Crete, Greece

Ferry schedules and tickets to Heraklion

Heraklion is well connected to Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and other Cycladic islands as Paros, Naxos, and Ios.

Ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Heraklion

Heraklion is connected to Athens through the port of Piraeus with daily ferry schedules that operate all year round. During the summer season, there are two or three ferries that serve this route, two overnight and one during the day. The ferry tickets for the economy seat from Piraeus to Heraklion are quite cheap, while you can also find affordable options for reserving a shared or a whole cabin in order to enjoy a pleasant and relaxing trip. The ferries that go to Crete, have plenty of space for you to take your car. However, if you are traveling in summer you should keep in mind that availability may be quite narrow, making it necessary to book your tickets well in advance. And Ferryhopper will help you to do so! 

Ferry from Heraklion to Santorini

Apart from Athens, Heraklion (Crete) is well connected to Santorini, with two or three high-speed ferries per day. The ferry service is operated by SeaJets and Hellenic Seaways during the summer period. The tickets for both companies cost around ~70€ and the trip from Heraklion to Santorini lasts 1h and 45mins.

Ferry from Heraklion to Mykonos

From spring (April or May) to mid-October, Heraklion is well connected to Mykonos, with two or three high-speed ferries per day, operated by SeaJets and Minoan Lines. The tickets for both companies cost around ~70€ and the trip from Heraklion to Mykonos lasts 4h and 30mins.

Ferry from Heraklion to Paros and Naxos

The ferries that connect Heraklion to Mykonos, are also calling Paros and Naxos, widening the options of an island-hopping experience.

Ferry from Heraklion to Rafina

Heraklion is connected to Rafina with a daily conventional ferry that runs only during high-season. The ferry connects Heraklion to Rafina is also calling other Cycladic islands as Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos etc.

What to do in Heraklion?

Already got the ferry to Heraklion? Here are a few things on what to do there... 

Heraklion, located at the north coast of Crete, is the largest city of the island and the fourth largest in Greece. When reaching Heraklion by ferry, the traveler is greeted by the medieval Venetian fort, which hints of the city's adventurous past. Indeed, once a humble Minoan port thousands of years ago, it later became the home of numerous civilizations: Dorians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians and Ottomans, all made Heraklion (or "Handakas") their home, shed their blood conquering it or defending it, and ultimately left pieces of their culture -often in plain sight, sometimes hidden- within today's dialect, architecture, art, music and cuisine.

When traveling to Heraklion, one has many options to enjoy their stay. A good place to start is a scroll beginning at the crowded lions square, down to the old port, where the Venetian fort stands majestically over sailing and fishing boats. The history enthusiast will of course visit the amazing archaeological museum and the ruins of Knossos. The food lover can enjoy the amazing Cretan cuisine, or rather a big fat Cretan-style gyros. The more adventurous will walk through narrow streets to find the hidden raki places, where the locals spend many of their evenings. Last but not least, one should explore the surroundings such as the beautiful village of Arhanes, and the nearby beaches of the north coast.

Sightseeing in Heraklion

Heraklion is Crete's largest city. In ancient times, Heraklion w\s inhabited by the Minoans, Europe's oldest known civilization (they lived on Crete between 2700 BC and 1450 BC). The Minoans were trading gold, ceramics and other products from the ancient port of Knossos. They are considered to be remarkably sophisticated for their time as they loved art, nature, and sports.

As the history of the city starts back to 2700 BC up to modern times, imagine that there is a lot to see around Heraklion. Here is a list of the most remarkable sights:

  1. Old Town of Heraklion
  2. The Palace of Knossos
  3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  4. Historical Museum of Crete
  5. Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos
  6. El Greco Museum, Fodele
  7. The Palace of Phaestos

The beaches of Heraklion

Crete has some of the nicest beaches in Greece, and Heraklion is not an exception to this. Stunning beaches can be found near Heraklion, either on the northern or the southern side of Crete. The most beautiful beaches around Heraklion are:

  1. Matala
  2. Ligaria
  3. Kalamaki Beach
  4. Agia Pelagia
  5. Agiofarago Beach
  6. Tsoutsouras Beach

How to book my ferry tickets to Heraklion, Crete?

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Heraklion has direct ferry connections with 24 ports:

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