There are 4 ferry routes operating between Athens and Crete offering you combined total of 50 sailings per week. Minoan Lines operates 2 routes, Piraeus to Heraklion runs 11 times per week & Piraeus to Chania about 7 times weekly. Anek Lines operates 2 routes, Piraeus to Heraklion runs 1 time per week & Piraeus to Sitia about 1 time weekly. Anek Superfast operates 2 routes, Piraeus to Heraklion runs 11 times per week & Piraeus to Chania about 12 times weekly. Golden Star Ferries operates 1 route, Rafina to Heraklion which runs 7 times weekly.
As the frequency and duration of crossings on some routes varies we would advise that you do a live search for crossings from Athens to Crete to get the most up to date information.
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.