There are 9 ways to get from Istanbul to Crete by plane, bus, ferry, car ferry, bus and ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Irakleion  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Irakleion (HER) IST - HER

$77 - $243

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Bus, Ferry  •  28 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
  2. Take the Ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion

$47 - $288

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Fly to Sitia  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Sitia (JSH) IST - JSH

$101 - $491

Fly to Chania  •  8 h

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

$116 - $251

Bus, Catamaran, car ferry, ferry  •  24 h 19 min

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

$123 - $228

Bus, Catamaran, ferry  •  24 h 58 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
  2. Take the Catamaran from Piraeus to Santorini
  3. Take the ferry from Santorini to Heraklion

$173 - $253

Bus  •  31 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Heraklion

$126 - $157

Bus, carferry, car ferry, ferry  •  33 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ayvalik
  2. Take the carferry from Ayvalık to Mitilini
  3. Take the car ferry from Mytilene to Ágios Kírykos
  4. Take the car ferry from Ágios Kírykos to Naxos
  5. Take the ferry from Naxos to Heraklion

$174 - $308

Drive, car ferry, ferry  •  17 h 47 min

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

$204 - $339

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Crete. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Heraklion via Plovdiv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31 h 10 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Crete is 742 km.

The best way to get from Istanbul to Crete without a car is to bus and Catamaran and car ferry and ferry which takes 24 h 19 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to get from Istanbul to Crete, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Crete bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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There is no direct flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Irakleion Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Istanbul to Crete bus services, operated by Ilias Travel, arrive at Heraklion station.

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Crete is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 10:40 AM in Istanbul and 10:40 AM in Crete.

Lufthansa, Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Olympic Air offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Irakleion Airport.

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There are 407+ hotels available in Crete. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Crete.
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  • Distance: 463.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 14 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Crete, Greece?

Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air and seven other airlines fly from Istanbul to Néa Alikarnassós hourly.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Irakleion via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $480
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Irakleion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Athens
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Beirut, Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,400
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Condor Flugdienst
Website
condor.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
10 h 32 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,800
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Irakleion via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Athens, Irakleion
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,500
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $210
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
13 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $21
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ayvalik
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
13 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
16 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ayvalık
Ave. Duration
8 h 56 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus and ferry from Plovdiv to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
23 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $110
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Ferry operators
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Phone
+90 (252) 412 22 90 – 91
Email
reservation@yesilmarmaris.com
Website
yesilmarmarislines.com
Ferry from Bodrum to Kos
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26
Website
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Blue Star Ferries
Phone
+30-210-8919800
Email
bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
Website
bluestarferries.com
Car ferry from Kos to Santorini
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $100
Schedules at
bluestarferries.com
CABIN A2 outside
$75 - $100
CABIN A3 outside
$60 - $75
CABIN A4 outside
$60 - $75
Economy
$34 - $39
Car ferry from Ágios Kírykos to Naxos
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$24 - $90
Schedules at
bluestarferries.com
CABIN A2 outside
$65 - $90
CABIN A3 outside
$55 - $65
CABIN A4 outside
$55 - $65
Economy
$24 - $28
Sea Jets
Phone
+30 210 4121001
Email
info@seajets.gr
Website
seajets.gr
Ferry from Santorini to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$55 - $80
1st Class
$65 - $90
Ferry from Piraeus to Santorini
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$75 - $100
Ferry from Naxos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$65 - $90
1st Class
$75 - $100
Superfast ferries
Phone
+30 210 8919700
Email
superfast@superfast.com
Website
superfast.com
Ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Schedules at
superfast.com
Deck
$92
Aircraft-type seats
$101
2 bed inside cabin
$245
3 bed outside cabin
$190 - $240
Jale Tour
Phone
+90266 331 31 70
Email
info@jaletur.com
Website
jaletour.com
Car ferry from Ayvalık to Mitilini
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Schedules at
jaletour.com
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mytilene to Ágios Kírykos
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$60 - $85
Business
$82
Turkish Sealines
Phone
+90 252 316 22 22
Email
reservation@turkishsealines.com
Website
turkishsealines.com.tr
Car ferry from Bodrum to Kos
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
turkishsealines.com.tr

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs .

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