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Ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus)

Depending on the season their are usually 2 daily and 20 weekly sailings between Crete (Heraklion) and Athens (Piraeus). 5 ferry operators sail between Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus), these include 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 the latest pricing and availability for your ferry trip.

Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) Ferry Times

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

Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for Crete (Heraklion) Athens (Piraeus) ferries typically range between €36* and €260*. The average price is around €128*. The cheapest ferry prices from Crete (Heraklion) to Athens (Piraeus) start from €28*. The average price for a foot passenger is €94*. The average price for a car ferry is €242*.

Pricing will vary by season and depend on the number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

What is the distance between Crete (Heraklion) and Athens (Piraeus)?

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

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

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

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

Yes, foot passengers can travel on ferries 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 162 €*
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 approximate duration for ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus is 10h 23m. Durations can vary by operator and season.

How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus?

Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 118 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Heraklion to Piraeus?

5 popular ferry companies travel from Heraklion to Piraeus. These ferry companies are
  • Minoan Lines
  • Anek Superfast
  • Anek Lines
  • Anek Superfast
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Piraeus?

Book Heraklion to Piraeus tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.

How far is Piraeus from Heraklion?

Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 168 nautical miles distance apart.

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 15/04/2024 and 21/04/2024

Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Blue Star Ferries 11:15 20:20 9 hours 5 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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