Heraklion (Crete) is located in Crete and is connected by ferry to and from Athens, other ports in Crete, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
There are 4 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Heraklion (Crete). Aegeon Pelagos, Anek Superfast, Minoan Lines and Seajets all operate ferries to and from Heraklion (Crete). In the summer season, there are a total of 97 sailings per week.
The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Santorini to Heraklion (Crete) with 22 sailings per week.
The port or island closest to Heraklion (Crete) is Sitia with a distance of just 88 kilometres - that's 55 miles or 48 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Piraeus at a distance of 320 kilometres - that's about 199 miles or about 173 nautical miles.
Ferries to Heraklion (Crete) are normally available throughout the year but there are fewer sailings in the winter. Heraklion (Crete) is served by a mix of fast and conventional ferries but predominantly conventional ferries.
You can travel to or from Heraklion (Crete) with your vehicle or on foot. And normally you can take a bike with you or a pet.
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There are many parking spaces in the port of Heraklion. There are also areas specially designed for people with disabilities.
In the summer months the port can become quite chaotic with long queues for cars. So please arrive at least one hour in advance if travelling by car.For more information about Heraklion, you can visit Wikipedia
Ferries to Heraklion Travelling by ferry to Heraklion is also very popular and if you travel from other islands like Santorini or Mykonos on a fast ferry, it is often quicker and cheaper than flying.
If you go to a non central agency may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally a couple of Euros.
You can travel to Heraklion from these mainland ports:
Yes, you can take your dog or other pet on the ferry but it isn't possible to book a space in the kennel in advance. All Greek ships by law must have some kennel space.
If you are travelling on conventional ferry (not a fast ferry or catamaran) there is normally space available in the kennels and you should also be able to have your dog on all deck areas (but not inside) with you. Strictly speaking, this at the discretion of the ferry company but in general you should have no issues - though please take a muzzle with you just in case and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Small sized dogs and cats can travel in the ship as long as they stay inside a special travel box.
The other option, for absolute peace of mind, is to book a pet cabin. These are like normal cabins but have linoleum flooring. They are also available for day crossings at reasonable prices. This way you don't have to worry about finding space in the kennels and you and your dog or cat can relax. In July and August ferries can get very busy with people and other dogs.
Fast ferries and catamarans will also have kennels but these will be limited in number. In addition, the majority of fast ferries (though there are exceptions) don't have open deck space accessible throughout the journey, so you will not be able to stay out with your pet during your crossing. However, if your pet is small and inside a travel box you will be able to keep him or her inside.
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