Heraklion
Piraeus
Ferries to Athens
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Heraklion to Piraeus Ferry

The Heraklion Piraeus ferry route connects Crete with Athens and is currently operated by 4 ferry companies. Minoan Lines operate their crossing up to 12 times per week, Anek Lines 1 times per week, Anek Superfast 7 times per week & the Cyclades Fast Ferries service is available up to 3 times per week.

There are a combined 23 sailings available per week on the Heraklion Piraeus crossing between Crete and Athens and with 4 ferry companies on offer it is advisable to compare all to make sure you get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.

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Most popular questions

  • The approximate duration for ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus is 10h 36m. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 118 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability.
  • 4 popular ferry companies travel from Heraklion to Piraeus. These ferry companies are
    • Minoan Lines
    • Anek Lines
    • Anek Superfast
    • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • Book Heraklion to Piraeus tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.
  • Yes, foot passengers are allowed onboard the ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus with
    • Minoan Lines
    • Anek Lines
    • Anek Superfast
    : Unfortunately no, only passengers with vehicles can take ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus.
  • Yes, you can travel with a car from Heraklion to Piraeus with the following operators
    • Minoan Lines
    • Anek Lines
    • Anek Superfast
    : No, only foot passengers can travel on the ferry.
  • Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their dogs onboard the ferry. Please ensure you read all the information around pet travel from the operator you decide to travel with. The following operators currently allow dogs on their ferries
    • Minoan Lines
    • Anek Lines
  • 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.


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.


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