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There are many ways to reach Santorini by ferry! There are ferries from Athens to Santorini but also from many other islands in the Aegean Sea.
Santorini is the most popular island in Greece and there are frequent daily ferry connections between Athens ports (Piraeus) and Santorini (or Thira). In the summer, apart from Piraeus, there are also ferries to Santorini from the other 2 ports of Athens: Rafina and sometimes from Lavrion. Other popular ferry routes to Santorini are from Mykonos, from Heraklion (Crete), from Naxos, from Paros, from Ios, and from Milos.
Taking the ferry to Santorini is the best way to get to the island in terms of traveling experience, as you’ll get to see the breathtaking Santorini caldera from the sea and get very close to the volcano.
Ferries arrive at the main port of the island, Santorini port (Athinios), which lies about 8 km away from Fira.
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A ferry from Athens to Santorini departs from Piraeus, the main port of Athens, daily and frequently. During the peak season (May to September) there are multiple ferries per day. The first ferry departs from Piraeus at 7.00 in the morning, while the last ferry departs at 17.30 in the afternoon. A night in Athens might be more convenient. Some days per week, a ferry departs at 21.30 in the night and arrive in Santorini in the morning.
The ferry trip to Santorini lasts for 5-9 hours depending of the vessel and the price of the ferry ticket is 20-80 euros for standard seats, approximately 90 euros for business class seats and 120 euros for a cabin.
In summer, there are also daily ferries from Rafina port, the closest port to Athens Airport. The ferry trip from Rafina to Santorini lasts for about 5 hours. Note that ferries from Rafina to Santorini start to operate in April and there are 2 ferries per day. Rafina can be reached easily bu public bus from Athens airport.
Both conventional ferries and high-speed/ catamaran ferries travel to Santorini island. A conventional ferry (slower) makes about 9 hours to reach Santorini from Piraeus while and a high-speed ferry (faster) make it in about 5 hours. We recommend travelers to use a conventional ferry than a fast one for the reason that the Agean sea can be windy and conventional boats are less affected by high winds while high-speed ferries (Seajets) can get delayed.
Read our article: Athens to Santorini by ferry (Schedules, Availabilities, Travel tips)
There are ferries from Mykonos to Santorini only during the summer season, from March to October. The Ferries depart from Mykonos New Port at the Tourlos area. The ticket costs 40-80 euros for a standard seat and the trip is made both by conventional ferries and high-speed/catamaran ferries. The trip last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the vessel. The first ferry from Mykonos to Santorini departs at 9.50 in the morning and the last at 18.35 in the afternoon.
Santorini island is connected by ferry to the port of Heraklion in Crete but the ferries operates only between April and October. A ferry ticket from Santorini to Heraklio costs 30-50 euros for a standard seat and the trip is made both by conventional ferries and high-speed/catamaran ferries. The trip last between 2 to 6 hours, depending on the vessel.
Except for Athens' ports, Mykonos and Crete, there are also ferries to Santorini from: Amorgos, Katapola - Astypalea - Chalki - Anafi - Donoussa - Folegandros - Ios - Karpathos, Diafani - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kea - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Kythnos - Milos - Naxos - Paros - Rhodes - Serifos - Sifnos - Sikinos - Skiathos - Symi, Port - Syros - Thirassia - Tilos - Tinos. Note that these ferry connections may be available only in specific periods during the summer.
For information about the connected islands, visit our travel guides to Greece and the Greek islands.
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