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There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Crete by plane, bus, ferry, car ferry, bus and ferry or car

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Fly to Heraklion  •  5h 12m

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

104€ - 262€

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

69€ - 116€

6 alternative options

Fly to Chania  •  4h 51m

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

71€ - 231€

Fly to Sitia  •  9h 51m

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

168€ - 341€

Bus, ferry, car ferry  •  24h 31m

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

Bus, car ferry via Mytilene  •  28h 41m

  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 car ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion

127€ - 204€

Bus, car ferry  •  32h 10m

  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, ferry, car ferry  •  16h

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

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Crete is 0210 521 2054.

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The social distance requirement in Crete is 1 metre.

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The most affordable way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to bus and bus and ferry, which costs 600 ₺ - 1.100 ₺ and takes 29h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which costs 600 ₺ - 2.100 ₺ and takes 4h 51m.

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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 ferry and car ferry which takes 24h 31m and costs .

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It takes approximately 5h 12m to get from Istanbul to Crete, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Istanbul Airport to Heraklion Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 30m and has one stopover.

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

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There are 105+ hotels available in Crete. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul 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: 5h 12m

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

Turkish Airlines, Olympic Air and 12 other airlines fly from Istanbul to Néa Alikarnassós every 4 hours.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 270€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 340€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
85€ - 160€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
85€ - 160€
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
140€ - 420€
Flights from Istanbul to Sitia via Athens
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
150€ - 440€
Flights from Istanbul to Sitia via Belgrade, Athens
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
150€ - 320€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
30€ - 130€
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
28€ - 110€
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
70€ - 270€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
85€ - 160€
Condor Flugdienst
Website
condor.com
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
350€ - 410€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
250€ - 550€
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Sitia via Belgrade, Athens
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
150€ - 320€
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
13€ - 20€
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ayvalik
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
13€ - 20€
Website
MetroTurizm
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ayvalık
Ave. Duration
8h 56m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
9€ - 15€
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Larissa
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 24€
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
13€ - 19€
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
Dodecanese Flying Dolphins
Phone
+302241304030
Email
info@12fd.gr
Website
12fd.gr
Ferry from Bodrum to Kos
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
38€
Website
Dodecanese Flying Dolphins
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 39m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
30€ - 90€
Website
Blue Star Ferries
Business
52€ - 55€
2 Bed Inside Cabin
60€ - 80€
Economy
30€ - 45€
4 Bed Outside Cabin
50€ - 65€
2 Bed Lux Cabin
75€ - 90€
Golden Star Ferries
Phone
212 222 4000
Email
general@goldenstarferries.gr
Website
goldenstarferries.gr
Car ferry from Santorini to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Golden Star Ferries
Car ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
78€
Website
Golden Star Ferries
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
10€ - 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
10h 54m
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€
Anek Ferries
Phone
+30 21 0419 7400
Email
info@anek.gr
Website
anek.gr
Car ferry from Rhodos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
14h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
45€ - 150€
Website
Anek Ferries
Economy
45€ - 65€
Airplane-type seats
45€ - 65€
2 beds - outside cabin
110€ - 150€
Bodrum Ferryboat
Website
bodrumferryboat.com
Ferry from Bodrum to Kos
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
12€ - 19€
Schedules at
bodrumferryboat.com

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