The conventional ferry Elyros in Piraeus port, getting ready for departure to Chania town in Crete

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Discover the best ferries from Athens to Chania (Crete), travel tips, prices and much more. Here we go!

In brief, reaching Chania via a ferry from Athens is very easy!
- Iitineraries to Chania are available from the port of Piraeus throughout the year. At least one ferry heading to Chania departs every day.
- The route is operated by conventional ferries, which need 8.5 hours to reach their destination.
- The standard ticket is priced at '48' 'EUR' (48 Euros).

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The ferry Elyros of ANEK Lines in the port of Piraeus

The ferry Elyros in Piraeus Port

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One to two crossings to Chania take place every day during summer.
The two scheduled departures are at 10:00 and 21:00 or 22:00. On some days, a night itinerary is the only one available.

Indicative Ferry Routes to Chania (Crete) from Athens (Piraeus port)*

Schedules frequency Multiple times per day
First ferry 10:00
Last ferry 21:00
Average duration 08h30m
*Based on data from 2022-2023


PRICE €48.00 - €186.00

Types of ferries


The route is operated by conventional ferries.
Conventional ferries are large vessels with big garages, several indoor lounges and outdoor spaces, cafes, restaurants and shops. Thanks to their size, strong winds do not affect them easily, so schedule changes/delays due to weather are rare.


Distance & Duration of the trip


The distance between Piraeus and Chania is 150 nautical miles (173 miles or 278 kilometers).
The duration of the trip is 8.5 - 9 hours.


Prices & Tickets


The cost of a standard economy seat is '48' 'EUR' (48 Euros). Passengers can also book a cabin; a no-view cabin starts from '58' 'EUR' (58 Euros), while the price for cabins with a view starts from '63' 'EUR' (63 Euros). Also, airline seats are offered for '55' 'EUR' (55 Euros) each.
Ferry companies usually offer ticket discounts to some passenger categories, like students, children under 10 years old and people with disabilities. Babies and toddlers travel for free in most cases, too.

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Types of seats


The most affordable type of seat is the standard/economy seat. Individuals who have booked this seat can sit on the deck or in one of the designated interior lounges. Such seats are not numbered, so in order to find a comfortable place to sit, it is advised to get on the ferry as early as possible.
Airline seats
, on the other hand, are numbered, which means that you have reserved a given seat after booking your ticket. Business/VIP tickets are not offered.


How to find your ferry in the port of Piraeus

Aerial view of the port of Piraeus, near Athens

Piraeus Port, the closest port to Athens' center

Ferries heading to Chania and other regions of Crete depart from Gate E3 at Piraeus Port. The gate of departure is also indicated on the ferry tickets. Keep in mind that the port of Piraeus is large - so are the distances between its gates. For that reason, make sure to figure out in advance where your gate of departure is situated.
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The port of Chania (or Souda Port) is located 6 km from the town’s center. The port serves both passenger and commercial ships and is the region’s main port.

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Greek ferry companies are flexible when it comes to luggage policy.
Ticketholders are allowed to carry up to 40 kg or 0.5 cubic meters of luggage and can leave it in designated areas. If you are not comfortable with leaving your suitcases unsupervised, you can take them with you upstairs.
We recommend taking your personal items (wallet, mobile phone, keys, etc.) onboard, no matter where you want to place your baggage during the crossing.


Traveling with a car


Both ferries reaching Chania boast large garages, able to transfer hundreds of vehicles. Therefore, it is possible to take your car or motorbike with you to Chania after booking a separate ticket for it.
Drivers must be at the gate of departure at least one hour before the ship starts to sail.
Entrance to the garage is not permitted in the course of the crossing for security reasons.
Note: Many car rental companies do not allow customers to ferry their vehicles. We recommend avoiding purchasing a vehicle ticket before contacting your car rental company.


Alternative ways to reach Chania


Chania boasts an international airport that receives flights from Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as from several European cities, Turkey and Israel.


About Chania

The port of the town of Chania

Chania Town

Chania is one of the most beautiful areas in Greece. The old port is the town's picturesque trademark, while stunning beaches, verdant plains and jaw-dropping gorges are situated outside town. We have gathered the best things to see & do during your stay in a mini-guide for Chania.


Illustrated Map


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Map of the ferry route from Athens to Chania

Ferry Athens-Crete (Chania)


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