Want to know all the pro tips for traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini?
Then, you’re reading the right text!
Traveling to Santorini is a dream coming true for many. But, it can also become complicated, if you don’t know all the tips that will make your trip smooth.
Well, we’re here to offer our help!
Stay with us and we’ll make you the master of traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini.
The best part?
Traveling by ferry from Athens to Santorini will be a piece of cake for you, after reading this!
Well, this might be a rhetorical question. This is because there is a bunch of reasons why Santorini is in the bucket list of many people!
Its volcanic landscape, its romantic sunsets, and its breathtaking views are just some of them. Not to mention the amphitheatrically built villages of Oia and Fira. Pure perfection!
You might actually need to pinch yourself to know that you are not dreaming!
One of the best things in Santorini is its houses! They are small and white, built according to Cycladic architecture, making a contrast with the blue surrounding.
Tip: The best way to enjoy the breathtaking view of Santorini is to have a coffee or a drink at one of the many balconies around the island.
On a ferry from Athens to Santorini
Wondering if getting from Athens to Santorini is easy?
Of course, it is!
There are more than 4 ferries daily, from Athens to Santorini. Well, this is not a surprise, as Santorini is such a popular destination.
As for the price, a ferry from Athens to Santorini costs around 20 € to 70 €. What’s more, it will take you to Santorini in 5 to 8 hours, depending on its type (regular or high speed).
Ferries to Santorini depart both from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina, in Athens. You can choose which one serves you better, depending on ferry routes from every port.
As for the ferry companies traveling to Santorini, Blue Star Ferries, SeaJets, Hellenic Seaways, and Golden Star ferries are the main ones.
But let’s see the itineraries they serve in detail!
Blue Star Ferries
Blue Star Ferries is one of the leading ferry companies in Greece. It serves itineraries from Athens to Cyclades islands and the Dodecanese islands.
Blue Star ferries have a morning route to Santorini all year round. This may be a lifesaver for you if you’re planning to travel to Santorini off-season!
The ferry departs from Piraeus Port at 7.25 and arrives at Santorini, 7 and a half hours later, at 14.55. It may also make stops to Paros, Naxos, and Ios, before reaching Santorini.
Preferring to travel in the evening?
You’re lucky, cause there is an option for you! Blue Star Ferries has an evening route to Santorini 3-4 times per week that will get you to Santorini after midnight.
Hellenic Seaways is one of the major ferry companies in the field of Merchant Marine. Its ferries travel to most of the islands of the Aegean Sea, making fast and regular itineraries.
Every year, during the months with the most touristic traffic (April-September), Hellenic Seaways serves daily routes to Santorini.
A high-speed ferry departs almost every morning from Athens at 7.05 and arrives at Santorini 5 and a half hours later, at 12.35. Sometimes, there is an afternoon ferry from Piraeus Port, too. This ferry departs at 16.30 and arrives at Santorini almost 8 hours later, at 00.15.
Every morning, at 7.01 a Seajets Catamaran departs from Piraeus port and reaches Santorini port, within almost 5 hours, at 11.55. There is also an afternoon route at 16.15 from Athens, which arrives at Santorini at 22.05.
Golden Star Ferries
Are you planning to travel to Santorini from Rafina port in Athens?
Then, Golden Star Ferries company is the ideal option for you!
Golden Star Ferries has a daily ferry to Santorini, departing every morning at 7.50 and arriving at Santorini at 17.45. This is a good way to travel to Santorini from Rafina on a budget, as the ferry ticket costs 35 €. Some days per week, there is also a second ferry from Rafina at 7.20 in the morning, which arrives at Santorini at 12.55.
How to book your ferry tickets from Athens to Santorini
Greek ferries, in general, aren’t usually overbooked. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
Especially July and August are the months when ferries are more likely to be overbooked. That’s why we recommend you pre-book your ferry tickets online.
After booking your ferry tickets online, you’ll have to pick them up from a specific spot. Pick up points vary, depending on the ferry company you’re traveling with.
An even more convenient option is to have them delivered to you. Therefore, you’ll get straight into your ferry, without having to wait to get your ticket.
Easier, isn’t it?
An alternative is to buy your ferry tickets at a travel agency. You can simply walk into a travel agency during your stay in Athens, ask for information about the routes and select the one that serves you.
Getting from airport to port
So, you’ve just arrived at the Athens airport and planning to get to the port.
We know what you’re thinking.
You better avoid unnecessary delays and hop on your ferry in time, right?
We’re on the same team here! That’s why we present you with all the possible options to get from the airport to the port smoothly.
If you’re planning to go from Athens airport to Piraeus port by taxi, it will take you about an hour. As for the price, you’ll pay 50 € to 60 €.
Otherwise, if you’re traveling to Santorini from Rafina, the distance from the airport to Rafina is about 15 minutes. Expect to pay something between 25 € and 35 €.
Taking a bus to Piraeus port is a much cheaper option. This is because the bus ticket will cost you just 6 €!
Bus service from Athens airport to the Piraeus port is provided 24/7 all year round, including holidays. The bus serving the itinerary to the Piraeus port is X96. It will get you to Piraeus in about 90 minutes.
You can buy bus tickets at the info/ticket kiosks, which you’ll find between Exits 4 and 5 at the airport. What’s more, the X96 bus has frequent routes, leaving every 30 minutes from the airport.
Is your ferry leaving from Rafina port?
Then taking a bus from the airport to Rafina is a good option. The bus to Rafina is leaving from a bus stop between Exit 2 and Exit 3 of the airport. The routes are frequent, as the bus departs from the airport approximately every one hour from 6.00 until 21.45. The best part is the bus ticket costs only 3 € and you can buy it from the bus driver.
As for the distance, it will take around 30 minutes to arrive at Rafina Port.
Getting from downtown Athens to port
Are you in downtown Athens, enjoying some sightseeing before your island trip?
No worries! Getting to Piraeus port from downtown Athens is quite simple.
Getting to Piraeus port from downtown Athens using the metro (Line 1) is the easiest thing!
Taking the metro from Monastiraki Metro station, at Monastiraki Square or from Omonoia Metro Station, at Omonoia Square, will get you to Piraeus in 20-30 minutes. As for metro tickets, they cost 1.40 €.
Metro is open from 5.30 in the morning, till midnight. Plus, it has frequent routes every 5-10 minutes.
Arriving at Santorini Port
Traveling by ferry to Santorini means you’ll arrive at Athinios, the new port of Santorini in Thira. Buses from the port will take you to Fira and all the villages of Santorini. Bus schedules are set depending on the arriving times and departing times of the ferries.
An alternative to getting to your hotel is by taxi. There are many taxis in Santorini and at the port, so you won’t have a hard time finding one. Taxi rates are set every year, depending on the destination and the touristic season.
Tip: The best option to get to your hotel fast, in the most convenient way possible, is to book your transfer. This way, you won’t have to worry about finding a taxi!
So, it all adds up to this: Getting a ferry to the magical Santorini island is just the beginning of the adventure!
With all the info you have in hand now, it should be one of the easiest trips of your life.
So, book your ferry tickets to Santorini and prepare to live your best holidays ever!