Rethymno (or Rethymnon) is the third largest city in Crete, after Heraklion and Chania; a city of charming atmosphere, famous for its picturesque old town as well as its great food. The old part of Rethymno, the Fortezza as it’s called due to the town citadel, is a beautiful site of Venetian architecture, and walking through its pavements will time travel you to the 16th century. The charms of Rethymno extend beyond its picturesque old town to the rest of the region, with some of the best beaches in Crete located in the Rethymno region.
Ferry Schedules and Ferry Tickets for Rethymno
The port of Rethymno is located right in the centre of the city, which allows you to start your holidays in Crete straight away! During the summer months there are direct ferries from Athens (port of Rafina) to Rethymno twice a week, while you can also reach the port of Rethymno from the Cyclades and the islands of Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini.
If you want to visit Rethymno during the winter the easiest option would be to get a direct ferry to Heraklion or Chania and from there drive or take a bus to Rethymno.
Ferry from Athens to Rethymno
Ferry from Piraeus to Rethymno
At the moment there is no direct ferry connection between Rethymno and the port of Piraeus. If however, you are traveling from Piraeus to Crete you can get a direct ferry to Chania or Heraklion and then reach Rethymno by car or bus.
- Chania - Rethymno: The distance between Chania and Rethymno is around 64 km (39 miles) which is approximately 1-hour drive.
- Heraklion - Rethymno: The distance between Heraklion and Rethymno is around 80 km (49 miles) which means that it will take you around 1 hour and 20 minutes drive.
There is also an indirect ferry option to get from Piraeus to Rethymno, via the Cyclades. Piraeus has frequent ferry connections throughout the year to Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini and from there you can get a high-speed ferry to Rethymno twice a week.
Update Summer 2019: The ferry company Sea Speed Ferries introduced a new seasonal ferry itinerary from Piraeus to Milos - Santorini - Rethymnon. The ferry route is operated by the OLYMPUS ferry, with 4 sailings per week. The Piraeus - Rethymno ferry trip duration is 12 hours and 50 minutes. Find out more about the Piraeus - Rethymno direct ferry connection on the Ferryhopper blog.
Ferry from Rafina to Rethymno
During the summer months Athens has a direct ferry connection to Rethymno from the port of Rafina. The ferry from Rafina to Rethymno operates twice a week and the ferry trip duration is a bit more than 13 hours. You might want to consider booking a bed cabin in order to have a more relaxing and comfortable ferry ride and arrive in Rethymno ready to explore the town or go for a swim to its nearby beaches.
The ferry ticket cost is a subject to change every year but indicatively (and based on 2019 data), the price for the Rafina - Rethymno ferry route starts from 48€ for a standard economy seat.
Ferry from Mykonos, Santorini or Naxos to Rethymno
- Mykonos - Rethymno: During the summer months, the port of Mykonos is connected twice a week with the port of Rethymno. The distance between the two ports is around 250 km (155 miles) and the ferry route is operated by both conventional and high speed ferries. The Mykonos - Rethymno ferry trip lasts approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes with the conventional ferry and around 6 hours with a high speed.
- Santorini - Rethymno: Traveling from Santorini to Rethymnon during the summer is an excellent option for anyone who wants to get a taste of both the Cyclades and Crete! The Santorini - Rethymno ferry connection runs twice a week and the journey lasts from 3 to 4 hours. You also have the option to take either a conventional ferry or a high speed one which is faster but a bit more expensive.
- Naxos - Rethymno: During the summer you can travel at least once a week from Naxos to Rethymno with a direct high speed ferry. The distance between the port of Naxos and the port of Rethymno is around 200 km (124 miles) so the ferry trip between the two islands lasts a bit more than 5 hours.
Are you wondering which ferry route to Rethymno to choose? You don’t have to worry at all! On Ferryhopper you will find all direct and indirect ferry connections to Rethymno, in order to choose the itinerary that best suits your plans and your budget!
Holidays in Rethymno
The city of Rethymno is an attractive holiday destination as it combines great food, a picturesque old town ideal for romantic walks and a long sandy beach right next to the city. The old town is full of small shops, cafes, restaurants as well as boutique hotels and apartments so it becomes quite a popular destination in the summer months.
If you want to explore the beauty of Rethymno in its totality though you should definitely drive around the Rethymno region and visit some of the beaches east and south of the city as well as the mountain villages.
Crete is famous for its delicious food and the fresh ingredients and your holidays in Rethymno is a great opportunity to try the local raki, Cretan meze, fresh fish and meat.
Beaches in Rethymno (region)
- Agios Pavlos
- Agia Galini
How to book your ferry tickets to Rethymno
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