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Ferry from Athens to Crete (Heraklio)

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Keep reading to discover the best ferry routes from Athens to Heraklio, availability, ferry schedules, connections, travel tips, prices and many more. Here we go!

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In brief, ferries from Athens to Crete (Heraklio) operate daily throughout the year, even during the low season.
A ferry ticket costs about '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros) for a standard seat and about '160' 'EUR' (160 Euros) for a bed cabin.
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Available boats

 
Festos Palace in the port of Piraeus

The ferry Festos Palace at Piraeus getting ready to go to Heraklion

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There are daily ferries from Piraeus to Heraklio all year round.
More specifically, there are usually 2 evening ferry connections between Piraeus and Heraklio in the low season.
In the peak season, there are also morning ferries that depart from Piraeus from 11.00 in the morning.

Indicative Ferry Routes from Piraeus port*

Schedules frequency Multiple times per day
Earliest boat 18:00
Latest boat 23:00
Average duration 10h40m
*Based on data of 2020-2021

ferry ATHENS, PIRAEUS - CRETE, HERAKLIO

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DURATION
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Company AEGEON PELAGOS
Duration 14h45m
Price €35.00 - €192.00
Duration 09h00m
Price €28.00 - €182.00
Duration 08h15m
Price €36.00 - €126.00
 

Types of ferries operating

 
Festos Palace Ferry

Festos Palace Ferry

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

 

Distance & Duration of the trip

 

The distance between Piraeus port and Heraklion is 172 nautical miles (197 miles or 318 kilometres).
The duration of the trip from Athens to Crete (Heraklio) is 8-16 hours, depending on the ferry company you’re traveling with.
More specifically, Anek Lines and Minoan Lines will get you to Heraklio in 8-9 hours and Aegeon Pelagos in about 16 hours.
The quickest ferry is FB Kriti I by Anek/Superfast.

 

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Ferry from Athens to Crete (Heraklio)
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