Traveling from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini by ferry
The ferry route Heraklion - Santorini normally lasts around 2 hours and the average cost is around 48€. Check our summary with the latest data for ferries.
Ferry schedules from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini*
Is there a ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?
There are at least 2-3 ferry crossings per day from Heraklion to Santorini during the summer months. This seasonal route is operated mainly by high-speed vessels by 3 ferry companies: Minoan Lines, Seajets, and Golden Star Ferries. Approximately once a week there is also the option to take the conventional ferry F/B Prevelis operated by Aegeon Pelagos lines. This can change regarding the season and the weather, but you can compare information and check real-time data on our fare search engine.
How long is the ferry ride from Heraklion to Santorini?
The trip lasts approximately 2 hours with a high-speed ferry and around 6 hours with a conventional ferry.
How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?
The cost for a one-way economy ticket for this route ranges from 48€ to 85€ for high-speed vessels. The price depends on reductions, offers, seat type, or ferry company. The cost of the conventional ferry is lower, starting from 25€, however, the trip duration is much longer.
What's the ferry schedule from Heraklion to Santorini?
During the summer there are at least 3 daily ferries on this route. The ferries usually depart in the morning from Heraklion from 08.00 to 09.00, which is ideal for a day trip from Crete to Santorini. During the winter there is only 1 ferry connection per week usually served by the vessel F/B Prevelis that departs from Heraklion in the afternoon or evening hours.
What's the distance between Heraklion and Santorini?
The distance from the port of Heraklion to the port of Santorini (Athinios) is 65 nautical miles (which translates to 120km).
Am I allowed to travel from Heraklion to Santorini?
Yes, traveling within Greek destinations is currently allowed. For the latest updates and useful information on COVID-19 and ferry traveling in Greece please check our relevant FAQ pages.
Where can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Santorini?
Find real-time departure times, ferry prices, and duration on Ferryhopper and book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Santorini online, at the best prices.
The small harbor of Ammoudi on the northwest coast of Santorini, overlooking Thirasia.
Useful tips for your ferry trip from Heraklion to Santorini:
- The port of Heraklion can get crowded during summer months so we recommend that you arrive at the port at least 1 hour in advance of your departure to avoid queuing.
- Ferry rides can be a bit bumpy during the summer. If you feel seasick you can ask the ferry crew for some aspirin or carry with you anti-nausea pills.
- Athinios, the port of Santorini is small and can get very crowded in high season. On our blog, you can find a helpful guide for the port of Santorini.
- If you visit Santorini only for a day, be sure to rent a vehicle, to explore as much as possible.
- If you are planning to stay in Santorini for longer, we recommend that you book accommodation as early as possible (about 3-4 months in advance).
- We suggest that you book your return from Santorini in advance as tickets sell out fast.
- Island hopping around Santorini is a great idea! Check our Ferry Maps to discover nearby islands.
- For extra tips before your trip, visit our destination page about holidays in Santorini, or read A Ferry(tale) to Santorini for an insight into Santorini ferries.