The island of Santorini is the most popular holiday destination in Greece, located in the southernmost part of the Aegean Sea. It is famous for its submerged volcano and the picturesque villages built right on the edge of the caldera. Not to miss in Santorini are the beaches with clear waters and the romantic sunset. Taking the ferry is a very usual way to get there, especially if you want to combine travel with a ferry ride in the Aegean Sea.
Ferries to Santorini from Athens
A very common way to travel to Santorini is by ferry. All year long, there are daily ferries, catamarans and high-speed boats departing from Piraeus, the main port of Athens. During the summer season, ferries to Santorini also operate from the ports of Rafina and Lavrion, two other ports in Attica.
Both the ticket price and the travel time depend on the type of boat you will select. Travel time from Athens to Santorini with standard ferry is approximately 8-10 hours and with a high speed boat it is 4-5 hours. Therefore traveling with high speed will save you a lot of time. The most popular ferry companies that serve ferries to Santorini are Blue Star Ferries, Sea Jets and Hellenic Seaways.
Visitors can easily book tickets to Santorini online, as almost all Greek ferry companies sell their tickets on the web. Ferry schedules for summer are usually announced in January-February. Passengers are advised to book at least 2-3 months before their trip because ferry tickets to popular islands like Santorini may run out, especially if you travel in high season.
From Santorini to other Cycladic islands
Santorini is also connected by ferry with many other islands in the Cyclades, such as Naxos, Paros, Mykonos and Milos. Especially the ferry from Santorini to Mykonos is very popular as these are the two top islands in Greece. Travel time from Santorini to Mykonos is about 3 hours with high speed ferry.
From Santorini to Crete and Dodecanese
In summer season, there are ferries that connect Santorini with popular Dodecanese islands, such as Kos and Rhodes. Travel time from Santorini to Rhodes is approximately 9 hours. There are also ferries from Santorini to Crete, specifically the port of Heraklion, which is only 3 hours away by high speed ferry.
Port of Santorini
All ferries arrive and depart from Athinios, the main port of Santorini. Athinios is located 9 km from the capital of the island, Fira. It is connected by bus and taxi to Fira and the most tourist places on Santorini, such as Perissa, Kamari and Oia. Also note that many hotels offer pick-ups directly from the port.