Crete to Athens – 2019 Flights and Ferries

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 7, 2019

  • is the best way to buy ferry tickets for Crete to Athens ferries. 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. Usually getting later as the day progresses.
  • Most areas in Greece, including Crete and Athens, hold 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.
  • 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. will have the most up-to-date booking options for all Greek ferries.

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Crete to Athens 2019 Flights

Sky Express may offer flights from Crete to Athens 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.

Crete to Athens 2019 Ferry Schedule

Highspeed ferry from Crete to Athens.

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

Crete to Athens Ferries: Heraklio Port to Piraeus 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; Tuesdays July 31, August 7/21/28; Sundays August 19 to September 2
    • 21:00 (06:00 arrival) Daily through September 31
  • Minoan Lines Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 11:00 (18:00 arrival) Saturdays July 14 to September 1; Fridays July 27, August 10/24/31
    • 11:00 (18:30 arrival) Thurs/Sun July 5 to September 9
    • 21:30 (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
    • 18:05 (09:45 arrival) Sundays through June 10
    • 19:40 (11:55 arrival) Sundays June 17 to August 26

Crete to Athens Ferries: Kissamos Port to Piraeus Port

  • Avlemon Shipping Company Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 09:30 (20:40 arrival) Thursdays through September 27
    • 11:00 (22:30 arrival) Sundays through September 23

Crete to Athens Ferries: Chania Port to Piraeus Port

  • Anek-Superfast Consortium Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 10:00 (19:00 arrival) Fri-Sun July 1 to August 26; Wed/Thurs July 11 to September 5; Saturdays September 1/9; Sunday September 2
    • 21:00 (06:00 arrival) Daily through June 29, Daily September 10 to October 31
    • 22:00 (07:00 arrival) Daily June 30 to September 9

Crete to Athens Ferries: Sitia Port to Piraeus Port

  • Aegeon Pelagos Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 14:05 (09:45 arrival) Sundays through June 10
    • 15:30 (11:55 arrival) Sundays June 17 to August 26

Crete to Athens Ferries: Heraklio Port to Rafina Port

  • Golden Star Car/Passenger Ferry
    • 07:40 (20:40 arrival) Wed-Mon October 1-31
    • 09:30 (22:00 arrival) Wed-Mon June 1 to August 31, Wed-Fri/Sat/Sun September 2-30

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