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Ferry from Crete to Athens (Piraeus)

The Heraklion to Athens ferry route is provided by 4 operators and runs all year round. The ferry crossing from Crete to Athens is approximately 9 hours on ferries servicing this route. Crete to Athens ferry duration can range between 8 hours 30 minutes and 15 hours 50 minutes depending on the operator you are sailing with.

Crete to Athens Ferry Schedule

On average there are 25 ferry sailings weekly from Heraklion to Athens. Anek Superfast provide 7 weekly sailings, Anek Lines provide 1 weekly sailing, while Minoan Lines provide 14 weekly sailings and Cyclades Fast Ferries provide 3 weekly sailings. During the high season ferry timetables often increase.

Crete to Athens Ferry Times

The first ferry departs around 09:00 and the last ferry departs at around 22:30. Ferry schedules can vary by operator and season.

High Speed Ferry Crete to Athens

The fastest ferry from Crete to Athens is with Minoan Lines.

Can I reserve a cabin on the ferry from Crete to Athens?

You can book cabins on ferries that sail from Crete to Athens.

Heraklion to Athens Ferry Price

Ferry price from Heraklion – Athens can range between $82 and $466 depending on the operator, season and whether you are travelling with a vehicle. The average price of a foot passenger is $165, prices can range between $82 and $361. The average price with a car is $316. Car prices can range between $153 and $738. Prices may vary for other vehicle types. All ferry prices can vary from season to season.

Prices subject to change, pricing representative of searches over last 30 days.

Crete Athens Ferry Tickets

Find cheap ferry tickets using our deal finder. It is recommended to book in advance for the best possible prices and availability on the ferry Crete to Athens.

With 4 sailings per day, you are bound to find a suitable ferry crossing to suit your needs. However, there are alternative ferries to Athens if you require additional flexibility.

Heraklion to Athens (Piraeus) Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Crete to Athens page.
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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 $177*
Average Daily Sailings 3
Average Weekly Sailings 19
Average Sailing Duration 9h 17m
Fastest Sailing Duration 8h 30m
First Ferry 07:00
Last Ferry 22:45
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 Heraklion to Piraeus?

    The typical crossing time for ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 10h 23m. However, please keep in mind that sailing duration might change depending on what season you choose to travel.
  • How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus?

    The average price of a ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately $117. However, please remember that the price of a ferry from Heraklion to Piraeus can differ depending on the season.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Heraklion to Piraeus?

    There are currently 5 popular ferry operators travelling from Heraklion to Piraeus. The following operators that provide this service are
    • Minoan Lines
    • Anek Superfast
    • Anek Lines
    • Anek Superfast
    • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Piraeus?

    Ferries from Heraklion to Piraeus are available for booking through our deal finder. Please also visit our offers page to stay updated with all the latest ferry offers on this route.
  • How far is Piraeus from Heraklion?

    Heraklion to Piraeus is approximately 168 nautical miles distance apart.

Athens Ferry Port

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 sprawl. Piraeus is Greece's main port and the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world.

Passengers arriving at Piraeus ferry port can expect to find a huge range of facilities including cafes, restaurants, duty free shops, ATMs, currency exchange offices and lounges. There is also the X96 bus which transports passengers between gates E1 to E9 throughout the day as well as taxi ranks.

As the Piraeus port is situated only 12km southwest of Athens city centre, you can easily get there via car or public transport. Simply follow Line 1 (Green Line) for approximately 30 minutes until you arrive at Monastiraki station. There is also the 040-bus available from Syntagma Square, which will take you within walking distance of the passenger terminals. Please head in the direction of gates E1 to E10 upon arrival in order to locate your ferry.

Heraklion to Piraeus Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 12/4/2023 and 12/10/2023

Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Anek Superfast 21:00 06:15 9 hours 15 minutes Everyday
Minoan Lines 21:00 06:30 9 hours 30 minutes Everyday
Blue Star Ferries 22:45 08:25 9 hours 40 minutes Mon
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