Ferries from Athens to Santorini (and return)

by Cristina on March 9, 2015

by Cristina | March 9th, 2015  

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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 €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 2015, the following ferries connect Athens to Santorini during the low season (March- May; Sept – Oct):

Mon –Fri, 7a.m., Sep 21-Oct 16
Sat 7 a.m., Sep 27 – Oct 18
Daily, 7 a.m., Apr 3- 30 , May 1-31, Sep 7 – Oct 18
Wed, 7:15 a.m., Apr 8
Sat, 7:15 am., Mar 14- Apr 4, Apr 25- May 30
Fri, 7:15 a.m. , Apr 10, Apr 17 (not officially approved yet)
Mon, 7:15 am, Apr 6
Sat, 7:15am, Apr 18 (not officially approved yet)
Tue to Fri, 7:25am, from Mar 5-13
Mon, Sat, 7:25 a.m., Mar 14-May 30, Sep 21- Oct 31
Tue to Fri & Sun, 7:25am, Mar 15- Apr 10, Apr 14 – May 31, Sep 22- Oct 30
Mon-Fri, 7:30am, Apr 8 -14
Sat, 7:30 am, Apr 11, May 30 – Jun 13, Sep 12 – Oct 24, Oct 31 (not officially approved yet)
Fri, 7:30 am, May 29 – Jun 12
Daily 7:30 a.m., Oct 19-28
Thu-Sat, 7:30am, Oct 29-31 (not officially approved yet)
Wed, 2:55pm, until Apr 1, Apr 22- May 27
Mon, 2:55pm, Apr 20 – May 25
Fri, 2:55pm, Mar 6
Sat, 5:30pm, Apr 4, Apr 18 – May 30
Tue, Thu, Sun , 6 p.m., Mar 29 – Jun 25, Sep 8 – Oct 29
Mon , 9:30pm, Apr 13(not officially approved yet)


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 2015 (June to Sept):

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


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 2015 there are the following connections:

The following ferries link the two ports only during the high season 2015 (June to Sept):

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

During the low season 2015, the following connections are available between Santorini and Athens (Piraeus):

Tue, Thu, Sat 1:25 a.m., Mar 31 – Jun 27, Sep 10 – Oct 31
Sun 7 a.m., Apr 5, Apr 19 – May 31, Mar 15 – Apr 5, Apr 26 – May 31, Sep 13 – Oct 25
Thu 7 a.m., until Apr 2, Apr 23-May 28
Mon 7 a.m., Apr 13
Tue, 7 a.m., Apr 14 (not officially approved yet) , Apr 21 – May 26
Mon 11:30 a.m., Oct 5
Daily, 11:50a.m., Apr 3 – 30, May 1 – 31
Fri, 12:30 p.m., May 29 – Jun 12
Daily 1 p.m., Oct 19 – 28
Thu-Sat, 1 p.m. Oct 29 –Oct 31 (not officially approved yet)
Daily 1:10 p.m., Sep 7 – Oct 18
Mon , Sat, 3:30 p.m., Mar 14 – May 30, Sep 21 – Oct 31
Tue-Fri, Sun 3:30 p.m., Mar 15 – Apr 10, Apr 14 – May 31, Sep 22 – Oct 30
Mon-Fri, 5 p.m. , Apr 8 – 14
Sun 5 p.m., Apr 12
Wed 5:45 p.m., Apr 8
Daily 6 p.m., May 1- 31
Sat 6 p.m., Sep 26 – Oct 17
Mon-Fri 6:15 p.m., Sep 21 – Oct 16
Fri 6:25 p.m., Apr 17 (not officially approved yet)
Mon, Sat 7 p.m., until Mar 9
Mon 7:35p.m., Apr 6


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 2015.

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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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