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
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?
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, tickets cost 65 euros / adult / one way; and on the Sea Jets ferry, tickets cost 55 euros / adult / one way in economy class.
How many ferries per day depart from Santorini to Crete during the low season?
For the purpose of this article, we consider the low season March to May; however, September and October (comprised in the section below) also see fewer ferry connections than during the high season.
The low season 2014 has already ended.
How many ferries per day depart from Santorini to Crete during the high season?
The following ferries are available between Santorini and Crete during the 2014 high season (June – October) :
Tue, Sat 5:45 p.m. until Jun 28
Sat 5:45 p.m., Jul 5 – Aug 30
Tue, Thu, Sat 5:55 p.m. until Oct 4
Sat 3:40 a.m., until Jul 26, Aug 2- Aug 30 (not approved yet), Sep 6- Sep 13, Sep 20 – Nov 1 (not approved yet)
Mon, Wed, Fri 5:05 p.m. Sep 1 – Sep 5
Sat 5:05 p.m., Sep 7
Mon, Fri 5:05 p.m., Sep 8 – Sep 29
Wed, Thu, Sun 5:05 p.m., Sep 10 – Sep 17, Sep 21 – 28
Fri 5:15 p.m., Aug 1
Sat 5:45 p.m., Jun 22 – Aug 31
Thu 5:45 p.m., Sep 4
Mon, Wed-Fri, 5:45 p.m., Jun 23 – Jul 31, Aug 4- Aug 29, Oct 1- Oct 15
Wed, 5:55 p.m., until Oct 1
Tue, Thu, Sat, 5:55 p.m., until Oct 4
Mon, Fri, Sun, 5:55 p.m., until Oct 5
Mon, 5:55 p.m., Oct 6
Daily except on Wed, 5:55 p.m., Oct 7- Oct 20
Sat 3:40 a.m. until Jul 26; Aug 2 – Aug 30 (not approved yet); Sep 6- Sep 13; Sep 20 – Nov 1(not approved yet)
Are there any overnight journeys between Santorini and Crete?
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 2014 high season there are the following ferries connecting Heraklio Crete to Santorini:
Tue, Sat 7:40 a.m., until Jun 28
Tue 7:40 a.m., Jul 1 – Aug 26
Sat 7:40 a.m. , Jul 5 – Aug 30
Sun 8:20 a.m., Jun 22 – Sep 7
Fri 8:20 a.m., Aug 1
Mon, Wed-Fri 8:20 a.m., Jun 23 – Jul 31, Aug 4 – Aug 29, Sep 1 – Sep 5
Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun 8:20 a.m., Oct 1 – Oct 15
Thu 8:20 a.m., Sep 4
Mon, Fri 8:20 a.m., Sep 8 – Sep 29
Wed, Thu, sun, 8:20 a.m., Sep 21 – Sep 28
Tue, Thu, Sat 9:45 a.m., until Oct 4
Mon, Fri, Sun 9:45 a.m., until Oct 5
Mon 9:45 a.m. Oct 6
Wed 9:45 a.m., until Oct 1
Daily except on Wed 9:45 a.m., Oct 7 – Oct 20
Sun 6:05p.m., until Jul 27, Aug 3 – Aug 31 (not approved yet), Sep 7 – Sep 14, Sep 21 – Oct 26 (not approved yet)
Sun 2:05 p.m., until Jul 27, Aug 3 – Aug 31 (not approved yet), Sep 7 – Sep 14, Sep 21 – Oct 26 (not approved yet)
The low season 2014 has already ended.
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 June 2014.