There are numerous ferry crossings operating from Athens to Crete. Ferries currently connect 2 ports in Athens with 4 ports in Crete.
There are a combined number of 52 ferry crossings each week across a selection of 5 Ferry Routes which are operated by 4 ferry companies including Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, Anek Superfast & Golden Star Ferries with the shortest crossing taking around 6 hours 30 minutes (Piraeus to Chania).
This is a general summary of the services on offer between Athens and Crete, for live information select from our Fare Search.
Crete is the largest and most populous island in Greece, situated in the Mediterranean Sea, slightly southeast of the mainland
Known for its varied landscapes comprising fertile valleys, stunning beaches and the famous White Mountains found alongside idyllic harbours and sleepy villages, Crete has beautiful backdrops around every corner.
Numerous time-honoured traditions remain fundamental to Cretan culture, including Easter feasts, playing stringed instruments called ‘lyra’ and performing spectacular local dances. Some Greeks even say Crete could be its own country due to its diverse terrain and the unique way of life.
There are many domestic ferry routes departing the mainland and surrounding archipelagos in the Aegean Sea, arriving at the five Cretan ports on the north coast, including the capital, Heraklion. These sailings have varying journey times and are run by multiple operators, so there’s ample choice when it comes to reaching Crete by ferry.