Flights from Crete to Athens in 2019

Flight information Crete to Athens International

Cheapest roundtrip price last month


Non-stop airlines


Flights per week


Average flight time, total distance 178 miles

0h 50min

Most popular airline last month

Olympic Air

Athens International

1 airport

Explore Athens

Athens Hotels

Flights from Crete to Athens: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Quickest Way to Get from Crete to Athens?

Crete is an island south of the Greece mainland, which you can access by a ferry or airplane. Flying is the quickest way to get from Crete to Athens, and the trip will take about 55 minutes, whereas riding on the ferry through the Mediterranean Sea takes about five hours.

Do I Need a Passport to Travel from Crete to Athens?

Greece is a country that participates in the Schengen Agreement, so you will need to bring a valid passport with an expiration date of at least six months after your date of entry into the country. However, you do not need a visa to travel from Crete to Athens as long is your stay is less than 90 days.

What Currency is Used in Crete and Athens?

Crete and Athens are both on the Euro system and you can exchange your U.S Dollars at many of the local banks or the currency exchange centers. You will typically get around 0.88 Euro for every U.S. Dollar exchanged. You can also use your Visa or Mastercard credit cards in Crete and Athens if you do not want to carry cash around.

Can I Fly Direct to Athens International Airport?

Yes! From Heraklion Airport (HER), you can fly directly from Crete to Athens with Ellinair and Germania on select days of the week. Olympic Air offers daily service to Athens from Chania Airport (CHQ). You can also catch a flight on Ryanair from Chania Airport every day of the week except for Saturday.

What is the Cheapest Month to Fly from Crete to Athens?

April, May, and September are all close competitors for cheap month airline tickets; you can snag a ticket for less than $40 when you plan ahead and book your flight reservation early.

Cheap Flight & Ticket Information from Crete to Athens

Average Flight Time 55 min
Departure Airport Heraklion International Airport
Destination Airport Athens International Airport
Direct Airline Aegean Airlines, Ellinair, Olympic Air, Sky Express, Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines, Volotea
Minimum Round-Trip Ticket Price* $52


Cheap Flights from Crete to Athens


Flight Frequency

Average Flight Price*

Ticket Search


7 days a week




7 days a week



Sky Express

7 days a week



Olympic Air

7 days a week



*Round Trip flight prices were found at time of posting and are subject to change. Be sure to do a flight search to check most recent prices.

Flying from Crete to Athens

Modern passenger jets following the flight route from Crete to Athens International Airport aren’t as poetic as the flaming chariot the Greek sun god Apollo drove across the sky, but they’re definitely more comfortable. And if you absolutely have to leave this magical Mediterranean island, Skyscanner’s flight search engine can make the parting just a bit easier with some magic of its own.

The flight route to Athens International covers just 166 miles from Chania or 192 miles from Heraklion and lasts an average of 55 minutes. It takes you from pink sand beaches, secluded mountain gorges and sleepy farming villages to the bustle and traffic of sprawling metropolis where modern civilization began.

Flights from Crete to Athens

Airport and Airline Options in Crete

Four airlines flying out of Crete’s Heraklion and Chania Airports offer direct flights to Athens International:

Heraklion Airport (HER): Ellinair flies to Athens on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sunday during the summer leisure season. Germania flies on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.

Located about 5 miles outside of the city it’s named for, Heraklion Airport is Greece’s second-busiest after Athens International. All its passenger flights depart from and arrive at a single terminal.

Check-in begins 2 hours before your scheduled departure.

Chania Airport (CHQ): Olympic Air offers daily flights, and Ryanair flies every day but Saturday. The airport -- about 9 miles and a 20-minute drive from the city of Chania – handles both military and commercial traffic. All passenger flights arrive and depart from a single terminal.

Check-in time at Chania opens 60 minutes before your scheduled departure.

Arriving in Athens

Regardless of which airline you choose, you’ll enter Athens International through the Arrivals level of the main terminal. It also has Departure and Food Court levels and 144 check-in desks.

Because you’re arriving from Crete and not crossing a national border, you won’t need to have your passport checked. You can go directly to the baggage claim, where 11 belt conveyors make quick work of reuniting you and your stuff. Olympic Air flies into the main terminal.

The satellite terminal also has an Arrival and Departure level. An underground tunnel with moving walkways connects it to the main terminal and baggage claim. Ryanair flies into the satellite terminal.

Time Zone and Climate

Like Crete, Athens lies in the Eastern European Time Zone. The city and island also share similar weather, and it’s normally pleasant enough that most of Athens’ restaurants are outdoor ones. Eating out, however, is cheaper in Crete, where a 3-course meal for 2 at a moderately priced restaurant runs about 21 percent less than it would in Athens.

Taxi fares are structured throughout Greece, and taxi drivers in the cities are required to run their meters. Taxi fare from the Heraklion Airport to the city center costs 20 Euros (about $22), Getting from Athens International to Athens city center runs about 38 Euros, or $42.

Skyscanner App User Reviews

Rated by Chris Newell on October 13, 2017

My go to for price comparisons, easy to use and almost always the cheapest prices.

Rated by Jim Patrick on Septembet 05, 2017

Fantastic app - easy to use for comparing flight prices.

Rated by Britny Krisanda on January 5, 2018

So easy to navigate, and saves you do much time and money. Never looking for flights any other way.

Rated by Weresti K on November 12, 2017

Very useful for comparing prices and planning your flights.. especially if you're a budget traveller.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.