Ferries at the port of Heraklion

Ferry from Santorini to Heraklion

Tickets & Schedules

How to get from Santorini to Heraklion by ferry

There are at least 2 daily ferry crossings from Santorini to Heraklion in the summer months, with a sailing duration of 2 hours. Find all information regarding ticket prices and departure times. Compare ferry companies and book your ferry tickets.

Ferry schedules from Santorini to Heraklion (Crete)*

Is there a ferry from Santorini to Heraklion, Crete?

Normally there is at least 1 daily ferry from Santorini to Crete (Heraklion). The ferry companies that operate on the route are 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 your ferry ticket online on Ferryhopper.

How long is the ferry ride from Santorini to Heraklion?

The Santorini to Heraklion ferry duration is approximately 2 hr with a high-speed vessel and almost 6 hr with a conventional one. 

Is there a high-speed ferry from Santorini to Heraklion?

Yes, the Santorini to Heraklion ferry connection is mainly served by high-speed ferries as well as one conventional ferry (F/B Prevelis).

The fastest ferry to Heraklion covers the distance in 2 hr.

How much is the ferry from Santorini to Heraklion?

The Santorini-Heraklion 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 Santorini to Heraklion?

The Santorini to Crete ferry line operates mainly in the summer season.

Normally there are 1 or 2 ferries per day from Santorini to Heraklion.

The earliest Santorini - Heraklion ferry departs at 04:40 and reaches the Cretan port at 11:00. The latest departure from Santorini to Crete is usually at 17:00 with the ferry arriving in Heraklion at 19:00. 

What's the distance between Santorini and Heraklion?

The distance from the port of Santorini (Athinios) to the port of Heraklion is 65 nautical miles (120km). 

Am I allowed to travel from Santorini to Heraklion?

Yes, ferry traveling across Greek destinations is currently allowed. For updated information on COVID-19 and ferry traveling in Greece please visit our relevant FAQ section. 

Where can I book cheap ferry tickets from Santorini to Heraklion?

You can book cheap ferry tickets from Santorini to Heraklion, Crete online on Ferryhopper. On our Map of ferries, you can see all the available ferry connections, compare ferry companies and fares, and book your ferry trip to Heraklion with just 4 clicks.

Ruins of the palace of Knossos

The impressive ruins of the palace of Knossos, located 6 km from the port of Heraklion

Useful tips for your ferry trip from Santorini to Heraklion

Here are some travel tips for your trip from Santorini to Heraklion: 

  • The port of Santorini is small and can get extra crowded in high season. We recommend accounting for extra time to arrive at the port.
  • Apart from Crete, you can organize many day trips and island hopping from Santorini. Visit our blog with top day trips from Santorini to get inspiration!
  • Summer ferry rides can be a bit bumpy. There is nothing to worry about but if you feel seasick you can ask the ferry crew for some aspirin or carry with you anti-nausea pills. 
  • We recommend booking your return to Santorini in advance as tickets sell out fast. 
  • From the Heraklion bus station, located 700 meters (10 minutes walk) from the port, you can take a bus to many cities, villages, and coastal areas in Crete. 
  • Read our Heraklion travel guide for useful information and tips about the island. 

Where to take the ferry from Santorini to Heraklion?

The Santorini-Crete ferry departs from the port of Athinios in Santorini. Athinios is located on the southwest side of the island.

It's a relatively small port, so it can get quite crowded particularly in July and August.

There are taxis and public buses that offer services to the port, but they can sell out fast. On our blog, you can find a helpful travel guide for the port of Santorini

Can I travel on the ferry from Santorini to Heraklion with a car?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle in the majority of the ferries from Santorini to Crete (Heraklion). 

Ferry luggage

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 Santorini to Crete have cabins but the majority of them offer numbered seats. 

Daily ferries from Santorini to Heraklion (Crete)