Heraklion to Piraeus Ferry

Connecting the city of Heraklion on the island of Crete with the city of Piraeus on the mainland of Greece, this ferry route provides an essential link between the mainland and the island of Crete. From the city of Heraklion, the largest city on the island of Crete, and known for its incredibly important archaeological sites, which can be dated back over 4000 years, as well as its many other important historical artefacts, to the port city of Piraeus, which is a part of the Athens urban sprawl, and is the largest port not only in Greece, but also in all of Europe, as well as having its own unique style that visitors can see long before you reach the actual port. With up to 21 ferries running per week across this route, provided by 2 ferry operators, there is no shortage of ferries to choose from, so book now with Direct Ferries, to find the best ferry at the best price for you.

Heraklion to Piraeus sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season, and from month to month, so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Heraklion - Piraeus Ferry Operators

  • Minoan Lines
    • 11 Sailings Weekly 7 hr 30 min
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  • Anek Superfast
    • 10 Sailings Weekly 8 hr 45 min
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Heraklion Piraeus Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Heraklion Piraeus route is a car and 2 passengers.

Heraklion Piraeus Ferry reviews

  • "Heraklion to Athens"

    Excellent ship, vg facilities, comfy cabin - good night's sleep. Ship (Mykonos Palace) ran to revised schedule - Minoan made minor schedule change after booking and notified this 36 hours before sailing. This was not a problem, but their request to reconfirm was not easily met from remote part of Crete. What was also not explained was that Minoan expected the booking confirmation from Direct Ferries to be converted into a paper ticket to effect this 're-confirmation'. We did this in their port office at the last minute, but it would have been helpful to know this was expected. The ship berths in Piraeus approx 1500m walk from that port's bus stops, arrival was 0645 and you are expected to be off-ship by 0800. There is (apparently) a free bus to the exit but we gave up waiting and walked. From the port-exit bus stops, getting into city is not a problem. Bus X96 goes to airport (approx 60 mins) and was only €6, ticket from driver.

    'Michael' travelled Heraklion Piraeus with Minoan Lines on Knossos Palace

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  • "Satisfied"

    We are very pleased with everything. Will definitely be travelling again next year!!

    'Coty' travelled Heraklion Piraeus with Minoan Lines on Festos Palace

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  • "Nice journey"

    Some of the on board facilities have been converted to shops, which is a shame. We didn't use the on board catering so cannot comment on it. Otherwise was a great journey. Nice clean cabin and effective shower.

    'Mark' travelled Heraklion Piraeus with Minoan Lines on Festos Palace

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  • "Perfect boat trip during you holiday"

    We, me and my boyfriend, have traveled around whole Greece. We have started in Crete. We have not felt like flying all the time, and as a result, we have decided to travel to Athens by this ferry. It took nearly whole day, however, we are from inland, so it was very nice trip. I can only recommend this ferry, nothing have gone wrong and ferry has been really beautiful.

    'Daniela' travelled Heraklion Piraeus with Minoan Lines on Knossos Palace

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Heraklion to Piraeus Ferry Schedule

The ferry schedule for this route has up to 21 ferries running per week, provided by 2 ferry operators, so there is not one single ferry timetable available here. Indeed, ferry timetables for this route can be affected by many different factors, including seasonal changes, changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operators, and other such factors, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always give you the most up-to-date information regarding ferry sailings, so you can find the best ferry at the best time for you.

How long does the Ferry to Piraeus from Heraklion take?

Ferry sail durations on this route can take anywhere between 7 hours and 30 minutes, to 9 hours and 30 minutes, to 15 hours and 50 minutes, and this variation can be caused for many reasons. These can include changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operators, different ferry operators, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail, so be sure to check before you book, what your expected sail time will be.

Heraklion to Piraeus Ferry Prices

How much the ferry to Piraeus from Heraklion will cost is defined by many different aspects, such as what time of year you are travelling, which ferry route you are travelling on, which ferry operator you are travelling with, how you are travelling, and so on, so there are multiple ferry fares on offer here. Instead, we recommend looking at the above graph, to see our monthly fare averages, check out our useful fare finder tool, to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.

Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Piraeus from Heraklion?

You are currently able to take your car with you on this ferry route.