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Ios Heraklion Ferry

The ferry from Ios to Crete (Heraklion) typically sails 1 times daily and up to 8 times weekly. 3 ferry operators provide ferries from Ios to Crete (Heraklion), Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets. Ios Crete (Heraklion) Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Ios Crete (Heraklion) Ferry Times

The earliest Ios Crete (Heraklion) ferry typically departs Ios at about 11:00. The average sailing time of a ferry from Ios to Crete (Heraklion) is approximately 4h 11m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 2h 40m.

Ios to Crete (Heraklion) Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Ios to Crete (Heraklion) typically range between $147* and $390*. On average the Ios Crete (Heraklion) ferry is $282*. The cheapest Ios Crete (Heraklion) ferry prices start from $132*. The average price for a foot passenger is $274*. The average price for a Ios Crete (Heraklion) car ferry is $439*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time. Pricing is taken from searches over last 30 days, last updated 05 July, 2023.

How far is Crete (Heraklion) from Ios?

The distance between Ios and Crete (Heraklion) is approximately 86.7 miles (139.6km), or 75.4 nautical miles.

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

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

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

Yes, Ios Crete (Heraklion) ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Ios to Crete (Heraklion) with Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines, SeaJets.

Ios Crete (Heraklion) Ferry Operator Schedules

  • SeaJets - 6 weekly sailings, 1 daily sailings
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries - 2 weekly sailings, 1 daily sailings

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Cyclades Islands to Crete page.
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Ios - Crete (Heraklion) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 3
Operators Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets
Average Price A$300*
Average Daily Sailings 1
Average Weekly Sailings 8
Average Sailing Duration 4h 14m
Fastest Sailing Duration 2h 40m
First Ferry 11:00
Last Ferry 15:00
Distance 75 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2023-08-01.

Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Ios to Heraklion?

    The typical crossing time for ferries from Ios to Heraklion is approximately 2h 52m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Ios to Heraklion?

    Ios to Heraklion is operated by 2 ferry companies. The operators that provide this service are
    • SeaJets
    • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Ios to Heraklion?

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

Ios Guide

Forming one of the Cyclades group of islands, the Greek island of Ios is located in the Aegean Sea and lies around mid way between the island of Naxos and the island of Santorini. The island's terrain is characterised by hills and cliffs that lead down to the sea on most sides of the island. Located on the north west coast is the island's port which is only a short distance from the village of Chora. The trip between Chora and the port can be made on foot which will take you along a steep donkey path, and takes around 15 minutes. The village is characterised by narrow paths and streets most of which have now been taken over by bars, restaurants, shops and night clubs to cater for tourists.

There are ferries from the island's port to Piraeus and Rafina with a crossing time of between 4 1/2 hours and 8 hours, depending on ferry type, route and destination. During the summer months Ios is also connected by ferry to the other islands of the Cyclades.

Heraklion Guide

Located on the Greek island of Crete, Heraklion is the island's largest city and is one of the main urban centres in Greece. The city can trace its history back to at least the 9th century AD when its development began and then later came under the influence of the Arabs, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Popular sites in the city with tourists include the fortification walls that are essentially the boundary of the old city. These were first built by the Arabs and then reinforced by the Venetians. From the seven bastions, only the Martinengo bastion survives to this day and is where visitors will find the tomb of the renowned writer N. Kazantzakis, overlooking the city. The city was also a venue during the 2004 Olympic Games, and hosted games of the football tournament.

Located in the city's old port, visitors can still see the vaulted tarsanades where ships used to be built and also the 16th century Koule Fortress. From the port, ferries depart to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also ferry services to the Greek mainland port of Piraeus.

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