Ferry from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini
Tickets, Prices, Times & Schedules
Is there a ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?
There are at least 2 ferry crossings per day from Crete to Santorini during the summer months. It is a seasonal route from Heraklion mainly operated by 4 ferry companies: Seajets, Minoan Lines, Golden Star Ferries and Aegeon Pelagos.
Please note that ferry timetables are subject to change depending on the season. You can check real-time schedules and book ferry tickets online on Ferryhopper.
Am I allowed to travel to Santorini from Crete?
Yes, you can travel from Crete to Santorini by ferry at the moment. However, travel guidelines may change. So, make sure to check the latest updates on COVID-19 and ferry traveling in Greece before your trip.
What’s the ferry schedule from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini
The earliest Crete to Santorini ferry departs from Heraklion at 08:00 and arrives at the port of Athinios at 10:00. The latest ferry from Heraklion departs at 22:15 and arrives in Santorini around 02:30.
Ferry Tickets, Offers & Discounts
How much is the ferry from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini?
The Crete to Santorini ferry price ranges from €25 to €85. The final ticket cost can be higher or lower depending on discounts, seat type, or vehicle selection.
On Ferryhopper, you can find all available offers for the ferry trip to Santorini from Heraklion (Crete). Take a look at our ferry routes, find the lowest prices and book your ferry tickets on Ferryhopper at no extra cost.
Traveling from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini by ferry is easy, comfortable and you can take advantage of lower-cost ferry tickets thanks to the available discounts. The ferry companies offer discounts up to 50% to the following passenger categories:
- Children from 5 to 10 years old
- Permanent residents of islands (holders of Unique Islander Number)
- Students of Greek Public Universities
- People with disabilities and their accompanying persons
Note: infants and children up to 4 years travel for free. However, keep in mind that available discounts may vary depending on the company you’re traveling with.
Ferry Route Info
How long is the ferry ride from Heraklion to Santorini?
The Heraklion - Santorini ferry time is around 2 hr to 6 hr depending on the type of ferry (conventional or high-speed).
How far is Santorini from Crete?
The distance from the port of Heraklion to the port of Santorini (Athinios) is 63 nautical miles (120km).
Is there a high-speed ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?
Yes. You can travel with a fast ferry from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini. The Crete-Santorini ferry route is mainly operated by high-speed ferries lasting about 2 hr.
Ferry Trip Tips
Useful tips for your ferry trip to Santorini from Heraklion
Here are some travel tips for your trip from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini:
- The port of Heraklion can get crowded during the summer so we recommend that you arrive at the port at least 1 hr in advance of your departure to avoid queuing.
- Ferry rides can be 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. Check our blog for a helpful guide for the port of Santorini.
- 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).
- Read our Santorini travel guide for useful information and tips about the island.
How do you get from Heraklion, Crete, to Santorini?
You can get from Crete to Santorini by ferry all year round. During the summer, there are about 2-3 ferries per day from the port of Heraklion to Santorini. During the winter, there is usually 1 weekly ferry from Crete to Santorini.
Where in Crete can you get the ferry to Santorini?
The Crete - Santorini ferry departs from the port of Heraklion. It's located about 2km from the center of the city, close to many shops, restaurants and city landmarks.
To get to the port and catch the ferry from Crete to Santorini, you can take a public bus, taxi or walk. The regional bus station of Heraklion is located 700 meters (10 minutes walk) from the port.
Can you do a day trip from Crete to Santorini?
Yes, you can and Santorini is definitely worth a day trip from Crete! Hop on the first ferry from Heraklion and be in Santorini at 10:00. Enjoy the island’s breathtaking views, walk through its blue-domed churches and get back to Heraklion by 19:00.
Tip: we recommend that you rent a vehicle on the island to explore as much as possible.
Can I travel on the Heraklion - Santorini ferry with a car?
Yes, you can travel with a vehicle in the majority of the ferries from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini. Both conventional and high-speed ferries provide the service of vehicle transfer.
The Crete to Santorini ferry cost for your vehicle transfer ranges between €50 to €90 depending on the type of vehicle, on the ferry company as well as the season.
Each company operating the Heraklion to Santorini ferry route has its own baggage allowance policy. Specifically:
- On Seajets ferries, passengers can bring single luggage weighing up to 50 kg.
- Minoan Lines allows each passenger to carry up to 2 pieces of luggage and 1 hand luggage.
- In Golden Star Ferries there is no weight limit for luggage but it needs to be placed in the specified luggage trunks.
- Aegeon Pelagos does not have restrictions on luggage.
Tip: please note that ferry companies charge fees for additional baggage and baggage exceeding the size and/or weight policy.
Some ferries traveling from Crete to Santorini have cabins but the majority of them offer numbered seats.
You can travel with your pet on the Crete - Santorini ferry depending on the company and type of vessel you’ve chosen. Make sure to carry along the necessary certificates, tickets and any pet supplies you may need for your trip.
Where can I book cheap ferry tickets from Heraklion to Santorini
You can book your tickets for the Heraklion to Santorini ferry on Ferryhopper. On our Map of ferries, you can see all the available ferry connections, compare ferry companies and prices, and book your ferry trip to Santorini with just a few clicks.