Athens to Santorini – The 2017 Guide

Updated: December 12, 2016

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Flights from Athens to Santorini
Ferries from Athens to Santorini
What is the best ferry to take from Athens to Santorini?
Should I book my ferry tickets in advance?
The difference between economy, business, VIP, and Cabin ferry classes
Athens Airport to the Ferry Port
Downtown Athens to Ferry Port
Map of Piraeus Ferry Port
Essentials to know about Greek Ferries
Recommended Hotels near the Athens Ferry Port

See Also

The Best Hotels in Athens
The Best Hotels in Santorini
Mykonos to Santorini by Ferry

Athens to Santorini – Summary

  • The best way to get from Athens to Santorini for most visitors is to fly. Flying to Santorini takes about 45 minutes while ferry takes between 5 and 8 hours. Ferry is the cheapest way to get to Santorini but if air tickets are bought far in advance the difference in price is not large.

Flights from Athens to Santorini

There are more than 20 flights per day from Athens to Santorini in the summer months. Airfare for Athens to Santorini flights cost between $40 and $175 and flying time from Athens to Santorini is 45 minutes. Flights depart from the Athens International airport 30 minutes outside of central Athens, and arrive at Santorini International Airport located 12 minutes from the town of Fira. is the best website to search for flights from Athens to Santorini.

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air have 9 flights per day (in high season) from Athens to Santorini. They are essentially the same airline (Olympic recently bought Aegean) and you can book flights for either airline on both websites (and at the same price). Flights with an Aegean flight code use a Airbus 320 (168 passengers). Flights with an Olympic code use a Dash 8 prop plane (70 passengers).

Ryanair has 1 flight per day (at 7:15am) starting March 26, 2017 and 2 flights a day (the other flight at 11:10pm) starting June 1. The evening flight runs until September 30 and the morning flight until October 24, 2017.

The first flight of the day departs Athens at 5:15am and the last flight at 23:15. Flights leave about every 2 hours throughout the day. For every flight to Santorini there is a return flight to Athens that takes off from Santorini about 40 minutes after it lands. The cheapest flights from Athens to Santorini are with Ryan Air.

If you don’t have any interest in staying in Athens there are direct flights to Santorini from London, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, and many other European cities. Search for available flights. EasyJet and Ryan Air have the cheapest flights from western Europe to Santorini.

In winter there are no direct flights from western Europe to Santorini and flights from Athens to Santorini are reduced to 2 or 3 per day.

A320 Airbus from Athens to Santorini.

Flights with an Aegean flight code use an A320 airplane.

Dash 8 flight from Athens to Santorini

Flights with an Olympic air flight code use the Dash-8 airplane.

Ryanair 737 cheap flight from Athens to Santorini.

Ryanair has the cheapest flights from Athens to Santorini on its 737s.

Ferries from Athens to Santorini

  • There are more than 4 ferries per day from Athens to Santorini in the summer months. Fares for Athens to Santorini ferries cost from 20€ to 76€ and the journey takes between 5 and 8 hours. The cheapest ferry from Athens to Santorini is the Blue Star. The fastest ferry is the Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 4.
  • Ferries depart from the Piraeus ferry port located 20 minutes by train outside of central Athens, and arrive in Santorini at the Athinios port, 15 minutes from the town of Fira.
  • The best ferry between Athens and Santorini is the Blue Star. It’s the most stable comfortable ride – but it takes almost 8 hours. The Hellenic Seaways ferries take about 5 hours but the ride can be bumpier. If you’re worried about seasickness then take the Blue Star.
  • is the best place to search for ferry routes and times.
  • But when you want to book a ferry go directly to the ferry company’s website: Blue Star, Hellenic Seaways, or SeaJets.
  • Most ferries do not sell out and you can usually buy an economy class ticket the day of sailing. But there is never a guarantee. If you absolutely must be on a specific ferry then buy in advance online.

Ferry Times from Athens to Santorini for 2017

These are the most popular ferry routes from Athens (Piraeus) to Santorini. The Blue Star ferry is my favorite way to get from Athens to Santorini and the best choice by far if you’re prone to seasickness as it’s the largest ferry with the least bumpy ride.

  • Blue Star Ferry: Departs Athens at 7:25 every morning (365 days a year) with stops in Paros and Naxos (and sometimes Ios). It takes about 8 hours from Athens to Santorini and the ferry arrives in Santorini at 14:55. The return trip from Santorini to Athens departs at 15:30 and arrives in Athens at 23:15. From June 25 to September 3, 2017 there are evening Blue Star ferries 3 nights per week from Athens to Santorini. They leave Athens at around 5:30pm on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday and arrive in Santorini between 1am and 2am. For any Blue Star ferry spending a few extra Euros and getting reserved seats “aircraft type seats” is highly recommended.
    Blue Star ferry from Athens arriving in Santorini.
  • Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 4 or 6: Every day from April 7 to October 1, 2017 there is a morning highspeed ferry that departs from Athens at 7:15am and arrives in Santorini between 12pm and 1pm. In April it will be a Highspeed 6 and arrive at 1:05pm. In May, June, July, August, and September it will be a Highspeed 4 and arrive at 12pm (noon). From June 16 to September 10, 2017 Hellenic also has a night ferry. The Nissos Samos car ferry (similar to the the Blue Star) departs Athens at 11:30pm and arrives in Santorini at 8am.
    Highspeed ferry from Athens to Santorini arriving in Santorini port.
  • SeaJet: From March 24 to October 31, 2016 this small catamaran departs at 7:00am and arrives in Santorini at 11:20 (usually with stops in Mykonos and Naxos). From May 19 to September 24, 2017 there is also an afternoon ferry that departs Athens at 3:45pm and arrives at Santorini at 9:25pm. This is the fastest ferry from Athens to Santorini but also the smallest and will have the roughest ride. The seating inside is cramped (unless you get business class which I recommend). It’s also the most likely to be cancelled due to rough seas. With a little bad luck a trip on a SeaJet can turn into a terrible experience. Take the Blue Star or Hellenic Highspeed if you can. The SeaJet and similar smaller catamarans (like the Mega Jet and Super Jet) are OK for short hops between islands but I would not recommend taking them for the 5 hour journey from Athens to Santorini.
    Seajet2 from Athens to Santorini.
  • Rafina to Santorini Ferries: Rafina is a second ferry port near Athens and closer than Piraeus to the Athens International Airport. From Apri 24 to September 24, 2017 there is a Hellenic Highspeed ferry that departs at 7:20am and gets to Santorini at 1:25pm. It runs 7 days a week for these dates except from April 24 to June 11 when it doesn’t run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There is also a SeaJet that runs 6 days per week at 3:45pm and gets to Santorini at 9:25pm starting from May 19, 2017 until September or October (not sure on the final day yet).

Ferry Times from Santorini to Athens for 2017

The outbound ferry times for Santorini to Athens ferries usually corresponds to the inbound ferries, as most ships drop their passengers, get new passengers, and do the the same trip back to Athens.

  • Blue Star Ferry: Santorini to Athens ferries depart at 3:30pm and arrives in Athens at 11:25pm 365 days a year. From June to September there are a few ferries a week that leave Santorini early in the morning and arrive in Athens around 3pm.
  • Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 4 or 6: Every day from May 26 to October 1, 2017 there is a Hellenic ferry (Highspeed 4 or 6) that departs Santorini between 12:15pm and 1:30pm and arrives in Athens between 5pm and 9pm.
  • SeaJet: From March 24 to October 31, 2016 it departs Santorini at sometime between 12:15pm and 1pm and arrives in Athens between 5pm and 7pm. From June 1 to September 18, 2017 there is also a morning ferry that departs Santorini at 8:00am and arrives in Athens at 2:05pm.
  • Santorini to Rafina Ferries: From Apri 24 to September 24, 2017 there is a Hellenic Highspeed ferry that departs Santorini at 1:40pm and gets to Rafina at 7:45pm. It runs 7 days a week for these dates except from April 24 to June 11 when it doesn’t run on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is also a SeaJet that runs 7 days per week leaving Santorini at 9:00am and gets to Rafina at 2:45pm starting from May 20, 2017 until September or October (not sure on the final day yet).

What is the best ferry to take from Athens to Santorini?

The best way to get from Athens to Santorini is by the Blue Star ferry. It departs the Athens’ ferry port every day at 7:25am. This is obviously early. To get the ferry you need to be on the metro train from downtown Athens to Piraeus by 6:30am. During summer there is also a later Blue Star ferry in the afternoon/evening 3 days per week – usually departing at 17:30 and arriving in Santorini after midnight.

On the Blue Star ferry you are able to walk around on the deck and enjoy the scenery and the sea air. It does take 8 hours on the Blue Star from Athens to Santorini. The beginning and end of the trip are exciting but the 6 hours in between can be pretty boring.

The Highspeed ferries that go from Athens to Santorini do not have open-air decks so you’re not able to see the scenery in the same way. You sit inside in airplane style seats and are unable to go outside except when a stop is made at a port. The windows are usually covered with salt and sea spray and don’t allow for much in the way of views. The Highspeed ferries do get you to Santorini in a little over half the time (5 hours instead of 8) so there is that advantage.

Pre-booking for the Blue Star is usually not necessary but if you do book directly with Blue Star. Highspeed ferries do sell out (especially in July and August) so pre-booking those tickets is usually a good idea if you’re on a set schedule.

Arriving in Santorini by ferry.

Approaching Santorini by ferry is an incredible way to see the cliffs, the caldera, and the volcano. The best way to experience this scenery is by taking the Blue Star ferry.

Blue Star ferry that runs from Athens to Santorini and back.

The Blue Star car ferry that runs from Athens to Santorini. Large open air decks allow you to walk around and enjoy the views.

If you’re already in Greece or planning to spend time in Athens then buying ferry tickets is very easy. Walk into any travel agent a day or two before your intended ferry trip and ask about ferry times and tickets. You can buy the tickets right there. Ferry prices are set by the government so there’s no need to shop around or compare prices: they’re all the same. Ferries rarely sell out so booking far in advance is not usually necessary (though there are times when you should buy Greek ferry tickets in advance). Since the Highspeed Ferries are smaller and have assigned seating they are more likely to sell out in high season. The Blue Star ferry very rarely sells out.

Boarding the ferry will require carrying your bags onto the ferry and occasionally (depending on the ferry) up several flights of narrow stairs. With most ships there’s usually plenty of luggage storage as you first board the ferry.

What is the cheapest way of getting from Athens to Santorini?

The cheapest way of getting to Santorini from Athens is the conventional car ferries (like Blue Star) followed by high speed ferries. Flights will be the most expensive but if you book early a cheap flight might be close in cost to a high speed ferry.

What is the fastest way from Athens to Santorini?

Of course, flying is the fastest way from Athens to Santorini. But … if you’re already in central Athens and would need to get all the way back out to the airport and make your way through security then a high speed ferry might only take 2 or 3 hours longer than a flight.

Both Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air have flights from Athens to Santorini.

If you’ll be flying into Athens but do not intend to spend any time in the city then it’s easiest to hop on a flight directly to Santorini and save yourself the trouble of getting from the Athens airport to Piraeus for a ferry.

Should I book my ferry ticket from Athens to Santorini in advance?

Most of the time buying tickets in advance is not necessary and you can purchase tickets at any travel agency after you arrive in Greece.

In July and August it’s certainly not a bad a idea to buy Blue Star tickets 2 or 3 days in advance (but after you arrive in Greece as it’s much easier buying at a travel agency in Athens than pre-buying over the internet). Highspeed ferries sell out more often and for July and August I would recommend pre-booking tickets at least a week in advance.

If you do book in advance go through the websites for the individual ferry companies Blue StarHellenic Seaways, or SeaJets as opposed to purchasing through a travel agent which will charge an extra fee.

There are 3 situations when you definitely should book ferry tickets in advance:

  • If you’re traveling on the week of August 15th. This is a huge holiday in Greece when Greeks return to their hometowns and islands. Ferries are packed so buy tickets at least a few days in advance. (Full disclosure: I’ve traveled during this week and never booked tickets in advance and got on every ferry that I needed to.)
  • If you have a car and need to take it on the ferry. Automobile spots are few and sell out in advance.
  • If you want a sleeping cabin then you’ll (often) need to book tickets in advance.

What is the difference between the economy, business, VIP, and cabin classes on a Greek ferry?

Seating On Blue Star Ferries (and other large car ferries)

  • Economy or deck class gives you access to inside and outside seating as well as all restaurants and cafes. For €4 you can upgrade to reservable airplane-style seats. If you don’t get a reserved seat you can be left searching for a seat throughout the trip or anytime you want to stand up. In July and August I would definitely get the reserved airplane-style seats.
    Blue Star ferry in Athens heading to Santorini

    The deck of the Blue Star ferry to Santorini. There are lounge areas inside as well.

    Economy class on ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Economy class lounge on a large conventional ferry (similar to the Blue Star).

    Economy seats on board Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Economy seats on board Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Reserved seating on Greek ferry.

    Reserved (airplane-style) seating. on the Blue Star. This costs €4 extra and is worth it – especially if you plan to sleep or read for most of your trip.

    Aircraft type seating (that needs to be reserved) on board Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Aircraft type seating (that needs to be reserved) on board Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

  • Business Class gives you access to a lounge with comfortable seats and sofas, waiter service, and a less noisy and crowded environment. Some people enjoy the added comfort, but I prefer the airplane-style seating found in economy.
    Business class seats on the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Business class seats on the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Business class on Greek ferry.

    The lounge in business class on a conventional ferry (like the Blue Star).

  • Cabins have beds and usually come in 2-berth and 4-berth arrangements. Inside cabins are inside the ship with no window. Outside cabins are on the exterior and have a window.
    Beds in cabin from Athens to Santorini.

    Cabin on the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Cabins on Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    The cabin area and hallways of the Blue Star ferry.

Seating on Hellenic Highspeed Ferries

On the Hellenic ferries there isn’t a huge difference between the classes:

  • Economy is at the rear half of the ferry.
    Economy seating on Hellenic Highspeed from Athens to Santorini.

    Economy seats on Hellenic Seaways ferry from Athens to Santorini.

    Economy seating on Hellenic Highspeed from Athens to Santorini.

    Economy seating on Hellenic Highspeed from Athens to Santorini.

  • Business is in front of that with a bit more room to each seat.
    Business class seating on Highspeed 4 and 6 from Athens to Santorini.

    Business class seating on Highspeed 4 and 6 from Athens to Santorini.

  • VIP is at the front of the ferry and has windows looking straight forward or is on the floor above (depending on the ferry). It will usually have leather seats. It also has waiter service at your table.
    VIP seating on Highspeed 4 and Highspeed 6.

    VIP seating on Highspeed 4 and Highspeed 6.

Seating Onboard a SeaJet Ferry

I recommend getting business class seating on the smaller SeaJet ferries which are small and crowded. (This advice doesn’t apply to the SeaJet Terajet ferry that runs between Crete and Santorini. That ferry is much bigger and very different than the SeaJet catamarans that run from Athens to Santorini.)

  • Economy seating on SeaJet ferry to Santorini. Hot and crowded.
    Seating onboard a SeaJet ferry.

    Seating onboard a SeaJet ferry.

  • Business-class seating on SeaJet ferry to Santorini. Recommended.
    Is business class seating worth it on ferry to Santorini?

    Buying business class seats on the SeaJet is worth the cost.

Athens Airport to the Piraeus Ferry Port

Ferries from Athens depart from the Piraeus ferry port about 20 minutes south of central Athens. If you’re going directly from the airport to a ferry then bus X96 is the best and fastest way to get to the port. It runs 24 hours a day, costs €5, and the trip takes between 50 and 90 minutes depending on traffic.

Taxis from the Athens airport to Piraeus take 40 to 70 minutes and cost between €50 and €60.

Airport buses to Piraeus.

The bus stop at Athens airport. It’s located immediately outside the Arrivals level exit doors (follow the signs). Buy tickets at the kiosk visible to the right of the buses. You can not buy tickets on board the bus.

Athens airport X96 bus to Piraeus.

The X96 (for the Piraeus ferry port) bus stop outside the Athens airport. Buses to Piraeus run 24 hours and leave about every 30 minutes. The trip from the airport to the ferry port takes between 50 and 90 minutes.

X96 bus stop in Piraeus.

X96 is the bus from the airport to Piraeus. It stops beside gate E6 (the gate for the Blue Star ferry to Santorini) and very close to the Piraeus metro station.

Bus schedule from Athens airport to Downtown and Ferry Port.

Bus schedule from Athens airport to Downtown and Ferry Port. This is displayed both inside and outside the terminal.

Luggage storage onboard the X96 bus from the Athens airport to the port of Piraeus. (The X95 bus to downtown Athens has the same layout.)

Luggage storage onboard the X96 bus from the Athens airport to the port of Piraeus. (The X95 bus to downtown Athens has the same layout.)

Bus tickets for Airport buses.

Bus tickets for Airport buses. The blue one is a reduced fare for children and seniors. These tickets need to validated once you board the bus.

The taxi queue at the Athens airport. Taxis from the Athens airport to Piraeus cost about €50.

The taxi queue at the Athens airport. Taxis from the Athens airport to Piraeus cost between €50 and €60 and take about an hour.

Downtown Athens to Ferry Port

If you’re already in central Athens then the metro that departs from Monastiraki or Omonia stations will get you to Piraeus in 20 to 30 minutes. Metro tickets cost €1.20. Metro runs from 5:30am until about midnight. If your ferry leaves at 7:30am (like many do) leaving downtown Athens at 6:30am should give you plenty of time.

Taxis take 20 to 30 minutes from Syntagma, Plaka, or Monastiraki area and cost €25 to €30.

The Monastiraki metro station that has direct trains to the Piraeus ferry port. Omonia metro station also has direct trains.

The Monastiraki metro station that has direct trains to the Piraeus ferry port. Omonia metro station is on the same line (Line 1) and also has direct trains to Piraeus. If you start from Syntagma station you’ll need to take Line 3 to Monastiraki and change to Line 1. This adds an extra 5 minutes to the trip.

Buying metro tickets at the metro station.

Buying metro tickets at the metro station. To get from Athens to Piraeus click the button on the top left of the screen for 1.20€.

Remember to Validate Tickets

If you buy a ticket but fail to validate (with the machines below) you can be fined up to 60 times the price of the fare.

Validate bus ticket with this machine.

Validate bus tickets with this machine (onboard the bus).

Ticket validation machine at metro station.

Validate metro tickets with this machine (just after you enter the station but before you go down to the tracks).

Map of Piraeus Ferry Port

Map of Piraeus Ferry Port

Map of Ferry Port at Piraeus. The metro station is between E5 and E6 and called the Electric Railway Line 1. E1: Ferries to the Dodecanese (e.g. Rhodes). E2: Ferries to Crete, Chios, Lesvos, Ikaria, Samos. E6 and E7: Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos, Ios, Naxos, Paros, etc) and Rethymno (Crete). E8: Argosaronic Islands (Aegina, Agkistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros).

Where you pickup and buy ferry tickets for Athens to Santorini ferry.

The tickets kiosks at Piraeus you can see to the left: Blue Star Ferries and a bit to the right is Hellenic Seaways (hard to see) where you pickup and buy ferry tickets for most ferries. If you’ve booked online and printed your tickets it needs to have a bar code to get onto the ferry. If it doesn’t you need to line up here and pickup a real ticket.

Essentials to know about Greek Ferries

  • Ferry time from Athens to Santorini: 5 hours by highspeed ferry, 8 hours by car ferry.
  • Tickets can NOT be bought on board the ferry. Buy your tickets before boarding the ferry preferably a few days before at a travel agent in downtown Athens. Ticket agents are found beside gates E7 which is a short walk from the Athens metro station and the bus stop for the X96 bus from the Athens airport.
  • Ferry tickets can be bought at the Aktina Travel Agency on the arrivals level of the Athens International Airport when you arrive in Greece. This is a good compromise between pre-booking and buying the day-of-travel. If you’ll be in Athens a few days and buy the tickets immediately upon arrival then you’ll get to reserve tickets a few days in advance but not have the burden of booking online and arranging where to pickup the tickets.
  • Ferry tickets are one-way and point-to-point. You can not purchase a return ticket (you buy them as 2 one-way tickets) and you can not purchase a multi-stop ticket (e.g. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini) you buy them as individual one-way tickets.
  • Cost of ferry from Athens to Santorini: On the Blue Star ferry it costs €38 for economy, €53 for VIP, and €69 for a cabin berth. On the Highspeed ferry it’s €60 for economy, €63 for business, and €76 for VIP. And about 10% more for Piraeus departures on Friday and Saturday and Piraeus arrivals on Sunday and Monday.
  • Best website for Greek ferry schedules: GTP.GR – but booking is usually easiest through individual companies (e.g. Blue Star or Hellenic Seaways).
  • Piraeus – The Athens ferry port. Connected by metro to central Athens. It takes 30 minutes to get from central Athens to the ferry port by metro. The ferries to Santorini and the rest of the Cyclades are directly across the street from the metro station between gates E6 and E8 (ahead and slightly to your left). Don’t stress – it’s obvious, easy to find, and everyone is heading in the same direction. Just follow the crowd. Metro timetable and ticket infoMap of Piraeus ferry port.
  • Rafina – A second ferry port outside of Athens. It does not have as many ferries as Piraeus. There’s little reason to use it if you’re already in central Athens. But if you plan to go directly from the airport to the ferry then Rafina can save you the hassle of going into Athens. Mykonos, in particular, has good connections from Rafina. There is a direct bus from the Athens airport to the Rafina port. The bus from the airport to Rafina takes 30 minutes. It departs from just opposite the Sofitel Hotel not from the marked bus area where the X93, X95, and X96 depart from. You do not buy tickets from the kiosk booth adjacent to the X buses but instead pay the €3 fare on the bus.
  • Thira – The name of Santorini in Greek. You’ll see this name on some schedules so it’s good to remember.
  • Car Ferries – Also called Conventional Ferries or Slow Ferries. The most regular route to Santorini is run by Blue Star Ferries. It runs every day, all year, leaving Athens at 7:25am. There can also be a later ferry by Blue Star and other similar sized ferries run by Anek Ferries. They take automobiles and have large decks that are fun to walk about – especially as you pull into an island. The Blue Star ferry is large and the most stable in rough seas.
  • Highspeed Ferries – Also called by different ferry types: Highspeed4, Highspeed5, Highspeed6 by Hellenic Seaways and the NEL Highspeed. These are huge double-hulled catamarans that are faster than the car ferries but cost twice as much. They are fully enclosed with airplane-style seating and large windows but there is no deck to walk about and observe the surroundings like the car ferries. The windows get covered in salt and seawater and don’t provide much visibility either. More bumpy than the Blue Star ferry in rough seas.
  • Flying Cat – Also called Cat4, Cat5, Cat6. The Cat4 goes between Santorini and Mykonos and sometimes between Athens and the Cyclades. More bumpy in rough seas than the Highspeed Ferries.
  • SuperJets and SeaJets – Smaller than the highspeed ferries, more bumpy during rough seas, and also less reliable. Stick with the Car Ferries and Highspeed Ferries.
  • Sea Sickness – If you’re prone to seasickness then only ride the large Blue Star car ferry. The Highspeed and SeaJets ferries can be very bumpy during rough seas.
  • Rough Seas and Cancellations – August is the windiest month and ferries can be canceled for 1 or 2 days in a row. The Blue Star ferries are the least likely to be canceled due to rough seas.
  • Food on Board the Athens-Santorini Ferry – All ferries have lounges, snack bars, and restaurants to buy food. There are several fast food/cafe/deli shops across from gate E6 that are open 24 hours and sell some pretty tasty sandwiches and pastries.
  • Boarding the Ferry in Athens (Piraeus port)
    The Blue Star ferry to Santorini departs from gate E6. The Highspeed 6 leaves from Gate E7/E8. Both areas are directly across the street from the Piraeus metro station. (More pictures of the Blue Star ferry and the port in Piraeus.)

    The boarding gate for the Athens to Santorini ferry.

    The boarding area of the Blue Star ferry to Santorini. The Blue Star departs from gate E6. You can see the old walkway stairs that pass from the metro station on the opposite side of the street. These stairs are no longer in use (the road has been diverted around them) but they’re still there and stand as a marker for finding the ferries for Santorini and Mykonos.

    Piraeus metro station at ferry port.

    This is the metro station at Piraeus (the Athens ferry port). After you exit the train walk to the end of the train station (the far end of this picture) out the doors, and turn left. The ferries to the Cyclades (both Blue Star and Highspeed) are just across the street at gates E6/E7/E8. Follow the crowds and you can’t miss it.

    View of Piraeus ferry port, metro station, and airport bus.

    A view from the back of a Blue Star ferry as cars and foot passengers board the ferry. You can see the metro station slightly to the left of center, the walkway (not currently in use) that crosses to the port, and the X96 bus stopped at the bus stop (almost dead-center of the picture).

    Sign for the Athens to Santorini car ferry.

    This is the sign you’ll be looking for as you board the ferry. Every ship prominently displays the name of the ship, the time of departure, and the destination. (The sign is partly in greek and says SANTOPINI – as the “P” in greek makes an “R” sound.)

    The entrance to the highspeed ferry to Santorini.

    The entrance to a Hellenic Seaways highspeed 6 ferry. The highspeed ferries to Santorini depart from gate E7 (and towards E8).

  • Arriving in Santorini – It’s very busy when a ferry arrives in Santorini. There is a bus that meets every ferry arrival so you’ll never be without a way into Fira. There are usually taxis too but these can be snatched up quickly. Ferries do not stay in port long – sometimes just a few minutes, so don’t slowly make your way down the stairs to the exit deck. Have your bags ready to go and be in line as the ferry approaches the island.
    Ferries arriving in the Santorini caldera.

    Ferries in the Santorini caldera.

    Exiting a Highspeed ferry at Santorini. If you have a lot of luggage it can be tricky. Rollers don't roll very well on the exit deck.

    Exiting a Highspeed ferry at Santorini. If you have a lot of luggage it can be tricky. Rollers don’t roll very well on the exit deck.

    Athinios ferry port in Santorini.

    The Athinios ferry port is a small strip of land at the base of the Santorini cliffs. There are a few restaurants, travel agents, rental cars, and snack shops.

    Passengers departing the Athens to Santorini ferry at the port in Santorini.

    It can be very busy when a ferry arrives in port. Buses and taxis will meet all arriving ferries regardless of the time.

    Hotel owners meeting arriving ferry passengers on Santorini.

    Hotel owners often greet ferry passengers arriving in Santorini. It’s a bit chaotic.

    Santorini bus from the ferry port to Fira. Lots of storage for luggage (under the bus) and the bus rarely fills up.

    Santorini bus from the ferry port to Fira. Lots of storage for luggage (under the bus) and the bus rarely fills up.

    Skala Fira port for cruise ships on Santorini.

    Passengers from cruise ships do not arrive at the ferry port but are tendered ashore to the old ferry port below Fira.

  • On booking sites you might see the follow abbreviations:
    IJ=SeaJets (SuperJet and MegaJet)
    ST=BlueStar Ferry Company (Large Car Ferries)
    MF=Hellenic Seaways (Large Car Ferries and Highspeed Catamarans)

More Photos About Ferries to Santorini

The Aktina Travel Agency on the arrivals level of the Athens airport. It's an easy way to book ferry tickets to and between the islands. Get it done here and don't worry about it again. Though, it's also easy to book in Athens.

The Aktina Travel Agency on the arrivals level of the Athens airport. It’s an easy way to book ferry tickets to and between the islands. Get it done here and don’t worry about it again. Though, it’s also easy to book in Athens.

The ticket booths where you buy ferry tickets and pickup advanced-purchased tickets in Piraeus.

The ticket booths where you buy ferry tickets in Piraeus. These are located at Gate E7. There can be long lines early in the morning when many ferries depart. Get here early if you don’t already have a ticket.

Places to buy food near ferries to Santorini.

There are deli’s and markets just outside the metro station in Piraeus and close to the ferries. These are open 24 hours/day and have a good range of treats, sandwiches, and coffee.

Boarding a Blue Star ferry.

Boarding a Blue Star ferry.

The Highspeed 5 in the Santorini port.

The Highspeed 5 in the Santorini port.

Restaurants on Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Restaurants on Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Showers on ferries from Athens to Santorini.

Showers on ferries from Athens to Santorini.

Showers on Blue Star from Athens to Santorini ferry.

Showers on Blue Star from Athens to Santorini ferry.

Economy seats on board Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Economy seats on board Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Aircraft type seating (that needs to be reserved) on board Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Aircraft type seating (that needs to be reserved) on board the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Business class seats on the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Business class seats on the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini.

Blue Star or SeaJets to Santorini.

The Blue Star ferry is quite a bit bigger than the SeaJets ferry and thus a much smoother and comfortable ride.

Food available on the Athens to Santorini Highspeed 4 – though food is pretty similar on all ferries.

Food available on the Athens to Santorini Highspeed 4 – though food is pretty similar on all ferries.

The Highspeed 4 from Athens to Santorini.

The Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 4 from Athens to Santorini.

The Highspeed 6 from Athens to Santorini.

The Highspeed 6 from Athens to Santorini.

Ticket for Santorini-Athens ferry.

Ferry ticket for Athens to Santorini. If you bought your ticket online and printed it, then it needs to have a bar code to get on board the ferry. If it doesn’t have one then you take your printout to the kiosks and they’ll give you a ticket like this.

View of the ferry port (and the Athens-Santorini ferry) from just outside Piraeus metro station.

View of the ferry port (and the Athens-Santorini ferry) from just outside Piraeus metro station.

Boarding a SeaJet on Santorini. It's slow and a little painful.

Boarding a SeaJet on Santorini. It’s a slow process and a little painful.

The view you get from a SeaJet as you approach Santorini. The view from the Hellenic Highspeed ferries aren't much better. If you want a good view as you enter the caldera you must take the Blue Star ferry.

The view you get from a SeaJet as you approach Santorini. The view from the Hellenic Highspeed ferries aren’t much better. If you want a good view as you enter the caldera you must take the Blue Star ferry.

First class seating on a Blue Star ferry. This is a lounge area. Some people lie down on the sofa benches. There's waiter service here but I prefer the reserved seating in economy.

First class seating on a Blue Star ferry. This is a lounge area. Some people lie down on the sofa benches. There’s waiter service here but I prefer the reserved seating in economy.

Business class on a Hellenic Highspeed ferry. It's not much different from economy seating and not worth the added cost.

Business class on a Hellenic Highspeed ferry. It’s not much different from economy seating and not worth the added cost.

Economy lounge area on a Blue Star ferry.

Economy lounge area on a Blue Star ferry.

Economy seating on a Highspeed ferry. All seats on a Highspeed are "reserved" – there is no open seating like on a Blue Star.

Economy seating on a Highspeed ferry. All seats on a Highspeed are “reserved” – there is no open seating like on a Blue Star.

Reserved airplane-style seating on the Blue Star ferry to Santorini. Highly recommended. and it only costs €4 extra.

Reserved airplane-style seating on the Blue Star ferry to Santorini. Highly recommended. and it only costs €4 extra.

Food aboard a ferry to Santorini (in this case the Highspeed 5).

Food aboard a ferry to Santorini (in this case the Highspeed 5). All ferries have at least a snack bar.

Luggage storage on a Blue Star ferry to Santorini. You leave your luggage here as you board and you're not allowed to return until it's time to get off.

Luggage storage on a Blue Star ferry to Santorini. This is on the car deck. You leave your luggage here as you board and you’re not allowed to return until it’s time to get off.

Luggage storage on a Highspeed ferry to Santorini. This is on the bottom level of the ferry. No one is allowed on this deck during the ferry ride.

Luggage storage on a Highspeed ferry to Santorini. This is on the bottom level of the ferry. No one is allowed on this deck during the ferry ride.

Luggage storage on a SeaJet ferry to Santorini.

Luggage storage on a SeaJet ferry to Santorini.

There's also internal luggage storage on most ferries but you need to haul it all the way up the stairs to get it here (except on the SeaJets and Flying Cats which only have one deck).

There’s also internal luggage storage on most ferries but you need to haul your bags all the way up the stairs to get it here (except on the SeaJets and Flying Cats which only have one deck).

Hotel owners meeting an arriving ferry on Santorini.

Hotel owners meeting an arriving ferry on Santorini. If you’ve booked transportation with your hotel they’ll be waiting here for you holding a sign with your name on it. Keep walking to get to the public buses to Fira.

The Blue Star has bank machines. Other ferries usually don't.

The Blue Star has bank machines. Other ferries usually don’t.

Bus schedule at the Fira bus station. The schedule for buses running to the ferry port is posted the day prior.

Bus schedule at the Fira bus station. The schedule for buses running to the ferry port (bottom right Fira – Athinios Port) is posted the day prior. Buses meet all arriving ferries.

Recommended Hotels near the Athens Ferry Port

The ferry port is in Piraeus about 20 minutes by metro from central Athens. Many ferries leave early in the morning (between 7am and 8am) so it’s tempting to want to stay the night in Piraeus. But it’s not necessary. The metro starts running at 5:30am which gives travelers plenty of time to get to Piraeus. The Monastiraki station in central Athens has direct trains to the Piraeus port so staying close to it is recommended. (It’s also a fun neighborhood and close to the Plaka and Acropolis. Outdoor dining floods the small alleys around the Monastiraki Square late into the evening so you’ll be happy you stayed here for the night.) Piraeus on the other hand is not a place you want to spend a lot of time. The only way I’d recommend staying in Piraeus is if you arrived by plane so late that you wanted to go straight to bed and had an early ferry in the morning. In that case take the X96 bus straight to Piraeus and don’t bother going into central Athens.

  • A for Athens Hotel (Central Athens • moderate) – Great hotel directly across from the Monastiraki Square. 1 minute to Monastiraki metro station.
  • Plaka Hotel (Central Athens • moderate) – Very similar to A for Athens. Inside they’re very close in quality. Plaka has a nicer appearance from the outside and is on a quieter street. A for Athens is closer to the metro. Plaka Hotel is 3 minutes from Monastiraki metro station.
  • Triton Hotel Piraeus (Piraeus • budget) – There are some cheaper hotels directly across from the ferry but I prefer going a block or 2 away from the port and getting a little better hotel (though rooms and bathrooms are still very small). The Triton is a 3 minute walk to the Santorini ferries.
  • Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel (Piraeus • moderate) – A block farther from the port than the Triton and the nicest hotel in Piraeus. 5 minutes to the Santorini ferries.

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410 Questions and Comments

  1. Good Hotels near Athens Airport

    Hi Dave,

    Can you recommend any nice hotels near Athens airport? We only have one night there after flying in from Santorini?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The best hotel near the Athens airport (and the only one within walking distance) is the Sofitel. Good restaurants, nice rooms, great little pool, gym, sauna. About a 1 minute walk from the terminal.

  2. Check Through Luggage in Athens

    We have a 2.5 hr connection time, arriving from Santorini to the Athens Airport to catch our international connection flight. Are we able to check through our luggage from Aegean airlines domestic to a Qatar Airways international flight (from Santorini to Doha), thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Sometimes if the two airlines are partners then luggage can be checked through to the destination. But Aegean and Qatar airlines are not partners so I doubt it.

  3. Santorini in January

    Hi Dave,
    The pictures of the seating types on the ferry is just what I was looking for. Many thanks for putting that up. My wife and I will be visiting Santorini in the last week of January. We have a few queries –

    1) We are considering taking the Aegeon Pelagos Prevelis ferry on the way out of Santorini to Heraklion which departs really early morning at 3:40 AM and reaches at 9:40 AM. Is that a good idea? Most flights via Athens reach Heraklion only around noon at the earliest, so half the day will be lost. That’s why we are considering the ferry but have a few concerns:
    – Do these ferries operate on time in the winter months or they often cancelled or delayed?
    – I am told that the ferry ride can be rough in the winter. Is it rough on the inside?
    – We are planning to book the A2 outside cabin so that we can catch some sleep. I am told that it is a cabin for 2 only and has a window. Is that comfortable for some shuteye?

    2) Given that January is off-season, I am told that the volcano & hot springs tour and other such tours will not be operational. Similarly for the open air theater. So we plan to do the Fira-Oia trek, spend some time at Santo wines, Amoudi Bay, etc. Is there anything you recommend that we see and which would be open in Jan?

    3) Weather wise, I understand that the temperature will be in the low teens and windy. Does it rain a lot? Any advice on rain gear to carry?

    Appreciate any light you can throw on the above queries.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Ferry can be rough in winter but it’s a larger car ferry so shouldn’t be terrible. Yes, they can be cancelled – but it’s not too common. Cabins are nice-ish and you should be able to get some sleep. In Santorini, try to get to Akrotiri and see the archaeological museum in Fira. January can be windy and wet or sunny and mild, no telling. Be prepared for anything and definitely have a good thick rain coat.

  4. Using Travel Agent – Not Impressed

    Dave! Help! I want to come to Greece, but I’m overwhelmed. I think I want to visit Athens briefly, then go to Mykonos, Santorini and possibly Crete. I have a good travel agent, but she is using a wholesaler, Gate 1. I’m just not happy with the direction they are leading me in. Can you help? I feel like if I can start with the hotels than I can figure the other things out.



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yeah, travel agents suck, not as people obviously – but what they offer in terms of hotels are lame. First decide where you want to stay: Mykonos Town or one of the beaches on Mykonos; Oia, Imerovigli, or Fira on Santorini; Chania, Rethymnon, or Agios Nikolaos on Crete. Then use to find hotels with a rating of 8.0 or better. If it’s got a good rating the chance of getting a bad hotel are almost zero. Hotels are ultra-aware of online forums and reviews and bend over backwards to keep guests happy. The end-result is that most hotels nowadays are good or better – and the bad ones don’t stay around long.

  5. March and April on Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    Your site is so informative,I would like to see Santorini’s in its full swing with blue sky and blue water. Which is the best month for such climate? Is it OK in March or April?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      March and April can be wonderful on Santorini (blue skies and warmish weather) as long as you don’t want to swim or suntan (for that you have to wait until early May).

  6. Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini in December

    Hi Dave,

    We are planning to visit Greece (Athens, Myconos and Santorini) during 1st week of December 2016. We have 5 days for this trip. Is this an okay time to visit Greece in December? Any advice on trip planning?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Athens and Santorini can be great in early December. Mykonos, less so, as it really shuts down in the off season. Also, there are no ferries between Mykonos and Santorini so you’d need to travel via Athens to get from one to the other. So, I would focus on Athens and Santorini and save Mykonos to another visit.

  7. Santorini to Paros to Rafina

    Thank you for your site! I am looking into a Paros to Rafina ferry because I plan on flying back to US the following morning and think it might be easier to stay in a hotel near or attached to the airport. I do not see this port on the Blue Star website. I might also mention I am looking far in advance to get acquainted with the website because my trip is planned for the week of the July 17, 2017, so right now the ferry times are not posted. I assume there is a bus in the middle of the night that would transport us from Rafina to the airport, but we might be willing to do a taxi directly to the hotel. Thank you again for your help! My proposed itinerary is: 7/17 Piraeus to Santorini (maybe by flight), 7/20 Santorini to Paros (ferry), 7/22 Paros to Rafina or Piraeus. Or perhaps simplifying it and just staying in Santorini only for 5 nights.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, there will be a Paros to Rafina ferry in July. Easy to book at a later date so don’t worry about that. And yes there will be a bus from Rafina to the airport. I recommend staying at the Airport Sofitel which is steps from the terminal.

  8. Booking Blue Star Ferry to Santorini

    Hi Dave!

    I am going to be traveling from Athens to Santorini on September 26th. I went online to Blue Star Ferry’s website and there doesn’t appear to be a ferry that day (or perhaps their website has an error?) Anyway, I wanted to book ahead of time and now I’m worried that there is not a ferry that day. Is there any other way I can confirm or find the ferry schedule?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, there’s a ferry every day to Santorini. On September 26th it departs at 7:25am. Blue Star does appear to be having trouble with their website. If you don’t get a chance to book in advance you’ll be fine showing up at the port an hour before the ferry departs and buying a ticket. Or, assuming you’re in Athens the night before, it’s easy to purchase at any travel agent in central Athens (they’re all over the place).

  9. Ferry E-Tickets for Athens to Santorini

    Hi, wonderful help your website is. I have purchased tickets from Athens to Santorini with high speed ferry.

    Can you tell wether I can board with the online tickets or do I have to go and collect the tickets from the ticket office?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      If the e-ticket has a bar code it’s good for boarding the ferry. If not, then you’ll need the email and a passport to pick up your tickets from the Kiosk at Piraeus.

  10. Dorota Rozbicka

    Santorini Dave – first and foremost congratulation on the best traveling report I have ever seen. AT this moment my family travels to Santorini and I wanted to look it up. Great research, comments and pictures on every step you have to take. Last year I traveled with my girls in Europe. Myself I put the trip which was great success. BUT ….. of course there were few bumps like not validating my metro tickets on the platform. Looking for the box in the metro I was told how to do it. Until I got to the next station and validated the ticket I had a vision of paying 3000 euros fine. With your pictures and explanation that will not happened to anybody going to Santorini. Keep it up.


  11. Santorini and What Other Island?

    Hi Dave,

    Just found your site and it is so helpful. We are going to Greece from September 18 – October 1 for honeymoon. We land in Athens on September 18 at 12:25pm. We want to go to Santorini and one other island and then on the back end of our trip a couple of days in Athens. I am having difficulty choosing the 2nd island. I want it to be different than Santorini but also not too far away from Athens. I have been looking at Paros, Naxos, Folegandros, Serifos, Kos. Any recommendations?

    Also, we have been told that we should go to Santorini as our 2nd island as nothing compares to it. Do you agree?

    Susan Marfise

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Paros, Naxos, Felegandros, and Serifos are all wonderful islands. You can’t really go wrong with any of them. Serifos might be a little harder to get to depending on the schedule. Kos is definitely a no as it’s a long way from Santorini and few direct ferries. Order you visit doesn’t matter. Do what’s best based on the ferry schedule.

  12. Blue Star or Hellenic?

    Hi Dave. We are travelling from Santorini to Athens on Tues 26 July. My intention was to travel Blue Star for the advantages you outline above (cheapest, most unaffected by weather, most fun). However the only options are the Blue Star 2 leaving at 6:10am which heads straight to Piraeus arriving 11:15am, or the Blue Star Delos leaving at 3:30pm and arriving Piraeus at 11:15pm. I really don’t want to arrive in Piraeus at 11:15pm given we are only in Athens for 2 nights. With the earlier option I imagine I would need to get up before 5am to try and organise ourselves to be down at the port by 5:30am? Would you suggest just getting the Hellenic Seaway Highspeed 6 which leaves 12:25pm and arrives Piraeus 5:05pm, a much more attractive schedule?

    Thanks for your help and for this wonderful website!


  13. Connecting Flight in Athens from Santorini

    Hi Dave! Thank you for this website. It is SO DANG HELPFUL!

    My husband and I will finally be taking our honeymoon to Santorini. We’re going to go in using the Blue Star ferry, but plan to take a flight out directly to Athens. The only flight available from Santorini is at 8:20am, arriving in Athens at 9:10am. Our international flight is at 1:10pm. Do you think this gives us enough time? Would love to hear your thoughts on this! Micaela

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are no guarantees but I’d be fine with your 4 hour connection time in Athens.

  14. Booking Ferry Tickets with Danae

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you so much for the all the information you provided in this forum. It really helped me a lot, planning my trip in August. One question though, I would be arriving in Athens on 14th afternoon and would be leaving for Santorini the next day by taking the early morning Ferry from Piraeus. So I was thinking about booking all my Ferry tickets through Danae Travels and collecting it from the airport when I land in Athens. So, do you think it is a good idea? Do you know how their service is?
    Chitradip Saha

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      If you really wanted to have them in hand then sure. But it will cost you extra to book with Danae. I would recommend booking directly with Blue Star then picking up from the kiosk at Piraeus (right beside the ferry leaving for Santorini). Just be sure to arrive in Piraeus 60 to 90 minutes prior to departure.

  15. Santorini, Athens Ferries in April

    Hi Dave, Such amazing work you are doing.
    I with my wife will be in Greece from April 15 till April 23 2016, for 9 nights and will be distributing 3 nights each with Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. Should I book ferry tickets in advance? Also, can i get ferry back to Athens from Santorini in the morning around 7?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You’ll be fine booking ferry tickets when you arrive in Athens (buy from any travel agency you come across in Athens a day or two before traveling). There are morning ferries in April from Santorini to Athens that leave at 7am on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

  16. Itinerary for Athens, Santorini, Paros, and Mykonos

    Hi Dave, Such an awesome website!! My husband and I are planning a trip to Greece the last 2 weeks of July. Neither of us has been to Greece. We definitely want to go to Santorini and are thinking of adding Paros and Mykonos. The issue we are having is in what order to do the islands and if we should do Athens first or last. The flights from Montreal all arrive around 10 am ish (so far). So we’re thinking Athens for 1 night and then to Santorini for 4 nights, then Paros for 3 nights, Mykonos for 3 nights, then home. Do you have a better itinerary idea or any suggestions. We are considering flying from Athens to Santorini to save time.

    Jen and Jon

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would fly Athens to Santorini to start your trip (you’re already at the airport) and save yourself the time going into Athens and then back to the airport the next morning. Visit Athens at the end – this has the added benefit of giving you some buffer time at the end of your trip in case there are ferry cancellations. From Santorini ferry to Paros, ferry to Mykonos, and ferry back to Athens.

  17. Connecting Flights in Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is brilliant! Really found it helpful when looking at getting about in Santorini!

    I’m hoping you may be able to give some advice on the airport – Me and my partner are flying overnight from Birmingham (UK) to Athens on Saturday 23rd July and arrive at 4:30am local time. The Ryanair flight departing Athens for Santorini at 7am looks like the best option to me, as I’m thinking 2 hours 30 should be enough time in between the flights to get our hold baggage, check in again and go through security. My only concern is the return flight on Saturday 30th July. We’re scheduled to leave Athens and return to Birmingham at 8pm local time. The only return flight through Ryanair available from Santorini to Athens is at 4:55pm, arriving at Athens airport at 5:45pm (all being that there are no delays etc!). Do you think this will leave enough time to collect our hold baggage, check in for our flight home to Birmingham and go through security etc again? Neither of us have ever flew to Athens before so not sure what the airport is like, how far away terminals are from each other, how many check in desks etc there are and what baggage collection carousels are like (some airports are notoriously slow – Birmingham being one of them!)

    Any advise would be really appreciated!

    Thanks 🙂


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are no guarantees but 2 hours 15 minutes should be plenty of time. Or rather, I’d feel fine making those plans.

  18. Buying Ferry Tickets in Advance for Independence Day and Easter Holidays

    Hi Dave, great website and it really helps a lot!

    I’ll be arriving Athens on March 25 and plan to do the blue star ferry to Santorini on March 26. Knowing that March 25 is the Greek Independence Day and it is followed by the Easter holidays, I’m wondering if there will be a lot of people taking the ferry during such vacation? Will the tickets sold out fast? My plan is to buy the tickets at the airport without prior booking.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Greek Easter is different than Western Easter and in 2016 falls on May 1 – so not an issue for your trip. You should be fine buying ferry tickets at the airport when you arrive.

  19. Fastest Way to Santorini

    Dear Dave,

    We are planning to come to Santorini from Athens on April 1, 2016 for 1 night.
    I was hoping you can help advise that fastest route to get to Athens to Santorini on that day. Are there any fast hydrofoils the period we are going? The ferry will take too long. It seems to be the low season and not much transportation available when compared to the summer months.

    Your reply is most appreciated. Thank you.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The fastest boat is the SeaJet that leaves at 7am and gets to Santorini at 11:50am. If you want faster than that then you’ll have to fly. Aegean has a 5:15am flight that arrives in Santorini at 6am.

      1. Nicole

        Hi Dave,
        Thank you for the reply. Given that we are staying in Santorini for one night only, we would also like to visit Mykonos for a few hours. Is it possible? Which fast boat will take us there. Can we stop over at Mykonos from Athens to Santorini or vice versa?
        Your info is much appreciated.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

          Not really. There’s no easy/quick way of stopping at Mykonos en route to or from Santorini. With such limited time don’t waste any more of it on a ferry than you have to. You’ll have more than enough things to see and do to fill your time in Santorini.

  20. Where To Go in Greece?

    Hi Dave,
    Your site is great! Good thing I stumbled upon it! I have few questions.
    We will be travelling to Greece, first time for us, on August 11. We haven’t decided for how many days yet.

    1. Which islands beside Santorini will be a highlight to visit them during that time? Or will Santorini will fullfill 90% of things we will see in the other islands?
    2. Which are the best beaches to visit during that time?
    3. Can you propose an itinerary (when to travel to the islands/beaches, how many days, which ferries/port etc.) when we arrive in Athens (around 9PM on 8/11) for us to maximize few days both at Athens and the islands?

    I have 3 kids (16, 11, 10) and so if I need to consider that into the equation?
    Also, which Hotels/B&B should I choose for a reasonable price?

    We are very excited and Thanks in advance.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s hard to give advice for an indeterminate number of days. If you only have 3 or 4 then spend all of them on Santorini. If you have a few more then go to Ios, Naxos, or Paros to find some great beaches. Since you’re arriving late at night there won’t be any ferries so you’ll have to wait until the next morning to get something – and you won’t be to an island until the early afternoon at the earliest – so I would consider looking for a flight from Athens to Santorini for the night of your arrival. This will save you the time and hassle of coming into Athens.

  21. Highspeed Ferry from Piraeus to Athens in May

    Hi Dave,

    Very informative website!

    Do you know if Hellenic high speed ferries operate in mid May 2016? I tried searching one-way from Piraeus but Thira was not loaded in the to drop-down list. I do, however, manage to select the above under SeaJets.

    I was hoping to compare the time and price before booking.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There should be a Highspeed4 and Cat4 from Piraeus to Santorini throughout May. The schedule is not official yet but that’s what it’s currently showing. Both leave between 7am and 8am from Piraeus.

  22. Athens to Santorini by Ferry in September

    Hi Dave,

    We are coming to Athens for 3 nights in Sept 2016 then over to Santorini for 3 nights. A ferry would take all day (8 hours) where as plane is maybe 4 hours including security but more expensive. Is that correct? I was hoping you could tell me if the water is very choppy at that time of year? I get extremely sea sick but I’d love to travel by sea for the views.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Those times you suggest are roughly accurate. The sea in September is about as calm as it gets – but that’s no guarantee for what it will do.

  23. Early Ferry from Santorini to Piraeus

    Hi Dave,

    Great information! Do you know of a ferry option for Santorini to Piraeus that would leave early (7:00?) but arrive in the afternoon? I found one from Zante Ferries leaving at 7:00 but arriving at 20:00, which is too late for me. I would be traveling next Tuesday.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Zante and the Blue Star are the only ferries next Tuesday and the both get to Piraeus late.

  24. Buying Ferry Tickets for the Greek Islands

    Dear Dave,
    your website is amazing,

    Would you like to ask what is the best romantic Island to visit for 3 night? Is it cheaper to buy Ferry tickets online and in advance? And then pick them up from the airport? And how is the weather in May? Is it beach weather?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The most romantic island in Greece is Santorini, for sure. With one or two rare exceptions it doesn’t save money to book in advance. Picking the ferry tickets up from the airport will be a few euro more than booking or buying through the actual ferry companies. Weather in May is generally great for sightseeing and relaxing but can be a tossup for beach weather. There can be a big difference between early May (generally sunny but still some rain and cool days) and late May (rain is less common, can be quite warm).

  25. 1 Night Only in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    May I know from your opinion, is it possible if i only stay for 1 night in santorini? Or do I need at least 2 days for me to explore Santorini if I come on February 16?

    thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      More time is always better, but yes, you could see a fair bit in one day. It obviously depends on when you arrive and depart on each day. If you arrived really early on day 1 and left late on day 2 then you could get a fair bit accomplished.

  26. Tours of Santorini and the Greek Islands

    My wife and I are in the early stages of planning a visit to the Greek Islands when it gets warmer in 2016. Not so much concerned about the mainland. We’ve looked at the tours provided by the big firms like Insight, Trafalgar, and Globus, but each one uses the same cruise line for the visits to the island – Celestyal. The problem is that the ship arrives in Santorini about 1600 and leaves after sunset. I’ve been to Athens and Santorini, but my wife has never been to Greece. She wants to see Santorini in its proper glory with all the vibrant colors. I’m thinking that maybe after the tour ends in Athens, we could go back to the ferry port or airport and go to Santorini. You site popped up first when I went to Google with the question about how to get from Athens to Santorini. I can’t believe the detail you provided … and the photos! You should be the island’s tourist bureau chief. Thank you so much. Now we just need to sort all this out. Right now I’m searching the Internet for some other tour company that will allow us to spend a reasonable amount of time on Santorini.

    Greg Nelson

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You have it exactly right. By taking a tour you miss out on the best times to see the islands: early morning and evening. Though it seems tempting to do a cruise/tour I highly recommend planning and traveling on your own. It takes a little more effort but creates a much more memorable trip.

  27. Flight from Santorini to Istanbul via Athens

    Hi Dave,

    I am thinking to leave Santorini on 18.12.2015 for Istanbul and transit in Athens. Do you think the proposed flight transit is workable?

    8.20 am/11.20am (Which is better?) Santorini – Athens
    1.40 pm Athens – Istanbul

    Do you think there will be problem taking the public transport from Fira to the airport considering I need to be in the Santorini airport about an hour before the flight (right?) around 7.20am?

    Tracy T

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, that early flight should work fine. Getting to the airport that early could be a problem (and winter bus schedules are very thin). I’d plan on taking a taxi.

  28. Greece in December

    Hi Dave,

    I absolutely LOVE this. We’re going to Greece this December and I almost cancelled my trip since I kept reading negative comments about going to Greece in Dec BUT, I feel so much better now after reading your comments.

    So, we’re taking my parents to Greece for my dad’s birthday. My sister and I are both in our early 30s and parents 60s. We’re flying to Athens on Dec 16 at 7pm to Dec 24th at 7:55 am.

    I know it’s gonna be a little cold and quiet. Would we be able to see Santorini? I was planning to see Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. We’re pretty chill people. Would be happy seeing some historical sites, beautiful ocean, and spend some time with family. Definitely not a party person. Of course have good food too :).

    1. Should we just stay in Athens and Santorini since we’re going in December?
    2. How much Euro we should bring for 4 people if we book our hotels from here? We’re not big drinkers and I would say we’re pretty conservative with money. Also, we’re bringing a credit card too with no foreign transaction fee :).
    3. Should we spend first few days in Athens then go to Santorini?
    4. Any other island would be nice to see in December? I keep hearing that Crete is too big and need one week just there!

    I would really appreciate any feedbacks.

    Thanks a lot 🙂


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      1. Athens and Santorini are 2 of the better destinations in December. Crete, Naxos, and Paros are also good. Mykonos not so interesting outside of summer months.
      2. Without knowing your budget I can’t say. There are bank machines on all the islands so getting more cash is never a problem.
      3. No big difference, but if you do Santorini then Athens you’ll have a built in buffer (so as not to miss your flight) in case ferries or flights from the islands are delayed or canceled.
      4. Crete is great. The only disadvantage is that there are no ferries from Santorini to Crete in the off season so you’d have to return to Athens then go to Crete. Naxos and Paros on the other hand have direct ferry service with Athens and Santorini making island hopping easy, even in December.

  29. Athens and Santorini in February

    Hey Dave,

    Your website is very informative. I’m feeling a lot more sorted about travelling to Greece after reading this site. My Husband and I are planning to travel from 31st January to 6th February. I have a few questions as I want to plan this trip on my own and I absolutely detest Indian package tours.
    1. How is the weather going to be in early February?
    2. Will it be crowded?
    3. Apart from Santorini and Athens, which places can we see during this span?
    4. What are the hotels in Santorini that offer a good sea view?

    Madhurima Chatterjee

  30. Greece in late November / early December

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you so much for all the info. Your site is very helpful!
    I’m planning to visit Greece from November 28 to December 4 this year.
    I’ve just read that it’s not great season to visit islands since it’s cold and wet.
    Do you recommend I should stay in Athens and see attractions in Athens as many as possible, instead of heading to Islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini ?
    Please give me any suggestion for great experience in Greece in Winter season. 🙂

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Definitely skip Mykonos as there’s not much to do there outside of the summer season. Santorini still has much to see even when the weather is not-great (as long as it’s not pouring rain). If you’re traveling by ferry then you don’t have to book your tickets in advance so you could check the weather forecast and go if it looks decent. Athens still has lots to do in the winter, so no worries there.

  31. Istanbul to Athens and Santorini

    Dear Dave… Thanks for making such an awesome website.
    I’m planning to travel in Apr 2016 with family (2 daughters 5/1yr old). My current plan is 4 days in greece. Going thru the above comments, (correct me if i’m wrong) request your advice on the following;
    a) Planning to fly in from Istanbul, around noon time. Based on your advice, shall stay that night in Athens @ Plaka/ Monastiraki neighborhoods for getting early morning quick access to blue star ferry.
    b) Then we have 3 nights for Santorini, which is in on my bucket list for a long time. With a young family, I think it’s difficult to move around from island to island, is it? Should I add a nearby island or island hopping tour in my plan?
    c) What are the things to do with young family in Santorini, since i understand that water activities will be out of agenda in starting april 2016?
    d) What should be the dining expense per person/day? Halaal (muslim) food is available on the island?
    e) Which areas you propose for booking a hotel in Santorini, for ease in access to markets & not too far away from everything, specially the ocean.

    Thanking you in anticipation…
    AJK, UAE

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Those sound like good plans. Santorini is the best island to visit in the off-season as it has the most open and operating and has the a lot to do even when it’s not beach weather. Stay in Fira and don’t worry about being “close to the ocean”. Santorini restaurants offer a mix of Greek and Western food. There’s also a fair bit of Italian. I have no idea if these meet the needs of Halaal (I’m guessing not). There is no specific Halaal or muslim restaurant that I know of. Hope that helps.

  32. Athens, Santorini, then Istanbul

    Hi Dave,

    My partner and I are planning on traveling to Greece tomorrow night where we will spend 2 nights in Athens and one full day. Do you think 1 full day in Athens is enough to see most of the sights? Also we were going to get the Blue Star ferry from the Athens port to Santorini on the morning of the 7th. We have until the 12th or 13th of October before we need to fly to Istanbul, do you think we should spend that time in Santorini alone or can we fit in another island? Which one would you recommend?

    Thanks so much,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, one full day is enough to see many of the top sights in Athens (but not all, so there is a trade-off). Tough call on whether to see a 2nd island. 4 or 5 days is perfect for seeing Santorini so any less and you might regret it. But … Naxos, Paros, Ios, and Mykonos are all wonderful. If you do add another island then make it one of the ones you could stop en route to Santorini which will be Naxos and Paros (and maybe Ios, depending on the ferry schedule).

  33. When To Buy Airplane Tickets to Greece

    Hey Dave

    Your website is simply amazing. Me and my wife are going to Santorini in July and the hotel is already reserved (Tzekos Villas). I was wondering when was the best time to buy our plane tickets for the lowest price. Thanks (we are from Canada).

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      If you’re going to fly within Greece (e.g. Athens to Santorini) then those tickets should be bought as soon as possible (when they become available). Those tickets never drop in price, so the best ticket prices are the few discounted seats available early on. For international flights to Greece, it’s more of a guessing game. I would start looking now so you’re familiar with the rates and then look periodically between now and January to see if there are any seat sales. If nothing obviously cheap comes up then buy the best ticket available in January.

  34. Ferry Schedule for Athens to Santorini in November

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your site! We’re planning a trip to Greece in November and are having no luck finding regular ferry times from Piraeus to Santorini and back–tried a few different sites online. Do you have any insights or suggestions?

    Thank you kindly,

    Emily Snider

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Blue Star told me the schedule will be released soon – maybe by early October.

      Be patient. They’ll be a ferry and it won’t sell out.

  35. Travel Agent at Athens Airport

    What an incredible website you have!!!
    We will arrive at the Athens airport 09:05 Sunday morning, October 4th. Will Aktina Travel Service at the airport be open on Sunday so we can purchase ferry tickets for the next day?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (or that’s what they’ve promised me, anyways).

  36. Where To Sit on the Blue Star?

    Hi Dave

    your site is an amazing source of information!!

    I have a question regarding the blue star ferries, my fiancé and I will be traveling next month from Athens to Santorini we were thinking of pre-booking the blue star ferry that leaves Athens at 7:25am is there a particular area you suggest for seating? We would like the air plane style seats but they have about 5 levels and we would like the option of going outside if possible? Do you know which level gives you outside access or do they all?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It doesn’t matter. They’re all the same and any level can have easy access to the outside deck.

  37. Ferry from Santorini to Piraeus

    Hi Dave,

    We are trying to take a high speed ferry from Santorini to Piraeus on October 8 2015. SeaJet doesn’t have ideal times for us and Hellenic’s website says that “this itinerary is not open yet.” Any thoughts on whether that means that route for Hellenic is over for the year – and if not, when do you think the schedule will be released?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I’m guessing that at this date that Hellenic won’t be running a ferry. I would take the Blue Star ferry over the Seajet.

  38. Ferry to Santorini in December

    Hello Dave,

    Please advise if ferry is operating in December too, as we are planing to visit Greece by middle of December.

    Thanks Himanshu

  39. Trouble Booking Ferry Tickets for Greece

    Sorry, another question, Dave. I’ve tried to book the tickets in advance because I need the proof to apply my visa. But the online system keeps rejecting my card. And I’ve tried 3 cards so far. I’ve even tried to book via their app, but it keeps crashing.
    I’ve sent email to them and I hope they can help me book it via email, but they might ask for my credit card information and I’m not entirely comfortable with that.
    Do you have suggestion of another way for me to book it?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You could try booking through Pelican Travel – but, of course, they would need to ask for your credit card number too and would add an additional fee.

  40. Evening Blue Star to Santorini

    Hi, Dave. I keep reading that the Blue Star will take 8 hours to get to Santorini, but on their schedule it’s written departure 18:00 – arrival 00:35 (the one that i’m going to take anyway). So it should be around 6 hours? Is their schedule wrong?
    Also, do you get refreshment or snack if you buy the reserved economy seat?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Blue Stars that leave after 6pm go directly to Santorini on their way to Kos and Rhodes. They don’t stop at Naxos and Paris en route and that cuts about 90 minutes off the trip (making it a 6hr 35min trip). All refreshments need to be purchased and none are included in the price of the tickets.

  41. One Night in Athens

    Hi Dave! Your site is absolutely amazing! I’ve just about planned my whole trip with it! Question–I’m flying from US to Greece next May, and the best flight option lands at 9:15 local. We were planning on going straight to Santorini, but it looks like we will arrive after all the boats leave? Should we stay our first night in Athens?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Looks like you have to. I usually recommend staying in Athens rather than the port (Piraeus) as it’s fun to go out for dinner in central Athens. But it could easily be 11pm by the time you arrive at your hotel. I think I would just go straight for Piraeus, get to bed as quickly as possible, then up by 6am to catch the early ferry to Santorini.

  42. Athens to Santorini in Early November

    Greetings Dave

    This is by far the most comprehensive website based information i have ever come across. it is so comprehensive and almost answers all the queries. I plan to travel to Athens in early November. Are there easy ferry connections to Santorini at that time of the year? Do the rates go down as it is off season or stays the same? And how is the weather like?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There is always a Blue Star that runs once per day from Athens to Santorini and takes about 8 hours. The last high speed ferry (a SeaJets catamaran) runs November 1 and it takes 5 hours. (I prefer the Blue Star for the smoother ride.) Rates are the same year-round though there are sometimes small discount for early bird booking online and these can be easier to get in the low season. Weather should be clear and cool most days but be prepared for the chance of rain.

  43. Greece in Late February and Early March

    Dave… Man… You’re the BEST!!! You have no idea how much your article has helped me understand my way around Athens to Santorini. Just need to know one thing:

    How is the weather and tourism in late February and early March? I’m particularly planning to go to Oia. Also, how long do you think it’ll take to travel from Athinios to Fira to Oia? I don’t think we can reach to Oia directly.

    Will also greatly appreciate tips on what to do in Santorini. We’re planning to celebrate our first wedding anniversary there and will be there for 5 days. How can we spend these 5 days on this beautiful island?

    Aamir Chandio

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Weather can still be grey, cool, and wet in late February and March. So prepare for that but you can also get some great days with clear skies and warmish temps (but certainly no beach weather). There will be buses at Athinios to take you to Fira (about 25 minutes) and then another bus from Fira to Oia (about 20 minutes). Highlights of Santorini include: walking from Fira to Oia along the caldera, exploring Pyrgos and Emborio, eating at Metaxy Mas, the ancient site of Akotiri, and just walking around Fira, Oia, and Imerovigli. (There won’t be any caldera/volcano tours running in February and March.)

  44. Rhodes to Santorini Ferry

    Hi Dave!

    This site is the BEST for info! I will be taking the Rhodes ferry to Santorini leaving Rhodes at 14:00 and arriving in Santorini at 1:10 am. Do you recommend booking a berth cabin for the trip or just a seat? Do I get a tag for my luggage to claim if held below?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, get a cabin if your budget allows – and you’ll need to book in advance. No tags for luggage. You just drop your bags in the luggage area and hope for the best. I’ve never had a problem but keep any valuables with you.

  45. Connection Through Athens and Late Arrival in Santorini

    Hi Dave!

    Your heaven sent, your website is our guide creating our plan itinerary to Santorini this early October!

    I have a concern, we are flying from Doha, Qatar arriving 6:45 PM in Athens, transfer to Santorini at 9:35 PM flight tru RyanAir. Would it be possible to transfer at this time constraint? With immigration and luggage collection.

    And arriving Santorini past 10:00 evening, will it be safe to take a taxi to the hotel or better arrange pick up transfer with the hotel.

    Appreciate your help Dave!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      As long as your arrival in Athens isn’t late by more than 90 minutes I think you’ll be fine. Arriving that late in Santorini I would pre-arrange airport pickup with your hotel. Taxis get harder to find later in the evening (and they’re never easy to begin with).

  46. Where To Pickup Blue Star Tickets in Athens

    Dear Dave,

    Very helpful info on Greece and Islands!

    Question on Blue Star online booking: If we book in advance for Blue Star from Athens to Santorini (Aug 21st) online from US with VISA card, how do we collect the ferry tickets – ticket counter at the Port?

    Many thanks!

    Tanna Wingary

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Here is a picture of the Blue Star ticket booth at Piraeus (the Athens port). It’s located by gate E7 which is to your left as you exit the metro. If you take a taxi they’ll drive you right up the ticket booth. It opens about 90 minutes before the first scheduled departure of the morning. They’ll have your tickets there.
      Where To Pickup Ferry Tickets in Athens.

  47. Is Flight from Athens to Santorini Included in Ticket Price?

    Hello Dave,
    We will be flying in from the U.S. to Fira. Based on your site, we will need to fly into Athens. We would like to catch a direct flight from Athens to Santorini. I am getting a bit confused with the “connecting flight” verbiage. Do we have to pay additional for the Olympic air flight or is this included? I ask because here in the U.S. a connecting flight stateside is part of your ticket fare.
    Thank you.
    L Fowler

  48. Istanbul to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I am planning to visit Santorini on 05.08 arriving by SeaJet from Mykonos at 21:10. I have to return Istanbul on 07.08. There are no direct flights from Santorini to Istanbul. So, I have 2 options:

    I can fly from Santorini to Istanbul by Ryanair at 08:20 or Aegean at 06:40 or 07:25. However, it seems there are no early buses from Fira to Airport early in the morning. Will it be possible to use taxi?

    Second option will be using Anek Lines at 00:20 and it will arrive to Athens at 07:50 which will give plenty time me to reach my return flight to Istanbul. In that case, I will be also decreasing my number of nights stay in Santorini from 2 days to 1 day.

    What is your suggestion? Which option seems more logical, easy, cheaper?

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would definitely fly via Athens (option 1). Getting a taxi to the airport in the early morning will not be a problem at all, as long as you book the day before (your hotel will be able to do this).

  49. Direct Flights from Paris to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Are there any direct flights from Paris to Santorini in May? We are planning a trip in 2016

    Thanks for help
    Irene Low

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It is too early to have flights listed for May, 2016 but my guess would be that Transavia should have some direct flights from Paris Orly to Santorini. It might be January or February until they are listed so keep looking.

  50. Pickup Seajets Tickets at the Port

    Hi Dave!

    Thank you for all of the great info! Im booking a ferry tix one week in advance via SeaJets since it will high season. The best option is to pick up the ticket from company kiosk at the port, correct?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, pickup tickets at Piraeus port between gates E8 and E9. When you come out of the Piraeus metro station and face the port (you’ll probably see 1 or 2 large Blue Star ferries in front of you) the Seajets ticket office will be to your left.

  51. Finding a Hotel After Arrival

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for all this wonderful information! This is a great resource to have at our fingertips! 🙂
    About 9 years ago I travelled to Santorini without having accomodations booked. At that time I was able to find accomodations (it was in August) no problem (at a really fair price) after bartering with the hotel owners. Is this something that is doable for the time period of mid-end of July or do you advise booking something in advance.

    Thank you! 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      This is still possible but there are no guarantees (sometimes people really are not able to find a hotel room). If you’re picky about where to stay then you should book in advance.

  52. Best Way To Get From Santorini to Istanbul

    What’s the cheapest and fastest way to travel from Santorini to Istanbul?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Fly via Athens. Aegean has an early morning connection that flies from Santorini to Athens to Istanbul in 3 hours and 5 minutes. That’s your best bet.

  53. Flight Connection in Athens to Santorini

    Hi Dave!

    We land in Athens on 8/31 and will be heading to Santorini that day. Our flight lands in Athens at 9:30am. I was wondering if buying tickets for the 10:15am flight to Santorini would be cutting it too close. The next flight after that is at 1:20pm. Thanks for this awesome site!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s possible that you make that connection but I would not book it for myself. For peace of mind, you’re better off waiting for the later flight.

  54. Athens to Naxos

    Love your site Dave! I’m using it more than anything else! All flights from Athens to Naxos booked. Should we fly to Mykonos then Blue Star Ferry over to Naxos (or maybe even Paros instead)? Or just BSF the whole way if transferring a pain? After 2 days there heading to Santorini for 4 days for a Greek family wedding. Staying at On the Rocks (honeymoon suite)…wish I would’ve seen your site first before booking it though 🙁


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I don’t think I’d fly to Mykonos then ferry to Naxos unless I intended to stay a night in Mykonos, which would then make the hassle worth it. But if the goal is solely to get to Naxos (or Paros) then going direct by Blue Star is the easiest. On The Rocks is a great place, you’ll love it.

  55. Changing Money at Santorini Airport

    Hi Dave, thanks for the great info on your website.

    If our arrival in Santorini is around 9 pm, is there a way to exchange currency at the airport? Are ATMs the only option at that time? What offers the best rates? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are ATMs and currency exchange should still be open (if not there will be places to change in Fira). I prefer using ATMs. I also suggest have at least a few hundreds Euros in hand before you arrive in case the ATMs are down or something else unexpected happens. Euros are easy to get from your bank before leaving home – just be sure to allow a few days for them to order them.

  56. Morning and Evening Ferry from Athens to Santorini

    Hi Dave! Thank you so much for this very detailed information. I’m doing a very last minute trip to Santorini from the US. I will arrive in Athens around 10am on Wednesday. Since I will miss the first Blue Star Ferry in the morning and will only be left with the 18:00 ferry, I was wondering if you would suggest staying in athens for the night and getting on the first ferry in the morning or just taking the 18:00 ferry the same day. The reason I ask is, the later ferry doesn’t arrive until after midnight and I’ll be staying at a hostel. Also, i know the bonus to the blue star ferry is getting to take in the sights but it will be evening and you can’t see for long, right? I’m very flexible but concerned about safety traveling so late!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would enjoy the evening in Athens (Plaka and Monastiraki neighborhoods) and take the morning ferry to Santorini.

  57. Athens to Santorini to Milos to Athens

    Thanks for the awesome website!!
    Some friends and I (4 of us) are doing a trip to Athens and want to go to Milos and Santorini. I have a few questions and we are flying in and out of Athens to the U.S. and traveling in the second week of September

    1. What is the best route? Athens to Santorini to Milos to Athens? or Milos then Santorini?
    2. Do ferries run often from santorini to Milos? We were thinking of doing that travel on a Thursday if it matters .
    3. Are touristy places closed in Athens on a Sunday?
    4. If you had to pick one other island to pair with Santorini what would it be?
    5. I was thinking of flying from Athens to Santorini and then doing a ferry to Milos and a ferry to Athens.
    Thank you for your help!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      1. I would go Athens to Milos to Santorini to Athens.
      2. Yes, ferries go both ways.
      3. No, all tourist sites are open in Athens on Sunday.
      4. Naxos, Paros, Milos, Ios, Mykonos are all great and different than Santorini (which is very unique).
      5. Sounds great.


    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the great information! I’m looking to book the Blue Star ferries on an overnight ride in July. I would like to ask what is the difference between 2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN SHOWER/WC and 2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN SHOWER/WC (AS 2 BED CABIN)?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s usually listed as 2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN SHOWER/WC (As 1 Bed Cabin) and 2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN SHOWER/WC (As 2 Bed Cabin) – with the 1 Bed Cabin being for 1 person and the 2 Bed Cabin for 2 persons. I’m assuming for your choices the first one is the one person option.

  59. Ferry Tickets in Athens

    We are travelliing to Athens on Saturday from France. We plan to spend 2 nights in Athens and on Monday morning get the ferry to Naxos.
    Can you tell me if the travel agency will be open to purchase the tickets on Sunday in Athens?
    We plan to go to Naxos, Paros, and Santorini – do you buy a round trip ticket or a ticket for each leg?
    We are just foot passengers, no car.
    Many thanks
    Jenny Small

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, no problem to buy ferry tickets in Athens on a Sunday. But you can also buy ferry tickets at Aktina Travel in the downstairs level of the Athens airport, if you wanted to get them as early as possible. All ferry tickets are one-way tickets, no such thing as return or multi-stop tickets.

  60. Buying Ferry Tickets at Athens Airport

    Hi Dave.

    Thank you so much for all the travel tips.
    It’s simply amazing.

    I have a question:
    If I book ferry tickets through Atkina Travel Agency at the airport do they immediately print me out a ticket?
    Or do I need to visit the office of the ferry company to pick up my reserved ticket?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      They will print the tickets at the airport and you’ll be all set.

  61. Shirley

    Fantastic site! Don’t know how I came across it, but it’s G-O-L-D! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

  62. Late Night Ferry to Santorini

    Hello Dave !
    First of all, thank you for all the tips !!! This is great !!!
    I am going to Greece with my bf in September (flying from Paris to Athens). We ll be arriving in Athens on the 2nd at night and I am planning on going to Santorini on the 3rd, taking the ferry at 9.30pm so we don’t loose time. The only thing is that we’ll arrive in Santorini around 2.30am and I am afraid it will be a bit complicated to reach the hotel (which we haven’t booked yet). Do you think thats a good idea? We ll fly back to Paris on the 11th, so since that s only an 8 day trip, I would rather travel by night.
    Are 3 days ok for Santorini? We would go to Paros or Naxos after that and finally go back to Athens to fly to Paris.

    Any recommendation from you would be great !

    Thank you !

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are always buses and taxis that meet every ferry arrival so you’ll have no trouble getting to Fira. Getting from Fira to the other towns might be a little harder (if you took the bus or failed to get one of the taxis). So, I would probably stay in Fira for at least one night. But other than that it should be fine. 3 days in Santorini is not a lot but is fine.

  63. Champion Jet Ferries

    Hi Dave,

    I’m trying to book ferry tickets and I’m noticing an option called the Champion Jet1 and Champion Jet2 by Sea Jets. I assume these are different than the Seajet2 you mention? It looks like it has the best times for me for my entire journey from Athens-Mykonos, Mykonos-Santorini, and Santorini-Athens. Do you recommend it?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Champion Jet ferries are larger and have a smoother ride than the Seajets.

  64. Metro Station Closed


    This your sight has been a wealth of information for my during my time in Greece, however, today I ran into a bit of an issue based off your information from the site.

    Today I traveled from Athens to Santorini. My ferry was taking off at 7:25am and I had planned on taking the metro (Syntagma) transfer to the green line then go to the port. I was at the metro station a bit after 5:30 and it was closed. I was told by a pedestrian that it was opening at 8am. I understand that it could be because of the station but I just thought it was important to note so no one else runs into this same problem. I ended up taking bus 040.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Thanks for the info Abbie. That is both strange and rare. The metro opens at 5:30am and should have been opened. There was a metro and train strike on May 1st, not sure if it was related to that. But, of course, stuff happens and that’s part of traveling. It sounds like you dealt with it fine. Cheers.

  65. Athens to Santorini Ferry

    Hi Dave!!

    First, your website is amazing, so much info!!

    Question for you: I’m going from Athens to Santorini on June 6th probably with Blue Star. Will it cost the same coming back from Santorini to Athens?

    Do you think it’s safe to only buy our tickets when we arrive in Greece, a day before our ferry?

    Thank you so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The price is the same in either direction (unless you get a special economy ticket in advance – which are rare). There are no guarantees, of course, but buying the day before for travel in early June should be fine.

  66. Late Ferry to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Me and my friends are planning to visit Santorini on mid-late June.
    The thing is we are trying to take the 17:30 ferry.
    But I am afraid if we arrive after midnight, we can’t get a taxi to the hotel.
    Do you recommend 17:30 ferry or should I just sleep in Athens one day and take the 07:25 ferry the next day?

    Thank you.
    Min Seong

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Taxis and ferries meet all ferries regardless of when they arrive. You’ll have no problem getting to Fira (and from there anywhere around the island) even if you arrive after midnight.

  67. Buying Ferry Tickets at the Athens Airport

    Ferry Ticket

    Hello! Dave,
    Due to the failure of booking through the website of Blue Star Ferries in several times, may I ask if I won’t book the ferry ticket of special economy/ecomony on May 20, 2015 from Piraeus to Santorini in advance, can I purchase the ticket at the Athens Airport upon arrival on May 17, 2015?

    Best Regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You can purchase the Blue Star at the airport but probably won’t be able to book the special economy ticket as it’s usually only in advance and online.

  68. Direct Flights from Dublin to Santorini

    Thanks for this Dave,
    I’m contemplating a holiday in September and Santorini looks cool. You say there’s direct flights from Dublin? With what airline? Ryanair only appear to fly to Athens, Corfu, and Crete from any Irish airport…

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You’re right. There are no direct flights to Santorini from Dublin this year. It changes every year. Sorry.

  69. Names on Ferry Tickets

    Hi, Dave!

    I ended up booking with hellenic seaways for our return trip from Santorini to the Piareous port in Athens. I’m a little nervous though, because (can you believe it) I somehow got the genders mixed up on myself and my significant other! I’m not really sure how it happened, and I’ve tried to get in touch with them about it but am slightly nervous they are not going to get back to me. Is this something they are very specific about? Please advise…I will continue to try reaching out to them accordingly! Thanks so much.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It won’t be a problem. They barely glance at tickets as you show them and don’t care about the name or gender at all.

  70. Santorini, Naxos, Athens

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for all this info! We want to get from Istanbul to Santorini (I understand there are no direct flights so we’ll need to fly via Athens). Thought flying from here may be best so we can make the most of our time.

    Then spend about 3 nights in Santorini. We would like to make our way back to Athens from Santorini by ferry but maybe spend a night or two on an island on the way back. What would be a good island to visit on the way back to Athens from Santorini? I was thinking of Naxos but if you know one better would love to hear from you? How often are the ferries from Naxos to Athens?

    Then we’ll spend one or two nights in Athens before the end of our trip in Greece.



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Naxos is a great island (one of my favorites) and makes a good complement to Santorini – great beaches, quieter, small traditional villages. In summer there are several ferries per day from Naxos to Athens, at other times they are fewer but always at least one per day.

  71. Picking Up Ferry Tickets

    Hi there!

    I bought a ticket online for Blue Star and the confirmation says that I need to pick up my actual ticket at the port, where I need my reservation number and ID. Would that be done at the E7 gate you mentioned where you would buy a ticket if you didn’t already have one?

    Also, you noted that luggage is stored in the bottom of the ferry. I will have a travel backpack (small enough to carry on a U.S. plane) and a purse with me. Will they allow me to bring both into the ferry or will the travel backpack have to stay in storage?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, pickup Blue Star tickets at E7 – the small building in the picture posted above. You can take pretty much anything into the ferry as long as you can haul it up the stairs.

  72. Crete, Santorini, Naxos, Milos, Athens

    Hi there, great blog I have stumbled across! I am planning a trip to Greece for July 2016. We are attending a wedding on Crete so wanting to travel from Crete to 3 islands. We are thinking Santorini, Naxos & Milos. What would be the best order to do this in? Mind you we need to go to Athens after this. Thanks!

  73. Paros Mykonos, Naxos, Ios and Santorini in August

    Hey Dave your site is killa Dude. I do have some questions for you? I’m coming from Australia and it’s almost impossible from flight centre to work out this particular schedule from my consultant, so here goes 🙂
    We are wanting to leave Piraeus for 18 day’s on Monday August 17th with say 3 nights in Paros, 3 in Mykonos, 3 in Naxos, 3 in Ios and 5 in Santorini with a return trip to Piraeus in that order as a round trip.
    My first question is that at all possible? We are so flexible with times, places and using different ferries if need be, just not much info on Mykonos from Paros down to Naxos that I can see right now.
    If you can suggest some kind of a schedule to help us, this would be so helpful.
    Thanks again Dave 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      That is totally doable and a good, fun itinerary. The easiest order you want for those islands is: Piraeus to Mykonos to Paros to Naxos to Ios to Santorini to Piraeus.

      1. Round Trip or One-Way Ferry Tickets

        With ferry tickets can you buy them as a round trip just picking up or dropping off with the next ferry after every few days with same ticket? Or is it a case of paying for every ride individually? Plus with a rough estimate what cost in Euros will this be?
        Do all the Greek Islands have ATM’s or do they have money exchange places like Bali? What’s your tip for island hopping?
        Thanks Again Dave…..

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

          All ferry tickets are one-way, point to point. There are no return tickets or multi-stop tickets. The ferry from Athens to Santorini (for example) costs from €30 to €52 depending on special economy up to business class. ATMs are found everywhere on the islands.

  74. Air Seats Lounge or Business Class?

    Hi Dave,
    I will be booking the Blue Star Ferry for 31st May 2015 from Athens to Santorini. I have to decide between Air Seats Lounge and Business Class. What do you recommend? If I book Business Class, will I still be able to enjoy the open deck?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I prefer Air Seats Lounge (reserved airplane style seats) but yes, all classes can use the open-air decks.

  75. Economy vs Special Economy on Blue Star Ferry

    Hi Dave,
    When I try to book ticket from Athens to Santorini I have two options for economy class: 1st is economy which costs 38 Euros one way and 2nd is special economy which cost 30 Euros, if you can explain me difference between these two and will I get reserved seat in these two option? or I have to buy air seat lounge for reserve seat?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      To get reserved seating you need to purchase the Air Seats Lounge ticket. The economy and special economy are the same ticket. The only difference is that the economy ticket can be upgraded to reserved seating by paying the €4.50 fee. The special economy can not be upgraded. Getting reserved seating is the worth the cost if you can afford it.

  76. Santorini to Rhodes


    Thanks so much for this website. Would it be feasible to travel by ferry from Santorini to Rhodes (or vice versa)? Are there regular ferries between those two islands like there is between Piraeus and Santorini? Our time is flexible and can stop off for a day or two at a couple of other islands to make the rides not quite so long. We would welcome any suggestions you might have.
    Nancy Tan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There is a Blue Star that runs 3 days a week from Santorini to Rhodes but the times are not pleasant. It departs Santorini at 3:20am and arrives in Rhodes at 11:10am. Ferries going from Rhodes to Santorini leave Rhodes at 4pm and arrive in Santorini at 11:50pm (also 3 times per week). The next best option is going via Syros. There are 3 ferries per week that leave at about 11pm from Syros and arrive in Rhodes the next morning between 8 and 10.

  77. Athens to Santorini

    Hey Dave! Thank you very much for such wonderful website.

    We are a group of 6 arriving at Athens on 6th June and will be leaving for Santorini on the next morning, staying 2 nights in Fira and one night in Perissa.. Would you be so kind to help me out in these questions?
    1) I saw on the BlueStar website that they advertised another type of ticket called “Super Economy”. Can I book this one day earlier at the airport? Is there any surcharges for buying through the agent you mentioned at the airport? And would you still recommend the Numbered seat over this option ’cause the difference between them is more than €10?
    2) is it too hot to go for the Fira-Oia Hiking trail in the afternoon in early June?
    3) is it hard to drive around Santorini? Do we really need a GPS to get around?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      1. The Super Economy ticket can only be booked online. You can buy ferry tickets at the airport and there will be a small added fee. Numbered seats are better – especially when traveling from June to September.
      2. Fira to Oia hike is better in the morning or early evening. June is not usually blazing hot but can still get up there.
      3. Santorini is easy to drive around. It’s small and hilly so you can often “see” the town on the horizon that you’re traveling towards. I wouldn’t worry about GPS.

  78. When to Buy Flight Tickets for Santorini to Athens

    Hi Dave! I am in the process of booking a flight out of Santorini to Athens on June 25th. Of course Olympic Airlines HAD a flight leaving at 9:15am which was perfect for us to catch our flight back to the states from Athens. It’s gone! GASP! Am i a fool to wait a couple weeks to see if they add more flights or do i need to go ahead and book another flight before the cost gets all crazy! We are scheduled already to leave Athens at 12:20 so the 9:15 flight was just about perfect! Leaving Santorini at 7 am is so depressing! haha
    Thanks for your help!

  79. Piraeus to Athens Late at Night

    Hi Dave
    Great site, lots of useful info!
    Just wondering what you recommend is the best (and cheapest) way to get from Piraeus port to Athens city centre after midnight? I see the Blue star ferry from Santorini back to Piraeus arrives at the mainland at 23.25 but I am not sure how to get back into the city centre as our hotel will be there.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The last metro train from Piraeus to Monastiraki (the stop you most likely want) leaves at 12:30am. The Blue Star from Santorini arrives almost directly across from the metro station (less than a 5 minute walk) so assuming you’re ferry isn’t more than 45 minutes late you’ll be fine catching the last train (schedule here). This is also the cheapest way from Piraeus to Athens.

  80. Santorini to Piraeus

    Hi Dave,

    Great website! Would like to ask are there any night ferries from Santorini to Piraeus on 29 or 30 April 2015. Thanks.

    Best regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      On April 30 there is a night ferry that leaves Santorini at 20:30 and arrives in Piraeus at 5:15 am.

  81. Question from a Travel Agent

    Hi Dave,

    I am a Travel Consultant and I want to thank you for putting together your Santorini website. It has so much useful info and is just awesome!

    My question: One tour operator told me that after the end of October there are no flights from Athens to Santorini, that you can only take a ferry. Another said there are no ferries at that time, only flights. Who is correct?

    My clients want to travel in early November. Any advice for them – where to stay, what to expect regarding weather, crowds, restaurant options, and sightseeing at that time of year?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are flights from Athens to Santorini all year round. There is also (always) one ferry per day from Athens to Santorini and back to Athens – even in winter.

      Early November can be a great time to visit Santorini as long as you’re not expecting beach weather. But the weather is usually nice (at least compared to Northern Europe). Clear skies are more common than rainy days. The weather can be warmish but be prepared for some windy days and some rain. Some hotels and restaurants close on November 1st but most remain open until mid to late November. Your clients will have no trouble finding places to eat and sleep. Most sightseeing attractions are still running though the boat tour of the caldera and volcano will probably stop in late October.

  82. Athens to Santorini in April

    Hi Dave,
    thanks a lot for fabulous information.
    My sister and I are traveling to Greece from Vienna, April 2nd to 7th. We are planning to stay 3 nights in Athens (2, 3, 4) and then visit Santorini. We wonder if taking Blue Star ferry on the morning of 5th is exciting enough and worth the 8 hour trip or it would be a waste of time during day? Is it possible to book a flight morning of 5th and then take a night ferry back to athens on 6th? Will the night ferries have sleeping facilities available? Could we also enjoy the sights on the morning of 7th on arrival to Athens?
    I would appreciate your suggestions.

    Best regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Considering your short number of days I would recommend flying to Santorini. The ferry journey can be a fun experience (especially in summer when you can sit out on the deck, not so much in April) but I’d still rather spend that time on Santorini than on a ferry. There is a night ferry on April 6th that leaves Santorini at 19:35 and gets to Piraeus at 7:45 the next morning. It’s not the Blue Star but rather the Zante Ferries’ Adamantios Korais and it does have sleeper cabins. You don’t say when your flight departs from Athens but as long as you leave central Athens 3 to 4 hours before your departure you’ll have time to enjoy the sights.

  83. Santorini with 2.5 Year Old

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks a ton for all the neatly categorised information that you provide. It is indeed a labour of love.

    We – two adults and a 2 1/2 year old daughter- will be in Santorini 7th – 11th May 2015. Our daughter prefers to be carried which restricts our mobility a bit. We are not too interested in the nightlife. We are very interested in the views that the island has to offer as well as some sailing and trips around the island. My wife is a vegan and we would like to sample the local food – not necessarily the highend restaurants but the ones that are closer to the authentic Greek. Given this would it be advisable to stay in Firostefani or will it be too quiet in the second week of May with not too many options to eat out? Also any recommendations regarding a place to stay upto Euro 150 per day? The accommodations do seem to be very expensive.

    Thanks for your help which is truly appreciated.

    Vikram Dhanda

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Everything should be open in Firostefani and you’ll have no trouble finding open restaurants. You might, however, want to consider Oia as a large stretch of the main foot path in Oia is flat and walkable for a toddler (or a parent carrying them). In Firostefani your walking area will be much smaller as going either north or south involves going up or down and there are steps and inclines all along the path.

  84. Ferry or Fly to Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    We have booked a trip to have Christmas in Santorini, we are arriving into Athens at 4am on the 23rd December 2015 and are looking to fly back out of Athens the morning of the 26th. Do you reccommend going by ferry at this time of year or will there be flights available? I am thinking ferry over as we will have the morning spare anyway and you mention the amazing views then fly santorini to Athens if there are flights available? I cannot find flights listed this far out currently but assume they will become available soon


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, there will be flights. With such a short amount of time I would fly or you won’t have any time to explore Santorini.

  85. Which 2 Islands

    Hi Dave,

    What a great informative website with pictures as well to clearly understand how to make the travel around Greece independently if need be. There is so much information on your site that I found myself re-vamping my planned trip this upcoming July for about 16-17 days.
    Our plan is to start in Athens for 2-3 nights and then off to the islands. I really want to see Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. I just have 3 questions: I plan on getting a hotel or resort for 2 weeks; I would like to divide the 2 weeks on 2 separate islands and hop around to other islands from these 2 locations. What 2 islands would you recommend (definitely Santorini?). Also, are metal detectors allowed on the beaches? Sounds crazy, but it really motivates one to see the entire shorelines around the islands. Finally, where is the best place to snorkel?

    Thanks again and happy travels.

    Rick, USA-Connecticut

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      In most cases I don’t recommend day trips. If you’re interested in an island that take a night or two and stay there. But doing a day trip (when it’s even possible) just wastes most of your time getting to and from the island and worrying about when to catch the ferry. Mykonos to Santorini, for example, takes 2.5 to 3 hours each way so even with favorable ferry times you’d probably spend 6 hours on the ferry to enjoy 6 or 7 hours on land. Some islands are easier to get between than others so day trips between Naxos and Paros and Santorini and Ios are 2 of the better pairs.

      As far as I know metal detectors are allowed on the beaches. Greece is not known for its snorkeling but the best islands in the Cyclades for snorkeling are Milos and Paros.

  86. Private Yacht to Santorini

    A family member chartered a yacht for one week departing from Marina Zeas in late September with room for 10 guests. They define their cruising area as “Greek Waters”. His bucket list dream trip was to sail from one Greek Isle to another each day dining each evening on a different island. Of course I’d want to see Santorini and Mykonos. You made a comment previously indicating the seas might be too choppy for a smaller boat vs. the ferry which concerned me. Have we made a mistake booking such a trip?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I do not speak from experience but I know those seas can be rough even on a big ferry. The smaller the boat the rougher the ride. Sounds like a great experience if it all works out. Can’t say much more than that.

  87. 1 Week in Greece

    Hi Dave –

    Great website! Wanted to check if you have any recommendations for my upcoming trip. 2 people are flying to Greece from the US and 2 people will be flying in from Prague, all arriving Tuesday June 16th. We plan to spend 7 days, split between Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora and Santorini. Probably not enough time to add in Mykonos. Do you suggest flying into Santorini first and then doing Athens and the other cities, or the other cities and then ending in Santorini? We can’t decide if it’s easier to do a non-round trip flight (e.g. into Athens, out of Santorini) or just do round-trip from Athens? I don’t think we can spend 8 hours on a ferry so we’ll be limited to flights.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would definitely fly into Athens and out of Santorini (or vice versa). The “open jaw” ticket is good anytime but especially when you’re tight on time. Look for air tickets on Kayak and then structure your trip based on what’s available and works best.

  88. How Much Connection Time Do I Need for Athens Airport?

    Hi Dave, your website has been such a fabulous resource in planning my trip to Greece, so thanks for that! I have a question about flights and their reliability from the islands back to Athens. In the first two weeks of April, my boyfriend and I are going from Athens to Crete, Crete to Santorini (by way of a connecting flight back through Athens with about an hour layover), and finally Santorini to the Athens airport so I can catch my flight back to the U.S. My flight back home from Athens is at 2 p.m., and there are a few flights out of Santorini that morning I could take to potentially make it in time. But is it smarter to go back to Athen the day before? Do you have an estimate of how lengthy at worst the process of leaving my Santorini flight and getting to the gate for my flight back to the U.S. would be? Sorry for the long question, any advice is very much appreciated!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would make sure you have at least 2 hours time between your arrival in Athens and your departure to the U.S. Athens airport is not huge and connecting from a domestic flight is usually pretty quick so 2 to 3 hours is what I would do myself.

  89. 8 Days in Greece – Santorini, Mykonos, Meteora, Kefalonia, Delphi and Cofu?

    Thank you for putting up such an amazing website. It’s brimming with information, yet still manages to be concise!

    We are planning a trip for late april/early may, having ~8days in Greece. We will be coming in from Istanbul. It would be ideal to be able to visit both Santorini and Mykonos. Is it too ambitious (and are they worth it) to try and fit in other mainland stuff such as Meteora, Kefalonia, Delphi and Cofu? If so, how would you recommend going about it (I’m worried about transportation and associated time.)?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Kefalonia and Corfu are definitely out – they’re too far away to include in an 8 day trip. The Meteora and Delphi could be done on a 2 day trip from Athens which would then leave 6 days for Santorini and Mykonos (3 days each).

  90. Advanced Ferry Ticket Pickup in Piraeus


    Before reading your very helpful blog I took what now seems like the unnecessary step of booking Blue-star ferry tickets in advance online, for a 7.25am departure to Naxos in late May. The site says I need to be at the Blue Star office to pick up tickets at least an hour in advance (i.e. 6.25am) or I’ll be treated as a no-show.

    Is this the case in practice, or are they less strict than that? Presumably all the passengers have to be present for this too? I can just imagine getting to the port bleary-eyed at 6.25 (and our flight gets in the night before at midnight), waiting to get to the front of a long queue and then being told my tickets are cancelled, it’s too late. All the while with wife and children standing grumpily nearby. The potential marital recriminations don’t bear thinking about!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I can not say for certain but I would be shocked if they enforced that 1 hour pickup. The kiosk opens at 5:45 or 6:00 for the 7:25 ferry. If it were me I would plan on arriving at 6:45. What you’re comfortable with might be different. In any case that Blue Star ferry will not be sold out so the worst case scenario is you have to buy new tickets – not great but you won’t be risking not getting on the ferry.

  91. 2 Berth Cabin from Athens to Santorini

    Hi Dave

    Your guide is really informative. Thanks for the help. I just had one doubt – I am trying to book a ferry from Athens to Santorini in June. It shows only 4 berth cabin and no 2-berth cabin. Is there any other way we can book a 2 berth cabin?
    Ujjwal Raheja

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Every ferry has a different layout. If that’s all it’s showing then that’s all that is available. You could try a different ferry but I doubt that you have that sort of flexibility. Be sure to check the Blue Star ferry if you haven’t already (and it works with your schedule).

  92. Connecting Flight in Athens/Passport Control

    Hi Dave,

    How much time do you need between your arriving flight to Athens and connecting flight to Santorini? Is one hour enough time, or would we miss it?
    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It depends if you’re flying from a Schengen country or a non-Schengen country. If you’re flying from within the Schengen zone then you won’t need to go through immigration/passport control. If you’re flying from outside the Schengen zone (e.g. USA, UK, Turkey) you’ll have to go through immigration which would add some time – how much is anyone’s guess. That said, with only an hour to spare you’d need your arriving flight be right on time to make your connection (in either case) which is a little too tight for my comfort level.

  93. Athens and Santorini in Late March

    Hi Dave,

    First of all, thank you for giving the rest of us an opportunity to ask you all these questions…much appreciated!

    I will be in Greece for only a few days with my 2 teenaged sons from March 21-26 and was wondering if I should stay in Santorini for one night or two during this off season time? Since it will not be beach weather and we won’t be ‘clubbing it’, will there be enough to do? Due to the limited time we have, I do plan on flying to Santorini from Athens. Is there a particular area of Santorini we should stay? Also, would you recommend renting a vehicle or hiring a private driver while there?

    Oh, I just found out that March 25th is their Independence Day…would it be best to spend that day in Athens or in Santorini? Any and all information is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks soo much from Canada!!!

    Komal Morash

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I think you’ll find enough to do to fill 2 days in Santorini. I’d recommend getting a hotel room with a private jacuzzi. And yes, I would rent a car – the island is easy to get around on your own and won’t be busy. Athens will have a large military parade on March 25 if that interests you. I probably wouldn’t travel on that day.

  94. Day Trip from Athens to Santorini

    Hey Dave,

    I will be in Athens for 4 nights. Hotel has been reserved all four nights in Athens. However, would like to spend just a day in Santorini was looking into taking an early morning flight then catching the last one back to Athens same day. What would you recommened? Is it worth the day? Or just save it for a different planned trip. I was looking on Kayak and Ryanair the flights are possible and can be done however, my thing is once arriving is it easy an inexpensive to get into the main area and sight see etc?

    Any help would be great.


    Ms Red

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s doable, for sure. Would I recommend it? Since it sounds like you have another trip already planned probably not. You don’t say what time of year you’re visiting. If it were in March, April or May I might wait until I’m in Greece, check the weather and then try to get last minute tickets. (If it were in summer you’d never get those tickets so the point is moot.)

  95. Turkey to Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos

    Hi Dave! Thanks for the very informative sight. We’d like to travel to Mykonos, Santorini, and Athens (starting and ending in Istanbul) in July 2015. In your opinion, what is the best route? Flying to Mykonos from Istanbul, travelling to Santorini by ferry and flying to Athens or flying to Athens from Istanbul and then taking ferries to Santorini, Mykonos and mainland Turkey? Cost and time are big factors (we have 9 days to do the trip). Thanks in advance for any ideas you have.
    Zeynep Kinaci

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      With 9 days you really have to fly between Istanbul and Mykonos, and Istanbul and Athens. Going via the Turkish coast takes time as there’s a series of ferries to get from either Santorini or Mykonos to Turkey (usually via Kos or Rhodes) and then from there by bus or flight to Istanbul (all of which is time consuming).

  96. How Many Days in Athens and Santorini

    Hi Dave, Wonderful site!!!

    I am planning a vacation of 1 week in Greece, flying into athens on 11 May and flying out on 18. Overall idea was to cover athens in 2-3 days and then spend 2-3 days in Santorini. How would could you suggest we schedule? We are a family of 3 with a teenage daughter. Would you suggest spending more time in athens or santorini. I am liking the idea of blue star for Santorini, but 8 hour journey seems discouraging.

    Some pointers from you will help finalise my plans. Thanks in advance.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would spend more time in Santorini than Athens – something like 4 days in Santorini, 2 days in Athens. Spend your days in Athens at the end of your trip so you have some flexibility if ferries are delayed or canceled. The Blue Star trip can be long and boring (in parts) but it’s better than feeling seasick. Flying one-way from Santorini to Athens is a good idea.

  97. X96 Bus to Piraeus

    Hi Dave – Your blog is a great help ! Thanks.
    I have a couple of Q-s: My flight to Athens is arriving at 3.50 am from London. Can I take X96 to reach the PIRAEUS port on time to board the bluestar ferry to Santorini? I do not know how long does it take to exit the airport and hence cannot guess the time. Also, how far is the bus stop away from where we have to board the ferry?
    On our way back, our ferry is arriving at 11.25pm. How do i go to my hotel which is near the central station?
    Also, I am hoping that I need to book the ferry online – if not please let me know.

    Many thanks in advance mate.

    Tamoghna Chatterjee

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You should have no problem making your ferry. Getting through arrivals is usually very quick and easy at that time of the morning. Buses run 24 hours so one should leave within 30 minutes. From the airport to Piraeus will take less than an hour at that time of day. It will drop you in Piraeus right at the Blue Star dock, not more than a 100 meters away. Not sure what you mean by central station. Booking online in advance can be a good idea in July and August but outside of those months there is no need. You might be able to buy ferry tickets at the airport as well though I can’t guarantee that the travel agent will be open at that time of the morning.

  98. 3 Days in Athens and Santorini

    Hi Dave!

    Your website is fantastic! Thank you so much for the wealth of information. A friend and I are college students studying in Italy, and we are planning a trip over our spring break. Due to time constraints, we are only able to visit for a few days. My first question: fly from Istanbul to Athens on March 29, and have to return to Milan on the evening of April 1. Is it worth spending the afternoon/night in Athens and taking the ferry to Santorini, or should we skip Athens and fly straight on to Santorini to have more time there?

    Also, I’ve read through your posts on what to do, but given the short time we’ll be there, what would you say are the places not to miss? We want to get as much as possible into our time there!

    Thank you so much!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would spend the afternoon/evening in Athens and then fly to Santorini early the next morning. There’s lots to see in Athens and you can do a lot in a short amount of time. You should be able to visit the Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis, Hadrian’s Arch, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, and the Ancient Agora. Eat dinner in the Plaka or just off Monastiraki Square. In Santorini do the walk between Oia and Fira, visit ancient Thira, and Akrotiri.

  99. September in Athens and Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    A friend and I will be travelling to Greece from the States this September. We plan to arrive in Athens on 9/15 and leave on 9/25. We want to see Athens and Santorini. Do you recommend Santorini first, and then Athens? Or split Athens in the beginning and end of the trip? And how many days would you recommend each?

    BTW, I’m so glad I found your site. I appreciate the photos and detailed information. Thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would do something like 2 days in Athens (to get comfortable with the time change), 6 days in Santorini, and then 2 days in Athens (gives you some buffer days if your ferry is late or delayed so you don’t miss your flight).

      1. September in Athens and Santorini

        Thanks for your quick reply. Question about ferry tickets, do I need to purchase them in advance for September? Or would it suffice to buy them once we arrive at Athens airport?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

          If you’re planning on taking the Blue Star ferry you’ll be fine buying them (as soon as possible) after arrival. If you want to take a High Speed then buying in advance would be wise.

  100. Last minute trip to Santorini

    Dave – this site is amazing and SO incredibly helpful! Am planning a last minute trip the second week of March to visit my sister who has just moved to Athens. We want to go Santorini for a few days, but she does not know much about the area or best mode of travel yet. It seems like you recommend the ferry, but is the 8 hour trip worth it if we will only be there a few days? I will only be in Greece for 8 days and want to explore Athens as well. Any recommendations for cheapish hotels on the island?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      In your situation and with only 8 days I would fly to Santorini or skip it but not do the ferry.

      San Giorgio is a good, clean, very nice cheap hotel in Fira.

  101. Which Island for Kids

    What would be your recommendations for places to go with young children. My wife and I will have our 4 year old and 2year old daughters with us. We would love to get out to Mykonos or Santorini. We will probably have about a week in Greece.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Naxos is the most kid-friendly island in Greece. Mykonos has several beaches that are great for kids. Santorini is not the best island for kids but it’s so unique that I recommend it for families anyways as you can’t come to Greece and not see Santorini.

  102. Direct Flights to Santorini from Rome, Paris, or London

    Hi, I need help for details of flight getting to Santorini. I’m planning my honeymoon to europe and of course the beautiful Santorini. I’m not interested to stop at Athens and will prefer a direct flight to Santorini. Are there any direct flight in March or April to Santorini from Rome, Paris or London?? How long will it take? I will prefer direct flight instead of long transit hours in Athens. Thank you!

    Christine Lim

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      From Rome to Santorini there are 2 flights per week in March and April with Vueling (Wednesday) and Iberia (Saturday). Flight time is 2 hours, 15 minutes.

      From Paris to Santorini there are no direct flights in March and April. The best connection through Athens takes 4 hours, 40 minutes.

      From London to Santorini there are 3 flights per week in March with Norwegian (Saturday) and easyJet (Wednesday and Thursday). In April there are 8 flights per week with Norwegian (Saturday), easyJet (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), British Airways (Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday), and Thomas Cook Airlines (Tuesday). Flight time is 3 hours, 55 minutes.

  103. Santorini Flight Connection in Athens

    Hello! Awesome site! My fiance and I are flying into Athens on Saturday May 22 at 9:30 AM. Our only two options for flights to Santorini are 10:15 and 13:20 (a 4 hour wait after a very long plane ride). Which would you recommend taking?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Unfortunately, I have to recommend the 13:20 flight. A 45 minute connection is cutting it too close. It could work out but even a slight delay getting into Athens would put the connection at risk.

  104. Package Tour or Do It Yourself?

    Hi Dave,

    OMG, I’m so glad I stumbled on your site! I want to go to Greece but wasn’t sure if I can do it myself or do I require a tour package. It seems most tour packages are independent anyway and they go to too many places. Really, I just want to go to Athens, Meteora, and Santorini. I typically booked everything in advance but it seems that I can wait and get my ferry tickets once I’m there.

    I still need to find an escorted tour to Meteora. Any advice as to where to look? Also, is public transportation easy to navigate for a newbie?

    Thanks much…truly appreciate for your guidance!

    Take care,

    Stephanie Le

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s always better and more rewarding to plan it yourself. Better prices (for apples to apples) and less cookie-cutter experience.

      That said, if the choice is between a tour and not going to Greece at all then do a tour, get comfortable with the country and then return on your own and do it right. But you can do it by yourself just fine the first time around too.

      Take train to Kalambaka from Athens (train schedule for Athens to Kalambaka). Stay 1 night in a hotel. Tour Meteora early morning before tour buses arrive (or late afternoon after they’ve left). Much better experience than being on a tour.

  105. Stroller in Greece

    Hi Dave thanks for your quick response. Here’s another question: we are traveling with our almost 2-year-old son. We baby-wear extensively, but would like to have the luxury of a stroller too. Are Santorini and Paros more or less flat and stroller friendly? are the buses in the islands and in Athens stroller friendly/ wheel-chair accessible? Thanks for your advice. Your blog is my favorite bedtime reading material 🙂 so awesome, so informative. thank you so very much

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Santorini is not wheelchair friendly at all except for some stretches of Oia. Most towns have cobblestone paths, lots of stairs, lots of up and down. Paros (especially Parikia) is fairly flat and the stroller is easy to use. I wouldn’t call the buses wheelchair friendly but they’re fine with a stroller. Though they can be packed at certain times of the day (e.g. the Oia to Fira bus after the sunset).

  106. 4 Days in Greece

    Dear Dave,
    first I would like to congratulate you, for your detailed explanation, there is quick questions from my side if you dont mind plz guide me..I will arrive athens on 24 feb at around 1700 for 4 days can u suggest me itinerary for athens and santorini. and also is there any problem if my wife wear headscarf.

    Farooq Khan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      With that amount of time you need to fly to Santorini. Search for available flights. Shoot for 2 days in Athens and 2 days in Santorini. I wouldn’t expect any problems with your wife’s headscarf, perhaps the odd unfriendly look from people who find it demeaning to woman but not anything more.

  107. Cabin on Ferry to Santorini

    First, thank you for this amazing website. I am mind blown by your attention to detail. Its puts my anxiety at ease about traveling in Greece this summer.

    We are going to be traveling from Athens to Santorini in mid June for 6 days for our honeymoon and are debating taking the Blue Star and getting a cabin for the “To” portion of the trip versus flying. We will fly back to Athens either way. We are wondering if the ferry is worth the extra time and cost to experience true Greek style traveling and slow boating on the Mediterranean. With a cabin, our thoughts are that we can take our belongings, have a nice nap, wake up have breakfast, freshen up and enjoy the sights of arriving through the Caldera.

    What would your advice be on this?

    Again, many thanks for your website and sharing of your knowledge.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      That sounds good. I don’t want to oversell the ferry though. It can feel like a long trip and for some it isn’t worth “wasting” a day of travel. (That said, if you’re already in Athens and need to get back out to the airport, then the difference in travel times isn’t as big as it might seem. The ferries also leave very early so they get to Santorini by mid-afternoon). The cabins are nice. Be sure to get a 2 berth cabin. If you get a 4 berth cabin you’ll be sharing with 2 other people (unless you pay for all 4 berths). But in general, I would say do the ferry. It’s fun. You take a plane all the time but taking a ferry through the Greek islands and pulling into the caldera is pretty unique. The Blue Star will stop in Naxos and Paros on the way to Santorini and it’s fun to stand out on the deck and look at the towns and waterfront.

  108. Best Time to Visit Santorini on a Budget

    Hi Dave
    Please let me know when is the best time to visit santorini on a budget (just for accomodation only) the rest are fine with me.
    Thanks Dave
    Alye from malaysia

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The best time to find cheap hotels is from late October to early May. There are even fewer tourists in the December to February period but this doesn’t decrease rates that much as many hotels close which decreases supply and availability.

  109. Santorini in November

    Hey Dave,
    Firstly great article! So very helpful. thanks so much.
    Secondly my question is a little about weather and less about transportation, although they are related.
    We like to travel off-season for a number of reasons- less crowds, low prices and less vacation days needed so we are thinking of going to Santorini in late November. Is that totally a no-go? Online weather websites give averages that are all above 11C (which is warm for us here in New England), they also say there’s some average rainfall, but unless it’s Seattle-level rain of 24X7 we are ready to brave it. Do you think it’s doable? On rainy days we can just stay in as long as we have a nice hotel with a good view. Does it drizzle or gush? Sporadically or constantly? I know it’s unpredictable but every place has a pattern, hence my question.
    Blue Star runs every day right, but in case it is cancelled, have you heard of hotels making concessions regarding cancellations?
    You seem to know SO MUCH about Santorini, I felt like asking all these non-transport questions too. I hope you don’t mind.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Santorini in November is totally doable. With a little luck you’ll get good weather (great weather for New England) and love it. Yes, it can rain, and rain hard, but if you’re there for 4 or 5 days I’m sure you’ll get some decent breaks in the weather even if it does rain. No, I’ve never heard of hotels making concessions based on cancelled ferries.

  110. Private Boat Athens to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Great read – do you have any suggestions for those who would like to take a private boat from Athens to Santorini?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I don’t know of any private boats for hire that would make that trip, sorry. I do know that is a long trip in a small boat. It would have to take at least 10 to 12 hours. Those seas are relatively unprotected and the ride could be very rough.

  111. What Island First, Last?

    I am starting to plan my trip and will be landing in Athens on Sept. 17th at 10:45pm.

    I originally wanted to fly straight from Athens to Santorini but there’s no flights leaving this late. So i am thinking of staying in Athens for 3 days then take a ferry to Santorini.
    From Santorini take the ferry to Mykonos.
    Mykonos to Athans with a flight to head home.

    wondering if it would be better to swap and go to Mykonos first then Santorini and fly to Athens from there? I know that i want to fly back on the last island so i don’t miss my flight home.

    Thank you so much in advance! This article is beyond helpful.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      If you’re going to fly the last leg then yeah, do Mykonos first. But there’s no great difference. I recommend that people spend their days in Athens at the end of the trip to give them a buffer for catching their flight if their ferry were canceled or delayed. But if you’re flying back it’s less important.

  112. Athens, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, and Mykonos in April

    Hey Dave,
    Thanks for the detailed information. It is absolutely helpful for all greeke travelers.
    I will arrive Athens on 3 April and leave on 28 April via Athens airport all by myself. My plan is visiting Athens, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, and Mykonos. My last stop will be Athens. Also, I want to spend the Greek Orthodox Easter (12 April 2015) in Mykonos.
    1) Would you please recommend how many days should I spend on each islands?
    2) Also, the sequence of visiting those islands based on the schedule of ferries?
    3) Is it ok if I buy a ferry ticket just 1 day advance?
    4) Is there any High Speed Ferry from Athens to Santorini at 07.25 hours?
    5) Will a seat be reserved for me when I buy an air seat lounge ferry ticket?
    6) I travel alone and I have a luggage with me, is it ok for me to bring it to the air seat lounge? Is it safe to keep inside the lounge?
    7) Any special ferry pass I can buy because I will travel within those islands? Or there is no different if I buy one way?
    Thank you for your help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      1) You have 25 nights, so with perfect flexibility I would say
      Athens: 2
      Mykonos: 5
      Naxos: 5
      Paros: 3
      Santorini: 7
      Athens: 3 (good to have some or all of your days in Athens at the end of your trip in case of ferry delays or cancelations, so you don’t mis your flight home)

      The trouble spot is the time in Mykonos. Since Mykonos is at the north end of those islands it would make a good first or last island but with those dates that doesn’t really work. You could spend, say 5 days in Athens and then 5 days in Mykonos which would take you to the 13th, but that’s a lot of time in Athens (when added to the recommended days there at the end of your trip). You could go Naxos-Mykonos-Paros-Santorini but that would have you go south-north-south and stopping in Naxos on your way from Mykonos to Paros (not a big deal but it is a waste of time and does add to the cost of your ferry travels). Not sure what the answer is unless you’re flexible on switching your Easter destination. You could also add the island of Syros to your itinerary, a great island in between Athens and Syros that has direct ferries to both in April.

      2) Athens to Mykonos to Naxos to Paros to Santorini to Athens. Blue Star ferry on every route except Mykonos to Naxos which will be on a SeaJet2.

      3) Easter is one time of year when ferries can sell out. The Blue Star should still be fine in-between islands during Easter but I would pre-book Athens to Mykonos or Athens to Santorini if it was during Easter week. Also pre-book the SeaJet during Easter.

      4) There is a HighSpeed4 that leaves Piraeus at 7:30am and gets to Santorini at 13:00 but it doesn’t start until April 8. The fastest ferry is the SeaJet that leaves at 7:00am and gets to Santorini at 11:40 (it starts April 3).

      5) All tickets on high speed ferries (the Hellenic and SeaJets ferries) have reserved seats. On the Blue Star you specifically have to buy a reserved seat (recommended).

      6) You can take your luggage to the seating area but it’s a pain. There are stairs and they’re narrow and steep. (On the SeaJet2 the entrance and seats are on the same level and not a lot of room anywhere – but it can still be done).

      7) There are no ferry passes and no return tickets on Greek ferries. All tickets are one-way, point to point.

  113. Hydra to Athens to Santorini

    What a great resource you are. Thank you! My family will be traveling from Hydra on 2 July and want to arrive in Santorini that night. Will the ferry schedules from Hydra to Athens then to Santorini permit this or will we have to fly?

    Thank you in advance for your response.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Hydra to Athens ferry schedule for July is not out yet. But there will certainly be a morning ferry that gets you to Piraeus by 9am at the latest. There probably won’t be a ferry early enough to make the connection for the 7:30 Blue Star but there is a MasterJet from Piraeus to Santorini that leaves at 15:30 (and arrives in Santorini at 21:10) that should work fine.

  114. Ferries vs Tour

    VERY Informative loved it Dave. Well Done.

    I hv a question, 3 of us going to Athens from Barcelona this end of August. we are thinking of island hopin or island tour (budgeted) from Athens -Mykonos-Santorini. We are on a tight schedule because from Athens we are going to Rome after our alst stop. Can you pls tell me is it cheaper to take ferry, book tours as we have limited time. we just want to experience and see these places while we are there.
    thanks Ana

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Island hopping on the ferries is both more enjoyable and (usually) cheaper than pre-arranged tours.

  115. Athens, Istanbul, Santorini, Mykonos

    Hi Dave, great information, thanks for pulling this together. My family (2 adults 3 kids (9, 14, and 16)) are planning trip from US to Greece July 20 thru Aug 4. Landing in Athens, i’m thinking of spending 3 nights there and then would like to do a combination of Istanbul, Santorini and potentially Mykanos – what would be your recommendations?

    Also before leaving Athens, we would like to stay at some resort just to relax with kids around the beach, etc – any recommendations? Someone mentioned Glyfada or Vouliagmeni.

    jay dawar

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Mykonos has flights to and from Istanbul 6 days a week (not Saturday) with AtlasJet. Santorini does not have flights to Istanbul. So you’d want to do some variation of Athens fly to Istanbul fly to Mykonos ferry to Santorini fly/ferry to Athens.

      Both Glyfada and Vouliagmeni have a fun atmosphere and good beaches (you do have to pay for entrance to most). The Westin Astir is a wonderful resort on it’s own private beach and Olympic size swimming pool if you’re looking for luxury.

  116. Beach Holiday

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for the website.

    My husband and I changed our minds a few times about the destination of our holiday. We booked a flight from home to Athens for May and planned to go from Athens to Santorini by ferry and go back home by plane from Santorini.

    But now we’re not sure if 2 weeks in Santorini wouldn’t be too much, especially since I want a nice sandy beach, and if possible also see the sunrise in the morning from the sea. I thought Perissa from Santorini would be that ideal destination but the grey sand from there makes me have doubts. And I’m happy now we didn’t book yet a hotel in Santorini.

    We are now thinking about spending the most of our holiday in Naxos, it has nice sandy beaches, although the best are on the West side and we won’t see the sunrise in the morning I guess 🙂 And then, in the last 2-3 days to visit Santorini and take from there the plane for home.

    On the other hand, the ticket for the ferry is 37 euros/person from Pireus->Santorini, and I saw it’s about 34Euro/person from Pireus->Naxos and another ~19euro/person from Naxos->Santorini.

    How do our plans sound to you? Is there any cheaper alternative than the 19Euro/person one-way ferry ticket between Naxos and Santorini to see both islands?

    Thank you Dave


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The beaches on Santorini are pebbly but at the same time they’re much better than they sound or look. The swimming is absolutely wonderful. For certain, the beaches on Naxos are more idyllic and picturesque with beautiful soft sand.

      If you were only considering staying at the beach towns in Santorini then yes, 2 weeks is way too long on Santorini. But you might have moved to the other extreme. If you spend 10-11 days on Naxos and then 2-3 days on Santorini I think you’ll feel you shortchanged yourself. Considering your interests in beaches and sunrises I would recommend 1 week on Naxos and 1 week on Santorini, with your time on Santorini split between a beach town (Perissa or Kamari) and a caldera town (Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia).

      No way around taking the ferry or paying the fare (they’re set by the government and don’t change).

  117. Rab Moghal

    Hey man,

    Just wanted to say, amazing website! People like you are what makes the internet the resource it is! Keep up the good work!

  118. Athens Lotus Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    I travel different counties regularly and always planning my trip after reading reviews on Trip Advisor, but the details I found on your website is mind blowing.. You have taken care about every small bits… Also I know lots of people asked you various questions and you answered so beautifully and accurately.

    We three (incl my 13year old daughter) coming to Athens on 13th Feb afternoon and I booked hotel : Athens Lotus Hotel Address: Chiou 9, Plateia Karaiskaki 10438 and not sure how far is from Airport, is there any cheaper way to travel from Airport to Hotel and also we leaving Athens on 18th Feb afternoon flight at 14:00 hours.

    So far I booked Hotel and sightseeing bus tour for Athens, but now after reading your website, tempted to go to Santorini, can you please suggest what is the best way ? Can I go for one night stay in Santorini ? Do you know the return ferry timings ?

    It would be really helpful if you suggest how many days I spend in Athens and how many in Santorini (my hotel in Athens is pre booked and non refundable, but for one night I don’t mind let it go the money), as I definitely wants to visit the Santorini. Also, which is the best area to stay in Santorini, so we can cover as much as possible in one day ?

    Sorry for asking too much, but answer whichever is possible for you.

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind Regards,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Athens Lotus Hotel is near Metaxourgio station and not far from Omonia Square. From the airport take the metro to central Athens. At Syntagma Station switch trains to the red line. Then get off at Metaxourgio station. The hotel is short walk from there. The area is fine through the day but at night it has a very rough feel. I wouldn’t call it unsafe but it definitely “feels” unsafe.

      You don’t have many days so hard to know what to do. If you left on the Blue Star ferry on the morning of Feb. 14 you’d arrive in Santorini 8 hours later in the afternoon. You’d have to stay at least one full day to make the trip worthwhile so that would have you catching the returning ferry on the afternoon of the 16th. Then you’d have the 17th to explore Athens. That’s what I’d recommend doing.

      1. Maulik Shah

        Many Thank Dave, I appreciate it.

        After sending you message, I gone through the return ferry timings and found that Bluestar ferry returning from Thira in the evening 19:00 hours which reach to Athens in the early morning 04:45 hours, so am thinking about the plan as per below :

        Staying 13th afternoon till 16th Morning in Athens which should be sufficient for Athens and then travel to Santorini 16th morning reaching there at 15:00 and explore the evening (sun set) and night life and next day I almost have full day until 19:00 hours, so will explore the Santorini from early morning till evening before I leave the island, so I will be in Athens 18th morning and after having breakfast will do checkout and go out again couple of hours and then travel to airport for return journey.

        In this plan, I almost get 27 hours in Santorini, what is your opinion on this ?

        Thanks once again.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

          That sounds great. There are a few days a week when there is a late ferry so this should help in your case.

  119. Santorini and Mykonos in August

    Hi Dave
    Im travelling to greece in august. Arriving in Athens in the evening. We aren’t really keen on staying in Athens and are planning on doing Santorini and Mykonos.

    1. Are there any day trips from either of these islands that aren’t far away and worth seeing?
    2. Your site states athens to santorini is an 8 hr ferry ride. How long is it from Santorini to Mykonos? Time is limited, is it worth getting a flight here too?
    3. Any nice places you recommend staying at either of these places. Not luxury but VERY NICE! 🙂


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      1) Day trips from Mykonos to the ancient island of Delos are recommended. The only other practical day trip from Mykonos is Paros but the ferry timetables allow for only 5 to 7 hours on the island. And given that you say your time is limited I would focus on the island that you’re currently on instead of spending time on a ferry to a different island.
      2) Ferries from Santorini to Mykonos take 3 hours. There are very few direct flights between Santorini and Mykonos so ferry is the best way. There are fast ferries that do the trip from Athens to Santorini in 5 hours.
      3) “Not luxury but very nice” means something different to everyone. If you read Best Hotels in Santorini and Best Hotels in Mykonos I’m sure you’ll find something in your price range.

  120. Airplane Seating/Luggage/Buying Tickets for Blue Star Ferry

    Hi Dave. First thanks – AMAZING website. So grateful!
    Travelling to Santorini on Blue Star Ferry 29th May this year (Friday). If we book economy ticket, do we have access to the airplane seating area or only to the economy lounge area? (Realise we would not have RESERVED seat in the airplane seating area).
    Also in either of these two areas, can you take your luggage and have it with you rather than leaving in the car deck general area pictured in your photos?
    Am assuming it would be ok to book ticket on arrival at Athens airport 1 week prior, at this time of year?
    Many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      1) You need a reserved economy seat to have the airplane style seating (which is what I recommend).
      2) Yes, you can take luggage up to economy class but the stairs are steep and there’s a lot of people so this is a huge hassle – but can be done.
      3) Buying at the airport should be fine (but there are no guarantees).

      1. helen

        Thanks Dave. On the site for booking Blue Star it shows airline reserved seats in five different lounges AK1, AK2, AK3, AK4 and AK5. What are the differences if any between these lounges? Any preferable?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

          It’s different on every ship. The conventional wisdom is that AK1 and AK2 are the best – but for the most part it doesn’t make much difference. The different sections are on different parts of the ship. I believe sections AK4 and AK5 are on a higher level but actually have worse views as there are lifeboats in front of the windows. Keep an eye out for any reference to non-smoking as on some ships certain sections can be smoking/non-smoking.

        2. Helen

          Many thanks for your time. If you ever make it to the gorgeous South Island of New Zealand our family would go out of our way to help you find out all you need to know! Chrs

  121. Day Trip to Crete

    Excellent website!
    I’ll be with a group, arrive in Santorini from Mykonos on 29 April and leave Santorini to Athens on 2 May 2015. Is there any way I can go to Crete to visit Palace of Knossos during that time? Ferry schedule looks like evening arrival in and morning departure from Crete — probably not suitable timing. And I haven’t been able to find any flights between these two islands? What can you suggest please, or is this an impossibility to do?.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You have it exactly right. Day trips from Crete to Santorini are possible but not from Santorini to Crete. You would have to spend at least 2 nights on Crete in order to see Knossos. And there are no flights for 2015 (scheduled yet).

  122. Access to Outdoor Decks on Blue Star Ferry

    Your information has been very helpful in planning my upcoming trip to Greece. Quick question-the Blue Star Ferry website has me choosing airplane seating associated to a specific numbered lounge. If I get reserved seating will I still have access to the outdoor deck during the trip? Thank you!

  123. How Long in Athens?

    Hi Dave,
    Awesome site!
    We are a family of 6, 4 adult children, 18-26, from the midwest. We’re planning on going to Greece mid June for 13 days. The flights I’m looking at get us into ATH before noon. We want to spend 6-7 days in Santorini. From reading your site, I’m thinking Blue Star there and fly back. Would you recommend getting to Santorini asap or spending time in Athens before our stay in Santorini? Also, can you recommend a house for rent that would sleep all of us?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would spend the rest of your first day exploring Athens. You should be able to get downtown and checked in by 1pm. I know it doesn’t sound like much time but if you hustle yourself out the door you’ll be able to cover a surprising amount of ground in the 7 hours you have before the sites close for the evening – most of the main attractions in Athens are within a walkable distance of each other (the National Archaeological Museum being the exception). Stay someplace in the Plaka or Monastiraki neighborhoods. Visit the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, and walk around by Hadrian’s Gate, and back through the Plaka. The next morning get the early morning Blue Star ferry to Santorini (be sure to get reserved seats). Then fly back to Athens and fly home.

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

        Sorry, I just saw you had 13 days in Greece. I missed that the first time and thought you had 6 or 7 days total in which case a rushed visit through Athens would be appropriate. But with 13 days you could easily spend another night in Athens as there is much to see there.

        1. Doug

          Thanks Dave,
          We’re going to spend that first day in Athens and then head right to Santorini via Blue Star for the next 7 days. We’ll have two full days in Athens after that before heading home. Do you recommend any day trips for one of those days?

          1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

            Athens has plenty to fill 2 days so I wouldn’t worry about a day trip. But if you were committed then the islands of Hydra and Aegina are great.

  124. Rental Cars, Villas, Day Trips

    Hi Dave ,
    Six of us are coming to Greece the beginning of October. We usually rent a car but would it be smart or not in Santorini? Is it easy to get around on buses? Also, we’d like to rent a villa. Any suggestions? What about Villas on Mykonos or Naxos?
    What would be a fun day trip from Santorini?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The buses are great in Santorini so you certainly don’t need a rental car. But there are times that it’s nice for seeing some of the more far flung attractions (e.g. Ancient Akrotiri). It also depends on where you stay. If you’re based in Oia then it does make things easier. But there’s not as big a benefit if you’re in Fira (the hub of the island).

      There are day trips/tours to Thirassia and the caldera but trips to other islands are hard to make worthwhile given the ferry schedules.

      For Villas search here:
      Santorini Villas
      Mykonos Villas
      Naxos Villas

  125. Day Trip from Athens/ Morning Bus to Airport

    Hi Dave,
    My partner and I will be visiting Athens on the 15th of this month (Jan 2015). We will be there for close to 3 days … and leaving Athens on 18th morning… Can you please let us know if there are any day trips from athens that is worth visiting?
    how much would a ferrry from Athens to Santorini cost in the month of Jan? Is there any other place that is worth seeing other than Santorini on a day trip?

    Our flight is at 06:30 AM on 18th … .. Is there a bus or metro that we can take to the airport from Menandrou (where our hotel is located).

    Thanks in advance

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      With only 2 full days in Athens I think your time would be best spent exploring the city itself – lots to see in the city center. Most of the day trips are best in summer (e.g. the islands of Hydra and Aegina). Delphi can be done as a day trip but it’s best to stay overnight or it makes for a very long day.

      There is a metro to the airport but it won’t be running in time to get you there for your flight. There is the X95 bus that leaves from Syntagma Square and runs 24 hours/day – but you’d need to get a taxi there as you wouldn’t want to walk from Menandrou, and once you do that you might as well just take the taxi the whole way to the airport.

  126. John

    Hi Dave, I am so glad I came across your site it has been very informative. Our family (2 adults, 2 children, 15 and 11) are going to Greece in August-Sept 2015. We may be going to Cyprus to visit a friend the week of Aug 15-22 (depending on flight costs etc.) but will be Greece Aug 22-September 13. We are going to Kefalonia first for 4 days, then touring the mainland, Meteora, Sparta etc. for 8 days of so, and then hitting 2 islands, with Santorini being the final stop Sept 8-12 (leaving 13th) and returning home on the 13th to Toronto. The quotes I am getting for Athens to Santorini round trip is $420 CDN per adult and oldest child and $375 CDN for youngest. That seems way too high, and I saw you saying it could be as low as 50 euro one way. We are thinking of visiting Folegandros before Santorini for 3 or 4 nights. Is it possible to take a ferry from Piraeus to Folegandros and then to Santorini, and maybe fly back to Athens? What would you suggest? How can we book the cheapest flights from Santorini to Athens?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s very easy to take a ferry from Athens to Folegandros to Santorini. There are several ferries from Athens to Folegandros in high season and a daily SeaJet ferry from Folegndros to Santorini that takes 80 minutes.

      For flights search I see fares for as little as $67 for Athens to Santorini return in September.

  127. Where To Stay the Night Before Morning Ferry

    Hi Dave,
    really cool Website with so much information! We are a family of 4 and planning a trip thru Greek next August. I am thinking about best way to spend the night before the morning ferry leaves from Piräus to Santorini. Is it possible to sleep at the ferry if we book a cabin or is Boarding generally in the morning?
    Thanks in advance!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      No, you can not board the ferry the night before and sleep in the cabin. You can stay at a hotel in Piraeus (there are several just a few minutes walk away) or stay in Athens and take the metro out to Piraeus in the morning (it takes about 20 minutes on the train). Staying in Piraeus is the easiest and least stressful but it’s also not much more hopping on the metro in the morning (just be sure to stay near to Monastiraki station). Staying in Central Athens is much more fun and interesting and for the little added effort I would recommend that over Piraeus.

  128. Itinerary for Greek Islands

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your insight to Greece travel, this is really helpful.

    I would like to ask that I am planning a trip in June to Greece for 10 nights. I plan to travel from Athens (2 Nights), Mykonos (3 Nights), Santorini (3 Nights) and Naxos (2 Nights). Please suggest me, which route to follow from Athens (if I plan to travel by ferry while going to Island and return back to athens by flight from one of the island) and is my allocation of night to various island seems appropiate..

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Go to Mykonos first (the closest to Athens of those 3 islands). Then Naxos, then Santorini, then fly back to Athens from there (Santorini to Athens can be a long ferry ride so that’s the leg to fly).

  129. Mykonos to Santorini or Santorini to Mykonos

    I am thinking about visiting Greece next summer probably August 2015. I want to see Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. Flights from USA seem best to go in and out of Athens. What is the best route to go: Athens-Santorini-Mykonos-Athens or Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Athens? I will be traveling for about 10 days.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The differences are trivial. If you take the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini then you get to arrive in Santorini by ship through the caldera (which is pretty cool). If you went the other way you’d take the ferry when departing instead (which isn’t quite as impressive). If you’re flying between the islands Condor Air has 2 Santorini to Mykonos flights whereas only 1 Mykonos to Santorini flight (per week) – so Santorini to Mykonos flights should be easier to book. (Olympic also has flights but their schedule is not out yet.)

  130. Which Island?

    We are coming to Greece for 11 nights in May and I’m trying to decide which two islands to visit. I’m thinking about Sifnos and Santorini. Is Santorini too touristy? We would rather go to more traditional Greek villages but they all sound beautiful. What’s Sifnos like? You mention Naxos – is that your favourite? Jan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s very hard to be disappointed by any Greek island. It sounds corny but they really are all great. Santorini, Sifnos, and Naxos are wonderful islands. I think splitting your time between Santorini and Sifnos or Naxos would be the best option. Santorini really is a unique island and deserves a few days. Sifnos and Naxos both have great beaches and small villages to explore. I would probably choose Naxos but both are great. There is a daily ferry between Santorini and Naxos which makes it a slightly easier choice.

  131. Milan to Santorini

    Hi Dave! I am planning to travel to Santorini from Milan on 12th February to 14th February 2015. I have tried to search for flights to Santorini, however, the search results suggested that there will not be many flights available from Athens to Santorini (the flights will be from milan to athens, then santorini) and there seems to be a long wait in between for the flight to Santorini and back to Athens (up to 18h wait). However, due to the short number of days I can afford for this travel, this long wait could really take up one whole of my day. Could you advise me on how I could proceed?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Only 2 flights a day between Athens and Santorini in February. And the connections with Milan don’t work very well. If you could somehow leave Milan on the evening of February 11 (there are evening flights with Air Italia to Athens) then catch the early flight to Santorini I think the trip would be worthwhile.

  132. Special Economy Ferry Tickets

    Hi Dave, Thanks a lot for all the great info.Thumbs Up! We will take a ferry from Piraeus on 29th Jan 2015, when I check Blue Star Ferry website it showned “Economy” EUR37.50 and “Special Economy” EUR 30.00. What is the difference?

    Besides, let’s say we buy tickets from Blue Star Ferry website, is it difficult to collect the tickets from the “Network of Agents”. Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Special Economy or Super Economy are the same seats and ticket as Economy. They are “early bird” tickets. They sell out fast.

      Picking up tickets is not difficult but it is a hassle. I prefer to buy tickets in person after I arrive in Greece: at the airport, at a travel agency in downtown Athens, or at the ferry port before departure – all are easier than finding the pickup spot. And the Blue Star ferry will never sell out in January. That said, you will only get the cheaper Special Economy ticket if you book in advance.

  133. Santorini Port to Hotel

    Hi, I am planning to go to Santorini from Athens on 29 November 2014. We will take the blue star ferry. My question is how do we get to our hotel from Santorini port ( how is public transport) ? We have not booked our hotel, so what are the best family friendly hotel in Santorini.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s very easy to get from the port to hotels in Fira (the main town). There are buses that meet all arriving ferries that go to Fira. They are large buses with a/c and lots of room for luggage. If your hotel is in a different town then you’ll need to get on a different bus from there. The taxi stand is right beside the bus station in Fira so if you’d rather take a taxi for the last leg of your trip it’s just steps away to grab a taxi. There are also taxis waiting for most ferries although they can be snatched up quickly.

      For kid-friendly hotels: The best hotels for families on Santorini.

  134. HIghspeed Ferry in January


    You seem to be an excellent ambassador for the city. I especially like the way you’re responding to the posts. Incredible.

    I’m hoping to visit in mid-January. However, it seems that there is no high speed ferry at that time. Can you confirm that?

    Also, I may end up traveling solo, do you happen to have any suggestions for things to do for a solo traveler? Obviously see the city, but anything specific where I might be able to meet some people?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      You’re right. No high speed ferry in January. You’ll need to take the Blue Star. Tours are great ways to meet people. (I don’t mean an extended 3 day/2 night tour – just a simple museum or walking tour.)

  135. G3

    Hi Dave,
    I have seen almost all your comments I would like to know only a few of what you have already discussed (I guess).

    1. What’s the weather like in Santorini in February?
    2. Best backpacker hostel for 3 in Santorini.
    3. If we reach in Athens around 12 noon when’s the next available ferry to Santorini? (Preferably blue star business class 63€)
    4. If it’s just 2 days is it enough to cover Santorini or can we see more places?
    5. Any specific activities that we can try?(like cycling)
    6. Any nightclub preference.(preferably for singles)
    7. Above all do you think we have to get a guide or can we manage by ourselves cause I have travelled places like Istanbul and Hongkong without a guides help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      1) Count on it being cool, cloudy with possible rain. It can be very nice (never swimming weather but sunny and clear) but I wouldn’t count on it.
      2) The hostel in Oia recently closed for good. That leaves the Fira Hostel (which is good) but it does not open until April 1. I’d recommend searching for the cheapest hotel you can find in Fira. In February it will be very inexpensive.
      3) The only ferry from Athens to Santorini in February is the Blue Star that leaves Piraeus at 7:25am and gets to Santorini at about 3pm.
      4) With 2 days just stick with Santorini.
      5) I recommend the walk from Fira to Oia. As long as the weather is ok it will be great. Santorini does not lend itself to cycling as there are so many hills.
      6) No nightclubs open in February.
      7) Santorini is easy to tour without a guide. You’d have trouble finding one in February anyways.

  136. Santorini in February

    Hi Dave,

    Nice information. 🙂
    I am planning to travel with my wife to Santorini for 2 day trip. Is it Good to travel in Feb, 2015?
    Will two days be sufficient to see santorini and any one island around it? Which island would you suggest?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Santorini can be great at any time of year so I do think it’s worth taking a chance and visiting. Just be prepared that the weather could be cold, rainy, and windy. It can also be beautiful clear skies. You just don’t know. (It obviously won’t be hot.) With 2 days I would not plan on visiting another island. There’s plenty to see on Santorini that would fill 2 days. There is a small island nearby called Thirassia that is worth a visit (get a boat from Amoudi Bay below Oia) but even that is not how I would spend my time with only 2 days. If you really wanted to see somewhere else then Naxos has direct connections with both Santorini and Athens so you could stop there for a night on your way back to Athens. Good luck.

  137. Athens to Santorini with Kids

    Awesome website Dave !
    My wife and I and 5,3 and 1 yr old want to head to Santorini on 9 April 2015. We have a pretty tight schedule and so 8 hours on Blue Star ferry with little kids may be too long unless there is an evening ferry that day or day before (kids could sleep) ? Any idea if evening ferry runs in April ? Also, any idea how rough Sea Cat voyage in April is typically ? Runs on time in April ?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There isn’t an overnight ferry but the Blue Star has 4-berth cabins even on the morning ferry. It would work for your family of 5. I would not take the Seajet with kids on that long a trip. It could be absolutely miserable as there is very little room to move about, walk or explore. The Blue Star has a fair bit of space to keep kids busy – sort of – it would still be a long trip without a cabin. So I’d recommend the morning 7:25 Blue Star ferry with a 4-berth cabin.

  138. One Day in Santorini

    Hi Dave, I’m in awe. You have actually replied to all the comments. Me, my Mon and dad will be visiting Greece (Athens) from India for 8 days. We wish to visit Santorini too… But I am a bit confused how to plan the trip so that we could spend a few days in Athens and nearby places. Would a trip to Santorini for a day be worth it..(14.10 to next day 15.30). Help us out please.:)

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      If you are flying then yes, I’d probably say it’s worth the effort. You can see a lot in 24 hours. But I would not want to take a ferry all the way there and all the way back just for one day.

  139. Rena Suites and July Ferry to Naxos

    Hi Dave just stumbled across your great site 🙂
    I’ve just booked flights to santorini for the 15th July next year. We have 3 nights there and was thinking of staying at Rena Suites in Thira. We are husband and wife with two girls (4 & 7) do you know if this is a good place?
    Also we want to get to Naxos on the 18th July. Do you happen to know times and price options?
    Any help is really appreciated, thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Rena Suites is a great place with a nice pool. Just be aware it does not have a caldera view. It looks to the east. It’s a 5 minute walk to central Fira and views of the caldera. Good choice if you’re looking for a good value hotel in Fira.

      There are 6 ferries (scheduled so far) from Santorini to Naxos on July 18. I’d recommend the Blue Star of which there are 2. One leaving at 6:50am and the other at 15:30. It takes 2 hours to get to Naxos. It costs €34.50 to Naxos for adults. 50% discount for 5 to 10 year olds. Free for under 5s.

  140. Hotels in Athens and Santorini

    I am thinking in visit Greece in my Honeymoon, staying 3 nights in Athens in the Dorian Inn 3* and 4 nigths in Santorini in the Dana Villas 4*. Is it a good choice?
    Can you give me some advices?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Dorian is a very simple hotel with a great rooftop pool and bar. Good location near Omonia metro (and direct line to Piraeus ferry port). The area around the hotel is not great but it’s a short walk to nicer parts. Dana Villas are wonderful.

  141. Ferries in March

    Hello. Do you know of any ferries that go from Athens to Santorini and back during mid-March? How about from Athens to Mykonos and back, same time period? Thanks for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, 2 different Blue Star ferries go from Athens to Santorini and Mykonos. Both leave about 7:30am from Athens and return in the afternoon. They run every day all year long.

  142. Greece in June

    Hello Dave,
    Our family of 4 will be departing Athens on the 12th of June from the Hilton Athens and spending 2 nights in Santorini. A few questions:
    A. For 2 nights in Santorini would you ferry or fly?
    B. Is there a difference between Aegean and Olympic Air.
    C. What is the typical cost of a ferry that takes 5 hours?
    D. Would you fly in one direction and ferry the other?
    E. When do prices and availability open up for June 2015 for ferries?
    F. What’s the best way to get to the airport? and to Piraeus?
    Best regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      A. Fly – you lose a half-day by taking the ferry.
      B. Aegean recently bought Olympic but they still operate as separate carriers.
      C. On the 5 hour ferry it’s €60 for economy, €63 for business, and €76 for VIP seating.
      D. Sure, if that’s how you want to use your time. Taking the ferry is fun though the Blue Star is much more interesting than the Highspeed ferries and that takes 8 hours back to Athens – so not sure it’s that much fun.
      E. Hard to know. Keep checking. I would guess January or February.
      F. To the airport bus or metro are about the same. To Piraeus it’s metro.

  143. Peter Lim

    I arrive at 9.10am. May I know when is the next ferry to depart to Santorini. And is it easy to book hotel when I reach
    Santorini , thank you

  144. Night Ferry to Santorini

    Thanks for the detailed post on ferries. I can’t believe I took so long to find it. I am planning to ferry into Santorini from Piraeus late October at night (by Aegeon Pelagos) and am still debating if I should take airtype seat or splurge on a 2-bed cabin (4 persons, but quad-sharing is not possible). I am not really sure if I am able to sleep much. What do you think? Before this, I would have spent 2 nights in Athens and I am not sure about my jetlag situation since I am from Singapore.

    Secondly, would you recommend I take a taxi (4 persons) or metro coming from Amazon Hotel (near Plaka)? I am still worried about pickpockets in metros especially with our luggages. Would the savings be a lot since I am a group of 4? Or am I better off in a tazi (assume they run by meter?)?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Personally, I would get the cabin. It will be dark as you’re traveling through the Cyclades so not much to see and might as well get some sleep. But… being out and about on the deck is kinda fun so I’d be fine with that too.

      Same with taxi vs metro. There’s no right answer. The Amazon Hotel is a short walk (5+ minutes, maybe more with luggage) from the Monastiraki metro station where you need to get the train to Piraeus. Early in the morning you’d probably appreciate just hopping in a cab but it’s a tossup.

  145. Athens to Santorini with a Stop in Naxos

    I am wondering, seeing as the Blue Ferry stops at Naxos, is it possible to just get off fin Naxos for a couple of days and then get back on the ferry to continue onto Santorini? I wonder if the ticket costs more to do this?

    Would love to know. Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, perfectly fine to stop but they are bought as 2 separate tickets: Athens to Naxos (€33.50 in economy) and Naxos to Santorini (€19.50). Athens to Santorini without a stop costs €37.50 so making a stop in Naxos will be €15.50 extra.

  146. Kevin


    Thank you for all of the valuable information. My wife and I are traveling to Santorini from 10/3-10/6. We need to find a Ferry from Santorini that will allow us to get to Athens to catch a 3:00 PM flight to CDG. Are there any morning ferry departures from Santorini or would we have to leave the day before?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There is an Aegeon Pelagos ferry that leaves Santorini at 00:40 on the morning of October 6. It arrives in Athens at 9:45am. It’s a large passenger ferry and there’s no need to purchase tickets online in advance (just buy them when you get to Santorini).

  147. Honeymoon Suite at Katikies

    Great website, Dave. Thanks!

    Wondering what you consider some of the top accommodations in Oia. Considering either the Honeymoon Suite or the Katikies Suite at Katikies. Thoughts on these two? Or others that you prefer?

    Thanks! Emily

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Katikies Suite vs Honeymoon Suite:

      Honeymoon suite (40sqm): Bedroom, living room, panoramic large veranda with lounge, open air dinning area, sundeck, open air Jacuzzi, bathroom with shower or Jacuzzi bathtub.

      Katikies suite (50sqm): Bedroom in a loft, spacious living room, fire place, dressing room, panoramic large veranda with lounge, dinning area overlooking the sea and the Caldera and an open air Jacuzzi, bathroom with hydro massage jet shower and Jacuzzi bathtub.

  148. Santorini to Istanbul – Fly or Ferry?

    Hei Dave
    Very good your blog!
    I’ll stay with my family in Santorini until August 03.
    Then we continue the trip and we want to go to Istanbul.
    The tickets cost 780 euros with fees (3 people), starting from Santorini to Istambul
    But I wondered whether to go to Athens by ferry, sleeping in a hostel and then catch a flight from Athens to Istanbul. The tickets Athens-Istambul cost 360 euros (3 people) with taxes, but i could pay the ferry, taxi und a night in the hostel (around 200 euros)
    Do you have any tips for me to travell to get to istanbul the cheapest way?
    Thank you,
    Best regards

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The difference in cost is not huge. Taking the ferry to Athens (and then flying) will be cheaper but those savings could easily be eaten up by hotel for one night, food, taxi or bus to the airport. If you think you can be conservative in your spending and find an inexpensive hotel or hostel then go with the ferry and flight combo. If you feel like time is more important then fly the whole way.

  149. Adamantios Korais Ferry to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your very helpful website. We are planing to visit Greece at the end of September (29/09/14) Our plane lands at midday in Athens. We would like to go to Santorini by ferry but blue star ferry are gone by that time. We have seen the schedule at and there is another blue star type ferry called “Adamantios Korais”. It leaves Athens at 14:55. Do you know anything about this ferry? if yes what is the difference between blue star and Adamantios Korais?

    Thank you.

    Best regards,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      That ferry is fine but it will get you into Santorini at 4:15am – hardly a great time to arrive. Seeing as you don’t seem to want to spend any time in Athens I would think about flying. There are still seats available on the 19:10 and 21:30 flight from Athens to Santorini (unfortunately the 2 afternoon flights are fully booked). The flight only takes 45 minutes. Or you could take the Blue Star evening ferry from Athens to Naxos or Paros (both beautiful islands), stay the night there, then grab a different Blue Star that comes through about noon the following day and will get you to Santorini in a couple hours.

  150. Buying Ferry Tickets in Athens

    Great source of information!
    We plan to take 7:25 ferry from Piraeus to Santorini. Can you tell us when we should plan on arriving at the Piraeus port for this ferry – assuming we already have tickets.
    Also, are there any travel agencies at Acropolis area where we can buy ferry tickets from?
    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Blue Star ferry leaves from directly across from the metro station in Piraeus so it’s a very short walk. Plan to get to the port about 30 to 40 minutes before departure. The best area to buy ferry tickets in Athens is on the southwest corner of Syntagma Square – there are several travel agencies in that general area. You can also buy tickets at the Athens airport when you arrive (there are 2 travel agencies within the airport) or at the Piraeus port before you hop on your ferry (there is a ticket booth inside the port after you take the walkway from the metro).

  151. Day Trip to Santorini

    Hello Dave,

    I plan to take a day trip to santorini on 22nd or 23rd September this year. how possible is it? i know the blue ferry goes to santorini at 7.25 am and arrives at 15.10 but is there a ferry leaving santorini at night?

    Best regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      A day trip to Santorini is not possible. The only ferry back to Athens is the Blue Star that you’d be arriving on. And it turns around and leaves within the hour.

  152. Crete to Santorini by Ferry in November

    Hi Dave!

    I’m a planner and have almost everything set for our trip to Greece. My only concern is our ferry from Heraklion to Santorini for Nov 20. Is it simply that the schedule is not available yet or will I have a problem booking that itinerary?

    Thank you in advance for your help. Much appreciated!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Most years Anek has 1 or 2 ferries per week from Heraklion to Santorini. And some years they do not post the schedule or booking online. So there’s no easy answer here. You’ll need to see if the schedule is released at some point in September or October. But there’s a chance you won’t be able to get the schedule until you’re in Greece.

  153. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini

    Hello, thank you for your awesome website, it is very helpful.

    my husband and i are planning a 2 weeks trip in greece from 10/1 – 10/15. We plan on going to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. We are thinking to fly into Athens and then go directly Mykonos by air, ferries to Santorini and then ferry to Athens. What do you think about that order and how long does it take from Mykonos to Santorini by ferry? And do you have know a best airline to fly direct from San Francisco to Athens? Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The order doesn’t matter greatly though it is nice to arrive in Santorini by ferry. The views of the caldera are impressive and it makes a great introduction to the island. Be sure to take the Blue Star ferry to Santorini as it has open air decks that are great for viewing the scenery. There are many ferries running between Santorini and Mykonos in October so you’ll need to take the Flying Cat 4. It takes 2.5 hours. From San Francisco to Athens Delta has the shortest connection.

  154. Turkey to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for all the great & helpful info! My partner & I are in Turkey right now and will be here for a few more days before heading to Greece. We are having a hard time figuring out if it makes more sense to get to santorini via Cesme->Chios->Piraeus->Santorini or if it would be cheaper/easier/faster to fly from Izmir to Athens and then ferry from Pireaus->santorini from there. Do you have thoughts/suggestions on this? Are we missing a more efficient/logical route option? Also, if we’re planning to spend about 10 days in the Greek islands, what would be your recommended route/schedule/itinerary? Would love to hear your thoughts!! Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Flying (via Athens) would be easiest but you can also go to Bodrum across to Rhodes and then a ferry to Santorini (usually overnight). For 10 days in Greece I would spend 5 on Santorini, 3 on Naxos and 2 on a smaller island like Antiparos or Folegandros.

  155. Ferry back to Athens – and Taxi into Central Athens.

    Hi, Thanks for all the great info. It seems that at least in October, the only ferry option heading back to Athens leaves at 15:30 and arrives in Athens at 23:30. I believe the metro will be closed by then. Any ideas on how to get into Athens – to our hotel? I’ve read that the taxi ride is very expensive. Are there car rental places open that late?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The last metro train into central Athens leaves Piraeus at 12:30am but only runs to Omonia (not Monastiraki). There are no other trains running at that time so you can’t switch to a train to Syntagma (for example). So, if Omonia is not your destination (which is likely) then taxi is your best bet. I should cost €15 to €25 from Piraeus to central Athens. Ignore the touts that will greet you as you exit the Blue Star. Walk over the overpass and get a taxi from the queue. Ensure that they use the meter – or pre-arrange a fare.

  156. Early morning ferry from Santorini to Athens

    Is there a ferry coming early am from Santorini to Athens on Oct.5, Sunday?I will be catching a flight going to Geneva at 11:30 am.Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There’s nothing on Sunday morning. But there is one later Saturday night that leaves Santorini at 5:30pm and arrives in Athens at 10:30pm.

  157. Cost of Vehicle on Car Ferry

    Hi Dave!

    Lovely website you have.

    I was just wondering, of you know the cost of taking a car with you on the ferry? My husband and I are travelling around Europe and we wish to bring our car on the ferry with us. It does not give us prices for vehicles on any website. Can you please help me? Thanks


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The cost of taking a car from Athens to Santorini is €95. All passengers (including the driver) are extra.

  158. Which Ferry to Take?

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is extremely helpful. I will be leaving the am of Sept 3rd from Piraeus into Santorini. I am debating whether to take the blue star vs. high speed 6. What I was still unclear of is on the high speed 6 is it possible to go outside at all to view the Caldera on the approach or is this only possible on the blue star ferry?

    We are only planning to stay one night in Fira and we were planning to go to Oia on the evening of our arrival to view the sunset from a restaurant. The following day we are flying out at night and we were wondering is it worth it to rent a car for the day to explore the sights on the island or stick to public transport? Also do you think 8:30 pm flight out would give us the ability to catch another sunset on Santorini or would you recommend catching the later flight at 10:30 pm that night off the island? Apart from the additional sunset just not sure what else we would gain in taking the later flight, so may not be worth arriving into Athens at midnight with my older parents. Thanks so much for your help with this.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Highspeed 6 is completely enclosed and you won’t be able to walk around the deck and enjoy the view. The Blue Star is much better for these purposes. Renting a car is very likely worth in when you’re on such a tight schedule (and if there are 4 of you which it sounds like). The sun will set at 7:42pm on September 4th so if you took the later flight then you’d be able to catch the sunset then head straight to the airport. You have to decide whether that’s worth getting into Athens late.

  159. Which Islands to Visit Other than Santorini

    Hi dave great site!
    A few Quick questions..
    We fly into santorini for our wedding July 2015 and will be there for a week! We want to island hop for our honeymoon.. We roughly have 10-14 days for this..
    We haven’t booked return flights from Santorini as we may need to come back from elsewhere eg Mykonos or Athens.. But would be nice to revisit Santorini if possible at the end of the honeymoon but not essential!
    So which islands would you recommend we travel from santorini too and how long would you recommend we stay on each.. We want to enjoy each island!
    We have seen you recommend Paros, Naxos, Ios, and Mykonos.. Which order would you recommend we visit these islands if these would be suitable!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Paros, Naxos, Ios, and Mykonos are all great islands. The best route would be Santorini to Ios to Naxos to Paros (all 1 hour hops which can be done on the Blue Star ferry) then Mykonos (by high speed ferry). After Santorini Naxos (along with Crete) is my favorite island in Greece.

  160. Mosquitoes in Santorini

    Invaluably helpful site. Thank you! The aerial gave me the missing link to comprehending the Caldera.
    I’m attending a wedding second week of September this year and have a full week to explore the island. My friend is allergic to mosquito bites. Is there any concern for this at this time of year? She’s considering bringing a net to sleep under since her allergies wreak such havoc and she can’t afford to be bitten. I’ve read it’s not an issue but thought you’d have the direct line on the subject. We’re staying in Imerovigli.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are mosquitoes on Santorini. Some visitors insist they don’t exist as they aren’t common but you can encounter them. Particularly within hotel rooms. If I had to guess I would say mosquitoes are more likely at the beach towns than in the towns along the caldera that usually have a good breeze. A bed net would probably be a good idea in her case – just how you’d go about hooking it up would depend a lot on the room and the bed design. Good luck.

  161. What Route Through the Cyclades

    Hi Dave,

    Amazing website! Congrats. I`ll stay at Greece on the next week and i would like to go the following route athens – Santorini – Folegandros – Mikonos – Athens. Could you tell me wich is the best/efficient order?

    Thanks in advance.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Go Athens to Mykonos to Santorini to Folegandros to Athens. There are no ferries from Mykonos to Folegandros (or Folegandros to Mykonos) but there is a daily SuperJet that leaves Santorini at 18:00 and gets to Folegandros at 18:50. There’s also a larger NEL ferry on some days if you’re prone to seasickness but it takes 2 hours or more. In September there are still 3 or 4 different ferries (Superjets and Hellenic Seaways) from Mykonos to Santorini. And daily ferries between Athens and Folegandros or Mykonos.

      1. André


        On the gtp website we only have a ferry between Santorini and Folegandros at Tuesdays and Saturdays. Can i trust on that or we are really sure about the daily trip?

        Thank you again!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

          Pretty sure. Enter different days and you’ll see that there’s a ferry on each and every day.

  162. Mykonos to Koufonisia


    Thank you so much for the tips! Really useful! My questions is not really related to the Athens to Santorini but I was wondering if somebody could help me anyway. We are travelling ton Mykonos to Koufanissia in the second week of september but we might have booked too late. The only ferry that does the trip on our date is Seajets and we managed to book it just till Naxos as it seems that the ferry will be full from Naxos to Koufanissia. Do you know if it will be easy enough to pay for the extra journey on board of the ferry or near the ticket office at Mykonos port? We are travelling by foot and from what I understood it shouldn’t be a problem but if you have any tips or info, it will be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I can’t help on that specific ferry – seems a little strange it’s fully booked a month in advance, I’d keep checking the availability. There are other ferries from Naxos to Koufonisia: NEL, Blue Star, and Hellenic Seaways have a few ferries a week. Not sure if those help you though.

  163. Overnight Ferry from Athens to Santorini in October

    Hi Dave,

    Really useful site! I have only 7 days in total for both Santorini and Athens and want to spend as little as possible travelling. Is there an overnight ferry from Santorini to Athens around 5/6 October? If so I don’t mind getting a slow ferry, but if not, I will probably get the 5 hour ones to minimise travel time. Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      On October 5 there is an evening ferry that leaves Piraeus (Athens) at 6pm and arrives in Santorini at 12:35am. It’s a Blue Star ferry. You could get a cabin and sleep on the way if you wanted. But there are no overnight ferries.

  164. Ferry Schedule for January

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is a lifesaver! Means planning so much easier and clearer.
    Just to check with you, Bluestar schedule for January 2015 will be out when?
    Does it have ferries at 7.25am and 15.30pm daily in January?

    Cheers! Joanna

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I’m guessing September or October. It’s very very very likely there will be a similar schedule but can’t be sure until it’s released.

  165. Leigh

    Hi Dave

    Thanks so much for your valuable info on your website. Im planning to go to Santorini mid-May next year, a total of 3.5 days including air/ferry travels. As per your recommendation, I will take the Blue Star ferry (morning) going to Santorini (arrival from London at 3am and straight to Piraues) and flying out of Greece from there. I tried to email the ferry re available schedule and I’ve been told that it will be released around end of November. I was wondering if its possible to book online for the ferry tickets (so i can secure a cabin to take a nap) and pick up the ticket from the airport. What’s your experience/knowledge about the pickup arrangements for the tickets?

    Also, I am an avid photographer and this will be my first Greek island experience. Can you tell me which side of the ferry gives you the best view during the trip (going to Santorini)? Is it still worth booking a boat tour from Santorini if I already take the ferry on my way there (since i heard its very expensive and the 1/2 day cheap tour is not my cup of tea).

    Lastly, I am allergic to crustaceans but I love Greek foods! Any highly recommended authentic Greek restaurant you can recommend?

    many thanks


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      To pickup ferry tickets at the airport book through Danae and select airport pickup.

      For the best views of Santorini on arrival you should definitely travel on Blue Star Ferries. On Blue Star you have complete freedom to roam the decks and see the surroundings so it doesn’t matter which side of the ferry you’re on (though the island will be on your left as you approach).

      The day tour takes you around the caldera to the volcano and a neighboring island. So the views are the same but you’re exploring the nearby islands so it’s different. Just depends if that’s what you want to do.

      Metaxy Max is one of the best traditional restaurants on Santorini.

  166. How to Book Ferry Tickets in Advance

    Hi Dave,
    I want to book two ferry tickets from Athens to Santorini and return on the high speed boat on August 19th and I want to book them in advance since I’ve heard there’s a greek holiday this week and ferries would be full..Can you help me
    or give me an easy way to book them online.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Book your Highspeed tickets online here. You’ll have to pick them up in Piraeus (the kiosk at Gate E8).

      If you’d like to be able to pick them up at the Athens Airport when you arrive (from 6am to 10pm) then book through Danae and select Airport Pickup.

  167. Piraeus to the Airport at Night

    Hey DAVE!

    your site has been so helpful! THANK U SO SO MUCH!
    I have a question, I saw in the comment u said that the ferry arrives back at Athens at 23.35 from Santorini. Would it be possible for me to travel to the Airport at that time as I am going to rome after?

    Thank u!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The x96 bus is the easiest way to get from Piraeus to the airport. It runs 24 hours a day, departs every 15 to 30 minutes, and costs €5. The x96 departs Piraeus at Karaiskaki Square near gates E7 and E8. Santorini ferries dock at E6 so it’s an easy walk. You can buy tickets on board the bus.

  168. Ferry to Athens from Santorini

    Hi..I looked the the Blue Star website and they don’t have a ferry schedule for after September 14th. We are planning to go to Athens from Santorini either the 26th or 27th of September, 2014. Do you know what the schedule would be? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      For September 15 to October 31 the Blue Star leaves Santorini at 15:30 and arrives in Athens (Piraeus) at 23:25. This ferry runs 7 days a week.

  169. Visit to Santorini

    Hi Dave
    My wife and I intend visiting Santorini during last week of September or early October 2014. Please let us know whether it would still be the right time to visit such a place or if we should opt for other months, and whether using the Blue Star Ferry at that time of the year, would be the best option and the most convenient.
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks in advance,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Yes, the Blue Star is still the best choice. Weather in late September and early October is usually fantastic on Santorini.

  170. Luggage on a ferry

    Hello Dave,
    thanks for all useful information, you’re great. I would just like to ask you for advice – if I take a blue star ferry without a cabin, where can I leave my luggage while going for a walk around on the deck?
    Many regards,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There will be luggage storage as you enter the ferry (before you go up the stairs). It’s not secured (just a big pile of luggage that an attendant usually helps sort) but I’ve never heard of anything going missing. I would take anything valuable up the stairs but leave your large stuff in the storage area.

  171. Piraeus at Night

    Hi Dave!
    Great info!
    Is it possible to await ferry for some night hours in Piraeus if I dont have a hotel booked. I mean is it safe to stay outside?
    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      If you’re in Athens I would rather spend the time in a busy cafe or square in the Plaka area than in Piraeus. If you’re arriving by plane late at night then I’d spend a few extra hours in the airport then take the X96 bus (which runs 24 hours) to Piraeus.

  172. Ferry cost from Athens to Santorini


    My husband and I will be travelling to and from Athens and santorini between the 6-9th of Sep. Do you know how much we would pay for a return ferry. We are travelling with our 3month old baby.

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are no return ferry tickets on Greek ferries. You have to buy 2 one-way tickets. From Athens to Santorini it costs €38 on the Blue Star ferry and €60 on the Highspeed ferries. Your 3 month old baby will be free. Business, VIP, and cabins are more.

  173. Flying vs Ferries when coming from London

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks so much for all this information! I’m debating flying in mid-late October from London to Athens and then taking the ferry to Santorini. OR I’ve found some direct flights from London to Santorini and then would take the ferry back to Athens on the return trip. Two questions – any advice on either option? Are you able to buy a ticket in Santorini to Athens?

    K. frank

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I would fly to Santorini and then ferry to Athens. The ferry ride is nice but one-way is plenty to take it all in. I do prefer arriving by ferry as opposed to departing by ferry (the first glimpses of the caldera when you’re arriving is pretty cool from the deck of the ferry – but it’s all the same views so nothing is lost if you get the same sights as you’re leaving). It’s easy to buy ferry tickets in Santorini so no need to pre-book them.

  174. Blue Star Ferry Winter Schedule

    Hi Dave,
    First of all, great and helpful website! We are planning a winter trip to Greece and are thinking of visiting Santorini from Athens on 12/31/2014 and returning to Athens on 1/2/2015. Do you know if Blue Star Ferry runs during December/January time or if you have better suggestion how to get from Athens to Santorini to Athens? Many thanks. Steve

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There will be at least one ferry every day between Athens and Santorini through December. Schedule is not out yet but keep checking for info. No need to book in advance.

  175. Blue Star Evening


    First thank you for the great website! I have a few questions for you. My wife and I will be traveling to Santorini Tuesday September 9th and were thinking about taking the evening car ferry.

    #1) Are these ferries more crowded than the morning ferries and should we book it early?
    #2) Since this departs in the afternoon I expect to have a little daylight/sunset but of course then it’s dark. Would it be better to book a cabin for the evening trip ?
    #3) I assume there are still taxis and buses at this arrival time.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Ferries are usually busier in the morning than the afternoon (though Friday evening can be busier than morning). You should be fine not pre-booking but if you’re worried about it then pre-book for peace of mind. Cabins are nice for the evening, but it’s also nice sitting on the deck with a bottle of wine. There will be at least one bus that meets every ferry in Santorini and usually some taxis though these can be snatched up quickly.

  176. Ferries to/from Santorini in December (Wk 1)

    Hi Dave,

    Your website is truly wonderful. I’m visiting Greece in the first week of December (Athens – Mykanos – Santorini – Athens) and found a lot of talk on the web about ferries being cancelled/unavailable to & from Santorini during that time, which worries me. Also, is it true that almost all of Santorini is closed in December? Are there enough hotels open during that week?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      December is very slow on Santorini but there is always enough open to get by (and enjoy yourself). There will always be a few hotels and a handful of restaurants open. Most of the limited activity will be found in Fira – and Oia to a lesser extent. The other towns will be close to shut down. There aren’t many ferries in December and yes, they can be canceled due to stormy weather but you’ll still be able to get on and off the island. When going to other islands you may have to take multiple ferries or even go all the way back to Athens to get a ferry going the way you require.

      1. Ferries to/from Santorini in December (Wk 1)

        Thanks for the help, Dave. From your responses to other comments, I understand that there will be at least one ferry everyday during that time to Athens. And if that’s the case, I’ll be a relieved man. With a tight schedule (planning to leave Athens by air the night we arrive from Santorini), do you suggest we should consider staying back another night in Athens before we fly out, in the off chance that we are unable to get back from Santorini the day we plan to? Or is it just better that we book a flight from Santorini to Athens?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

          Yes, there is one ferry a day all year long. Getting back to Athens a day early is a good insurance policy. Taking a flight also solves the problem (check the schedule though).

  177. Berna

    Hi Dave,
    Wonderful website you’ve got there – I’m glad that I’ve found your website, we’ll be traveling to Athens on mid September, how is the weather at this month? Would you recommend the blue star or the high speed jet at this time of the year?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The weather is wonderful in September – the best month of the year to visit Greece. Like always, I would recommend the Blue Star for is smoother ride and better views.

  178. Athens-Santorini in October

    Hi Dave,

    Does the weather allow us to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini during first week of October?
    Is it safe or bumpy/adventurous experience??


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      If you’re on the Blue Star or Anek ferries (the large conventional ferries) then it will be fine. The Hellenic high speed ferries can get rough.

  179. What class on Ferry to purchase

    I am traveling from Piraeus to Santorini on August 21st. Trying to decide between the Hellenic high speed ferry and the Blue Star car ferry where you mentioned you can walk about. That sounds great to me as we love being on the water but on the slow ferry is the schedule reliable and will you really get there in 8 hours? Is it any rougher than the high speed ferry? I read that it can be windy and rough at this time of year. I also don’t know what class seat to buy on either option and would appreciate any recommendations.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Blue Star is reliable and should arrive 8 hours after departure, give or take. During rough seas the Blue Star is much more stable and comfortable than the high speed ferries since it’s larger and sits differently in the water. Classes can vary by ship but for most people the economy/deck class is perfectly fine. This allows you access to anywhere on the decks and inside seating areas, restaurants, cafes. You can also pay a little extra (4€) to reserve an airplane-style seat inside. This is probably worth it if you plan on sleeping or reading for a good portion of the ride. Business class is the same airplane-style seating but more leg room. It’s nice to have a reserved seat but certainly isn’t a must. Pictures of the Blue Star ferry here.

  180. November Ferry schedules

    Hi Dave,
    Impressive amount of knowledge you have. I’m thinking about a trip to Greece on 1 Nov 2014 with island hopping from 3 Nov to 12 Nov – mostly Mykonos and Santorini. Can’t find any schedules after 31 Oct. Do the ferries just shut down after that? If so, I was also wondering how the island residents get off the island to visit other islands or get to Athens.
    Thanks in advance,
    Richard O’Neil

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There will be ferries but not nearly as many. The high speed ferries will (most likely) have stopped service by then so it will be the larger, slower conventional ferries. Both Santorini and Mykonos will have at least one (probably several) ferries per day from Athens. But there will not be a direct ferry from Santorini to Mykonos in November so you’ll have to go via Syros or maybe Naxos or Paros. As long as you’re flexible with your dates it will be easy. If you’re on a tight schedule then it becomes difficult and frustrating.

  181. Marisa

    Wonderful site! Thank you so much.

    I was hoping to travel between Milos and Santorini during the first week of September. It looks like the SeaJets ferry is my only option, which worries me a bit as you say it’s unreliable. What would you suggest?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I’m sure it will be fine but be prepared for a late arrival on Santorini.

  182. View from the Ferry?

    Hi! I am trying to decide between flying or taking the ferry from Athens to Santorini in October. Are the views worth the ferry ride? If we are wanting good views/scenery, what is the best ferry to take? Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The Blue Star ferry has incredible views as you enter the caldera. I much prefer taking the ferry to Santorini than flying.

  183. Night Ferry to/from Athens/Santorini

    Hello Dave,

    Many thanks for the useful info!
    I will be reaching Athens by plane at 7am on 28Jun (Sat), thus missing the 7:30 timing.

    Can I check if there are overnight routes from Athens to Mykonos and their timings, as well as which operator they are under and the fees? (I think you only mentioned the timings for Santorini to Athens)


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Search here for ferries and timetables: There should be an afternoon ferry from both Piraeus and Rafina to Mykonos.

  184. Santorini to Athens by Ferry

    When does the last Blue star ferry of the day depart from Santorini to Athens? Need to reach Athens airport by 10am. Is there a ferry that travels all the night to reach Athens in the early morning?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday there are early morning departures from Santorini that leave at 1:25am and arrive in Athens at 7:45am. There are every day departures from Santorini at 3:30pm and arrive in Athens at 11:15pm. (You didn’t say when you are traveling – these are summer routes.)

  185. Night Ferry from Piraeus to Santorini

    Don’t want to miss the view but need accommodation or a ferry cabin the night of the 15th of July…does the ferry arrive by daylight?

    Dumb idea? I am between hotel bookings on the 15th of July.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Not sure which ferry you’re referring to but the Blue Star departs Piraeus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through the summer at 18:00 and arrives in Santorini at 0:35 in the morning so no daylight for that one.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The cabins on modern ferries will. Blue Star has mostly modern ferries and the cabins should have washrooms. When booking it will be designated with a WC.

  186. Athinios to Oia?

    Hey Dave!
    Thanks so much for all the info. I am arriving on the Blue Star to Santorini. I wasn’t super clear but looks like I arrive in Athinios port? Anyway, I am staying in Oia. What is the best way to get from Athinios (or whatever port the ferries arrive in) to Oia?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      All ferries arrive in Athinios port. You can either take a bus to Fira (€2) then switch to another bus to Oia or get a taxi all the way from Athinios to Oia (€25-30). Sometimes taxis can be snatched up quickly but buses meet every ferry so there’ll always be something.

  187. Ferry Tickets?

    Hi Dave,
    You are a wealth of knowledge…thanks for a fantastic bunch of info. We arrive to Athens 25 June and head to Santorini 27 June. From what I’ve read on your site we’ll beat the peak which is July + Aug. You said its ok to just show up at the Ferry and buy tx from any travel agent. Why is it easier to buy the tickets right there at the port than online? Thanks. Catherine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I find it much easier to buy in person – no need to worry about confirmation emails, when and where to pick up tickets, which website is trustworthy and whether your booking was actually completed. When you’re in Athens you can just buy them wherever and whenever it’s easiest. Buying there also gives you some flexibility if your plans change or you want to catch a later ferry or the weather looks really choppy and you want to wait until the following morning. There is always the possibility of the ferry selling out so it’s not like it’s never happened but there are many ferries and they rarely sell out for deck class. (If you need a cabin then, yes, book in advance.)

  188. Taxi To Athens' Port

    Hi Dave. Wonderful website.

    Is it better or easier to take the metro or a taxi from central Athens to Piraeus? We’ll be catching the Blue Star to Santorini at 7:30. Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It depends a little on where your hotel is (and how far away from a metro station), but in general the metro is the best choice. It’s cheaper and more reliable. And the Piraeus metro station is directly opposite the Blue Star ferry. The Athens metro opens at 5:30am so you’ll have plenty of time to get to your ferry.

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