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Ferries to Crete

The beautiful island of Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the largest of the Greek islands with a population of around half a million people.

Despite its thousand kilometres of coastline, Crete is not just about sun, sea and sand. This distinct island is full of vitality, rich in culture and with warm, hospitable people.

Though well known for its seas and beaches, Crete has a very contrasting landscape. The island goes from fertile coastal plains to rugged mountains and from busy metropolitan cities to very peaceful hillside homes.

As a hugely popular holiday destination, Crete features numerous types of holiday accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to apartments and camp sites.

Getting a ferry to Crete is quick and easy with numerous ports of departure and crossings run by many different ferry companies from the mainland as well as from the islands of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades.

Ferries run from the mainland port of Piraeus (Athens) to the 3 ports at the north side of the island all year round. The shortest and most regular ferry crossing is to the port of Heraklion in the central part of Crete’s north coast.

If you are travelling to Crete from the Cyclades region, north of Crete, you can travel from up to 6 islands including Mykonos and Santorini. From the Dodecanese group, north east of Crete, there are weekly ferry connections from up to 5 islands, including Rhodes.

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Crete reviews

  • "A pleasant journey"

    Despite our journey being delayed by some 4 hours due to weather conditions between Karpathos and Crete, (we had been informed of this by a text message in Greek so we needed a translation by a friendly waiter) we were happy with our travelling choices to Karpathos. As a party of six, including two elderly people, we were helped by your staff on every occasion, for example shown the lifts so we could avoid the flights of stairs. For comfort we chose the aircraft seat in the lower lounge, it was comfortable here and fairly quiet as we were now travelling through the night. Just one suggestion to make it even more relaxing, especially as we were now on board from 10pm until after 4am, the lounge with the reclining aircraft seats need to have the lighting dimmed so it is easier to sleep. We would certainly travel again with you and were content with our journey despite being very tired.

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  • "Sitia Karpathos"

    All good! A little bit of delay, but nice.

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  • "Superb"

    The ferry was more like a luxurious cruise ship....clean, quiet, comfortable, and no shortage of friendly, helpful and competent crew. Food and eating options were just fantastic as were the catering facilities. Of my many ferry trips, this was easily the best service I have been on.

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  • "excellent"

    all excellent

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