Cyclades Islands

How to book ferries from Cyclades Islands to Crete

There are numerous ferry crossings operating from Cyclades Islands to Crete. Ferries currently connect 5 ports in Cyclades Islands with 2 ports in Crete.

There are a combined number of 49 ferry crossings each week across a selection of 8 Ferry Routes which are operated by 4 ferry companies including Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, SeaJets & Golden Star Ferries with the shortest crossing taking around 1 hour 45 minutes (Thira (Santorini) to Heraklion).

This is a general summary of the services on offer between Cyclades Islands and Crete, for live information select from our Fare Search.

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About Cyclades Islands:

The Cyclades Islands are a Greek archipelago in the Aegean Sea, southeast of the mainland.

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure, romantic retreat, or blissful getaway, the Cyclades have it all. Also, not only are they stunningly beautiful, they deliver on the cultural front too, boasting flourishing food scenes and a rich history.

You’re never short of fascinating things to see either. Delos is the legendary birthplace of Greek deities Apollo and Artemis and claims many archaeological sites while the world-renowned beaches of Mykonos are the perfect places to unwind after a day of adventure.

When it comes to exploring Greece and her islands, travelling by ferry is a quick and convenient way to get around. From the Cyclades, there is a vast network of ferry routes available to the surrounding Greek islands and the mainland, as well as numerous crossings between the Cyclades group itself.

About Crete:

Crete is the largest and most populous island in Greece, situated in the Mediterranean Sea, slightly southeast of the mainland

Known for its varied landscapes comprising fertile valleys, stunning beaches and the famous White Mountains found alongside idyllic harbours and sleepy villages, Crete has beautiful backdrops around every corner.

Numerous time-honoured traditions remain fundamental to Cretan culture, including Easter feasts, playing stringed instruments called ‘lyra’ and performing spectacular local dances. Some Greeks even say Crete could be its own country due to its diverse terrain and the unique way of life.

There are many domestic ferry routes departing the mainland and surrounding archipelagos in the Aegean Sea, arriving at the five Cretan ports on the north coast, including the capital, Heraklion. These sailings have varying journey times and are run by multiple operators, so there’s ample choice when it comes to reaching Crete by ferry.