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Recommended option

Fly to Irakleion  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Irakleion (HER) ATH - HER

$46 - $172

5 alternative options

Fly to Sitia  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sitia (JSH) ATH - JSH

$55 - $210

Fly to Chania, bus  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Chania (CHQ) ATH - CHQ
  2. Take the bus from Kalives to Souda

Car ferry Hellenic Seaways  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Ios Hellenic Highspeed / ...
  2. Take the car ferry from Ios to Heraklion Highspeed 7 / ...

$107 - $184

Car ferry Minoan Lines  •  10 h 14 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Pireas to Heraklion

$52 - $132

Car ferry Anek Ferries  •  18 h 34 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion

$57 - $222

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Crete, Greece?

Volotea, Olympic Air and two other airlines fly from Athens to Néa Alikarnassós every 2 hours.

Airlines
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Athens to Irakleion
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $280
Flights from Athens to Sitia
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Flights from Athens to Chania
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Athens to Irakleion
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Irakleion
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Ellinair
Website
en.ellinair.com
Flights from Athens to Irakleion
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Chania
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $150
Bus operators
KTEL Chanion-Rethymnou S.A
Phone
2821 091288
Website
e-ktel.com
Bus from Kalives to Souda
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
e-ktel.com
Ferry operators
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Ios
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$55 - $75
Business
$71
VIP
$86
Car ferry from Ios to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$40 - $60
Business
$54
Sea Jets
Phone
+30 210 4121001
Email
info@seajets.gr
Website
seajets.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Ios
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$60 - $85
1st Class
$70 - $95
Car ferry from Ios to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
2 h 51 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$55 - $80
1st Class
$70 - $95
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Pireas to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$53 - $54
Airplane economy seats
$66 - $67
2-berth outside
$110 - $130
3-berth outside shower
$85 - $110
Anek Ferries
Phone
+30 21 0419 7400
Email
info@anek.gr
Website
anek.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
16 h 51 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $220
Schedules at
anek.gr
Economy
$55 - $95
Airplane-type seats
$55 - $100
2 beds - outside cabin
$130 - $220

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Athens and Crete is 331 km.

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Crete is to fly which costs 35€ - 150€ and takes 2 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Athens to Crete is to fly which takes 2 h 37 min and costs 45€ - 180€.

It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to get from Athens to Crete, including transfers.