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Athens (Piraeus) Heraklion Ferries

The Athens (Piraeus) Heraklion ferry route connects Athens with Crete and is currently operated by 5 ferry companies. Minoan Lines operate their crossing up to 12 times per week, Anek Superfast 12 times per week, Anek Lines 1 times per week, Anek Superfast 10 times per week & the Cyclades Fast Ferries service is available up to 3 times per week.

There are a combined 38 sailings available per week on the Athens (Piraeus) Heraklion crossing between Athens and Crete and with 5 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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Athens (Piraeus) - Crete (Heraklion) 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 301 €*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 19
Average Sailing Duration 9h 18m
Fastest Sailing Duration 8h 40m
First Ferry 09:00
Last Ferry 21:00
Distance 168 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 Piraeus to Heraklion?

    The approximate duration for ferries from Piraeus to Heraklion is 10h 40m. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • How much is the ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion?

    Piraeus to Heraklion is approximately 188 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability. Price exclusive of booking fees.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Piraeus to Heraklion?

    5 popular ferry companies travel from Piraeus to Heraklion. These ferry companies are
    • Minoan Lines
    • Anek Superfast
    • Anek Lines
    • Anek Superfast
    • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Piraeus to Heraklion?

    Book Piraeus to Heraklion tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.
  • How far is Heraklion from Piraeus?

    Piraeus to Heraklion is approximately 168 nautical miles distance apart.

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 08/04/2024 and 14/04/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Blue Star Ferries 18:01 04:00 9 hours 59 minutes Thu
Blue Star Ferries 18:01 05:15 11 hours 14 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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