Ferries from Athens to Santorini (and return)

by Cristina on March 1, 2016

by Cristina | March 1st, 2016  

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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 €69.50 (per person, one way).

On the slow ferry operated by Blue Star Ferries, the single fare is €39.50 (if you don’t travel with a car) for an economy seat.

On the Hellenic Seaways ferry , also fast, an economy seat starts at €68.50 (per person, one way)

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

In 2016, the following ferries connect Athens to Santorini during the low season (March- May; Sept – Oct):

daily, 7 am, Mar 23 – Apr 27, Apr 28 – Jun 6, Sep 5 – Oct 9, Sep 27 – Oct 16 , Oct 10 – Oct 24, Oct 25 – Oct 31
Sat 7 am, Jun 11 – Sep 10
Sun 7am, Jun 26 – Sep 11
Wed 7 am, Jun 29 – Sep 7
Tue 7 am, Sep 6
Thu, Sun 7 am, Sep 15- Sep 25
Mon, Fri 7 am Sep 16 – Sep 26
Tue, Wed, Sat, Sep 13 – Sep 24
daily 7:05 am, Apr 22 – Sep 25
daily 7:15 am, Apr 22 – Jun 9
Mon 7:15 am, Apr 25
Wed, 7:15 am, Apr 27
Fri 7:15 am, Apr 29
Sat , 7:15 am , Feb 27 – Mar 5, Mar 19 – Apr 23, May 14 – Jun 25
daily 7:20 am, Aug 31 – Sep 25
daily 7:25 am, Apr 25 – Apr 30, Jun 1 – Sep 18
Mon, Sat, 7:25 am, until Mar 7, Mar 19 – Apr 23, May 9 – May 31, Sep 19 – Oct 31
Sat, 7:25 am, Mar 12
Tue – Fri , Sun, 7:25 am, until Mar 8, Mar 9 – Apr 24, May 2 – May 8, Sep 20 – Oct 30
Mon, Tue, 7:25 am, Mar 14, Mar 15 , Sep 5, Sep 6
Wed, 2 pm, Mar 2- Apr 20, May 11 – Jun 29, May 4
Mon, 2 pm, Feb 29 – Mar 7, Mar 21 – Apr 18
Fri 2 pm, May 6
Wed – Sun 2:45 pm , Jun 23 – Sep 11
Mon 2:45 pm, Sep 12
Sat 5:30pm, Apr 2 – Apr 23, May 7 – Jun 11, Sep 17 – Oct 29
Tue, Thu, Sun 6 pm, Apr 3 – Jun 23, Sep 6 – Oct 30
Fri 6 pm, Mar 4 , Mar 11 – Apr 22 (not officially approved yet)
Tue, Thu, Sun 6 pm Sep 6 – Oct 30
Tue 9 pm, until Mar 1, Mar 8 – Apr 26 (not officially approved yet)
Mon 10 pm, May 2
Tue, Thu, Sun, 9:30 pm, Jun 26 – Sep 1
Sun 9:30 pm, Sep 4


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 2016 (June to Sept):

Mon, Thu, Fri 7 am, Jun 10 – Sep 12
daily 7 am, May 20 – Jul 21, Jul 22 – Sep 4
Sat 7 am , Jun 11 – Sep 10
Wed, Sun, 7 am, Jun 12 – Jun 22, Jun 29 – Sep 7 , Jun 8, Jun 26 – Sep 11
Tue 7 am, Jun 14 – Jun 21, Jun 7, Jun 28, Jul 5 – Jul 12, Jul 19, Jul 26, Aug 2, Aug 9, Aug 16, Aug 23
Thu 7 am, Jun 9
daily 7:05 am, Apr 22 – Sep 25
Fri 7:10 am, Jul 1 – Aug 26
daily 7:15 am, Apr 22 – Jun 9
Sat 7:15 am, May 14 – Jun 25
daily 7:20 am, Jun 10 – Jun 30, Aug 31 – Sep 25
Sun 7:20 am, Jul 3- Aug 28
Fri 7:20 am, Jul 1- Aug 26
Mon-Thu & Sat 7:20 am, Jul 2 – Aug 30
daily 7:25 am, Jun 1 – Sep 18
Sat 9:30 am, Jul 16 – Aug 6
Wed 2 pm, May 11 – Jun 29, Aug 3 – Aug 24, Aug 31 (not officially approved yet)
Mon 2 pm, May 9 – Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 4 – Aug 29
Sat 2 pm, Aug 20 – Aug 27
Fri – Sun, 2:45 pm, Jun 10 – Jun 12
Thu – Sun, 2:45 pm, Jun 16- 19
Mon, Tue, 2:45 pm, Jun 14, Jun 20 – 21, Jun 27 – 28, Jul 4 – Jul 12 , Jul 18 – Jul 19, Jul 25 – Jul 26, Aug 1 – Aug 2 , Aug 8 – Aug 9, Aug 15 – Aug 16, Aug 22 – Aug 30
Wed – Sun 2:45 pm, Jun 23 – Sep 11
Sat 5:30 pm, May 7 – Jun 11
Fri, Sun 5:30 pm, Jul 1 – Aug 28
Tue, Thu, Sun 6 pm, Apr 3 – Jun 23
Fri 6 pm, May 6 – Jun 10
Tue, 9 pm, May 3 – Jun 7
Tue, Thu, Sun 9:30 pm, Jun 26 – Sep 1
Mon 10:30pm, Jun 20


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 2016 (June to September ) there are the following connections:

Tue, Thu, Sat 00:05 am, Apr 5 – Jun 25, Jun 28 – Sep 3
Mon 00:40 am, May 9 – Jun 13
Sun 7 am, May 8 – Jun 26
Thu 7 am , May 12 – Jun 30
Tue 7 am, May 10 – Jun 14, Jun 28, Jul 5 – Aug 30
Thu 7:10 am , Aug 4- Aug 25
Fri – Sun 8 am, Jun 10 – Jun 12
Mon, Thu – Sun 8 am, Jun 16 – Sep 12
Tue, Wed 8 am, Jun 14- Jun 21, Jun 28 – Jun 29 , Jul 5- Jul 13, Jul 19 – Jul 20, Jul 26 – Jul 27, Aug 2- Aug 3, Aug 9 – Aug 10, Aug 16 – Aug 17, Aug 23 – Aug 31
Sun 11:30 am, Jul 7 – Aug 28
daily 12 pm (noon), Apr 22 – Sep 25
Fri 12:10 pm, Jul 1 – Aug 26
daily 12:15 pm, May 20 – Jul 21, Jul 22 – Sep 4
daily 12:25 pm , Jun 10 – Jun 30, Aug 31 – Sep 25
Mon-Thu & Sat, 12:25 pm, Jul 2- Aug 30
daily 1:10 pm, Apr 28 – Jun 6
Wed 1:10 pm, Jun 8
Tue 1:10 pm, Jun 28 , Jul 19, Aug 2, Aug 16
daily 1:30 pm, Apr 22 – Jun 9
daily 3:30 pm, Jun 1 – Sep 18
daily 5:20 pm, Jul 22 – Sep 4
Fri 5:50 pm, Jul 1- Aug 26
Wed, 5:50 pm, Jul 6 – Jul 27
Wed, Sun 7:15 pm, Jun 12 – Sep 22,
Sat 7:15 pm, Jun 11 – Sep 10
Tue 7:15 pm, Jun 14 – Jun 21, Jul 5- Jul 12, Jul 26, Aug 9, Aug 23 – Aug 30
Sun 7:15 pm, Jun 26 – Sep 11
daily 5:20 pm, Jul 22 – Sep 4
Tue 7:30 pm, Jun 7
Thu 7:30 pm, Jun 9
Mon , Thu, Fri 8:10 pm, Jun 10 – Sep 12
Thu 8:30 pm , May 5 – Jun 9
Sat 8:30 pm, Aug 20 – Aug 28
Fri, Sun 9:45 pm, Jul 1 – Aug 28

During the low season 2016, the following connections are available between Santorini and Athens (Piraeus):

Tue, Thu, Sat 00:05 am, Jun 28 – Sep 3
Mon 00:40 am, Mar 7, Mar 14 (not officially approved yet), Mar 21 – Apr 25, May (not officially approved yet) , May 9 – Jun 13
Tue, Thu, Sat 1:25 am, Apr 5 – Jun 25, Sep 6, Sep 8 – Nov 1
Thu 7 am, Mar 3 – Apr 21, May 5, Jun 12 – Sep 30
Sun 7 am, Feb 28 – Mar 6, Mar 20 – Mar 24, May 5 – Jun 26, Sep 18 – Oct 30
Tue 7 am, Mar 1 – Mar 8 , Mar 22 – Apr 19, May 10 – Jun 14
Mon 7 am, Mar 14, May 2
Sat 7 am, May 7
Thu 7:10 am, Sep 1 (not officially approved yet)
Tue 8 am, May 3
Mon, Thu – Sun 8 am, Jun 16 – Sep 12
Tue, Wed 8 am, Jun 6 – Sep 9
daily 12 pm (noon), Apr 22 – Sep 25
daily 12:15 pm, Mar 25 – Apr 27, May 20 – Jul 21, Jul 22 – Sep 4, Sep 5 – Sep 26 , Oct 25 – Oct 31
daily 12:25 pm, Aug 31 – Sep 25
daily 1:10 pm, Apr 28 – Sep 6 , Se 27 – Oct 16
Tue 1:10 pm, Sep 6
Mon, Fri 1:10 pm, Sep 16- Sep 26
daily 1:30 pm, Apr 22 – Sep 9, Sep 27 – Oct 16
daily 2:15 pm, Apr 28 – May 19 , Sep 27 – Oct 9
daily 3:30 pm, May 2 -May 8, Jun 1- Sep 18
Mon-Sat 3:30pm Apr 25 – Apr 30, Sep 20 – Oct 30
Mon, Sat 3:30 pm, until Mar 7, Mar 19 – Apr 23, May 9 – May 30, Sep 19 – Oct 31
Tue – Fri & Sun, 3:30pm, until Mar 8, May 10 – May 31 , Sep 20 – Oct 30
Sat 3:30 pm, Mar 12
Mon 3:30 pm, Mar 14
Mon, Sat, 3:30 pm, Mar 19 – Apr 23
daily 5:20 pm, Jul 22 – Sep 4
Wed 5:45 pm, Apr 27
daily 6:15 pm, Oct 10 – Oct 24
Thu, Sun 7:15 pm, Sep 15 – Sep 25
Sun 7:15 pm, Jun 26 – Sep 11
Wed 7:15 pm, Jun 29 – Sep 7
Tue, Wed, Sat, 7:30 pm Sep 13 – Sep 24
Mon, Thu, Fri 8:10 pm Jun 10 – Sep 12
Tue 8:20 pm, Mar 15
Thu 8:30 pm, until Mar 3, Mar 10 (not officially approved yet), Mar 15 – Apr 21, Apr 28 (not officially approved yet) , May 5 – Jun 9


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

Note:
* 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 March 2016.

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saty April 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm
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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.

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Cristina April 24, 2013 at 3:45 am
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@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)

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