FERRY ITINERARIES & ISLAND INFO
You will find below information about how to get to Santorini by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about the island, its ports and many photos.
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• Popular Itineraries • About Santorini • Port info
Regarded as one of the top holiday destinations worldwide, Santorini is simply mesmerizing.
Located in the Cyclades in Greece, it is renowned for the breathtaking views of the volcano, the caldera, the amazing sunsets and the picturesque settlements.
In brief, there are flights from Athens but an alternative way to get there is by ferry. The most popular routes are from Athens and Mykonos but the island is well connected to other ports in the Aegean: Heraklion (Crete), Naxos, Paros, Ios, Milos, Amorgos, Folegandros and many more.
POPULAR FERRY ITINERARIES
You will find below some of the most popular ferry routes:
Ferries from Athens depart from Piraeus and Rafina ports. Discover how to get to the 3 ports of Athens from the airport and Athens's center.
• From Piraeus port: The first ferry departs at 7.00 in the morning, while the last ferry departs at 00:00 at night . Some days per week there might also be a schedule at 21.30 in the night.
• From Rafina port: Ferries start to operate in April. There are more than two vessels per day from Rafina in the peak season.
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Ferries from Mykonos operate during the peak season. The first ferry departs at 9.50 in the morning and the last at 14.50. The ticket costs approximately '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros)- '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros) for a standard seat and the trip lasts for 2-3 hours.
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From Crete (Heraklion)
There are catamaran boats from Crete (Heraklion) almost every day in the peak season. The trip from Heraklion lasts for approximately 2 hours and costs approximately '25' 'EUR' (25 Euros)- '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros).
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Ferries from Naxos operate during the peak season. The first departs at 10.30 in the morning and the last at 23.10.
The ticket costs approximately '26' 'EUR' (26 Euros)- '50' 'EUR' (50 Euros) for a standard seat and the trip lasts for 1.5-2.5 hours.
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Ferries from Paros operate during the peak season.
The first ferry departs at 09.45 in the morning and the last at 23.05.
The ticket costs approximately '27' 'EUR' (27 Euros)- '53' 'EUR' (53 Euros) for a standard seat and the trip lasts for 2-5 hours.
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Ferries from Ios only operate during the peak season.
The first ferry departs at 11.10 in the morning and the last at 01.45.
The ticket costs approximately '15' 'EUR' (15 Euros)- '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros) for a standard seat and the trip lasts for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
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From Amorgos (Katapola)
There are daily high-speed ferries from Amorgos and a weekly local ferry connecting the two islands.
The ferry trip with the high-speed vessel from the port of Katapola in Amorgos to Santorini is a bit more than 1 hour and the ferry ticket costs approximately '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros).
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There is a daily high-speed ferry from Folegandros.
It departs every day at 10.55 am and arrives in Santorini 50 minutes later. The ferry ticket costs approximately '55' 'EUR' (55 Euros).
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What types of ferries travel there?
As far as traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini is concerned, there are two options: conventional ferries and high-speed/ catamarans. Conventional boats are slower, while high-speed ferries are faster. More specifically, a conventional vessel (slow ferry) will get you there in about 9 hours and a high-speed in about 5 hours. This option (Blue Star Ferries/ Zante Ferries/ Aegeon Pelagos Ferries) is the best if you’re not in a hurry and get seasick easily.
A high-speed vessel (Seajets/ Golden Star Ferries) is a better option if you want to reach your destination faster.
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INFORMATION ABOUT SANTORINI
Oia village, the most famous village of Santorini
Santorini is worthy known for its volcano and the most romantic sunset in the world.
Situated in the southern side of Cyclades, the island is visited by more than 6 million tourists every year, making it the top Greek island and one of the most favorite destinations in the world.
Also known as Thira, the history of the place is prevailed by an enormous volcanic eruption that happened at about 1,650 B.C. and had serious impact on the Mediterranean basin.
This eruption not only cut the originally round island in many pieces, giving it its present form, but also destroyed the minoan town of Akrotiri covering it in ashes and raised so high tsounami waves that they destroyed the Minoan towns in northern Crete island.
Santorini today is a volcanic complex, which apart from the known cresent island, also includes other uninhabited islets, such as Aspronisi, Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni.
One particularly stunning geographic feature of the island is the breathtaking caldera, which was formed as a result of the volcanic eruption.
With steep cliffs on three sides, this caldera provides breathtaking view of the sea and the volcano.
Inhabited since 3200 BC by the Minoans, it had a rather quiet history in the ancient times.
Its development started in the Medieval Era, when the Venetians conquered the island and made it a commercial and economical centre.
Many Castles and monasteries were built during that period as well as elegant mansions that remain well preserved till today.
Fira and Oia are the most photographed and picturesque villages.
They are built amphitheatrically on the edges of the caldera and give wonderful view of the sea and the sunset. Houses are small and white, roads are narrow and paved, while at every corner you will meet mules.
Mules were the only way of transport till 1979. To enjoy the view even more, have a coffee at the numerous cafeterias with balconies.
Beach resorts also get very popular. The busiest are Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos, as their water is clean and they have a lot of water sports clubs.
Why visit this island?
Hop on a ferry to Santorini for romantic sunsets, breathtaking views, Cycladic luxury and romantic atmosphere. A great honeymoon destination!
- Famous for its breathtaking sunsets and volcanic landscape, it is the absolute romantic Greek island.
- Receiving millions of visitors every year, it’s the most popular island destination in Greece and one of the most popular holiday destinations worldwide!
- Apart from its amazing sunset, the island is also known for its breathtaking caldera, which was formed by a volcanic eruption. Caldera actually consists of steep dramatic cliffs, offering all-encompassing views of the endless blue sea and the volcano!
- The most popular and photographed villages are Fira and Oia. They are built amphitheatrically on the edges of the caldera and offer a wonderful view of the sea and, of course, the sunset.
- The scenery here is dreamy! Houses are small and white, roads are narrow and paved, while at every corner you will meet mules transporting passengers, the traditional way. Besides, mules were the only means of transportation until 1979.
Tip: The best way to experience the amazing view is to have a coffee or a cocktail at one of the numerous roofs and balconies of the island.
Best time to visit
The best season to visit Santorini is undoubtedly the summer (June, July, August & September)! But the island is also beautiful in spring and fall!
Is the island for you?
It is for everyone! Whether you’re searching for the ideal romantic Greek island destination, or you love dramatic views, volcanic landscapes, and minimal Cycladic architecture, this island will captivate you!
The volcano, the surreal Red beach, the picturesque Ammoudi port and the ancient settlement of Akrotiri are musts!
Know what you don't know about Santorini!
- 15,000 people permanently live on the island, but millions visit it every year.
- Until 1960 only fishermen and donkeys used to live on the island, while there wasn’t electricity.
- Before named Santorini, the island was known as “Kalliste”, meaning the most beautiful one.
- According to the myth, the island emerged from the sea.
- It is famous for its Vinsato wine, a sweet wine made of the grapes of the island’s volcanic vineyards.
A hint of history
So, are you a history nerd?
Keep reading to learn (almost) everything about the history!
The island was inhabited since 3,200 B.C. and its history was rather quiet during ancient times, until around 1,650 B.C. This is when an enormous volcanic eruption occurred, with a serious impact on the Mediterranean basin. This eruption not only cut the originally round island in many pieces, creating its present form but also destroyed Akrotiri town, covering it in ashes. The eruption raised tsunami waves so high, that also destroyed the Minoan towns in northern Crete.
The island's development started in the Medieval Era, when the Venetians conquered the island, making it a commercial and economic center. Many Castles, monasteries and elegant mansions well preserved till today were built during that period. In that period many castles, monasteries and elegant mansions, well preserved till today, were built.
Today, it is a volcanic island complex, which apart from the known crescent island, also includes other uninhabited islets, such as Aspronisi, Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni.
Connections with other islands
Blue Star ferry arriving to Santorini from Naxos
Santorini is also connected with other ports and islands like Amorgos, Katapola, Astypalea, Anafi, Folegandros, Kimolos, Kos, Koufonissi, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes and more. Just check our booking engine to see all available connections.
Island hopping from Santorini
Ferry hopping from Santorini to other islands
Santorini is the perfect starting point for island hopping! Why?
Because it’s close to some of the most beautiful islands of Cyclades.
Going from Santorini to Mykonos is one of the most popular routes. A trip from to Mykonos lasts around 2 hours and a half and costs approximately between '20' 'EUR' (20 Euro) and '70' 'EUR' (70 Euro).
Going to Crete is another amazing island hopping route!
A regular ticket to Crete costs approximately between '30' 'EUR' (30 Euro) and '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) and lasts from 2 to 6 hours.
Alternative routes for island hopping are to Naxos, to Paros, to Milos and to Koufonisia.
Whatever route you choose, your island hopping experience will be an unforgettable one!
Book your ferry from Santorini to:
Mykonos | Crete | Ios | Amorgos | Naxos | Paros | Milos
ABOUT SANTORINI PORT
Map of Santorini Ferry Port
Situated 8 km from Fira, Santorini's capital town, Athinios is the main port of the island which serves all passenger ferries, commercial ships and high-speed vessels.
It is also known as the New Port of Santorini and its location below the volcanic cliffs make it one of the most beautiful ports in the Aegean.
Athinios is connected to Athens (Piraeus and Rafina Ports), Crete (Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos), as well as with many islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
A waiting area and a few cafeterias are available at the port, while you will also find a car parking area to use free of charge, as well as car rental facilities.
Due to its small size, Athinios port gets very crowded in the high-season months, during the summer.
For this reason, it is highly recommended to have your tickets in hand before going to the port, as the local travel agencies can be very busy.
In addition, because of the fact the port might be serving more than one ferries at the same time, traffic may be increased at the small road of the port and it will require extra time to arrive there.
Ferry docking at Athinios Port of Santorini
Adrress: Santorini Fira, 84700
Tel: +30 2286022239
Connected ports to Thira (Santorini)
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Amorgos, Katapola - Anafi - Chalki - Crete, Ag. Nikolaos - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Crete, Sitia - Folegandros - Ios - Karpathos, Diafani - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kea - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Kythnos - Lipsi - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Rhodes - Serifos - Sifnos - Sikinos - Skiathos - Symi, Port - Syros - Thirassia - Tilos - Tinos
Athinios port is directly connected to the town of Fira and some other western villages (Karterados, Messaria, Vothonas) by public KTEL buses.
Usually, a bus is available at the port after every ferry arrival and the trip to Fira lasts around 20 minutes (8.6 km / 5.3 miles).
You can purchase your ticket from the driver for around '2.3' 'EUR' (2.3 Euro).
To get from the port to any other location and vice versa, you will have to take another bus at the Central Bus Station in Fira.
From there, you will be able to reach Oia, Imerovigli and other popular locations on the northern side of Santorini.
Another way to reach your destination is by taxi. However, it is important to keep in mind that only 25 taxis in total are available on the island.
Getting one may be difficult, especially if you are travelling during the high season. Each taxi can transfer up to 3 people, as well as your luggage and cash is required.
Do you need a pre-order your taxi? Book your transfer with us and our driver will pick you up.
Private transfers are the most reliable way to travel between the port and any other destination in Santorini.
The biggest advantage is being able to book in advance and not having to spend time waiting at the port. Vehicles suitable for larger groups such as minivans are also available.
Alternatively, you may also opt for a car rental and have your vehicle of choice delivered at the port.
Port on Map
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