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

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Fly to Heraklion  •  3h 47m

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

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Fly to Sitia  •  7h 1m

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

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Fly to Chania  •  4h 36m

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

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  25h 37m

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

Bus, train, car ferry  •  25h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Katerini
  2. Take the train from Katerini to Athens Ic
  3. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Santorini
  4. Take the car ferry from Santorini to Heraklion

Bus  •  28h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Thessaloniki
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Macedonia Intercity Bus Station to Heraklion Central Bus Station Heraklion Central Bus Station - Stara Zagora Zheleznik Hotel

Bus, car ferry, ferry via Ayvalık  •  31h 26m

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

Bus, ferry, car ferry  •  32h 46m

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

Drive, car ferry  •  19h 8m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Piraeus
  2. Take the car ferry from Piraeus to Santorini
  3. Take the car ferry from Santorini to Heraklion

Istanbul (IST) to Heraklion (HER) flights

82 Weekly Planes
5h 18m Average Duration
€34 Cheapest Price
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Conditions of entry into Greece from Turkey

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Yes, entry into Greece is currently allowed from Turkey.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Crete is 210 521 2054.

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

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 210 521 2054.

No, returning to Turkey from Greece is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 26 Sep 2022
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to bus, which costs 1.400 ₺ - 1.900 ₺ and takes 28h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which costs 1.900 ₺ - 6.000 ₺ and takes 3h 47m.

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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 car ferry and ferry which takes 25h 37m and costs 1.700 ₺ - 4.400 ₺.

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It takes approximately 3h 47m to get from Istanbul to Crete, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which takes 3h 47m and costs 1.900 ₺ - 6.000 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 1.400 ₺ - 1.900 ₺ and takes 28h 42m.

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There is no direct flight from Istanbul Airport to Heraklion Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 5m and has one stopover.

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Tarom, Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Heraklion Airport.

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There are 99+ hotels available in Crete. Prices start at €100 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: 3h 47m

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

Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines and four other airlines fly from Istanbul to Néa Alikarnassós every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Heraklion via Otogar, Istanbul Esenler Otogar, and Thessaloniki Macedonia Intercity Bus Station in around 28h 42m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €320
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€220 - €280
Flights from Istanbul to Sitia via Athens
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €700
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €650
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€85 - €550
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Phone
+302130121451
Website
hellenictrain.gr
Train from Katerini to Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 26m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€10 - €26
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Airport
€10
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
€6 - €19
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ayvalik
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €17
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
11h 54m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€13 - €24
Website
MetroTurizm
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Email
kamilkoc@kamilkoc.com.tr
Website
flixbus.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Katerini
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€6 - €12
Schedules at
flixbus.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€6 - €12
Schedules at
flixbus.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ayvalık
Ave. Duration
8h 56m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€4 - €7
Schedules at
flixbus.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Schedules at
flixbus.com.tr
Ilias Travel
Phone
+30 210 5245654
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
anh.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki Macedonia Intercity Bus Station to Heraklion Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
17h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€57 - €61
Website
Ilias Travel
Ferry operators
Turkish Sealines
Phone
+90 252 316 22 22
Email
reservation@turkishsealines.com
Website
facebook.com
Car ferry from Bodrum to Kos
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€25
Schedules at
facebook.com
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Ferry from Kos to Santorini
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€25 - €80
Website
Hellenic Seaways
Business
€35 - €55
2 Bed Lux Cabin
€60 - €80
Economy
€25 - €35
4 Bed Inside Cabin
€40 - €60
Seajets
Phone
+30 210 4121001
Email
info@seajets.gr
Website
seajets.com
Car ferry from Santorini to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €120
Website
Seajets
Club Fare Diak.
€55 - €80
Deck Fare Economy
€40 - €60
Deck Fare Economy & Car less than 4.25m
€80 - €120
Car ferry from Piraeus to Santorini
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €180
Website
Seajets
Club Fare Diak.
€60 - €90
Deck Fare Economy
€50 - €75
Deck Fare Economy & Car less than 4.25m
€130 - €180
Turyol
Phone
+90 212 251 4421
Email
cesme@turyol.com
Website
turyolonline.com
Car ferry from Ayvalık to Mytilene
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€20
Schedules at
turyolonline.com
Blue Star Ferries
Phone
+30-210-8919800
Email
bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
Website
bluestarferries.com
Ferry from Mytilene to Mykonos
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€45 - €120
Website
Blue Star Ferries
Business
€61 - €65
2 Bed Inside Cabin
€75 - €95
Economy
€45 - €60
4 Bed Outside Cabin
€70 - €85
2 Bed Lux Cabin
€90 - €120
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€40 - €110
Website
Minoan Lines
Deck
€45
Airplane economy seats
€56
2-berth outside
€90 - €110
3-berth outside shower
€65 - €85
Sea Dreams
Phone
+30 22410 74 235
Email
info@seadreams.gr
Website
seadreams.gr
Ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
seadreams.gr
ANEK Lines
Phone
+30 21 0419 7400
Email
info@anek.gr
Website
anek.gr
Car ferry from Rhodos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
14h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€40 - €150
Website
ANEK Lines
Economy
€40 - €65
Airplane-type seats
€45 - €65
2 beds - outside cabin
€110 - €150

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