Athens to Santorini – Ferries, Flights, and Tours

Updated: January 11, 2018

  • My recommendation: Book hotels and flights first. Ferries rarely sell out and you can usually get ferry tickets just a few weeks in advance.
  • The best hotels in Santorini can get fully booked 6 to 8 months in advance. Don’t wait to reserve. Flights fill almost as quickly.

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Athens to Santorini in 2018

  • Athens-Santorini Ferries in 2018: The ferry schedule for 2018 will not be finalized until January or February. But there will be a Blue Star ferry going between Athens and Santorini every day, year round. It usually leaves Athens at 7:30am. Starting in late March or early April Hellenic Seaways and SeaJets Ferries begin high speed ferry service from Athens to Santorini. In summer there will be 4 or more ferries per day from Athens to Santorini. Ferry tickets can be booked in advance but there is no need to worry about ferries selling out early in 2018. Mark your calendars and remember to book sometime after the schedule is released in 2018.
  • Athens-Santorini Flights in 2018: Not all airlines have released their schedules for 2018 but it is certain that there will be daily flights year round from Athens to Santorini. For the months June to September there will be over 15 flights per day. The primary airlines for the Athens-Santorini route are Ryan Air, EasyJet, Aegean Airlines, and Olympic Air. Flights sell out much earlier than ferries so if you see a flight that works for your itinerary then book as soon as possible.

Athens to Santorini Tours

2-Day Tour to Santorini from Athens

Tour of Oia, Santorini from Athens, Greece
This is a cheap, easy, and well-run tour that gets you from Athens to Santorini. It includes hotel pickup and drop-off in both Athens and Santorini. You’ll stay in a 3-star hotel (included in the price) in Santorini for one night with free breakfast. You’ll have about 24 hours to explore Santorini which is plenty enough time to see Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, the Akrotiri historical site, and a couple of wineries depending on your interests. The tour price includes hotel transfers, ferry tickets on the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini and return, and one night in a nice hotel on the Santorini beach (usually Kamari – a nice relaxed beach town with lots of restaurants, some nightlife, and a few shops.)

This is a good tour if you want an inexpensive and hassle-free way to see Santorini from Athens. But if you have more time or don’t require a tour then it’s fairly simple to book ferries and hotels yourself. Below I offer my advice for getting from Athens to Santorini on your own.

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 will 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 which is located 10 minutes from the town of Fira and 25 from Oia.

Kayak.com 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 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.

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 Kayak.com 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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. From March 22 to September 9, 2018 there are evening Blue Star ferries 3 nights per week from Athens to Santorini. They leave Athens at around 6:00pm on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday and arrive in Santorini at 12:35am. 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 Ferry: Every day from March 30, 2018 to September 30, 2018 there is a morning highspeed ferry that departs from Athens at 7:05am and arrives in Santorini at 12:35pm. From March 30, 2018 to September 30, 2018 there is Flying Cat4 (much smaller and has a bumpier ride) departs from Rafina (a port closer to the airport) at 7:15am and arrives in Santorini at 12:15pm.
    Hellenic Highspeed ferry from Athens to Santorini
  • SeaJet: From March 23 to April 26, 2018 and October 1 to October 31, 2018 this small catamaran (SeaJet2) departs at 7:00am and arrives in Santorini at 11:20 (usually with stops in Mykonos and Naxos). From April 27 to September 30, 2018 it’s a larger car ferry and arrives at 11:55. This is the fastest ferry from Athens to Santorini. The seating inside the SeaJet2 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 SeaJet2 can turn into a terrible experience. Take the Blue Star or Hellenic Highspeed if you can. The SeaJet2 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 4 hour journey from Athens to Santorini.
    Seajet2 from Athens to Santorini.

Ferry Times from Santorini to Athens

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 (around 1:30am) and arrive in Athens around 7:45am.
  • Hellenic Seaways Highspeed Ferry: Every day from March 30 to September 30, 2018 there is a Hellenic ferry that departs Santorini between 1:15pm and arrives in Athens at 6:45pm.
  • SeaJet: From March 23 to October 31, 2018 it departs Santorini at sometime between 12:25pm and arrives in Athens at 5:30pm. From June 2 to September 30 there is also a morning ferry that departs Santorini at 8:30am and arrives in Athens at 2:35pm.
  • Santorini to Rafina Ferries: From June to September, 2018 there are Hellenic Highspeed and SeaJet that leave Santorini between 12:00pm and 2:30pm and arrive in Rafina the evening.

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

If you want scenery and access to the outside deck 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.

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 outdoor deck of the Blue Star ferry from Athens to Santorini. There are lounge areas inside as well and you’re free to sit anywhere you want in economy class.

    Economy class seats on Blue Star ferry to Santorini

    Indoor economy class seating on the Blue Star ferry.

    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).

How to pickup or purchase ferry tickets in Athens.

These are the ticket kiosks at the Piraeus ferry port where you pickup or purchase ferry tickets: Blue Star Ferries on the left and a bit to the right is Hellenic Seaways. This is directly across the street from the subway station. If you take a taxi tell them to drop you at the ticket booths. 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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103 Questions and Comments

  1. Blue Star Cabin for 3

    Hi there, thanks so much for your very helpful website!

    I am traveling with a friend and her 12 year old daughter and will be taking the Blue Star ferry from Piraeus to Santorini. Since it is a long trip I thought it might be nice to book a cabin for our luggage and for our own restroom, etc.

    The the L2/luxe cabins seem much more spacious/comfortable than the standard cabins, but they are only 2 berth.

    Would it be a problem to book the two adults into a luxe cabin and then book an economy ticket for my friend’s daughter, but have her (and her luggage) join us in the cabin? I can’t seem to find any information on if they check the tickets to allow access to certain decks/areas.

    Are there any other problems this might cause that I might not be thinking about?

    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, they will check tickets but that doesn’t mean the child would be allowed to access the cabin. Email Blue Star ferries at [email protected] to ask how you should buy tickets.

  2. Day Trip from Athens to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you very much for the detail information! This is a wonderful website.
    We will be in Athens December 27 – January 1, would a day trip to Santorini be possible?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Possible? Yes. Take an early flight to Santorini and get the last flight back to Athens. But much better if you can stay even one night. Take a small bag with just a few necessary items. Stay the night at a cheap hotel. It’ll be worth it for the extra time.

  3. Flights To and From Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    What a fabulous website. My family and I are heading to Greece and Italy in June 2018. We are hoping to spend 3 or 4 nights on Santorini. (Flying in from Athens). I have a recollection of flights during this time being quite cheap and abundant in January. Are you aware if all there special come out at the beginning of the year? We are then looking at flying from Santorini to Naples. There is only one flight at the moment, but hoping again that cheaper flights will come out at the beginning of the year. Any information on this will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would book flights as soon as possible as they tend to go up, not down. I doubt there’ll be more than one flight per day from Santorini to Naples so I would book that one too before prices go up. But in general, do I have any insight into what prices will be in January, no.

  4. Ferries to Santorini in November

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the great info! We are arriving in Greece on November 18 and plan on heading to Crete via plane when we arrive. After Crete we want to go to Santorini for a few days. Trying to decide weather to buy a flight from Crete to Santorini ahead of time or if we should wait to see if there’s a ferry between the two island. Do you know if a ferry runs to Santorini from Crete around the week of November 20th?

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There won’t be any direct ferries or flights from Crete to Santorini in November. You’ll need to fly via Athens.

  5. Extra Bag Charges on Flights to Greece

    Hi Dave,

    Amazing details. Thank you so much.

    My Wife and I plan to visit Santorini in late April 2018. We are in an early planning stage and are getting good price on flight (Ryan and Aegean). Do these airlines charge a separate baggage allowance over and above the ticket price we’ve already paid ?
    I just want to be sure before I book cause i’ve heard the baggage charges are very heavy.

    Thanks,
    Sahil Chopra

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Every airline is different and they even have different rates depending on where you’re flying from. The information should be on their websites though. Or on the fine print when booking a ticket.

  6. Which Greek Islands in November

    Hi Dave – I’ve just started looking into making plans to be in Greece Nov 17-26, 2017 (flying in and out of Athens). Based on this time of year where would you suggest we spend our time? Ideally I’d like to visit Athens, Santorini, and another island (maybe Crete?). Thank you in advance for your advice.

    Candice

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Athens and Santorini are both recommended. But there are no ferries between Santorini and Crete in November so you’d need to fly via Athens to get between the two islands. With that in mind, Naxos is probably the best 2nd island. If you wanted to stick to other mainland destinations then Nafplio would be a great choice.

  7. Blue Star Ferry Cabins

    Hi Dave,

    The greatest informative site by far. i was wondering how to pay you back as a token of appreciation, then i saw the Patron site. I loved it. I’m in.

    My question: My wife and I will be traveling to Santorini in a week. We are going to take the bluestar ferry. If we book a cabin, do we get the whole cabin to ourselves or do we share it with others (as it has 4 beds)?. Also, if we get the Cabin, do we still get access to business lounge?

    I contacted bluestar by email, and i am still waiting for their response. I was wondering if you know.

    Thank You,
    JH

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You need to purchase the whole cabin to be together. Otherwise you have to ticket separately (each on an individual line on the booking app) and you’ll be in (separate) male and female cabins. Some ferries do have 2-berth cabins but the ones on the Santorini route I don’t believe currently have these cabins. And you would have access to all the public areas of the ferry (which is most of it) but I don’t believe you’d have access to the business lounge. (I can’t say for sure on that last point.)

  8. Flights From Rome to Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    We will be traveling in Italy end of May-beginning of June 2018 and are planning to spend our last few days of the trip relaxing in Santorini. The only direct flight I see from Rome to Santorini on the day we need leaves Rome @ 23:40 and arrives the next morning @ 02:50. Will more flights from Rome to Sanorini become available in the spring or is that typical? I am hesitant to book our Santorini room if there are not flights on the days we planned to go. Is it better to look at flights from Rome to Athens and then fly from Athens to Santorini? Really appreciate your advice! Thanks, Aubrey

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would guess that there will be more Rome-Santorini flights added but there are no guarantees – especially for any specific day. Is it better to fly via Athens? You’ll definitely find many flights and can pick and choose your flight times. But the Vueling one is so cheap, I’d be tempted to book it as an insurance policy if you do start booking hotel rooms but don’t want to commit to the Athens flight.

  9. Getting from Cruise Ship to Blue Star Ferry

    Hi Dave – we will be visiting Santorini in mid October, and arriving in Piraeus on a cruise ship in Terminal A, which appears to be E11 according to the maps. Our ship arrives at 6am, so I’m trying to determine if we can make the 7:25am Blue Star ferry to Santorini. Do you know approximately how far it is or how long it takes to get from E11 to E6 at the port? Thanks so much – loving your site.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You can see the route you need to take here. It’s just over a mile. It’s walkable but try to get a taxi which will be able to take you right up to the ferry. There should be taxis waiting at your cruise port but the first ones will get snapped up quickly so try to be the first off your ship. If you don’t have your tickets you’ll need to get them at the Blue Star kiosk (which is what I mapped as your destination). As long as your cruise is on time you’ll be fine but that’s not guaranteed by any means. Ferries leave on time so don’t expect any cushion. Good luck.

  10. Santorini Ferries to Other Islands in December

    Hi Dave,

    We are visiting at the end of December. How convenient are ferries to other islands (say IOS or Crete) from Santorini during December? Are there any convenient islands that you would recommend visiting from Santorini?

    Jeremy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In December ferries are less common than in summer but there is always a daily ferry to Naxos, Paros, and Athens (and often Ios). Naxos is a great island to visit in the off season. Paros also very good.

  11. Best Naxos to Athens Ferry

    Hi Dave,
    I am planning to take ferry on September 9 from Naxos to Piraeus. I have 2 options:
    Seajets duration about 3 hours or Blue star duration 5.5 hours.
    Which one would you suggest to take?
    Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Obviously the Seajets is faster, but if you’re asking for my personal preference then I’d go with the Blue Star. It’s much more comfortable/enjoyable/relaxing.

  12. How Long from Flight Landing to Get To Oia

    Hi Dave, super informative web site.

    In Oct, I’ll be flying Aegean to JTR on a Sun, arriving at 16:25. Plan to stay in Oia. I looked up sunset time and it will be around 19:00. Is that enough time for me to settle down to watch the amazing sunset? I’m not sure how long it will take to collect luggage and get a taxi to Oia.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      As long as your flight isn’t late that’s lots of time. You should easily be to Oia by 18:00.

  13. Itinerary for Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hey Dave,

    I’m planning on going to Greece next September 2018 for 10 days any suggestions on how many nights I do in Athens and Santorini and Mykonos? I was thinking 3 nights /3/3 and the last night near the hotel but I’m up for any suggestions. Airbnb preferred. Your blog is very detailed and I really have gotten so much information on planning my trip.

    Any information would greatly appreciated.
    Irene

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would recommend 2 nights in Athens, 3 in Mykonos, and 4 in Santorini.

  14. Santorini to Rafina Ferry

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for all the information, it’s been really helpful. I have a quick question about sea jet doing a morning round from Santorini to Rafina starting May 20, none of the travel agents are aware of this schedule. I was wondering if it runs and how do I go about booking it? I wanted to book it for May 24 as I have to catch a flight out of Athens at 8.

    Thank you so much,
    C Sami

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      On May 24 it will depart Santorini at 9am and get to Rafina at 15:45. It’s one of the smaller Superjets (so could be a rough ride). Book through Seajets.gr

  15. Hellenic Seaways Highspeed from Santorini to Athens in September 2017

    Hi Dave,

    It’s thrilled to bumped into your blog and got so much useful info for travelling in Athens & Santorini!
    We will be travelling to Santorini for 4 days from 22-25th September. We are thinking to book in advance the Blue Ferry when leaving for Santorini on 22th but leaving for Athens by the Hellenic Seaways on 25th, Monday. However, I’ve checked through the Hellenic website that there is no Highspeed ferry available for that day. Is that mean the tickets are sold out? Will it schedule another Highspeed ferry for that day and I shall wait for it? Would appreciate for your reply.
    Thanks in advance.

    Monica

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There doesn’t appear to be a ferry that day. (In past years service has been every day in the high season, but this year Hellenic has dropped a few days through the week.) I would switch your ferries and take Hellenic to Santorini, and Blue Star (which runs every day) back to Athens.

  16. Trouble Booking Blue Star Ferries

    This is an awesome blog David.! really helpful. We are travelling to Greece in August 2017. We are trying to book blue star ferry from Athens to Mykonos via their website. But facing issues as the reservation is not getting completed. Can we book in other portals like greekferries.gr ?

    We are looking to book in advance as August is the peak season.

    Thanks,
    Vaibhav Kapoor

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You can try another website but if the main Blue Star site is not working I have a hard time seeing how adding a middle man is going to help. You could try emailing Blue Star at [email protected]. But you have lots of time – it’s not going to sell out in May. Give it a week and check back to see if your reservation goes through.

  17. Early Morning Flight from Athens

    Hi Dave!

    Your site is amazing with a wealth of practical info. So, thank you for that! I have a couple of logistics that I’m trying to work out and hoping you can help. Our total trip looks like this: Arrive Athens at 4:30 pm on May 21st, depart Athens on the 28th via 6:00 AM flight (yuck!). We’d like to visit Santorini, Paros and tour Athens on the back end. Because our flight into Athens arrives late afternoon May 21st, and 45 minutes is probably not enough time to make a turn around to catch the 5:15 to Santorini, we’re looking at alternate options. Acknowledging that we’ll be exhausted and good for a nice dinner out and early to bed, I’m thinking that we could stay the night in close proximity to the Airport to catch a relatively early departure to Santorini. Does that sound like a good plan? Do you have a recommendation for accommodations and restaurants close to the airport? Ultimately we’d ferry from Santorini to Paros and Paros to Athens.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    Rebecca McLean

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Personally, I would go into Athens, enjoy an evening meal in the Plaka and stay at a hotel that is close to the Monistiraki metro station (e.g. A For Athens). Then take the Blue Star ferry the following morning at 7:25am from Piraeus. You’d be able to sleep in a little more (up at 6am instead of 4:30). And I find the ferry more relaxing than flying. Also, the ferry will get you to Paros at 11:30 when your hotel room will likely be ready. The flight will get you there before 7am and you’ll probably be sitting at a cafe in Parikia with your bags at your feet waiting for 2 or 3 hours. If you did decide to fly the Athens Airport Sofitel is very nice, has a good restaurant, and is steps from the airport.

  18. Is Sky Express Airlines Good?

    Hi Dave,

    Flights are a little more expensive than I’d like to spend now for October 2017 Athens to Santorini and back. I am seeing a less expensive option for Sky Express. Is this a reliable airline?

    Thanks!
    Liz W.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, they’re fine.

  19. What Seats To Buy on Blue Star Ferry

    Hi Dave,

    I’m travelling from Santorini to Athens on 29th July by Blue Star Ferry and was checking their website. There is a ferry (BLUE STAR 2) at 17:00 hours departing from Santorini. While booking the seat they are showing Economy and AIR SEATS LOUNGE-1. My question is are those air plane like seats in the later category and there are two such lounges, do you have any recommendation which one to opt for?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, the Air Seats Lounge are big comfortable seats, somewhat like airplane seats but bigger. That’s what I would recommend getting as it’s nice having a reserved seat. There is no difference between the different lounges.

  20. 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?

    Thanks!
    Rachael

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  21. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  22. Do Greek Ferries Run on Holidays?

    Dave,
    Do the ferries operate on March 25, Independence Day?

    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes.

  23. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  24. 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.

    Thanks,

    Kevin

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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 Booking.com 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.

  25. 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?
    Regards
    Anu

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  26. 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?

    Thanks,
    AJ

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  27. 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.
    Chloe

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  28. 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!
    Amy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  29. 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?

    Thanks
    Sam

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  30. 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.

    Dorothy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Thanks Dorothy. Glad it’s been helpful.

  31. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  32. 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!

    Alex

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I agree. I’d do the Hellenic too.

  33. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

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

  34. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  35. 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, 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?

    Sahil

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  36. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  37. 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,
    Jessica

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

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

  38. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  39. Fastest Way to Santorini

    Dear Dave,

    We are planning to come to Santorini from Athens on April 1 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.

    Regards,
    Nicole

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          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.

  40. 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.

    Russell

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  41. 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? 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.

    Thanks,
    Yvonne

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  42. Athens to Santorini by Ferry in September

    Hi Dave,

    We are coming to Athens for 3 nights in September 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.
    Nomiki

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  43. 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.

    Thanks,
    Mackenzie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

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

  44. 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?

    Thanks
    Lulu

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  45. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  46. 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. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  47. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  48. 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.

    Mona

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  49. 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?

    Thanks
    Madhurima Chatterjee

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      1. Cool and grey.
      2. No.
      3. Those are the 2 best places to visit in the off season. Any other place will be very quiet and hard to get to and from.
      4. Here are the best hotels in Santorini.

  50. 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,
    Rumi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

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