Crete to Athens – 2020 Flights and Ferries

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 7, 2020

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Note: In 2020, all transportation to and around Greece will be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use ferryhopper and kayak to find the most recently updated routes and schedules.
• Updated: Download and print the Greece Ferry Health Questionnaire for domestic ferry travel to the Greek islands

Greek 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.
  • 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 (usually large ports like Piraeus, Heraklion, and Rhodes) 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 Naxos, 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.

Crete to Athens 2020 Flights

Note: In 2020, all flight routes and schedules may be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use kayak to find the most recently updated information.

Sky Express may offer flights from Crete to Athens in 2020, 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.

Crete to Athens 2020 Ferry Schedule

Highspeed ferry from Crete to Athens.

The Anek Lines ferry in the Heraklion ferry port getting ready to depart to Athens.

Note: In 2020, all ferry routes and schedules may be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please use ferryhopper to find the most recently updated information.
• Updated: Download and print the Greece Ferry Health Questionnaire for domestic ferry travel to the Greek islands

There are ferries from Crete to Athens year-round, with frequency increasing in the summer months. Ferries depart from the Cretan port towns of Chania and Heraklion, and arrive in Athens at Piraeus Port. The length of the ride varies from 7.5 to 9.5 hours, with most routes traveling through the night. It’s a good idea to book a cabin on an overnight ferry – the large boats that service this route are slow and stable and the cabin 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.

During the 2020 season, there are expected to be at least two daily ferries from Piraeus port to Crete, with additional ships running during the summer months. These ferries may include:

    Chania to Piraeus Port

  • 10:00pm Anek-Superfast car passenger ferry (9 hours)
  • 10:30pm Minoan Lines car passenger ferry (8 hours)
  • 11:59pm Minoan Lines car passenger ferry (7.25 hours)
  • Heraklion to Piraeus Port

  • 10:00am Minoan Lines car passenger ferry (8.5 hours)
  • 9:00pm Anek-Superfast car passenger ferry (9 hours)
  • 9:00pm Minoan Lines car passenger ferry (9.5 hours)
  • 10:00pm Minoan Lines car passenger ferry (8.5 hours)

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