The high-speed ferry Santorini Palace of Minoan Lines leaving the port of Athinios in Santorini for Heraklion in Crete

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In brief, traveling from Santorini to Heraklion (Crete) is both easy and fast!
- Itineraries between the two islands start around late March and are available until October.
- The trip duration starts from less than 2 hours but can reach 6 hours and 20 minutes.
- Tickets can cost from '16' 'EUR' (16 Euros) to '95.7' 'EUR' (95.7 Euros) for a standard seat, depending on the company and type of vessel.

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Available ferries

The high-speed ferry Power Jet of Seajets leaving the port of Santorini for Heraklion in Crete

The ferry Power Jet leaving Santorini

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Overall, itineraries start in late March and stop in October.
At least 2 routes from Santorini to Heraklion are scheduled daily during the high season.
The first ferry departs from Santorini at 14:55, 15:15, or 16:00 (that depends on the day) and the last one at 17:35, but once a week a Blue Star conventional ferry leaves at 01:00.

Indicative Ferry Routes from Santorini to Crete (Heraklion)*

Schedules frequency Multiple times per day
First ferry 14:55
Last ferry 17:35
Average duration 02h20m
*Based on data from 2022-2023


PRICE €16.00 - €84.00
PRICE €80.00 - €100.00
PRICE €78.00 - €129.70

Types of ferries

The high-speed ferry Santorini Palace of Minoan Lines in the port of Santorini

The ferry Santorini Palace in the port of Santorini

Both high-speed/catamaran vessels and conventional ferries travel from Santorini to Heraklion.
High-speed ferries are smaller and, consequently, faster.
Conventional ferries
are larger and slower, yet offer cheaper tickets.


Distance & Duration of the trip


The distance between Santorini and Heraklion is 63 nautical miles (72 miles or 120 kilometers).
The duration of the ferry trip is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes for high-speed/catamaran vessels. On the other hand, conventional ferries need about 3 hours to reach Heraklion.
The fastest ferry is Power Jet by Seajets.


Prices & Tickets


Ticket prices range from '16' 'EUR' (16 Euros) to '129.7' 'EUR' (129.7 Euros).
If you choose to travel with a conventional ferry, you can book a ticket for as little as '16' 'EUR' (16 Euros). Regarding high-speed ferries, a one-way ticket starts from '78' 'EUR' (78 Euros) . Business class/VIP seats can cost from '100' 'EUR' (100 Euros) to '129.7' 'EUR' (129.7 Euros).
Ferry companies usually offer discounts (25% to 50%) to some categories of passengers. Groups who are eligible for reduced-priced tickets include passengers with disabilities, ISIC cardholders, families with 3+ children, infants and children up to 10 years old. In order to get a discount, individuals have to show the relevant documents.

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Types of seats

Seats in the ferry Thunder of Fast Ferries

Seats in the Thunder of Fast Ferries

High-speed vessels offer two types of seats; standard airline seats and business-VIP seats. Both types correspond to numbered seats, so after booking your ticket, you will have a specific seat reserved for you. Standard airline seats are cheaper, while business seats are more deluxe.
Conventional ferries offer an extra type of seat - the standard economy seat. Holders of such tickets can either sit on the deck or in one of the special lounges within the ferry. This type of seat is highly preferred since it is the most affordable option. However, these seats are not numbered, so even after booking a ticket, you do not secure a specific seat on the vessel. To find a comfortable place to sit during the crossing, it is recommended to board the ferry as early as possible.


How to find your ferry in the port of Santorini (Athinios)


Athinios Port is located on the west side of the island, around 10 km from Fira, the capital town of Santorini. It is a relatively small port that welcomes all passenger ferries that arrive at the island.
Find more info, photos, and a map of Athinios Port.

The port of Heraklion is located in Heraklion Town. All passenger ferries arrive at the western part of the port (Piers I & II).

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Greek ferry companies do not have strict luggage policies. More particularly, each ticketholder is allowed to carry up to 40 kg or 0.5 cubic meters of luggage.
Every ship has a designated area for passengers' bulky objects. Alternatively, you can keep your luggage next to you on board.
We recommend taking your personal items ( i.e., wallet, mobile phone, keys, etc.) on board and leaving bulky suitcases in the designated area.


Traveling with a car


Most ferries have a garage, allowing you to take your car or motorbike with you to Heraklion, after purchasing a special ticket for your vehicle.
Remember that you have to be at the port at least 60 minutes before the ferry departure.
After parking in the garage, the crew will ask you to exit your vehicle. For as long as the crossing lasts, you will not be allowed to enter the garage area.
Note: Many car rental companies do not allow customers to ferry their vehicles. We recommend avoiding purchasing a vehicle ticket before contacting your car rental company.


Alternative ways to reach Heraklion


Heraklion and Santorini boast an international airport each. However, there are no direct flights between the two destinations.
Nonetheless, many direct flights to the International Airport of Mykonos are available from several cities abroad during summer. Thus, you can fly to Mykonos and then take a ferry to Heraklion. Ferry itineraries between Mykonos and Heraklion are frequent, with 2 ferries departing from Tourlos (the New Port of Mykonos) every day during the high season.
Another option is to take a flight to the International Airport of Athens and then board a ferry to Heraklion from Athens-Piraeus.
Alternatively, you can book a second flight and fly directly to Heraklion from Athens International Airport.


About Heraklion

The venetian port of Heraklion town

The Venetian Port of Heraklion Town

Heraklion is the largest city in Crete. It houses the central services and is the commercial center of the island, with the largest port and airport. The impressive archaeological site of Knossos is just a-15-minute drive from the port. We have gathered the best things to see & do in the area in a mini-guide for Heraklion.

Where to go next?


After discovering the beauties and points of interest of Heraklion, consider visiting one of the most famous islands of Greece - Mykonos. The queen of parties combines entertainment and luxurious hotels with seductive beaches and Cycladic architecture, enchanting its guests. There is a direct Santorini - Mykonos ferry route.
If Mykonos is too much for your tastes, Paros and Naxos are ideal alternatives, as they are lively islands with nightlife options but not as intense as Mykonos’. If you are looking for a completely peaceful and relaxed environment, consider the colorful Milos or the classy Syros.


Illustrated Map


View the different routes on our illustrated map.

Map of the ferry route from Santorini to Crete Heraklion

Ferry Santorini-Crete (Heraklio)


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