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Ferry tickets to Santorini

How to travel with a ferry from Athens to Santorini

Ferries from Athens to Santorini and Santorini to Athens operate daily throughout the year. Commercial ferries to Santorini arrive at the port of Athinios, while only cruise ships dock at the old port of Fira. Depending on the vessel and the route, the duration of the trip to Santorini varies from 5 (speed ferry to Santorini) to 9 hours (conventional ferry to Santorini).

Piraeus and Rafina are the main ports that serve ferries from Athens to Santorini and Santorini to Athens. During the summer, apart from ferries from Piraeus to Santorini, there are also ferries from Rafina to Santorini, which is a closer route than the Piraeus one. Occasionally, but not every year, there can be ferries from Santorini to Lavrion.

These routes connect Santorini to most Cyclades islands and particularly they connect Thira Santorini to all the other islands of the Cyclades.

In summer, there are also occasional ferries from Santorini to Crete and islands of Dodecanese.

Ferry tickets from Athens to Santorini cost between '20' 'EUR' (20 Euro) and '76' 'EUR' (76 Euro). The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Santorini is to book in advance your ferry tickets, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Santorini to Athens. 


About Santorini

 

Santorini is worthy known for its volcanic feature 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. There is daily ferry from Athens to Santorini and in high season ferry schedules are very frequent.

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 town of Akrotiri on Santorini covering it in ashes and raised so high tsounami waves that destroyed the Minoan towns in northern Crete.

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 Greece 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 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 transporting passengers in the traditional way. After all, 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. To reach the island, there is daily ferry from Athens to Santorini and ferry from Santorini to Athens.

Island Hopping to Santorini

 

Santorini is the perfect starting point for island hopping, as it is 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 will cost from '30' 'EUR' (30 Euro) to '67' 'EUR' (67 Euro).
Going from Santorini to Crete is another option. A ferry from Santorini to Crete will cost from '39' 'EUR' (39 Euro) to '69' 'EUR' (69 Euro) and lasts from 1 hour and a half, to 3 hours.
Other beautiful routes for island hopping from Santorini are from Santorini to Naxos, from Santorini to Paros, from Santorini to Milos and from Santorini to Koufonisia

Photos of Santorini

About Santorini Port

Connected ports to Thira (Santorini)

Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Amorgos, Katapola - Anafi - Astypalea - Chalki - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Crete, Sitia - Donoussa - Folegandros - Ios - Karpathos, Diafani - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kea - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Kythnos - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Rhodes - Serifos - Sifnos - Sikinos - Skiathos - Symi, Port - Syros - Thirassia - Tinos

Port description

The top island of Greece and among the most famous destinations in the world, the port of Santorini is well connected with Piraeus, Rafina, Heraklion Crete, many islands of Cyclades and Dodecanese. The commercial port of Santorini is Athinios, about 7 km from the capital Fira.

Directions

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 generally the northern side of Santorini. There are also many taxis in the island.

Photos of Santorini port

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