Crete, Greece

Heraklion is the biggest city of Crete and the capital of the Heraklion regional unit. Travelers from all over the world choose Heraklion for their summer vacation since it is a city that combines the traditional Cretan culture with modern amenities. Around Heraklion, you can find beautiful beaches and impressive archaeological sites. If you want to learn more about Heraklion, visit Ferryhopper and find information about the city, the region and its ferry connections.

How do I get to Heraklion?

The easiest way to travel by ferry to Heraklion from mainland Greece is from the port of Piraeus in Athens with 2 crossings every night and several weekly morning crossings. The ferry journey from Piraeus to Heraklion lasts around 8 to 10 hrs. For that reason, we highly recommend that you book a bed cabin for a more pleasant ferry trip.

If you want to learn more on the ferry route Piraeus - Heraklion, check our respective Ferryhopper page and plan your ferry trip to Crete. 

Island hopping in Heraklion

During the summer months, Heraklion is directly connected to many islands of the Cyclades such as Mykonos and Santorini with 2 daily crossings. The ferry route from Heraklion to Mykonos lasts from 4 hr 30 min to 7 hr 30 min while the duration of the ferry trip Heraklion - Santorini ranges from 1 hr 45 min to 6 hrs.

Apart from Santorini and Mykonos, the port of Heraklion is connected with many other islands of the Cyclades like Paros, Naxos, Ios, Anafi and Milos, and the Dodecanese like Kasos, Karpathos, Chalki and Rhodes, expanding the possibilities to organize an unforgettable island-hopping experience!

Go to the Ferryhopper map of ferries, find all the ferry connections from Heraklion and plan the greek island-hopping easily and at the best prices!

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What to do in Heraklion?

Heraklion a big city located in the north part of Crete and has a strong historical character. There are buildings of impressive architecture and ancient monuments throughout the city and the surrounding area. Also, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches of Crete, around Heraklion. 

Beaches in Heraklion

Stunning beaches, organized or more secluded, with crystal blue waters, are located on the north or the south sides of Crete and are easily accessible from the city of Heraklion. The Ferryhopper team suggests the following:

  • Matala
  • Ligaria
  • Kalamaki
  • Agia Pelagia
  • Agiofarago
  • Tsoutsoura

Activities and Sightseeing in Heraklion

Heraklion is a beautiful city known for its Venetian architecture and cultural sites. Also, Heraklion is an ideal starting point for trips around it, since there are impressive monuments, like the ruins of Knossos, and traditional villages. In addition, you should definitely try traditional Cretan recipes and the local raki! Some places we recommend that you visit are:

  • The old town of Heraklion
  • The Venetian Fortress
  • The palace of Knossos
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • Historical Museum of Crete
  • Cretaquarium
  • El Greco Museum in Fodele
  • The Palace of Phaistos

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Useful information about Heraklion

Heraklion has one of the most important ports of Crete due to its ferry connections with mainland Greece and many islands of the Aegean. The port is located right next to the city center and offers many options for food and nightlife, as well as services like ATMs, gas stations, supermarkets and drugstores. Some useful telephone numbers for Heraklion are:

  • Heraklion Port Authority: 2813406900
  • Venizelio General Hospital: 2813408000
  • Heraklion Citizens' Service Center: 2813406307

Where to book ferry tickets to Heraklion?

You can book ferry tickets online, on the Ferryhopper platform. Find all the ferry routes from and to Heraklion through the Ferryhopper search engine, compare prices and select the most suitable option for your ferry trip, in just 4 clicks!

Heraklion has direct ferry connections with 24 ports:

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