Flights to Greece and the Greek Islands

Updated: March 7, 2017

Cheapest Flights to Greece in 2017

RouteCostCheapest Airline
NYC to Athens$896Emirates
NYC to Santorini$864SWISS
London to Athens£143Ryanair
London to Santorini£192EasyJet
Paris to Athens182€Aegean Airlines
Paris to Santorini269€Transavia
Rome to Athens196€Vueling
Rome to Santorini109€Ryanair
Athens to Santorini56€Ryanair
Athens to Mykonos64€Ryanair

Tips for Buying Flights to Greece

  • is the best website for finding cheap fares.
  • The best time to buy flights is in January, February, and March.
  • To save money on your trip try to fly in and out of different cities or islands. e.g. Fly into Athens (London to Athens) but fly out of Santorini (Santorini to London).

Flights from USA & Canada to Greece

There are direct flights to Athens from New York, Toronto, and Montreal but from all other North American cities you need to fly via western Europe. Popular and easy stopovers on the way to Greece are London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, and Barcelona which all have direct flights to Athens and some Greek islands. There are no direct flights from the USA or Canada to any Greek island.

Flights from UK and Ireland to Greece

There are direct flights to Athens and most Greek islands from London and Manchester. There are direct flights to Athens from Dublin, Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Edinburgh and then from Athens you can fly or ferry to the Greek islands.

Flights from France to Greece

Paris is the hub for most flights between France and Greece. There are direct flights from Paris to Athens and all greek islands that have an international airport. There are direct flights to Athens from Marseilles, Nice, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, and Nantes and then from Athens you can fly or ferry to the Greek islands.

Flights from Italy to Greece

The are flights to Athens from Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Verona, Genoa, Turin, Bari, and Palermo. There are direct flights in summer to Santorini and a few other popular Greek islands from Rome, Venice, Milan, Pisa, Florence, Bologna, and Turin.

Flights from Athens to the Greek Islands

There are international and domestic flights to the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Skiathos, Lesvos, Samos, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Corfu. There are also domestic-only airports on Naxos, Paros, Syros, Skiathos, and Chios. Typically flights from Athens to the islands run year round, while international routes operate only during the summer tourist season.

There are no direct flights between Mykonos and Santorini in 2017. Travelers need to take a direct ferry between the two islands or fly via Athens on Olympic or Aegean airlines.

There are no direct flights between Crete and Santorini in 2017. Some years there are flights with SkyExpress Airlines and schedules can change with little notice so take a look to see if they’ve added recent flights for your dates. Otherwise, travelers need to take a direct ferry between the two islands or fly via Athens on Olympic or Aegean airlines.

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10 Questions and Comments

  1. Connecting Flight in Athens

    Hey Dave,

    Your site has been so helpful in helping us plan our honeymoon, so thank you! We’ll be leaving Heraklion airport and likely catching the 8:15a flight to Athens, which is set to arrive at 9:05a. Our departing flight from Athens back home leaves at 11:20a, which means we only have just over two hours to make the flight. I read your above comment about feeling comfortable with 3.5 hours. Would we be cutting it too close in taking this 8:15a flight to Athens? There is an earlier flight that leaves at 6:35a, but I am not a morning person and absolutely dread the thought of waking up that early.

    Thanks for your thoughts!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      If your Santorini flight is on time then you should be fine. Most flights I take from Santorini are late departing. It could be an hour late and you’d still “probably” make it. It’s just how much risk you’re comfortable in taking. There’s no right answer.

  2. Cheapest Flight from US to Athens

    What would the cheapest flight be from the U.S to Athens this June 2018?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Probably from Newark.

  3. Are Budget Airlines that Fly to Greece Reliable

    Dave, I have gotten SO much information from your site while planning our honeymoon to Greece! Im currently working on travel from Athens to Mykonos to Santorini and back to Athens. My main question is how reliable are some of these smaller airlines and which would you recommend? Ive read bad reviews on Volotea but Olympic and Aegean seem to be OK? The last thing I want is our honeymoon to be ruined by a cancelled flight or lost luggage. I realize I will need to book a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini as there are no direct flights. Time is more valuable to us so we are leaning towards flights but if ferries are more reliable then that might be the better option? I welcome any and all advice! Thanks, love the site.
    Andrew Rattray

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      I have flown with all of the hose airlines and they’re all reliable. Volotea has the least leg room of the 3 but otherwise is fine. Flights leaving the islands are more likely to be late than flights arriving to the islands.

  4. How Much Time for Connecting Flight in Athens?

    Dave, GREAT site – thank you! Visiting in June, 2017. Flying Athens to Mykonos then Santorini to Athens. 15:30 flight out of Athens. How much time is a suggested cushion in order to make the flight out of Athens? 4.5 hours okay?
    Chris Rhodes

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      There are no guarantees but I’d be personally comfortable with anything over 3.5 hours (when traveling outbound).

  5. Fly or Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini in August?

    Since there aren’t direct flights from Mykonos to Santorini in August what is the fastest and easiest way to get to Santorini from Mykonos? Is flying via Athens or a direct ferry the best way to get there?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Taking the ferry is easier and takes about the same amount of time (maybe a little quicker most of the time, though it depends on what type of connection you can find in Athens). And waiting for a ferry is more relaxing than waiting at the airport.

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