There are numerous ferry crossings operating from Crete to Athens. Ferries currently connect 4 ports in Crete with 2 ports in Athens.
There are a combined number of 51 ferry crossings each week across a selection of 5 Ferry Routes which are operated by 4 ferry companies including Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, Anek Superfast & Golden Star Ferries with the shortest crossing taking around 7 hours 30 minutes (Heraklion to Piraeus).
This is a general summary of the services on offer between Crete and Athens, for live information select from our Fare Search.
Crete is the largest island in Greece situated in the southern Aegean Sea, boasting a wealth of gorgeous harbours, beaches and hilltop towns.
Not only is the natural landscape filled with stunning backdrops, the wonderfully unique culture, cuisine and history are inescapable too.
You’ll come across awe-inspiring palaces, Renaissance buildings and picturesque Venetian ruins. Or you may spot some locals performing Cretan dances and playing music using stringed instruments called lyres and laoutos, offering a Greek island experience like no other.
Crete has a number of excellent ferry ports along its north coast, and, thanks to its location in the southern Aegean, offers numerous routes to the other Greek islands and Athens to the north. This makes Crete an excellent departure point for exploring both the country’s mainland and many beautiful islands.