Are you searching for the latest ferry routes, timetables, prices and itineraries for the Greek islands? Here you can find updated information about ferry tickets to the Greek Islands. Many routes are yet to be announced for 2020, but it is good to have an idea of your options to start designing your next holidays in the Greek islands! The Ferryhopper team has prepared for you an overview of the itineraries of the most popular routes to make your search for ferry itineraries and ferry tickets easier and your planning more efficient! As soon as the ferry companies release their timetables, you may use Ferryhopper to get quick access to information such as prices and timetables that will help you book your tickets and plan your trip to the Greek islands next summer. With Ferryhopper you can find all ferry routes-direct and indirect, organise your isalnd-hopping trip, compare different ferry companies in terms of speed and prices and book online your ferry tickets, with no hidden fees!
On this page
- Which are the Greek Ferry Companies?
- Announcements of Greek Ferry Schedules
- From Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini and Mykonos in a few hours
- Mykonos - Santorini ferry connection
- How to get from Athens to Mykonos by ferry?
- How to get from Athens to Santorini by ferry?
- How to get from Naxos to Amorgos by ferry?
- Andros - Tinos - Mykonos Ferry route
- Ferry from Athens to Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Agistri
- How to get from Athens to Milos, Serifos, and Sifnos?
- Traveling from Athens to Crete by ferry
- Should I pre-book my ferry tickets from Italy to Greece?
The biggest ferry operators in Greece are:
- Blue Star Ferries
- Aegean Speedlines
- Ionian Group
- Golden Star Ferries
- ANEK Lines
- Minoan Lines
A rough estimate to keep in mind about ferry schedules in order to plan your research accordingly:
- The Italy - Greece ferry routes for 2020 will be announced in November 2019
- The ferry itineraries for the winter 2019 - 2020 to the Greek Islands are probably announced from October to December 2019
- The majority of the summer ferry routes to the Greek islands is expected to be announced around February - March 2020
We will continue updating you as these schedules and timetables are released, so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, and just to warm you up for your 2020 ferry trips, here are some useful information and tips for the most popular Greek ferry routes.
The ferry trip duration from Heraklion to Santorini is usually from 2 to 3 hours and the duration of the Heraklion - Mykonos ferry ride is usually from 4 to 7 hours, depending on the ferry you choose to travel with.
The Heraklion - Santorini - Mykonos ferry route is operated by both high speed and conventional ferries, so your ferry option will probably affect both the duration as well as the price of your ferry trip. As this route is quite popular there are usually at least 3 ferries per day.
Ferry tickets for high-speed ferries that operate this route are usually in the range of ~70€ while conventional ferries could be around ~50€, but pricing is subject to change every year.
Another popular route during the summer months in Greece is the one connecting Santorini to Mykonos. Usually, in the high season (end of May - September) there are around 8 ferries per day that serve this route.
Most of the ferries that operate on the Mykonos - Santorini route are high speed or catamarans and the trip duration can be from 1h 45 min to 3 hours. There are also conventional ferries traveling on this route and the ferry ride is around 4 hours.
There are also options to transfer your vehicle with you to Santorini or Mykonos, as some of the ferries have a garage, while few of the companies that operate on this ferry route support e-tickets as well.
The island of Mykonos, in the center of the Cyclades, is well connected to Athens with daily ferries from the ports of Rafina and Piraeus. Rafina is the most convenient port to go to Mykonos as it is closer to the island. However, Piraeus is a better option if you are in the Athens centre. The ferry companies that usually operate on the Athens - Mykonos route are Seajets, Golden Star Ferries, Fast Ferries, and Blue Star Ferries.
Ferry from Rafina to Mykonos
During the summer months, the Rafina - Mykonos ferry route is served daily by 8 - 9 ferries. The average duration of the ferry trip from Rafina to Mykonos is approximately 3 hours.
During the low season (end of October - April) the itineraries from Rafina are reduced but there is at least one conventional ferry frequently serving the route to Mykonos.
You can find more useful information about the Rafina - Mykonos ferry route on our relevant page.
Ferry from Piraeus to Mykonos
The port of Piraeus is located closer to the Athens city center compared to the port of Rafina and it is often easier to catch a ferry from there to the Aegean islands. The Piraeus - Mykonos ferry route is served frequently by both high speed and conventional ferries and the ferry trip duration ranges from 2,5 to 5 hours.
During the summer there are usually 3 -4 ferries per day operating this route while in the winter they reduce to 1 or 2 daily sailings.
In 2019 Seajets introduced a new high-speed ferry on its fleet, World Champion Jet, which travels from Piraeus to Mykonos in just 2,5 hours! The exact World Champion Jet itineraries might change in 2020 but you should have a look for the ferry routes if you would like to travel to your favorite destination fast and in comfort and get the most from your holidays in Greece.
The island of Santorini is one of the most popular Greek destinations for summer holidays as well as throughout the year. Santorini is well connected to Athens through both the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. The ferry companies that usually operate on this route are Seajets, Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Zante Ferries or Aegeon Pelagos.
The port of Piraeus is the most popular option to travel to Santorini while the ferry trip is shorter, comparing to Rafina. The ferry ride from Piraeus to Santorini can last from 4,5 to 7 hours depending to the type of ferry that you choose to travel with. During the summer there are at least 8 ferries operating this route every day, while in the winter there are 1 or 2 daily sailings.
Find out more information about the Piraeus - Santorini ferry route on our relevant page.
The Rafina - Santorini connection is mostly seasonal so usually, this ferry route operates from May to September. The trip duration is 7 to 8 hours and the ferries depart mostly early in the morning and get to Santorini by early afternoon.
Amorgos is one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, famous for its blue waters and amazing views to the Aegean. The Naxos - Amorgos ferry connection is a popular route for summer holidays but also island-hopping in the Cyclades.
- During the summer there are at least 4 ferries operating on this route, the high-speed options take around 1,5 hour while the conventional ferries take approximately 3 to 4 hours to go from Naxos to Amorgos.
- The SuperJet by Seajets and the SuperSpeed by Golden Star Ferries connect the port of Naxos with the port of Katapola in Amorgos and also offer the option for an e-ticket.
- The famous conventional ferry Express Skopelitis by Small Cyclades Lines connects Naxos to Amorgos and the Small Cyclades throughout the year, and it’s definitely a recommended experience if you have some extra time for your trip. Express Skopelitis travels to both the port of Aegiali and the port of Katapola in Amorgos and the ferry ride can be from 3 to 6 hours depending on which ports the ferry stops each time. It is also one of the cheapest options since the ferry tickets start from 12 - 13 euros.
- During the winter months, the Naxos - Amorgos route has a regular ferry connection with few weekly itineraries, mostly operated by conventional ferries. The ferry companies that usually run this route during the winter is Blue Star Ferries and Small Cyclades Lines.
The islands of Andros, Tinos, and Mykonos are located very close to each other, in the north of the Cyclades. Ideal destinations for island-hopping in the Aegean sea as well as an opportunity to combine different types of holidays in the Greek islands! The ferry companies that usually operate on this route are Seajets, Fast Ferries, Golden Star Ferries or Blue Star Ferries.
Ferry from Andros to Tinos
This is a very popular ferry connection as the two islands are located very close to each other and you can organize day trips or combine them for your holidays. During the summer there are at least 5 - 6 ferries connecting Andros to Tinos and the ferry trip lasts from 55 minutes to 1,5 hour.
From Tinos to Mykonos
The Tinos - Mykonos ferry connection is great for the ones that want to combine relaxing holidays in a picturesque island, like Tinos and also enjoy some of Mykonos celebrity lifestyle and intense nightlife! The ferry trip from Tinos to Mykonos is very short, from 15 minutes to 35 minutes depending on the ferry that you choose to travel with. The ferry tickets for this route are quite cheap with prices starting from around 10€.
You can travel from Athens to Andros, Tinos, and Mykonos via the port of Rafina in Athens as well as the port of Piraeus. During the summer months, there are many ferry itineraries to choose from and design your holidays in the best possible way!
Have a look on our pages for some of the most popular ferry routes from Athens to the islands of the north Cyclades: Rafina - Andros, Rafina - Tinos, Rafina - Mykonos.
Island hopping in the Greek islands has never been easier!
The islands that are located in the Saronic Gulf, Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Agistri are the best option if you want a quick escape from the city of Athens to enjoy beautiful beaches, good food and walks by the seaside. The ferry companies that serve these routes are ANES Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Saronic Ferries, Aegean Flying Dolphins, and Alco Ferries. All ferries depart from the port of Piraeus.
- Aegina: is located very close to Piraeus and it’s very frequently connected with ferries from the main port of Athens. During the summer there are at least 20 ferries per day connecting Piraeus to the ports of Aegina. The Piraeus - Aegina ferry connection is also regular during the winter so it’s a destination for the whole year-round. The ferry ride is approximately 1 hour and the ferry tickets are 10€ - 15€, although the prices are subject to change every year.
- Hydra: The island that Leonard Cohen loved, is one of the most picturesque of the Saronic gulf. The ferry trip to Hydra can be from 1,5 to 3 hours depending on the type of ferry that you choose and during the summer there are at least 5 ferries per day serving this route. The ferry ticket prices are from 20€ to 30€, although the prices are subject to change every year.
- Poros: The beautiful island of Poros is well-connected to the port of Piraeus, particularly during the summer months and it’s a good option if you want to organise some island-hopping around the Saronic gulf. There at least 8 ferry itineraries per day to Poros in the summer and ferry tickets are around 25€ (according to 2019 data).
- Agistri: This small, green island of the Saronic gulf is a great option for relaxing holidays a few hours away from Athens. There are regular ferries traveling from the port of Piraeus to Agistri, usually also passing by Aegina. During the summer months, there are at least 8-9 ferries to Agistri per day, and you can choose between high speed or conventional ones. The ferry ticket prices range from 10€ to 15€, although the prices are subject to change every year.
- Spetses: The historic island of Spetses is also famous for its beaches and nightlife. One of the most distant to the port of Piraeus, among the islands of the Saronic Gulf, it’s easy to reach within 2 or 3 hours of ferry ride. The route is served primarily by high-speed ferries and during the summer you can find 4 to 5 daily itineraries from Piraeus to Spetses.
The Speedrunner3 route by the ferry company Aegean Speedlines is one of the fastest ways to travel from Piraeus to the beautiful islands of the West Cyclades. The ferry connects Piraeus to Serifos (2h 30mins), Sifnos (3h 5mins) and Milos (4h). The Piraeus - Serifos - Sifnos - Milos ferry route is also served by Seajets high-speed ferries as well as the conventional ferry Adamantios Korais by Zante Ferries. These 3 islands are also an excellent choice to plan some island-hopping to the Cyclades as they have good ferry connections with nearby islands like Mykonos, Ios, Kimolos, Folegandros, or Siros.
Visit our updated map of ferries and find out all the possible ferry connections in the Cyclades and the Aegean sea and plan the best island hopping experience in the Greek islands!
This is one of the most popular ferry routes across the Greek island complex. Athens is connected to Crete via the ports of Piraeus and Rafina on the following ferry route combinations:
- Piraeus - Heraklion: This is one of the most popular ferry routes throughout the year. During the summer there are at least 2 -3 ferries per day traveling from Piraeus to the port of Heraklion and the ferry ride lasts from 7 to 9,5 hours. There is often an overnight connection that is perfect in order to start your day straight in the center of Heraklion! The ferry ticket prices for this route are subject to change every year, for 2019 the average price for an economy seat is ~40€.
- Piraeus - Chania: The second biggest port in Crete, Chania, is another popular option to reach the beautiful island of Crete. The Piraeus - Chania ferry connection is also active during the whole year, while in the summer there are at least 2-3 ferries every day serving this route. The duration of the ferry trip to Chania can be from 6,5 to 9 hours and the ferry prices start from around 40€.
- Rafina - Heraklion: This is a seasonal route operated by Superferry by Golden Star Ferries, and the trip is slightly longer as the ferry passes from many island ports in the Cyclades, like Mykonos, Paros or Santorini. The total ferry trip duration is approximately 12 hours and the ferry ticket prices for 2019 were from 45€ to 50€ for an economy seat.
- Piraeus - Sitia: This is a less regular direct ferry route, usually operated by F/B Prevelis, that runs 1 or 2 days a week and takes approximately 20 hours to get to the port of Sitia from the port of Piraeus. Some days of the week you can also consider traveling from Piraeus to Sitia, indirectly via Heraklion or the islands of the Dodecanese.
- Piraeus - Rethymno: This is a seasonal route operated by Olympus by Sea Speed Ferries, that takes you directly from Piraeus to Rethymno in about 12-13 hours. Usually, this is an overnight trip so you can book a bed cabin for a more comfortable ride, and a relaxing start of your holidays. The Piraeus - Rethymnon direct ferry connection runs approximately 4 times every week in the summer months so you might want to consider traveling directly to Heraklion or Chania and then drive to Rethymno or choose an indirect option via Santorini, Mykonos or Naxos. You can find more information about how to get to Rethymno and holidays in Crete visit our relevant pages.
The ferry companies that serve the Athens-Crete ferry route are Minoan Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Anek Lines, Golden Star Ferries, Aegeon Pelagos, Sea Speed Ferries. It is also quite usual that the ferries from Athens to Crete travel overnight so we would recommend that you consider booking a bed cabin for a more comfortable ferry trip and in order to start your day in Crete refreshed.
In fact, yes! We would definitely recommend that you book your tickets from Italy to Greece mainland and islands pretty early. Ferry tickets for bed cabins and vehicles usually sell out fast so it's best to act in advance in order to enjoy your trip and your stay in Greece to the most. Especially if you aim to visit Greece during the high season of July and August you should probably start planning your trip from Italy around January. If you are fast enough you can also take advantage of the early booking offer that the companies offer.
You should keep in mind that the main routes that serve the Italy - Greece connection are expected to be Ancona - Patras, and Venice - Patras with intermediate stops to Igoumenitsa, as well as Bari - Igoumenitsa and Brindisi - Igoumenitsa with intermediate stops in Corfu. However, on specific days the same routes will also be serving some other Greek islands of the Ionian sea such as Kefalonia and Zante. We will be updating this post with all relevant information around these routes so stay tuned. We will do our best to help you design the perfect ferry trip to your favorite destinations!
The biggest ferry companies in this route are Minoan Lines, ANEK Superfast, and Ventouris Lines. You can find a good collection of information regarding these ferries on older Ferryhopper blog posts, including schedules & pricing details for 2018, in our articles Italy - Greece vol.1 & Italy - Greece vol.2
How can I book my ferry tickets to the Greek Islands or from Italy to Greece?
As soon as the ferry schedules for 2020 are released they will directly show on our website and search engine. So use the Ferryhopper booking engine to find both direct and indirect connections between the Greek Islands or cheap ferry tickets from Italy to Greece. Whether you are an early planner or you want to daydream of your summer holidays in the Greek islands, we make your search for ferries easier than ever. With Ferryhopper.com you can book your ferry tickets safely, fast and in the best prices in only 4 clicks! If you want more ideas to organise your dream-trip you can also visit our interactive Map of Ferries and get ideas!