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a VirtualTourist member from Victoria

Ios Island

Crete to Ios transportation?

Hi everyone. We're going to be in Greece for a month May 2006. In our excitement over booking hotels, we forgot to make sure we could travel between our chosen islands and are having trouble connecting buses and ferries.

1. Has anyone travelled in may ( may 18th for us)from Crete to Ios? I found a KTEL bus to take us to Heraklion for 8am, then a Blue star ferry 8:15am to Piraeus, and later to Ios to arrive at 1:05am on the 19th. I'm worried about having only 15 minutes in Heraklion before the ferry leaves... is this possible to do? How much in advance do we need to be at the ferry terminal? Is there a better, more direct option? I'd be grateful for any advice on this!!

4 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from London

I have, sort of, done this journey but we went via Santorini where there were far more ferries - we went to Santorini from Crete (daily ferries) and tehn from Santorini to Ios (we didn't need to go to Piraeus at all) . So we didn't have the anxiety of meeting tight ferry connection (and yours do sound tight). We also had the benefit of seeing santorini, which is always a bonus. That was some time ago so you would need to research current connections.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Crete Island

There is travel agancy in Heraklion "Paleologos travel ag." they run all boat departures from crete and they know very well what are the plans of the shiping companies. Call them!
tel: +30-2810-346185

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from United Kingdom

You need to go to Heraklion then a ferry to Ios, which is roughly 4x/week Hellenic Seaways. You will need to check while on Crete for the correct days.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Victoria

you've been very helpful, thanx!! we switched our hotel for one day to one in Heraklion, and are lucky the ferry will travel on the day we need! thanks again!

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