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Heraklion to Piraeus Ferry

The Heraklion Piraeus ferry route connects Crete with Athens and is currently operated by 3 ferry companies. Minoan Lines operate their crossing up to 12 times per week, Anek Lines 1 times per week & the Anek Superfast service is available up to 7 times per week.

There are a combined 20 sailings available per week on the Heraklion Piraeus crossing between Crete and Athens and with 3 ferry companies on offer it is advisable to compare all to make sure you get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.

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Heraklion Piraeus Ferry reviews

  • "Heraklion to Athens"

    Excellent ship, vg facilities, comfy cabin - good night's sleep. Ship (Mykonos Palace) ran to revised schedule - Minoan made minor schedule change after booking and notified this 36 hours before sailing. This was not a problem, but their request to reconfirm was not easily met from remote part of Crete. What was also not explained was that Minoan expected the booking confirmation from Direct Ferries to be converted into a paper ticket to effect this 're-confirmation'. We did this in their port office at the last minute, but it would have been helpful to know this was expected. The ship berths in Piraeus approx 1500m walk from that port's bus stops, arrival was 0645 and you are expected to be off-ship by 0800. There is (apparently) a free bus to the exit but we gave up waiting and walked. From the port-exit bus stops, getting into city is not a problem. Bus X96 goes to airport (approx 60 mins) and was only €6, ticket from driver.

    'Knossos Palace' travelled on Knossos Palace

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  • "Great Journey "

    Lovely cabin and staff were polite and helpful. It was an overnight crossing so didn't partake of the catering but the bed we had in the cabin was very comfortable. If you ever want to travel between Crete and Athens this is definitely a good option

    'Festos Palace' travelled on Festos Palace

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  • "Satisfied"

    We are very pleased with everything. Will definitely be travelling again next year!!

    'Festos Palace' travelled on Festos Palace

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  • "Minoan are Better "

    If you have a little bit more to spend, ... then definitely go with Minoan because they are much better than the others. Small things make a big difference when traveling. Definitely worth the few extra $.

    'Festos Palace' travelled on Festos Palace

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Heraklion Guide

The Greek city of Heraklion is the capital and largest city on the island of Crete. A popular visitor attraction near the city is Knossos, which is around 5 km from Heraklion. This important archaeological site was the Palace of King Minos and home to the Minotaur, if legend is to be believed. The palace was built over the remains of a former Neolithic settlement in around 1900 BC.

An important attraction in the city itself is the Archaeological Museum which can be found on one corner of the central Eleftherias Square, in a converted power station. The museum collects and displays many artefacts from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other important archaeological sites on the island. The museum's collection spans several thousand years and includes the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescos, jewellery, wall paintings and pottery.

Visitors to Heraklion can take a ferry from the port, which is important for both passenger services and cargo, to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also daily sailings to the mainland port of Piraeus.

Piraeus Guide

The Greek city and port of Piraeus is one of the largest ports in the whole of the Mediterranean, and the third largest in the world, and has become a major hub for the ferry network that spans the Aegean Sea. Piraeus is an important city in its own right despite the fact that it is frequently considered to be a suburb of Athens, the Greek capital, which is only a very short distance away. Despite its proximity to Athens, Piraeus' waterfront has its own distinct appearance and visitors will see that the most appealing parts of the city are located around its eastern quarter, alongside both Mikrolimano Harbour and Zea Marina. A popular event in Piraeus is the Ecocinema International Film Festival which is held annually in late February and is where a number of films are screened at the Atticon Cinema and the Cineac Cinema, which are both located in the city's Town Hall Square.

Full of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the waterfront district was greatly redeveloped in time for the Athens Olympics and as a result a new harbour front promenade was created that is lined with trees and passes the medieval city walls. The walls serve as a reminder and as an insight into the city's rich past.

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