Updated: January 11, 2018
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Mykonos to Santorini in 2018
- Mykonos-Santorini Ferries in 2018: The ferry schedule for 2018 will not be finalized until January, 2018. Most years there are 3 or 4 ferries per day from Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Mykonos. Starting in late March or early April Hellenic Seaways and SeaJets Ferries begin high speed service from Mykonos to Santorini and Santorini to Mykonos. In summer there will be 3 or more ferries per day between Mykonos and Santorini. Ferry tickets can be booked in advance but there is no need to worry about ferries selling out early in 2018. Mark your calendars and remember to book sometime after the schedule is released in 2018.
- Mykonos-Santorini Flights in 2018: Not all airlines have released their schedules for 2018 but most years there are 4 or 5 flights per week between Mykonos and Santorini. These flights usually fly between April and early October. Flights sell out much earlier than ferries so if you see a flight that works for your itinerary then book as soon as possible.
- Most years there are 4 or 5 flights per week from Santorini to Mykonos and Mykonos to Santorini (April to mid-October). But some years there is only one weekly flight. Some years there are no flights. Flight schedules come out in December or January and sell out quickly.
- Ferry schedules change every year but usually there are direct ferries between Mykonos and Santorini from April to October. From November to March you’ll need to ferry or fly via Athens to get between the two islands.
- Most ferry 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 Hotels • Athens to Mykonos Guide • Athens to Santorini Guide
Flights between Mykonos and Santorini in 2018
Most years there are a few flights between Santorini and Mykonos – but not always. If you must take a plane then you’ll sometimes need to fly via Athens which takes about 4 hours in total travel time.
Flights from Santorini to Mykonos
As of January there are no flights from Santorini to Mykonos for the summer of 2018. In previous years there have been flights with TUI Airlines, Condor, and Thomas Cook. In years when there are flights they typically don’t fly every day – maybe once or twice a week. I will update this page when and if I find there are airlines flying from Santorini to Mykonos.
Flights from Mykonos to Santorini
As of January there are no flights from Mykonos to Santorini for the summer of 2018. In previous years there have been flights with TUI Airlines, Condor, and Thomas Cook. In years when there are flights they typically don’t fly every day – maybe once or twice a week. I will update this page when and if I find there are airlines flying from Mykonos to Santorini.
In 2017 there were 5 direct flights per week between Mykonos and Santorini on Condor Air (Wednesday), Thomas Cook Airlines (Friday), and Jetairfly (Sunday). These flights took 35 minutes, cost between €30 and €80, and flew (roughly) from early April to mid-October. There are no guarantees that these flights will fly in 2018. Flight schedules should be out in January or February for the summer of 2018.
There are always many flights (that run throughout the year) between Santorini and Mykonos 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 2018
The best ferry between Mykonos and Santorini for the summer of 2018 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 5 to October 14, 2018: 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.
- March 30 to September 30, 2018: Hellenic Seaways also runs the Flying Cat 4 (this could change) on the same route. It departs Mykonos at 9:35am and arrives in Santorini at 12:00 (not Tuesday or Wednesday until early June). This is a small ferry (catamaran) and rides can be rough. 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 7.
- March 23 to October 31, 2018: SeaJets 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. The Super Jet and SeaJet2 are 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 7 or Tera Jet if possible (and especially if you have a lot of luggage). The most common time for the route is early morning leaving 9:50 or 10:00 and getting to Santorini at 11:50.
- All of the above ferries can have rough rides when the sea is choppy and none of them have open-air decks that you can access and take in the views. One solution is to take a Superjet or SeaJet2 from Mykonos to Paros or Naxos OR a FlyingCat4 or Highspeed4 from Mykonos to Paros. Then from Naxos or Paros take the Blue Star to Santorini – this way you’re only on the smaller highspeed ferries for 1 hour instead of 3 hours. But … the Blue Star leaves from Paros to Santorini at 11:40am and from Naxos to Santorini at 12:50pm so you may need to overnight in Naxos or Paros if your ferry from Mykonos doesn’t arrive in time to make this connection. Check the most recent schedules at gtp.gr.
- Arriving in Santorini – The best way to arrive in Santorini is on
the Blue Star ferry from Paros or Naxos. 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 From Santorini to Mykonos for Summer 2018
At least one ferry a day from March 30, 2018 to October 31, 2018. The ferry from Santorini to Mykonos takes about 3 hours. The routes and prices are much the same as above only with different times. Ferries generally run 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.)
Photos of Santorini-Mykonos Ferry
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.