Athens (Piraeus)
Iraklia
Ferry to Cyclades Islands
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Athens (Piraeus) Iraklia Ferry

The Athens (Piraeus) Iraklia ferry route connects Athens with Cyclades Islands. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Blue Star Ferries. The crossing operates up to 3 times each week with sailing durations from around 6 hours 25 minutes.

Athens (Piraeus) Iraklia sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Athens to Cyclades Islands page.
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Athens (Piraeus) - Iraklia Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 1
Operators Blue Star Ferries
Average Price £181*
Average Weekly Sailings 2
Average Sailing Duration 6h 47m
Fastest Sailing Duration 6h 25m
First Ferry 06:45
Last Ferry 17:30
Distance 124 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2023-08-01.

Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Piraeus to Iraklia?

    The ferry crossing time from Piraeus to Iraklia is approximately 6h 25m. Sailing durations may vary from season to season and by operator so we’d advise doing a live check.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Piraeus to Iraklia?

    There is 1 ferry operator for Piraeus to Iraklia and this is
    • Blue Star Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Piraeus to Iraklia?

    Book ferries from Piraeus to Iraklia through our deal finder and check our offers page to view the latest ferry offers.
  • Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Piraeus to Iraklia?

    Yes, you can travel as a foot passenger from Piraeus to Iraklia with
    • Blue Star Ferries
  • Can you take your car on the ferry from Piraeus to Iraklia?

    Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Piraeus to Iraklia with
    • Blue Star Ferries
  • Can you bring pets on the ferry from Piraeus to Iraklia?

    Yes, pets are permitted onboard the ferry. You may need a pet passport. Please read the ferry operators pet guidelines. Currently you can bring pets on ferries with
    • Blue Star Ferries

Athens (Piraeus) Iraklia Ferry reviews

  • "Oops! You left us all behind in Paros!!"

    We queued in the correct ‘pens’ in Paros, our ferry arrived….but no-one opened our gates 3&4 where we were waiting, and the ferry left without us. Luckily for us, there was another of your ferries 1/2 hr later, and we all got on that! It was traumatic to see our ferry depart without us.

    'Blue Star Naxos' travelled on Blue Star Naxos

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  • "Super traversée !"

    Pour un prix plus que raisonnable dans la section économique, et si vous arrivez tôt, vous aurez un siège très confortable à l'intérieur du bateau. Et le café du comptoir restaurant est délicieux !

    'Blue Star Naxos' travelled on Blue Star Naxos

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  • "Great Trip"

    Travelling between Piraeus and Naxos was fast, comfortable and very pleasant. The ferries are super clean with plenty of seating and facilities. Lots of staff on hand to provide guidance on where to go. Service was on time. Food was ok and reasonably priced.

    'Blue Star Naxos' travelled on Blue Star Naxos

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  • "Another great trip with Blue Star Naxos"

    Excellent trip back to Athens from Paros on Blue Star Naxos. It’s worth paying that little extra to travel Business Class where the lounge is quiet and restful and with excellent waiter service throughout the trip.

    'Blue Star Naxos' travelled on Blue Star Naxos

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Athens (Piraeus) Guide

The port city of Piraeus in Greece lies on the Saronic Gulf in the Attica region of the country and forms part of the Athens urban area, with the centre of Athens located some 12 km from the port. The centre of Piraeus is generally congested with traffic and tends not to be place where tourists would go. The area has many of the facilities you would expect of a non-tourist town: banks, public buildings, pedestrian areas, shopping streets and the like. The area around Zea Marina and Mikrolimano Harbour are perhaps the most attractive part of Piraeus and have a good selection of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Piraeus is Greece's main port and the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. Unsurprisingly, it is the hub of Greece's maritime industries and the base for its merchant navy. Having recently undergone a refurbishment, facilities at the port have improved and include ATM's, bureau de change, restaurants, cafes, bars and a number of travel agencies selling ferry tickets. destinations served by the port include the island of Crete, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the eastern parts of Greece and parts of the northern and eastern Aegean Sea.


Iraklia Guide

The small Greek island of Iraklia is located at the western edge of the Small Eastern Cyclades group of islands and only has around 100 inhabitants. The island is characterised by hills, thick vegetation, clear waters with the od shipwreck on the sea floor, and scenic bays which all combine to make it one of the most unspoilt islands of the Cyclades. For nature lovers the island is home to the Mediterranean seal and the marine turtle, Caretta Caretta. The island only has two villages. Ayios Georgios, which is home to the island's harbour, and Panayia.

Perhaps because the island is so small its history remains largely unknown with speculation that is may have been a Minoan settlement in the 2nd century BC, as there is an similar city in Crete. Under Venetian and Ottoman rule, the island paid taxes but it seems that it was the only obligation the Iraklians had.

From the island's port there are ferries available that depart to the Port of Piraeus with a crossing time of between 8 and 10 hours, depending on itinerary. There are also ferry services to the other islands of the Small Cyclades and to Naxos and Amorgos.


Piraeus to Iraklia Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 08/04/2024 and 14/04/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Blue Star Ferries 17:30 02:00 8 hours 30 minutes Mon, Wed
Blue Star Ferries 18:30 01:50 7 hours 20 minutes Sat

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