Heraklion (Crete) Santorini

You can get from Crete to Santorini by ferry or plane. Below you can find some additional information to help you choose the way of traveling that is best for you.

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By Ferry

Crete Heraklion and Santorini are connected via regular ferry crossings by Minoan Lines, Anek Lines, and SeaJets from mid-April to mid-October. This is one of the most popular ferry routes in Greece along with the route from Athens to Santorini. There is also a connection during the winter time two times per week by a regular ferry operated by Aegeon Pelagos of Anek Lines.
There usually are two ferry routes per day. Depending on whether you pick a conventional or a high-speed vessel, the journey can last from 2 to 6 hours.
Ferry ticket prices are between 79€ and 95.7€ and you can book them online in advance.
Keep in mind that only the port of Heraklion is regularly connected to Santorini. There is also a connection between the ports of Rethymnon and Sitia. You will have to take a bus to/from any other area in Crete.
Use our online engine to book your ferry tickets from Crete to Santorini.

Pros of getting from Crete to Santorini by ferry: Ferries are the cheapest way to get from one destination to the other most of the time, and even though slow ferry journeys are long, it is possible to book a cabin as well.

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• How long is the duration of the trip?

The time from Crete (Heraklion) can last from 1h50m to 6h.

• How much do the tickets cost?

A one-way ticket from Crete (Heraklion) costs €79 - €95.70 depending on the vessel and the seat type.

• What types of vessels are operating?

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

• Indicative Timetable

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  • From Crete Heraklion
  • 08:00 Seajets (1h50m)
  • 09:00 Minoan Lines (2h)
  • To Crete Heraklion
  • 15:45 Minoan Lines (1h50m)
  • 16:00 Seajets (1h50m)

Note: Ferry companies announce their official timetables in February or March.

Discover other popular ferry routes to Santorini.


By Plane

Although there are no direct flights connecting Crete to Santorini, it is possible to fly from the airport of Heraklion or Chania to Santorini and vice versa with one stop at Athens International Airport.
The companies which operate this route are Sky Express, Aegean Airlines, and Olympic Air and the ticket prices are not fixed, which means the earlier you book your flight, the more money you can save, especially if you are planning to travel during the high season.

Scheduled Flights

Pros of getting from Crete to Santorini by flight:
Getting to Crete from Santorini and vice versa can be quite convenient, especially when you have to choose between a slow ferry and a flight with a short layover.


Island hopping packages

If you would like to combine your trip to Crete with some time in the Cyclades, you can also opt for an organized holiday package. Many options are available, including Crete, Santorini, and other lovely destinations!


Illustrated map

Map of how to get from Crete to Santorini