Traveling from Mykonos to Crete (Heraklion) by ferry
The ferry connection between Mykonos and Crete (Heraklion) is a seasonal one, usually operating from late April until the end of October. During this period you can find at least two ferries per day departing from Mykonos to the port of Heraklion. During July and August, that are the months with the highest demand, the Mykonos - Heraklio ferry route is served by up to 5 daily ferries. The duration of this ferry trip ranges from 4 hours 45 minutes to 8 hours, depending on the type of ferry that you choose to travel with. The ferry ticket cost from Mykonos to Heraklion varies, and it is a subject to change every year but an indicative price range (based on 2019 data) is from 55€ to around 100€ for a standard economy ticket.
Ferry schedules from Mykonos to Crete (Heraklion)*
How long is the ferry trip from Mykonos to Crete (Heraklion)?
The island of Mykonos is located approximately 230 km (145 miles) from the port of Heraklion in Crete. The Mykonos - Heraklion ferry route is served by both conventional and high-speed ferries, which influences the duration of the ferry trip (as well as the ferry ticket price). Travelling with a high speed vessel from Mykonos to Heraklion takes approximately 5 hours while the conventional ferry takes approximately 7 to 8 hours.
You should keep in mind that the weather conditions might affect the duration of your ferry trip from Mykonos to Crete: when it’s too windy, the ferry ride might take a bit longer, particularly if you travel with a high speed catamaran.
Which port of Mykonos?
While in Mykonos, you will find out that the island has two ports: the new and the old port. The New port serves the majority of the large conventional and high-speed ferries that arrive in the island, while the Old port is used for smaller vessels and daily cruises boats. It is however sometimes the case in Mykonos that the weather conditions might affect the ferries’ port of departure / arrival so we would suggest that before you travel you confirm the departure port with the local travel agent or the Mykonos port authorities.
Book in advance your ferry tickets from Mykonos to Crete
Both Mykonos and Crete are two of the top holiday destinations in Greece and for that reason if you want to combine them you should be quick and book your ferry tickets as far in advance as you can. There is usually high demand in the Mykonos to Crete (Heraklion) ferry connection as visitors can actually combine the picturesque Cyclades and Mykonos nightlife with the wild beauty of Crete. Adding to that, the ferries operating the Mykonos - Heraklio route usually also stop at the port of Santorini, which means that the ferry might be extra crowded. For that reason we would suggest that you book your ferry tickets 2 to 3 months in advance. On ferryhopper you will find all the available ferry schedules from Mykonos to the port of Heraklion in Crete in order for you to book the itinerary that best suits your summer plans and holidays!
From Mykonos to Heraklion: planning your holidays in Crete
Crete is a big island and we would definitely recommend that when you are traveling from Mykonos to Heraklion you consider spending some days in Crete and discover its beautiful beaches, its rich history and of course the amazing cretan food.
From the port of Heraklion you can rent a car and visit the other big cities and ports of Crete like Chania or Rethymno or travel to the south of the island where you will find some of the best beaches! Find out useful information about your holidays and what to do in Heraklion, here.
Travel tips for your ferry trip from Mykonos to Crete (Heraklion)
- Both Mykonos ports can get quite busy during the summer months so when you arrange your transport to either the New or the Old port of Mykonos make sure to arrive at least 45 minutes in advance of your ferry trip.
- The weather in the Aegean sea particularly during the summer months is usually sunny and warm however it can get quite windy, which means that the ferry rides can get bumby. You don’t have to worry at all, in the worst case scenario you might get slightly seasick. In the case that you feel seasick, you can sit at the deck and get some fresh air or ask for the ferry crew for some aspirin or an anti-nausea tablet.
- When traveling from Mykonos to Heraklion in Crete you should definitely consider spending some days in the city of Heraklion or its nearby villages. The Heraklion area has many accommodation options from luxury hotels, to city apartments and smaller rooms-to-let. However Heraklion is a very popular summer holiday destination so in order to secure the accommodation type that you want and in the best price we would recommend that you search and book well in advance.
- Heraklion has a good bus network and many rent a car options so you should definitely considering traveling to the cities and villages of Crete, including the ports of Rethymno or Chania as well as Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, and the south of the island.
- The port of Heraklio is the largest one in Crete and is also well connected to the islands of the Cyclades and the Dodekanese. Have a look at our Map of Ferries, find all the available ferry connections from Heraklion and start planning your holidays to the Greek islands as soon as possible!