mountains, there’s always something new to explore.

Is Crete for you?


Crete is for everyone who loves nature, delicious food, and warm hospitality! Heraklion Crete in particular combines city vibes with natural beauty and archaeological sites in a unique way. It’s the perfect destination for nature lovers and history buffs!

And what about Crete sightseeing?


Thanks to its enduring history and glorious past, Crete boasts many archaeological sites and landmarks. The standouts of Crete are hands down the Minoan Palaces in Phaistos and Knossos. Koules Fortress, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Samaria Gorge, and Psychro Cave are also some places that worth a visit.

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Crete island hopping


Crete is a good base for island hopping to the Cyclades islands, even though it’s not very close to them.

Some popular island-hopping route from Crete are the ones from Crete to Santorini and Crete to Mykonos.

Photos of Heraklio

Ferry to Heraklio map

About Heraklio Port

Connected ports to Heraklio

Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Andros - Chalki - Anafi - Crete, Chania - Crete, Rethymno - Crete, Sitia - Ios - Karpathos, Diafani - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Rhodes - Santorini (Thira) - Skiathos - Syros - Tinos

Port description

The port of Heraklion is the busiest port of Crete, as it receives ferries from Piraeus, islands of Dodecanese and Cyclades. It is found in a walking distance from the centre of Heraklion Town and its trademark is the old Venetian fortress at the western side of the port.


There are green buses that connect Heraklion Town with the most important tourist places and large villages in the prefectures of Heraklion and Lassithi. There are also blue buses that depart from the port of Heraklion and go around the town and to the archaeological site of Knossos, about 5 km from the city centre.

Ferry to Heraklio map

Photos of Heraklio port

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