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.
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.