Updated January 18, 2016
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- The best ferries between Santorini and Mykonos are with Hellenic Seaways. Book with them unless you have a good reason not to.
- GTP.gr 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.
- If you book ferries in advance you’ll pick them up at the port or a travel agent in the main town. You can pick up tickets the day before to be sure you have them in hand.
- 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.
Flights from Mykonos to Santorini
I do not know if there will be flights between Mykonos and Santorini in 2016. In the summer of 2015 Condor flew one flight per week from Mykonos to Santorini every Wednesday from May 13 and cost $137. There were Santorini to Mykonos flights on Mondays and Wednesday from May 11 to October 19. This might be the schedule for 2016 – or it might not.
In 2014 there was one direct flight a day from Mykonos to Santorini on Olympic Air. For the summer of 2014 it was available from June 21 to September 20. It took 30 minutes, cost between €30 and €80, and departed Mykonos in the evening. This route was not available in 2015. Whether it flies for summer 2016 is anyone’s guess.
There are always many flights (that run throughout the year) via Athens but these are not direct, cost more, and take 2 to 5 hours depending on the connection through Athens.
Ferry Schedule: Mykonos to Santorini for Summer 2016
Getting from Mykonos to Santorini by ferry is not quite as easy as many expect – but still relatively painless. In high season there are several highspeed ferries between the two islands. The Highspeed ferries and SeaJets can be bumpy rides in rough seas. To get a larger ferry with a smoother sailing requires a ferry change in Paros or Naxos. I will explain the options below.
All ferry schedules can change with little notice so be sure to double check routes and times. The smaller the ferry the rougher the ride can be.
- From April 8 to September 17, 2016: Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 6 – Departs Mykonos at 13:50 and arrives in Santorini at 16:30 (making stops in Paros and Ios along the way). Economy class costs €56.50. There is little difference between Economy class and VIP or Business class so book Economy if cost is any concern (though it is the first to sell out). The Highspeed 4 (along with the TeraJet) is the most stable highspeed ferry that runs from Mykonos to Santorini and the best choice for those prone to seasickness. This route was covered by the Highspeed 5 but that ferry has been removed from service. There are no Blue Star ferries that run directly from Mykonos to Santorini but if you are worried about seasickness then read about connecting on Naxos or Paros with the Blue Star ferries below.
- May 9 to September 25, 2016: Hellenic Seaways runs the FlyingCat 4 (this could change) on the same route. It departs Mykonos at 9:45 and arrives in Santorini at 12:45 (not Tuesday or Wednesday until early June). This will be a bumpier ride than the Highspeed 6. The times of this route are not as firm as the Highspeed 4 so if you need to be certain about a ferry then book the Highspeed 6.
- April 15 to October 9, 2016: The Tera Jet, MasterJet, or Champion Jet departs Mykonos at 14:30 and arrives in Santorini at 17:05. It costs €59.70. This is the largest of the SeaJet ferries and a better choice than the Super Jet or SeaJet2 during rough seas. It makes the trip from Santorini to Mykonos every morning during the same dates leaving Santorini at 11:00 and arriving in Mykonos around 13:30.
- March 25 to October 31, 2016 Super Jet, SeaJet2, or a High Speed Jet have at least one ferry per day from Mykonos to Santorini – in July and August there are multiple sailings per day. It costs €59.70. This is the smallest ferry and the most bumpy ride. It’s also cramped inside (though the seats themselves are fine) and getting in and out is an uncomfortable hassle. Take the Highspeed 6 or Tera Jet if possible (and especially if you have a lot of luggage). The most common time for the route is early morning leaving 9:50 or 10:00 and getting to Santorini at 11:50.
- All of the above ferries can have rough rides when the sea is choppy and none of them have open-air decks that you can access and take in the views. One solution is to take a Superjet or SeaJet2 from Mykonos to Paros or Naxos OR a FlyingCat4 or Highspeed4 from Mykonos to Paros. Then from Naxos or Paros take the Blue Star to Santorini – this way you’re only on the smaller highspeed ferries for 1 hour instead of 3 hours. But … the Blue Star leaves from Paros to Santorini at 11:40am and from Naxos to Santorini at 12:50pm so you may need to overnight in Mykonos if your ferry from Mykonos doesn’t arrive in time to make this connection. Check the most recent schedules at gtp.gr.
- Arriving in Santorini – The best way to arrive in Santorini is on
the Blue Star ferry from Paros. It affords the best views of the caldera and the cliffs as you approach the island. The highspeed ferries do not allow passengers to walk the decks and the views through the windows are not great (the glass is covered in sea salt). But on the Blue Star you can walk the deck and gaze around at the stunning scenery. As I say above, getting the Blue Star requires changing ferries in Paros or Naxos – but for some it’s worth the effort.
Ferry Schedule for Santorini to Mykonos
The routes and prices are much the same as above only with different times. Ferries generally one in one direction and then turn around and return with the same stops in the opposite order. Check the websites below for routes and times – and remember these ferries can be cancelled or change schedule with little notice.
There is one flight per day from Santorini to Mykonos on Olympic Air running from June 21 to September 20.
Websites for Ferry Schedules and Booking Tickets
Ferry tickets often don’t need to be purchased in advance and you can usually buy tickets 1 to 4 days in advance from any travel agent on the island you’re currently on. This is the easiest way to buy tickets as buying ferry tickets online is neither convenient or easy.
But there are no guarantees: the highspeed ferries (which are smaller and have limited seating) do sellout during July and August. (The large conventional ferries like Blue Star rarely sellout.)
- GTP.gr – The easiest website for checking ferry schedules.
- Hellenic Seaways – Book seats for the Highspeed5 and FlyingCat4
- SeaJets – Book tickets for the SuperJet, MegaJet, and MasterJet
- NEL Lines – Book tickets for the Aqua Star
- Blue Star – Book tickets for the connecting ferries from Naxos or Paros to Santorini
Blue Star ferry tickets booked in advance are collected at Dakoutros Travel in Fira.
On Mykonos the pickup travel agencies for ferry tickets booked in advance are Sea & Sky Travel (for SeaJets and Blue Star tickets) and Delia Travel (for Hellenic Seaways tickets) in Mykonos Town.