Commercial ferries to Santorini arrive in the port of Athinios, while only cruise ships dock in the old port of Fira. Ferries from Piraeus to Thira Santorini and back from Thira Santorini to Piraeus operate daily. Depending on the vessel and the route, the trip duration varies from 5 to 9 hours.
In summer, there are also ferries from Rafina to Santorini, which is a closer route than Piraeus. Piraeus and Rafina are the main ports that serve ferries from Athens to Santorini and ferries from Santorini to Athens. Occasionally, but not every year, there can be ferries from Santorini to Lavrion.
These routes connect Santorini to most islands of Cyclades and particularly they connect Thira Santorini to all the other islands of the Cyclades.
In summer, there are also occasional ferries to islands of Dodecanese and Crete.
From Mainland to SantoriniPiraeus & Rafina to Santorini
Lavrion to Santorini
From other islandsMykonos, Sikinos Serifos, Sifnos & Syros to Santorini
Milos, Ios, Kythnos, Paros, Naxos & Tinos to Santorini
Folegandros, Anafi, Koufonissi to Santorini
Amorgos (Katapola), Halki & Kasos to Santorini
Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (in the summer)
Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos & Karpathos to Santorini (in the summer)
About SantoriniSantorini 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.
Information and photos about the ports.