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There are 7 ways to get from Athens to Crete by plane, bus, ferry, car ferry or bus and ferry

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Fly to Irakleion  •  2 h 42 min

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

$46 - $172

Cheapest option

Car ferry Blue Star Ferries  •  10 h 56 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion

$44 - $134

5 alternative options

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

Fly to Sitia  •  2 h 47 min

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

$55 - $210

Catamaran, ferry  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Take the Catamaran from Piraeus to Santorini Seajet 2 / ...
  2. Take the ferry from Santorini to Heraklion Champion Jet 2 / ...

$127 - $185

Bus, bus and ferry  •  16 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Lamia
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Lamia to Heraklion

$74 - $86

Car ferry Anek Ferries  •  19 h 15 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion

$54 - $204

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Crete is to fly which costs 40€ - 150€ and takes 2 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Crete is to fly which costs 40€ - 150€ and takes 2 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Crete. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Heraklion via Lamia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 10 min.

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The distance between Athens and Crete is 331 km.

The best way to get from Athens to Crete without a car is to Catamaran and ferry which takes 7 h 44 min and costs 110€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 2 h 42 min to get from Athens to Crete, including transfers.

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Athens to Crete bus services, operated by KTEL Fthiotidos, depart from Athens station.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Irakleion Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Athens to Crete bus services, operated by KTEL Fthiotidos, arrive at Heraklion station.

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Volotea, Ellinair, Sky Express and Olympic Air offer flights from Athens Airport to Irakleion Airport.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Crete.
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  • Distance: 207 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 42 min

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

Olympic Air, Ellinair 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 Chania
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Athens to Sitia
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Athens to Irakleion
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Athens to Chania
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Ellinair
Website
en.ellinair.com
Flights from Athens to Irakleion
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Athens to Irakleion
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
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
KTEL Fthiotidos
Phone
22310 - 51345
Email
info@ktelfthiotidos.gr
Website
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Bus from Athens to Lamia
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $26
Schedules at
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Bus and ferry from Lamia to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Schedules at
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Ferry operators
Sea Jets
Phone
+30 210 4121001
Email
info@seajets.gr
Website
seajets.gr
Ferry from Piraeus to Santorini
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$75 - $100
Ferry from Santorini to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$55 - $80
1st Class
$65 - $90
Blue Star Ferries
Phone
+30-210-8919800
Email
bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
Website
bluestarferries.com
Car ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Schedules at
bluestarferries.com
CABIN A2 outside
$80 - $110
CABIN A3 outside
$70 - $80
CABIN A4 outside
$70 - $80
Economy
$40 - $50
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$52 - $53
Airplane economy seats
$65 - $66
2-berth outside
$110 - $130
3-berth outside shower
$85 - $100
Anek Ferries
Phone
+30 21 0419 7400
Email
info@anek.gr
Website
anek.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
17 h 4 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Schedules at
anek.gr
Economy
$50 - $85
Airplane-type seats
$50 - $90
2 beds - outside cabin
$120 - $200

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