Crete to Athens Ferries

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 5, 2022

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Crete to Athens Ferries.

The Heraklion ferry port. All ferries depart from one central area of the port (visible in the photo) so ferries are easy to find. You can purchase tickets at the port though I recommend passengers buy ferry tickets online.

Crete to Athens – Ferry Essentials

  • 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, 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.

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

Example Crete to Athens Ferry Schedule

Ferry schedule and prices for Crete to Athens ferries.

Crete-Athens ferry schedule and prices on Ferries depart from Chania and Heraklion.

There are ferries from Heraklion and Chania to Athens year-round, with frequency increasing in the summer months. Ferries depart from the ports at Heraklion (near downtown) and Chania (6 km west of central Chania) and arrive in Athens at the Piraeus Port. The length of the ride varies from 7.5 to 9.5 hours, with many 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.

Check prices and times for Crete-Athens ferries.

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