Heraklion ports

Below, you can find all the needed information about the port of Heraklion:

Heraklion port is conveniently situated on the northern coast of Crete, right next to Heraklion Town, the capital city of the prefecture. Its most iconic trademark is the old Venetian fort of Koules. It is within walking distance from the city center, where you can find all kinds of tourist facilities.

It is the biggest port on the island of Crete and the third busiest port in the whole country.

Daily ferry crossings connect the port of Heraklion to numerous other destinations, including Athens (Piraeus), Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, Rhodes, Sitia (Crete), and many more.
The ferry companies that operate these routes, using either conventional or high-speed vessels, are Blue Star Ferries, SeaJets, Fast Ferries, and Minoan Lines. During the high season (May to September), daily ferry crossings are available to most destinations, while during the low season, there is at least one weekly connection to Santorini, Rhodes, Karpathos, and Kasos.


Transportation options

KTEL Buses

Public buses (KTEL) are the best way to move around for those traveling on a budget. The bus station lies opposite the port. From there, you can take a bus to numerous locations of interest around the prefectures of Heraklion and Lassithi. You can purchase your ticket at the ticket office.
You can find more information about timetables and routes on www.astiko-irakleiou.gr and www.e-ktel.com.


Taxis are an expensive option when compared to buses, but they are definitely an easy and fast way to reach your destination. Many taxis can be found in every central spot, including Heraklion Port.
You can also pre-arrange your transfer by taxi by calling any of the following numbers: 0030 694 8599 006, 0030 2810 360010, or 0030 694 6123 324.
Alternatively, you can check out our private transfer booking engine and insert any pick-up and drop-off location to have a driver waiting for you as soon as you arrive.

Car Rentals

Renting a car or other vehicle is not only one of the most convenient ways to get away from the port but also to move around Heraklion and explore its natural and cultural beauties without having to rely on buses or taxis.
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It is good to know that numerous hotel complexes offer shuttle service to and from the port. To arrange a port transfer (if available), you should contact your accommodation prior to arrival. This service is usually available at an additional charge, but, in some cases, it may be available for free.


Port Facilities

The vibrant center of Heraklion Town is within walking distance from the port.
All kinds of tourist facilities are available in the area, from hotels, boat rental and car rental services to shops and restaurants.
You can find ticket offices where you can get your pre-booked tickets if your company does not offer web check-in or buy them on-site.
If you would like to find a place to stay near the port, check our selection of hotels in Heraklion and use the location or other filters to narrow your search.

Good to know

The area around the port can get overcrowded during the high season, and traffic may be increased. Ship delays may also occur at times. Be prepared and arrange your program accordingly.