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Ferry from Athens to Crete (Chania)

Planning is the key to traveling by ferry from Athens to Crete (Chania) like a pro! Keep reading to discover the best ferry services from Athens to Chania, availabilities, ferry schedules, connections, travel tips, prices and many more. Here we go!

Going to Crete (Chania)

Taking the ferry from Athens to Crete is one of the best ways to get to the island. Ferries from Athens to Crete (Chania) operate daily throughout the year. There are ferry connections between Athens and Crete (Chania) from Piraeus port in Athens. A ferry ticket to Crete costs about 30 euros for a standard seat and about 160 euros for a cabin.

What are the ferry schedules from Athens to Crete (Chania)?

Ferries from Athens to Chania operate daily throughout the year. In the low season, there are usually 2 ferries to Crete (Chania) every day, while in the peak season 3-4. In the low season, ferries to Crete (Chania) depart from Piraeus at 21.00. In the peak season, there’s also a morning and an afternoon ferry to Chania.

What types of ferries travel from Athens to Crete (Chania)?

Due to the distance between Athens and Chania, the only type of ferry that serves the route is the conventional ferry. The ferry companies that connect Athens to Chania are Anek Lines and Minoan Lines.

How long is the ferry trip from Athens Crete (Chania)?

The duration of the ferry trip from Athens to Crete (Chania) is 7-12 hours, depending on the ferry company you’re traveling with. 

Travel tips

  • Since the distance between Athens and Crete (Chania) is quite long and the ferries depart at night, we recommend booking a bed cabin for a more comfortable trip.
  • The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Crete (Chania) 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 Chania to Athens.
  • Some ferry companies offer the option of a pet-in-cabin, so that you can enjoy the trip with your pet.

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