Heraklion ferries connect Crete with Athens, Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades Islands with crossings available to Piraeus (in Athens), Karpathos, Rhodes, Kasos, Chalki & Diafani (in Dodecanese Islands), Thira, Milos, Anafi, Mykonos, Paros, Ios & Naxos (in Cyclades Islands) & Sitia (in Crete). Sailings from Heraklion are operated by numerous ferry companies.
There are up to 20 ferry crossings daily from Heraklion with sailing durations starting from 1 hour 45 minutes. Our Heraklion ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Heraklion ferry port is located next to the city on the central northern coast of the island of Crete in the southern part of the Aegean Sea at the foot of the Greek islands.
The ferry port which is around 500 metres to the east of the Koules fortress and all ships depart from the western part of the port at piers 1 and 2.
As well as providing a gateway to the Island of Crete for tourists, Heraklion has for many years served the needs of the Cretan residents with the movement of goods to and from the island.
Heraklion port is connected on a daily basis with mainland Greece by modern, luxurious and fast passenger ferries. There are also year round connections to the Dodecanese and seasonal services to many of the Cyclades islands.
On an annual basis more than 2 million passengers as well as millions of tons of cargo will pass through Heraklion port.
Heraklion itself is the fifth largest city in Greece.
Heraklion ferry port is located almost in the center of Crete's north coast and is easily reached by car. If you are coming from Agios Nikolaos, take the national road and drive to the west and then follow the signs to the ferry port. From within the town of Heraklion drive to the north or along the sea side and follow the signs to the port. Coming from Rethymnon or Chania, take the national road, then drive towards the west and follow the signs.
There is a bus station close to the port of Heraklion. Buses will transfer you to any destination in and around Crete. You can buy your bus tickets at the bus stop or in the bus.
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Heraklion Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Heraklion Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!