Piraeus (Athens) to Heraklion Ferry

The Piraeus Heraklion ferry route connects Athens to Crete and is free to book all year round. There are just 2 ferry companies that operate this service to Heraklion from Athens right now. Anek Superfast provide 7 weekly sailings and Minoan Lines provide 12 weekly sailings. It takes approximately 9 hours for both operators to travel the 172 nautical miles (320km) separating the Piraeus port and the Heraklion port, making it one of the best ways to get to Crete from Athens.

Unfortunately, there is no high speed ferry from Athens to Crete. However, you can choose from a wide selection of conventional ferries for this journey.

Direct Ferries allows customers to pick between 19 ferries from Athens to Heraklion every week, with up to 3 sailings departing on this route per day. Both ferry companies that operate this service welcome foot passengers and cars onboard their ships. However, please be aware that only 1 vehicle is allowed per booking due to limited garage space.

Prices for the Athens Heraklion ferry may change depending on the season you want to travel. Cheap ferry tickets are typically available during off peak, outside of the high season. Please visit our special offers page to stay updated with all the latest ferry discounts.

How to get from Athens to Crete?

You can get a ferry from Piraeus port, which is located 12km southwest of Athens city centre. This is easily accessible via car and public transport. The 040-bus departing from Syntagma Square in Athens city centre drops you within walking distance of the passenger terminals. Alternatively, follow Line 1 (Green Line) on the metro for 30 minutes until you reach Monastiraki station.

Are vehicles allowed onboard a ferry from Heraklion to Crete?

Both ferry companies that operate this service welcome foot passengers and cars onboard their ships. However, please be aware that only 1 vehicle is allowed per booking due to limited garage space.

Piraeus - Heraklion Ferry Operators

  • Minoan Lines
    • 12 Sailings Weekly 8 hr 35 min
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  • Anek Superfast
    • 7 Sailings Weekly 8 hr 45 min
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Piraeus Heraklion Average Prices

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

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.