There are 8 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Heraklion  •  4h 17m

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

86€ - 136€

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  29h 17m

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

72€ - 121€

6 alternative options

Fly to Sitia  •  4h 1m

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

120€ - 364€

Fly to Chania  •  5h 25m

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

92€ - 267€

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

  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

113€ - 255€

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  29h 42m

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

102€ - 299€

Bus, car ferry  •  32h 25m

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

Drive, car ferry, ferry  •  29h 19m

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

220€ - 531€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to bus and bus and ferry which costs 500 ₺ - 950 ₺ and takes 29h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which costs 900 ₺ - 2.800 ₺ and takes 4h 1m.

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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 24h 19m and costs 850 ₺ - 2.000 ₺.

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It takes approximately 4h 17m to get from Istanbul to Crete, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Heraklion Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 35m and has one stopover.

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Blue Dart Aviation, Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Olympic Air offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Heraklion Airport.

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There are 507+ hotels available in Crete. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Crete.
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  • Distance: 741.5 km
  • Duration: 4h 17m

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

Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air and 10 other airlines fly from Istanbul to Néa Alikarnassós hourly.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 300€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
95€ - 340€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens, Rhodes
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 220€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday
Estimated price
110€ - 390€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 390€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 470€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 300€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
85€ - 310€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
95€ - 340€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Blue Dart Aviation
Website
bluedartaviation.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Tel Aviv
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
140€ - 440€
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
13h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ayvalik
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
10€ - 16€
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
15€ - 23€
Website
MetroTurizm
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Larissa
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
16€ - 28€
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ayvalık
Ave. Duration
8h 56m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
10€ - 17€
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
KTEL Fthiotidos
Phone
22310 - 51345
Email
info@ktelfthiotidos.gr
Website
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Bus from Larissa to Lamia
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
15€ - 18€
Schedules at
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Bus and ferry from Lamia to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
47€ - 52€
Schedules at
ktelfthiotidos.gr
Ktel Ileias
Phone
+30 26210 20600
Email
info@ktelileias.gr
Website
ktelileias.gr
Bus from Larissa to Lamia
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
15€ - 17€
Schedules at
Ktel Ileias
KTEL Aitoloakarnanias
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
Once daily
Estimated price
22€
Website
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Car ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
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
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
35€ - 100€
Website
Blue Star Ferries
Business
55€ - 59€
2 Bed Inside Cabin
65€ - 85€
Economy
35€ - 50€
4 Bed Outside Cabin
60€ - 75€
2 Bed Lux Cabin
80€ - 100€
Sea Jets
Phone
+30 210 4121001
Email
info@seajets.gr
Website
seajets.gr
Ferry from Santorini to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 110€
Website
Sea Jets
Club Fare Diak.
55€ - 80€
Deck Fare Economy
40€ - 60€
Deck Fare Economy & Car less than 4.25m
80€ - 110€
Ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 170€
Website
Sea Jets
Club Fare Diak.
60€ - 85€
Deck Fare Economy
50€ - 70€
Deck Fare Economy & Car less than 4.25m
110€ - 170€
Ferry from Rafina to Mykonos
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 120€
Website
Sea Jets
Club Fare Diak.
55€ - 80€
Deck Fare Economy
40€ - 60€
Deck Fare Economy & Car less than 4.25m
85€ - 120€
Car ferry from Mykonos to Santorini
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 110€
Website
Sea Jets
Club Fare Diak.
55€ - 80€
Deck Fare Economy
40€ - 60€
Deck Fare Economy & Car less than 4.25m
80€ - 110€
Jale Tour
Phone
+90266 331 31 70
Email
info@jaletur.com
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Ayvalık to Mitilini
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€ - 21€
Schedules at
facebook.com
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mytilene to Mykonos
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
30€ - 90€
Website
Hellenic Seaways
Business
40€ - 60€
2 Bed Lux Cabin
70€ - 90€
Economy
30€ - 45€
4 Bed Inside Cabin
50€ - 75€
Car ferry from Kavala to Laurio
Ave. Duration
14h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 95€
Website
Hellenic Seaways
Business
45€ - 65€
2 Bed Lux Cabin
70€ - 95€
Economy
35€ - 50€
4 Bed Inside Cabin
55€ - 80€
Anek Ferries
Phone
+30 21 0419 7400
Email
info@anek.gr
Website
anek.gr
Car ferry from Rhodos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
14h 50m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
35€ - 150€
Website
Anek Ferries
Economy
35€ - 65€
Airplane-type seats
35€ - 65€
2 beds - outside cabin
90€ - 150€

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