Santorini Ferry Routes & Schedules

You will find below all the needed information in order to organize your trip by ferry to Santorini:

In brief: Although Santorini has an airport and is accessible by plane, a popular way to approach the island is by ferry.
Taking the ferry to Santorini from Athens or Mykonos is the best way to get there in terms of traveling experience, as you will get to enjoy the spectacular Caldera from a sea-level view, as well as approach the Volcano itself.
The island is also connected to Mykonos, Crete and more islands.
Ferries from all destinations (except Thirasia island) arrive at the main port of Santorini, (Athinios or New Port), which lies about 8 km away from Fira, the capital town of the island.

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Santorini is located in the Aegean sea and is part of the Cyclades complex. The island’s exact location is in the south part of the Cyclades, and more specifically 127 nautical miles (236 km) from Piraeus in Athens and 80 nautical miles (about 148km) north from Heraklion in Crete. View its location on a map.

As the reigning tourist destination in Greece, it is naturally well-accessed via ferry. Various sea crossings, routes and timetables run all year long and more so during summertime.
The ferries operating on this route are either high speed or conventional vessels. It is not only connected with Athens and Crete, but with many Aegean islands as well, making it an ideal island-hopping destination.
Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Ios, Anafi, Milos, Tinos, Syros are only a few of the popular islands connected with it.

 

POPULAR FERRY ROUTES

Important notice: Santorini Ferry schedules may vary every year. The schedules for the summer season are announced by the companies and tickets are available from March. On our booking engine, you will be able to find and book all available ferries as soon as they are officially announced.

FROM ATHENS TO SANTORINI

Athens Santorini Ferry Map

Map of Athens Santorini ferry routes

Most visitors travelling from Athens to Santorini depart from Athens’ port of Piraeus (main port), situated only 12km away from the city center. There are 6 companies with both high-speed and conventional vessels operating 6 crossings daily during the summer season (May-October). During low season, the crossings are down to 2 daily.
Another way to travel there from Athens is from Rafina port, located only a short distance from Athens International Airport. During the summer season, there are 2-3 daily crossings.
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• How long is the trip?

The duration of the trip from Athens ranges between 4h20m up to a maximum of 10 hours, whereas an average time is 5h30m. This depends on a few variants: the type of vessel (conventional or high-speed), the port of departure (Piraeus or Rafina), the in-between stops to other islands and the weather conditions.

• How much is the trip?

Prices depend on the ferry type (conventional or high-speed) and the port of departure (Piraeus or Rafina). Some indicative prices are:

  • €38 for the conventional Blue Star Ferries from Piraeus with trip duration at 7hrs 45m.
  • €79.7 for the high-speed SeaJets from Piraeus and trip duration at 4hrs 50m.
  • €60 for the high-speed Golden Star Ferries from Piraeus and trip duration at 4hrs 30m.
  • €60 for the high-speed Golden Star Ferries from Rafina and trip duration at 4hrs 20m

• What ferry types are operating?

There are two types of vessels operating the route from Athens: the conventional mainly run by Blue Star company and high-speed run by SeaJets and Golden Star Ferries companies.

> Conventional ferries

The conventional type of consists of a large vessel with many indoor-outdoor spaces and a garage. If you are traveling with a dog, there is an organised kennel but depending on the vessel you can also keep your dog with you on the deck. You will find restaurants, fast food options, cafes and small shops with magazines and miscellaneous products. Air conditioning exists in all interior spaces. The trip with a conventional Blue Star Ferry is the most popular. Difficult weather conditions such as strong winds, do not affect this type of vessel a lot and it is always on time. Also, the trip is quite pleasant thanks to its size and spaces and you get to enjoy the beautiful sea views along with lunch or coffee. Lastly, a big advantage of this type is the garage option for your vehicle. For an extra fee, you can take it with you.
Types of seats: Deck/Economy, Air seats/Economy, Air seat/Business, cabins with/without a view.
Price range: €38 - €109
Vehicule: €28.5 (Moto), €91.5 (Car)
Timetable: During the summer season, there are 1-2 crossings daily for this type of vessel to/from Piraeus port and 1 to/from Rafina port.

> High-speed ferries

The high-speed vessels are smaller boats operating at greater speeds than conventional ones. There are limited outdoor spaces and passengers remain mainly in the indoor area. Only a limited number of airplane-type seats are available and just one or two coffee shops on deck for passengers.
The vessel’s interior is air-conditioned. The SeaJets (Worldchampion jet) has a garage and you may bring your vehicle from Athens, but the Seajet 2 and the Golden Star Ferries are only passenger type ferries and you cannot transfer a vehicle.
The big advantage of choosing high-speed boat is that the journey is much shorter. Keep in mind that since they are small vessels, bad weather conditions (strong winds during summer months) affect them easily and delays may occur quite often. In case you are travelling with strong winds, you might feel a bit seasick.
Types seats: Airplane seat/Economy, Airplane seat/Business and Airplane seat/Vip.
Price range: €60- €109
Vehicule price range: €27(Moto), €89 - €165 (Car)
Timetable: During the summer season, there are 3-4 crossings daily for this type of vessel to/from Piraeus port and 1-2 to/from Rafina port.

• Indicative Timetables

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  • From Piraeus Port
  • • 06:50am Golden Star (5h)
  • • 07:00am SeaJets (4h30m)
  • • 07:00am SeaJets (4h50m)
  • • 07:25am Blue Star (7h25m)
  • To Piraeus Port
  • 07:00am Blue Star (8h)
  • 11:50am Golden Star (5h30m)
  • 12:10pm SeaJets (4h50m)
  • 15:00pm SeaJets (5h40m)
  • 15:30pm Blue Star (7h45m)
  • From Rafina Port
  • 07:15am Golden Star (4h20m)
  • To Rafina Port
  • 12:05pm Golden Star (4h50m)
Read also our article: Travel from Athens to Santorini by ferry


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FROM CRETE (HERAKLION) TO SANTORINI

Athens Santorini Ferry Map

Map of Crete Heraklion Santorini ferry route

Santorini is connected to Crete (Heraklion) and is very easily accessible. Note that Heraklion in Crete also has an international airport.
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• How long is the trip?

The time from Crete (Heraklion) is from 1h50m to 5h.

• How much is the trip?

The ticket from Crete (Heraklion) costs €25- €75 depending on the type of vessel and the seat type.

• What types are operating?

Two high-speed vessels daily and a conventional one are operating this route.

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  • From Crete Heraklion
  • 08:10am Golden Star (1h50m)
  • To Crete Heraklion
  • 15:50pm Golden Star (1h50m)


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FROM MYKONOS TO SANTORINI

Athens Santorini Ferry Map

Map of Mykonos Santorini ferry route

Mykonos to Santorini is the most popular island-hopping destination. Many people arrive to Mykonos by plane as there is an international airport there also and then take the ferry to Santorini.
Note that ferries in Mykonos now only depart from the new port (Tourlos).
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• How long is the trip?

The journey between the two locations ranges from 1h40m to 3h50m, depending on the type of vessel.

• How much is the trip?

The tickets costs from €47 to €66.8.

• What types are operating?

There are many boats operating daily and connecting the 2 islands. The most popular are the high-speed vessels of Golden Star Ferries and SeaJets.

• Indicative Timetable

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  • From Mykonos
  • 08:45am Golden Star (2h55m)
  • 09:40am Golden Star (1h55m)
  • 09:50am SeaJets (1h40m)
  • 13:05pm Golden Star (2h15m)
  • To Mykonos
  • 10:15am Golden Star (2h20m)
  • 12:05pm Golden Star (1h55m)
  • 12:10pm SeaJets (1h50m)
  • 12:10pm Golden Star (3h20m)
  • 12:15pm SeaJets (3h50m)


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FROM PAROS TO SANTORINI

Athens Santorini Ferry Map

Map of Crete Heraklion Santorini ferry routes

Paros is connected with Santorini. Note that Paros also has an international airport.
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• How long is the trip?

The trip duration is from 1h50m to 4h40m depending on the vessel.

• How much is the trip?

The ticket costs €21- €45.9 depending on the vessel.

• What types are operating?

The two locations are connected with high-speed and conventional boats.

• Indicative Timetable

 

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  • From Paros
  • 09:50am Golden Star (1h50m)
  • 09:55am SeaJets (4h40m)
  • 11:45am Blue Star (3h5m)
  • To Paros
  • 07:00am Blue Star (3h15m)
  • 12:15pm Golden Star (2h10m)
  • 15:30pm Blue Star (3h15m)


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FROM NAXOS TO SANTORINI

Athens Santorini Ferry Map

Map of Naxos Santorini ferry route

Naxos is connected with Santorini by ferry. Naxos only has a national airport with domestic flights from/to Athens.
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• How long is the trip?

The trip duration is from 1h20m to 3h15m depending on the vessel.

• How much is the trip?

The ticket costs €20- €42.8 depending on the type of vessel.

• What types are operating?

The two locations are connected with high-speed and conventional boats.

• Indicative Timetable

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  • From Naxos
  • 07:00am Blue Star (3h15m)
  • 10:15am Golden Star (1h25m)
  • 12:15pm SeaJets (3h5m)
  • 15:30pm Blue Star (2h)
  • To Naxos
  • 11:50am SeaJets (2h45m)
  • 12:50pm Blue Star (2h)
  • 14:00pm Golden Star (1h20m)


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FROM OTHER ISLANDS

• Ios

One of the Cycladic islands that is very close is Ios. Ios is a beautiful place with a very different landscape from Santorini, featuring some of the most mesmerizing sandy beaches of the Aegean Sea. The ride ranges from 30 to 50 minutes and the cost is €31- €32.8, depending on the company. Ios is an ideal destination for island hopping.
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• Milos

Santorini is also connected with Milos by ferry and it is a very popular island hopping bundle. SeaJets and Golden Star Ferries are operating this route daily. The trip duration lasts from 1h50m to 2h30m, depending on the company. For more information on the timetables available please check our up to date booking engine.
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• Anafi

Anafi is a small and remote island of the Cyclades located west of Santorini. The ride to Anafi is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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• Other islands

Except from above schedules, most of the years, it is also connected with: Amorgos, Katapola - Astypalea - Chalki - Donoussa - Folegandros - Karpathos, Diafani - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kea - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Kythnos - Rhodes - Serifos - Sifnos - Sikinos - Skiathos - Symi, Port - Syros - Thirassia - Tilos - Tinos. Note that these connections may be available only in specific periods during the summer.

 

MAP OF POPULAR ROUTES

Discover the most pupular ferry connections to Santorini from Athens and islands with international and national airports.

Map of Santorini ferry connections

 

ISLAND HOPPING OPTIONS

Ferry hopping in front of the Volcano of Santorini

Ferry passing in front of the Volcano of Santorini (View from Fira)

Santorini is a super popular island and a pole of attraction for thousands of travelers every year. The port of Athinios connects with many other islands. Island-hopping is an ideal option especially if you want to discover other nearby islands with different landscapes and beautiful beaches. The most common island destinations are: Mykonos, Crete, Milos, Ios, Paros and Naxos.

 

WHERE TO GO FOR A DAY TRIP

Organizing a day trip to other islands by ferry from Santorini is not so common. Ios and Anafi are the islands that are closer but the timetables are not very convenient. Although the trip is short, there is barely any time between your arrival to the island and the departure back. If you absolutely want to make a day tour to Ios, you can opt for an organised tour & cruise with a sailing boat.

Thirasia, the twin sister islet just opposite, is a good day tour option. You can book an organised tour or check for available boat and itineraries.

 

TRAVEL TIPS

Santorini ferry arriving at Athinios Port

Blue Star ferry arriving at the Port of Santorini

Travel tips to organize your ferry trip to Santorini:

  • • If you are travelling there for the first time, it is strongly recommended to take the ferry. The view when entering the Caldera and facing the Volcano is an unforgettable experience.
  • • If you are travelling to/from the island during high season (June to mid-September), it is strongly recommended to book your tickets early in advance (4 months ahead of your visit). Popular routes like these sell out quickly.
  • • Although high-speed vessels go faster, they get affected by the strong winds (meltemia) that blow in the Aegean sea during summer. This causes schedule delays and seasickness to many passengers. A conventional vessel like Blue Star Ferries, is bigger in size and hardly ever gets affected by the winds.
  • • If you visit the island from Athens (Piraeus) during the high season, make sure you arrive at the port at least 1 hour prior to your departure. The port gets busy and crowded. Also, when you are leaving the island, keep in mind that Athinios port is small but with thousands of travellers embarking or disembarking, it gets significantly crowded.
 

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F.A.Q.

Ferry docking at Athinios port

Ferry at the port of Santorini

• Where is the port of Santorini?

The port where all ferries arrive at and depart is called Athinios (or New Port) and is located on the southwest side of the island, 9km from the capital Fira and 19km from Oia village.
The port is not part of a town but a small-scale settlement with few shops and amenities. It is considered the busiest port of the Cyclades because it is small, with numerous vessels docking there and transferring thousands of passengers. If you are visiting during the high season be prepared for crowds and traffic.

• How to get from the port to the villages/hotels?

It is strongly recommended to have organised your transportation to your lodging in advance or, ideally, to have rented a car/moto or requested a shuttle bus to your hotel.
At the Port, you will find the Bus station (KTEL Buses) that connects Athinios port with the capital town, Fira. The bus from Athinios will take you to Fira bus station and from there you will need to take another bus if you want to move to another village (Oia, Perissa, Kamari and more). The buses are mainly used by younger people and backpackers and get quickly crowded.
Right next to the buses, you will find the taxi station. Due to the limited number of taxis on the island and the high demand, it is very difficult to find any available on the port when the ferry arrives or departs. To avoid all the hassle, it is strongly recommended to book your transfer in advance with Greeka.

• How to get from the airport to the port?

The airport is 9.3km away from the Port. There is a shuttle bus from the airport to the port that costs €15 per person. There is also a taxi station outside the terminal building from where you can take a taxi.

• What is better? Flying or ferrying to Santorini

Although flying is a timesaver, the most common way to visit the island is via ferry. The views that you will encounter as you approach this amazing island are terrific and can not be witnessed from elsewhere. The Caldera with the whitewashed villages on the top as well as the islets of the volcano (Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni) are magnificent and a warm welcome to your visit.
Moreover, the whole experience of traveling by ferry across the Aegean, enjoying the sea views and passing by other islands, seeing ports and lighthouses is really enjoyable as it resembles a cruise and a fascinating introduction to your summer holidays!

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