Ferry Athens to Santorini

Get additional information on schedules, timetables, prices of the conventional or high-speed ferry Athens to Santorini and learn how to approach the ports!

Get on board your Athens to Santorini ferry starting from Greece’s largest port, Piraeus and reach one of the most favorite destinations in the world in an average of 6 hours, depending on the ferry company and vessel you are traveling with. You are also able to go to Santorini through the port of Rafina in eastern Athens but have in mind that the specific route is run only by two ferries meaning that there is no big variety in departures and occur only in high-season months (May till late September). Moreover, crossings from Piraeus to Santorini are happening all year long (fewer in winter) while from Rafina they start in April or May.

How long does it take to travel by ferry from Athens to Santorini?

As referred above, the travel time relies on the type of ship you chose to embark on. Car passenger ferries (conventional) are less speedy and the journey takes 7 to 8 hours but come with many more facilities and amenities on board and provide a smoother voyage. In their internals, you can find bars, restaurants, spacious lounges, WCs, many types of seats, cabins and even an open deck where you can take photos and enjoy the sea and the islands you are passing by.
On the other hand, the journey with a high-speed or catamaran may take less than 6 hours which is attractive and many people choose this option paying a slightly higher price, always having in mind that there are only aircraft type seats, WCs and a bar for a quick snack.

Piraeus Port or Rafina Port?

If you choose to begin from the port of Piraeus, you surely have more options regarding departure times compared to the ones from Rafina. Based on the ferry company, there are stopovers to Syros, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Sifnos, Milos, Folegandros before the ship lands on Santorini. Departure times differ too, starting early in the morning, in the evening and the last one, early at night.

The big advantage of the port of Rafina is that it is located very close to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (16 km), counter to Piraeus which is way further.

Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

There are 3 ways to reach the Piraeus port’s terminals from the airport in Athens and these are by bus, metro and taxi. The bus and the metro are definitely a better choice regarding price but are less convenient and slower than a taxi. Below, you can check the official Athens bus, metro and taxi websites in order to organize your transportation.

Athens Airport to Rafina Port

Get to the port of Rafina in Athens’ east coast by bus (KTEL) or by taxi. Taxis are always a safe pick but pricey too (50-60 Euros) while KTEL buses which run hourly, are slower, less comfortable but come with the cost of 3 Euros. The average time of trip to Rafina with a taxi is 25 minutes and with the bus, having in mind that it makes stops, 2 hours.


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