There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Crete by plane, bus, car ferry, 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 17 min

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

$77 - $243

7 alternative options

Fly to Sitia  •  7 h 49 min

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

$101 - $491

Fly to Chania  •  8 h 15 min

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

$116 - $251

Bus, Catamaran, ferry  •  25 h 1 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

$178 - $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, car ferry  •  34 h 23 min

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

$114 - $276

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  34 h 31 min

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

$165 - $291

Drive, car ferry, ferry  •  28 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Kavala
  2. Take the car ferry from Kavala to Laurio
  3. Drive from Laurio to Rafina
  4. Take the car ferry from Rafina to Mykonos
  5. Take the ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion

$289 - $412

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which costs 350 ₺ - 1.200 ₺ and takes 6 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which takes 6 h 17 min and costs 350 ₺ - 1.200 ₺.

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The distance between Istanbul and Crete is 742 km.

It takes approximately 6 h 17 min to get from Istanbul to Crete, including transfers.

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

Turkish Airlines, Olympic Air and 12 other airlines fly from Istanbul to Néa Alikarnassós hourly.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Irakleion via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $480
Flights from Istanbul to Irakleion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Sitia via Athens
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$55 - $450
Condor Flugdienst
Website
condor.com
Flights from Istanbul to Sitia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
10 h 32 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$470 - $1,800
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Vienna
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,500
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul to Irakleion via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Sky Express
Website
skyexpress.gr
Flights from Istanbul to Sitia via Athens, Irakleion
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $950
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Pisa
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Bus operators
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
4 times a day
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
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Alibeyköy to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
13 h 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $28
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ayvalik
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Ferry operators
Sea Jets
Phone
+30 210 4121001
Email
info@seajets.gr
Website
seajets.gr
Car ferry from Piraeus to Santorini
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$65 - $90
1st Class
$75 - $110
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 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 - $110
Car ferry from Rafina to Mykonos
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$55 - $80
1st Class
$65 - $90
Ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$60 - $85
1st Class
$75 - $100
Marmaris Ferry
Website
marmarisferry.com
Car ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$49
Schedules at
marmarisferry.com
Anek Ferries
Phone
+30 21 0419 7400
Email
info@anek.gr
Website
anek.gr
Car ferry from Rhodos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
15 h 3 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$45 - $190
Schedules at
anek.gr
Economy
$45 - $80
Airplane-type seats
$50 - $85
2 beds - outside cabin
$110 - $190
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
$19 - $29
Schedules at
jaletour.com
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mytilene to Naxos
Ave. Duration
13 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $150
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$70 - $150
Business
$140
2 bed outside cabin
$121
4 bed outside cabin
$101
Car ferry from Kavala to Laurio
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$100 - $140
Business
$139

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