How to get from Heraklion to Santorini by ferry
The ferry route Heraklion - Santorini normally lasts around 2 hours and the average cost is around €65. 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 Crete to Santorini during the summer months. This is a seasonal route from Heraklion mainly operated by 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.
How long is the ferry ride from Heraklion to Santorini?
The Heraklion - Santorini ferry ride lasts between 2 hr and 6 hr depending on the type of ferry (standard or fast).
Is there a high-speed ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?
Yes, there are mainly high-speed ferries on this route as well as 1 conventional ferry from Crete to Santorini (F/B Prevelis).
The fastest ferry to Santorini covers the distance in 2 hr.
How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?
The Heraklion 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.
What's the ferry schedule from Heraklion to Santorini?
During the summer, the Crete-Santorini ferry line has 2 or 3 crossings per day.
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 20:15 and arrives in Santorini around 02:30.
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 (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 check our blog and FAQ pages.
Where can I book cheap ferry tickets from Heraklion to Santorini?
You can book Heraklion to Santorini ferry tickets online 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 4 clicks.
Good to know: ferry tracking is available for the Heraklion - Santorini ferry route when traveling with the following vessels: Power Jet, Superrunner, Prevelis, Champion Jet 2, and Naxos Jet. This means you can locate your ferry live on the Ferryhopper App on the day of traveling!
The small harbor of Ammoudi on the northwest coast of Santorini, overlooking Thirasia.
Useful tips for your ferry trip from Heraklion to Santorini
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 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. Check our blog for a helpful guide for the port of Santorini.
- If you organize a Crete to Santorini day trip we recommend that you rent a vehicle on the island 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).
- Read our Santorini travel guide for useful information and tips about the island.
How do you get from Crete to Santorini?
You can get from Crete to Santorini by ferry all year round. During the summer, there are about 3 ferries per day from the port of Heraklion to Santorini.
During the winter, there is usually 1 weekly ferry from Crete to Santorini.
Can you do a day trip from Crete to Santorini?
Yes, you can do a day trip from Heraklion to Santorini. You can get the first ferry from Heraklion and be in Santorini at 10:00. You can enjoy your day on the island and return with the ferry at 17.00 which gets to Heraklion around 19.00.
Where in Crete can you get the ferry to Santorini?
The Crete-Santorini ferry departs from the port of Heraklion. It's located 1.5km from the center of the city, close to many shops, restaurants and city landmarks.
You can access the port by public bus, taxi or on foot. The regional bus station of Heraklion is located 700 meters (10 minutes walk) from the port.
Can I travel on the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini with a car?
Yes, you can travel with a vehicle in the majority of the ferries from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini.
Each ferry company has its own baggage allowance policy. Seajets allows for personal luggage weighing up to 50 kg. There are also open luggage trunks in the passenger lounges and the garage to leave your luggage during the trip. Minoan Lines allows each passenger to carry up to 2 pieces of luggage, and 1 piece of 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.
A few of the ferries that travel from Crete to Santorini have cabins but the majority of them offer numbered seats.