Heraklion to Santorini, route details, price ranges and other helpful information

Ferry from Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini

Tickets & Schedules

Traveling from Heraklion to Santorini by ferry

The ferry connection between Heraklion (Crete) and Santorini (Thira) is a seasonal route, but a very popular one. From mid-April to late October, you can expect multiple daily itineraries, most of them departing in the morning from Heraklion port, and returning in the afternoon. In the low season between October and March, this connection is covered rather infrequently by older, conventional ferries. As you can see below, the minimum fare range for an adult is €28-€45 for a standard ticket, and the trip duration varies from 1h45m (high-speed ferries) to 5h55m (conventional ferry).

Ferry schedules from Heraklion to Santorini*

Heraklion to Santorini trip duration

The high-speed catamarans operating on this crossing during the summer season, perform the trip in less than 2 hours. Weather can play a role in trip duration though, as, in windy days the trip duration might be extended by as much as one hour for these vessels.

Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini day trip

The ferry schedules are planned with day trips in mind. The first ferry departs from Heraklion at 7:30 am, and returns back to Heraklion late in the afternoon, at around 8:00 pm (departing from Santorini at 6:00 pm). This allows travelers to organize day trips without the need of booking accommodations and spending the night in Santorini.

Heraklion to Santorini ferry schedules for 2019

Schedules for 2019 are yet to be announced. However, we would not expect many changes to the previous year's schedules in terms of ferry frequencies and trip durations. 

Daily ferries from Heraklion to Santorini