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.

Recommended option

Fly to Irakleion  •  6 h 17 min

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

$77 - $243

Cheapest option

Bus, car ferry  •  28 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
  2. Take the car ferry from Pireas to Heraklion

$70 - $178

6 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

  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 - $258

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 via Marmaris  •  34 h 3 min

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

$109 - $268

Drive, car ferry, ferry  •  28 h 54 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 ferry from Rafina to Santorini
  5. Take the ferry from Santorini to Heraklion

$294 - $422

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which costs 370 ₺ - 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 costs 370 ₺ - 1.200 ₺ and takes 6 h 17 min.

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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 15 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 Irakleion via Beirut
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
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 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Istanbul to Chania via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$55 - $450
Blue Dart Aviation
Website
bluedartaviation.com
Flights from Istanbul to Irakleion via Tel Aviv
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul 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 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 to Chania via Vienna
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,500
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
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
16 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
13 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
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 Istanbul Otogari to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
13 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $27
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 - $95
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$65 - $95
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 Rafina to Santorini
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$65 - $95
1st Class
$75 - $110
Minoan Lines
Phone
801 11 75000
Email
reservation@minoan.gr
Website
minoan.gr
Car ferry from Pireas to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Schedules at
minoan.gr
Deck
$53 - $54
Airplane economy seats
$66 - $67
2-berth outside
$110 - $130
3-berth outside shower
$85 - $110
Marmaris Ferry
Website
marmarisferry.com
Car ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50
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
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
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
$138

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