Ferries from Athens to Santorini (and return)

by Cristina on February 19, 2013

by Cristina | February 19th, 2013  


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 €56.10 (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. Airplane type of seats cost €42 one way , while a business class seat is €52.50.

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

In 2013, the following ferries connect Athens to Santorini during the low season:

Mon, Wed, 7:25 a.m., until March 13; April 1- April 29, May 13 – Jun 19
Mon, 7:25 a.m., March 18, 25
Wed, 7:25 a.m., March 20, 27, May 1
Tue , Thu-Sat, 7:25 a.m., until March 23; March 26-30; March 31- April 30, May 9-Jun 21
Sun, 7:25 a.m, until March 17
Sat, 5:30 p.m., March 16, Apr 6 – Apr 27, May 11 – Jun 8
Mon, 6 p.m., March 4 – Oct 28
Tue, Thu, Sat, 7 p.m., Apr 18 to Sept 5
Tue, Thu, Sat 7 a.m., May 9 to Aug 6
Fri, Sun, 7 a.m., May 31 to Jun 2
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, 7 a.m., May 10 to May 29
Thu-Sat, 7:25 a.m., May 2 to May 4
Mon-Wed, 7:25 a.m, May 6 to May 8
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 3 p.m., May 1,2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Tue, Thu, Sun, 7 p.m., Apr 18 – May 9

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 2013 (June to Sept/Oct):

Mon, 5:15 a.m., Jun 10 – Jun 17, Jul 1 – Sept 9
Tue, 5:15 a.m., Jun 18, 25
Mon, Wed, Thu, 7 a.m., Jun 17 – Sept 12, Jun 3
Fri, 7 a.m., Jun 21 – Sept 13
Sat, 7 a.m., Jun 22 – Sept 14
Sun, 7 a.m., Jun 23 – Sept 15
Tue, 7 a.m., Jun 25, Jul 2- Jul 9, Jul 16, 23,30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 27, Sept 3, 10, 24
Tue, Thu, Sat 7 a.m., May 9 – Jun 8, Jun 11
Fri, Sun, 7 a.m., May 31 – Jun 2
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, 7 a.m., Jun 7 – Jun 16, Sept 3- Oct 20
Tue, Sat 7 a.m., Jun 13-Jun 15
Daily, 7 a.m., Sept 16- Sept 23
Wed-Sun, 7 a.m., Sept 25-29
Daily, 7:25 a.m., Jun 22 – Sept 15
Tue, Thu-San, 7:25 a.m., May 9 – jun 21, Sept 17-Oct 31
Mon, Wed, 7:25 a.m., May 13-Jun 19, Sept 16-Oct 30
Mon-Thu, 3:30 p.m., Jun 10 – Jun 20, Jun 25-Sept 12
Sat, 5:30 p.m., May 11 – jun 8, Sept 14
Mon 6 p.m. , Mar 4 – Oct 28
Tue, Thu, Sun , 7 p.m., Jun 23 – Jul 4, Jul 7- Jul 11, Jul 14-Jul 18, Jul 21 – Jul 25, Jul 28- Aug 1 , Aug 4-8, Aug 11-15, Aug 18-22, Aug 25-Sept 12

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 2013 there are the following connections:

Tue, Thu, Sat, 2 a.m., Jun 25-Jul 6, Jul 9-13, Jul 16-20, Jul 23-27, Jul 30-Aug 3, Aug 6-10, Aug 13-17, Aug 20-24, Aug 27- Sept 14
Sun, 7 a.m., May 12 – Jun 9
Tue, 12 p.m., Mar 5 – Oct 29
Mon , 12:55 p.m., Jun 3
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, 12:55 p.m., Sept 30 – Oct 20
Tue, 2:40 p.m., Jun 25 , Jul 16, Jul 30, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sept 10
Daily, 3:30 p.m., Jun 22 – Sept 15
Tue, Thu-Sun, 3:30 p.m., May 9 – Jun 21, Sept 17- Oct 31
Mon, Wed, 3:30 p.m., May 13 – Jun 19, Sept 16-Oct 30
Tue, Thu, Sat, 5:30 p.m., May 9 – Jun 6
Daily, 5:30 p.m., Sept 16-Sept 23
Wed-Sun, 5:30 p.m., Sept 25-29
Fri, Sun, 5:30 p.m., May 31 – Jun 2
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, 5:30 p.m., Jun 7 – Jun 16
Thu, Sat, 5:30 p.m., Jun 13 – Jun 15
Sun, 5:30 p.m., Jun 23 – Sept 15
Mon, Wed, Thu, 6:50 p.m. Jun 17 – Sept 12
Tue, 6:50 p.m., Jun 18 , Jul 2-9, Jul 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, Sept 3
Fri, 6:50 p.m., Jun 21 – Sept 13
Sat, 6:50 p.m., Jun 22 – Sept 14

During the low season 2013, the following connections are available between Santorini and Athens (Piraeus):

Tue, Thu, Sat, 2 a.m., Apr 20 – May 11
Sun, 7 a.m., Mar 17, Apr 7- Apr 28, May 12- Jun 9
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 10:20 a.m., May 1,2, 3,5,6, 7
Tue, 12 p.m., Mar 5 – Oct 29
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, 12:55 p.m., May 10 – May 29
Sun, 3:30 p.m., until Mar 17
Wed, 3:30 p.m., May 1
Mon, 3:30 p.m., Mar 18, 25
Mon, Wed, 3:30 p.m., Apr 1 – Apr 29, May 13-May 19
Tue, Thu-Sun, 3:30 p.m. Mar 31 – Apr 30, May 9 – Jun 21
Thu-Sat, 3:30 p.m., May 2 – May 4
Mon-Wed, 3:30 p.m., May 6 – May 8
Tue, Thu, Sat, 5:30 p.m., May 9 – Jun 8
Thu, Sun, 5:30 p.m., May 31- Jun 2
Tue, Thu-Sun, 7:30 p.m., until Mar 23, Mar 26- Mar 30
Mon, Wed, 8 p.m., Feb 25-Mar 13
Wed, 8 p.m., Mar 20 , 27

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 February 2013.

{ 58 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.


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