Ferries from Santorini to Ios (and return)

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

We know it’s hard to get tired of the superb sunrises in Santorini but if you do, you can consider taking a day trip to Ios – a party island, with a charming village, great nightlife, and superb beaches.

The way to get to Ios is by ferry. You can soak up the view, enjoy the sun and company of fellow travelers and locals.

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 look for Thira (Santorini) or the port code ATI.

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

The ferry ride takes between 45 minutes and 1 h 25 minutes.

Is there a high-speed ferry between Santorini and Ios?

Yes, there are several ferries which only take 45 min to connect the two islands.

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

The price depends on the company which operates the ferries, on the type of ferry (how fast it goes) and the type of seat.

On the ferry operated by Hellenic Seaways and which takes 1 h and 45 min to get between the two islands, a deck ticket is €31 while a VIP non-smoking is €46.50

On the ferry operated by ZANTE FERRIES and which takes 1 ½ h to get between the two islands, the deck seat is €15 / one way, and the ticket for the airplane type of seats is €16 / one way.

On the ferry operated by Sea Jets and which takes 1h and 40 min to get between the islands, the economy deck seat is €7.20 / one way.

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

During the 2017 low season (March – May, September – October), the following ferries connect Santorini and Ios:

Daily 12:15 pm, Jun 16 – Sept 24
Daily 1:10 pm, Apr 28 – Jun 6
Mon, Wed 6:45 am, Jun 26 – Sept 4
Mon 7:00 am, Apr 17
Mon, Thu, Sun 10:45 am, Apr 20 – May 15
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 10:45 am, May 17 – Oct 30
Tue 7:00 am, till Apr 4, Apr 25, May 9 – May 30
Tue, Thu 7:00 am, Jul 4 – Sept 5,
Tue, Thu 7:00 am, Sept 7 – Sept 28, Oct 3 – Oct 31 (This schedule is not officially approved yet)
Tue 10:00 am, Apr 18, May 2
Tue 10:45 am, May 16 – Oct 10
Tue, Wed, Fri 11:00 am, Apr 7 – May 12
Wed 11:00 am, Oct 4
Thu 7:00 am, till Apr 6, Apr 20 – Jun 29
Thu 7:00 am, Oct 5 – Oct 26 (This schedule is not officially approved yet)
Sat 6:45 am, Jul 1 – Sept 2
Sat 7:00 am, Apr 22, Apr 30 – Jun 25
From Mon to Sat 11:00 am, May 16 – Oct 3
Sun 7:00 am, till Apr 9, Apr 30 – Jun 25
Sun 7:00 am, Sept 10 – Oct 1, Oct 8 – Oct 29 (This schedule is not officially approved yet)
Sun 11:30 am, Jun 4 – Sept 24

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

During the 2017 high season (June – August), the following ferries connect Santorini to Ios:

Daily 12:15 pm, Jun 16 – Sept 24
Mon, Wed 6:45 am, Jun 26 – Sept 4
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 10:45 am, May 17 – Oct 30
Mon, Thu, Fri. Sat, Sun 12:15 am, Jun 1 – Jun 15
From Mon to Sat 11:00 am, May 16 – Oct 3
Tue 7:00 am, Jun 13 – Jun 27
Tue 10:00 am, Jun 6
Tue 10:45 am, May 16 – Oct 10
Tue 1:10 pm, Jul 18, Aug 1
Tue, Thu 7:00 am, Jul 4 – Sept 5
Thu 7:00 am, Apr 20 – Jun 29
Sat 6:45 am, Jul 1 – Sept 2
Sun 7:00 am , Apr 30 – Jun 25
Sun 11:30 am, Jun 4 – Sept 24

Are there any overnight journeys between Santorini and Ios ?

No.

How about the ferries from Ios to Santorini ?

During the high season 2017, the following ferries connect Ios to Santorini:

Daily 10:40 am, Jul 7 – Sept 3
Daily 11:15 am, Apr 28 – Jun 6, Jun 16 – Sept 24
Mon, Wed 1:15 am, Jun 26 – Sept 4
Mon, Tue, Fri, Sun 7:40 am, Jun 2 – Sept 18
Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:15 am, Jun 1 – Jun 15
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 12:30 pm, Jun 26 – Sept 10
Tue, Thu 1:15 am, Jul 4 – Sept 5
Tue 1:50 am, Jun 13 – Jun 27
Tue 7:55 am, Jun 6
Tue 11:55 am, Jun 27, Jul 18, Aug 1, Aug 15
Tue 3:40 pm, May 16 – Oct 10
Wed, Thu, Sat 7:40 am, Jun 1 – Sept 16
Thu 1:50 am, Apr 20 – Jun 29
Sat (00:25) 12:25 am, Jul 1 – Sept 2

During the low season 2017, the following ferries connect Ios to Santorini:

Daily 10:40 am, Jul 7 – Sept 3
Daily 11:15 am, Jun 16 – Sept 24
Daily 11:35 am, Apr 7 – Apr 19,
Daily 11:45 am, Apr 28 – Jun 6
From Mon to Sat 3:50 pm, May 16 – Oct 3
From Tue to Sun 7:40 am, Sept 19 – Sept 24
Mon, Wed 1:15 am, Jun 26 – Sept 4
Mon, Tue, Fri, Sun 7:40 am, Jun 2 – Sept 18
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 3:40 pm, May 17 – Oct 30
Mon, Thu, Sun 4:20 pm, Apr 4 – May 15
Tue, Thu 1:15 am, Jul 4 – Sept 5
Tue, Thu 1:50 am, Sept 7 – Sept 28 (This schedule is not officially approved yet)
Tue 1:50 am, Oct 3 – Oct 31 (This schedule is not officially approved yet)
Tue 1:50 am, Till Apr 4, Apr 25, May 2, May 9 – May 30
Tue 3:40 pm, May 16 – Oct 10
Tue 7:55 am, Apr 18
Tue 11:55 am, Sept 5
Tue 3:40 pm, Mai 16 – Oct 10
Tue 3:50 pm, Apr 6
Tue, Wed, Fri 3:50 pm, Apr 7 – May 12
Wed, Thu, Sat 7:40 am, Jun 1 – Sept 16
Thu 1:50 am, till Apr 4, Apr 20 – Jun 29
Thu 1:50 am, Oct 5 – Oct 26 (This schedule is not officially approved yet)
Sat (00:25) 12:25 am, Jul 1 – Sept 2
Sat 1:50 am, Apr 22
Sat 6:30 pm, Apr 29 – Jun 24
Sat 6:30 pm, Oct 7 – Oct 28 (This schedule is not officially approved yet)

Where can I buy tickets from?

125x125 There are several ways to get tickets: online, from the ferry companies’ website and from Greek travel agencies. However, the simplest way is to get the tickets directly from the port. Do remember that if you plan to travel during the high season (July & August), make sure to buy the tickets several days in advance.

Does everyone charge the same prices?

Yes, the prices are the same regardless of where you buy the tickets from.

However, when you book online, service fees may apply based on the country you book from. And if you choose to get the tickets deliver via courier, you’ll pay the shipping fee (you can choose to pick them up in the port).

Important note:

Please note that the ferry companies submit their schedules every Friday to the Ministry of Mercantile Marine and in some cases, the schedules for July & August become available on online booking sites only several days before the vessels start operating on that route.

Note: The article was first published in 2010; latest schedule and price update was made as of March 2017.

12 thoughts on “Ferries from Santorini to Ios (and return)

  1. Hi, will it be possible to get a ferry from Santorini to Ios on 6th June, 2011 for 2 PASSENGERS. Please let me know when the time-table will be available.
    Thank you.
    Eilish Lernihan

  2. Hi, will it be possible to get a hydrofoil from Ios to Santorini on Saturday 23rd July 2011 for 2 people. I need the earliest departure.

    Thank you.
    Michelle

  3. @Michelle : I found the only departure at 10:35 a.m. As the high season approaches it might be possible to have more options. Anyway, you cannot book the ticket online now (typically it’s possible 2 months b4 the departure).

  4. Hello, we need to travel from Ios to Santorini on Fri 28th June 2013. Based on your timetable, this is not possible and I have not been able to find an availability anywhere. Would you know if this is possible? Thank you.

  5. @Linda: unfortunately on Jun 28 there isn’t a ferry between Ios and Santorini. There should be one on Sat Jun 29 but the schedule is not yet approved.

  6. Hi Cristina, will be traveling to the Greek islands in August of 2013. Seems all the ferry schedules are only partial at this point. When do they typically confirm the summer ferry schedules? Thanks.

  7. @Jason: you are right. They are partial and some of the routes aren’t confirmed yet. Technically by mid-April things should be pretty “stable” in terms of schedules. But i recommend to book abt 2 months before departure (you cannot book earlier online anyway) and that’s when the schedule is definitely fixed.

  8. It appears that in July there are daily ferries from Ios to Santorini but when going to the online site it says there are non available on 20th July or any day around that week. Please advise if there is a ferry going from Ios to Santorini on the 20th July. thanks. Ruth

    • @Ruth: there is a ferry on Jul 20 at 11:30 a.m. and the schedule is “approved” so should show in booking engines. There’s another one at 12:10 p.m. but the schedule is not yet approved. Also, it’s not always possible to book more than 2 months in advance so you’d probably see the ferry on booking site starting in May.

    • @Lou: Jun 17, 2013 Thira – Ios there should be one departing at 12:10 p.m. but the schedule is “not officially approved yet” so it won’t show up in booking engines yet.

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