Getting to and from Crete

Getting to and from Crete - we show you how to travel to Crete

By Air

By Sea

Maps

Coach Travel through Europe

Rail Travel through mainland Greece

Ferries from Turkey & the Dodecanese

Constant Change. Transport schedules to and from Crete may vary. The following information is liable to change. Always check the fine details with your travel agent and your transport carrier. The information below is a summary only and cannot replace your own detailed research.


Getting to and From Crete By Air

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Airports

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There are two international airports in Crete.

Flights arrive from Athens just about every hour in summer. The duration of the flight from Athens to either Chania or Heraklion is about one hour.

There is a small airport at Sitia JSH, which is due to expand its services. This is located at the north-east of the island. It accepts flights currently from all over Europe. 1 km from the town of Sitia.

A map of Crete with airports marked...



Athens Airport

In Athens, the airport Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport ATH, is a very modern and comfortable facility. The airport is located 27 km from the city and is well serviced by buses and the metro. With these services, getting to and from Crete is easy.

More information for an Athens stopover here including highlights, transport and accommodation.



Getting to and from Crete
by Air

See comprehensive flight information for Crete here...

  • Flights from Athens. The main air companies flying into Crete are Olympic Airways and Aegean Air. Most carriers throughout Europe will connect with these flights in Athens
  • Flights from Thessaloniki. There are flights from Thessaloniki in the north of Greece to both Heraklion and Chania with Olympic Airways, duration is one hour and 15 minutes.
  • Flights from Dodecanese. There are flights from Rhodos to Heraklion, and from Karpathos to Sitia in summer, with Express Air or Minoan Air
  • Flights from Cyclades. There are flights from Thira Santorini, Mykonos and Paros to Heraklion in summer with Express Air or Minoan Air
  • Flights from Cyprus. There are flights from Larnaca to Heraklion with Cyprus Airways and Aegean Airways.
  • Flights from British Isles. British Airways fly from London & Manchester to Heraklion. Jetstar fly from the British Isles to Heraklion and Chania. Fly Globespan fly from Scotland to  Heraklion. Fly Thomas Cook fly from England and Scotland to Heraklion. Thomson Fly travel from British Isles to Heraklion and Chania.
  • Flights from Austria. Air Berlin fly from Austria to Heraklio.
  • Flights from France. Air Berlin fly from Basel Mulhouse to Heraklion and Chania
  • Flights from Poland. Central Wings fly from Poland to Heraklion and Chania
  • Flights from Germany. Air Berlin fly from Germany to Heraklion and Chania. Condor fly from Germany to Heraklion and Chania. Hapag Fly travel from Germany to Heraklion and Chania. LTU fly from Germany to Heraklion.
  • Flights from Switzerland. Air Berlin fly from Switzerland to Heraklion and Chania.
  • Flights from Scandinavia. Fly Me travels from Sweden to Chania. Sterling travels from Scandinavia to Chania. Norwegian travels from Oslo to Heraklion.
  • Flights from Hungary. Wizz Air travels from Budapest to Heraklion. 









Getting to and from Crete - by Sea

The ports of Crete from east to west are Kastelli-Kissamos, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.

Click here to see a map with the ports of Crete marked.

Greek Flag on Ferry by Aewolf

Getting to and from Crete by ferry

The most travelled sea routes to Crete are from Piraeus (port of Athens) to Chania or Heraklion. The duration of the crossing can be from 6 to 12 hours and in summer there are many different ferries to choose from daily. At other times, it is best to check the schedule.

The main ferry companies for this crossing include Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, and Hellenic Seaways. For up-to-date-information always check with your travel agent or the ferry company directly.

Ferries from Italy to Greece. Ferries travel across the Adriatic into the Ionian from Trieste, Venice, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi in Italy into Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras in Greece. Other Greek islands in the Ionian can also be accessed. Ferry companies include Superfast Ferries, Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, Medlink, Bluestar Ferries, My Way Ferries and Hellenic Mediterranean Lines.

Connections from Igoumenitsa. Coaches connect to Athens from Igoumenitsa. See coach travel details below.

Connections from Patras. Coaches connect to Kalamata and other major towns in Peloponissos, and Athens. Rail also connects to Athens, travelling along the beautiful Gulf of Corinth. See rail travel details below.


Harbour at Pireaus, Athens

Ferries from Thessaloniki to Crete. Ferries leave often and travel to Heraklion via Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Thira (Santorini) . GA Lines

Ferries from Athens-Pireaus to Crete. Ferries leave from Piraeus, the port of Athens, pictured above, to Chania or Heraklion. The main ferry companies for this crossing include Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, and Hellenic Seaways.

Ferries from Peloponissos to Crete. From Patras coaches travel to Kalamata, where ferries travel to Crete via Kythera. From mainland Peloponissos, at Gythion and Neapolis, ferries also leave for Kythera and Crete. These ferries arrive in the west of Crete, at the port of Kastelli-Kissamos. Departures are less frequent than from Pireaus, however it gives the opportunity to see the beautiful Peloponissos. Anen Lines.






Santorini to Crete...

Getting to and from Crete - ferries from Santorini (Thira)

Ferries from Cyclades to Crete. In summer it is possible to island hop to Crete via Milos and Thira (Santorini) to Crete with Lane Lines or GA Lines. From Santorini, special fast ferries are scheduled in summer between Santorini and Chania and Heraklion. GA Lines, Sea Jets, and Hellenic Seaways.

Hellenic Seaways run the fast hydrofoil FlyingCat IV from Santorini to Heraklion daily in summer.

More information here about visiting Santorini from Crete...



Turkey & the Dodecanese to Crete...

Crete Ferry


Ferries from the Dodecanese and Ferries from Turkey to Crete

See detailed Q&A about these ferries to Greek islands and options to travel to Crete here





Connecting from Europe by Coach

Getting to and from Crete may involve coming overland across Greece. For the bus sector of your journey to Crete, you will need to use the local Greek coaches.

Coaches in Greece are run by regional collectives, called Kino Tamio Eispraxeon Leoforon or KTEL. Each region has its own service, timetables are displayed at www.ktel.org and each regional website.

Your ferry from Italy may dock at Patras in the Peloponnese and from there you can take a coach to Athens or a coach to Kalamata or Gythio, then a ferry to Crete via Kythera. Athens is the more direct route, with more regular coaches and ferries, but it there is so much to explore in the Peloponnese and great island-hopping across from Gythio to Kythera...




Connecting to and from Crete
by Rail

Getting to Greece from Europe by train gives loads of options and flexibility. Cheap deals are available from Rail Europe.

Getting to and from Crete may involve coming overland across Greece. For the train sector of your journey to Crete, you will need to use the local Greek trains. Trains in Greece are run by the Hellenic Railways Organisation Οργανισμός Σιδηροδρόμων Ελλάδος OSE. Informations, services and timetables are displayed at www.ose.gr.

Trains linking the port of Patras with Athens via Corinth travel along the Bay of Corinth, the journey takes about three and half hours. Other trains on this route stop at each town, making the journey much longer. Be sure to check which one you would like whilst planning your trip.

Getting to and from Crete - the Metro

From Athens to Pireaus or the Athens Airport, you may wish to take the metro underground train. It is called the Attiko Metro after the wider region of Athens, Attika, and information and timetables can be found at the website www.ametro.gr

Getting to and from Crete - the Suburban Railway

From central Athens to Athens Airport you may wish to take the Suburban Railway or Proastiakos. Information and timetables are available at the website www.proastiakos.gr. This service can also connect you from Corinth to the Athens Airport.

As you can see, there are many ways of getting to and from Crete, for a one-stop visit or to incorporate Crete into your Greek trip experience.

More info on Rail Europe - Rail Passes here...



Map with Airports & Ports in Crete



If you have a travel question about Crete please check the Q&A here...

If you have a question about ferries from Turkey or the Dodecanese Islands such as Rhodes please check the Q&A here...

If you have any suggestions or questions about getting to and from Crete, please contact us - see the form on the Contact Us page.





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