Ferry from Athens to Santorini

Ferry from Athens to Santorini

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Planning is the key to traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini by ferry (from Piraeus or Rafina ports) like a pro! Keep reading to discover the best routes from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina, availability, schedules, connections, travel tips, prices and many more. Here we go!

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In brief, going 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 '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 '110' 'EUR' (110 Euros)).
Both conventional and high-speed ferries with different ticket prices are available.
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Available Companies

Blue Star Delos to Santorini

Blue Star Delos at Piraeus getting ready to go to Santorini

Disclaimer: The information provided below is based on previous years' data. To find the exact routes for your dates, please refer to our booking engine.
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 boat from Piraeus departs at 7.00 in the morning, while the last one departs at 00.00.
Some days per week there might also be a boat at 21.30 in the night.
• Ferries from Rafina start to operate in April. There are more than two departures per day during the peak season.

Indicative Ferry Routes from Piraeus & Rafina ports*

Schedules frequency Multiple times per day
Earliest boat 07:00
Latest boat 12:00
Average duration 06h32m
*Based on data from 2021-2022


Duration 08h10m
Price €35.00 - €150.00
Duration 05h40m
Price €20.00 - €126.00
Duration 05h00m
Price €60.00 - €80.00
Company SEA JETS
Duration 05h00m
Price €48.50 - €109.50
Duration 07h00m
Price €35.50 - €79.00
Duration 10h00m
Price €36.50 - €45.00


Duration 04h55m
Price €60.00 - €75.00

Types of ferries operating

Ferries in the port of Santorini

Conventional and high-speed ferries in the Port in Santorini

For the 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 Santorini. Conventional ferries are usually bigger and can carry more cars and motorbikes. High-speed vessels offer mostly business-type seats.
A conventional boat will get you there in about 9 hours and a high-speed boat in about 5 hours. A conventional boat (Blue Star / Zante / Aegeon Pelagos) is a better option if you’re not in a hurry and get seasick easily. A high-speed boat (Seajets/ Golden Star) is a better option if you want to reach your destination faster.


Distance & Duration of the trip


The distance between Piraeus port and Santorini is 125 nautical miles (134 miles or 231 kilometres).
The duration of the trip from Athens to Santorini is 4 to 10 hours, depending on the type of ferry you’re traveling with.
A high-speed or catamaran boat (Seajets/ Golden Star) will get you to Santorini in 4-5 hours, while a conventional ferry (Blue Star / Zante / Aegeon Pelagos) will get you there in 8-10 hours.
The quickest ferry is World Champion Jet by Seajets.




The prices for ferry tickets to Santorini are between '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) - '110' 'EUR' (110 Euros).
Standard tickets cost up to '60' 'EUR' (60 Euros) depending on the vessel type, while business-class ticket prices are '60' 'EUR' (60 Euros) - '90' 'EUR' (90 Euros). The most expensive tickets are for overnight ships, when a cabin is included.
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 card holders, children up to 10, families with 3+ members, disabled passengers and their carers. Babies and toddlers travel for free with many companies.


Types of seats


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 tickets are those that include a cabin for overnight trips.
Standard seats are not numbered, which means that you will have to be onboard 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.




Ferries are very flexible in terms of luggage policies.
There is no check-in or a limit related to weight/number of suitcases per person.
As for luggage storage, you will have two options: you can either keep your belongings next to you on the ship or use its luggage room.
It is generally recommended to keep your personal items onboard and to use the luggage room only for suitcases.


Traveling to Santorini with a car


For cars and motorbikes, an additional vehicle ticket is required.
You will also have to get to the port 60'-90' earlier to have enough time to get onboard and park.
If you are eligible for a discount for your personal ticket, a car ticket discount may also be provided.
Keep in mind that high-speed vessels have a limited capacity for cars.
You cannot enter the garage during the trip.


How to find your ferry


The port of Santorini can be reached by car or public bus from other locations of the island.
The ports of Athens (Piraeus or Rafina) can be approached by car, taxi, bus or railway. It is possible to get there both from the city center and from Athens International Airport.

In Piraeus Port, Gates E6, E7, E9 and E10 serve ferries that depart to Santorini among other Cycladic islands. The gate number for your departure will be indicated on your ticket. It is important to get to the port at least 1 hour before your departure, since the port is big and the area can get very congested.

Unlike the port of Piraeus, the port of Rafina has no gates. You will find 13 launch ramps for conventional passenger ferries and 2 for high-speed vessels.


Altenative ways to reach Santorini


Mykonos island 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.


Illustrated Map

Map of the Athens Santorini Ferry Route

Athens Santorini Ferry Route

Route on Google map


Ferry from Athens to Santorini


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