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 view of the caldera, the amazing sunsets over the endless blue and the picturesque settlements, this is a unique experience.
You will find below information about how to get to Santorini by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Santorini and its ports, with many photos.
A ferry to Santorini departs several times per day throughout the year from the ports of Athens (Piraeus and Rafina). A ferry ticket to Santorini costs '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros)- '76' 'EUR' (76 Euros) for a standard seat. There’s also the option of booking a business class seat ('90' 'EUR' (90 Euros)) and a cabin ('120' 'EUR' (120 Euros)). The ferry trip to Santorini lasts for 5-9 hours.
The island of Santorini is also connected by ferry to many other islands: Mykonos, Heraklion (Crete), Naxos, Paros, Ios, Milos, Amorgos, Folegandros and many more.
Ferry Schedules to Santorini
Ferries to Santorini operate all year round. However, during the peak season (May to September) there are multiple ferries per day that depart both in the morning and in the evening. Below you'll find some of the most popular routes to Santorini.
Ferry to Santorini from Athens
Ferries from Athens to Santorini depart from Piraeus and Rafina ports in Athens. Discover how to get to the 3 ports of Athens from the airport and Athens's center.
Ferries from Piraeus port: The first ferry from Piraeus departs at 7.00 in the morning, while the last ferry departs at 17.30 in the afternoon. Some days per week there might also be a ferry at 21.30 in the night.
Ferries from Rafina port: Ferries from Rafina to Santorini start to operate in April. There are more than two ferries from Rafina to Santorini in the peak season.
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Santorini? The duration of the trip from Athens to Santorini is 5 to 9 hours, depending on the type of ferry you’re traveling with. A high-speed or catamaran ferry (Seajets/ Golden Star Ferries) will get you to Santorini is 5-6 hours, while a conventional ferry (Blue Star Ferries/ Zante Ferries/ Aegeon Pelagos Ferries) will get you to Santorini in 8-9 hours. Read more about Athens - Santorini route.
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Ferry to Santorini from Mykonos
Ferries from Mykonos to Santorini operate during the peak season. The first ferry from Mykonos to Santorini departs at 9.50 in the morning and the last at 18.35. The ferry ticket from Mykonos to Santorini costs '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros)- '80' 'EUR' (80 Euros) for a standard seat and the ferry trip lasts for 2-3 hours. Read more about Mykonos - Santorini route.
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Ferry to Santorini from Crete (Heraklion)
There are catamaran ferries from Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini almost every day in the peak season. The ferry trip from Heraklion to Santorini lasts for approximately 2 hours and costs '30' 'EUR' (30 Euros)- '45' 'EUR' (45 Euros).
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Ferry to Santorini from other islands
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.
What types of ferries travel to/from Santorini?
As far as traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini is concerned, there are two options: conventional ferries and high-speed/ catamaran ferries. Conventional ferries are slower, while high-speed ferries are faster. More specifically, a conventional ferry will get you to Santorini in about 9 hours and a high-speed ferry in about 5 hours. A conventional ferry (Blue Star Ferries/ Zante Ferries/ Aegeon Pelagos Ferries) is a better option if you’re not in a hurry and get seasick easily. A high-speed ferry (Seajets/ Golden Star Ferries) is a better option if you want to reach your destination faster.
Island hopping from Santorini
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 with a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos lasts around 2 hours and a half and costs between '20' 'EUR' (20 Euro) and '70' 'EUR' (70 Euro).
Going from Santorini to Crete is another amazing island hopping route!
A regular ferry ticket from Santorini to Crete costs between '30' 'EUR' (30 Euro) and '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) and lasts from 2 to 6 hours.
Alternative routes for Santorini island hopping are from Santorini to Naxos, from Santorini to Paros, from Santorini to Milos and from Santorini to Koufonisia.
Whatever route you choose, your island hopping experience will be an unforgettable one!
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Santorini is the perfect starting point for island-hopping. In the summer, there are ferries from Santorini to Mykonos and the rest of the Cyclades islands, to Crete and the Dodecanese islands.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Santorini is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Santorini to Athens.
- Conventional ferries make 20-30-minute stops to Cycladic islands like Ios, Paros, Naxos, and Mykonos. These stops are a perfect chance for mini photo shooting sessions on every island!
- If you want to travel on a budget, choose the Blue Star Ferries company. Early bird tickets cost as little as '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) for a deck seat.
- To avoid last-minute delays and inconveniences regarding your transfer, the best option is to pre-book your transfers online. This way, you won't have to worry about who is going to pick you up from the port or how to get around the island!
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INFORMATION ABOUT SANTORINI
Santorini is worthy known for its volcano and the most romantic sunset in the world. Situated in the southern side of Cyclades, Santorini 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 Santorini 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, Santorini 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 of Santorini. 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 on Santorini till 1979. To enjoy the view even more, have a coffee at the numerous cafeterias with balconies.
Beach resorts on Santorini island 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 Santorini?
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, Santorini 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, Santorini 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 of Santorini 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 in Santorini 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 in Santorini until 1979.
Tip: The best way to experience the amazing view of Santorini is to have a coffee or a cocktail at one of the numerous roofs and balconies of the island.
The best season to visit Santorini
The best season to visit Santorini is undoubtedly the summer! But the island is also beautiful in spring and fall!
Is Santorini for you?
Santorini 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, Santorini will captivate you!
Sightseeing in Santorini
The volcano, the surreal Red beach, the picturesque Ammoudi port and the ancient settlement of Akrotiri are musts!
Facts about Santorini
Know what you don't know about Santorini!
- 15,000 people permanently live in Santorini, 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, Santorini emerged from the sea.
- Santorini 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 of Santorini!
Santorini 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 in Santorini, covering it in ashes. The eruption raised tsunami waves so high, that also destroyed the Minoan towns in northern Crete.
Santorini’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, Santorini 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.
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About Santorini Port
Connected ports to Thira (Santorini)
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Amorgos, Katapola - Astypalea - Chalki - Anafi - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Crete, Sitia - Donoussa - 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
The port of Santorini (Athinios) is well connected with Piraeus, Rafina, Crete (Heraklion), as well as with many islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese. The commercial port of Santorini is Athinios, about 7 km from Fira, the island's capital. Athinios is a very small port that gets very crowded during the summer months. You need to have your tickets in hand before going to the port as the local travel agencies can be very busy. Also, you need to predict an extra time when you arrive or leave the port as there might be traffic on the road. Sometimes, several ferries arrive at the same time and the road to the port is very small for the number of people arriving on the island.
Athinios is connected by bus to Fira and the beaches on the southern side of the island. Via Fira, Athinios is connected by bus to Oia, Imerovigli and the northern side of Santorini. There are also many taxis on the island, which you can use for your transfers.
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