Getting Between Mykonos and Santorini

Updated July 27, 2017

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Santorini–Mykonos Transportation

  • Most routes run in both directions so there is no difference between the Santorini to Mykonos ferries and the Mykonos to Santorini ferries. The only thing that changes is the departure times.
  • The best ferries between Santorini and Mykonos are with Hellenic Seaways. Book with them unless you have a good reason not to.
  • GTP.gr is the best place to search for ferry routes and times.
  • But when you want to book a ferry go directly to the ferry company’s website: Blue Star, Hellenic Seaways, or SeaJets.
  • If you book ferries in advance you’ll pick them up at the port or a travel agent in the main town. You can pick up tickets the day before to be sure you have them in hand.
  • Most ferries do not sell out and you can usually buy an economy class ticket the day of sailing. But there is never a guarantee. If you absolutely must be on a specific ferry then buy in advance online.
  • See Also: Mykonos Hotels • Santorini HotelsAthens to Mykonos GuideAthens to Santorini Guide

Helicopter Transfer Between Mykonos and Santorini

Getting from Mykonos to Santorini, or Santorini to Mykonos, by helicopter private ride.

A helicopter is certainly the fastest, easiest, and funnest way to get from Mykonos to Santorini (or Santorini to Mykonos). Touring Santorini or Mykonos by helicopter is a highlight of coming to the Greek islands. If you do a helicopter ride from one island to the other you save yourself a ferry trip and get the incredible helicopter tour. It’s sort of two-for-one. The flight takes about 40 minutes and is on a deluxe twin-engine helicopter (there are different sized helicopters depending on the size of your group).

Book helicopter transfers in advance as they can sell out from June to September. Helicopter transfers are available in both directions – first select the number of people and then you’ll see two options to book: Mykonos to Santorini or Santorini to Mykonos. (Helicopter prices start at about 500€ per person from Mykonos to Santorini. Not cheap, but if that’s in your budget it’s a great way to save time and hassle as well as have an incredible experience.)

Flights from Mykonos to Santorini

There are no direct flights between Mykonos and Santorini for the summer of 2017. If you must take a plane then you’ll need to fly via Athens which takes about 4 hours in total travel time.

The information below is for reference only.

Flight from Mykonos to Santorini.

In 2015 Condor Air flew once per week from Mykonos to Santorini and twice per week from Santorini to Mykonos. This flight will not be in service for 2017.

In 2014 there was one direct flight a day from Mykonos to Santorini on Olympic Air. For the summer of 2014 it was available from June 21 to September 20. It took 30 minutes, cost between €30 and €80, and departed Mykonos in the evening. This route was not available in 2015 or 2016.

There are always many flights (that run throughout the year) via Athens but these are not direct, cost more, and take 3 to 5 hours depending on the connection through Athens.

Ferry Schedule: Mykonos to Santorini for Summer 2017

The best ferry between Mykonos and Santorini for the summer of 2017 is the Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 7. The trip takes less than 3 hours and costs €57 in economy class.

All ferry schedules can change with little notice so be sure to double check routes and times. The smaller the ferry the rougher the ride can be.

  • From April 7 to October 15, 2017: Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 7 – Departs Mykonos at 13:50 and arrives in Santorini at 16:30 (making stops in Paros and Ios along the way). Economy class costs €57. There is little difference between Economy class and VIP or Business class so book Economy if cost is any concern (though it is the first to sell out). The Highspeed 7 (along with the TeraJet) is the most stable highspeed ferry that runs from Mykonos to Santorini and the best choice for those prone to seasickness. This route was covered by the Highspeed 5 but that ferry has been removed from service. There are no Blue Star ferries that run directly from Mykonos to Santorini but if you are worried about seasickness then read about connecting on Naxos or Paros with the Blue Star ferries below.
    The best ferry from Mykonos to Santorini: The Hellenic Highspeed 4
  • April 24 to September 24, 2017: Hellenic Seaways runs the Hellenic Highspeed (this could change) on the same route. It departs Mykonos at 10:15am and arrives in Santorini at 13:25 (not Tuesday or Wednesday until early June). The times of this route are not as firm as the Highspeed 4 so if you need to be certain about a ferry then book the Highspeed 6.
    Flying Cat 4 from Mykonos to Santorini.
  • April 15 to October 9, 2017: The Tera Jet, MasterJet, or Champion Jet departs Mykonos at 14:30 and arrives in Santorini at 17:05. It costs €59.70. This is the largest of the SeaJet ferries and a better choice than the Super Jet or SeaJet2 during rough seas. It makes the trip from Santorini to Mykonos every morning during the same dates leaving Santorini at 11:00 and arriving in Mykonos around 13:30.
    Tera Jet from Mykonos to Santorini
  • March 24 to October 31, 2017 Super Jet, SeaJet2, or a High Speed Jet have at least one ferry per day from Mykonos to Santorini – in July and August there are multiple sailings per day. It costs €59.70. This is the smallest ferry and the most bumpy ride. It’s also cramped inside (though the seats themselves are fine) and getting in and out is an uncomfortable hassle. Take the Highspeed 6 or Tera Jet if possible (and especially if you have a lot of luggage). The most common time for the route is early morning leaving 9:50 or 10:00 and getting to Santorini at 11:50.
    Seajet from Mykonos to Santorini.
  • All of the above ferries can have rough rides when the sea is choppy and none of them have open-air decks that you can access and take in the views. One solution is to take a Superjet or SeaJet2 from Mykonos to Paros or Naxos OR a FlyingCat4 or Highspeed4 from Mykonos to Paros. Then from Naxos or Paros take the Blue Star to Santorini – this way you’re only on the smaller highspeed ferries for 1 hour instead of 3 hours. But … the Blue Star leaves from Paros to Santorini at 11:40am and from Naxos to Santorini at 12:50pm so you may need to overnight in Mykonos if your ferry from Mykonos doesn’t arrive in time to make this connection. Check the most recent schedules at gtp.gr.
    Blue Star ferry from Athens, Naxos, Paros, and Ios arriving in Santorini.

    The Blue Star ferry arriving in Santorini. If you want views of the caldera as you arrive the Blue Star ferry is the one you want to take. It has open air decks that you can walk around on and take in the views. The Highspeed, Flying Cat, and SeaJet ferries do not allow passengers on the decks while at sea.

    NEL lines ferry from Mykonos to Santorini

  • Arriving in Santorini – The best way to arrive in Santorini is on
    the Blue Star ferry from Paros. It affords the best views of the caldera and the cliffs as you approach the island. The highspeed ferries do not allow passengers to walk the decks and the views through the windows are not great (the glass is covered in sea salt). But on the Blue Star you can walk the deck and gaze around at the stunning scenery. As I say above, getting the Blue Star requires changing ferries in Paros or Naxos – but for some it’s worth the effort.

    Ferries to Santorini. Arriving in the Santorini caldera.

    Ferries in the Santorini caldera. Arriving by ferry is a great first impression of the island.

Ferry Schedule for Santorini to Mykonos

The routes and prices are much the same as above only with different times. Ferries generally one in one direction and then turn around and return with the same stops in the opposite order. Check the websites below for routes and times – and remember these ferries can be cancelled or change schedule with little notice.

Websites for Ferry Schedules and Booking Tickets

Ferry tickets often don’t need to be purchased in advance and you can usually buy tickets 1 to 4 days in advance from any travel agent on the island you’re currently on. This is the easiest way to buy tickets as buying ferry tickets online is neither convenient or easy.

But there are no guarantees: the highspeed ferries (which are smaller and have limited seating) do sellout during July and August. (The large conventional ferries like Blue Star rarely sellout.)

  • GTP.gr – The easiest website for checking ferry schedules.
  • Hellenic Seaways – Book seats for the Highspeed5 and FlyingCat4
  • SeaJets – Book tickets for the SuperJet, MegaJet, and MasterJet
  • Blue Star – Book tickets for the connecting ferries from Naxos or Paros to Santorini

Photos of Santorini-Mykonos Ferry

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A Highspeed ferry in the Santorini port.

Boarding the SeaJet ferry in Santorini on its way to Mykonos.

Boarding the SeaJet ferry in Santorini on its way to Mykonos. It’s a bit chaotic but it all works out.

The Blue Star ferry in Mykonos going to Athens.

The Blue Star ferry in Mykonos going to Athens. The Blue Star does have direct ferries from Mykonos to Athens but does not have direct ferries from Mykonos to Santorini. To get the Blue Star to Santorini (and enjoy its open-air views as you enter the caldera) you need to take a high speed ferry from Mykonos to Naxos or Paros then switch to a Blue Star bound for Santorini.

economy-seating-hellenic-highspeed

Economy seating on a Highspeed ferry. There is very little difference between economy, business, and VIP seating on board a Highspeed ferry. Save the money and go economy. Business has a bit more room and more exposure to the windows (though you can hardly see anything most of the time). VIP sometimes has leather seats.

Business class seating on a Hellenic Highspeed ferry to Santorini.

Business class seating on a Hellenic Highspeed ferry to Santorini.

Business class seating on a Hellenic HIghspeed ferry to Santorini.

Business class seating on a Hellenic Highspeed ferry to Santorini.

Outdoor deck on a Highspeed ferry between Santorini and Mykonos. Travelers are only allowed on these decks when the ferry is in port.

Outdoor deck on a Highspeed ferry between Santorini and Mykonos. Travelers are only allowed on these decks when the ferry is in port.

The seating on a SeaJet ferry. It's all one class on most SeaJets.

The seating on a SeaJet ferry. It’s all one class on most SeaJets.

Reserved seating in Economy on a Blue Star ferry.

Reserved seating in Economy on a Blue Star ferry.

restaurant-onboard-highspeed-ferry

Food sold onboard a Highspeed ferry. All ferries have sandwiches, snacks, and drinks.

Luggage storage on a Highspeed ferry. This is down on the car level.

Luggage storage on a Highspeed ferry. This is down on the car level.

Luggage storage on a SeaJet ferry.

Luggage storage on a SeaJet ferry.

There's also luggage storage inside the ferry as well although this requires taking your bags inside and often up several flights of stairs.

There’s also luggage storage inside the ferry as well although this requires taking your bags inside and often up several flights of stairs.

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Arriving in Santorini on a Highspeed ferry.

New ferry port at Mykonos.

New ferry port at Mykonos. Located 2 km from Mykonos Town.

A SeaJet ferry in Mykonos.

A SeaJet ferry in Mykonos.

The view from a SeaJet window approaching Santorini.

The view from a SeaJet window approaching Santorini.

Hotel owners at the old Myknos ferry port near the Old Town.

Hotel owners meeting a ferry at the old Myknos ferry port near the Old Town.

Hotel owners at the Santorini ferry port.

Hotel owners meeting a ferry at the Santorini ferry port.

The public bus that meets all arriving ferries on Santorini.

The public bus that meets all arriving ferries on Santorini. There’s lots of room for luggage below.

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The bus schedule for Fira to the Ferry Port is posted at the Fira bus station one or two days in advance. You can see it in the bottom right Fira-Athinios. One bus greets all ferries and it leaves Fira about 1 hour before arrival. If you miss this bus taxis can be hard to find as all of them are being used to take people to the port.

Ferry schedule at a Mykonos travel agency.

Ferry schedule at a Mykonos travel agency.

Pickup travel agency for SeaJet ferries on Santorini.

If you booked SeaJet ferry tickets in advance you collect them at Nomikos Travel in Fira.

Pickup travel agency for Hellenic Highspeed ferries on Santorini.

If you booked Hellenic Seaways ferry tickets in advance you collect them at Pelican Travel in Fira.

Blue Star ferry tickets booked in advance are collected at Dakoutros Travel in Fira.

On Mykonos the pickup travel agencies for ferry tickets booked in advance are Sea & Sky Travel (for SeaJets and Blue Star tickets) and Delia Travel (for Hellenic Seaways tickets) in Mykonos Town.

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365 Questions and Comments

  1. Mykonos Santorini Ferry Schedule for 2018

    Hello Dave

    I would like to know if there is a boat connection between Mykonos and Santorini in the month of March/2018 (concretely on 28 March 2018).
    Greetings,

    A. Marques

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      We won’t know for certain until December or January but my guess is that Santorini-Mykonos ferries will start in early April.

  2. Santorini Mykonos Ferries 2018

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for all the info here! The GTP keeps telling me there are no results found, I was hoping you could help me! I am traveling from Santorini to Mykonos on May 8th, 2018. Which ferry would you recommend? Thanks!
    Kyle Hunt

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s too early to see ferry schedules for 2018. Try GTP in January or February.

  3. Inexpensive Mykonos-Santorini Helicopter

    Hi Dave – great site!
    Do you know if there is any way to do a helicopter Mykonos / Santorini without it having to be private if there are just two of us to get the cost down? Going early October.

    Thanks,
    Andy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No, that’s it. There are no cheap options.

  4. Best Ferry for Santorini to Paros

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you so much for your informative site! Apologies if you’ve already answered a similar question but my sister and I are planning to travel from Santorini to Paros on September 5th,2017 – is there a specific ferry you recommend and if so should we book beforehand?

    Thanks in advance!
    Danielle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Highspeed 7 (Hellenic) is the best and quickest. I’d book when you first arrive in Santorini (at least a few days before travel).

  5. VIP or Economy on Hellenic Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini

    Santorini Dave – excellent information! Thank you! I have a question about the Highspeed 7 between Mykonos and Santorini. On the Hellenic website while booking, I can choose economy for 67E or VIP table for another 20E. Is the upgrade worth it? Two tickets at 20 Euros each isn’t going to break the bank.

    Thanks!
    Paul

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      All the seats on the Hellenic are fine, but yes, I do think the VIP is worth the extra 20€ as you’re up near the front of the ship with better views. It’s also less busy in the VIP area and more relaxing.

  6. Ferry to Santorini in Early September

    Hi
    I booked tickets with Hellenic Seaways for Sunday, September 10th. They only had 1 ferry at 13:50. We are leaving in a few weeks and now when I go online this Ferry is not listed. I have also tried looking up my booking reference number online which does not come up. I emailed the company to see if the ferry had been cancelled but they only said the reservation is confirmed. Why would the 1 ferry for Sept 10th disappear on their website? Any ideas?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s probably sold out.

  7. Athens to Paros/Naxos in September

    Hello Dave. Thank you for the great information. Your website is by far my favorite. I like the way you describe things, frankly.

    The ferry schedules are a bit confusing so perhaps you can clarify. We are traveling from Athens to Paros or Naxos on September 19th (we hope). We arrive at 10:30am from Beirut on the morning of the 19th. Can you suggest the best, fastest way to get to either islands that same day (if possible).

    And, what do you suggest about buying tickets? Buy at time of departure? At the ferry terminal?
    Christine Soviero Heller

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The best ferry for you is the Paros Jet (SeaJet) that leaves Rafina at 15:30 and gets to Paros at 17:00 (also goes to Naxos). It’s a large ferry so shouldn’t sell out – just buy tickets at Rafina port when you arrive.

  8. Booking Mykonos Santorini Helicopter Transfer

    Thanks for all of your hard work with this Info, Dave.
    What is the most secure/confirmed way to book a helicopter transfer from Mykonos to Santorini in late August?
    Thanks!
    Dr. P

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Use GetYourGuide – safe, reliable, and easy to contact if you need to.

  9. Best Seat To Buy for Santorini to Mykonos Ferry

    Hi Dave –

    Your website is awesome! Wanted to know what the difference was between the classes on Champion Jet with SeaJets from Santorini to Mykonos?

    The (3) options that are given to us are:
    Silver – 66.80 euros
    Club Class – 75.80 euros
    Platinum – 78.60 euros

    Do you recommend spending the extra money for platinum?

    Thanks!

    Anthony

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There isn’t a huge difference between classes, but is it worth the extra 12€ for Platinum? Yes, I think so. Makes for a more comfortable and enjoyable ride.

  10. Santorini to Mykonos in Early September

    Hi Dave!

    My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon to Greece in September and I just want to start by saving what a life saver your website has been for us!

    Have a quick question about the best way to get from Santorini to Mykonos via ferry. I tried looking on Hellenic Seaways for a 1 way ticket on Sunday, September 3rd but did not find anything… Does Hellenic not run a ferry on Sundays from Santorini to Mykonos? And if not, what would be your recommendation to get there?

    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Anthony Maione

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Take the Champion Jet 1 (on SeaJets) that leaves at 12:14 and gets to Mykonos at 14:25. (It stops in Naxos en route.)

  11. Getting from New Port to Old Port for Tour

    Hello,

    Great informative page! I’m so glad I found it. Question about arriving at the Athinios port and getting to the old port for a volcano tour. I will have 45mins between the posted ferry arrival time and the volcano tour departure time. Does that sound sufficient? What’s the best way to get there? Taxi?
    I’m arriving on July 3rd so I expect a lot of tourist traffic.

    -Mike

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Taxi to Fira, see if there’s a lineup at the cable car, take it if there’s not, if there is start walking down the steps to the Old Port. If your ferry is on time you’ll just make it. But … your ferry could easily be 30 minutes to an hour getting to Santorini. I’d email the tour operator to check that they’re not making a stop at the new port.

  12. Where To Pickup Mykonos Ferry Tickets to Santorini?

    Hello Dave,

    Very informative info, thank you for your hard work. We are coming for a long weekend and staying at Tholos Resort. We are flying to Mykonos and getting the ferry the following morning.
    I have a query about picking up reserved tickets. We are travelling from Mykonos to Santorini on Friday the 16th of June. I have reserved tickets for the 9:50 Champion New with Seajets. We only arrive at the airport at 9 pm the evening before. Do you know if they have a kiosk to pick up the tickets at the new port? Or will I have to go to the bigger office prior to making our way to the new port?

    Thank you
    Alex

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, you can pick up ferry tickets at the new port in the morning before your ferry departs.

  13. What Port Does the Hellenic Ferry Leave from in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,
    I am taking the highspeed 7 from Hellenic from Mykonos to Santorini. Which port does this leave from? I really tried figuring it out. 🙂
    Stephanie Myers

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Highspeed 7 will leave from the new port a few miles north of Mykonos Town (not walking distance). The best/funnest way to get there is the SeaBus which leaves from the town hall in Mykonos Town. Boats run every 30 minutes and cost 2€ one-way.

  14. Day Trip from Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    Would appreciate your help confirming the feasibility of a day trip to Mykonos.

    I am staying in Santorini May 28 – May 31. My plan is to dedicate one of those days to visiting Mykonos. However, when I check the ferry schedule site it doesn’t look like I can leave Santorini, visit Mykonos, and come back on the same day. I searched using Tuesday, May 30 as an example.

    Is the only option to stay overnight in Mykonos?

    Thanks,
    Emily

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You’re right. It’s very hard (usually impossible) to make a day trip from Santorini to Mykonos and back (even in high season with a full ferry schedule). Your only option is an overnight visit to Mykonos (which is better anyways).

  15. Time to Watch Sunset in Oia?

    Hi Dave,

    I will be going to Santorini from Mykonos late May. If I take the Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 7 that arrive Santorini at 4.30pm, would I be in time to check in my room in Oia before catching the sunset in my room/ restaurant in Oia? What time does the sun usually sets in Santorini?

    Thank you!
    Perrine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Lots of time. If you get a taxi from the port you’ll be in Oia by 5:15. If you take a bus to Fira, then bus to Oia, you’ll be there by 6pm. Sunset in Santorini in late May will be around 8:30pm.

  16. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini

    Hey Dave! A group of 4 of us are traveling to Athens/Mykonos/Santorini in early September. We are going to fly from Athens to Mykonos, then mid-week we would take a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini, then fly back to Athens.

    Do you think this is the smartest idea? And what ferry would you suggest between Mykonos and Santorini? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Scott

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Sounds like a good plan. Hellenic is the best ferry between Mykonos and Santorini.

  17. Mykonos - Naxos - Santorini Ferry

    SantoriniDave,

    I need your help. My wife and I will be on Mykonos from 11-13 April 2017. Then we will go to Santorini where we stay from 13-16 April 2017 for our 25th year wedding anniversary. From Mykonos, we plan to take the Sea Jet 2 to Naxos (ETD: 10:00; ETA: 10:35) then on the same day take the Blue Star Delos to Santorini (ETD: 12:55; ETA: 14:55) so we can enjoy the view of the Santorini caldera from the sea. This will be our first time in Greece. My questions are:

    1. With the usual ferry delays, would the 2 hours, 20 minutes between trips be enough or are we better off taking the Sea Jet 2 all the way to Santorini?
    2. In your experience, what are the sea conditions in mid-April in the area?
    3. Considering that we would be travelling during Holy Week, would you recommend that we buy our ferry tickets in advance or we can just buy them all at Aktira Travel when we arrive in Athens on 11 April 2017?

    I have gone over so many web sites and blogs and I think you’re my best bet for answers. Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You should be fine making the connection. If you were late, you’ll know when you arrive in Naxos if you’ve missed the Blue Star (by looking at your watch and scanning the port for a huge ferry). If you had missed it you should be able to extend your ticket to Santorini on board the SeaJet. If you wanted to be really safe, just buy the ticket all the way to Santorini (an extra 25€). Since it’s a busy week I would buy in advance online. In April the SeaJet will likely be bumpy but the Blue Star fine.

  18. Santorini to Mykonos

    Dave awesome website you basically convinced me to spend my 25th wedding anniversary on the islands. Do you have any sense if there will be flights directly from Santorini to Mykonos this upcoming July 2017?

    Also if you are sea sick sensitive which boat ferry would be better the Hellinic High Speed 7 or the Seat jet CHAMPION JET1 in early July?

    Thank you in advance.
    Mark

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Highspeed 7 will be better for seasickness. Doesn’t look like any flights between Santorini and Mykonos but can’t say for sure until March/April.

  19. Mykonos to Santorini in May

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for such a nice informative article.

    I am planning a trip to Mykonos-Santorini in Late May ( 3rd week ). I will be reaching to Mykonos and then from there will travel to Santorini. I have few queries for the ferry trip.

    1. It will be traveling in this ferries for the 1st time, is there any precaution needed for sea sickness?
    2. Is it worthy to take a ferry to Paros / Naxos from Mykonos & then take blue star ferry from there to Santorini to enjoy the view.
    If Yes – a. Hellenic Seaways is reaching Paros 11:05 AM & then Blue Start leaves from there at 11:55.
    Is it possible to catch the same after reaching Paros. Are they leaving from same port?
    Any idea about timeliness about the ferries? How much transit time do we need between.
    b. For Hellnic Seaways what is the difference between Economy & Economy table seat (both are the same price).
    c. Any idea about seating option in Blue Star. What are the difference as the have many categories like AIR seat lounge 1/2,/3/,4/ or Business Class. Which one will be the best option for us?
    .
    Thanks in Advance !!!

    Regards,
    Monishankar C

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I think it’s better to take the same ferry all the way to Santorini and avoid changing. The Hellenic Seaways ferry is fairly stable and by switching you risk missing your ferry (and a lot of hassle and expense). You can take some medication before hand which will help. If you really have seasickness trouble you need to take it the night before. One thing that will help is don’t stand up on the ferry (that’s when I feel a little sick), so go to bathroom before the boat leaves, then sit down and don’t walk around until your arrival. Economy Table Seat means that it’s at a table but is essentially the same. Air Seat Lounge is reserved economy seating, 1/2/3/4 are different rooms but all the same.

  20. Athens/Santorini/Mykonos in Early March

    Hi Dave,
    I am planning to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary in Athens/Santorini/Mykonos but I’ve heard that ferries are very infrequent during low season. Is that true? My anniversary falls in early March.
    Thanks!
    Elaine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ferries between Santorini and Mykonos do start until March 24 for the 2017 season – so to visit both islands you’d need to fly or ferry via Athens. The flights are short but it is still a half-day of travel, all told.

  21. Hellenic Highspeed vs Highspeed 7

    Hi Dave,

    Awesome guide, looking forward to reading it all! I am trying to figure out my best option for June 26th (Monday) heading from Santorini into Mykonos. It sounds like you recommend Hellenic over Seajet. When on the Hellenic site there are two vessels: HELLENIC HIGHSPEED and HIGHSPEED 7. Which one would be a better choice for avoiding sea sickness and rocking?

    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are large (fairly) stable ships so should be fine (and much better than the smaller SeaJet2). The Hellenic Highspeed is a little bigger and a monohull ship which will make it the better choice for seasickness (but not a huge difference between the two).

  22. Direct Flights from Rome to Mykonos

    Hello! We are planning our Greece trip in Aug/Sept 2017 and am only seeing ONE direct flight from Rome to Mykonos via Vueling at 6:00am. I was just wondering are there normally more direct flights schedules closer to summer?
    Gigi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There certainly could be more flights added but I wouldn’t count on it. If you need it, I’d book that flight asap.

  23. Santorini to Mykonos Ferry in Mid-November

    Hi Dave, my girlfriend and I are coming to Greece during one week from November 13. Which company do you recommend to do the ferry transfer from Santorini to Mykonos at that time of the year?

    Thank you.
    Pierre-Yves

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no ferries between Santorini and Mykonos in November. Your best plan is to fly via Athens.

  24. Santorini to Mykonos in November

    Hello !

    I am trying to find a ferry to go from Santorini to Mykonos on November 14th 2016, but I can not find any. SeaJet replied an email saying the route stops on October 31st. But I was wondering if all the companies stops doing this route because of the end of summer?
    Can you please provide me any guide to find a ticket?

    Thanks a lot!
    Camilo

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no ferries between Santorini and Mykonos from November until about April. You’ll need to fly or ferry via Athens (most likely) or another island.

  25. Where Does the Ferry Arrive on Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Nice post!
    I will take Sea Jets from Mykonos to Santorini on 18th October. Where will the ferry arrive? Old port of Skala or Athinios?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      All ferries (big and small) arrive at Athinios. Skala is only for cruise ship passengers being tendered to shore.

  26. Rough SeaJet Ride to Mykonos

    Just a comment. We took a seajet from Athens to Mykonos today. The trip was very rough due to the high winds and many people were sick. Take a pill.

    Peter

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Thanks for the feedback Peter. Yes, the smaller SeaJets can give some rough rides. The Hellenic ferries are better if you’re prone to seasickness.

  27. Ferry from Santorini to Rafina

    Hi Dave,

    Just took an extremely rough and at times damn scary Sea Jet 2 from Mykonos to Naxos. Winds were gusting up to 75kph. A lot of people being sick. I’m scheduled to take a Hellenic High speed from Santorini to Rafina in a few days, the winds are supposed to be much lower then, around 25kph. Should this be a relatively smooth journey?

    Many thanks for your help!!
    Luke Bridge

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The ferry you will be taking will be on a larger boat, the Hellenic Highspeed, and it’s not a catamaran but a single hull ship. Add in the fact that it looks to be less windy and it should be a much smoother ride.

  28. Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    My partner and I are travelling between Santorini and Mykonos on the 8th of September, I am looking at booking the Highspeed 7 leaving at 11:00am with Hellenic online but it’s telling me that my partner and I will be put in seperate gender specific cabins? Would we be better off booking this ferry once we got to Santorini (the week before) so we can get seated together? Will this ferry be booked out likely?

    Thanks for your help.

    Andy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I think you must have made a mistake in selecting along the way. There are no gender specific seating areas on the high speed 7 (there are gender specific sleeping cabins on bigger boats but no cabins on that route). I just tried booking seats on the same ferry (September 8 at 11am) and it looks fine. You have the choice of Economy, Economy with a table, or VIP with a table (the nicest and more towards the front of the boat with views). Select one of those and it should work fine.

      When booking be sure to use the official Hellenic Seaways website.

  29. Which Departure Port from Mykonos

    Hi Dave!
    I’ve bought a ferry ticket from Mykonos to Santorini with Hellenic Seaways for the next 4th of July (9:45). There is no information about the port of departure in my ticket and the vessel is assigned just “Hellenic Highspeed”. Would you tell me the departure port? The old port or the new one?

    Varella, J.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s almost certainly the new port, but double check at any travel agent in town, after you arrive.

  30. Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos in Late May

    Hi Dave,

    This is the most information I have ever found about ferries from Santorini to Mykonos, extremely helpful!. Quick recommendation, I am ferrying from Santorini to Mykonos on May 30th, 2016, which ferry would you recommended? Do most ferries allow you to keep your suitcase with you during the trip? I heard a lot of people loosing their suitcase or getting things stolen from them. As far a buying tickets in advance would you advise not to do until we get to Santorini the reason why I ask is that during May I heard that there has been many times where ferries would cancel the trips. Many thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are 5 ferries from Santorini to Mykonos on May 30 and I would take any of the 4 earlier ones (but not the SeaJet at 18:15 – too late in the day and it’s the smallest ferry and thus can be a rough ride). Most of the time you’ll be fine taking your luggage into the seating area. But occasionally you’ll encounter a strict employee who will tell you to leave it in the luggage area. On all my trips I’ve never had anything taken from my bags in the luggage area but obviously that’s no guarantee. Certainly, never leave passports or money/credit cars in your luggage.

  31. Which Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave – Your website is so helpful. I’m so impressed that you respond to every comment! Thanks for being such a great resource. Our travel plans are similar to Nancy below – Mykonos to Santorini on May 29. You recommend booking the earlier high speed (Champion Jet 2) in part for the ability to rebook should the morning boat be cancelled – assuming you can get a space. My question is, is it actually likely that you could get a space, or is the later boat likely to be full anyway? How high is the probability of cancellations at that time of year? Also, you mention that buying tickets online isn’t easy or convenient. Why not? Would it be inconvenient for us to pick our tickets up somewhere in Mykonos?

    Thanks again!
    Claire

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Either ferry is fine and should work out without any problems. If the morning boat was cancelled would there be space on the later ferry? Probably, but not for sure. Cancellations at that time of year are not common. Buying tickets in person once you’re on the island is easier than buying online but it’s not that bad doing the pre-booking (but for first timers can be confusing and have a lot of uncertainty). Buying in advance, obviously ensures that it won’t sell out on you.

  32. Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave – we are going from Mykonos to Santorini on June 8th and wondered what ferry you would take – fastest and less rocky and bumpy to prevent seasickness.

    Thx!
    Nancy Allen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      My preferred ferry would be the Highspeed 6 (with Hellenic) that leaves at 13:50. But … the Champion Jet 2 (with Sea Jets) that leaves at 9:50am is 35 minutes shorter and you get the benefit of having more fallback ferries should something be cancelled. Sometimes the sea can be fine in the morning then rough in the afternoon. If the morning is cancelled you could then try the afternoon (assuming you could get a space). So, I would probably pre-book the Champion Jet 2 even though I have a slight preference for the Highspeed 6.

  33. Flights from Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave – great website! I wanted to see if you had any tips for booking the Condor flight from Mykonos to Santorini on Wednesdays in June. I see it scheduled, but am having trouble finding a site to book it. Any help would be great – thanks!

    Brian

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I just looked at Condor’s Summer Schedule and I don’t see flights between Santorini and Mykonos for the summer of 2016.

  34. Mykonos to Kos or Santorini to Kos

    Hi Dave

    I need to get to Kos from Santorini or Mykonos in mid July 2016 I can see there is a blue star ferry that goes from Santorini to Kos but I cant find a ferry that goes from Mykonos to Kos. Do you know of one? Do you suggest going Mykonos- Santorini – Kos or Santorini-Mykonos-Kos?

    Thanks very much!

    Mary

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, there are no ferries scheduled from Mykonos to Kos for this summer so your only choice is from Santorini to Kos.

  35. Highspeed 7 or SeaJets Master Jet

    Hi Dave,

    I’m traveling from Santorini to Mykonos in August and was wondering which ferry is the most stable – Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 7 or SeaJets Master Jet? Thanks for your help!

    Glenda

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are pretty good but I would go with the Highspeed 7.

  36. Mykonos to Santorini in February

    Hi!
    My friend and I have a vacation planned and the last detail to cover were the ferry rides. I am having issues finding anything departing Mykonos that in any was connects me to Santorini, for the date of February 12, 2016. Is this common for February, if so would it be more practical to fly since there seems to be a shortage of connecting ferries?
    Aimee

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No ferries between Mykonos and Santorini until March. Your choices are to fly or ferry via Athens – obviously flying is much faster.

  37. Mykonos Santorini Ferries

    Hi Dave,

    We will be in Santorini and Mykonos this April.
    Are there ferries available during the second week of April between Santorini and Mykonos? Where can I find the timetables?

    Also, will there be any additional ferries sailing during the last week of April as it is the week before Easter.

    We are considering traveling on the last week of April as an alternative. Is this a bad idea, as the island might be crowded for Easter?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The first ferries of the year between Santorini and Mykonos for 2016 begin March 25 (SeaJet). A Hellenic Seaways ferry starts on April 8. And then another SeaJet starts on April 15. I don’t see any extra sailings specifically for Easter and yes the islands (and ferries) will be busier for that weekend – but still not as busy as high season.

  38. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave. Thanks for the fantastic post – very helpful!

    I’ll be visiting Greece in early June this year for a (one year) late honeymoon. So very excited as I put my plans together.. but am stuck on route options for the Greek islands.

    -Athens to Mykonos (at this stage I might look to fly RyanAir as the fare difference to a Bluestar ferry is only $50AUD for 2 people and it also means a much shorter trip).

    -Mykonos to Santorini: I am struggling with this one. I definately want to arrive to Santorini on an open air ferry so from your post it appears the Bluestar Ferry is the best option. However, it looks like I’d need to catch the Highspeed 6 from Mykonos to Paros (arrives in Paros at 2.35PM). But to catch the Bluestar from Paros to go Santorini – the only available time is 11.40am? Does that mean I would need to stay over night at Paros? Are there any other route options?

    -Santorini to Athens: will fly straight back to Athens for this route

    I am pretty flexible with which island i visit first. Are there more and better route options if I did it the other way around? i.e take a Bluestar ferry from Athens (PIRAEUS) straight to Santorini? Then ferry from Santorini to Mykonos (stop over in Paros)? Then fly from Mykonos to Athens?

    Thanks for your help in advance! much appreciated. 🙂
    Michelle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Arriving in Santorini by open-deck ferry is great but I wouldn’t make it a priority. If it means spending a night on Paros (when you don’t want to) or taking an 8 hour ferry from Athens to Santorini (when you don’t want to) instead of a 50 minute flight then I would skip it. Yes, you would have to switch ferries in Paros or Naxos to get on the Blue Star. This usually doesn’t work for same-day connections but it depends when you’re traveling and what the schedule is like. (You don’t have to take a bus on Paros to get to the Blue Star – all ferries on Paros arrive and depart within steps of each other.)

  39. Ferry Cancellations in July

    Dave, I love your post! Thanks for all the detail. I just wanted to know what are the chances of a ferry canceling in July? I am not sure if I should fly (if they ever offer flights from Mykonos to Santorini this year) or take the ferry because I am island hopping and am on a tight schedule.
    Amanda

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      My guess would be somewhere around 3% to 5% of ferries are canceled (or delayed for enough time to effectively be a different ferry). A good portion of the occasions when they are canceled there will be another ferry doing the same route and you can exchange your ticket for a spot on the other ferry.

  40. Best Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave! I am planning to go from Santorini to Mykonos on May 20, 2016. Which is the best ferry to take and approximately how much does it cost? The website I am booking my trip through comes with a hydrofoil trip between the two islands. Would that be safe to book? And are there different departures throughout the day? Thank you in advance!
    Jes

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Right now it is only showing two Champion Jet catamarans with SeaJets and one early morning SuperJet with SeaJets. This Champion is fine – it’s a medium sized ferry and less bumpy than the smaller SuperJet catamaran. There will likely be other ferries added from Hellenic. I like them better but there’s no great difference.

      1. jes

        Thanks Dave! Do you think it would be ok to book the Hellenic when I arrive to Santorini or is it something that I should book a month in advance? Thanks again!

      2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

        Buying in Santorini should be fine but get them the day you arrive – don’t wait until the day you travel.

  41. Greek Islands over Christmas/New Years

    Hi Dave,
    I will be venturing to Greece for Christmas 2015 (ETA: 24 December) for 7-days. We’d like to visit at least 2 maybe 3 islands (Santorini, Mykonos and one other that will connect us) as many post are revealing there are no ferry connections between Mykonos and Santorini during this December 2015 time period…Well what do you suggest we do as far as connecting the dots on these islands or at least two of them?
    Planning to fly into Athens 24 December (2 nights) then grab a Ferry on Saturday/26 December to “?”
    I saw Gold Star Ferry will take us from Athens 26 December to Mykonos (4.5 hrs) stay 2-days but we can’t connect to Santorini.
    Or Blue Star Ferry could take us the same date 26 December to Santorini (7.5 hrs) stay 2-3 days – with no connection to Mykonos.
    What do you suggest? Can we bounce to another island between the two or go back to Athens and back out the next day to the other island?
    We need to be back in Athens by 30 December (evening) then New Years Eve on 31 December and fly out very Early 1 January.

    Your thoughts please…

    S. Mickel.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Thoughts:
      – There are no ferries between Mykonos and Santorini in December.
      – To go from Mykonos to Santorini in December you have to return to Athens, either by flight or ferry.
      – Much better to go to Santorini and Naxos or Paros than Santorini and Mykonos as those 3 islands have daily connections between each other and Athens.
      – Mykonos doesn’t offer much to see and do outside of the beach season. Santorini, Naxos, and Paros are all more interesting in the off season.

  42. Flights from Mykonos to Santorini in 2016

    Looking to go in September 2016 for a honeymoon and wondering how we can find a direct flight from Mykonos to Santorini?
    Ali

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is nothing scheduled yet. Keep looking, there are usually a few flights per week between Santorini and Mykonos. The schedule will likely come out in January or February. But book hotels now even though you have to wait on the flight.

  43. Ferries in March

    Hello Dave,

    Thanks for your super-useful site. I’m planning to travel around Crete and the Cyclades in March 2016.

    *It looks like the only way I can get from Crete to Santorini during this time is by flying via Athens. Is that right?
    *As far as I can tell, there are daily ferries from Santorini to Naxos even in March via Blue Star ferries, correct? (I’m not sure if I’m reading the ferry schedule correctly.)
    * Is there a way to get from Naxos to Mykonos by ferry in March? Then from Mykonos to Athens?

    Basically, I’m concerned that traveling around Crete and the Cyclades in March will be too difficult (or impossible) via ferry in March, and I’m wondering if I’ll be forced to fly everywhere (perhaps circuitously–and expensively–via Athens) to go from island to island. I was planning to travel around the islands in March and on the mainland in April (because I figured it would be warmer in the islands in March), but would it be better to travel around in the islands in April?

    Carlos

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ferry schedules are not out yet for 2016 so can’t say for certain. But based on previous years I’d say this:

      – Probably no Crete to Santorini ferry until April so yes, you’d have to fly via Athens.
      – There is a ferry between Naxos and Santorini 365 days a year.
      – Probably no ferry between Naxos and Mykonos until April at the earliest.

      Yes, I would switch your months. March or April won’t make a huge difference for the mainland (though it will be a little warmer in April) but will make a substantial difference on the islands.

  44. Santorini to Mykonos in December

    HI,
    Do we have any direct connection from Santorini to Mykonos or vice versa in December 2015?

    Zeb

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No, sorry. Have to fly or ferry via Athens.

  45. Buying Ferry Tickets at Athens Airport

    Dave,
    At what agency can I buy ferry tickets in advance in Athens international airport?
    thanks in advance,
    ray

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      At Aktina.

  46. Affordable Greek Islands / End of April

    Hi Dave,

    Looking to head to Athens, then Santorini/Mykonos for our honeymoon on April 24, 2016. We’re thinking one night in Athens at both ends of the trip and the remaining in Santorini/Mykonos. Can you advise, best possible “affordable” routes to get to all three within 8 days? Also, is the end of April a good time to travel to Greece?

    Thanks for your help!

    Cheers,
    Jeanine

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ferry is the most affordable way to see the islands but it doesn’t matter what route or direction you take. Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Athens or Athens-Santorini-Mykonos-Athens – it doesn’t matter. The end of April usually has decent weather, nice days, cool nights, and some rain – but you won’t be going to the beach unless it’s unseasonably warm.

  47. Santorini to Mykonos in Mid October

    Hi Dave,

    I plan to travel from Santorini to Mykonos on Tuesday 13th of Oct. What are the ferry options available to me? The seajet ferries?

    Also, at this time of year, are ferry cancellations regular? And if the seajet is cancelled is there possible alternative boats via other islands.

    Thanks for your help. Great site!

    John

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are 2 ferries on the day you’re traveling. Cancellations can happen anytime (August has a lot of cancellations due to the high winds.) I doubt you’d be able to make another route work. I’d be 95% confident that it will be fine.

  48. Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini in Mid October

    hi,

    This website is very informative! Thanks.

    We are travelling in the 3-4th week of October to Greece from Turkey and I am really confused on how to go from Mykonos to Santorini, as only what I see is Seajet and I understand those are the small ferry and bumpy. Please suggest what ferry to take. We are staying in MIkonos 2 nights and then going to santorini for 3. I have chosen the hotels from this review itself and they seem awesome, the Myconian Ambassador at Mykonos and the Astra Suites on Santorini. Athens we flying from Santorini and staying at Electra Palace.
    I just need help with the ferry from Mikonos to Santorini.

    please advise.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The last Hellenic ferry (the larger one) runs on October 11. So to get to Santorini it’s either the SeaJet (last ferry is on October 28) or flying via Athens. The SeaJet can be rough but it’s only 2 hours. Go to the bathroom before boarding – I find walking about at all really brings on the seasickness. If you can stay seated the duration you’ll be better off.

  49. Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini in November

    Hi Dave,
    I tried to check on ferry tickets from Mykonos to Santorini (via Paros) around November 16 of this year, but every website said no tickets were being sold. Is this simply because the date is too far away? Thank you.
    Bryson

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The last ferry of the year from Mykonos to Santorini (via Paros) runs on October 18th. The last direct ferry runs on October 28. After that you’ll have to fly or ferry via Athens.

  50. Old Port or New Port for Flying Cat 4?

    Hi Dave,

    I bought a ferry ticket from Mykonos to Santorini with Hellenic Seaways, the vessel is flyingcat 4, The departure is: the old port or the new port?

    Thanks
    Agus

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Flying Cat 4 should depart from the Old Port but be sure to check your ticket (it should say) or ask at a travel agent (if it doesn’t).

  51. Short Trip from Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I read all the posts and i know a lot of the questions are similar but none matched exactly! so i hope you dont mind me asking:
    I am going to Mykonos on 29th September 9th October and keep seeing photos of Santorini and think it is worth an overnight trip. Do you know of anyone on Mykonos who can organise this as a package with an overnight stay or will it be cheaper to get the ferry ourselves and get a hotel on Santorini? is it possible to still get a direct ferry? Is it better to wait to book it in Mykonos so we can be sure of the weather?

    i note that the ferry port on santorini is far away from the picturesque spots of Oia and Thira- how is it best to get there? as we will be on foot from the ferry- is taxi the best way?

    Thanks so much!
    Chloe Walsh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1) I love Mykonos but with that much time I would definitely get to Santorini and for more than one night. (But, if nothing else, then one night in Santorini.)
      2) There are packages that you can buy at the travel agents in Mykonos but I highly recommend booking by yourself. Ferries are easy to book and you’ll get a better deal and better value for your money by go through Booking.com.
      3) Yes, there are direct ferries.
      4) Book your hotel ASAP but you can wait until you’re in Mykonos to buy ferry tickets (but buy them as soon as you get there).
      5) There are buses that meet every ferry arrival in Santorini and take passengers to Fira for €2. From Fira you can easily get to anywhere on the island. There are also taxis but they can be hard to find.

  52. Private Flight or Helicopter from Mykonos to Santorini

    Dave, do you know any helicopter companies or air taxis that we could contact for prices? Wife is not to keen on taking the ferry. Thanks in advance!!
    Alex

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Superior Air has helicopter transfers from Mykonos to Santorini. The also have flights from Athens to Santorini and Mykonos and serve Paros and a few other destinations as well.

  53. June or September on Greek Islands

    Dave,

    If I were to choose either June or September, which one would you suggest? My preference for these months is to avoid crowds, and more importantly keep it budget!

    Thanks! 🙂
    Kalia

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      June is quieter and slightly cheaper. September is busier, warmer (particularly the water temperature), and slightly more expensive. Both are busy beautiful months to visit though.

  54. Buying Ferry Tickets in Athens Airport

    Hi Dave!

    We will be flying out to Greece next Sunday. Based on your extremely informative post I went online and mapped out our Ferry routes. We will leave from Athens and set out to Mykonos on Bluestar. After our stay in Mykonos we plan on taking the ferry to Paros and then transferring to Bluestar which will take us to Santorini. (We do not want to miss the view of the caldera!) My question is can we buy all of our ferry tickets once we arrive at the Athens airport?

    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Ariana

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, you can buy all the ferry tickets at one time (recommended) at the airport or in the city – whichever is easiest.

  55. Renting Car near Mykonos Port

    Hi Dave,
    I have been loving all of your tips for Santorini and Mykonos as we’re headed there in a week. We’re taking a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos and was planning to rent a car when we get to Mykonos as others have told us that renting a car is a must on the island. We’re noticing that Avis is the only car rental in the Mykonos port itself, but it’s closed from 2:30-5:00 when most of the ferries arrive (or could arrive if they’re delayed). Do you have advice on how to rent a car from the Mykonos port? Do we take a taxi to the airport to rent a car?

    Many thanks for all the help you’ve already given me from your fabulous website!
    Erica

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      First off, you have to know which port you’re arriving at – the Old or the New. At the New Port is the rental car agency Quattro. At the Old Port there are many within walking distance: Hercules, Pier1, EasyRent, and, yes, Avis.

  56. Naxos to Mykonos Ferry

    Hi Dave!

    Great website! Very helpful for my upcoming trip to Greece. I am looking into ferries from Naxos to Mykonos for Sept 17 (Thurs) and only see schedules with SeaJet. I am looking into the ferry departing 13:00 as it will be the Champion Seajet 1 (according to one of the booking websites).
    1. Is there still a posibilty for other companies to open schedules for this route or is SeaJet my only option?
    2. I can’t find any reviews for this Champion seajet as i think this was newly acquired. have you heard any feedbacks as to reliablity, (on time or canceled), bumpy ride?
    3. How is the sea generally in mid September? Calm or rough?
    4. Would ypu recommend booking this ferry in advance?

    Thanks,
    Melanie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1) It’s very unlikely any other companies will add routes at this late date.
      2) The Champion Jet 1 and 2 are the same. Larger catamaran type ferries that are fairly large and stable.
      3) September is probably the calmest month for the sea around Greece.
      4) Yes, this is a fine ferry. I would probably take the smaller SuperJet that leaves at 11:40. Yes, it is smaller and can be bumpier but it’s only 40 minutes long, if it’s canceled you can always fall back on the Champion Jet, and it arrives at the Old Port (where you can walk into Mykonos Town) vs the New Port (where you have to wait around for a bus into town). Booking a few days in advance would be plenty.

  57. Champion Jet 2 or Highspeed 4

    Hi Dave! Thanks for all of the helpful info on your website! I am traveling from Mykonos to Santorini on September 8th. I was considering booking the Hellenic Highspeed 4 since it is one of the larger ferries but I see it doesn’t leave until later in the afternoon. I do see a Champion Jet2 leaving in the morning. Will the Highspeed 4 make a big difference in terms of bumpiness? Also would you recommend booking online prior to our trip? Which website would be the best? I have read some reviews that say if you book online you often end up not sitting together.

    Thanks!!

    Mary

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Champion Jet is a larger catamaran so should be nearly as comfortable as the Highspeed 4. If you’re in Greece 3 or 4 days before you plan to travel to Santorini then you’ll be fine buying there. If you have a shorter initial time frame then buying online would be best. Only book directly through the ferry companies websites: Hellenic and Sea Jets.

  58. Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave! Thanks for responding to my tweet. I went with your suggestion and booked the Aspaki Hotel.

    I am visiting Santorini on Aug 30 from Mykonos and am confused about the whole ferry situation.

    Should I book in advance? Would you recommend the simple 3 hour ferry with Hellenic? I don’t know if I want to risk the transfer from Paros.

    If we take that, we would likely be taking the 9:55 to 13:05 FlyingCat 4. Should we book business or stick with economy?

    Also, I noticed in your pictures the luggage area. Do we have to check luggage for this ferry and is the process annoying? We will have two large pieces.

    Also is it normal for our 5 Star Aspaki Hotel to not offer to pick us up from the port?

    Thanks again!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, for that time of year I would book your ferry ticket in advance. The Hellenic is best. Business and economy are very similar on the Flying Cat 4. Business is upstairs and has a bit more room (seats are arranged in pairs). Economy is downstairs and have longer rows of seats. Since business is upstairs it’s actually more of a hassle to get off when you arrive than being in economy. There can often be a lineup just to get downstairs (from business). The seats are a little nicer in business.

  59. Switching Ferries in Paros

    Hey Dave,

    Many thanks for your valuable efforts.

    I’m planning to take a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini on the 20th of August, 2015. I want to try the Blue Star from Paros, but I’m still worried about the tight schedule of having one hour difference 10:45AM & 11:45AM. What do you recommend? I want to enjoy the views on an open deck for sure 🙂

    Many thanks in advance
    Aws

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      That will likely be fine – but there is still a real risk that the Hellenic will be late (it wouldn’t take much) and you’ll miss the ongoing ferry. The 2 ferries pull in right beside each other so you won’t have any problem getting from one to the other. If I had to guess, I think you’d make the connection 90% of the time.

  60. Ferry Recommendation

    Hi Dave, as many have already said, your website is amazing. My husband and I are heading to Greece in a few days and are looking at ferry tickets to go from Santorini to Naxos, Naxos to Mykonos, and Mykonos to Athens.
    1) I was wondering if you would recommend SeaJet or Hellenic. SeaJet has the better schedule, but it sounds like they’re not reliable (cancellations) vs. Hellenic. Does this often occur in August?
    2) Since we are heading to Athens from Mykonos, do you recommend us going to Rafina or Piraus? We have to head to the city center afterwards for the hotel.

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. I much prefer traveling on Hellenic than on Seajet (nice ferries, better on-time rate) – unless it’s the Terajet (a Seajet ferry). It’s very nice and tends to be ontime most of the time.
      2. Piraeus is much better for getting into city center. (If you were going directly to the airport than Rafina is better.)

  61. Last Ferry of the Day from Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi there Dave, first of all thanks for this awesome site.
    We are visiting Santorini next summer before heading to Mykonos and we would like to leave Santorini just by the end of the day. However, as far as I can see, the last ferry from Thira to Mykonos departs at 15h30, is there any option to leave later?

    Many thanks,
    Ricardo Antunes

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, you are right. For this year, the last ferry of the day is a Champion Jet run by Seajet that leaves Santorini for Mykonos at 3:30pm. That could change a little bit next year but likely not much.

  62. Sea Jet vs Hellenic Seaways

    Hi Dave, Thanks for all the information! I am interested in the 9:45 am Mykonos to Santorini Champion Jet 1 from Sea Jet, as it is only 2 hours, versus the 3 hour Hellenic Seaways ferry. But, my hotel suggested that the Sea Jet one is less reliable and may not be shorter in the long run, as we may end up waiting for it. Do you agree that the Hellenic Seaways is a better option for this summer (Aug 2nd).
    Suzanne

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I have been booked on 2 Sea Jet ferries this week. One was canceled and the other was 1 hour late getting to its destination. So I would, in general, agree it is better to go with Hellenic. That said, most of the uncertainty/lateness with Sea Jet occurs when you travel on the smaller boats like the Superjet. They’re more likely to be canceled due to high winds and are also very slow to load and unload with passengers which then makes them late. The Champion Jet is larger and does not have either of these problems so it will more than likely run on time as planned. But that’s just a guess. Either ferry could be canceled or delayed. I try to go with the earlier ferry. If it’s canceled and there’s room on the later ferry you can exchange your ticket for one on the next ferry – even if it’s a different company.

  63. Which Port in Mykonos?

    Hi Dave. I’m going to take Superjet (Seajets) from Mykonos to Santorini at 9:50. May I know which port will the ferry depart in Mykonos?
    Winnie S.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It should be the old port right in Mykonos Town – but check your ticket to be sure.

  64. Day Trip from Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi!

    I’d like to go 12 August from Mykonos to Santorini and the same day back! Which ferry do you recommend me?

    Greetz,

    Rita Qasha

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A day trip from Mykonos to Santorini is not possible given this year’s ferry schedule. The earliest you could get to Santorini would be 11:45am and the latest ferry back leaves Santorini at 1:30pm. And since the port in Santorini is a long way from the main towns you wouldn’t even have time to walk around. I would suggest getting a cheap room in Santorini and staying the night – Santorini is worth the cost and effort. (Note: Day trips from Santorini to Mykonos are possible.)

  65. Transport from Port to Hotel in Mykonos and Santorini

    Hello Dave:
    We arrive in Mykonos July 3 by Blue Star ferry.
    Then arrive in Santorini July 7 by Champion Jet 2.

    I have contacted hotels regarding transportation from ferry port to the hotels.
    They both use a service.
    8 euro per person in Mykonos, and 20 euro per vehicle in Santorini.

    Do you recommend booking transfer in advance? Or take chances on enough taxis being there to pick up?

    Thank you!!!
    ANGELA

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Those sound like pretty reasonable rates so I’d use them. I’ve had a very hard time finding taxis on either island this year.

  66. Champion Jet from Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I was just about to book the Hellenic High Speed you recommended when I saw a boat called the Champion Jet 1. It says on the schedule you can get from Mykonos to Santorini in 1 hour 45 minutes. Is that one bumpy?

    Thank you!
    Lindsay

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s about the same as the Hellenic Highspeed and not so bumpy as the smaller Seajets.

  67. How To Book Ferry Tickets Online

    Hi Dave,

    For booking ferry tickets in advance, which website do you recommend? I came across Greeka.com and found it to be quite user friendly but would like to know if you would recommend it for booking ferry tickets in advance.

    Thanks,
    Hassan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Use the website of the ferry company you are using which will most likely be Blue Star, Hellenic, or Seajets. The other websites (like greeka.com, greekferries.gr. and ferries.gr) are essentially travel agents and there will be an extra fee if you book through them.

  68. One Night Trip to Mykonos from Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Loving your website.

    We are currently planning our wedding in Santorini (travelling out 27th August – 3rd September 2016) and your site has been a massive help so far.

    I’m considering spending one night in Mykonos for a mini ‘hen night’. I will only do this if we can get a reasonable overall cost for cheap accommodation for the night and transport to and from the island.

    Ideally we would like to arrive in Mykonos for an early evening dinner at Jackie Os, then get ready for the night at our (cheap-we really wouldn’t mind what it was like) hotel. We would then travel back to Santorini the next day.

    Do you know which ferry would be best to use and how I can do it the cheapest way possible? And if you have any tips on a basic hotel on Mykonos for one night that would be amazing!!!

    Thank you in advance.

    Kind regards,

    Charlotte

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The ferries between Santorini and Mykonos are SeaJets and Hellenic Seaways and they are basically the same price so I would take the Hellenic as it’s usually more reliable and larger for a less bumpy ride. Since you don’t really care where you stay I would search Booking.com for the cheapest place in Mykonos Town (but still with good reader reviews).

  69. Seajet or Hellenic to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Congrats for the blog, very well-done. I will be traveling with a friend from Mykonos to Santorini on June 28th 2015… we’re hesitating between the TeraJet from Seajets or the Highspeed from Hellenic Seaways… do you have a preference for a boat or company?

    Thanks!
    Felix

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Historically the Hellenic has been more reliable and on time but I think that’s largely because Seajet has used smaller catamarans that are more easily delayed due to rough seas – thus making them more likely to be late or canceled. The Terajet is much larger and more like the Hellenic Highspeed ferries so I’m guess they’ll tend to be more reliable and on time.

  70. 1 Day in Crete

    Hi Dave ! Great, informative site! Coming to Santorini (2nd time to visit) July 7th through 12th. Thinking about one night in Crete (looking at ferry schedule, it would have to be overnight). Do you think Crete is worth it ? Or are there any day tours to Crete?
    Kyle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Crete is great but for only 1 night, no, I don’t think it’s worth it (unless you had a particular interest in the ancient site of Knossos which can be seen in an afternoon).

  71. SeaJet or Blue Star from Mykonos to Athens

    Hi Dave,

    I’m planning to take a ferry from Mykonos to Athens in mid June. I see that there are big differences in the travel duration (from 2hrs from SeaJets & 5.5hrs from BlueStar). Why is this so & which one would you recommend?

    Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Seajets is a small catamaran-style ferry. The Blue Star is a large car ferry (and much slower). On the Blue Star there is much more space inside and you can walk the open-air decks. The Seajet ferries are much smaller inside and feel a bit claustrophobic. The Blue Star offers a much more stable ride. On even moderately rough seas the Seajet ferries can be miserable for anyone prone to seasickness. For that route I personally would take the Blue Star.

  72. Ferry Connection in Paros (from Mykonos to Santorini)

    Hi Dave,

    I decided to go with your suggestion for traveling from Mykonos to Santorini and booked the Flying Cat4 from Mykonos to Paros and then the Blue Star from Paros to Santorini.

    First, I now recognize that you suggested a different high speed than the flying cat. Does that matter?

    I received an email from the company issuing the tickets, concerned about the only one hour I would have to get from Flying Cat to Blue Star. Flying Cat arrives at 10:45 and Blue Star leaves at 11:45. Apparently they are in different ports? Do you see this as being a problem? My travel date is September 13th, and I don’t see any other blue star ferries other than the 11:45am one. So if we missed it, we might be screwed! Help is much appreciated.
    Lea

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, this could be a problem. You’ll need to jump in a taxi at the old port upon arrival and get to the new port as quickly as possible. You should make the connection but there are no guarantees. Your only other choice is to arrive in Paros the day before. Email the ferry company and they should let you change the date of the ticket.

  73. Super Economy vs Economy on Blue Star

    Hi Dave – what is the difference between economy and super economy on Blue Star from Athens to Mykonos?

    Thanks.
    Rox

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There’s no difference between buying super economy or economy. Super Economy is (usually) only available when booking in advance and online but the seats you get are the same.

  74. Ferry from Mykonos to Athens in May

    Hi Dave,

    What ferries depart from Mykonos on May 14th 2015 and arrive in Athens?
    I wanted to book the Blue Star but I do not see any availability. Please advise, many thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Blue Star ferry departs Mykonos at 2:15pm and arrives in Piraeus at 7:45pm through all of May.

  75. Catching a Flight from Santorini to London

    Hi Dave, your website is fantastic. In July we’re spending a week in Santorini and would like to spend the last 2 nights in Paros (St Andrea resort). However, our flight departs Santorini to London on Tuesday 7 July at 14:40. It looks like the earliest ferry from Paros is at 10:55 (Hellenic Seaways). If we take that ferry and arrive back in Santorini at 13:05, will we be able to make our 14:40 flight?
    Vanessa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If the ferry arrives on time then yes, you’d be able to make your flight from Santorini to London. But Greek ferries are usually a little late, often very late. I personally would not be comfortable making/booking that connection.

  76. Ferries in early June

    Hi Dave, great website, lots of information for first time travelers to Greece (like me).

    How risky is it to try and book ferries when we arrive in Athens? We are going from June 3 to 13 and won’t be very flexible on travel dates (hotels will be booked in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete). Do you think it will be safe to book our hotels and test our luck with the ferries?

    Thanks.
    Jay

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You should be fine but if you’re worried about it then book tickets in advance as there are never any guarantees. In theory, the routes that are most likely to sell out are from Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Crete. The Athens to Mykonos ferry is on the larger Blue Star ferry and is unlikely to sell out. So you could by all 3 tickets on arrival in Greece and in effect you’d be buying the 2nd and 3rd legs 3 to 7 days in advance.

  77. Fire on the High Speed 5

    Recent fire on High Speed 5 ferry.

    Hi Dave:
    I had posted on Tripadvisor asking which ferry is best, Terajet or Highspeed 5 a couple of weeks ago. All my responses said to take the Highspeed 5 as the Terajet often canceled its departures from Mykonos to Santorini last summer and was therefore very unreliable. Today I found out there was a serious fire on the HighSpeed 5 during maintenance and it is unlikely it can be repaired for the season and no one knows if Hellenic can put another boat into service on this route. If Highspeed 5 isn’t running and Terajet cancels most of the sailings from Mykonos to Santorini (our schedule is not flexible, we are traveling on June 25 so can’t use Condor), then what is the best alternative to those larger boats?

    thanks for the help

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I have talked with the Hellenic office and they said all ferries will be running as scheduled.

  78. Buying Highspeed 5 Tickets and Where To Pick Up

    Hi Dave, really love this website – it’s been so helpful in planning our first trip to the Islands! We are arriving in Santorini via flight on May 14th and then planning to take a ferry to Mykonos on Sunday, May 17th. We’ll fly out of Mykonos 2 days later.

    We’d like to take the Highspeed 5, and just to be extra safe, we wanted to purchase our tickets in advance. When we went to the Hellenic Seaways website, it was a little unclear (as you noted) and said we’d have to pick up tickets with agents in Piraeus – but we’re not stopping in Athens.

    I see you’ve noted to use Pelican Travel to pick up tickets, and that there is a ticket office in Fira. Do you recommend buying the tickets directly from the Pelican Travel website vs. Hellenic Seaways website?

    Thank you!

    Tina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Buy them online (through Hellenic) and pick them up from Pelican. They’ll print them for you.

  79. Mykonos to Paros Ferry

    We are planning to travel from Mykonos to Santorini on the 26th of April, using the Blue Star connection on Paros. I was looking on the ferry schedule from Superjet2 to get to Paros, but the timetable is from 2014. Are the times still the same on 2015? And because I’m looking from my IPad, I can not get to the prices ( I always get a warning message). How much does that trip coast(economy)?
    Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s about 30€ from Mykonos to Paros by ferry (and similar from Mykonos to Naxos). Here’s the 2015 schedule.

  80. Santorini to Mykonos by Ferry or Plane

    Hey! We are looking for the best way to get from Santorini to Mykonos on May 12th. The ferry wont arrive in Mykonos until almost 3pm. The flights that I have seen fly from Santorini to Athens and then from Athens to Mykonos. Flying will put us in Mykonos around 9am but is much more expensive. Do you have any suggestions or ideas? Thank you!
    C.J.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, those are your choices. Hellenic Seaways highspeed5 arrives in Mykonos at 14:20 and that’s the earliest ferry. Flights are faster but more expensive.

  81. Where To Pickup Ferry Tickets in Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    I’m trying to book a ferry (Hellenic Seaways highspeed 5) from Mykonos to Santorini and have been told to pick up tickets from an agent.

    I’m having trouble locating the closest agent to the port.

    Can you please tell me where is the nearest agent to the port in Mykonos, where we can collect our tickets??

    Regards

    David

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You will pickup the tickets at Delia Travel in Mykonos Town (which is not at the port where you will catch the ferry). Delia is close to the taxi stand (Manto Square) – just ask, everyone knows where it is.

  82. Flights from Santorini to Mykonos in July

    Hi Dave,

    Such good info. Going from Santorini to Mykonos on a Thursday (July 30th to be exact). Prefer to fly but don’t see any nonstop on Olympic Air website (only through Athens). Are there any nonstops? If not what ferry is the fastest/shortest trip?

    Jon

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You’re right, there are no direct flights. Either the Highspeed 5 or the SeaJets Terajet are the fastest and most stable ferries from Santorini to Mykonos.

  83. Best Ferry Tickets to Buy?

    Hi Dave,

    Want to book seats on Blue Star Delos. Do you know the difference between Economy, Business, Air Lounge (1-5), Cabin A4, and Cabin AB4 on this ferry?

    Which one do you think is the best? Is it worth to pay more? Is everybody allowed to go up to the deck to see the view when approaching Santorini?

    Last question, are we allowed to move to other better seats if they are unoccupied?

    Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Economy is the most basic ticket and just gets you on the ferry – you have to find your own seat and on a busy ferry that can be hard to do. Sometimes there are no seats or only seats outside on the deck. The Air Lounge are reserved seats similar to an airplane seat but with more leg room. Business Class is in the reserved business or VIP seating area – there are soft benches/couches and tables. Cabin A4 is a 4-berth cabin on the outside (facing the outside of the ship). Cabin AB4 is a 4-berth cabin on the inside. The Air Lounge (or Economy with Reserved Seating) is what I recommend buying. Everyone, regardless of ticket, is able to go out on the decks. You are not supposed to switch seats but if there’s an open seat it’s easy to grab it. That said, you always feel a little on edge sitting there when it’s not your seat. Better to just spend the small fee and relax.

      1. Differences between Air Lounges

        Hello Dave,

        What is the diffirance between the air lounge-3 and air lounge-4 or air lounge-5?

        Best Regards,
        Mohammed

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Pretty much nothing. On some ferries people prefer one air lounge over another but for the most part they’re all the same.

  84. Discount Ferry Tickets

    Hi Dave! Great website! I just want to ask if the ferries from Santorini to Mykonos give cheaper offers every now and then if you book them off early or are the prices fixed? Thank you and more power!

    Anna

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Generally no, there are not any discount ferry tickets in Greece for booking early. Hellenic and Blue Star do occasionally have discounts for less popular routes and mid-week sailings but even these are hard to track down and book. Prices for ferry routes are set by the government and don’t vary (as long as you avoid a booking agent that will charge an extra fee).

  85. Mykonos to Santorini in early June

    Hi Dave,

    Love yourr site, just have a question for you.
    We are in santorini in early June, what are our options for ferries to mykonos direct? There isn’t much information online currently (other than you).

    Thanks!
    Cole

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are 3 direct ferries daily from Santorini to Mykonos in June. 2 SeaJets leave at 9am and 11am, arriving in Mykonos at 12:15 and 13:35 (the 9:00 ferry leaves at little earlier on Friday and Sunday). There’s also a Hellenic Seaways ferry (recommended as it’s a more pleasant ride than the SeaJet) leaving at 11:40 and arriving in Mykonos at 14:20. On some days, there are also later SeaJet ferries.

  86. Athens to Santorini to Mykonos to Athens

    Hi Dave,

    My bf and I will be travelling to Greece on March 6th and are planning to stay one day in Athens, 2 days in Santorini, and 1/2 days in Mykonos. What is the best way to travel to and from these islands? We will be flying into Athens.

    Lin

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no ferries (or flights) between Santorini and Mykonos in March (the only way to get from one to the other is to go via Athens), so with just 2.5 days you’ll need to pick one or the other but can’t do both.

      1. Ricardo Acevedo

        Hello Dave,

        Thanks so much for all the help so far. I was planning on doing virtually the same trip described above, and seeing that there are no ferries from Santorini to Mykonos I was wondering if there were other transportation options to maybe get to Ios, or Naxos, and then from Naxos to Mykonos. I currently have a flight flying into santorini on the 11th and flying out of mykonos on the 15th.

        Also, Lin; did you come to a conclusion for your trip?

        Thanks to both in advance!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          The only option is to go via Syros but it’s not short and easy. 2 days a week (Monday/Sunday in March) there’s a NEL ferry that leaves Santorini at 9:10 or a little later and gets to Syros at 18:30. You’d have to overnight in Syros then the next morning get the Blue Star from Syros to Mykonos leaving at 11:50 and arriving at 13:15 (the Blue Star runs 7 days a week).

          1. Ricardo Acevedo

            Thank you so much for your reply. Unfortunately though, If I am flying into Santorini on a Wednesday at 11am and flying out of Mykonos on Sunday morning, would that mean that there is no way to get there via Syros? Or even worse, no way of getting from Santorini to Mykonos at all? Thank you again for all your help!

          2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

            You’ll definitely be able to get there via Athens as there are ferries every day from Santorini to Athens and Athens to Mykonos. You would leave Santorini at 15:30, overnight in Athens, and take the morning ferry to Mykonos, arriving at 13:15. These are both Blue Star ferries and won’t sell out (as long as you’re not traveling over Greek Easter weekend) – so you could wait to buy these and double check in Santorini to make sure there isn’t a more direct route that we’re not seeing in the online schedule. And of course, you can fly via Athens as well.

  87. Ferry from Naxos or Paros to Mykonos in June

    Hi Dave, I wanted to comment to say first off what a wonderful website you have; it really is informative and insightful and has helped me plan my trip island hopping this June. Can I ask some advice? Myself and 3 friends are flying to Athens on 2nd June. We plan on visiting Santorini, Paros and/or Naxos and Mykonos flying home to the UK from Mykonos on 16th June. We plan on catching Blue Star Ferries (having island hopped previously I much prefer the freedom to roam and less choppy). The issue I have is getting to Mykonos, the ferry schedules say that there are no Blue Star Ferries running from Naxos, Paros or Santorini to Mykonos on June 11th (when we plan on travelling). Is it that the ferry route hasn’t started yet? or do they not release times this soon? They have the quicker ferry times but these are more pricey and I prefer Blue Star. Many thanks, Lucy.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Blue Star from that runs from Naxos and Paros to Mykonos does not start until June 26 so you’ll have to take a high speed catamaran. To make the trip shortest (and cheapest) take it from Paros to Mykonos. The quickest trip takes 40 minutes on a Highspeed5 that leaves at 13:40 and gets to Mykonos at 14:20.

  88. What Islands in October

    Thanks for the wealth of information Dave – it’s really helped us plan our trip to Greece so far!

    We are looking at exploring the Greek Isles for 10-14 days the first two weeks of October 2015. Hoping to see Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos forsure. Debating whether to add in either Milos or Crete (any recommendations?)

    Do you think it’s worth booking a tour if its our first time visiting? That way the ferry transfers are all taken care of? Or if we are doing the bookings ourselves and book our hotels in advance (3-4 days in each island), can we book the ferries once we are there or do we have to book them in advance?

    Same question for excursions and day trips – do you recommend booking in advance or once we are actually there?

    Thanks for all your help!

    Much appreciated,
    Nadia

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You can easily book hotels and ferries yourself so no need for tour. For travel in October you can book ferries after arrival in Greece. Same with day trips and excursions – just do it after you arrive.

      Crete is too out of the way and too big to add with your allotted days. If you do stay for 14 then Milos would be fine to add but not if you’re closer to 10. An added wrinkle is that there are no ferries between Mykonos and Milos in October and ferries from Santorini to Milos end on October 18.

  89. Mykonos Airport Taxis/SeaJet or Blue Star Ferry/2 Hours in Naxos

    Hi Dave,

    I have a few questions and need your advice:

    1) I will arrive in Mykonos by plane. Is it easy to get a taxi at Mykonos Airport? Do you have any idea how much it will cost go to from Mykonos Airport to the hotel in Mykonos Town (I heard it’s only about 3 kms). But the hotel wants to charge me 30 Euro.

    2) I will travel from Mykonos to Santorini on 7 Apr ’15. Have 2 options: First, take Seajet2 direct to Santorini, 9.50-11.40, only 2 hours. Second, take Seajets2 to Naxos, 9.50-10.25, then take Blue Star Delos from Naxos to Santorini, 12.55-15.10, long time but can see the view upon arrival in Santorini. Do you think the 2nd option is still worth?

    3) I will have 2 hours in Naxos. What should I do there? Are passengers allowed to leave the ferry, walk around, and come back in time?

    Would appreciate your suggestion.

    Thank you.

    Som Kid

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1) A taxi from Mykonos airport to a hotel 3kms away shouldn’t cost more than €10. In July and August there can be long queues for taxis but (probably) not in April.

      2) The answer will be different for everyone. Some love entering the caldera on the deck of the Blue Star, some will think it’s no big deal and why did I just add an extra 3.5 hours onto my trip for this? But the Blue Star is also much more pleasant to be on than the SeaJet2 so keep that in mind.

      3) 2 hours on Naxos is plenty enough time to explore the Venetian Castle, the Old Town alleys that snake up the hill, and the Portara (the Naxos Arch). Not sure what you’ll do with your luggage though. You are switching ferries so yes, you have to leave the ferry. The port/dock is right in central Chora and you’re steps from exploring the town.

  90. Mykonos in April

    Hi Dave, your views and suggestions have helped many here and I thank you for the same, just a quick question, we are a couple and we will be in mykonos from 17th April to 19th april, is it dead around that time or there is some good nightlife and partying, if yes would help if you can reccommend a few places. Also we are confused if we should stay in town or beach during that time, thanks
    Tarun

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Mykonos Town will still be quiet in April (not dead, but quiet). Very little nightlife although might be a little more going on during the weekend. Mykonos Town is where you’ll want to be. Beaches will be totally dead.

  91. Flights from Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave,
    My family and I want to fly from Santorini to Mykonos (direct, not the Athens long and costly route) during the second half of June 2015. I can’t find any info on Olympic or Aegean offering direct flights, and Condor air doesn’t fly on a day that matches our travel days. Do you know if Olympic or Aegan will be offering flights, and when they will announce them? Or is a boat our only option this summer?
    Thanks in advance,
    Dean

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I’m guessing there won’t be any direct flights this year as it’s getting pretty late. If there are no flights then yes, it’s either fly via Athens or take the ferry.

  92. Mykonos to Santorini in March

    Hi Dave..thank you for putting all this information together..I had a query..I’m planning to visit Greece in March’15..I would be in Athens, then to Mykonos, then to Santorini and back to Athens. I have been able to get ferry connections and tickets from A to M and S to A, however, still not able to find out anything between M to S. Can you please suggest possible alternatives available during this time to go from Mykonos to Santorini. Shall look forward to your revert. Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ferries from Mykonos to Santorini don’t start until April 3. Before then you’ll need to travel via Athens (by flight or ferry).

  93. Flights from Santorini to Mykonos in June

    Hi,thinking of flying Manchester to Santorini with easyjet on 17th June, stay for 3 nights and then on to Mykonos for 4 nights and home to Manchester from there. Can I fly Santorini to Mykonos on 20th June with a local airline?

    Michelle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The only direct flight from Santorini to Mykonos that week is on Monday June 22 on Condor. You’ll have to take the ferry.

  94. Ferry Delays Returning to Athens

    Hi Dave
    Great website, very helpful and informative.

    I am going to Greece at the end of may/beginning of June for my honeymoon. We are doing a few days in Athens, then Mykonos then to Santorini and back to Athens to fly home.
    I have booked the ferries and have us coming back on Satuday to Athens, our flight leaves on Sunday.
    Is it common for Ferries to be cancelled or delayed? My concern is taking the ferry Saturday if we fly out on Sunday.

    Thank you

    Meghan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s rare but does happen. It’s why I recommend leaving any planned days in Athens until the end of your trip (as opposed to the beginning). Then you have a buffer to any delays.

  95. Day Trips from Mykonos

    Hi Dave, great website and very informative without the usual spiel! So advice time; if we are staying in Mykonos and looking to go to another island for the day (other than Santorini), where would you highly recommend for beautiful beaches and cute villages which we could hire a car and drive around?

    Gareth

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      With the 2015 ferry schedule it looks like Paros is the best option for a day trip. If you’re visiting between June 27 and September 6 you can take a Hellenic Seaways Flying Cat to Paros in the morning (leaves at 9:55, Paros at 10:45) and return later the same day on the Blue Star ferry (leaves Paros at 18:05, Mykonos at 19:25). This will give you 7+ hours on Paros. Not a lot, of course, but enough to see some of the island.

      There is also Delos, the ancient island that is one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological destinations in Greece. But this island is not populated and doesn’t seem to be what you’re after.

  96. Best Ferry for Seasickness and Rough Seas

    Hey Dave,

    Question for you.

    On Highspeed5, you say “best choice for those prone to seasickness”, and on TeraJet you say “best choice during rough seas”. Can you let me know what you mean by the difference between these two?

    Also, on your note about Olympic Air, last year did the Santorini->Mykonos flight only operate on Wednesday, Fridays and Mondays (per http://www.santoriniairport.com/olympic-air-connects-santorini-with-mykonos-and-heraklion-santorini-2/)? Based on the above, it seems like the Mykonos->Santorini operated daily (with no notes about the other direction), and I am trying to gather all of my facts.

    Thanks for the information about where to get Ferry tickets in Fira. This has been hard to figure out.

    Neal

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Highspeed5 and TeraJet are about the same for seasickness/roughness. What I meant (and it’s not very clear how I wrote it) is the Highspeed5 is the best of the 2 Hellenic Seaways ferries and the TeraJet is the best of the SeaJet ferries.

      As for flights, I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking. For the most current schedules search kayak.com.

  97. Motorcycle on Greek Ferries

    We are planning our own motorcycle transportation on the following dates.
    July 27 in 2015 Athina-Mykonos, Mykonos-Santorini, July 30, 2015, 1 August 2015 Santorini-Kos
    Can we get on all ferries on a motorcycle? I can’t find the full description anywhere. If you can help I would be very happy.

    esin özdemir

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I’m not an expert on this but almost certain that any ferry that takes cars will take a motorcycle. The Highspeed 5 and Highspeed 6 ferries will take cars and motorcycles. The SeaJet2 and FlyingCat4 will not take motorcycles (or cars). The Blue Star does take cars and motorcycles.

  98. Santorini to Mykonos not on Highspeed Ferry

    Hi Dave – thank you for this incredible website. I’m wondering if you can lend your expertise to helping me plan a family trip to Greece. We have most of the details set but need to get to Mykonos from Santorini on 5/27/15. It is a party of 6 adults and 2 kids. 3 of us will get sea sick on the fast ferries. I tried to looking the slow ferry option but can’t seem to get the ferry schedules to line up. What would you recommend?

    Thanks!

    Archita

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is no way of doing it on one day. The best you can do (to have as little time on the Highspeed ferry as possible) is to take the Blue Star from Santorini to Paros on 5/26/15 at 15:30 and arrive in Paros at 18:45. The next day Highspeed5 at 13:40 to Mykonos, arriving at 14:20. You can do a similar connection through Naxos but from Naxos to Mykonos you’ll need to take a SeaJet which has a bumpier ride than the Hellenic Highspeed 5. Hope that helps.

  99. Which Islands for 4 Day Visit

    Hi Dave

    We are thinking of visiting Greek islands in May (May 15-18th) or around these date. We will be traveling from Israel to Greece. We would love to visit Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini but understand in such short time 3,4 or 5 days it is not possible. So what would you recommend is the best option for us. Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You have to choose between Rhodes OR Crete OR Santorini and Mykonos.

      1. Kira

        Thank you . Which would you recommend if this is the first visit to the islands. thank you

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Santorini. I’m going to change what I said and say go to Mykonos only if you can add a 4th night (so you’d get 2 nights on each island).

  100. Mykonos to Paros in March

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for such informative posts on Santorini and Cyclades!
    I was wondering if you had any information about ferries during the off season. I have been searching everywhere for any between Mykonos and either Paros, Naxos, or Santorini during the second week of March, but I can’t seem to find anything except one Blue Star that goes from Mykonos to Syros and then another that goes from Syros to Paros. Are there any others that you know of? I know this is a hard time to travel Greece, but any advice is appreciated!

    Olivia

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Keep checking gtp.gr but as of now there are no direct ferries from Mykonos to Paros and going via Syros or Athens is your only option.

  101. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini to Athens in April

    Hi Dave, great guide you have here. My fiance and I will be going to Greece for our honeymoon. We both are travel newbies though, and are a little concerned about whether the whole grexit thing will affect us. We are originally planning for mid-April to Athens for about 2 days, then ferry to Mykonos for a few days, followed by ferry to Santorini for a week before returning to Athens for our flight home.
    Alternatively, I think we could arrive at Athens and take a domestic flight to Mykonos and stay for a few days, ferry to Santorini for a week stay, then ferry back to Athens for 2 days stay before flying home to Singapore. (In case of potential delays to the ferry due to strike
    Any suggestions? I’m not sure how we could work our itinerary around the ferry timings to maximise our stay. Your input would really be appreciated =)

    Eugene

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would leave Athens to the end and fly directly to an island – as you say, this will give you some flexibility if there are any delays or canceled ferries. Other than that it sounds like a great plan.

  102. Santorini and Mykonos in April

    Dear Dave,

    Thank you for an informative web site on Greece and Islands.

    I am going to visit Santorini and Mykonos in early April. Are there any scheduled ferries between these islands and Athens? I suppose the season really starts in May, are there many accommodations and restaurants available in the islands?

    Thank you for your information.

    Best Regards,
    Edward

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are at least 3 ferries per day from Athens to Santorini or Mykonos in April. The Blue Star is the best of the 3. Most hotels open in March so while it’s still quiet in April (compared to May or June) there’s still plenty open and lots to do.

      1. Edward

        Thank you, Dave!

  103. Athens to Santorini to Mykonos to Athens

    Hello, my wife and I are planning a visit to Greece, arriving in athens on the 26th of april 2015 at 12.15 but we would want to go to santorini first for 3 nights then to mykonos for 2-3 nights and then finally Athens for 2 nights, we would prefer Athens to be the last city to visit because of our flight back wouldn’t want any delays, our expected date of departure from Athens would be the 4th of May 2015 at 19.25
    any advice on how to plan for this trip and the best way to get around to the islands.

    Yathrib

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I would fly from Athens to Santorini since you’ll already be at the airport and the Athens to Santorini leg is the longest of your route. There are flights with Aegean that leave at 1:20pm or 4:35pm on April 26. Either would work but I’d probably do the later so you’re not stressed about making your connection. The Highspeed 5 doesn’t start until May 1 so you’ll probably need to take the SeaJet2 from Santorini to Mykonos. Then the Blue Star from Mykonos to Athens.

  104. Athens to Naxos to Santorini to Rome

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your wonderful website and all the useful information!

    We are going to visit Greece (the first time) in Sept.
    Here’s our plan:
    – 17 Sept noon: Arrive Athens by plane (stay 2 nights)
    – 19 Sept: 7:30am take Blue Star ferry to Naxos (stay 2 nights)
    – 21 Sept: 12:40pm take Blue Star ferry to Santorini (Stay 2 nights)
    – 23 Sept: 10:50am take Easyjet (direct flight) to Rome …the flight schedule is not yet released but I assume it to be the same as the one on 9 Sept

    So I only have 1.5 days in Santorini, and I wish I could stay a bit longer there, but I also want to take the direct flight to Rome…(which only operates on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun – Can’t take the Wed one as we need to save some time for our journey in Italy afterwards).
    I thought about taking other ferry to Santorini from Naxos…so that I can arrive Santorini earlier (and I prefer to stay longer in Santorini than in Naxos), but Blue Star seems to be the most reliable.
    Do you think 1.5 days is enough for us to tour around in Santorini? Or do you have any other suggestion?

    Many thanks.

    Peggy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Small change to your itinerary:
      17 Sept: Athens (1 night)
      18 Sept: Take evening Blue Star ferry to Naxos – leaves Piraeus at 17:30 and gets to Naxos at 22:45 (stay 2 nights)
      20 Sept: Take Blue Star to Santorini (stay 3 nights)
      23 Sept: Fly to Rome

      This will still give you (almost) 1.5 days in Athens but will allow you an extra day in Santorini.

      1. Santorini to Rome Flights

        Thanks a lot for your advise!

        However, it turns out that easyjet has no flight from santorini to Rome after 13 sept (maybe peak season is over?)…so I now need to figure out the best way to go to Rome. In order to save time, I think I will probably go back Athens by plane instead of ferry and change another flight to Rome. I saw you mentioned Aegean Airline and Olympic Air…but the reviews of Aegean on the internet are quite negative. Do you think it is fine to take Aegean / Olympic? Or is there any better ways you would suggest? Thanks!!

        Peggy

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Vueling has a direct Santorini to Rome flight on September 23. It departs Santorini at 1:10pm and gets to Rome at 2:25pm. The flight costs $172. (Vueling tends to get slightly better reviews than EasyJet and doesn’t feel quite as much like a budget airline.)

  105. Day Trips from Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    We are staying in Santorini late May and wondered what islands we can visit on day trips. Is there Mykonos ferries running daily this time of year?

    Danielle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no easy day trips from Santorini to other islands. There is Therassia (on the other side of the caldera) which is often included on a tour of the caldera. But when people ask about day trips they usually mean a visit to another major island and for the most part these don’t work out. Ios is the closest island and is just able to be done as a day trip during high season (when there are more ferries). You might be able to make it work in May. But farther afield islands like Naxos, Paros, and Mykonos are not able to be visited on day trips. So if you want to see some other islands plan on stopping there for a night or two.

  106. Santorini or Mykonos to Milan

    Hi Dave,

    Me and Family is planning a trip from Athens to Mykonos and Santorini during the third week of April for a duration of 5 days. After which we will be flying off to Milan.
    Therefore, would like to seek your advise on either to go Mykonos or santorini first.
    hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks in advance,
    Will

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No big difference. Easy Jet does begin direct flights from Mykonos and Santorini to Milan on April 24 and has more flights from Mykonos to Milan than Santorini to Milan.

  107. Mykonos to Santorini in May

    Hi Dave, excellent website with a lot of useful info. I am landing in Mykonos on the 19th May and at around 2pm. I was hoping to get a ferry the same day to santorini. Do you know if this will be possible? Do you know when the timetables will be available?

    Many thanks

    Rakesh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Currently, the last scheduled ferry (a SeaJet) from Mykonos to Santorini leaves at 14:50. It might be possible to make it from the airport to the port, buy a ticket (assuming you didn’t buy in advance and they’re not sold out), and get on board – but it would be a tight connection. More than likely you’ll be catching a ferry the next morning at 9:50 and you’ll get to Mykonos at 11:40.

  108. Paros to Mykonos in May

    Hi Dave – thanks for your super helpful website. I’m planning a trip for my parents next May 20 through June 1 for some island hopping (Athens-Mykonos-Paros-Santorini-Athens) and I’m hoping to get ferry tickets for them from Mykonos-Paros on May 25 and Paros to Santorini on May 27. Is the 2015 schedule available yet? How far in advance should I buy these?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Paros to Mykonos schedule is not out yet – probably some time in early 2015. Check periodically at gtp.gr for dates and times. Buy tickets directly through Sea Jets or Hellenic Seaways. The ferry tickets can be picked up in Mykonos Town at Delia Travel (for Hellenic Seaways) or Sea & Sky Travel (for Sea Jets). The Paros to Santorini ticket does not need to be booked in advance (it’s on the large Blue Star ferry that won’t sell out) so your parents could purchase that ticket in Mykonos when they pick up the Mykonos-Paros tickets.

  109. Santorini to Dubai Connection

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for guiding so many travelers!!
    We are traveling to Santorini in February and taking Aegean flight from Athens.

    While returning we have a 3 hour connecting time to our flight from Athens to Dubai. Would you advice taking this connection given the weather conditions in February? Do flights frequently get delayed/cancelled in winters weather (particularly Feb)

    thanks,
    Kunal

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no guarantees but I personally would have no hesitation about booking this flight.

  110. Santorini to Mykonos in Late June

    We will be in Santorini (first time) in late June and then Mykonos on 6/29 (Monday). What’s the best option for 2 adults + an 8 yr old with luggage? PS. The extra checked-in luggage fees on the planes have really added up. Robert.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The best direct ferry from Santorini to Mykonos is the Hellenic Seaways. Their schedule is no out yet but they will have at least one per day in June from Santorini to Mykonos. Currently only the SeaJets schedule is out. At this point you just have to wait.

  111. Mykonos to Paros to Santorini

    Hi Dave, We are planning to go to Mykonos and Santorini in July and I am looking to pre-book accomodation. But I can’t work out if the Mykonos – Paros then Paros-Santorini (Blue Star) usually runs every day.

    Can you help?

    Great site btw

    Dave

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, you should be able to make this work on most days. For the schedule that is currently out you would need to spend one night on Paros … but when the full schedule is out you should be able to make the connection on the same day. Currently there is a Blue Star ferry from Mykonos to Paros that leaves Mykonos at 11:10 and gets to Paros at 12:30. The Blue Star ferry from Paros to Santorini leaves Paros at 11:45 and arrives in Santorini at 14:50. So, as the schedule currently stands you need to overnight on Paros. (Unless it was a Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday when there’s a late night Blue Star to Santorini – but it would be dark for this ferry’s arrival so not the ferry you really want.)

      The great thing with Booking.com is that you can cancel (most) reservations for no charge. So I’d book hotels now – it should work out with the ferries.

    2. Booking Ferry Ticket with Hellenic

      Hi Dave, I have found this schedule for next year – http://www.ferries.gr/sea-jets/superjet-piraeus-athens.htm. I am travelling from Santorini to Mykonos on 12 June. Its showing a 10 Eur Booking fee and pick up at ferry terminal not E-ticket. Is there any way round this please? I was going to travel Hellenic Seaways but think that may have same fee. Pam Hayward

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

        Book with Hellenic and select pick up at port. They should not have a booking fee.

  112. Santorini to Mykonos to Athens in February

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for all the wonderful information on this website.

    I am planning my honeymoon in Feb 2015. We plan to land in Athens on 20th Feb, spend a night there and then go to Santorini (4 nights) – Mykonos (3 nights) – Athens (1 night) and then fly back home.

    I am unable to view ferry schedules or book the ferry from Athens – Santorini – Mykonos – Athens.

    Could you please help me with the following:

    1. Are there ferries from Santorini – Mykonos daily in the month of Feb ? and what is the schedule like ?
    2. Are there ferries from Mykonos to Athens in the month of Feb & what are their schedules like?
    3. Do I need to book these ferries in advance ? and when and where can I book them ?
    4. Would it make sense to visit Crete for a couple of nights rather than spending 4 nights in Santorini ? How much time does it take by ferry to reach Crete and are there ferries easily available from Santorini to Crete & from Crete to Mykonos ?

    Thanks a lot for your help.

    Regards,
    Ankush

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. No. You would need to travel via Athens (which makes for a very long trip).
      2. Yes. There is a daily ferry (the Blue Star) which leaves Mykonos in the afternoon and gets to Athens in the evening. There is also a daily ferry between Santorini and Athens (also a Blue Star).
      3. You do not need to book the Blue Star in advance. You can easily buy tickets at any travel agency in Santorini, Mykonos, or Athens.
      4. There is usually one ferry a week (the Prevelis) between Crete and Santorini. There are no ferries between Crete and Mykonos.

  113. Mykonos to Santorini in November

    Hi Dave
    We need your help please. We’re planning a Trip from Mykonos to Santorini 9.11.2014
    The last Ferry goes 2.11.2014 unfortunately. We’ve already booked our backflight to Germany from santorini 13.11., so we have to get there.
    Is there any other possibility to get to Santorini from Mykonos?
    I’ve checked Mykonos to Syros but there will be no Ferry from Syros to Naxos or Santorini.
    Thank you so much in advance for your help
    D.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Sorry to say, but you’ll have to go back to Athens and get a ferry going to Santorini. (Or fly via Athens.)

  114. Greece in April

    Hi Dave!! Insight regarding the ferries is very useful…thank you! 🙂 However, I have couple of questions, hope to hear from you.

    My husband and I are travelling to Greece mid-April, say by 15th April 2015. We initially had planned Athens(2 nights)-Myokonos(2 nights)-Santorini(3 nights)-Athens(1 nights) and from Athens, fly back to Johannesburg. However, ferry from Myokonos-Santorini seems little difficult during that time.

    1. Should I do Athens-Santorini-Naxos-Athens instead?
    2. If yes, how long do you suggest we stay in each place? (total of 9 nights/10 days)
    3. Are there direct ferries between these ports during mid-April?
    4. Would skipping Myokonos be a good idea?

    Hoping to hear from you. 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. That sounds easier, and in this case easier is better.
      2. 1 night, 2 nights, 4 nights, 2 nights (do more nights in Athens at the end – in case of ferry cancelations you’ll have more cushion getting back for your flight).
      3. Yes, the Blue Star has a daily Athens-Naxos-Santorini-Naxos-Athens route (stops in Paros and Ios as well).
      4. Outside of high season (May to October) I recommend skipping Mykonos.

      1. Pia

        Thanks Dave! Very Helpful.

        I will continue to bother you with my doubts once in a while, so hope that’s okay.

        Can you share some insight for Naxos(places to see, best area to stay, food, any other travel tip)?

        Thanks.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          The highlight of Naxos (besides the beaches) is touring the small inland villages. Rent a car and visit Halki, Filoti, Apeiranthos and Koronos. That’s also where you’ll find the best food. Buses are a fine way to see one village but it’s hard to get around to multiple villages on the buses (as their schedule is dictated by the locals: into Naxos Town in the morning and out to the villages in the evening).

          1. Best Beaches on Naxos

            Thanks Dave. I realized I would want to stay around the beaches. Please suggest the best located beach and how to get there from Naxos Port as we won’t be driving. Pia

          2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

            There are a string of beaches that are all great and easily accessible by bus from Naxos Town: Plaka, Mikir Vigla, Agios Prokopios, and Agia Anna. The town beach, St George, is also nice and a good choice if you’d rather walk than hop on a bus.

          3. Arriving in Naxos

            Dave,

            I have decided to spend two nights in Naxos in April 2015. I would be booking a hotel in Naxos Chora. My ferry would reach by 10:45 at Naxos Port. What is the best way to reach hotel at that time? Also, is there a website i can check for bus and their schedules for going around within Naxos?

          4. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

            The ferry port is right in the Naxos Chora and walking distance to all hotels in the Chora – though some will involve climbing a substantial hill. The hotels located by St George’s beach are a 15 minute walk from the port.

            The Coronis Hotel is a good mid-range hotel that is a 5 minute walk from the port and on the main promenade (so you don’t have to walk up the hill).

            Here is a picture I took a few weeks ago of the bus schedule. It might be a little different in April but this will give you a rough idea of how to get around. The bus station is directly opposite the port and always has a schedule posted outside.

            Bus schedule in Naxos

  115. Mykonos to Santorini in March

    Hi Dave,

    Great website. Do you know of any ferries that travel from Mykonos to Santorini in Mid to Late March? Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I don’t know the schedule for the coming year but I doubt that there will be anything direct in late March (usually not until mid or late April).

      1. Ferries

        Thanks Dave. So the best bet for mid-March would be to go back to Athens from Mykonos via ferry and take a ferry from Athens to Santorini?

      2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

        Yes – or fly via Athens. Flying is more expensive but if you book early and get a good deal it might be not be as big a difference as you think. Also, with ferry you probably have a hotel night in Athens so should factor that into the “cost” of taking the ferry.

  116. Greece in November

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your insightful post! I will be visiting Greece from 12-17 November but as I will only arrive to Greece on 12th night time and leave on 17th morning, so won’t be able to do much on those two days. My initial plan was Athens(12 Nov)- Mykonos(13 Nov) – Santorini(14 Nov) – take night ferry on 15th Nov from Santorini to Athens(16 Nov). May I know if November is still a good time for Santorini Sunset View and does the plan seem very rush? Also, I just realised that there will be no direct ferry from Mykonos to Santorini after 2 Nov unless I travel back to Athens which is really time consuming so should I just skip Mykonos?

    Thank you for your time and looking forward to your reply!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, I would skip Mykonos and do Santorini. Without direct ferries it’s very difficult to make it work – especially on such a short trip. If you want to visit another Greek island besides Santorini then do Naxos. Very beautiful and it’s on the same ferry route as Santorini (The Blue Star) so you could stop there on your way to or from Santorini.

  117. Athens to Santorini to Mykonos in May

    Hi Dave,
    We are travelling to Greece for holidays in May 2015. From Athens we have planned for Santorini on 5 th may 2015 (TUE) and from Santorini to Mykonos on 8 th May 2015.(FRI). and from there we have already booked our flight to Milan Italy.
    We would like to know is there a daily service between Athens to Santorini and Santorini to Mykonos during Month of May and which Ferry line would you recommend.
    Thanks Kamlesh

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is a daily ferry from Athens to Santorini every day, year round. It leaves around 7:30am from Piraeus. This year there was a Flying Jet 4 from Santorini to Mykonos in May (every day except Wednesday). The schedule is not out yet for 2015 but I would strongly believe that there will be something very similar.

  118. Santorini to Mykonos in November

    Hi Dave!

    I have been searching all over the web how to get from Santorini to Mykonos the Nov 11th, I would really appreciate your help sharing me some advices.

    Best regards!

    Ricardo

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      After November 2 you have to return to Athens to get a ferry to Mykonos. (Going the other way – if that was an option – you could go Mykonos to Syros to Naxos to Santorini which would save a little bit of ferry time, but not much.)

  119. Mykonos t Santorini in June

    Hi, I am looking at flights to Santorini in June 2015, coming back from Mykonos. I see from your information I will catch the Highspeed 5 ferry but will this run every day (1155 this year)? Also, when I looked into purchasing tickets (I know it is too early for next year), it stated a 10 Euros booking fee to collect. Would I be OK to purchase on arrival in Santorini? Thanks.

    Pam

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It should run every day in June but won’t know for sure until the schedule is out. If you book directly with Hellenic there shouldn’t be a fee.

      1. Pam Hayward

        Thanks Dave.

  120. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I was wondering if you could give my friend and I some advice. We will be traveling to Greece in November. I was wondering what the best way to travel will be with the ferries. Not sure where I can see the ferry schedule.

    We will be going, hopefully from Athens to Mykonos on the 2nd and then to Santorini on the 3rd.

    Which ferry and which routes should we be taking?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The last ferry of the year (a SeaJet) from Mykonos to Santorini runs on November 2. After that you’ll need to go via Syros or Athens (yes, backtrack to Athens). For Athens to Mykonos there’s a Blue Star ferry every morning at 7:30am.

  121. Mykonos to Santorini in April

    Hi Dave, I will travel from Mykonos to Santorini on 7 Apr ’15. Can I take any speed boat from Mykonos to Paros and take a Blue Star Ferry from Paros to Mykonos on the same day? What time will the speed boat leave Mykonos to Paros and what time will the Blue Star Ferry leave Paros to Santorini? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, this is “possible” but the schedules are not out yet for April so we’ll have to wait and see.

  122. Athens to Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for creating such an insightful website. Please can you advise on the following:
    1. Planning a honeymoon in May 2015 (Athens (2 nights) -Santorini (3 nights) -Mykonos (4 nights)- Athens (1 night)) – Land in Athens on 9th May 2015, I have booked my hotels already. From the advice you provided I plan on taking Blue star ferries from Athens Piraeus to Santorini on Monday 11 May 2015. On 14May (Thursday) I need to get to Mykonos and I am not sure what the best route would be as Hellenic states ‘no sailing on 14 May’ – Would I need to go back from Santorini to Athens and then take another ferry: Athens to Mykonos?
    I would really appreciate your advice.
    2. On Monday 18 May 2015 I need to go from Mykonos to Athens: Would Blue star be the best for this route. I depart Athens on Tuesday 19 May at 3pm.
    Thanks.
    Andre.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The ferry schedules are not completely out yet for May, 2015. Keep checking as there should be something direct on May 14. If there isn’t you should be able to go via Naxos or Paros. And yes, Blue Star is a good choice to return to Athens but there should be a high speed ferry as well if you want.

  123. Ferries to Naxos, Paros, and Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    Your site is great! My boyfriend and I are coming from the US in May 2015. We are looking to fly into Athens (spend a day or two there) and then visit Santorini and either Paros or Naxos. I am having trouble understanding the ferry schedule in May, as it’s not the high season. Are there ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Santorini most days of the week? Would we be able to get back to Athens from either Paros or Naxos?

    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is a ferry every day of the year from Athens to and from Naxos, Paros, and Santorini. It’s the Blue Star (and others too during high season).

  124. Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    My hubby and i will be going to Santorini end of Oct 2014. I refer to some other sources, there will be no ferry scheduled on 29 Oct from Santorini to Mykonos, is this confirmed? How about on 30 Oct? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is no sailing from Santorini to Mykonos on October 29 or 30. There is a Sea Jet on October 31 that departs at 12:40 and gets to Mykonos at 14:40. The last Sea Jet of the year between Santorini and Mykonos runs on November 2, 2014.

  125. Santorini to Crete in November

    Hi Dave,
    Me and my three friends would be travelling to Greece in November. We wanted to visit Santorini and Crete. We would like to travel from Athens to Santorini on the 13th November and from Santorini to Crete on the 15th Novemeber by ferries if possible. None of the ferries have released their schedules for these dates on their websites. Would like your advice on the travel. Thank you so much in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Currently I’m seeing a ferry on November 14 leaving Santorini at 3:40am and getting to Heraklion at 9:40am on Aegeon Pelagos Sea Lines. There will likely be one or two other ferries a week but you’ll have to wait to see what others get scheduled. There might not be another one for another 2 to 4 days.

  126. Santorini to Athens in October

    Hey Dave,

    I would like to know that how can we travel from Santorini to Athens on 10th October 2014. As we have a flight back from Athens on 11th october in the morning.
    Sea jet or Blue Star is a better option???
    and should we book the ferry in advance?? Since there is one ferry which is already full.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Blue Star is a much better ferry. It’s more stable during rough seas, it has open air decks that you can walk around and enjoy the views, it has more space to spread out. It does take longer (8 hours vs 5 hours) but also costs half the price. In October the Blue Star ferry will never sell out so you can buy tickets a day or two in advance in Santorini.

  127. Booking Ferry Tickets

    Hi Dave
    Awesome site! My hubby and I will be travelling from Australia and planning to go from Santorini to Mykonos on 28 Oct. Not sure on the best way to book ferry tickets? Can I book tickets online and pick up at departure point? Thx Cass

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Book online here and you’ll be able to pick up the tickets in Santorini.

  128. Mykonos to Santorini in October

    Hi, I have a question on purchasing SeaJet ticket mid Oct.
    I will arrive Mykonos on October 9th, and take the SeaJet2 to Naxos two days later (11th). Since that is the only ferry option that day, should I get my tickets online to guarantee it won’t sell out. Or can I get the tickets on Mykonos at a travel agent (it will be late afternoon when we arrive so I’m not sure if travel agencies are open).

    If I purchase online, I think I read somewhere I have to pick up a paper ticket…maybe at a travel agency? hmm
    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If you book ferry tickets online for Mykonos to Santorini you’ll pick them up at Sea & Sky travel agents near the port in Mykonos Town. It’s very unlikely that this ferry will sell out but if you absolutely have to be on it then I’d prebook.

  129. Santorini in April 2015

    Hi Dave!
    Thanks so much for the most exhaustive info on greek islands!

    I am planning a honeymoon trip with my wife to mykonos and santorini (and then to switzerland) in April, 2015. I was earlier planning to spend 2 nights in Mykonos (April 14-April16) and then take a ferry on April 16th to santorini for a 4 night stay over there (and then take a flight to Zurich from Athens). I have a few questions which I hope you could help out with:

    1) Is there no way to reach Santorini from Mykonos on April 16th since ferries start from April 17th. Would you recommend staying an extra day in Mykonos and then leaving for santorini on 17th? (In that case I’ll have to cut 1 day from my swiss trip, but thats okay)

    2) What is the possibility of the ferry getting cancelled on April 17th since its going to be the first day of sail?

    3) Alternatively, are there any direct flights which we could take (though I would love to travel by ferry for the views)? I could not find any, and flights via athens would be expensive and time-consuming.

    4) Another alternative is to spend 4 nights in santorini first (14,15,16,17) and then take a ferry to Mykonos on April 18th though I am not too keen on it as I wanted to cover santorini after mykonos (save the best for last!)

    5) Last option is to chuck Mykonos and plan a 5 night stay in Santorini (and add a day more to swiss trip). Would a 5-day stay in Santorini only be too much? In that case should i take 2 bases to add more variety. I was thinking oia and imerovigli ( have already booked Astra Suites in imerovigli but i can cancel that)

    Your suggestions would be really helpful in planning my honey-moon trip.

    Thanks!
    Apaar

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1) This schedule currently applies to 2014 (I’ll update it for 2015 when I get the schedule in early 2015). So the dates you’re referring to will be different for next year. The schedule will likely be similar but as for the exact dates, who knows?

      2) Ferries can be cancelled at any time of year but it’s not terribly common. I’d say there’s a 95% + that it will run on time in April.

      3) There won’t be any direct flights in April. They won’t run until late June or early July.

      4) That’s an option you’ll have to see the dates to know whether that helps at all.

      5) Santorini is great and can easily fill 5 days. Mykonos is very quiet in the off season and doesn’t offer nearly as much to see and do when it’s not beach weather. Splitting up your dates would be fine – and probably recommended.

  130. elie coussa

    Hi dave, very helpfull so I will ask few questions I appreciate if you can reply and thank you in advance.
    I planning to spend my honey moon in Greece between santorini and mykonos,
    I have booked my hotels first in santorini startng 14th of September and for 4 nights then I will move to mykonos on the 18th of the same month. I will be in mykonos airport on 14 september and I will move the same day to santorinin to spend my first 5 days there. How I will move there.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      In September you’ll take the Highspeed 5 from Mykonos to Santorini. It takes about 3 hours.

    2. Mykonos to Santorini in 2015

      hello Mr Dave i make so early reservation bonking from now in santorini to found good hotel as big gifts to celebrate my 30 years marriage i live beirut lebanon and i live beirut airport in tuesday 11 august 2015 travel to Mykonos airport time arrived 7 pm in next day wendesday can i found ferry boat to drop me to santorini any time and latter after one week return back from santorini to mykonos to come back to beirut also there is ferry boat all day thx u for your corporation

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

        There will be several ferries a day in August but that schedule will not be released until the spring. When it does come out I would book those tickets in advance with Hellenic Seaways.

  131. Nuno - Portugal

    Hi Dave,
    Lucky me that have found your website. It is great! Thanks for all information and congrats.:-)!
    I have one question regarding ferrys from Thira to Mykonos and the other way around.
    I will be in Santorini next week, from 3rd Sept to the 9th, I’m planing to go to Mykonos, and I know from yr information that Seajets have ferry from Myk to Thira by the end of the afternoon = 18h15 / 21h25 on some weekdays, and 19h20 / 22h15 on Saturdays. This is ok for comming back to Santorini, but to go from Thira to Mykonos, what do you suggest? Hellenic Seaways 12h/14h35? Or Seajet also have morning ferry to Mykonos?
    The purpose is to go in the morning and be back end of the afternoon.
    Can you please help me and advise?
    Seeing Seajets scheduled : when they put Mykonos/Naxos/Koufonisi/Amorgos/Thira, it means that same ferry will be passing through these ports/islands, right?
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Thanks
    Best
    Nuno

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Hellenic has a more stable ride. The SeaJet is smaller and can have a very rough ride when the sea is choppy. Yes, the list of islands shows the order of stops that ferry will make. Hope that helps.

  132. Mykonos > Santorini in October

    Hi Dave,

    Thank you for this site. A great help. We are coming from Paris and planning to visit Mykonos and Santorini. We have done the flight bookings from Paris to Mykonos and shall be reaching Mykonos on 6th Oct 2014 by 14:30. We will be staying in Mykonos for 1 night and planning to leave for Santorini on 7th Oct (since it is a Tuesday and we will get the ferry and we have made other reservations as well). Kindly suggest
    1) If we can take Flying Cat4 which leaves Mykonos at 14:35, so that we can spend a little more time there. Is it reliable??? should we do the bookings right now?? Do they stick to their time
    or
    2) should we spend less time and take Sea jets from Mykonos to Paros at 9:30 and reach Paros by 10:30 and take a Blue Dart from there?? I couldn’t find the exact time for that. so not aware if the transit time will be enough?

    Is there any other alternative which is cost effective as well…

    3) We are leaving for Athens from Santorini on 10th oct and planning to spend 1 night in Athens… please help us the possible connection for the same.

    Thank you for your help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      When you say the Blue Dart I think you mean the Blue Star and yes, that is the way I would go. The Blue Star has large open decks that afford marvelous views of Santorini as you approach. It’s a more stable and enjoyable ride than either of the smaller catamaran-style ferries. Booking in advance probably isn’t necessary but for peace of mind is worth the hassle. You’ll be able to pickup your tickets in Mykonos for the Sea Jet. There’s no need to book the Blue Star in advance. (Info on Blue Star route from Paros to Santorini.)

  133. Mykonos to Santorini in December

    Hi Dave, I’ve laid my hands on tons of information already through your website. Thanks. We will be taking a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini in the first week of December. Had a few questions:
    1. Will there be a direct ferry from Mykonos to Santorini in that week? Are there multiple choices for the carrier? If yes, which one would you recommend?
    2. What is the weather like in Santorini that time of year? Any chances of the ferries being cancelled?
    3. Which town you recommend we stay in?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. No direct ferry in December. You’ll need to go via Syros or Athens.
      2. The weather will be cool, likely cloudy some days, and rain some days. Ferries can be canceled.
      3. Fira is the best town in December as it has the most restaurants, shops, and hotels that remain open.

      1. Mykonos to Santorini

        Thanks for the help, Dave. Would you happen to know the schedule / timing of Mykonos-Syros-Santorini in December? Will it be a same-day journey, as I don’t intend to layover at Syros or Athens and would like to head to Santorini? And which carrier services that route during that time?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          The ferry schedule is not out yet for December (check gtp.gr for updates). It’s possible you’ll need to go Mykonos to Syros to Paros-or-Naxos to Santorini. And yes it will involve an overnight ferry. I would recommend going to Naxos and Santorini and skipping Mykonos. Both have more to see in the winter and the connection between the two is many times easier.

  134. Mykonos to Santorini in October

    Hi Dave,

    We plan to get from Mykonos to Santorini on 10 October. What are the chances of that not happening in that season? We will only spend 3 nights in Mykonos and want to do Delos. We already bought our flights (Istanbul-Mykonos and Santorini-Athens), but wondering if we should cancel Mykonos and buy another flight straight to Santorini/ Naxos (for better connection?) as Santorini is our must-do! But Delos is a close second.

    Is it possible to get to Santorini from Mykonos on 10 October? Hope you can shed some light. Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is a SeaJet that leaves Mykonos at 10:15 and gets to Santorini at 12:15.

  135. Athens to Mykonos to Santorini

    Hi, Dave. Terrific site. Has been a big help for us as we plan our first ever trip to Greece from India this Oct. I have a few questions for you:
    1. We are landing in Athens on Oct 18. And we are debating whether we should spend 2 days in Mykonos and then 4 days in Santorini before returning to Athens and flying back to India. But now i realise from reading your earlier replies that its not so easy doing these travels in Oct. Our option is to skip Mykonos and stay in Santorini for 5 days. Any thoughts?
    2. If we only do Santorini, is the slow ferry from Athens reliable at this time of the year?

    Raja

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. Yes, difficult to get from Mykonos to Santorini in October so I would skip Mykonos and do 5 days in Santorini. If you wanted to see another island I would recommend Naxos as it’s on the same slow-ferry route as Santorini. And stopping there will break up the trip out to Santorini. So outbound to Santorini it stops in Naxos at 12:30. The next day you get back on the same ferry as it passes through on the same route and get to Santorini at 14:50. You can do the same with Paros. And you can also do it on the way back (inbound to Athens) as well.
      2. Yes, very reliable. It would have to be unseasonably windy and rough seas to cancel it. Not impossible though.

      1. raja

        Thanks, Dave. Super helpful as usual 🙂 We have decided to skip Mykonos and stick with 5 days in Santorini. Cant wait especially after reading your descriptions. Thanks and cheers,

        Raja

  136. Flights from Italy to Mykonos

    Hi,

    My partner and I will be going to Santorini end of May 2015 from Italy. I heard that the most cost-effective way is to fly from Naples (Italy) to Mykonos and then to Santorini. Is this true? If this is the cost-effective way, is there any airlines or ferry could you please recommend?

    Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Meridiana does have some very cheap flights from Naples to Mykonos – now whether they are cheaper than any other combination I couldn’t say. At about €75 you’d be unlikely to find anything greatly cheaper.

  137. Mykonos to Santorini Ferry Cancellations

    Thank you for taking the time to share this great information! We are traveling from Mykonos to Santorini on oct 9. We have reserved ferry tickets, though the choices are quite limited for that date. If the ferry doesn’t run, is it possible to get a last minute flight?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The last direct flight from Mykonos to Santorini flies on September 20 so you’d have to fly via Athens. It’s possible as long as there’s space.

  138. Santorini to Mykonos in November

    Hi
    My friend and I are traveling to Santorini and Mykonos in late November. We have a flight into Santorini from Athens, plan on staying there for 3 days and then need to get to Mykonos to catch our flight to Rome. What are our options? We need to get to Mykonos by Nov 27th to make our flight.

    Thanks for your help! =)

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The schedule is not out yet (search gtp.gr for updates) but there will not be a direct ferry from Santorini to Mykonos in November. Most years there isn’t even a ferry connection via Naxos or Paros. So you might be looking at 3 ferries Santorini-Naxos-or-Paros-Syros-Mykonos with an overnight in Syros. Or could also go via Athens (just 2 ferries).

  139. Seating and Luggage on Sea Jets

    Hi Dave I’m staying in mykonos for 4 nights and santorini for 3 nights…. in late September
    I just booked a ferry with Sea Jets on their Superjet to get from Mykonos to Santorini
    I have couple of questions that I hope you can help answer for me …….

    1-Are there assigned seats? or is it just sit wherever vacant?

    2-I’m traveling with a small “airline carry on” type luggage, is that a problem at all?

    3-Is there storage on the ferry for my luggage? almost like an airplane?

    4-Does luggage have to be surrendered, do they have to be “Checked” like luggage for a flight?

    5-Will i lose possession of the luggage ?

    6-How early should I arrive at the port before departure time? My ferry is leaving mykonos at 9:40 am.

    7-Is there a security checkpoint on ferries like at airports?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. Yes, there are assigned seats on the Sea Jets.
      2. No.
      3. Yes, there is a space to store luggage as you get on. If it’s small enough you can take it to your seat.
      4. No check luggage.
      5. If small, no.
      6. Ferries can be hard to find for a first timer. I’d plan to be there a good 30 minutes before departure.
      7. No, not really.

  140. Mykonos to Santorini

    Hope this explains better my situation:
    Here’s my itinerary:
    Athens 2 nights (1 full day for sightseeing)
    Mykonos arriving Sept 10 @ 10.30am aprox and planning to leave on Sept 12 to Santorini and then leave Santorini on Sept 16 early in the morning (4 nights).
    My question is…..is it really worth it to go to Paros on my way to Santorini from Mykonos and maybe stay a night there (shortening my 4 nights in Santorini to 3 nights)?
    If so….which ferries should I take?
    Thanks!!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Is it worth it? That’s up to you. Paros is great. Santorini is definitely worth 4 days. So there’s a trade-off for sure. If you do decide to stop in Paros take the Highspeed 5 from Mykonos to Paros (departs Mykonos 14:40 and gets to Paros 55 minutes later). The next day take the Blue Star from Paros to Mykonos (departs Paros at 11:25 and gets to Santorini in 3.5 hours).

      1. Cecilia

        Thanks Dave!….I guess since it’s our first time in Greece, we’ll just go to Mykonos and Santorini as planned….hopefully, we’ll come back one day and we’ll go to Paros.
        If I don’t go to Paros….is it ok to take the master jet that leaves early in the morning? i believe around 10am? or should I just wait til later in the afternoon to take the high speed 5?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Either are fine. High Speed 5 is more stable.

  141. Sea Jet or Hellenic Seaways

    I have 2 options to go to Santorini from Mykonos, Sea Jets Master Jet or Hellenic Seaways…..is it true that I should take HS because it’s better in rough waters?
    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, the Hellenic Seaways is better in rough seas and (relatedly) is canceled less often.

  142. Best way from Santorini to Mykonos

    Dave,

    First of all thank you for all this important information you have posted. It is truly so very helpful.

    In your opinion, what is the best way to get from Santorini to Mykonos? Let us know of any websites or anything else we would need for further help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Take the Blue Star to Naxos or Paros and then the high speed from there to Mykonos. Preferably staying a night or two in Naxos or Paros.

  143. Mykonos to Santorini by Ferry (via Paros)

    Hi Dave,
    We had planned to go from Mykonos to Santorini on a Sunday in October. Ideally using your suggestion of high speed to Paros, then Blue Ferry to Santorini (for views). Recognizing that the schedules may still change, and the issue with ferries (especially SeaJet) arriving on time, I have two questions:

    The Sunday 9:40am SeajJet get to Paros at 10:30am and the Blue Star leaves at 11:55am. My concern – is that risky, especially when there is no other ferry option if we miss the Blue Star?

    If that is too risky we could:
    (1) Shorten our Mykonos stay to 2 nights and try the same route on Saturday. That way if we miss the 11:55am Blue Star, we could stay over in Paros. I’d rather lose time in Mykonos than Santorini.
    (2) Take high speed SeaJet2 on Sunday to NAXOS, arriving 10:50am and taking the 12:55pm BlueStar ferry to Santorini. You said the ferry from Paros had the best Sanotrini view, would the ferry from Naxos have something similar?

    Of the 3 options above, what would you personally do? ; ) Thank you so very much for your help! _ Dawn

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      For starters I should clarify that the Blue Star from Naxos to Santorini is the same boat as from Paros to Santorini. It stops in Paros first, then Naxos, then on to Santorini (sometimes with a stop in Ios.)

      If your stay in Santorini is the priority then I would do #1 and arrive in Paros or Naxos a day earlier. Plus Paros and Naxos are great and I prefer both islands to Mykonos.

      1. Dawn Renear

        Thanks Dave.
        Just to be sure I was clear- you would do Option #1 (2 nights Mykonos, 1 nite Naxos or Paros) instead of risking that the 9:40 SeaJet on Sunday actually connects to the 11:55 Blue star from Paros to Santorini?

        Lesson learned: Guess I should have planned around ferries first before I made my flights! 2 night stays are my bare minimum, so a one night stay should be interesting.
        Thanks for the help and fantastic site.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          That’s right. I would go to Naxos or Paros one night early. That said, I’m 90% sure you’d make the Mykonos to Santorini connection but if, as you said, the priority was getting to Santorini then I’d get there a night early.

  144. Santorini to Mykonos

    Hi Dave,

    I am planning to go to Santorini for a short break in November and would like to visit Mykonos as well. However, not sure are there any ferry still available from Santorini to Mykonos in November(10th Nov)?

    Thank you for your help!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no direct ferries from Santorini to Mykonos in November. You have 3 choices: Mykonos to Naxos/Paros, then Naxos /Paros to Syros, then Syros to Mykonos. An overnight stay will be required depending on the schedule. You could also go Athens to Piraeus, stay overnight, then Piraeus to Mykonos. (Check ferry schedules at gtp.gr.) The 3rd option is to fly via Athens.

  145. Recommended to take Sea jets Ferry?

    Hi Dave;
    Me and my wife are going from Mykonos to Santorini on 12 Oct 2014. I found that there is only one ferry on that day, which is Sea Jets (SEAJET2 – 10:15AM — 12:15PM). I found quite a number of negative comments on Sea Jets Ferry. Do you recommend to take Sea Jets? Or we should just go by plane?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      They can be quite rough (on windy days) and are thus more readily canceled if the seas are rough. I doubt you’ll be able to book a direct Mykonos to Santorini flight so it will involve flying via Athens – and take longer than the Sea Jet – but flying is more dependable (and more expensive). You’ll have to choose between those likelihoods.

  146. Crete or Rhodes

    Pls help me out if I have to go to either one island Crete or Rhodes which one is better ?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are great islands but I if I could only go to one it would be Crete. It’s also much easier to get between Crete and Santorini than from Rhodes to Santorini.

  147. Are Ferries Reliable?

    Hi! Great site! I’ll be in Greece between Aug. 31 to Sept. 6 or 7th. The plan is Mykonos for 3 days, and Santorini for 3 with travel starting and ending in Athens. It seems most practical to take a ferry from Mykonos to Santorini (to avoid a ridiculously long layover in Athens), but a friend has told me that the ferries are incredibly unreliable. You don’t really mention that (from my quick scan of your post). Do you have any advice?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Ferries can be canceled (usually due to weather) or schedules changed at any time. Ferries can also be late. Most of the time the ferries will arrive ontime or within an hour of their scheduled arrival. If I had to make a non-scientific guess it would be something like: 50% on time, 40% within 90 minutes of schedule, 7% 2 to 5 hours late, 3% canceled.

  148. Paulina

    Hi Dave!
    Awesome website by the way…
    I will be traveling to Greece in late august. I will be flying into Mykonos and arriving late, around 10 pm. I was wondering if you knew of small/inexpensive hotel that would be close to the airport and offers transportation from the airport to the hotel. Nothing fancy, as I would be leaving early the next morning.

    Thank You!

    Paulina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Hotel Milena has free airport transfers and nice cheap rooms (for Mykonos).

  149. Pinky

    Hi Dave, thanks for your valuable info.
    I’m traveling to Santorini from Mykonos on 20th Oct 2014 (Mon).
    I think I will go by your suggested way which is to Paros and catch the Blue Star to Santorini.
    Do you think it’s necessary to purchase the ticket in advance or I can just get it on the day itself?
    And, is the price will be cheaper if I purchase earlier (online)?
    Looking forward for your reply.
    Thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No, you won’t need an advance booking for October. Buy it a day or two before on Mykonos just to be sure but it will be fine the day-of as well. Ticket prices are the same no matter where you buy them (they’re set by the government) – though booking fees can vary from 1 to 5 euros (usually more online).

      1. Pinky

        Hi Dave,

        Seems my trip is getting closer; but I’m unable to get any ferry from Mykonos to Paros to catch the Bluestar to Santorini.
        Hellenic Seaways website – itinerary is not open yet
        SeaJets – no departure for this itinerary

        Accordingly to the info I have; I can only catch the SeaJet from Mykonos direct to Santorini.
        Could you please advise me as I’m really looking forward for the Bluestar ferry from Paros to Santorini for stunning sea view from the open air deck.

        Thanks,
        Pinky

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Yes, you’re right. Looks like you’ll have to take the SeaJet as there doesn’t seem to be a Mykonos to Naxos connection.

  150. Mykonos to Santorini on Ferry

    Hi Dave- We’re planning on going from Santorini to Mykonos on August 13th. Because of the Aug. 15th holiday, I was trying to book in advance. My biggest fear is the boat getting cancelled to wind, etc. I know you mentioned that Hellenic Seaways High-Speed 5 is the most reliable but you also mentioned the MasterJet being bigger and more reliable. Between the two, would you be able to say which one is better in wind/least likely to be cancelled due to weather? I looked into flights also, but they are significantly more expensive. Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The High Speed 5 is a more stable ride than the Masterjet. Hellenic also has more reliable service and fewer cancellations and is more consistently on time.

      1. Buy August Ferry Tickets in Advance?

        Hi dave
        We are travelling from Santorini to Mykonos on august 22nd do You think we have to buy the tickets in advance? If so do you recommend the highspeed5 economy, business or vip?
        Thank

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Yes, I would by those in advance. There isn’t a lot of difference between economy, business, and VIP seats. They are all on the same level. There’s usually more legroom with the more expensive tickets and VIP is at the front of the cabin and has windows that look straight ahead.

  151. Dayanna

    Hello Dave, I was looking in the Olimpic Air website for the flight from Mykonos to Santorini, but it seems that they discontinued this flight. The only option they have is through Athens and very expensive.
    Do you think it is necessary to book a ferry in advance for a friday from Mykonos to Santorini in early September?
    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I’m guessing the flight is fully booked and just not showing in your search results. For Mykonos to Santorini I would book tickets a day or two before when on Mykonos (I’m assuming you’ll be there for at least a couple days). There are no guarantees of course but I’d be shocked if this route we’re sold out 2 days before. If you’re on a very tight schedule and absolutely have to make it to Santorini on that day then it might be worth pre-booking – more for peace of mind than anything else.

  152. Trip to Delos

    Hi Dave,
    Your webpage is full of useful information. Thanks
    I am planning a trip to Athens / Myconos/ Santorini / Athens
    May I ask more about the ferry schedules?
    I plan to have a half day to Delos and I also noticed that there is ferry departs from Delos around noon. Do you think it is possible to take another ferry to Paros and have bluestar ferry to Santorini (as u suggested as the best method to santorini) or I should just take the superjet that depart from myconos around 6/7pm.
    And what’s your comment about Delos? Will 2-3hrs be enough to have sightseeing in Delos?
    Thank you very much !

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You will not make it to Paros in time to catch the Blue Star – which departs Paros at 11:40 for Santorini. So yes, you’ll either have to take the Superjet in the evening or wait until the next day. Of course, you could go to Paros and spend the night there. 2 to 3 hours in Delos is enough time.

  153. Yogi

    Hi Dave,

    I am visiting Greece in October starting October 7. 2 nights in Athens and then planning 3 nights each in Mykonos and Santorini. Please answer my questions:

    1. Is it good to go from Athens to Mykonos or Athens to Santorini?
    2. Are ferries available in October?
    3.Is the flight from Mykonos to Santorini available in October?
    4. Reading through your blog, you say that if we have less than 5 days, then do only one island. I might do just Santorini. Are ferries available from Athens to Santorini in October?

    Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. It’s a few hours longer to go Athens to Santorini than Athens to Mykonos but there one isn’t any better than the other.
      2. Yes there are ferries in October to both islands – at least one per day from Athens. And there is a Flying Cat4 from Mykonos to Santorini every day except Wednesday in October.
      3. Flight between Santorini and Mykonos stop at the end of September.
      4. Yes.

  154. Place to stay near the Port Rafina

    We are flying in at 11 pm on a Saturday night to athens and want to take the ferry to mykonos Sunday morning. What is an inexpensive hotel to stay at close to the port?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Avra Hotel is nice and a short walk from the ferry port. Many restaurants nearby and breakfast is good.

  155. Mykonos to Paros for Blue Star

    Hi Dave,
    I’d like to take the ferries you suggested from Mykonos to Paros to connect with the Blue Star to Santorini on August 27th. I can’t find a high speed ferry to get to Paros from Mykonos on time for the 11:45 departure. Do you have any suggestions on where to look so I can confirm this will be available?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Superjet from Mykonos to Paros should leave Mykonos at 9:30 and arrive in Paros at 10:30.

  156. Booking Ferries Online

    Hi Dave! First of all, let me say your website is very good. I’ve been doing some research for my trip in Sept-14 and your website is by FAR the most concise. Ferry questions for you. I’m planning an island hopping Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Crete. Hellenic Seaways caters for all these routes (Nissos ferry (ATH to MYK) and HiSpeed 5 does the rest of the route. I can book through the website and pick up the tickets at the Piraeus port. Would you recommend this option or should I leave buying the tickets when I get to Athens?
    Hellenic Seaways has e-ticket option and they seem to have 15% off for the Nissos line for early booking.

    1. David

      I often find it an unneeded hassle to book ferry tickets in advance – plus you lose any flexibility that you might have wanted. But if you’re willing to put in the time – which you seem to be – then go for it. It’s one last thing to worry about. Ferries almost never sell out in September but it’s never impossible.

  157. Ferry in January

    Hi Dave,

    Do you know if there are ferry’s in the month of Jan from Mykonos to Santorini and then Santorini to Creet?

    Neil

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are no ferries from Mykonos to Santorini in January – you’ll have to connect via Syros which has a connection twice a week. From Santorini to Crete there should be 1 or 2 ferries a week in winter. No need to book either ferry in advance. Just stay flexible and inquire when you arrive on the islands.

  158. Agustin

    Hi Dave,

    Quick question you might be able to answer.
    I have booked a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos arriving at 1:50pm and have a flight to catch from Mykonos to Milan at 3:40. Do you think we are ok with time to get from port to airport and through security?

    Thank you in advance!!!
    Agustin

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A taxi from the port to Mykonos airport will only take a few minutes – it’s about 2 miles. The bigger concern is whether your ferry is on time. It could easily be an hour (or more) late. If you could take an earlier ferry I would recommend that.

      1. Agustin

        Thanks Dave!

        The only problem is that I couldn’t find a ferry combination that can take me earlier. Do you have any recommendation?

        Thanks again!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          Unless a new ferry route is released (you’ll have to keep checking) then you’ll have to travel to Mykonos one day earlier.

  159. Candace

    My husband and I will be traveling from Mykonos to Santorini on Thursday June 4 and plan to take the high speed to Paros then the Blue Star to Santorini. On Sunday June 8, we need to return to Mykonos to catch a flight departing for Croatia at 1:30 PM. Is there any possible combination of ferry connections to get us to Mykonos on Sunday morning by 12:00 PM?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The Blue Star ferry leaves Santorini at 7am on June 8 and gets to Paros at 10:15am. Then get the SeaJet that leaves Paros at 10:45am and gets to Mykonos at 11:30am. Hope that helps.

  160. Caitlin

    Hello!
    My friend and I are planning on going from Mykonos to Santorini on May 28th which is a Wednesday. It stated above that the Hellenic Seaways does not run on Wednesdays. Will there be other Ferries to get to Santorini on that date?
    Thank you for all your help!
    -Caitlin

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It now looks like there are 2 Seajets running that day from Mykonos to Santorini. This is a Seajet – which can be the roughest and least reliable. The Seajet website is only showing one ferry that day – so it’s a bit of a guess.

      But what I recommend is to take a high speed ferry from Mykonos to Paros (should leave at 10am and get to Paros at 10:45) – then catch the Blue Star large ferry from Paros to Mykonos. It leaves Paros at 11:55 and gets to Santorini at 2:55pm. The Blue Star is the best way to approach Santorini – great views from an open air deck.

      Good luck.

      1. Caitlin

        Hello again,
        Could you potentially give me a rough estimate of how much that will cost please?
        Thank you,

        Caitlin

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

          The ferry from Mykonos to Paros will be €28 and from Paros to Santorini will be €19.

  161. Monica

    Hello!
    My friend and I arrive in Athens at 7:30 am on Wednesday April 16th…we depart from Athens at 17:25 Sunday April 20th. We have been researching ferries/flights/hostels and figured we would just wing it and figure it out once we get there. In this short time we are wanting to explore Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes. We realize that we don’t have enough time to do it all but wanted your opinion on which islands you might recommend over others and how much time we should dedicate to each one (we are 23 and 25 and up for adventures!!!). Also, the travel on the ferry seems to take up a ton of time but we prefer this over flights. We weren’t sure if you could suggest some kind of time table or route we should take ex: Athens ->Santorini ->Rhodes ->Mykonos -> Athens….and what the best way to get to each island from the previous one would be. We head out of the country soon and would appreciate any help you could give us!!! Your website is INCREDIBLY helpful!!! Thanks for all of the information you provide!!! I know it has helped us a ton already!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There is no way you can do all 3 islands in 4 or 5 days. Rhodes is a long ways from both Santorini and Mykonos (and Athens) – so I would rule that one out from the start. The ferry is fun but you have so little time I think you’re forced to fly to and from Athens. There are 4 flights per day from Athens to Mykonos on Olympic Air in April. The first one is too early for you to catch, the 2nd one appears to be sold out for April 16 so that leaves you the 3rd and 4th fights that leave at 13:20 and 18:50. You could then spend that night and the next day exploring Mykonos. You’re lucky that direct ferries from Mykonos to Santorini begin on April 17. You could catch the FlyingCat4 that leaves Mykonos at 14:35 and arrives in Santorini at 17:35. Then spend the night of the 18th and 19th on Santorini. There are 4 flights a day from Santorini to Athens. You could catch the flight departing at 14:15 and arriving at 15:00 which will give you plenty of time to get to your flight.

  162. Stephanie

    Hi there! Me and 2 of my friends will need to travel from Mykonos to Santorini on April 6. Is it possible for a boat to take us? Would you know how long will this take, what time, and how much will this cost? There is a flight with Aegean Airlines Mykonos-Athens-Santorini but it costs 200 euro each and there are no ferries until apirl 17. Thank you so much in advance for your help!!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You’re right. Direct ferries from Mykonos to Santorini do not begin until April 17th. You’ll need to go via Syros. There is a Mykonos to Syros ferry that runs every day. It leaves Mykonos at 14:15 and arrives in Syros at 15:30 It costs about €10. The problem is that there are only 2 ferries a week from Syros to Santorini and the next one for you would be on Tuesday April 8th leaving Syros at 7:00am and arriving in Santorini at 4pm. It costs about €19. You could also go via Athens but the ferry sailings will take longer, it will cost more, and by that time you might as well just fly. Hope that helps.

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