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Athens (Piraeus) to Crete (Heraklion) Ferry

Depending on the season their are usually 5 daily and 36 weekly sailings between Athens (Piraeus) and Crete (Heraklion). 6 ferry operators provide ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Crete (Heraklion), Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets. Athens (Piraeus) Crete (Heraklion) Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Athens (Piraeus) Crete (Heraklion) Ferry Times

The earliest Athens (Piraeus) Crete (Heraklion) ferry typically departs Athens (Piraeus) at about 07:00. The average sailing time of a ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Crete (Heraklion) is approximately 9h 38m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 8h 45m.

Athens (Piraeus) to Crete (Heraklion) Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Crete (Heraklion) typically range between $128* and $1137*. On average the Athens (Piraeus) Crete (Heraklion) ferry is $578*. The cheapest Athens (Piraeus) Crete (Heraklion) ferry prices start from $52*. The average price for a foot passenger is $354*. The average price for a Athens (Piraeus) Crete (Heraklion) car ferry is $810*.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Athens (Piraeus) - Crete (Heraklion) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 6
Operators Anek Lines, Anek Superfast, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets
Average Price A$579*
Average Daily Sailings 5
Average Weekly Sailings 36
Average Sailing Duration 9h 38m
Fastest Sailing Duration 8h 45m
First Ferry 07:00
Last Ferry 21:00
Distance 168 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-07-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion?

The typical crossing time for ferries from Piraeus to Heraklion is approximately 10h 22m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.

How much is the ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion?

The average price of a ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion is approximately 240 €. The price is typically a bit higher during peak season. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Piraeus to Heraklion?

Piraeus to Heraklion 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 Piraeus to Heraklion?

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

How far is Heraklion from Piraeus?

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

Athens (Piraeus) Guide

The port city of Piraeus in Greece lies on the Saronic Gulf in the Attica region of the country and forms part of the Athens urban area, with the centre of Athens located some 12 km from the port. The centre of Piraeus is generally congested with traffic and tends not to be place where tourists would go. The area has many of the facilities you would expect of a non-tourist town: banks, public buildings, pedestrian areas, shopping streets and the like. The area around Zea Marina and Mikrolimano Harbour are perhaps the most attractive part of Piraeus and have a good selection of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Piraeus is Greece's main port and the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. Unsurprisingly, it is the hub of Greece's maritime industries and the base for its merchant navy. Having recently undergone a refurbishment, facilities at the port have improved and include ATM's, bureau de change, restaurants, cafes, bars and a number of travel agencies selling ferry tickets. destinations served by the port include the island of Crete, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the eastern parts of Greece and parts of the northern and eastern Aegean Sea.


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.


Piraeus to Heraklion Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 8/7/2024 and 14/7/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
SeaJets 07:00 17:55 10 hours 55 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
SeaJets 08:00 17:55 9 hours 55 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Blue Star Ferries 09:00 17:45 8 hours 45 minutes Fri, Sun
SeaJets 09:00 17:55 8 hours 55 minutes Mon, Thu, Fri, Sun
Cyclades Fast Ferries 09:00 18:10 9 hours 10 minutes Mon, Sat
SeaJets 09:30 17:55 8 hours 25 minutes Wed, Sat
Minoan Lines 09:30 18:45 9 hours 15 minutes Mon, Thu
Blue Star Ferries 17:00 03:00 10 hours Thu
Blue Star Ferries 17:00 04:15 11 hours 15 minutes Sat
Blue Star Ferries 21:00 06:15 9 hours 15 minutes Everyday
Minoan Lines 21:00 06:30 9 hours 30 minutes Everyday
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