Ferries, Crete Island
Hellenic Seaways-Flying Cat 4 is departing from Heraklion port to Thira Santorini,passengers only no cars.This is the FASTEST ONE,it takes 1hr. and 45 mins.to reach Santorini,departs from Heraklion at 9;45 am and comes back 19;25 on the summer time.
Sea Jets- megajet is also sailing to Santorini from Heraklion but it takes 2 hrs,This is for passenger and cars.
Check website for infos.
Although I have stayed in Rethymno I have decided to take the Minoan Lines boats to reach Crete, more specifically Iraklio. I can totally reccomend the Minoan Lines as your transporter there.
I have used these ships in 2009 and they were in perfect condition. The ships looked pretty new and everything was very clean. On board there were available a cafeteria, a beer bar, a small swimming pool and many others. There was also even a small night club on board but I trully believe that place was suitable for 14-15 yrs old. Anyway, compared to the other ships I have used while travelling to Greek Islands, this was by far the best. The price I have paid in the summer of 2009 was 37 Euros/reclining seat in the Economy Class. It seemed that there was another lower class called "Discount Deck" that you could buy at 29 Euros/seat. However that place was a bit less cleaner, the seats seemed much more used and above all was full of small noisy kids. So in my case the extra 8 Euros were more than a good investment!
Electrical outlets were possible to be found in various parts of the ship and Wireless internet was also available at the spicy price of 4 Euro/hour.
Anyway all the Cretans told me that at the time I have travelled there, these ships were the best choice to go to Cete. Travel time was also pretty short (around 6-7 hours).
Between Sougia and Hora Sfakion on the south coast, there are no roads because of the mountains. The only way to get from one place to the other by driving is to go all the way up to the north coast, around the White Mountains, and then back down to the south coast again. Personally I did not mind doing this because it's a very scenic drive and I wanted to see as much of the island as possible, but if you'd prefer an easier means of travel there are ferries that go from Hora Sfakion all the way to Paleochora, with stops in between. One of the ferries even takes cars, which is great if you rented one.
It's a 9 hours trip from the port of Pireaus and if it is a warm summer night and you are in your sleeping bag under the stars on the top deck you may never want the journey to end. Or you can take a sunbath like me if you are travelling during the day. :-)
From Rodos (dodecanese islands) to Sitia there is boat three times per week.
Every Wednesday departure time 07:00.
Every Thursday and Sunday departure time 04:30.
The cost is almost 25 euro.
Notice that for the departures of Thursday and Sunday you can get into the boat if you have a cabin to sleep ( it costs more than 25 euro) earlier in the evening but its subject to confirm it with the travel agent who is going to issue the ticket. I think its possible to check in early a have a night sleep in the boat.
The itinerary operated from "Lane lines".
There is a ferry line "LANE LINES" which operates schedyle itineries from Piraeus to Sitia with stops in many ports in the way to Sitia, and at the same time the final destination is not Sitia but other ports in Dodecanese islands.
Every Monday and Friday from Piraeus to Sitia, Departure time 18:50 arrives at Sitia next day at 11:30.
The minimun charge is 30 euro, travelling on deck.
In the boat there are coffe shops restaurants tv-roomand many more things to do.
Following you can find the web , but i notice that they don t updated, so please don t trust phone numbers and time-tables, you can see there how is the boats and some infos for the destinations.
Crete has two main tourist ports at Iraklion and Hania. It is VERY important that yu check schedules to and from your destination or departure, because ferries run on irregular schedules. Many only depart or arrive on certain days of the week, and those can change with holidays. There are numerous websites devoted to the ferry comanies of Greece, and you should use them and travel agents as your guide for planning your trip.
Here are a few websites that I found immensely helpful with my Greek ferry travel:
Probably the best: http://www.ferries.gr/
From Pireaufs(Athens) port to get to Herakleio you can go fast with Minoan lines in about 6-7 hours in high-speed ships and there are brand new.Thats Knossos palace...