Are you planning a trip to Santorini? If you are, you probably can't wait to know all the tips on what to do and what to see there. But before that, we think you need to read our complete guide on how to get to Santorini in 2021.
Ferry or flight to Santorini?
To be or not to be? To sail or to fly? These are some of the most difficult questions, but worry not; we are here for you!
You can either get a ferry or a flight to Santorini. The famous Greek island is one of the most well-connected destinations, as it is very easy to get to from both mainland and other islands. Domestic and international flights land at the airport of Santorini, Thira International Airport, while ferries arrive at the new port of the island, Athinios.
And as for which is the best way to get to Santorini? This is still to be determined and depends on a number of factors, such as your point of departure, but there are undeniable advantages to each means of transport.
Getting a flight can be very convenient, as the travel time decreases dramatically. However, flights can be quite expensive, especially during the high season and booking your ticket well-in-advance is almost mandatory.
On the other hand, traveling to Santorini by ferry gives you the flexibility to pack as (almost) heavy as you want, with no extra charges and bring your own vehicle to explore the island at ease. Also, and quite importantly, traveling on a ferry is far more environmentally friendly - and this is something that we at Ferryhopper care a lot about.
But let’s have a closer look at what is the easiest, most convenient way to get to Santorini in 2021 from Athens, other islands and abroad. Hop on!
The famous Red Beach in Santorini
How to get to Santorini from Athens?
Getting to Santorini from Athens shouldn’t be a problem at all. The most beautiful island of Cyclades is very well connected to the capital of Greece, both by air and sea. You can easily get to Thira (the official name of Santorini) with daily ferry crossings and flights to enjoy the best vacation of your life.
But, what is the best way to travel from Athens to Santorini?
Ferry from Santorini to Athens
One of the most popular (and cheapest) ways to travel to Santorini, Greece from Athens is by ferry. Ferries to Santorini depart from the port of Piraeus and Rafina with daily itineraries. But which should you choose?
If you’re planning on spending some time in Athens, then the itinerary from Piraeus to Santorini is the way to go. The port of Piraeus is easily accessible by bus, metro, taxi or your own vehicle (just make sure to allow enough time before the departure, as it can get quite busy, especially in the summer.)
The ferry trip from Piraeus to Santorini usually lasts 4 to 5 hours and the ticket price starts at €30. Of course, the ferry prices may vary, depending on available offers, different seat types and whether you’re traveling with your own vehicle or not.
The ferry from Rafina to Santorini is the best option if you’re traveling straight from the Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos.
You can find more information on the ferries from Athens to Santorini in our relevant blog post.
Tip: Read about the latest Covid-19 Greek ferry regulations, to get ready for your trip.
Flight from Athens to Santorini
Another way you can get to Santorini from Athens is by flight. It surely is convenient, as the routes are quite frequent, especially during high season. However, you need to pre-book your ticket well in advance, as the island gets quite busy from June on.
How to get to Santorini from Mykonos?
And what if you’re already in Mykonos and dreaming of the magical sunsets of Santorini? Well, no problem there either. Traveling to Santorini from Mykonos is pretty easy; By ferry, you can get to Santorini in about 2 hr, with any of the approximately 4 daily crossings available. Ferry tickets for this route range from 40€ - 80€, and the itinerary is usually served by Seajets, Minoan Lines, Golden Star Ferries, and Blue Star Ferries.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights announced from Mykonos to Santorini. Indirect flights that connect the two islands last from 2 hr and 10 min, depending on the stop, and the tickets can be quite expensive.
Beautiful sandy beach with amenities in Santorini
How to get to Santorini from Crete?
The best way to travel to Santorini from Crete is by ferry, as there are no direct flights connecting the two islands. The ferry from Crete leaves from the port of Heraklion and gets to Santorini in about 2 hr with a high-speed ferry and an average ferry ticket cost of €48.
There are 2-3 daily ferry crossings carried out by Minoan Lines, Seajets, and Golden Star Ferries, for you to choose the one that suits you the most!
There is also the conventional ferry option, which can lower the cost, but extends the ferry trip to 6 hours.
How to get from Milos to Santorini?
The easiest way to go to Santorini from Milos is by ferry. There are at least 2 daily ferry crossings to Santorini, departing from Adamantas, the main port of Milos. The ferry trip duration ranges between 1 hr and 50 min and 4 hr. The ticket costs start at €17 for conventional ferries and at €50 for high-speed ferries.
The ferry companies that usually serve this connection are Seajets, Zante Ferries, Aegeon Pelagos and Sea Speed Lines.
Keep in mind that there are no direct flights connecting the two islands. If you wish to travel to Santorini from Milos by plane, you need to check all available options for the most convenient travel time and best price.
Getting to Santorini from other islands
What if you’re already on vacation on another Greek island and want to explore Santorini? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and the way in our case is called island hopping. Santorini is connected by ferry to numerous islands and it’s part of one of the most popular Greek island-hopping tours.
Paros, Ios, Amorgos and Naxos are all gorgeous islands near Santorini, with frequent ferry crossings to the port of Athinios.
Paros to Santorini by ferry: in the summer, there are 6 daily ferry crossings from Paros to Santorini. The trip lasts from approximately 1 hr 40 min to 3 hr and the ferry ticket cost starts at €21.
Ios-Santorini ferry: during high season, there are 2 daily ferries from Ios to Santorini. The ferry trip lasts from 25 minutes to 1,5 hours, depending on the vessel and ferry company, and the ferry ticket cost starts at €6.
Ferry from Amorgos to Santorini: This route is seasonal and there’s a daily ferry crossing that lasts from 1,5 hours to 4 hours. The ticket cost starts at €12 with a conventional ferry.
Ferry to Santorini from Naxos: Usually, there are up to 6 daily ferry crossings from Naxos to Santorini in the summer. The ferry trip lasts from about 1 hr 20 min to 2 hr 20 min and the tickets start at 20€.
Enjoy a delicious meal near the sea in Santorini
Traveling to Santorini from abroad
So, how do you get to Santorini from abroad? The easiest way is, of course, by air. There are numerous direct flights to Santorini from Europe (the UK, Italy, Spain, France and more) usually running from May to October.
Countries outside Europe, such as the US, Canada and Australia are not connected through direct flights. However, you can reach the capital of Greece, Athens, and then opt for a flight or ferry trip to Santorini.
Book ferry tickets to Santorini for 2021
So, now that you have all the information you need on how to get to Santorini, it’s time that you booked your tickets. On Ferryhopper, you can find all the updated ferry schedules, compare ferry companies and prices, and buy ferry tickets online in just 4 clicks, with no hidden fees. Don’t forget that you can also manage your booking through our app and contact our excellent Customer Support team if you need to.
Planning is over! You’ve got your tickets, your Santorini travel guide and your best mood. Let your vacation begin!