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Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) Ferry

Depending on the season their are usually 2 daily and 20 weekly sailings between Crete (Heraklion) and Athens (Piraeus). 5 ferry operators provide ferries from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus), Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries & Minoan Lines. Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) Ferry Times

The earliest Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) ferry typically departs Crete (Heraklion) at about 01:30. The average sailing time of a ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) is approximately 9h 23m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 8h 45m.

Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) typically range between $70* and $502*. On average the Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) ferry is $248*. The cheapest Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) ferry prices start from $55*. The average price for a foot passenger is $182*. The average price for a Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) car ferry is $468*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

How far is Athens (Piraeus) from Crete (Heraklion)?

The distance between Crete (Heraklion) and Athens (Piraeus) is approximately 193.9 miles (312.1km), or 168.5 nautical miles.

Is there a car ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus)?

Yes, there is a car ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) provided by Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and tickets for car ferries between Crete (Heraklion) and Athens (Piraeus).

Are foot passengers allowed on the Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) ferry?

Yes, Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) with Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines.

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Crete (Heraklion) - Athens (Piraeus) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 5
Operators Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries & Minoan Lines
Average Price A$243*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 20
Average Sailing Duration 9h 23m
Fastest Sailing Duration 8h 45m
First Ferry 01:30
Last Ferry 23:00
Distance 168 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus?

The typical crossing time for ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 10h 01m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.

How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus?

The average price of a ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 150 €. The price is typically a bit higher during peak season. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Heraklion to Piraeus?

Heraklion to Piraeus is operated by 6 ferry companies. The operators that provide this service are
  • Minoan Lines
  • Anek Superfast
  • Anek Lines
  • Anek Superfast
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • SeaJets

How can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Piraeus?

Ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus are available for booking through our deal finder, with live prices, timetables and operators.

How far is Piraeus from Heraklion?

The distance between Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 168 nautical miles.

Heraklion Guide

The Greek city of Heraklion is the capital and largest city on the island of Crete. A popular visitor attraction near the city is Knossos, which is around 5 km from Heraklion. This important archaeological site was the Palace of King Minos and home to the Minotaur, if legend is to be believed. The palace was built over the remains of a former Neolithic settlement in around 1900 BC.

An important attraction in the city itself is the Archaeological Museum which can be found on one corner of the central Eleftherias Square, in a converted power station. The museum collects and displays many artefacts from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other important archaeological sites on the island. The museum's collection spans several thousand years and includes the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescos, jewellery, wall paintings and pottery.

Visitors to Heraklion can take a ferry from the port, which is important for both passenger services and cargo, to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also daily sailings to the mainland port of Piraeus.


Athens (Piraeus) Guide

The Greek city and port of Piraeus is one of the largest ports in the whole of the Mediterranean, and the third largest in the world, and has become a major hub for the ferry network that spans the Aegean Sea. Piraeus is an important city in its own right despite the fact that it is frequently considered to be a suburb of Athens, the Greek capital, which is only a very short distance away. Despite its proximity to Athens, Piraeus' waterfront has its own distinct appearance and visitors will see that the most appealing parts of the city are located around its eastern quarter, alongside both Mikrolimano Harbour and Zea Marina. A popular event in Piraeus is the Ecocinema International Film Festival which is held annually in late February and is where a number of films are screened at the Atticon Cinema and the Cineac Cinema, which are both located in the city's Town Hall Square.

Full of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, the waterfront district was greatly redeveloped in time for the Athens Olympics and as a result a new harbour front promenade was created that is lined with trees and passes the medieval city walls. The walls serve as a reminder and as an insight into the city's rich past.


Heraklion to Piraeus Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 17/6/2024 and 23/6/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Blue Star Ferries 02:00 13:00 11 hours Tue
Blue Star Ferries 04:15 13:20 9 hours 5 minutes Sat
Cyclades Fast Ferries 07:30 16:25 8 hours 55 minutes Tue, Fri, Sun
SeaJets 08:00 16:55 8 hours 55 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
SeaJets 08:20 16:55 8 hours 35 minutes Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
Blue Star Ferries 09:00 17:45 8 hours 45 minutes Fri
Minoan Lines 09:30 18:45 9 hours 15 minutes Sat
Blue Star Ferries 21:00 06:15 9 hours 15 minutes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun
Minoan Lines 21:00 06:30 9 hours 30 minutes Everyday
Blue Star Ferries 21:00 09:55 12 hours 55 minutes Sat
Blue Star Ferries 22:00 07:00 9 hours Fri
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