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An easy guide for how to get to Heraklion by Ferry, schedules and prices for the Ferry to/from Heraklion and recommendations for public transportation services. Explore the website and find all necessary details for the Ferry to Heraklion; Destinations and Routes with schedules and prices, Accommodation options with real time Availability and helpful tips for transfer opportunities in Heraklion!


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In the following lines, we have prepared a small user guide that will help passengers to reach Heraklion as easily and pleasantly as possible.
Find useful information on how to get to Heraklion, local public transportation options to reach your overnight lodge, port addresses and embarkation offices, ferry schedules and prices, and real-time departures and arrivals with the ferry to/from Heraklion.

Heraklion Port
Heraklion Ferry Port has a very clever location along with the road system of Crete. It’s situated right in the middle of Crete’s main highway that runs alongside the north coast of the island. This highway links the towns of Kissamos / Kastelli, Chania, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia from west to east.

The Heraklion port also serves the Heraklion-Timbaki new road and connects the northern and southern coasts of Crete, connecting areas such as Messara, the Phaistos Minoan Palace, and the archaeological site in Gortys, Matala, Mires, and others.

You can reach Heraklion from:

Road network from Heraklion to most destinations
In Heraklion and general in Crete, the road network is fairly widespread and reaches every corner of the island. The cities along the north coast (Agios Nikolaos to Kastelli, Rethymnon and Chania) are connected by a modern motorway which is constantly improving. The speed limit is 100 km per hour. However, extra attention is required on narrow roads in rest of the island (there are only 1 or 2 lines per direction). Particularly in mountain regions, the roads are winding and can be very narrow. New, wider roads are also constructed to Messara area in southern Heraklion district (Festos, Matala, Timbaki, Kokkinos Pirgos), as well as the Viannos area.

Public Bus Service in Heraklion
Urban Blue Buses are serving the city of Heraklion from early morning until late evening.

  • Urban Lines serve Heraklion city, the airport, the harbor, the archaeological site of Knossos and the nearby suburbs.
  • Stations: All around the city
  • Tel.: +30 2810220795, +30 2810226065
  • Details

The GREEN intercity buses (operated by KTEL Organization) connect Heraklion with the most cities and villages of Crete. The coaches are modern, comfortable and air-conditioned.
Timetables vary between quiet and busy season, so check your route and timetable, see the link to bus details below. There are luggage storage options in most city bus terminals/stations.

There are 2 Terminals that serve buses to 3 destinations.

  • Destination 1 departs from Terminal A: Connect Heraklion with towns and villages on the west and south-west of Crete (Chania, Rethymno and connections to Imbros, Sfakia, Kastelli and other places).
  • Destination 2 departs from Terminal A, also: Serve the towns and villages on the north coast east of Heraklion (Chersonissos, Archanes, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi Plateau and other places).
  • Destination 3 departs from Terminal B:  From Heraklion to Anogia, Rogdia, Agia Gallini, Mires, Tymbaki, Matala, Phaestos, Gortys, Zaros, Agia Galini and places in between.

Bus Terminal A: opposite the harbor's parking, in Leof. Nearchou Ave. (walking distance).

Bus Terminal B: in Chanioporta, 44 Leof. 62 Martiron (to arrive here you may use the urban bus from the harbor by arrival or a taxi transfer)

Taxis in Heraklion
If you are taking the taxi from Heraklion port or from somewhere else, you will find it very easy to get one. In Heraklion, taxi service is inexpensive, and it is easy to reach one!

  • For more convenience, you can book online a taxi transfer ahead of time to arrange the trip from Heraklion port to your favorite destination.
    Destinations, duration and prices
  • Crete Taxi Services: Mr. Aristidis Fragiadakis, +30 6970021970, +30 6945027933

Note: All above information for Heraklion was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice.


Book your ticket with any ferry company that suits you better and enjoy your ferry trip in Greece! The “Easy-Way” booking system of go-Ferry.com, allows the most reliable online ferry reservations and offers cheaper, faster and better services for your ferry ticket to or from Heraklion.

With go-Ferry.com you are able to connect online with the reservation systems of the most Greek shipping companies, to compare prices, to find information about routes and vessels, to look for alternative routes and to print instantly your Heraklion ferry confirmation.

Ferry timetables may change by season, so take an optical canvassing via our search engine to receive the latest cull of dates, schedules, prices and availability to Heraklion. With so many accommodation options to cull from, you can be sure to find the best deal for the ferry to or from Heraklion at a price that fit your budget.

Complete the under bellow fields and click on SHOW to compare the prices of all operators that run to and from Heraklion by ferry!

Note: Each year and depending on the period, there may be more or fewer connections to or from Heraklion. The biggest shipping companies (ferry operators) announce the new ferry schedules by the end of December and the rest of them by January-March each year!


Arrange your ferry journey in advance

It is very important that you have organized your ferry to or from Heraklion in advance, having arranged all the details. You don't want something to go wrong, and you can achieve perfect holidays with a great organization. In addition to hotel accommodation and air-tickets, when you book the boat tickets to or from Heraklion you know that everything is under control even before leaving home.

There are many reasons why you should arrange to book in advance your ferry ticket. Here are some of the most important:

Pay for Hotel in Heraklion without using it!
During the high season in Greece, and especially in July and August, it is likely that you won't find ferry tickets to popular destinations, such as Heraklion if you don't book them in advance. So, don't make the mistake to book your hotel on Heraklion without having booked the ferry pass to/from Heraklion. The last thing you want is to get to the port and not find an available ferry to or from Heraklion!

Save time in Heraklion!
Although we charge a commission for acquiring ferry bookings to/from Heraklion, this allows you not only to secure your ferry tickets to/from Heraklion but also to save time in Crete; besides receiving a service and attention of first.

Have a bigger choice of Heraklion ferry tickets!
Buying in advance gives you a better chance of getting the ferry tickets to Heraklion, on the ferry you prefer and at the schedule you want. It does not make sense that your trip to/from Heraklion is interrupted by not finding available ferry departures, but it is possible.

Find more ferry routes!
If you want to organize your trip to or from Heraklion, it is wise to check all the possible routes and timelines in order to make the right combinations between Heraklion and other destinations as well as between the air and the ferry tickets. Online, you can have an overview of all the routes going to/from Heraklion.

Get the best ferry prices!
Ferry tickets to/from Heraklion can be expensive, so it’s natural to want to get the best deal on them. It has become a regular practice for ferries to announce special rates and deep discounts for booking ferry tickets to/from Heraklion up to 3-6 months in advance.

Feeling Great having Heraklion ferry ticket in your pocket!
You will feel a great feeling when having the ferry confirmation to or from Heraklion in your hands. The reservation with us will allow you to secure your ferry to or from Heraklion, you will be relieved to have the confirmation in your hands or on your smartphone!


Book your ideal accommodation option on the ferry to Heraklion and arrive fresh and rested to your destination! Comfortable armchairs, business class comfort seats, outside and inside cabins or economy deck chairs. There is a range of accommodation options to choose for a day or night ferry.


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