Athens to Crete – 2019 Flights and Ferries

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 7, 2019

  • FerryHopper.com is the best way to buy ferry tickets for the Athens to Crete ferry. 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.
  • Many 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 (Piraeus, Heraklion, Chania, and Rethymnon are usually the first port of departure for all early morning ferries) but will be late arriving and departing from all onward ports. Usually getting later as the day progresses.
  • Note: Hellenic Seaways was recently purchased by Blue Star Ferries, and the two companies merged under the Blue Star Ferries name in fall of 2018. Most of the ferries that were operated by Hellenic Seaways are now running under Blue Star Ferries, and routes will generally not be affected. FerryHopper.com will have the most up-to-date booking options for all Greek ferries.

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Athens to Crete 2019 Flights

Sky Express may offer flights from Athens to Crete in 2019, though information about their flight schedule can be difficult to find. Use the website’s search function to see if they have a flight that works with your travel schedule.

Sky Express offers three different fare tiers, differing in luggage and hand baggage allowances, flight change and cancellation fees, and access to airport lounges and expedited security lines. Note that flights will sell out much earlier than ferries – if you find a flight that works for you, book it as soon as possible.

Athens to Crete 2019 Ferry Schedule

Highspeed ferry from Athens to Heraklion, Crete.

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

Athens to Crete Ferries: Piraeus Port to Heraklion Port

  • Anek-Superfast Consortium Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 10:00 (18:45 arrival) Thursdays July 5 to August 30; Friday July 13; Saturdays July 28 to August 11; Sundays August 19 to September 2; Tuesdays July 31, August 7/21/28
    • 21:00 (06:00 arrival) Daily through October 31
  • Minoan Lines Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 11:00 (18:00 arrival) Saturdays July 14 to September 1; Fridays July 27 to August 10 and August 24-31
    • 11:00 (18:30 arrival) Thurs/Sun July 5 to September 9
    • 21:00 (06:00 arrival) Daily through June 30, Daily September 1 to October 31
    • 22:00 (06:30 arrival) Daily July 1 to August 31
  • Aegeon Pelagos Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 18:00 (09:40 arrival) Fridays through June 8
    • 18:00 (10:20 arrival) Fridays June 15 to August 24

Athens to Crete Ferries: Piraeus Port to Chania Port

  • Anek-Superfast Consortium Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 10:00 (19:00 arrival) Fridays June 7 to August 24; Sundays July 1 to September 2; Saturdays July 7 to September 8; Wednesdays July 11 to August 8 and August 22 to September 5; Thursdays July 12 August 30;
    • 21:00 (06:00 arrival) Daily through June 29, Daily September 10 to October 31
    • 22:00 (06:00 arrival) Daily June 30 to September 9

Athens to Crete Ferries: Piraeus Port to Kissamos Port

  • Avlemon Shipping Co. Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 10:00 (21:25 arrival) Tuesdays through September 25
    • 14:00 (01:35 arrival) Fridays through September 21

Athens to Crete Ferries: Piraeus Port to Sitia Port

  • Aegeon Pelagos Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 18:00 (13:40 arrival) Fridays through June 8
    • 18:00 (14:20 arrival) Fridays June 15 to August 24

Athens to Crete Ferries: Rafina Port to Heraklio Port

  • Golden Star Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 07:50 (21:30 arrival) Wed-Mon through August 31 and October 1-31; Wed-Fri/Sun/Mon September 2-30

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