Ferries from Santorini to Rhodes (and return)


Santorini is linked to many islands which makes it a great starting point when you plan to explore Greece’s islands. Some of the islands are very close and can be visited during a day trip, while others are located further away and you should allow several days for such a trip.

Rhodes is one of the islands located further from Santorini and which can be nice stop on your island hopping itinerary. It might not be one of the cheapest destinations in Greece but is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and romantic Greek island.

Santorini or Thira?

When you look up the ferries between two islands, you are actually looking for connections between ports. So, in most on-line booking systems and on official schedules, look for Thira (Santorini). The port code is ATI.

Rhodes or Rodos?

Although the English speaking world uses “Rhodes” for the island’s name, you’ll find the island referred to as Rodos (sometimes also spelled as Rhodos) , especially on the on-line booking sites. The port code is ROD.

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

It takes between 15 and 24 hours to get from Santorini to Rhodes on the feries operated by Aegeon Pelagos.

Is there a high speed ferry between Santorini and Rhodes?

Not exactly. All ferries carry both passengers and vehicles.

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

The prices depend on the company and type of ferry, as well as on the class.

The single ticket on a slow ferry (people and cars) starts at €29 (deck or air seats) and can be up to €108 for lux class.

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

The following ferries connect Santorini to Rhodes during the low season 2017 (Mar – May, Sep-Oct):

Mon, 12:50 am, Sept 11
Tue, 3:00 am, from Jun 13 – Sept 5
Sat, 4:20 am, Jun 17 – Sept 9

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

The following ferries connect Santorini to Rhodes during high season 2017 (Jun – Sep):

Tue, 3:00 am, from Jun 13 – Sept 9
Wen, 12:50 am, from Jun 14 – Jun 21
Sat, 4:20 am, from Jun 17 – Sept 9

Are there any overnight journeys between Santorini and Rhodes ?

Yes, there are two ferries which run during the night.

How about the ferries from Rhodes to Santorini ?

The following ferries connect Rhodes to Santorini during the high season 2017:

Sun, 3:20 am, From Jun 18 – Sept 10
Wen, 4:00 pm, from Jun 14 – Jun 21
Thu, 8:00 am, from Jun 15 – Aug 31

The following ferries connect Rhodes to Santorini during the low season 2017:

Mon, 7:00 pm, Sept 11
Sun, 3:20 am, From Jun 18 – Sept 10

Where can I buy tickets from?

125x125Tickets can be purchased online here , from the ferry companies’ website and even from travel agencies. But the simplest way is to get the tickets from the port. 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?

The prices are the same regardless of where you purchase them from. However, when you purchase online and choose to have the tickets delivered at home you will pay a fee. You can also choose to pick up the tickets from the port.

Important note:

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. So make sure to check the schedule several weeks before departure.

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 Santorini to Crete
>> 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 Crete to Gavdos
>> 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 Jun 2017.

14 thoughts on “Ferries from Santorini to Rhodes (and return)

  1. Can you please email an itinary for me we wish to travel on ferries from Athens to these islands (not necessarily in that order) Corfu/Santorine/Rhodes and other islands of historial interest .
    As we are mature travellers we would like good seats or cabins. Thank you, Maureen

  2. Hi,

    Can i check when will the schedules for Jun 2017 be out?

    will it be similar to 2016 as im looking to take an overnight ferry from rhodes to santorini?

    How about the ferries from Rhodes to Santorini ?

    The following ferries connect Rhodes to Santorini during the high season 2016:

    Sun 3 am, May 8 – Jun 12
    Tue 5 am, May 5 – Jun 9
    Mon, Wed, Fri 4 pm, Apr 4 – Jun 24, Jun 27 – Sep 2

    Thank you.


    • Hello Michelle, the summer schedule usually shows up around March. There is no way to tell if it’s going to be te same.
      I am happy to help you, though, so drop me an email at cristina [at] greecelogue [dot] com and I will search for you.
      Also, once it is available I will update these posts,too. So keep an eye out for that.

        • Dear Michelle, you are welcome.

          Another thing you can do: click the banner at the top of the article and run the search. If you cannot find anything, then the schedule is not yet available or you cannot yet book that far in advance.

          I’m going to start updating schedules as soon as they are available.

    • Hello Carah,

      I am afraid it is too early for that schedule to be available. Expect an update by late March / April.

  3. Do we have an expected date when high season 2017 schedule will be out? I am hoping to take a ferry from Santorini to Rhodes on a Sunday. Is that likely?

    • Hi Alison, just click the banner at the top of the article and run a search for the desired date.
      It should be live by now but haven’t had a chance to update it, yet.
      Also, kindly check your email. I’ve sent you a note.

  4. Hello Christina,
    We would like to take the ferry from Santorini to Rhodos on wednesday September 27th at 00.50u in the night. Because I looked in the Schedule from previous years (2016-2015-2014) and there was always a ferry on that date.
    But now I see only till september 11th.
    Will the schedule be modified after that date?
    I hope so.

    • Hi Maartje,

      Unfortunately, for this route, you cannot book more than a month in advance. I clicked the banner on the article and tried to run the search but i could only choose late Aug. Kindly wait until late August to check for September.

      The article has been updated in 2017 with the available routes. There may be changes and it’s always recommended to check the schedule before departure but don’t count on new days to be added.

      Kindly also check your email.


      • Hi Cristina,

        Thank you! I will check the schedule in late august.
        Maybe a stupid question but how big is the chance that the schedule is the same?
        Because of the years before?
        Otherwise we have to go by olympic Air I’m afraid.

        Greetz, Maartje

        • Hi Maartje,

          Unfortunately, there is no way to predict if they plan to stick with a similar schedule 🙁 This route has been super weird this year.


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