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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.

Insiders tip

Usually, the ferries to Santorini depart from gate E6 or E7. This means that having arrived at Piraeus Port, you have to go to one of the above referred gates. Piraeus Metro Station and Suburban Railway station is within walking distance from the port.

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
  • SeaJets
  • Golden Star Ferries
  • Aegeon Pelagos
  • Zante Ferries
Most of them depart around 07:00 in the morning or around 15:00 in the afternoon. During the summer months, there are more than 4 ferries per day.

How long is the ferry ride from Athens to Santorini? 

The ferry ride from Athens Piraeus port to Santorini port varies between 4.5 and 7.5 hours,  depending on the ferry type. The conventional ferries like the Blue Star ferries are slower, while on the other hand the high-speed ones, like Hellenic Sea jets are faster. 

Which type of ferry should I choose, conventional or high speed?

If you are the type of a traveller that loves to sail and relax on the deck while gazling the endless blue Aegean views, then definitely go for the conventional ferryl! In addition, if you you usually get sea sick, then the convention ferry can guarantee you a smother trip. Now, if you have time limitations, then the high speed ferry is the ideal option, as within 4,5 hours you will have reach Santorini port. 

Insiders tip

The conventional ferries are cheaper compared to the high speed catamaran.

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. 

Insiders tip

On Friday and weekends, there is about a 10% price increase on ferry tickets.

Ferry Schedule from Athens to Santorini

This is an indicative schedule of ferries getting to Santorini from Piraeus Port during summer months.

RouteDepart – ArriveFerry Company
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)07:00 – 11:50SEA JETS
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)07:25 – 14:55ZANTE FERRIES
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)07:01 – 11:55SEA JETS
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)07:01 – 12:15GOLDEN STAR FERRIES
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)07:02 – 11:55SEA JETS
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)07:25 – 14:55BLUE STAR FERRIES
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)15:30 – 21:00SEA JETS
Piraeus – Santorini (Thira)17:30 – 01:15BLUE STAR FERRIES

Ferry Schedule From Santorini to Athens

This is an indicative schedule of ferries getting to Piraeus Port from Santorini during summer months.

RouteDepart – ArriveFerry Company
Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus08:30 – 14:05SEA JETS
Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus12:15 – 17:00SEA JETS
Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus18:30 – 23:45GOLDEN STAR FERRIES
Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus12:45 – 17:20SEA JETS
Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus15:30 – 21:00BLUE STAR FERRIES
Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus15:30 – 21:00SEA JETS
Santorini (Thira) – Piraeus01:25 – 07:45BLUE 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.