Ferries from Santorini to Crete (and return)

by Cristina on February 27, 2013

by Cristina | February 27th, 2013  

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

If you are already tired of the superb sunrises in Santorini or of the volcano views, then you can plan taking a day trip to Crete . The largest of the Greek islands, Crete boasts lovely beaches, incredible architecture and tasty (healthy) cuisine.

One of the romantic ways to go from one island to another is by ferry. Along with the lovely views of the sea and the ports, you also get to save some money on your ticket.

Santorini or Thira?

When you look up the ferries between two islands, you are actually looking for ferries between two ports. And in some cases, the name of the island isn’t the same as the name of the port. Santorini makes no exception, so in case you cannot find the island listed in the schedules and on line booking systems, then look for Thira (Santorini) or the port code ATI.

Crete, Heraklio, Chania or Rethymnon ?

Being the largest of the Greek islands, it only makes sense to find more than one port serving Crete. In fact, Crete is served by four ports:

  • Heraklio (or Heraklion), port code HCR
  • Chania , port code CHC
  • Rethymnon (or Rethymno), port code RET
  • Sitia , port code SIT

However, the ferries from Santorini arrive in Heraklio or Sitia so, look for both if you plan to travel to Crete during the low season. If you plan to travel during the high season, the ferries only connect Santorini to Heraklio.

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

The ferry journey between Santorini and Crete (Heraklio) takes 1 h 40 min (on high speed ferry) and up to 4 or 5 hrs on the regular (old-style) ferry.

Is there a high speed ferry between Santorini and Crete?

Yes.

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

The price depends on the type of seat you book and the type of ferry.

On the high speed ferry (1 h 30 min), operated by Hellenic Seaways, an economy non-smoking seat costs €48.50 one way, while a business non-smoking seat costs €57.50 one way.

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

The following ferries are available between Santorini and Crete during the low season 2013 (March – May):

To Sitia:

Sat 3:10 a.m., Mar 2 – Apr 13
Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun 5:55 p.m., Apr 26-May 4

To Heraklion:

Sat 3:10 a.m., Mar 2 – Apr 13
Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun 5 p.m., Apr 24-Apr 29
Mon, Wed, Fri 5:50 p.m., May 8 – May 31
Daily except on Wed, 5:55 pm., Apr 26-May 4, May 6- Jun 20
Wed 5:55 p.m., May 1 – May 8
Wed 7:15 p.m., May 1
Sun 7:15 p.m., May 5
Mon 7:15 p.m., May 6
Tue, 7:15 p.m., May 7

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

The following ferries are available between Santorini and Heraklio (Crete) during the 2013 high season (June – October) :

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 5:10 p.m., Jun 2 – Jun 19; Jun 20 – Sept 27
Daily except on Wed, 5:55 p.m., May 6 – Jun 20; Jun 21 – Sept 8
Wed, 5:55 p.m., Jul 3, 17, 31, Aug 14, 28
Sun 5:50 p.m., Sept 29
Mon 5:50 pm., Sept 30
Wed 5:50 p.m., Oct 2
Fri 5:50 p.m., Oct 4
Mon, Wed, Fri 5:50 p.m., Oct 7 – 14

Are there any overnight journeys between Santorini and Crete?

No.

Where can I buy tickets from?

You can buy the tickets online right here at most 2 months prior to departure if the schedule is available. There’s also the possibility to book via a travel agency (in your country or directly in Greece). And of course, you can buy the ticket directly in the port. There’s not much need to book well in advance except if you plan to travel during the weekends in July or August.

Does everyone charge the same prices?

The prices are exactly the same, whether you buy them online, via a travel agent or directly from the ticketing office in the port. If there are any differences, those shouldn’t be significant.

How about the ferries from Crete to Santorini?

During the 2013 high season there are the following ferries connecting Heraklio (Crete) to Santorini:

Mon, Wed, Fri 8:20 a.m., Jun 2 – Jun 19
Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun 8:20 a.m., Jun 20- Sept 27
Daily except on Wed, 9:45 a.m., May 6 – Jun 20, Jun 21 – Sept 8
Wed 9:45 a.m., Jul 3, 17, 31, Aug 14, 28
Sun 8:30 a.m., Sept 29
Mon 8:20 a.m., Sept 30
Wed 8:20 a.m., Oct 2
Fri 8:20 a.m., Oct 4
Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:20 a.m., Oct 7-14

During the 2013 low season there are the following ferries connecting Crete to Santorini:

From Sitia: Sun 12:05 p.m., Mar 3 – Apr 14

From Heraklio:

Sun 4 p.m., Mar 3 – Apr 14
Mon , Wed-Fri, Sun, 8:45 a.m., Apr 24-29
Daily except on Wed, 8:45 a.m., Apr 26- May 4
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:15 a.m., May 1, 2 , 6,7
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:20 a.m., May 8- May 31
Daily except on Wed, 9:45 a.m., Apr 26- May 4, May 6 – 20
Wed 9:45 a.m., May 1-8


Important note:

All ferry companies submit their schedule to the Ministry of Merchant Marine weekly so it is possible to find that the online schedule is not very accurate in some cases. Also, if the schedule hasn’t been made public yet for a route, you won’t be able to find or book a ferry for that route.

Read more about:

>> Ferries in Greece
>> Ferries from Athens: How to deal with the Port of Piraeus
>> Ferries from Athens to Aegina
>> Ferries from Athens to Crete
>> Ferries from Athens to Karpathos
>> Ferries from Athens to Hydra
>> Ferries from Athens to Mykonos
>> Ferries from Rafina to Mykonos
>> Ferries from Athens to Patmos
>> Ferries from Athens to Santorini
>> Ferries from Mykonos to Syros
>> 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: *The article was first published in 2009; latest schedule update was made as of February 2013.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Crete June 30, 2010 at 4:58 am
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helpful and detailed information!

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Adam March 2, 2013 at 3:24 am
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Excellent post! Been looking all over for something like this, however these ferries do not seem to exist when I try and search for tickets on any of the greek ferry websites. I’m hoping that is just because they have not yet posted them into the system, or is there a certain place anyone recommends for buying ferry tickets online that i have managed to miss? thanks!

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Adam March 2, 2013 at 3:32 am
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looks like the schedule just goes through march after further review…hoping they update for april soon!

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Cristina March 2, 2013 at 5:23 am
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Adam: I have updated the schedule BUT they don’t always price out on the ferry booking tickets. You can only look for ferries about 2 months in advance on those booking sites. Let me know the dates you plan to travel and I can look them up for you.

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Adam March 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm
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Will be going from santorini to crete sometime between the 5th and 10th of April. It really depends on when the ferries are available, because I would rather not have to go back through athens to get to crete!

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christine March 16, 2013 at 9:28 am
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Excellent information, could have saved hours if I had found you earlier. Is there a ferry from Santorini to Crete at the end of September then onto Bodrum mid October?

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Cristina March 16, 2013 at 11:04 am
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Hi Christine,

Santorini to Crete , there are 4 schedules approved and one pending.
Mon, Wed-Fri , Sun 5:50 p.m., until Sept 27
Sun 5:20 p.m., Sept 29
Mon 5:30 p.m., Sept 30
Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun 5:55 p.m., until Sept 22 (this one is supposed to run until Oct 6 when approved)

Ferries to Bodrum…I know there’s a direct one from Rhodes to Bodrum and one from Kos to Bodrum. So you have to get from Crete to either one of those two islands. Here is a list of islands connected to Crete http://www.greecelogue.com/ferries-to-and-from-crete.html and Rhodes is one of them. The ferry schedule is not available yet.

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Karla March 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm
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Hi Christine,
Thanks for updating the schedules! but im not sure if i quite got it :) so just to make sure would you be so kind to help me?. We want to go from Santorini to Crete on the 14th May (our flight to Germany is leaving on the 15th, so need to be there one day prior our departure) but according to the schedules you post it there is just ferries leaving only Wed.? at 5:55pm (from 6 may -20 June), is tht correct? if so, do you know another way to go to Crete??? . Thank you so much
Karla

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Cristina March 18, 2013 at 4:19 am
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Karla,
I just ran a search for May 14th (Tue) and there is a ferry at 5:55 p.m. which arrives at 7:30 p.m. in Heraklio. It’s run by HELLENIC SEAWAYS.
I think it’s best to just click the banner at the top of the article and run a search on the booking site directly. That’s what I’ve just done and seems to have given me a good result.
And the schedule says Daily EXCEPT on Wed. :) “Daily except on Wed, 5:55 pm., Apr 26-May 4, May 6- Jun 20″; so it runs every day (May 14 is a Tue) except on Wed (May 15).

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Karla March 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm
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Cristina thank you so much!! you are an angel!!! i read it again and yeah it goes daily so it would be prefcet for us :) and just to make sure this ferry change it schedule we would go even a day before on the 13th. (just in case).
Thanks for your help
Have a nice Day!! :)
Karla

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Cristina March 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm
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Karla, glad to have helped! Safe travels and let me know if you need any other help.

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JACKIE May 6, 2013 at 3:23 am
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Hi dear Chrisina , now I think I met a real trouble, I have a fight today in Chania (Crete) airpoort at 21:20 pm, but my boat arrives HERAKLIO (HCR)port at 19:30 pm , is that possible for me to catch my fight? which way can I choose?
Cause I really don’t know much about Crete island….

thank you so much, I think I need some information

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Cristina May 14, 2013 at 7:12 am
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I am so sorry I missed your comment. How have you sorted it out?

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