**If you're looking for the ferry schedules for the Greek islands for 2021, read our updated blog post!
Are you searching for the latest ferry routes, timetables, prices and itineraries for the Greek islands? Here you can find updated information on ferry tickets to the Greek Islands for 2020, so that you can start planning your next holidays in Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Amorgos, Milos, Corfu, Hydra etc!
Ferry companies have released most of their timetables for 2020, so the Ferryhopper team has prepared an overview of the most popular ferry routes to make your planning more efficient and your search for ferry schedules and tickets easier! You can 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. On Ferryhopper you can find all direct and indirect ferry routes, organize your island-hopping trip, compare different ferry companies in terms of speed and prices and book your ferry tickets online 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?
Which are the Greek Ferry Companies?
The biggest ferry operators in Greece are:
- Blue Star Ferries
- Aegean Speedlines
- Ionian Group
- Golden Star Ferries
- ANEK Lines
- Minoan Lines
Announcements of Greek Ferry Schedules
Most ferry routes from Italy to Greece as well as ferry itineraries to the Greek islands for the spring and summer of 2020 have been announced by ferry companies. We will continue updating you as the latest schedules are released, so stay tuned for more! In the meantime here is some useful information and tips for the most popular Greek ferry trips.
From Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini and Mykonos in a few hours
The Heraklion - Santorini - Mykonos ferry connection is operated mostly by high speed ferries, but there are also some conventional ferries serving the route. The duration and the price of the ferry trip vary according to the type of ferry. As this route is quite popular there are usually at least 3 ferries per day.
Tickets for high speed ferries that operate this route are normally around 70€-80€, while tickets for conventional ferries cost around 30€. However, prices are subject to change every year.
Mykonos - Santorini Ferry Connection
Another popular route during the summer months in Greece is the one connecting Santorini to Mykonos. During the high season (end of May - September) there are usually around 8-9 ferries per day that serve this route.
Most of the ferries that operate the Mykonos - Santorini connection are high speed or catamarans, but there are also conventional ferries traveling on this route. Trip duration ranges from 1hr 45 min to approximately 4 hrs, depending on the itinerary that you choose.
There is also the option to travel with your vehicle to Santorini or Mykonos, as some of the ferries have a garage. Few of the companies that operate this route support e-tickets as well.
How to get from Athens to Mykonos by ferry
Mykonos is located in the center of the Cyclades. Daily ferries departing from the ports of Rafina and Piraeus connect the island to Athens. Rafina is the most convenient starting point for your ferry trip to Mykonos, as it is closer to the island. However, Piraeus is a better option if you are in the center of Athens. The ferry companies that usually operate 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 route is served daily by 8 - 10 ferries. The average duration of the ferry trip from Rafina to Mykonos is approximately 3 hrs.
While during the low season (end of October - April) there are fewer itineraries from Rafina, there is always at least one conventional ferry serving the route to Mykonos regularly.
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 center of Athens 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 9 hrs.
During the summer there are usually 3-4 ferries per day operating this route, while in the winter the number of sailings drops to 1 or 2 daily.
In 2019 Seajets added a new high-speed ferry to its fleet, the WorldChampion Jet, which travels from Piraeus to Mykonos in just 2.5 hrs! Have a look at all the ferry routes on Ferryhopper, travel to your favorite destination fast and in comfort and get the most out of your holidays in Greece!
How to get from Athens to Santorini by ferry
The island of Santorini is one of the most popular Greek destinations not just for summer holidays but also throughout the year. Santorini is well connected to Athens through both the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. The ferry companies that usually operate this route are Seajets, Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, Zante Ferries and Aegeon Pelagos.
The port of Piraeus is the most popular option to travel to Santorini, as the ferry trip is shorter compared to Rafina. The ferry ride from Piraeus to Santorini can last from approximately 4.5 to 8 hrs depending on the type of ferry that you choose. During the summer there are at least 7 ferries operating this route every day, while in the winter there are 1 or 2 daily sailings.
Find more information about the Piraeus - Santorini ferry route on our relevant page.
The Rafina - Santorini connection is mostly seasonal, with the ferry route usually operating from May to September. The avearge trip duration is around 5 hrs. Ferries either depart early in the morning and arrive in Santorini at noon or they depart in the late afternoon and arrive by late evening.
How to get from Naxos to Amorgos by ferry
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 for island-hopping in the Cyclades.
- During the summer there are at least 3 ferries serving this route. It takes around 1.5 hrs for high-speed ferries and approximately 3 to 4 hrs for conventional ferries to get from Naxos to Amorgos.
- The SuperJet by Seajets connects the port of Naxos with the port of Katapola in Amorgos and also offers 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. We definitely recommended a ride with Skopelitis if you have some extra time and it's not too windy, as this is an experience you'll never forget! Express Skopelitis travels both to the port of Aegiali and to the port of Katapola in Amorgos. The ride can take from 3 to 6 hrs depending on which ports the ferry stops. It is also one of the cheapest options with tickets starting from as low as 12 - 13€.
- During the winter months, there is a regular ferry connection from Naxos to Amorgos, with few weekly itineraries that are mostly operated by conventional ferries. The ferry companies that usually run this route during the winter are Blue Star Ferries and Small Cyclades Lines.
Andros - Tinos - Mykonos Ferry route
The islands of Andros, Tinos, and Mykonos are located very close to each other in the north of the Cyclades. They are ideal destinations for island-hopping in the Aegean Sea and they also give you the opportunity to combine different types of holidays on the Greek islands! The ferry companies that usually operate this route are Seajets, Fast Ferries, Golden Star Ferries and 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, allowing you to easily organize day trips or to 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 50 min to 1.5 hrs.
Ferry from Tinos to Mykonos
The Tinos - Mykonos ferry connection is great for those who want to combine relaxing holidays on a picturesque island such as Tinos with the celebrity lifestyle and intense nightlife of Mykonos! The ferry trip from Tinos to Mykonos is very short, ranging from 15 to 35 min depending on the ferry that you choose. The ferry tickets for this route are quite cheap with prices starting from around 8€.
You can travel from Athens to Andros, Tinos, and Mykonos from the port of Rafina or from the port of Piraeus. During the summer months, there are many ferry itineraries to choose from so that you can plan your holidays in the best possible way!
Island hopping in Greece has never been easier!
Ferry from Athens to Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Agistri
The islands of Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Agistri are located in the Saronic Gulf, very close to Athens. They are ideal destinations for those who want to quickly escape the city of Athens and 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: It is located very close to Piraeus and it’s well connected to the main port of Athens by regular ferries. During the summer there are at least 20 ferries per day departing from Piraeus towards the ports of Aegina, while the ferry connection is also regular during the winter. That is why Aegina is an ideal destination throughout the year! The ferry ride lasts approximately 1 hr and tickets are around 8€ - 15€. Keep in mind that prices are subject to change every year. Aegina also offers a variety of activities for water sports enthusiasts, such as sailing, windsurfing and diving. We definitely reccommend a visit to the ancient Temple of Aphaia or Afea. From there you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Saronic Gulf and Cape Sounion!
- Hydra: The island that Leonard Cohen and many other artists loved, is one of the most picturesque in the Saronic Gulf. The ferry trip to Hydra can last from 1.5 to 3 hrs depending on the type of ferry that you choose. During the summer there are at least 5 ferries per day serving this route. Ticket prices normally range from 20€ to 30€, but you should keep in mind that prices are subject to change every year. Hydra's status as a historic landmark protects its traditional architecture and beauty. Cars and motorcycles are also not allowed on the island, creating the impression of walking around an open-air museum!
- Poros: The beautiful island of Poros is well connected to the port of Piraeus, particularly during the summer months. It's a great destination if you are planning an island hopping trip in the Saronic Gulf. There at least 8 ferry itineraries per day to Poros in the summer and tickets are around 26€. For those who love water sports, Poros offers a wide range of options like water skiing, kayaking and windsurfing. If you enjoy hiking, there are also many walking trails with spectacular views!
- Agistri: This small, green island of the Saronic Gulf is ideal for relaxing holidays just a few hours away from Athens. You can unwind on the beautiful beaches or hike through the island's pine forrest! There are regular ferries traveling from the port of Piraeus to Agistri, which usually also pass by Aegina. During the summer months, there are at least 8-9 high speed and conventional ferries to Agistri per day. The ferry ticket prices range from 10€ to 15€, but keep in mind that prices might change every year.
- Spetses: The island of Spetses is famous not only for its history, but also for its beaches and nightlife. Compared to the other islands of the Saronic Gulf, it is located further away from the port of Piraeus. It’s still very easy to reach, however, with the ferry ride lasting from 2 to 3 hrs. The route is served primarily by high speed ferries. During the summer there are 4 to 5 daily itineraries from Piraeus to Spetses.
How to get from Athens to Milos, Serifos, and Sifnos
The route served by the Speedrunner3 ferry by the 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 (2hrs 20min), Sifnos (2hrs 55min) and Milos (4hrs). The Piraeus - Serifos - Sifnos - Milos ferry route is also served by Seajets' high-speed ferries as well as by the conventional ferry Adamantios Korais by Zante Ferries. These 3 islands are also an excellent starting point for your island-hopping trip to the Cyclades, as they have regular ferry connections to nearby islands like Mykonos, Ios, Kimolos, Folegandros, and Siros.
Visit our updated map of ferries to find all the possible ferry connections in the Cyclades and the Aegean Sea and plan the best island hopping experience on the Greek islands!
Traveling from Athens to Crete by Ferry
This is one of the most popular ferry routes among those traveling to the Greek islands. Ferries departing from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina connect Athens to Crete. These are the available ferry routes:
- 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 hrs. There is often an overnight connection, which is the perfect choice if you want to start your day right in the center of Heraklion! Ferry ticket prices for an economy seat range from around 40€ to 46€.
- 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 also runs throughout the year. In the summer there are at least 2-3 ferries per day serving this route. The duration of the ferry trip to Chania can range from 6.5 to 9 hrs and ticket prices start from around 40€.
- Rafina - Heraklion: This is a seasonal route operated by Superferry by Golden Star Ferries. The trip is slightly longer as the ferry passes from many islands in the Cyclades, like Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini. The total duration of the ferry trip is approximately 12 hrs and ticket prices for 2019 ranged from 45€ to 50€ for an economy seat.
- Piraeus - Sitia: This is a less frequent direct ferry route, usually operated by F/B Prevelis. It runs 1 or 2 times a week and the duration of the journey is approximately 20 hrs from the port of Piraeus to the port of Sitia. On some days of the week you can also travel from Piraeus to Sitia indirectly via Heraklion or via the islands of the Dodecanese.
- Piraeus - Rethymno: This is a seasonal route operated by Olympus by Seaspeed Ferries, which takes you directly from Piraeus to Rethymno in about 12-13 hrs. This is usually an overnight trip, so we recommend that you book a bed cabin for a more comfortable and relaxing journey. The Piraeus - Rethymnon direct ferry connection runs approximately 4 times per week in the summer months. There is also the option to travel directly to Heraklion or Chania and then drive to Rethymno or you could choose an indirect connection via Santorini, Mykonos or Naxos. For more information on how to get to Rethymno and on holidays in Crete please 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 and Sea Speed Ferries. It is also quite common for ferries from Athens to Crete to travel overnight. For this reason, we recommend that you book a bed cabin in order to enjoy a more comfortable ferry trip and to start your day in Crete feeling refreshed.
Should I pre-book my ferry tickets from Italy to Greece?
In fact, yes! We would definitely recommend that you book your tickets from Italy to mainland Greece and the Greek islands pretty early. Ferry tickets for bed cabins and vehicles usually sell out fast so it's best to book well in advance in order to get the most out of your trip and your stay in Greece. If you aim to visit Greece during the high season, and especially in July and August, you should probably start planning your trip from Italy from as early as January. If you book early enough you can also take advantage of the early booking discount that companies offer.
The main routes that serve the Italy - Greece connection are Ancona - Patras and Venice - Patras with a possible intermediate stop in Igoumenitsa, as well as Bari - Igoumenitsa and Brindisi - Igoumenitsa with a possible intermediate stop in Corfu. Keep in mind that on specific days some ferries also serve other Greek islands of the Ionian Sea such as Kefalonia and Zante.
The biggest ferry companies operating this route are Minoan Lines, ANEK Superfast, and Ventouris Lines. You can find detailed information on this ferry connection in older Ferryhopper blog posts. Please also check out our article "Ferries Italy-Greece 2020" for more information on schedules and prices for 2020.
Where to book ferry tickets to the Greek Islands or from Italy to Greece
Use the Ferryhopper booking engine to find both direct and indirect connections between the Greek Islands as well as cheap ferry tickets from Italy to Greece. The latest information on ferry schedules for 2020 will appear directly on our website and search engine as soon as it is released. Book your ferry tickets safely, fast and at the best prices with only 4 clicks on Ferryhopper! Your search for ferries has never been easier! If you want more inspiration to help you organize your dream trip you can also visit our interactive Map of Ferries to get ideas.