Athens to Crete Ferries

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 5, 2022

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Ferries from Athens to Heraklion, Crete.

The port of Piraeus is 30-minutes by metro or taxi from central Athens. Ferries to Crete depart from gates E2, E3, E6, and E7 (center-left of photo, a short walk from the metro station). You can purchase tickets in Piraeus but I prefer to buy ferry tickets in advance.

Athens to Crete – Ferry Essentials

  • Ferryhopper.com is the best way to buy ferry tickets for Athens to Crete ferries. It’s also good for researching ferry timetables, costs, and schedules.
  • Most ferries do not sell out. But for peace of mind, book tickets 2 to 3 months in advance.
  • Most tickets (when booked through Ferryhopper) are e-tickets which means you do not have to pick up a paper ticket before boarding.
  • If a ticket purchased online doesn’t have a barcode that usually means you’ll need to pick up a real ticket when in Greece. This is most often done at the ferry port 30 to 45 minutes before departure. Don’t worry about pick up – it’s easy and effortless and usually very close to your actual ferry.
  • Ferries will leave on-time from their first departure port in the morning (usually large ports like Piraeus, Heraklion, and Chania) but will be late arriving and departing from all onward ports (e.g. Naxos). Usually getting later as the day progresses.
  • Most areas in Greece, including Athens and Crete, have public transportation strikes throughout the year. These strikes can affect all forms of transit, including, buses, trains, ferries, flights, and taxis. During strikes no buses, no ferries, and only a handful of trains and flights will depart on time (or at all); taxis tend to be the least affected mode of transport. Though strikes can occur any time, there is always a huge strike on May 1. Avoid booking any ferries, flights, or trains that day.

Athens to Crete 2022 Ferry Schedule

Ferry in Athens to Crete.

The Minoan Lines Highspeed ferry “Knossos Palace” in the Piraeus ferry port (Athens) on its way to Heraklion, Crete.

Note: In 2022, all ferry routes and schedules may be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use ferryhopper to find the most recently updated information.

There are ferries from Athens to Crete year-round, with frequency increasing in the summer months. Ferries depart from the port of Piraeus, with routes to the Cretan ports of Chania and Heraklion. The length of the ride varies from 6.5 to 9 hours, with many routes traveling through the night. It can be a good idea to book a cabin on an overnight ferry – the large boats that service this route are slow and stable and the berths are fairly comfortable for sleeping. Ferry tickets from Athens to Crete cost €30 to €120, depending on the ferry line and class of ticket.

Example Athens to Crete Ferry Schedule

Schedule and prices for Athens to Crete ferries.

Athens-Crete ferry schedule and prices on ferryhopper.com.

Check prices and times for Athens-Crete ferries.

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