How to Reach Crete

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How to Reach Crete

While getting to the Ionian Islands (and maybe even to the Cyclades) it is possible and sometimes advisable to choose the ferry, to reach Crete is easier by plane. The island has three significant airports, Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion, the military airport Daskalogiannis at Chania and a new public airport in Sitia. Chania airport is much smaller and far less busy than Heraklion airport. Sitia airport currently serves only a small number of domestic flights, mainly to/from Athens. There are long term plans to replace Heraklion airport, which is too close to the city, by a new inland airport at Kasteli, southeast of Heraklion.

From Milan and Rome you can fly with the airlines Olympic Airlines, Aegean and AirOne, making an intermediate stop in Athens. They are not low-cost companies and the price is often expensive, so you should book as soon as possible. The only low-cost company from Italy is Volareweb: a return ticket to Heraklion from Milan Malpensa costs around 150 euro, but you have to book in advance. Leaving from other countries like Germany or UK, you can fly with many cheap low-cost companies like Easyjet (from London) or Air Berlin, TUIfly, GermanWings or Jet2.

The island of Crete can be reached by sea from Athens and Ghition (southern Peloponnese). From Piraeus, the port of Athens, ships of several companies leave every day. The main company is ANEK. If you intend to spend the night in Athens, you can find several good hotels on this site. From Ghition, just a few smaller boats leave to Crete.

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