Useful facts about the Greek ferries: the ultimate guide

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Are you planning your ferry trip in Greece? Here's all the must-know information about the Greek ferries. Read our complete guide on Ferryhopper to find useful facts, tips and information about the ferries in Greece and organize your trip hassle-free:

Greek ferries 101

Taking a ferry to the Greek Islands

Tips for a great Greek ferry travel experience

A panoramic view of the port of Chios in Greece

A panoramic view of the beautiful port of Chios in Greece

Are there ferries between the Greek islands?

There are several ferry companies operating crossings between the Greek islands. Depending on the ferry route, there are seasonal crossings or ferry trips active all year round.

So, before starting to plan your ferry trip, make sure to check the available ferry schedules for the Greek islands.

Tip: leave all the worries behind and go on the ultimate Greek island-hopping adventure to explore Mykonos, Santorini and Crete or hop on and off to the Small Cyclades

Is there a fast ferry between Greek islands?

Yes, there are several high-speed ferries crossing the sea between the Greek islands. From catamarans to speedboats, you can hop on a fast ferry and travel between the Greek islands easily and - most importantly - quickly

How much are ferries in Greece?

The ferry ticket price for the Greek islands can range from €10 to €150 for a single ticket depending on the season, type of vessel and distance. For example, a ferry ticket to Mykonos from Athens for a foot passenger costs between €38 and €85 during the high season. 

Tip: you can also check the latest offers for Greek ferries and find cheap ferry tickets online.

When do ferries stop running in Greece?

Ferries between the small Greek islands usually stop running in the winter. However, except for the seasonal routes, ferries in Greece connecting popular islands such as Syros, Mykonos and Santorini run all year round.

Are Greek ferries reliable?

Greek ferries are reliable following strict regulations to secure the passenger’s safety. However, like any form of transportation, there can be occasional delays or cancellations due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. 

Is it better to fly or take a ferry to the Greek islands? 

Not all Greek islands have airports. Therefore, opting for a ferry is a more convenient and eco-friendly way to travel. By taking the ferry to the Greek islands, you can also go island hopping and enjoy the summer breeze from the ferry deck. Plus, you can skip the long check-in procedure at the airport and take advantage of great discounts for students and large families.

The port of Adamantas in Milos in Greece

Ferry departing from the port of Adamantas in Milos

Do ferries depart from Athens ports to the Greek islands?

There are many ferries operating between the ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrion) and the Greek Islands. Most ferries depart from the port of Piraeus with connections to Hydra, Spetses, the Argosaronic islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Northeastern Aegean islands, Crete, and Euboea. However, you can also take the ferry from Rafina or Lavrion, depending on your destination. 

Tip: if you’re planning to take the ferry from the port of Athens, you can read our suggestions for day trips from Athens to nearby islands.

Do Greek island ferries sell out quickly?

Not all Greek ferries sell out fast but if you're planning to take your vehicle aboard, book a cabin or get an early booking offer, it’s better to book your ferry tickets in advance. Also, you should note that some Greek island ferries are seasonal with limited onboard seating

Is it cheaper to book Greek ferries in advance?

Yes, it's usually cheaper to book Greek ferries in advance. By searching for ferry tickets to Greece a few months ahead, you can find early booking offers, choose among different companies and get the best price on a Greek ferry. 

Can you bring luggage on board Greek ferries?

Ferry companies in Greece are usually quite flexible regarding the number of items, luggage size, and weight. Usually, you can find luggage storage on the bottom level on most conventional and large, high-speed Greek ferries.

Can you bring your car on a ferry to Greece?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle on most ferries in Greece as many conventional and high-speed ferries provide the service of vehicle transfer. However, you are not allowed to stay in your car during the ferry trip for safety reasons. 

The deck of a Greek ferry at the sunset

Gazing at the horizon on the deck of a ferry in Greece

Where can you sleep on a Greek ferry?

You can book a cabin to sleep in if you’re planning to take an overnight Greek ferry ride or have a long trip ahead. Most Greek island ferries have single, double, family cabins, and pet cabins for a stress-free, comfortable trip. 

Also, there is always the option of taking a nap in your airplane-type seat alongside your fluffy neck pillow. Alternatively, you can close your sleepy eyes while enjoying the sea waves’ soothing lullaby from the outdoor seating or even take your sleeping bag with you and sleep outside. Maybe we take it too far with the last one, didn’t we?

What is a deck space on a ferry?

The deck space is the outdoor area on the ferries that are often equipped with tables and seats for passengers. Therefore, if you book a deck ticket, you can choose from the available seats on the ferry deck and enjoy the stunning sea views.

Can you travel with your pet on a Greek ferry?

Most Greek ferries allow you to travel with your pet offering specially designed cabins, kennels, or areas on the ferry deck. However, keep in mind that some companies require a pet ticket while others require a reservation via telephone or email in advance. 

Also, it is recommended to check the ferry company’s pet policy prior to your ferry trip while also making sure that you have all the required documents for a smooth journey. 

How long before the ferry departure should you arrive at the port?

You should arrive at the port at least 1 hour before your ferry's departure time to make sure that you won't miss your ferry ride. Also, if you’re traveling with your vehicle, it's better to arrive 90 minutes earlier at the port.

Night lights at the old port of Mykonos in Greece

The old port of Mykonos in the nightlight

Do ferries in Greece make you seasick?

It’s possible to get seasick onboard Greek ferries as it can be windy during July and August in the Aegean Sea. So, whether or not being prone to motion sickness, we suggest you have a motion sickness medicine with you.

How to track Greek ferries in real time?

If you want to know exactly where your ferry is in real time you can download the Ferryhopper App and track your ferry easily.

Tip: if you don’t want to worry about finding your ferry, find more information on how to use real-time ferry tracking on the Ferryhopper App. 

What are the best ferries in Greece?

The best ferries in Greece, if you want a fast trip, are high-speed ferries. On the other hand, if you prefer to travel in a cabin or spend time on the outdoor deck, then your best ferry option is conventional ferries

However, one thing is for sure! In Greece, ferries are the most popular way to travel during the summer. So, ultimately, it depends on your plans and budget. You can search on Ferryhopper and compare between ferry companies and vessels to find the one that suits you best.

How to book ferries in Greece?

You can book your ferry in Greece online (through a website or a mobile app) or buy them from a ticket office at the port. However, it’s better to book your ferry tickets online as you avoid the long queues while also getting the best ferry price.

What is the best site for ferry tickets in Greece?

Ferryhopper is the best and most reliable website to book your ferry tickets in Greece. You can easily find the schedule that best suits you and book ferry tickets to the Greek islands online in no time!

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