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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 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.

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.

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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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  • 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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