Ferries departing from Santorini

The top day trips from Santorini

Greek islands: bet you can’t just visit one!

The island of Santorini is a world-renowned vacation destination, famous for its amazing volcanic landscape, unique beaches, breathtaking views and gorgeous architecture. The island is located on the southernmost part of the Cycladic archipelago, close to more islands of the Cyclades, as well as Crete. If you’re visiting Santorini this summer, it’s a great idea to go island hopping!

White terrace with blue door in Santorini

View from a terrace in Oia

So, where can you go on a day trip from Santorini? There are regular ferry routes from Santorini to the islands of the Dodecanese, Crete and the Cyclades. Whether you want to go on a one-day trip or multi-day tour, there are many options for day trips from Santorini. 

We can tell you’re warming up to the idea, so the next important question is: what islands can you visit from Santorini? You can arrange day trips from Santorini to Anafi, Amorgos, Ios, Koufonisia, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Crete and many more Greek islands!

On Ferryhopper, you can find all ferry routes and ferry ticket prices to plan your island hopping from Santorini.

Find more info and tips about the best Santorini island-hopping tours:

Santorini day trip to Crete (Heraklion)

Visiting Crete is one of the best day trips from Santorini, Greece. The island of Crete is great if you want to explore the untamed Greek nature and get familiar with the traditional way of life. In Crete, you can swim in amazing beaches of exquisite beauty such as Matala, Elafonisi and Lygaria. Moreover, we recommend that you visit the mountain villages of Crete to drink raki with the locals and taste amazing dishes. As for cultural sightseeing, the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Heraklion is a must!

Is it possible to go on a day tour from Santorini to Crete? Yes, it is! Although Crete is not in the Cyclades, there are high-speed vessels traveling from the port of Athinios in Santorini to Crete. High-speed ferries make the Santorini - Heraklion crossing in 2 hours and the journey with standard vessels lasts around 6 hours. 

In the summer of 2021, ferries for the day trip Santorini to Crete are in operation daily with 3-5 crossings. Ferries usually arrive at the port of Heraklion in the early evening. Tickets for day trips from Santorini to Crete with a high-speed ferry start at €54.

Tip: If you’re already in Crete, bear in mind you can normally go on a Santorini day trip from Crete via 3 ports on the island: Heraklion, Rethymnon and Sitia.

Day trips from Santorini to Mykonos

The one-day trip from Santorini to Mykonos is one of the most popular, as it combines two of the most beloved Greek islands! Mykonos is the island of luxury and cosmopolitan experiences. It attracts many travelers who are after intense nightlife, fine-dining restaurants, exclusive beaches and top-notch holiday services. You can go island hopping from Santorini to Mykonos either for the day or for longer, as the island is rich in attractions and activities.

Ferries serving day trips from Santorini to Mykonos are available up to 8 times per day in the summer of 2021. Ferries depart from the port of Athinios in Santorini and arrive at the new port of Mykonos in Tourlos.

The trip duration from Santorini to Mykonos is 2-3 hours. The crossing is serviced mainly by high-speed ferries and tickets usually start at €37.

Tip: Find out how to plan your 2021 day tours from Santorini to Mykonos and Crete for the ultimate island-hopping experience in Greece. 

Elia beach in Mykonos

The sandy Elia beach in Mykonos

Day trip from Santorini to Milos

This is one of the most romantic island hopping day trips from Santorini, as it combines two of the best destinations for couples vacation. In Milos, you will swim in quaint beaches such as Sarakiniko, visit picturesque villages, go on boat excursions and enjoy cocktails at easy-going bars around the island. Plaka, the island capital, is one of the top viewing spots in Milos, where you can also find local restaurants and cute shops.

Day trips from Santorini to Milos are available year-round, as there are frequent ferry routes. According to 2021 ferry schedules, there are 1-3 daily crossings from Santorini to Milos. Ferries depart from Athinios port in Santorini and arrive at the port of Adamas.

The Santorini - Milos journey duration is 2-5 hours depending on the type of vessel. If you’re going to Milos just for the day, we recommend that you catch a high-speed ferry. Tickets for this crossing start at €16.

Tip: Discover more beautiful Greek islands for romantic holidays!

Travel from Santorini to Ios

If you’re wondering what islands are close to Santorini, the one-day trip from Santorini to Ios perfectly answers your question! This is one of our favorite island hopping tours in the Cyclades, as the islands are really close and you can make the most of your visit, even if you’re just heading to Ios for the day. The Greek island of Ios is known for its wild nightlife, party atmosphere, heavenly beaches and distinct architecture! Ferryhopper suggests you swim at Mylopotas and Magganari, you watch the sunset at Palaiokastro and spend a night dancing in Chora.

You can travel from Santorini to Ios throughout the year. Ferries serving day trips from Santorini to Ios are more frequent during the summer months. There are up to 6 daily ferry crossings in the summer of 2021. Ferries to Ios depart from the port of Athinios in Santorini, which is 22km from Oia and 8km from Fira.

The ferry duration from Santorini to Ios ranges from 35 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of vessel. Tickets range from €6 to €57.

Chora in Ios at night

The beautiful island of Ios by night

Explore Naxos island from Santorini

Naxos is the perfect destination to visit after Santorini if you’re eager to find out more about the Cycladic tradition. The largest island of the Cyclades has something for everyone! You can try delicious local delicacies -arseniko and graviera cheeses are our favorite-, swim in magical beaches such as Plaka and Agios Prokopios, visit archaeological sites and explore remote villages that maintain their authentic character.

You can go on a one-day trip from Santorini to Naxos daily with at least 5 ferry crossings. Ferries to Naxos depart from the port of Athinios on the eastern coast of Santorini.

There are both high-speed ferries and conventional vessels operating on this route. The ferry ride lasts from 1 to 4 hours depending on the vessel and the itinerary. Ferry tickets normally start at €20.

Tip: See more useful information about 2021 ferry schedules for the Greek islands to plan your island hopping from Santorini.

Hop on a ferry from Santorini to Amorgos

Going island hopping from Santorini to Amorgos is a great summer experience! Amorgos is distinguished by its untamed nature, beautiful hiking trails, relaxing vibes, important monuments and inviting blue waters! If you visit Amorgos just for one day, we recommend that you visit the beautiful Agia Anna beach, explore the villages of Katapola and Aegiali, see the shipwreck “Olympia” and go hiking on Palia Strata trail.

The Santorini - Amorgos route is normally seasonal and it’s available from May to October. You can go on a day trip from Santorini to Amorgos 1-2 times per day in 2021. Ferries depart from the port of Athinios, the main port of Santorini.

The duration of the trip ranges from 1 to 5 hours depending on the type of ferry. We recommend you travel with a high-speed ferry to have a smooth and fast sailing. Tickets for the crossing start at €11 for standard vessels and around €49 for fast ferries.

Tip: If you’re more of a last-minute kind of traveler, no worries! You can book Santorini island hopping ferry tickets on your mobile through the Ferryhopper App, with just a few taps and swipes!

Agios Pavlos beach in Amorgos

The crystal-clear waters of Agios Pavlos beach in Amorgos

For more Santorini island hopping ideas, you can check Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries. Find up-to-date ferry routes for day trips from Santorini to nearby islands, book day trips from Santorini to Athens or plan your personalized island-hopping tour in the Cyclades with no extra fees!

Good to know: Discover all 2021 Covid-19 ferry travel measures for the Greek islands and learn how to sail safe!