Ferry to Crete
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Ferry to Crete

The beautiful island of Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the largest of the Greek islands with a population of around half a million people. As a hugely popular holiday destination, Crete features numerous types of holiday accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to apartments and camp sites.

There are 5 ports in Crete. Heraklion port and Chania port are located on the north coast of Crete and Sitia port is located on the east coast. Heraklion port is the most popular in Crete, with 30 daily sailings and ferry connections from Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Ios and Rhodes.

How long Is the ferry to Crete?

Crossing time ranges between 1 hour and 10 hours by high-speed ferry depending on operator and the island you are travelling from. The fastest ferry route to Crete is via Santorini (Thira) to Heraklion with a crossing time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Athens Ferries run from the mainland port of Piraeus to 2 ports at the north side of the island all year round. The most regular ferry crossing is to the port of Heraklion in the central part of Crete’s north coast. The fastest ferry from Athens to Crete is via Piraeus to Chania in approximately 8 hours and is offered by Minoan Lines and Anek Lines.

Crete High Speed Ferry

You can take a high speed ferry from Athens to Crete from Piraeus to Heraklion with Minoan Lines and Anek Superfast. Those travelling from the popular island of Santorini can take a ferry to Crete with SeaJets and Minoan Lines.

If you are travelling to Crete from the Cyclades region, north of Crete, you can travel from up to 6 islands including Mykonos and Santorini. From the Dodecanese group, northeast of Crete, there are weekly ferry connections from up to 5 islands, including Rhodes.

Crete Ferry Prices

Prices for the ferry to Crete might change depending on the season you want to travel. Cheap ferry tickets are usually available during off peak, outside of the high season. Please visit our special offers page to find all the latest ferry discounts.

Can you get a ferry from UK to Crete?

No, there is no direct ferry from UK to Crete. Ferries to Crete are currently available from the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, Athens and the Ionian Islands.

Most popular questions

  • Which ferries travel to Crete?

    Ferries to Crete:
    • Athens (Piraeus)
    • Santorini (Thira)
    • Milos
    • Mykonos
    • Paros
    • Naxos
    • Tinos
    • Syros
    • Karpathos
    • Rhodes
    • Kasos
    • Heraklion
    • Sitia
    • Anafi
    • Chalki
    • Diafani
    • Ios
    • Kythira
    • Antikythira
    • Gythion
    • Agios Nikolaos
  • What is the fastest ferry to Crete?

    The fastest ferry crossing to Crete is via the Sitia to Agios Nikolaos route, with a crossing time of approximately 45m.
  • What is the cheapest ferry to Crete?

    The cheapest ferry to Crete is £124 from Gythion to Kissamos. Price exclusive of booking fees.
  • What are the ferry ports in Crete?

    Crete Ferry Ports:
    • Heraklion
    • Sitia
    • Rethymno
    • Kissamos
    • Agios Nikolaos
    • Chania
  • Can you take pets on the ferry to Crete?

    Yes, you can bring your pets onboard the ferries. Where pets are allowed on the ferries depends on the ferry company. Currently you can bring pets on ferries with
    • Minoan Lines
    • SeaJets

Crete reviews

  • "Peacefulness"

    A very good time with a nice sunset. Something to do again.

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  • "Thira Iraklion"

    Everything fine, the trip and the ticket booking, the only negative aspect was that we arrived half an hour later.

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  • "Minoan Lines, Ship Knossos Palace"

    I had a pleasant trip on the Pireaus-Crete crossing and return. The only flaw is that there was no doctor on board. I've asked because my son injured his foot in the sea and i was looking for assistant.

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  • "good trip from Santorini to Iraklio"

    We travelled with our 2 children (9 and 4 years old) from Santorini to Iraklio on the 28/29 of July. All good. Helpful and friendly staff on board. Comfortable cabin but the self service restaurant is too expensive compared with the quality

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