Planning is the key to traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini like a pro! Keep reading to discover the best ferry routes from Athens to Santorini, availability, ferry schedules, connections, travel tips, prices and many more. Here we go!
Going to Santorini by ferry is simple! Ferries from Athens to Santorini operate daily throughout the year.
The ports that serve the itinerary from Athens to Santorini and back are Piraeus and Rafina.
A ferry ticket to Santorini costs '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) - '60' 'EUR' (60 Euros) for a standard seat. There’s also the option of booking a business class seat (approximately '90' 'EUR' (90 Euros) euros) and a cabin (approximately '120' 'EUR' (120 Euros)).
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What are the ferry routes from Athens to Santorini?
Ferries from Athens 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.
• The first ferry from Piraeus departs at 7.00 in the morning, while the last ferry departs at 17.30 in the afternoon. Note: Some days per week there might also be a ferry at 21.30 in the night.
• Ferries from Rafina to Santorini start to operate in April. There are more than two ferries from Rafina to Santorini in the peak season.
Indicative Ferry Routes from Athens to Santorini (Piraeus & Rafina ports)*
Multiple times per day
€35.00 - €150.00
€20.00 - €126.00
€60.00 - €80.00
€60.00 - €75.00
€48.50 - €109.50
€35.50 - €79.00
€36.50 - €45.00
What types of ferries travel from Athens to Santorini?
When it comes to traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini, 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.
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.
Discover more info on our blog: Traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini
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 euros for a deck seat.
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