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

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Fly from Heraklion  •  6h 18m

  1. Fly from Heraklion (HER) to Istanbul (IST) HER - IST

907 ₺ - 2.299 ₺

Cheapest option

Bus and ferry, bus  •  28h 19m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Heraklion to Lamia
  2. Take the bus from Lamia to Larissa
  3. Take the bus from Larissa to Istanbul Esenler Otogar

606 ₺ - 1.007 ₺

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Fly from Chania  •  6h 31m

  1. Fly from Chania (CHQ) to Istanbul (IST) CHQ - IST

1.268 ₺ - 3.960 ₺

Car ferry, ferry, bus  •  23h 39m

  1. Take the car ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  2. Take the car ferry from Santorini to Kos
  3. Take the ferry from Kos to Bodrum
  4. Take the bus from Bodrum to Istanbul Otogari

Car ferry, bus via Mytilene  •  28h 2m

  1. Take the car ferry from Heraklion to Mykonos
  2. Take the car ferry from Mykonos to Mytilene
  3. Take the car ferry from Mitilini to Ayvalık
  4. Take the bus from Ayvalik to Istanbul Otogari

1.143 ₺ - 1.803 ₺

Car ferry, bus  •  33h 3m

  1. Take the car ferry from Heraklion to Rhodos
  2. Take the car ferry from Rhodes to Marmaris
  3. Take the bus from Marmaris to Istanbul

Car ferry, ferry, drive  •  16h 2m

  1. Take the car ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  2. Take the car ferry from Santorini to Kos
  3. Take the ferry from Kos to Bodrum
  4. Drive from Bodrum to Istanbul

Greece → Turkey
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International entry into Turkey from Greece

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Greece
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Restricted for: Foreign nationals that have visited Iran in the past 14 days. Iran land borders are closed to non-essential travel

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Greece

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Turkey

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Considerations leaving from Greece

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Greece.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Turkey is 184.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Turkey is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Turkey is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

Yes, entry into Greece from Turkey is currently restricted.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Crete to Turkey is to bus and ferry and bus which costs 65€ - 120€ and takes 28h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Crete to Turkey is to fly which costs 100€ - 270€ and takes 6h 18m.

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The distance between Crete and Turkey is 992 km.

The best way to get from Crete to Turkey without a car is to car ferry and ferry and bus which takes 23h 39m and costs .

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It takes approximately 6h 18m to get from Crete to Turkey, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Heraklion Airport to Istanbul Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 40m and has one stopover.

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Sky Express, Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Heraklion Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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The best way to get from Crete to Heraklion Airport is to line 6 bus which takes 7 min and costs 1€.

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Map of how to get from Crete to Turkey.
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  • Distance: 992.3 km
  • Duration: 6h 18m

What companies run services between Crete, Greece and Turkey?

SkyUp, Olympic Air and 16 other airlines fly from Néa Alikarnassós to Istanbul hourly.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 2.600 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 3.200 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.400 ₺
Flights from Chania to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.300 ₺
Flights from Chania to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.400 ₺
Flights from Chania to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 3.400 ₺
Flights from Chania to Istanbul via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 4.500 ₺
SkyUp
Website
skyup.aero
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Zaporizhia
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 1.800 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Lviv
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Bodrum to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
13h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
110 ₺ - 170 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Ayvalik to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
80 ₺ - 120 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Marmaris to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
11h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
110 ₺ - 170 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ayvalık to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 57m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
80 ₺ - 130 ₺
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Larissa to Istanbul Esenler Otogar
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 210 ₺
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Marmaris to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
110 ₺ - 170 ₺
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
KTEL Fthiotidos
Phone
22310 - 51345
Email
info@ktelfthiotidos.gr
Website
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Bus and ferry from Heraklion to Lamia
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 460 ₺
Schedules at
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Bus from Lamia to Larissa
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 150 ₺
Schedules at
ktelfthiotidos.gr
KTEL Aitoloakarnanias
Ferry operators
Golden Star Ferries
Phone
212 222 4000
Email
general@goldenstarferries.gr
Website
goldenstarferries.gr
Car ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Golden Star Ferries
Car ferry from Heraklion to Mykonos
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
679 ₺
Website
Golden Star Ferries
Blue Star Ferries
Phone
+30-210-8919800
Email
bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
Website
bluestarferries.com
Car ferry from Santorini to Kos
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
280 ₺ - 800 ₺
Website
Blue Star Ferries
Business
450 ₺ - 480 ₺
2 Bed Inside Cabin
550 ₺ - 700 ₺
Economy
280 ₺ - 360 ₺
4 Bed Outside Cabin
470 ₺ - 600 ₺
2 Bed Lux Cabin
650 ₺ - 800 ₺
Dodecanese Flying Dolphins
Phone
+302241304030
Email
info@12fd.gr
Website
12fd.gr
Ferry from Kos to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
331 ₺
Website
Dodecanese Flying Dolphins
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Phone
+90 (252) 412 22 90 – 91
Email
reservation@yesilmarmaris.com
Website
yesilmarmarislines.com
Ferry from Kos to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
192 ₺
Website
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Car ferry from Rhodes to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mykonos to Mytilene
Ave. Duration
11h 21m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
290 ₺ - 800 ₺
Website
Hellenic Seaways
Business
370 ₺ - 550 ₺
2 Bed Lux Cabin
600 ₺ - 800 ₺
Economy
290 ₺ - 380 ₺
4 Bed Inside Cabin
450 ₺ - 650 ₺
Jale Tour
Phone
+90266 331 31 70
Email
info@jaletur.com
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Mitilini to Ayvalık
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
90 ₺ - 190 ₺
Schedules at
facebook.com
Anek Ferries
Phone
+30 21 0419 7400
Email
info@anek.gr
Website
anek.gr
Car ferry from Heraklion to Rhodos
Ave. Duration
14h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
390 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Website
Anek Ferries
Economy
390 ₺ - 550 ₺
Airplane-type seats
400 ₺ - 600 ₺
2 beds - outside cabin
1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Bodrum Ferryboat
Website
bodrumferryboat.com
Ferry from Kos to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
110 ₺ - 170 ₺
Schedules at
bodrumferryboat.com

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