How to travel to Crete:

Getting around in Crete

June 8, 2024

How to travel to Crete Ferries

Tourists can travel to Crete by ferry that departs from the Piraeus port in Athens. Especially during the summer, there are daily itineraries that connect the port of Piraeus to Chania, Heraklion, and Rethymno. In summer, there might be some ferries to Agios Nikolaos, too. The port of Heraklion serves regular itineraries to Rhodes and Santorini, two of the most popular destinations in Greece while from Kissamos port in Chania there are ferry connections to Kythira, Antikythira and Gythio Peloponnese.

The port of Sitia is also connected with Kasos and Karpathos and a few local ferries to Dodecanese leave from Agios Nikolaos. The port of Paleochora in southern Chania serves ferries to Gavdos island three times a week.


Many itineraries connect the International Airport of Athens with the airports of Crete: Chania airport and Heraklion airport. The flight time to both these towns is 45 minutes and in summer there are additional flights. Visitors can also travel to Crete from Thessaloniki and there are many charter flights from other European cities to the airports of Chania and Heraklion.

In summer, there are charter flights from the airport of Heraklion to Rhodes, Kos and other islands of Greece. The small airport of Sitia serves charter flights to/from various Greek islands. Rethymno Town does not have an airport and it is served by the other airports of Crete.