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How to reach the island of Crete from Europe and Greece by ship and plane

CRETE ISLAND

Island of Crete

Your unforgettable holiday!

Wonderful landscapes. Splendid and evocative monasteries. Over 3000 caverns. Ancient ruins, of which the Palace of Knossos is a splendid testimony of the Minoan civilization. And, of course, absolutely unique and beautiful beaches and waters.

A holiday in Crete can be defined as truly complete. You will spend your days among the sea, sun, relaxation and lots of culture.

Crete is a truly incredible island. A place that, despite mass tourism, sometimes exasperating, manages to preserve the charm and traditions intact. As in the case of the hinterland, with small, picturesque villages that seem almost suspended in time; with fantastic natural springs; mountain ranges, whose peaks, in winter, are all covered with snow.

Get ready for a fantastic trip. A holiday that means above all discovery. A discovery that means, above all, contemplation. Because, this is really a magical island. A place to discover little by little. Appreciating history, culture and traditions. Maybe, sipping a good glass of Tsikoudia. Savoring tasty and fresh fish dishes. And, listening to good music.

HOW TO GET

AERIAL

The most convenient, quick and economical solution to reach Crete from Europe. On the island there are two international airports that connect, with direct flights, many European destinations.

Iraklion Nikos Kazantzakis is the main international airport of the island of Crete, second most important for passenger traffic in Greece! It is located in Nea Alikarnassos, about 5 km east of Heraklion. Every day, from the 05: 30 to the 22: 30, the bus that connects the airport to the capital other points of interest is active. Ticket prices starting from 1,80 €, depending on the journey. All info on the airport from here.

Chania-Suda, also known as Chania Ioannis Daskalogiannis, is the second airport on the island of Crete. It is located on the Akrotiri peninsula, on the western side of the island, not far from Chania. It represents the 5o airport of all Greece, for passenger traffic. By bus, the center can be easily reached. From this link, more info on the airport.

Book your flight from Crete here, at the best price.

SHIP

How to reach Crete, port, ship

The island is connected by sea to the main destinations and islands of Greece. There are 4 ports on the island, where ferries dock. The connections, particularly in high season, are quite frequent. The ship is recommended if you want to bring your car with you. From Athens, in general, the crossing takes about 9 hours

Iraklio it is the main port of the island, located in the most populous inhabited center of all Crete. Here, ships from the Capital, the Dodecanese and the Cyclades moor. Every day, there are about 23 daily connections, with crossing times starting from about 100 minutes.
Anek Lines and Superfast, Minoan, Hellenic Seaways, SeaJets, are the shipping companies that connect Heraklion with Piraeus, to Athens, Diafani, Ios, Karpathos, Kasos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini, Sitia.

Sitia It is a quiet and pretty town, located on the eastern side of the island. Its port is the second busiest in Crete, after Heraklion. Anek Lines guarantees almost all the connections between Sitia and Athens, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
Every day, daily crossings are scheduled to 10 for Anafi, Athens, Chalki, Diafani, Karpathos, Kasos, Milos, Rhodes and Santorini. The times of the crossing vary from a minimum of 2 hours and 45 minutes to a maximum of about 9 hours for Piraeus.

Harbour Chania It is located on the northwest side of the island, about 150 kilometers from the main port. From here, the shipping company Anek Superfast, makes weekly connections to Athens with 12.
The crossing takes about 9 hours.

Rethymno It is a beautiful medieval city, in which are well preserved ancient fortifications, beautiful buildings and Venetian palaces, churches and mosques. In its beautiful port, surrounded by delicious cafes and restaurants, ships dock and coming from Santorini. Seajets offers 2 crossings a week, with travel times of around 2 hours.

From this link, you can book your ship at the best price.

KTEL, a Greek transport company, guarantees frequent and frequent connections from the ports of Heraklion, Chania and Rethymno with the rest of the island. Through the official website, Timetables and bus lines in service are available.
The ticket can be purchased directly on board the vehicle. The price varies depending on the distance of the journey.