World Champion Jet arriving with the caldera in the background, arriving in Santorini from Athens

Ferry Athens - Santorini

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In brief, going from Athens to Santorini by ferry is simple! Ferries operate daily throughout the year.
The ports of Athens that serve the itinerary and back are Piraeus and Rafina. Piraeus is close to Athens' center while Rafina is close to the airport.
A ticket costs '48' 'EUR' (48 Euros) - '90' 'EUR' (90 Euros) for a standard seat. There’s also the option of booking a business class seat (approximately '90' 'EUR' (90 Euros)) and a cabin (approximately '150' 'EUR' (150 Euros)).
Both conventional and high-speed ferries with different ticket prices are available.
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Available ferries

Santorini Palace by Minoan Lines arriving in Santorini

Santorini Palace arriving at Athinios port, from Athens

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Ferries from Athens 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 boat from Piraeus departs at 07:00, while the last one departs at 20:30.
• Ferries from Rafina start to operate in April and end in September.

Indicative Ferry Routes from Piraeus & Rafina ports*

Schedules frequency Multiple times per day
First boat 07:00
Last boat 17:30
Average duration 07h32m
*Based on data from 2021-2022


Duration 08h15m
Price €58.00 - €164.00
Duration 06h45m
Price €73.00 - €93.00
Duration 06h05m
Price €65.00 - €90.00
Company SEA JETS
Duration 05h00m
Price €84.70 - €138.70
Duration 07h00m
Price €35.50 - €79.00
Duration 13h30m
Price €48.00 - €125.00


Duration 06h10m
Price €81.00 - €100.00

Types of ferries operating

Blue Star Delos passing in front of the caldera

Blue Star Delos on its way to Athinios port

For the ferry route Athens-Santorini, two types of vessels are available: conventional passenger ferries, which are the cheapest option, and high-speed ferries, which are the fastest way to reach your destination. Conventional ferries are usually bigger and can carry more cars and motorbikes. High-speed boats offer numbered seats and have smaller garages.
A conventional boat will get you there in about 8 hours and a high-speed boat in about 5 hours. A conventional boat (Blue Star / Zante) is a better option if you’re not in a hurry. A high-speed boat (Seajets/ Golden Star/Minoan/Fast Ferries) is a better option if you want to reach your destination faster.

View our video presentation with some of the ferries operating between Athens and Santorini.


Distance & Duration of the trip


The distance between Piraeus port and Santorini is 125 nautical miles (134 miles or 231 kilometers).
The duration of the trip from Athens is 5 to 9.5 hours, depending on the type of ferry you’re traveling with.
A high-speed or catamaran boat (Seajets/ Golden Star / Minoan/ Fast Ferries) will get you there in 5-6 hours, while a conventional ferry (Blue Star / Zante) will get you there in 7-9.5 hours.
The quickest ferry is World Champion Jet by Seajets.


Prices & Tickets


The prices for ferry tickets are between '48' 'EUR' (48 Euros) and '164' 'EUR' (164 Euros).
Standard tickets cost up to '89.7' 'EUR' (89.7 Euros) depending on the vessel type, while business-class ticket prices are '80.5' 'EUR' (80.5 Euros) - '120' 'EUR' (120 Euros). The most expensive tickets are in VIP class in speed boats or if a cabin is included in conventional boats.
Passengers can also benefit from the discounts offered by most ferry companies. With the relevant documents, you will be able to get a 50% discount if you belong to one of the following categories: ISIC cardholders and children up to 10. Babies and toddlers travel for free with many companies.

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Types of seats

Seats in the World Champion Jet

Seats in the World Champion Jet by Seajets

Most vessels offer various types of seats to choose from for different prices.
Generally, keep in mind that economy lounge seats or standard seats are the most affordable option, while the most expensive tickets are in VIP class in speed boats or if a cabin is included in conventional boats.
Standard seats in conventional boats are not numbered, which means that you will have to be on board early enough to catch one. You will also not be able to leave your seat unsupervised.
Airplane seats are the cheapest kind of numbered seats. They can be found in separate lounges that are smaller but guarantee that you will be able to keep a comfortable seat during the whole trip.
VIP or business seats are the most expensive ones. They allow you to spend your trip comfortably in the ship's luxury lounge.


How to find your ferry in the ports of Athens (Piraeus & Rafina)

Aerial view of the port of Piraeus, near Athens

Piraeus Port, the closest port to Athens' center

Athens has two ports serving Santorini.
In Piraeus port, Gates E6, E7, E9 and E10 serve ferries that depart to Santorini among other Cycladic islands. The gate of departure will be indicated on your ferry ticket (printed or electronic).
Rafina port is much smaller and doesn’t boast any gate. You will be able to see your vessel easily.
Don't get lost! Get our Piraeus port map and Rafina port map.

As for Santorini, Athinios port serves all passenger ferries. The port is located 8 km from Fira, the capital of the island. Find more info, photos, and a map of Athinios port.

In any case, make sure to arrive at the port at least 1 hour in advance since there is a lot of traffic. Especially if you are traveling in high season, keep in mind that both in Athens and in Santorini, you will encounter traffic congestion around the port and you should make sure you get there on time.
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Luggage storage in the World Champion Jet

Luggage storage in the World Champion Jet by Seajets

Ferries are very flexible in terms of luggage policies.
There is no check-in and you are responsible to carry them on board and place them in the luggage room or carry them with you.
Keep in mind that the holder of a full ticket is allowed to carry luggage up to 40 kilos or 1 cubic meter free of charge.
As for luggage storage, you have two options: you can either keep your belongings next to you on the ship or use its luggage room.
It is recommended to keep your personal items onboard and use the luggage room for your suitcases.


Traveling with a car

Car garage in one of the ferries

Vehicle garage in the ferries

For cars and motorbikes, an additional vehicle ticket is required, which does not include the driver’s ticket. You will also have to get to the port 60'-90' earlier to have enough time to get on board and park.
Keep in mind that high-speed vessels have a limited capacity in their garage and they tend to get fully booked.
For safety reasons you cannot enter the garage during the trip.


Alternative ways to reach Santorini


Mykonos island also has an international airport, so it is possible to fly there directly from abroad and then get from Mykonos to Santorini by ferry.
Alternatively, you can fly directly from Athens International Airport to the national airports of Naxos, Paros or Milos and then take a ferry to Santorini from there.


About Santorini

The village of Oia in Santorini and its famous views and churches

Oia village

Santorini is the most popular island in Greece, visited by millions of people every year. We have created a mini guide for Santorini, which features the best things to see & do on the island.

Where to go next?


The most popular destination after Santorini is Mykonos. Discover the best ferries operating the Santorini - Mykonos ferry route.
Other popular destinations are Naxos, Paros and Heraklion (Crete).


Illustrated Map


View the different routes on our illustrated map.

Map of the ferry route from Athens to Santorini

Photos of ferry vessels

Ferry Athens - Santorini


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