Athens (Piraeus)
Heraklion
Ferry to Crete
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Athens to Heraklion Ferry Times

The first ferry departs around 09:00 and the last ferry departs at around 21:00. The average sailing time is approximately 9h 24m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 8h 45m. Ferry schedules can vary by operator and season.

How long is the Athens to Heraklion ferry?

Ferry sail durations on the Athens to Heraklion ferry route can take around 9 hours and 24 minutes in duration, with the fastest ferries taking 8 hours and 45 minutes. Sail times can change throughout, due to numerous reasons, such as changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operator, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail. This means that all sail times that are given here are to be taken as estimates only, and be sure to check before you book, what your expected sail time will be.

How much is the Athens to Heraklion ferry?

The price of a ferry from Athens to Heraklion can range between £75 and £492 depending on the operator, season and whether you are travelling with a vehicle. The average price of a foot passenger is £148, prices can range between £75 and £315. The average price with a car is £364. Car prices can range between £151 and £659. Prices may vary for other vehicle types. All ferry prices can vary from season to season.
Prices subject to change, pricing representative of searches over last 30 days.

How far is it from Athens to Heraklion?

The distance between Athens to Spetses is approximately 193.9 miles (312.1km) or 168.5 nautical miles for the mariners!

Athens to Spetses Ferry Operator Schedules

The ferry schedule for the Athens to Spetses route has an average of 3 daily sailings and around 20 weekly sailings. These sailings are provided by 5 ferry operators: Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, and Minoan Lines. Please note that ferry timetables often increase during the high season.

Can I travel on a car ferry from Athens and Spetses?

Yes, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries & Cyclades Fast Ferries allow vehicles on board for ferries between Athens and Spetses. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing for car ferries on this route.

Can I travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Athens and Spetses?

Yes, foot passengers can travel with Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries & Cyclades Fast Ferries between Athens and Spetses.

Can I take my pet on the ferry from Athens and Spetses?

No, unfortunately you cannot bring pets on the ferry from Athens to Spetses with Anek Lines.

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Athens (Piraeus) - Crete (Heraklion) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 5
Operators Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries & Minoan Lines
Average Price £205*
Average Daily Sailings 3
Average Weekly Sailings 20
Average Sailing Duration 9h 24m
Fastest Sailing Duration 8h 45m
First Ferry 09:00
Last Ferry 21:00
Distance 168 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion?

The ferry crossing time from Piraeus to Heraklion is approximately 10h 20m. Sailing durations may vary from season to season and by operator so we’d advise doing a live check.

How much is the ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion?

Piraeus to Heraklion ferry price can differ depending on the season. The average price of a ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion is £205. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Piraeus to Heraklion?

There are 6 popular ferry operators for Piraeus to Heraklion. These are
  • Minoan Lines
  • Anek Superfast
  • Anek Lines
  • Anek Superfast
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • SeaJets

How can I book ferry tickets from Piraeus to Heraklion?

Book ferries from Piraeus to Heraklion through our deal finder and check our offers page to view the latest ferry offers.

How far is Heraklion from Piraeus?

The distance between Piraeus to Heraklion is approximately 168 nautical Miles.

Athens (Piraeus) Heraklion Ferry reviews

  • "Excellent ferry "

    We rented a cabin, everything was clean and worth every cent. There is plenty of restaurants and areas to keep kids occupied. I would definitely come with Minoan in the future.

    'Knossos Palace' travelled on Knossos Palace

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  • "ATHENS TO Heraklion "

    Very relaxing crossing. Comfy cabin and well priced food and beer.

    'Festos Palace' travelled on Festos Palace

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  • "Excellent trip"

    Professional, friendly, good food and service, clean well run ship

    'Festos Palace' travelled on Festos Palace

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  • "Great trip"

    Night time passage. Cabin was excellent, restaurant served good food at a reasonable cost. All very clean and bright

    'Festos Palace' travelled on Festos Palace

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Piraeus Guide

Embark on a Grecian odyssey starting from Piraeus ferry port, a bustling gateway that seamlessly blends maritime tradition with modern vibrancy. Piraeus serves as the perfect launchpad to explore the ancient splendors of Athens, with iconic landmarks like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Archaeological Museum beckoning history enthusiasts. Stroll through the charming Plaka district or visit the bustling central market for a taste of local life. Annually, the city celebrates with the Piraeus Carnival, a vibrant event filled with parades and cultural performances. From Piraeus, the Greek islands are just a ferry ride away, and the port's extensive network facilitates easy travel to destinations like Crete, the Cyclades, and the Dodecanese. For travel to Athens city center, the efficient metro system is a traveler's best bet, with the green line connecting directly to Piraeus station. Buses are also available, providing convenient access to various parts of the city. Whether you're setting sail to idyllic islands or delving into historic streets, Piraeus ferry port is your starting point for an unforgettable Grecian adventure.

Heraklion Guide

Embark on a mythical journey through the heart of Crete at Heraklion Ferry Port, where ancient legends and modern comforts converge. This fascinating destination is steeped in history, with the world-renowned Palace of Knossos, a mere stone's throw away, inviting you to wander through the labyrinthine ruins where the Minotaur once roamed. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum beckons with treasures of a bygone era, while the Venetian-era Koules Fortress stands guard over the harbor. Annual festivities bring the city to life, such as the Heraklion Summer Arts Festival, which fills the streets with music and theatre. From Heraklion Ferry Port, travelers can easily access other Cretan gems by bus or hire a car to explore the island's rugged landscape. To reach the city center from the port, a short taxi ride or a local bus service is available, offering a seamless transition from sea to city. Heraklion Ferry Port is not just a gateway, but a promise of adventure, culture, and Cretan hospitality with easy connections for the journey from Athens to Spetses.



Piraeus to Heraklion Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 20/05/2024 and 26/05/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
SeaJets 07:00 17:45 10 hours 45 minutes Everyday
SeaJets 07:40 17:45 10 hours 5 minutes Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
Blue Star Ferries 09:00 17:45 8 hours 45 minutes Fri
SeaJets 09:00 17:45 8 hours 45 minutes Mon, Sat
Cyclades Fast Ferries 09:00 18:05 9 hours 5 minutes Mon, Wed, Sat
Blue Star Ferries 15:00 06:30 15 hours 30 minutes Sat
Blue Star Ferries 21:00 06:15 9 hours 15 minutes Everyday
Minoan Lines 21:00 06:30 9 hours 30 minutes Everyday
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