Traveling from Santorini to Athens (all ports) by ferry
You can travel by ferry from Santorini to Athens year-round. There are regular ferry routes from Santorini to the port of Piraeus throughout the year, as well as seasonal routes to Rafina. Ferry tickets normally range from €23 to €119. Read our ferry guide with the latest information for this route.
Ferry schedules from Santorini to Athens (all ports)*
Is there a ferry from Santorini to Athens?
You can catch a ferry from Santorini to Athens throughout the year. There are up to 6 daily ferry crossings to the port of Piraeus year-round and occasional ferry routes to Rafina during the summer months. The route is normally serviced by the following ferry companies: Seajets, Golden Star Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, Aegeon Pelagos, Zante Ferries and Sea Speed Ferries.
How long is the ferry ride from Santorini to Athens?
The Santorini to Athens ferry duration ranges from 6 hr to 10 hr on average. The travel time varies, depending on weather conditions, itinerary, the type of vessel and the port of arrival.
Is there a high-speed ferry from Santorini to Athens?
Yes, you can travel with a high-speed ferry from Santorini to Athens. The fastest ferry to Athens makes the trip in approximately 6 hr and connects Santorini with the port of Piraeus.
How much is the ferry from Santorini to Athens?
The Santorini - Athens ferry price ranges from €23 to €119. The ticket cost can be higher or lower depending on discounts, offers, seat and vessel type, destination port, as well as vehicle selection.
What’s the ferry schedule from Santorini to Athens?
You can travel by ferry from Santorini to Athens throughout the year. There are frequent year-long ferry routes from Santorini to the port of Piraeus and seasonal routes to the port of Rafina in Athens. During the summer season, there are more crossings and ferry companies operating on the route. Find more details about the different routes below.
Good to know: the ferry trip Santorini - Rafina is seasonal and it’s not in operation every year. Follow Ferryhopper updates for more information on this route for summer 2021.
Ferry from Santorini to Athens (Piraeus)
There are 4-6 daily ferry crossings from Santorini to Athens (Piraeus) between June and September and 1-3 daily crossings year-round. The earliest ferry usually departs from Santorini at 03:00 and arrives in Piraeus at 09:10, while the latest scheduled trip to Athens (Piraeus) from Santorini is usually at 23:15, arriving at 08:20.
Ferry from Santorini to Athens (Rafina)
The route from Santorini to Athens (Rafina) is seasonal and it’s normally in operation from May to October with 1-2 daily crossings. The earliest ferry usually departs from Santorini at 11:15, while the latest scheduled trip to Athens (Rafina) from Santorini is usually around 14:30, arriving in the evening.
Good to know: ferry schedules are subject to change depending on the season. Find the latest information and check real-time data for ferries from Santorini to Athens on our fare search engine.
What’s the distance between Santorini and Athens?
The average distance between Santorini and the ports of Athens is approximately 134 nautical miles (248km).
Am I allowed to travel from Santorini to Athens?
For the latest information on COVID-19 and ferry travel in Greece, visit our relevant FAQ section.
Where can I book cheap ferry tickets from Santorini to Athens?
You can easily book cheap Santorini - Athens ferry tickets on Ferryhopper with no extra fees. Find information about available routes on Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, compare ferry companies and itineraries and book ferry tickets from Santorini to Athens in just 4 clicks!
Picturesque alley in the neighborhood of Plaka in Athens
Useful tips for your ferry trip from Santorini to Athens
Here are some useful tips for your ferry trip from Santorini to Athens:
- The port of Santorini, Athinios, can get extra busy during the summer. Check our guide for Athinios Port to get ready for your trip.
- The port of Piraeus is the closest to the city center of Athens. The distance between Piraeus Port and downtown Athens is 10km. Rafina is located 33km west of Athens.
- On Ferryhopper, you can discover island-hopping options from Santorini to more Greek destinations, such as Mykonos, Crete, Amorgos and Serifos.
- Find more information about Covid-19 ferry safety measures and learn how to stay safe during your trip to Athens.
- For more information about the trip to Athens and departure times, do not hesitate to contact the Ferryhopper Customer Support Team!
Where to take the ferry from Santorini to Athens
You can catch the ferry to Athens from the port of Athinios in Santorini. Athinios Port is located on the western coast of Santorini, 8km from Fira and 20km from the village of Oia. You can get to the port of Athinios by bus, taxi or car.
Ferry companies are usually quite flexible when it comes to luggage size and weight. You can keep your luggage next to you or store your bags and suitcases in the designated luggage area on the ferry from Santorini to Athens.
Good to know: bear in mind that there is no check-in procedure for luggage items.
Tip: each ferry company has its own baggage allowance policy. We recommend that you don’t carry more than 50kg of luggage to avoid delays due to restricted space in the luggage area.
High-speed ferries do not have cabins, but they have numbered seats. There are cabins and numbered seats on standard ferries for a more comfortable trip.