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Ferry to Santorini
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.
- How to get to there from: Athens (ports of Piraeus, Rafina), Mykonos, Crete (Heraklion), Amorgos, Ios and more islands
- What types of ferries go to Santorini
- Where to go from Santorini by ferry (nearby islands)
- Why book your ferry tickets with us
- Information about Santorini island
Information about the port
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HOW TO GET TO SANTORINI BY FERRY FROM ATHENS & THE ISLANDS?
A ferry to Santorini departs several times per day throughout the year from the ports of Athens (Piraeus and Rafina). A ticket costs '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros)- '60' 'EUR' (60 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 trip lasts for 5-9 hours.
The island is also connected to many other islands like: Mykonos, Heraklion (Crete), Naxos, Paros, Ios, Milos, Amorgos, Folegandros and many more.
Ferries operate all year round. However, during the peak season (May to September) there are multiple schedules per day that depart both in the morning and in the evening. Below you'll find some of the most popular routes.
Ferry from Athens (Piraeus, Rafina)
Ferries from Athens 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 schedule at 21.30 in the night.
• Ferries from Rafina port: Ferries from Rafina start to operate in April. There are more than two vessels from Rafina in the peak season.
• How long is the trip from Athens? The duration of the trip from Athens is 5 to 9 hours, depending on the type of ferry you’re traveling with. A high-speed or catamaran (Seajets/ Golden Star Ferries) will get you there in 5-6 hours, while a conventional boat (Blue Star Ferries/ Zante Ferries/ Aegeon Pelagos Ferries) will get you there in 8-9 hours.
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Ferry from Mykonos
Ferries from Mykonos operate during the peak season. The first ferry from Mykonos departs at 9.50 in the morning and the last at 14.50. The ticket costs '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros)- '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros) for a standard seat and the trip lasts for 2-3 hours.
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Ferry 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 '25' 'EUR' (25 Euros)- '70' 'EUR' (70 Euros).
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Ferry 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/ catamarans. Conventional boats are slower, while high-speed boats are faster. More specifically, a conventional vessel 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.
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 from to Mykonos lasts around 2 hours and a half and costs 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 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!
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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, 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 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, 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.
The best time to visit Santorini
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.
More about Santorini
Photos of Santorini
About Santorini Port
Connected ports to Thira (Santorini)
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Amorgos, Katapola - Chalki - Anafi - 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
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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