Ferries from Athens to Santorini (and return)

by Cristina on May 15, 2014

by Cristina | May 15th, 2014  


The Santorini to Athens schedule is available at the bottom of the article.

For the majority of budget travelers, the ferries are the best way to travel between Athens and any island, at an affordable price (economy class ticket). If you have enough time on your hands and low the company of other fellow travelers, a ferry is the best way to get from Athens to Santorini .

>>read more about Getting from Athens to Santorini: a flight or a ferry ride away?

Port of Piraeus

The Port of Piraeus (or Pireas*) is large and can be a little confusing, especially without a map (download and print a map from the Ministry of Mercantile Marine page ). Make sure to allow plenty of time to find the gate and the ferry.

All ferries to Santorini (Eastern Cyclades) depart from Port Gate Ε7. This gate is both for passengers and vehicles.

>>more information on Getting from Athens to Piraeus

Santorini or Thira?

When you look up the ferries between two cities, you are actually looking for ferries between two ports. While for the majority of islands, you’ll find the port name exactly the same of the island’s name, you are in for a surprise when you look for Santorini.

In the on-line booking systems and on official schedules, look for Thira (Santorini). The port code is ATI.

How long does it take to get from Athens to Santorini?

The journey between the Athens (Piraeus) and Santorini (Thira) is between 5 and 8 hours, depending on the type of ferry you are taking.

Is there a high speed ferry between Athens and Santorini?

Yes, during the summer season. The Flying Dolphins (high speed ferries) also connect Santorini to other islands, such Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes and Paros.

How much does it cost to get from Athens to Santorini by ferry?

The price depends on the type of ferry and class you choose. .

On a high speed ferry operated by Sea Jets, expect to pay €61.50 (per person, one way). On the slow ferry operated by Blue Star Ferries, the single fare is €37.50 (if you don’t travel with a car) for an economy seat. On the Aegeon Pelagos ferry , also fast, an economy seat starts at €36 (per person, one way)

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Santorini during the low season?

In 2014, the following ferries connect Athens to Santorini during the low season (May- early June):

Tue, Thu, Sat , 7 a.m. until May 17
Daily 7 a.m, May 20 to Jun 5
Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun, 7 a.m., May 30-Jun 23
Daily, 7:25 a.m. until May 17
Wed, Sat, 7:25 a.m., May 21-Jun 6
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, sun 7:25 a.m., May 18 – Jun 5
Tue, Thu, Sun, 6 p.m. until Oct 16
Fri 6 p.m., until May 30

How many ferries per day depart from Athens to Santorini during the high season?

The following ferries link the two ports only during the high season 2014 (mid-June to Sept/Oct):

Tue, Sun 7 a.m., Jun 21 – Sep 6
Mon, Wed, 7 a.m., Jun 23 – Sep 3
Thu, 7 a.m., Jun 26, Jul 3, Jul 10, Jul 17, Jul 24, Jul 31-Aug 14, Aug 21, Aug 28, Sep 4, Sep 18
Fri, 7 a.m., Jun 20-Jun 27, Jul 4-Sep 5
Daily 7 a.m, Jun 6 – Jun 19, Jun 25 – Jul 18, Jul 19 – Sep 14, Sep 8-Sep 17, Sep 19- Sep 29
Sun, 7 a.m., Jun 22 – Jun 29, Jul 6 – Sep 7
Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun, 7 a.m., May 30-Jun 23, Jun 30- Sep 6, Sep 15-Sep 29
Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:15 a.m., Jun 16-Jun 28, Sep 30-Oct 18
Fri 7:15 a.m., Jul 4-Sep 5
Sun 7:15 a.m., Jun 22-Jun 29, Jul 6 – Sep 6
Mon-Thu, Sat 7:15 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 6
Wed 7:20 a.m., Jul 2-Jul 23
Daily 7:25 a.m, Jun 6-Sep 14
Sat 7:25 a.m., until Jun 28
Tue 7:25 a.m., Jun 10
Fri 7:25 a.m., Jun 6, Jun 13, Jul 7 – Aug 22
Sat 7:25 a.m., Jun 7, Aug 30-Sep 27
Wed, Sat 7:25 a.m., Sep 17-Oct 29
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 7:25 a.m., Sept 15-Oct 31
Tue 7:30 a.m., Jun 10
Mon, Thu 7:30 a.m., Sep 8 – Sep 25
Sat 7:30 a.m., Sep 13- Sep 27
Sat 11 a.m., Jul 26- Aug 9
Sat 2 p.m., Aug 16-Aug 30
Mon 2:55 p.m., Jun 30 – Aug 18, Aug 25-Sep 29
Wed 2:55 p.m., until Jun 25, Jul 30- Aug 20, Aug 27-Sep 24
Mon 2:55 p.m., until Jun 2, Jun 16-Jun 23, Jun 30-Aug 18, Aug 25-Sep 29
Fri 4:30 p.m., Sep 12, Sep 19 – Sep 26
Sun 5:15 p.m., Jul 6- Sep 7
Sat 5:30 p.m., Jun 7, Sep 13 – Oct 25
Tue, Thu, Sun 6 p.m., until Oct 16
Mon 6 p.m., Jun 16-Sep 8
Fri 6 p.m., Jun 6, Sep 19 –Oct 31 (not officially approved yet)
Fri 6 p.m., Jun 13-Sep 12
Tue 6 p.m., Jun 3-Jun 10, Jun 13- Sep 12
Tue 9 p.m., Sep 16-Oct 28 (not officially approved yet)

Are there any overnight journeys between Athens and Santorini?

Yes, there are.

Where can I buy tickets from?

Tickets can be bought directly from here as early as two months prior to departure. Your travel agent (or any travel agency) can book ferry tickets for you as well but the same restrictions apply. However, your local travel agent will have to buy via a Greek Travel Agent so you are better off booking directly from a reliable source yourself.

You can always buy the tickets directly from the Port of Piraeus in Athens. If you are looking for an economy class ticket you don’t need to worry about booking in advance – except during the weekends in the middle of the high season.

The ticketing office is located at the Port Gate Ε1.

Does everyone charge the same prices?

If you buy directly from the port the price might be a little lower than if you buy online. But the difference is not significant.

How about the ferries between Santorini and Athens?

As for getting back from Santorini to Athens (Piraeus), during the high season 2014 there are the following connections:

Fri 00:30 a.m., Jun 20- Sep 12
Mon 00:40 a.m., Jun 16- Sep 15
Mon 00:40 a.m., Sep 22- Oct 27 (not officially approved yet)
Tue, Thu, Sat 01:25 a.m., until Oct 18
Sun 7 a.m., Jun 15-Sep 29, Aug 31 – Sep 28, Sep 14 – Oct 26
Thu 7 a.m., until Jun 26, Jul 31- Aug 21, Aug 28 – Sep 25
Tue 7 a.m., Jun 17- Jun 24, Jul 1- Aug 19, Aug 26-Sep 30
Sun 7:15 a.m., Jul 27 – Aug 10
Sun 11:50 a.m., Jul 6- Sep 7
Mon, Thu-Sat 12 p.m. (noon), Jun 16- Jun 28
Sun 12 p.m. (noon), Jul 6 – Sep 7
Mon-Thu, Sat, 12:15 p.m., Jun 30 – Sep 6
Fri 12:15 p.m. Jul 4 – Sep 5
Sun 12:50 p.m., Jun 22-Jun 29
Daily 12:50 p.m., Jun 6- Jun 19, Sep 8 – Sep 17, Sep 19 – Sep 29
Mon, Thu 1:30 p.m., Sep 8 – Sep 25
Sat 1:30 p.m, Sep 13
Daily 2:30 p.m., Jun 25- Jul 1, Jul 2-Jul 18, Jul 19- Sep 14
Mon, Wed, Fri-Sat 2:30 p.m., Sep 15- Sep 29
Daily 3:30 p.m., Jun 6 – Sep 14
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 3:30 p.m., Sep 15 – Oct 31
Wed, Sat 3:30 p.m., Sep 17 – Oct 29
Sun 5 p.m., Jun 22 – Jun 29, Sep 14, Sep 21- Sep 28
Tue , Thu, Sat 5:30 p.m., Sep 30 – Oct 18
Wed 5:50 p.m., Jul 2- Jul 23
Thu 6 p.m., Jun 26, Jul 10, Jul 24, Aug 21, Jul 31 – Aug 14, Aug 28, Sep 4, Sep 18
Fri 6 p.m., Jun 20-Jun 27, Jul 4 – Aug 22, Jul 4 – Sep 5
Tue, Sat 6 p.m., Jun 21- Sep 6
Mon, Wed 6 p.m., Jun 23 – Sep 3
Thu 6 p.m., Jul 3, Jul 17, Jul 21 – Aug 14
Thu 8:30 p.m., Sep 18 – Oct 30 (not officially approved yet)
Sun 9:55 p.m., Jul 6- Sep 7
Sat 10 p.m., Aug 16- Aug 30
Fri 10:30 p.m., Sep 19 – Sep 26

During the low season 2014, the following connections are available between Santorini and Athens (Piraeus):

Mon 00:40 a.m., until Jun 2,
Mon 00:40 a.m, Jun 9 ((not officially approved yet)
Tue, Thu, Sat 1:25 a.m., until Oct 18
Sun 7 a.m., until Jun 1, Jun 8
Tue 7 a.m., until Jun 3
Thu 7 a.m., until Jun 26
Mon 10:00 a.m., Jun 9
Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun 2:30 p.m., May 30 – Jun 23
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun, 3:30 p.m.,May 18-Jun 5
Daily 3:30 p.m., until May 17
Wed, Sat, 3:30 p.m., May 21- Jun 4
Fri 5p.m., Jun 6,
Mon 5 p.m., Jun 9
Tue 5 p.m., Jun 10
Sun 5 p.m., Jun 15
Tue, Thu, Sat 5:30 p.m., until May 17
Daily 5:45 p.m., May 20 – Jun 5
Tue 7:45 p.m., Jun 10
Thu 8:30 p.m., until May 22, Jun 5- Jun 12

Important note:

The ferry schedules available on line are not very accurate or reliable. This happens because ferry companies submit their schedule to the Ministry of Merchant Marine weekly so the info you see today online might not be accurate next month.

The weekly ferry schedule comes out each Friday in the Athens News (newspaper in English) so make sure to get your hands on a copy as soon as you get to Athens.

Read more about:

>>Ferries in Greece
>>Ferries from Athens: How to deal with the Port of Piraeus
>>Ferries from Athens to Mykonos
>>Ferries from Rafina to Mykonos
>>Ferries from Athens to Rhodes
>>Ferries from Athens to Crete
>>Ferries from Athens to Hydra
>>Ferries from Athens to Aegina
>>Ferries from Athens to Patmos
>>Ferries from Athens to Karpathos
>>Ferries from Mykonos to Syros
>>Ferries from Santorini to Crete
>> Ferries from Santorini to Mykonos
>> Ferries from Santorini to Naxos
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skopelos
>> Ferries from Corfu to Patras
>> Ferries from Rhodes to Kos
>>Ferries to and from Santorini
>> Ferries from Athens to Paros
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Crete
>> Ferries from Santorini to Karpathos
>>Ferries from Thessaloniki to Lesvos
>> Ferries to and from Mykonos
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Paros (and return)
>> Ferries from Crete to Gavdos
>> Ferries from Santorini to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Santorini to Paros
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Ios
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Tinos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Rhodes
>> Ferries from Athens to Naxos
>> Ferries from Athens to Thessaloniki
>> Ferries from Santorini to Syros
>> Ferries from Kavala to Thassos
>> Ferries from Alonissos to Skiathos
>> Ferries from Athens to Lesvos (Lesbos)
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Kos
>> Ferries from Thessaloniki to Chios

* Pireas and Piraeus are exactly the same place, but you can find them spelled in both ways. All road signs though point to Pireas.
**The article was first published in 2009; latest schedule and price update was made as of May 2014.

{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

saty April 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

We are travelling on June 2 from Athens to Santorini. Would like to whether high speed Cat that takes 5- hrs is better or slow big boat that takes 8 hrs is better? I am told that Cat can make you sea-sick.

Cristina April 24, 2013 at 3:45 am

@Saty: you were told correctly, Cat can make you sea-sick. So I’d stick to the slower boat if you know you’ve had problems before (or have motion sickness in buses)

Novi September 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

Dear Reservations,

I am planning go santorini on 10 Nov from Athen, i will be leaving 14 Nov.
I have checked there all shops and restaurant during end of Nov on Santorini.
Really wish to go Santorini and island hoping during that peroiod of time.
Any idea if ferries still operating during that period of time? cause i have checked there are some hotels are still bookable.

Look forward for your reply. Thank you.

Warmest regards,


Cristina September 2, 2013 at 3:12 am

First of all, we are not a reservation website. Click the banner at the top of the article to get to the reservation link.
Regarding hotels, just use the widget on the website to search for a place to stay.
As for the ferries, there aren’t any ferries from Piraeus to Thira in November. There is a ferry which stops working on October 31st. Are you flexible to change the travel time to October? Otherwise, just hop on a plane from Athens to Santorini.

Jean Hay September 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Please reply today. We arrive in Athens airport at 10am on Thursday September 26th. Please advise –(1) What is the next ferry that we could get to Santorini based on travel time to the port? (2) Is there an overnight ferry? (3) What are the departure times from Pereas? Thanks.

Cristina September 25, 2013 at 4:01 am

there are four ferries from Athens to Santorini on the 26th but only one leaves after you arrive. So the one at 6 p.m. would be your best bet. It arrives in Santorini at 00:35 the next day.

Ticket starts at 37.50 euros / person in economy class.

nicu m November 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hy !
I’d like to know if the ferries transports cars , not only persons,if in 7 November it is a ferribot from Athens to Santorini , and if it is possible ,how much does it cost?Thank you.

Cristina November 4, 2013 at 9:21 am

On Nov 7 there is a ferry at 7:25 a.m. departing Piraeus for Santorini. It is a car & passenger ferry. Economy ticket starts 37.50 euros.

Teddy Panagiotopoulos July 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

Hi we are 5 travelers from either Athens to Santorini or rafina to Santorini r/t
May 14th to May 21st 2015 Thursday to Thursday
Are ferries running on Thursdays and returning on Thursday during the low season
We did not want to make reservations till we checked with you
Thank you Teddt

lynnette January 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

hi there,
my friend n i are planning to travel to Athen this coming november, and would like to visit Santorini as well, but while doing so research online, I get a bit confused and hope u could help to clarify. some website said there is no ferry operating from athen to santorini but some say yes. may i know if there is really no ferry in November.?

YUEN February 24, 2015 at 4:55 am

We six persons are planning to visit Greence around 14 May 2015. According to the above information, there are overnight journey between Athens and Santorini. Would you please let me have more information on that, such as time schedule, price etc. Moreover, how about flight from Athens to Santorini.


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