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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

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 Heraklion  •  6h 19m

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

$77 - $243

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Fly to Sitia  •  12h 19m

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

$101 - $491

Fly to Chania  •  9h 10m

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

$116 - $251

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

$123 - $229

Bus, car ferry, ferry  •  28h 22m

  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 Karlovasi
  4. Take the car ferry from Karlovasi to Mykonos
  5. Take the ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion

$170 - $253

Bus  •  31h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Heraklion

$121 - $151

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  •  17h 36m

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

$206 - $341

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which costs 430 ₺ - 1.400 ₺ and takes 6h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Crete is to fly which costs 430 ₺ - 1.400 ₺ and takes 6h 19m.

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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 31h 10m.

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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 650 ₺ - 1.300 ₺.

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It takes approximately 6h 19m to get from Istanbul to Crete, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Crete bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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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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Istanbul to Crete bus services, operated by Ilias Travel, arrive at Heraklion station.

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Crete is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 12:27 PM in Istanbul and 11:27 AM in Crete.

Map of how to get from Istanbul to Crete.
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  • Distance: 463.5 miles
  • Duration: 6h 19m

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 Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $470
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $440
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Athens
Ave. Duration
12h 53m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
15h 15m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Tel Aviv, Athens
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,500
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Beirut, Athens
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,400
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Cairo, Athens
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $390
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $450
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Sitia via Cairo, Athens
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Chania via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $210
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
$11 - $22
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ayvalik
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $23
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
13h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Schedules at
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 to Marmaris
Ave. Duration
13h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $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
23h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $105
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
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
20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26
Website
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Car ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
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
$55 - $80
Website
Sea Jets
2nd Class
$55 - $80
1st Class
$65 - $90
Ferry from Mykonos to Heraklion
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Website
Sea Jets
2nd Class
$60 - $85
1st Class
$70 - $100
Jale Tour
Phone
+90266 331 31 70
Email
info@jaletur.com
Website
jaletour.com
Car ferry from Ayvalık to Mitilini
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Website
Jale Tour
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mytilene to Karlovasi
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
Hellenic Seaways
Economy
$50 - $75
Business
$69
Car ferry from Karlovasi to Mykonos
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
Hellenic Seaways
Economy
$35 - $50
Business
$45
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
$40 - $180
Website
Anek Ferries
Economy
$40 - $75
Airplane-type seats
$45 - $75
2 beds - outside cabin
$100 - $180
Turkish Sealines
Phone
+90 252 316 22 22
Email
reservation@turkishsealines.com
Website
turkishsealines.com.tr
Car ferry from Bodrum to Kos
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
turkishsealines.com.tr

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

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34m and costs 4 ₺.

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