Ferries from Santorini to Ios (and return)

by Cristina on March 7, 2013

by Cristina | March 7th, 2013  

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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 Nel Lines and which takes 4 h to get between the two islands, a ticket is €8 / one way (airplane type of seats or saloni).

On the ferry operated by K/X and which takes 1 ½ h to get between the two islands, the deck seat is €10 / one way, and the ticket for the airplane type of seats is €12 / one way.

On the ferry operated by Sea Jets and which takes 40 min to get between the islands, the economy non smoking seat is €28.50 / one way.

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

During the 2013 low season (March – May), the following ferries connect Santorini and Ios:

Sun 1:20 a.m., until Mar 24
Sun 7 a.m., Mar 10
Sun 9 a.m., Mar 31 – Jun 23
Wed 9 a.m., Apr 4 – Oct 30
Fri 10:20 a.m., May 3
Mon 10:20 a.m., May 6
Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun 11 a.m., Apr 24-29
Tue, Thu, Sat 11:55 a.m., May 9 – Jun 8
Fri, Sun 11:55 a.m., May 31 – Jun 2
Tue 12 p.m., until Oct 29
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 12:55 p.m., May 10 -29
Sun 5 p.m., Apr 28 – May 5
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 5 p.m., Apr 25 – May 7

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

During the 2013 high season (June – October), the following ferries connect Santorini to Ios:

Fri 8:45 a.m., Jun 7 – Sept 13
Mon 9 a.m., Jun 10 – 16, Jul 1- Sept 9
Tue – Thu 9 a.m., Jun 11 – 18, Jun 26- Jul 3, Jul 9 – Sept 12
Wed 9 a.m., Jun 19 , Apr 3 – Oct 30
Thu 9 a.m., Jun 20, Jul 4
Tue 9 a.m., Jun 25
Sun 9 a.m., Mar 31 – Jun 23, Jun 30 – Sept 8, Sept 15- Oct 27
Sat 11:30 a.m., Jun 22 – Sept 14
Tue, Thu, Sat 11:55 a.m., Oct 1 – 29
Daily 11:55 a.m., Sept 16-23
Wed-Sun 11:55 a.m., Sept 25-29
Tue 12 p.m., until Oct 29
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 12:55 p.m., Sept 30 – Oct 20

Are there any overnight journeys between Santorini and Ios ?

No.

How about the ferries from Ios to Santorini ?

During the high season 2013, the following ferries connect Ios to Santorini:

Tue 4:20 a.m., until Oct 29
Tue 11:40 a.m., Jun 11, Sept 24
Tue, Thu-Sun 2:15 p.m., May 9 – Jun 21, Sept 17- Oct 31
Sat 3:10 p.m., Mar 30 – Jun 22, Sept 14- Oct 26
Tue 3:10 p.m., Apr 2 – Jun 25, Sept 10 – Oct 29
Sat 4 p.m., Jun 29- Sept 7
Tue 4 p.m., Jul 2 – Sept 3
Daily 4:30 p.m., Sept 16-23
Wed-Sun 4:30 p.m., Sept 25-29
Tue, Thu, Sat 4:30 p.m., May 9 – Jun 8 , Oct 1 – Oct 19
Fri, Sun 4:30 p.m., May 31 – Jun 2
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 4:30 p.m., Jun 7-16
Thu, Sat 4:30 p.m., Jun 13-15
Sun 4:35 p.m., Jun 23 – Sept 15
Mon-Thu 8:15 p.m., Jun 10-20, Jun 25-Sept 12

During the low season 2013, the following ferries connect Ios to Santorini:

Tue 4:20 a.m., until Oct 29
Sat 11:50 a.m., Apr 27 – May 4
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri , 11:50 a.m., Apr 29 – May 7
Thu-Sat 2:15 p.m., May 2 – 4
Tue 2:15 p.m., May 7
Sun 2:15 p.m., until Mar 17
Tue, Thu-Sun 2:15 p.m., Mar 31 – Apr 30, May 9 – Jun 21
Sat 3:10 p.m., Mar 30 – Jun 22
Tue 3:10 p.m., Apr 2 – Jun 25
Tue, Thu, Sat 4:30 p.m., May 9 – Jun 8
Fri, Sun 4:30 pm, May 31 – Jun 2
Fri 6:20 p.m., May 3

Where can I buy tickets from?

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.

Important note:

Please not 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 2013.

{ 14 comments }

Eilish Lernihan December 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm
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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

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Cristina December 29, 2010 at 3:57 am
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Hey, the timetable for 2011 will be available in March / April (and I’ll be updating the information as well). Keep in touch.

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Michelle April 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm
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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

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Cristina April 8, 2011 at 5:59 am
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@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).

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Linda March 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm
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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.

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Cristina March 20, 2013 at 5:01 am
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@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.

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Jason March 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm
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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.

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Cristina March 21, 2013 at 3:48 am
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@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.

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Ruth Frydman April 18, 2013 at 7:15 am
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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

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Cristina April 18, 2013 at 7:19 am
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@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.

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Lou April 29, 2013 at 8:22 am
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Are there any ferries operating on June 17th 2013 after midday?

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Cristina April 29, 2013 at 8:24 am
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@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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Maria E. August 26, 2013 at 7:50 am
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Should I book in advance for a Ferry Santorini-Ios in September? Or just go to the port one hour before departure?

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Cristina August 26, 2013 at 7:54 am
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September in Greece is still quite a busy month for traveling so I would suggest to book in advance.

Let me know if you have other questions.

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