CRETE ISLAND - FERRIES WITHIN CRETE
Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, Lane Lines and other large Greek ferry companies have itineraries that include multiple stops within Crete. There are also many smaller ferry services, especially on the south coast, that are convenient for getting around in Crete for daytrips or to explore the beautiful inaccessible little coastal villages of Kriti. When getting around in Crete by ferry, remember that the sea has the final word on all ferry and boat departures and scheduled departures may be cancelled due to weather conditions.
From the small town of Sfakia, also known as Chora Sfakion, in the south of Chania prefecture, ferries link to the beautiful coastal villages of Loutro, Agia Roumeli, Sougia, and Paleohora and the beach at Elafonisi. Sfakia can be reached by bus from Chania.
Getting to and from Gavdos Island by ferry
This fascinating island is the most southerly point of Europe today, and is accessible in busy season by ferries. Remember in winter services will be greatly reduced, and by law fishermen are not allowed to take you. Ferries travel between the island and Paleohora, Sougia and Sfakia.
Getting to and from Agia Roumeli by ferry
This tiny village lies on the south coast of Crete very close to Samaria Gorge. Many visitors walk from the top of the gorge at Omalos and finish their walk at Agia Roumeli, at the beach. Many wish to return to Chania or Rethymnon in one day. To return, take the ferry east to Loutro & Sfakia or west to Sougia & Paleohora and take a local bus back to Chania or Rethymnon.
Getting to and from Loutro by ferry
This whitewashed village is a 15 minute ferry ride from Sfakia, on the south coast of Crete. Its charm is that it may only be accessed by foot or by boat. Ferries cross between the Sfakia and Paleohora regularly in busy season. Taxi ferries can also take you from Sfakia to Loutro.
Getting to and from Sougia by ferry
It is possible to get the bus between Chania and Sougia, and to walk the beautiful Agia Irini Gorge from the north, and ferries pass here to both Paleohora in the west and to Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia to the east. Ferries also leave Sougia less frequently for Gavdos Island.
Getting to and from Paleohora by ferry
It is possible to reach Paleohora by bus, however if you want to include it in your ferry-hopping on the south coast, it is a great idea. Ferry connections are available from Sfakia, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, Sougia and Gavdos Island.
Getting to and from Elafonisi by boat
In busy season boats run daily between Paleohora and Elafonisi.
Getting to and from Chrissi Island by boat
From the southern coastal town of Ierapetra in eastern Crete, boats leave for the island of Chrissi Island also called Donkey Island 7 miles to the south. Known for its white sand and patches of pine and cyprus, this uninhabited island is a protected area and you can only visit during the day. Boats do travel there for a day visit, and tavernas are open in peak season. Private boat charters are also available.
Getting to and from Spinalonga Island by boat
From both Agios Nikolaos and Elounda, boats take day trips to Spinalonga to explore the ruins and the ex-leper colony. These cruises take in the views of the beautiful Mirabello Bay.