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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 5 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Heraklion (Crete). Aegeon Pelagos, Anek Superfast, Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines and Seajets all operate ferries to and from Heraklion (Crete). In the summer season, there are a total of 98 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.

The port of Heraklion is situated on the north coast of the island Crete and is divided into the old and traditional Venetian harbor and the new commercial port. Ferries today use the new commercial port. The port is a very big port and is generally very busy but is busiest in the summer.

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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Heraklion (Crete) ferry schedules

Why visit Heraklion (Crete)?

  • Visit the 16th century Venetian fort of Koules and explore the cobbled streets in the old town
  • Visit the Knossos palace, located just 5km from Heraklion
  • Browse through the collections in the impressive Heraklion archaeological museum
  • Take your family to the Natural History Museum which includes an earthquake and tsunami simulator
  • Go swimming at Ammoudara beach. Close to town yet clean and beautiful

Island hopping around  Heraklion (Crete)

Crete, especially Heraklion, is for many tourists the starting point for their holidays on other Greek islands. It’s the ideal base if you want to hop from island to island. You can easily travel to the small islands near Crete which are 2 or 4 hours away. For example Spinalonga, Gavdos, or Chrissi. You can also travel to the Cyclades islands like Santorini, or Dodecanese islands like Rhodes and others.

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Heraklion (Crete) port address & GPS

Heraklion Port
Heraklion Port (Nearhou avenue 78 ), Heraklion Town, 71307, Greece.
Telephone: +30 2810 244956
Fax: +30 2810 229445
GPS Co-ordinates
25.1429 ° N, 35.3441 ° E

Heraklion (Crete) port facilities

Heraklion port is located directly in the capital of the island. You can find covered seating areas and there are many cafes and restaurants nearby. Also, ferry terminal facilities include a heated lounge, payphone, hot and cold vending machines and public toilets.

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

Getting to and from the port


By car

The port is easy to find by car and well signposted. However, the central location of the port means that you can expect traffic throughout the year.

By Taxi

There is a taxi rank located across from the passenger terminal inside the port gates. Heraklion is a large city and unlike at other ports like Mykonos and Santorini you should have no problem locating a taxi.

By Bus

Heraklion Central Bus Station (bus station A) is located opposite the port on Leoforos Nearchou and serves destinations along the north coast of the island and to the east including Rethymnon, Chania and Agios Nikolaos in Lassithi. For destinations to the south such as Zaros, Mires and Matala you must use Heraklion Chanioporta Bus Station (bus station B). If going here from the port we suggest taking a taxi as walking can take half an hour.
on foot

On Foot

Walking is the easiest way to get around Heraklion if you do not carry a lot of luggage. The city is compact and you can walk the city from end to end in less than an hour.

Frequently asked questions for Heraklion (Crete) ferries

Flights to Heraklion You can fly to Heraklion (HER), the airport "N. Kazantzakis" is about 3km (10 minutes by car or taxi) from the city centre. Busses are also available to/from the city.

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.

Yes. If you travel with Golden Star Ferries, Seajets, Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries or Minoan Lines you can travel with an e-ticket. We will give you a web page address where you just have to input your booking confirmation code. You can then either print your ticket or save it to your phone.
If you don't get an e-ticket you will have to print your ticket. To get your ticket printed make sure you have a print out or a copy of your reservation on your phone and a valid form of photographic ID - for example your passport or ID card.
If you don't use an e-ticket, in Heraklion around the port you will find all the central agencies for the ferry companies. These will always be open around the time of your ferry. By going to a central agency you won't pay to have your ticket printed. There will be a sign outside the door or you'll be referred there by the agency.

If you go to a non central agency may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally a couple of Euros.

Route Piraeus (Athens) to Heraklion: Average one-way cost per person travelling on foot in July: €65.
Heraklion is served by Aegeon Pelagos, Anek Superfast, Golden Star Ferries, Minoan Lines and Seajets.
Heraklion is most popular in the summer but good weather normally lasts until the end of September and the first weeks of October. There are also plenty of places to visit and things to do in the winter.

You can travel to Heraklion from these mainland ports:

  • Piraeus
    Runs all year. About 9 hours with a ferry.
  • On foot: Please arrive at least one hour before you travel.
  • By car: Please arrive at least two hours before you travel and in July and August allow for traffic jams on your journey.

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.

  • On conventional ferries

    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.

  • On fast ferries or catamarans

    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.

Yes, we accept PayPal and if your debit card is issued by Visa or Mastercard then you should have no issues paying by debit card.
You can take your bike with you for free to or from Heraklion, if you travel on large ships such as those of Blue Star Ferries, Minoan Lines, Anek Lines and Super Fast companies. However, on ships without a garage, bicycles are normally not allowed inside. You'll see if the ship has a garage when making your reservation. Heraklion can be busy in the summer so it is a good idea to tell a member of the port staff that you have a bike in case you might need extra assistance.

Our tips to get a cheap ticket to Heraklion:

  • Book in advance Prices always go up the closer you book to your departure date.
  • Compare ferry companies side by side using a service like Zas Ferries
  • Don't take a fast ferry Fast ferries to Santorini can save hours of your journey time, but if you want to take it easy and save money then avoid fast ferries.
  • Choose an inside cabin If you want travel in a cabin and don't need a view, inside cabins are always cheaper.

Special offers & latest prices for Heraklion (Crete) ferries

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  • Booked: 24th June, 2021
  • Travel: 26th June - 9th July
  • People: One foot passenger
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  • Booked: 9th March, 2021
  • Travel: 9th March - 19th March
  • People: One foot passenger
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Book now one way or round trip tickets for you and your car and get special combo fares on ferries to/from Piraeus to Heraklion - Crete. The discount is not cumulative with other discounts or offers.

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