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Santorini is located in the Cyclades and is connected by ferry to and from Athens, Crete, the Aegean islands, other ports in the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.

There are 9 ferry companies operating ferries to and from Santorini. Aegeon Pelagos, Blue Star Ferries, Boatman Union of Santorini (Maistros Santorini), Golden Star Ferries, Minoan Lines, Sea Speed Ferries, Seajets, Small Cyclades Lines and Zante Ferries all operate ferries to and from Santorini. In the summer season, there are a total of 274 sailings per week.

The most popular route in terms of sailings is the route from Paros to Santorini with 31 sailings per week.

The port or island closest to Santorini is Thirassia with a distance of just 11 kilometres - that's 7 miles or 6 nautical miles. While the port or island furthest away is Rhodes at a distance of 247.4 kilometres - that's about 154 miles or about 134 nautical miles.

Santorini ferry port is located in the settlement of Ormos Athinios on the west coast of the island. It is also known as Athinios ferry port. While Santorini does have another more central port for fishing boats and some excursions, it is Athinos port that is today used by commercial ferries. The port is a very big port and is generally very busy but is busiest in the summer.

Ferries to Santorini are normally available throughout the year but there are fewer sailings in the winter. Santorini is served by a mix of fast and conventional ferries but predominantly conventional ferries.

You can travel to or from Santorini with your vehicle or on foot. And normally you can take a bike with you or a pet.

Click Book Now and use the booking form to get the latest prices and see the real sailing dates for all ferries on to or from Santorini.

Santorini ferry schedules

Why visit Santorini?

  • Enjoy the sunset with a cockail in Fira or the quiter area of Oia
  • Visit the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri
  • Be amazed by the Minoan frescoes in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera
  • Visit the stunning and unusual Red Beach
  • Go on a day trip to the volcanic caldera island of Thirassia

Island hopping around  Santorini

Santorini is located in the southernmost point of the Cyclades and so it’s the ideal base if you want to hop from island to island. You can easily book quick ferries to Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Anafi and others.

Local weather forecast

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Santorini port address & GPS

Santorini Port
Athinios, Santorini, 84700, Greece.
Telephone: +30 22860 22239
Fax: +30 22860 23569
GPS Co-ordinates
25.428 ° N, 36.386 ° E

Santorini port facilities

You can find covered seating areas and there are many cafes and restaurants nearby. Also, ferry terminal facilities include a heated lounge, payphone, hot and cold vending machines and toilets.

There is a small car park opposite the main passenger terminal. There is also a larger car park, 300 meters from the pedestrian check-in. There is no charge for car parking at the port at any car park.

In the summer months the port can become quite chaotic with long queues for cars. So please arrive at least one hour in advance if travelling by car. For more information about Santorini, you can visit Wikipedia

Getting to and from the port

car

By car

Athinios port is well connected and signposted. The descent to the port is quite steep so please drive carefully.
taxi

By Taxi

Taxis can be found parked near the ferry arrival and departure area. In August please don't rely on being able to find a taxi easily to either take you to or from the port.
bus

By Bus

There are frequent busses to and from the port to match up with ferry schedules. Purchase tickets directly from the driver. The busses can fill up very quickly in July and August so please arrive at least twenty minutes before deparute. And be prepared to hurry to the bus at the port.
on foot

On Foot

It can't be reached on foot unless you are willing to use hundreds of steep stairs.

Frequently asked questions for Santorini ferries

  • Flights to Santorini Santorini has an airport (JTR) for both domestic and international flights. If you are flying from an international location, it still may be cheaper to travel first to Athens. You could also fly to Mykonos and take a ferry to Santorini.
  • Ferries to Santorini However, the most popular way to reach Santorini is by ferry. Many people use Santorini as a base in the Cyclades to explore the nearby islands of Naxos, Paros, Myknonos and Koufonissia.
Santorini port is served by Aegeon Pelagos, Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Minoan Lines, Seajets and Zante Ferries companies.
Route Piraeus (Athens) to Santorini: Average one-way cost per person traveling on foot in July: €56.
In the port of Santorini you will find ticket booths for all the ferry companies. If you see a booth is closed when you arrive, don't worry, it will open before your ferry arrives. You can also get your ticket printed in Thira town where you will find plenty of agencies. Go to a central agency and you won't pay to have your ticket printed. There will be a sign outside the door or you'll be referred there by the agency.

If you go to a non-central agency may have to pay a small fee to get your ticket - normally a couple of Euros.

Yes. If you travel with Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries or Seajets you can travel with an e-ticket. We will give you a web page address where you just have to input your booking confirmation code. You can then either print your ticket or save it to your phone.
To get your ticket printed make sure you have a print out or a copy of your reservation on your phone and a valid form of photographic ID - for example your passport or ID card if you can also use it for travel.

Our tips to get a cheap ticket to Santorini:

  • Book in advance Prices always go up the closer you book to your departure date.
  • Compare ferry companies side by side using a service like Zas Ferries
  • Don't take a fast ferry Fast ferries to Santorini can save hours of your journey time, but if you want to take it easy and save money then avoid fast ferries.
  • Choose an inside cabin If you want travel in a cabin and don't need a view, inside cabins are always cheaper.

You can travel to Santorini from these mainland ports:

  • Piraeus Runs all year. About 4 hour and 45 minutes with a fast ferry or about 6 hours with a conventional ferry.
  • Rafina Direct ferries only in the summer. About 5 to 6 hours.
  • Lavrio Direct ferries only in the summer. About 8 and half hours.
Yes, we accept PayPal and if your debit card is issued by Visa or Mastercard then you should have no issues paying by debit card.

Yes, you can take your dog or other pet on the ferry but it isn't possible to book a space in the kennel in advance. All Greek ships by law must have some kennel space.

  • On conventional ferries

    If you are travelling on conventional ferry (not a fast ferry or catamaran) there is normally space available in the kennels and you should also be able to have your dog on all deck areas (but not inside) with you. Strictly speaking, this at the discretion of the ferry company but in general you should have no issues - though please take a muzzle with you just in case and keep your dog on a leash at all times. Small sized dogs and cats can travel in the ship as long as they stay inside a special travel box.

    The other option, for absolute peace of mind, is to book a pet cabin. These are like normal cabins but have linoleum flooring. They are also available for day crossings at reasonable prices. This way you don't have to worry about finding space in the kennels and you and your dog or cat can relax. In July and August ferries can get very busy with people and other dogs.

  • On fast ferries or catamarans

    Fast ferries and catamarans will also have kennels but these will be limited in number. In addition, the majority of fast ferries (though there are exceptions) don't have open deck space accessible throughout the journey, so you will not be able to stay out with your pet during your crossing. However, if your pet is small and inside a travel box you will be able to keep him or her inside.

Santorini is most popular in the summer but good weather normally lasts until the end of September and the first weeks of October. There are also plenty of places to visit in the winter.
Yes. If you travel with Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries or Seajets you can travel with an e-ticket. We will give you a web page address where you just have to input your booking confirmation code. You can then either print your ticket or save it to your phone.
  • On foot: Please arrive at least one hour before you travel.
  • By car: Please arrive at least two hours before you travel.
You can take your bike with you for free to or from Santorini if you travel on large ships such as those of Blue Star Ferries and Minoan Lines companies. However, on ships without a garage, bicycles are normally not allowed inside. You'll see if the ship has a garage when making your reservation. Athinios port can be busy in the summer so it is a good idea to tell a member of the port staff that you have a bike in case you might need extra assistance.

Latest prices for Santorini ferries

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  • Booked: 9th March, 2021
  • Travel: 11th June - 17th November
  • People: Two foot passengers
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  • Booked: 9th March, 2021
  • Travel: 1st June - 7th June
  • People: Two foot passengers

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Rated 2 out of 5
About the Reviewer: Traveled with a car, I interacted with port staff or police
Ferry Company:SeaJets
Travel Month:August
Year of Travel:2021
Port Facilities:
Rated 2 out of 5
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Foot Passengers - Getting There & Around:
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June 2, 2022
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We traveled with my family to Santorini with our car when we arrive there the port was so crowdy and we needed one hour to arrive in the town they have to do something in the port to be easier to the travelers to reach the town

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