Traveling from Mykonos to Crete (Rethymnon) by ferry
The ferry from Mykonos to the port of Rethymno in Crete runs only during the summer months, usually from May until early October. During these months you can get a ferry from Mykonos to Rethymno twice a week and the duration of the ferry trip can be from 6 hours to 8 hours depending on the vessel type that you travel with. The cost of the Mykonos-Rethymno ferry trip also varies according to the type of ferry that you choose and it is also subject to change every year. Indicatively, and based on ferry companies’ data from 2019, the prices for a standard economy seat range from 55€ to around 100€.
Ferry schedules from Mykonos to Crete (Rethymnon)*
How long is the ferry trip from Mykonos to Rethymnon in Crete?
The distance between the island of Mykonos and the port of Rethymno in Crete is approximately 245 km (152 miles). So the duration of the Mykonos - Rethymnon ferry route is around 6 hours if you are travelling with a high speed ferry and 8 hours 30 minutes if you travel with a conventional ferry.
It is often the case that the weather conditions might affect the duration of the ferry trip from Mykonos to Rethymnon: due to the summer winds the ferry trips might take a bit longer, particularly if you are travelling with a catamaran or other high speed vessels.
Mykonos departure ports
The island of Mykonos has two ports, located only 3 km away from each other. The New port serves ferry routes from and to the majority of the Cyclades, the Dodecanese as well as ferry connections to Crete. The Old port mainly serves smaller ferries and cruise boats. However, before taking a ferry from Mykonos you should double check with the local travel agencies or the port authorities as sometimes the weather conditions affect the ferries’ departure or arrival ports.
From Mykonos to Rethymnon: plan your holidays in Crete!
Booking tickets in advance: When planning your holidays in the Greek islands, Mykonos and Crete should be on the top of your destination list! Rethymnon is one of the three main cities and ports in Crete and the getaway to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The Mykonos to Crete ferry route is quite a popular one during the summer and you can choose between traveling to the port of Rethymnon or to Heraklion.
Whichever port of Crete you pick for your summer plans, you should be aware that usually the ferries from the Cyclades to Crete travel via the port of Santorini. So we would highly recommend that you book your ferry tickets at least 2 months in advance in order to secure your ferry seats and in the best price. Ferryhopper makes booking ferry tickets easier for all - check our search engine and book a ferry to the Greek islands now!
When in Rethymnon: The city of Rethymnon will charm you from the first sight, with its picturesque old town, its colours and tastes. If you travel from Mykonos to Rethymno we would suggest that you plan to stay some days and explore the beauties of Crete. It’s also really worthy to drive around the region of Rethymnon as it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the island, as well as pretty mountain villages. From the city of Rethymno you can easily get to the other two big Cretan cities and ports, Chania and Heraklion in around 1 hour. Find out more about the ferry schedules from and to Rethymno as well as what to do when there, in our relevant destination page.
Travel tips for your ferry trip from Mykonos to Crete (Rethymnon)
- Arriving on time to the port for your ferry trip is one of our top tips to our customers, in order to avoid any inconvenience, particularly during the summer months. Mykonos’ ports can get extra busy during high season and we would therefore recommend that you arrive at least 45 minutes to 1 hour before your ferry departure.
- The ferries from Mykonos to Crete usually depart from the New port however weather conditions might affect the port of departure. So if you travel on a particularly windy day or the weather conditions seem unstable or severe, please double check with the local travel agent or the port authorities in Mykonos to confirm your port of departure.
- During the summer months the Aegean sea can get windy and the ferry rides could be a bit bumpy. There is nothing to worry about! In the case that you feel seasick you can ask the ferry crew for an anti-motion-sickness tablet or an aspirin.
- The city of Rethymno has many accommodation options, from small apartments located in the old medieval town, to 5 star hotels and luxury boutique hotels. There is however high demand in the summer months so we would suggest that you search and book the accommodation that best suits your summer plans as far in advance as possible.
- Crete has a good bus network that connects the three main cities with villages and beaches across the regions. From Rethymno for example you can get a bus to Chania or Heraklion as well as to the beaches of Agia Galini, Panormos or Plakia and the villages of Anogia, Arkadi, or Omalos (Samaria Gorge).
The island of Crete is a great summer holiday destination and a place everyone should visit at least once in their lives, to taste the amazing Cretan food and swim in the island's beautiful sea. You can travel to the 3 main ports of Crete, Rethymno, Heraklio, and Chania from Athens as well as the Cyclades and the Dodekanese - find all the available ferry schedules to Crete on ferryhopper and make the perfect summer plan for your holidays in Crete!