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The port of Iraklia


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Iraklia is located in the Cyclades and is connected by ferry to and from Athens and other ports in the Cyclades.

There are 3 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Iraklia. Blue Star Ferries, Seajets and Small Cyclades Lines all operate ferries to and from Iraklia. In the summer season, there are a total of 48 sailings per week.

The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Naxos to Iraklia with 9 sailings per week.

The port or island closest to Iraklia is Schinoussa with a distance of just 4 kilometres - that's 2 miles or 2 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Piraeus at a distance of 175.69 kilometres - that's about 109 miles or about 95 nautical miles.

The port of Iraklia is located in the small settlement of Agios Georgios on the north coast of the island. The port is a small port and is generally moderately busy but is busiest in the summer.

Ferries to Iraklia are normally available throughout the year but there are fewer sailings in the winter. Iraklia is served by a mix of fast and conventional ferries but predominantly conventional ferries.

You can travel to or from Iraklia with your vehicle or on foot. And normally you can take a bike with you or a pet.

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Iraklia ferry schedules

Why visit Iraklia?

  • If you like hiking, Iraklia is the best place! There are 8 trails that are very small so you can meet them in one day
  • Visit the nature reserve: Mericha bay is an ideal location for bird watching
  • You can visit Livadi beach and visit the Castle which was used as a fortress during the Middle Ages. Enjoy the nice view
  • After the third trail, you can visit the cave of Agios Ioannis: It is the largest cave in the Cyclades, and has rich formations of stalactites and stalagmites
  • You can go by private or local boat to the sandy beach Alimia, which is famous for the German seaplane that sunk during the war

Island hopping around  Iraklia

Iraklia is one of the Cyclades island so it’s nice choice if you want to hop from island to island. You can easily book quick ferries to Schinoussa, Donoussa, Koufonisi, Naxos, Paros, Amorgos (Katapola and Aegiali) and others.

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Iraklia port address & GPS

Iraklia Port
Port of Iraklia, Iraklia, 84300, Greece.
GPS Co-ordinates
25.4704 ° N, 36.8633 ° E

Iraklia port facilities

Iraklia port is located directly in the capital town of the island. You can find covered seating areas and there are cafes and restaurants nearby.

No parking facilities, long or short term, are available.

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 traveling by car. For more information about Iraklia, you can visit Iraklia

Getting to and from the port


By car

The port is located in the main town, known as “Chora” so it’s very easy to reach the port by car. (You will find a gas station opposite Schinoussa because Iraklia does not have it).
on foot

On Foot

As the port is located in the main town it’s very easy to go there on foot.

Frequently asked questions for Iraklia ferries

Flights to Iraklia Iraklia does not have an airport. The nearest airports include Naxos, Paros and Syros. However these airports only offer domestic connections. Ferries to Iraklia International travelers to the island often travel to the island via Athens by first flying to Athens and then taking the ferry from Piraeus port.
Iraklia is served by the renowned Express Skopelitis iconic ferry boat, which makes sure people to supplies, medicines etc. They will reach the Small Cyclades from Naxos all year round.

Blue Star Ferries has daily departures from Piraeus, usually in the evening. This ferry will make stops at the other islands in the Cyclades on the way.

In addition, in the summer months you will find ferries from

SeaJets from various locations normally with high speed vessels.

Route Piraeus (Athens) to Iraklia Average one-way cost per person traveling on foot in July: € 40. Route Naxos to Iraklia Average one-way cost per person travelling on foot in July: € 8.
On Iraklia everything is near the port, so is the travel agency where you can have your tickets printed. It is always open around the time of your departure. Depending on the ferry company you have tickets with, you may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally one Euro per boarding pass.
Yes. If you travel with Blue Star Ferries 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.
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.

Our tips to get a cheap ticket to Iraklia:

  • 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 Iraklia 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.
You should go to Athens. Then, you can travel from Piraeus by conventional ferry that lasts 7.5 hours, while by speedboat it is 6 hours.
There are no busses or taxis on the island. Most people walk or cycle wherever they want to go. If your hotel is far from the port, it's likely they will arrange a transfer for you.
  • 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, we accept PayPal and if your debit card is issued by Visa or MasterCard then you should have no issues paying by debit card.
Iraklia is most popular in the summer months but good weather normally lasts until the end of September and the first weeks of October. There are also plenty of places to visit in the winter.

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.

You can take your bike with you for free to or from Iraklia, if you travel on large ships such as those from the companies Blue Star Ferries and others. 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. Iraklia 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.

Latest prices for Iraklia ferries

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Fare details
  • Booked: 24th June, 2021
  • Travel: 26th June - 16th July
  • People: One foot passenger
Fare details
  • Booked: 24th March, 2021
  • Travel: 1st July - 4th July
  • People: Two foot passengers

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