How to get to Santorini
Santorini, officially named as Thira, is located in the Southern Aegean Sea, approximately 240km from Athens and about 140km from Heraklion, Crete.
To get to Santorini from Athens there are two options: either by plane or by ferry. Getting to Santorini by plane is for sure, the fastest and easiest way, though most of the times the most expensive too. On the other hand, taking the ferry from Athens to Santorini is definitely a far more interesting experience. While sailing towards Santorini from Athens, you will encounter breathtaking views of the endless blue of the Aegean Sea , as well as a quick overview of some of the Cycladic islands that the ferry stops before arriving at Santorini port.
Getting a Ferry From Athens Piraeus Port to Santorini island
The Piraeus port is located about 10km away from the city center of Athens and about 50km away from Athens International Airport. Depending on your initial location, you have several options to get to the Piraeus port.
How to get to Athens Piraeus Port from City Center?
To learn in details how to get to Athens Piraeus Port from Athens city center, check out the relevant section on Athens Destination page.
What is the best website to book online a ferry ticket?
The Ferryhopper.com is the best way to find out information about ferry schedules and book tickets online. The ferry companies that go to Santorini from Athens are the following:
- Blue Star Ferries
- Hellenic Seaways
- Golden Star Ferries
- Aegeon Pelagos
- Zante Ferries
How long is the ferry ride from Athens to Santorini?
Which type of ferry should I choose, conventional or high speed?
Which ferry company is the cheapest to reach Santorini from Athens?
The cheapest, yet the slowest ferry from Piraeus to Santorini is the Blue Star Ferries. The ticket prices start from €40.00, while the trip duration is about 8 hours. Bear in mind, that if you book well in advance, you may find early- booking offers starting from €30.00 for the conventional ferries, sometimes even find good deals for high-speed ferries, too. This option is ideal for budget travellers, big families or group of friends, or even solo travellers who backpack.
Which ferry is the fastest to reach Santorini from Athens?
The fastest ferries from Piraeus to Santorini are the catamarans, and more specifically, the Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 4.If you choose the fast ferry, you get to Santorini in about 5 hours and the cost is about 55-70 euro.
Ferry Schedule from Athens to Santorini
This is an indicative schedule of ferries getting to Santorini from Piraeus Port during summer months.
|Route||Depart – Arrive||Ferry Company|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||07:00 – 11:50||SEA JETS|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||07:25 – 14:55||ZANTE FERRIES|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||07:01 – 11:55||SEA JETS|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||07:01 – 12:15||GOLDEN STAR FERRIES|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||07:02 – 11:55||SEA JETS|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||07:25 – 14:55||BLUE STAR FERRIES|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||15:30 – 21:00||SEA JETS|
|Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)||17:30 – 01:15||BLUE STAR FERRIES|
Ferry Schedule From Santorini to Athens
This is an indicative schedule of ferries getting to Piraeus Port from Santorini during summer months.
|Route||Depart – Arrive||Ferry Company|
|Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus||08:30 – 14:05||SEA JETS|
|Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus||12:15 – 17:00||SEA JETS|
|Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus||18:30 – 23:45||GOLDEN STAR FERRIES|
|Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus||12:45 – 17:20||SEA JETS|
|Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus||15:30 – 21:00||BLUE STAR FERRIES|
|Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus||15:30 – 21:00||SEA JETS|
|Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus||01:25 – 07:45||BLUE STAR FERRIES|
Tips for booking online ferry tickets in Greece
- You can book your ferry tickets online, but if the ferry operators do not support electronic tickets, you have to get the tickets’ hard copy from the ticket kiosks at the port, beside gates E7, or at any other travel agencies located near the port or in downtown Athens.
- Remember that even if you have booked and printed your tickets, you need a barcode to board the ferry, that can be taken from the ticket booths at the port
- There is no need to book your ferry tickets in advance, especially if you choose the slow ferries. But, we highly recommend you to buy ferry tickets in advance in the case of traveling in July or August by the high-speed ferries.
- If you’re prone to seasickness then choose the slow ferry boats. Also, take with you a jacket especially, when traveling on plane-style ferries. They are usually highly air-conditioned.