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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 16, 2023
Mykonos to Santorini Transportation
- Mykonos to Santorini Ferries: There are 2 to 5 ferries per day from Mykonos to Santorini. Starting in late March or early April Golden Star and SeaJets Ferries begin high-speed service from Mykonos to Santorini. In summer there are usually 4 or more ferries per day between the two islands. Ferry tickets should be booked at least 2 months in advance at FerryHopper.com.
- Mykonos to Santorini Flights: Most years there are 4 or 5 flights per week from 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.
- FerryHopper.com is the best way to research ferry schedules and book tickets for Mykonos to Santorini ferries.
- Mykonos to Santorini Helicopter Transfer – Expensive, but it is the easiest and fastest way from Mykonos to Santorini.
- See Also: Mykonos Hotels • Santorini Hotels • Athens to Mykonos Guide • Athens to Santorini Guide
Mykonos to Santorini Ferry Schedules
• How to buy ferry tickets: Ferryhopper.com
• Best seats: I recommend Business or VIP if available (nicer seats in a more relaxed setting)
• When to book tickets: 2 to 3 months in advance (any sooner and some ferry routes might not be released yet, any later and some ferries could be sold out)
• Mykonos-Santorini ferry routes are seasonal, and operate from mid-March to late October, making stops in Naxos, Paros, and Ios along the way. Most ferry routes run in both directions so there is little difference between the Santorini to Mykonos ferries and the Mykonos to Santorini ferries. The only thing that changes is the departure time.
• Since most ferries between Mykonos and Santorini are small to medium-sized ferries they will sell out (especially in July, August, and September).
• All ferry schedules can change with little notice, so double-check routes and times.
Example Mykonos to Santorini Ferry Schedule
Common Ferries from Mykonos to Santorini
Flights from Mykonos to Santorini
- Most years, there are at least a few flights per week from Mykonos to Santorini – but not always. These flights generally take about 35 minutes and operate (roughly) from early April to mid-October.
- 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.
- In previous years there have been direct 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. Sky Express may offer some flights from Mykonos to Santorini, though information about their flight schedule can be difficult to find. It’s worth checking the website’s search function to see if they have flights during your travel window.
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What is the best ferry on August 31, Santorini to Mykonos. I do get seasick from time to time. Thanks so much!
Both the Power Jet and Worldchampion Jet are large catamarans and offer good stable rides. Avoid the Superjet at all costs.
Hello Dave – I was checking for ferries on Hellenic Seaways website for Santorini to Mykonos for September but didn’t see Mykonos on the arrival port drop-down list. Am I missing something?
Much better to use Ferryhopper.com to buy tickets.
Hi Dave. Are there particular ferries or ferry companies for travel between Mykonos-Naxos-Santorini that always use e-tickets? I’d find this preferable to having to pick up paper tickets but don’t want to box myself into less desirable ferries just for that reason. Thanks so much!
When you search for tickets on Ferryhopper it will state (before you book) whether they use e-tickets. They’re increasingly common but still not universal and it can change by ferry and route.
I’ll be visiting Mykonos June 26-30. A group of 5. We would like to make a visit to Santorini. Would it be possible to make it a one day trip? Whats the best way to travel for an early arrival and late departure? Preferably on a Monday. Thanks for your help and advice.
I don’t recommend Mykonos to Santorini day trips. Too much time wasted on ferries and buses. Too little on Santorini. Much better to spend a night on Santorini. But in answer to your question, check Ferryhopper.com for the Mykonos-Santorini ferry schedule. Pick the first one in the morning and the last one in the evening. That’s the only way to do it.
Is Champion Jet 2, the same as SeaJet2? I like the 9:40 AM departure, but am wary with your warning of the boat size.
The Champion Jet 2 is much bigger and more stable.
Hi! We are going to Santorini in May and then ferrying to Mykonos from Santorini. I’m looking up ferries on FerryHopper and the options are Champion Jet (1hr 55min) and Super Runner (1hr 55min). Any preference between the two ferries? There are two other ones but they are longer at about 3hrs, which was Megajet and Super Ferry.
Both of those ferries are good choices. No great difference.
Thanks for all of your recommendations. I’m travelling Santorini to Mykonos on 17 June but can’t find any options for Hellenic Seaways. I’ve tried ferry hopper and the Greek travel website as well as their own website. I’ve tried different days etc. Am I missing something or has something changed?
The schedule just isn’t out yet. It should be released in January or February at the latest. Don’t worry, they’ll be a Santorini-Mykonos ferry for sure in June.
What are your thoughts on the Caldera Vista through Sea Jets? I get seasick, so trying to find the best ferry for that, but there aren’t many options for leaving early on August 24, from Santorini to Mykonos.
It’s a pretty good stable catamaran. One of the larger Sea Jets and should be ok.
Hi Dave, thanks so much for all your super helpful guides! We are hoping to visit Mykonos and Santorini in early September (6 nights Mykonos/3 nights Santorini). I was looking into travelling from Mykonos to Santorini via direct ferry (ideally the least rough/choppy ferry possible). I followed the link to the Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 7 Ferry (and checked out Ferryhopper) but this doesn’t appear to be running on any of our possible transfer dates. The options coming up are:
-Caldera Vista (3h50m
-Superferry (5 hrs)
-Santorini Palace (2h40m)
Which of these would you recommend please?
Thanks very much
All of these ferries are fine. The ones you want to avoid (for a rough ride) are the SuperJet, SeaJet2, and Flying Cat.
We will visit Santorini, Mykonos, and Paros in September. The plan is to take a ferry on September 14th in the morning, overnight in Mykonos and take another ferry to Paros on the afternoon September 15th. After seeing the timelines, I have some doubts:
1) Is it better to pre-book the tickets in advance, or just buy them in Santorini on September 11th?
2) Which is the best ferry to take from Santorini to Mykonos in the morning of the September 14th?
2) Is it risky to take the last ferry in Mykonos at 7:15pm?
1. I now recommend buying ferry tickets in advance. Ferryhopper is so easy to use that (unlike years ago) it’s worth the small effort to purchase in advance.
2. I would take the Golden Star ferry at 11am.
3. There is some risk of it being canceled and not having a substitute, yes. But small.
Ferry between Santorini and Mykonos
We are traveling from Santorini to Mykonos on 28 August. There are no Hellenic Seaways ferries for this day. The choices are:
1. Santorini Palace
2. Champion Jet 1
3. Champion Jet 2
4. Golden Star
Thoughts on the best choice? I cannot find any reviews on Santorini Palace. Are these all direct trips or do they stop at the various ports?
Thank you in advance.
The best (most direct) ferry is the Champion Jet 1 that departs Santorini at 12:25pm and makes only one stop (Naxos) before arriving at Mykonos at 14:45.
I am coming to Santorini in August and intend to take a Ferry from Mykonos. I see there is something called the Sifnos Jet available for almost half the price as the other ferries. What can you tell me about this option? Is it worth booking?
It’s one of the smaller ferries (catamarans) and will have a bumpy ride if seas are even a little rough. But yes, it is cheaper.
Hi Santorini Dave,
I just bought tickets online on ferryhopper.com for the Hellenic ferry from Santorini to Mykonos. It said I will have e-tickets and I do not need to pick up any paper tickets. So that means I will have the tickets in my email and all I need to do is show up to the ferry on the day and present them the e-ticket?
Just wanted to double check as in your blog post, you said tickets have to be picked up in person at the ferry or at a corresponding agency in Fira.
Yes, if you bought an e-ticket (it will show as an e-ticket on Ferryhopper both before purchase and after in your email) then you don’t have to pickup a paper ticket when in Greece.
We are booked on the Hellenic HS7 on Sunday 8 July from Mykonos to Santorini (booked in January). When I check schedules now it shows there are no HS7 sailings from Mykonos to Santorini on Sundays for that period May 19 to October 19. Only HS7 service showing is Santorini to Heraklion return.
Am I missing something? I can’t recall getting any emails about schedule changes. Should I be worried and following up Hellenic? Or am I just looking up schedules wrong? I note SeaJet has 4 sailings alone on that day on that route.
PS thanks for the awesome site!
I don’t see a Mykonos to Santorini ferry on that day either. It could be a temporary glitch in their booking system or an actual change of schedule. I would contact them to verify. The direct Hellenic email address is: email@example.com.
Me and 2 friends are travelling from Santorini to Crete on 3rd July. The ferries all appear to leave at 5pm or after and we were looking to leave in the morning. Can you advise of any alternatives available to get us there as there doesn’t seem to be day trips from Santorini – Crete when looking online but plenty the other way round.
Yes, ferries go from Crete to Santorini in the morning and return Santorini to Crete in the late afternoon. There are no other options and day trips from Santorini to Crete are not possible.
After reading your suggestions, I wanted to ask your personal opinion on travel between Santorini and Mykonos. We are planning a ferry on May 18, and prefer the fastest route possible. I see the Highspeed 7 at 11 AM, Champion at 12:30, and Supperrunner at 12:40, are all around the same travel time, but the Champion and Superrunner are 12 euros cheaper. Any reason why I should choose one over the other?
I slightly prefer Hellenic Ferries (the Highspeed 7 in this case) but there is no great difference between these 3 ferries.
Hi there – I booked a Ferry ride per your suggestion from Santorini to Mykonos on the Hellenic Highspeed 7. I just received an email indicating the reservation was suspended due to ‘alterations to the company’s timetables.’ What would be your next suggestion for travel between Santorini and Mykonos on May 10th given no vessel’s with Hellenic are available that day.
Yes, looks like Hellenic cancelled their ferry for that day. It happens. Fortunately there are 4 ferries that day from Santorini to Mykonos. The two with SeaJets (Champion Jet 1 and Champion Jet 2) are the best. Both are good-sized ferries that offer a pretty stable ride. Book the earlier one (then you have the second one as a backup if the first is cancelled). FerryHopper is the easiest way to book though can also go directly with SeaJets website.
My husband and I will be traveling from Mykonos to Santorini on July 6. Do you recommend booking our ferry ahead of time? My husband is prone to seasickness, is it best to stay away from the Flying Cat 4? We would prefer to get to Santorini as early as possible but it seems the FC4 or Seajets are the only options of getting there early. Any suggestions are welcome! Thank you!
At present there are 8 ferries from Mykonos to Santorini on July 6. The best ones for limiting seasickness are the the Highspeed 7 and the Blue Power. It’s probably not necessary to book in advance but for peace of mind it’s usually worth it.
Hi, booking ferry from Santorini to Mykonos in May. I have the option of going Golden Star (Superrunner) or with Hellenic (Highspeed 7). Difference is $12Eu. I see that you recommend Hellenic. They both seem to arrive at the same time. Are there any other differences? Is one better than other and why? Thanks!
The Hellenic travels faster than the Golden Star and the trip is one hour shorter. The Hellenic also stops in two ports along the way (Ios and Paros) which is fun to experience though not a huge deal. The Golden Star goes direct from Santorini to Mykonos.
We are traveling from Santorini to Mykonos end April via Hellenic Seaways Highspeed 7, 11am, but i can’t seem to find the Departing/Arrival ports name in my tickets /boarding pass. Can you advice on this? Also, I was wondering is it worth to do a Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise /Caldera Cruise since the water might not be warm in end April?
The Hellenic will probably depart from the New Port a bus ride away from Mykonos Town. But do check when you get to Mykonos Town (just pop your head into any travel agent and they’l confirm the port). Yes, water will still be chilly at the end of April but the Dinner Sunset Cruise is still great fun.
Hi. Are there any ferries between Santorini and Mykonos where you can sit outside for the view?
Usually no, there are no direct ferries with outdoor access. To get a ferry with an outdoor deck you’d need to switch in Naxos or Paros and get the Blue Star ferry heading to Santorini.
Hey Dave, which ferry would you recommend in August for Santorini to Mykonos, and Mykonos to Athens? Also I’m getting a little confused between the port names within each – which is best if I’m staying in Fira (Santorini), Mykonos Town (Mykonos), and most likely around Plaka and surrounding suburbs in Athens.
Take the Hellenic from Santorini to Mykonos and the Blue Star (or Hellenic) from Mykonos to Athens. There’s only one ferry port in Santorini (Athinios). In Mykonos there is the old port and new port but most ferries leave from the new port (only small catamarans leave from the old port and they provide the bumpiest rides). In Athens there is Piraeus and Rafina. Both are fine but it is easier to get into the city from Piraeus.
Hi Santorini Dave!
Have you seen any Mykonos to Santorini or Santorini to Mykonos flights pop up for this year yet? Thank you and Happy New Year!
Not really – there has been a Mykonos to Santorini Sunday flight in July and August showing on Kayak. It’s on TUI Fly but I think it’s a mistake as it doesn’t appear on the TUI website.
I’m looking to travel between Santorini & Mykonos on the 9th August, and Mykonos and Athens on the 14th August. Do you think there’ll be any issues with booking ferries for this later in the year when the timetable is released – when is the latest you’d recommend booking by? Hoping to get accommodation locked in this month and do ferries later in the year.
That is usually the busiest week for all of summer. Book your ferry a month or two in advance. But there won’t be a problem. You could probably book the day before and still get a seat – though maybe not your first choice of ferry.
Hi! I am stuck with a problem — I already booked my accommodation for Mykonos — and to my horror I just realized that there is no direct ferry between the 2 islands! Is the only way to solve the problem really to go back to Athens? Are there connecting ferries between Paros/Naxos to Santorini? I tried looking for them.. but I got lost in the abyss of information — please advise! Thank you!
You don’t say when you’re traveling. There are usually ferries between Mykonos and Santorini from April to October (and sometimes late March). No ferries between the two islands from November to February/March. Yes, you’ll need to ferry (slow, might take 2 days) or fly (3 to 5 hours, total) via Athens to get from one to the other during winter.
I was looking at going from Athens to Mykonos to Santorini and then returning to Athens in January. I was wondering if this was possible?
Not directly. There are no flights or ferries between Santorini and Mykonos in January. You’d need to fly or ferry via Athens. Give Mykonos a pass (it’s very quiet in January) and just do Athens and Santorini. If you want a second island then visit Paros or Naxos as they’re directly connected to Santorini by the Blue Star ferry year-round.
Hi Dave! Thank you for all the wonderful info! We booked our first trip to Greece (this upcoming October) around all your great recommendations! We are trying to get from Santorini to Mykonos on Weds, Oct 11th. In this article, you state that Hellenic Seaways will be running until October 15th between Santorini and Mykonos, but when I looked on their website, the last day I see a ferry listed is Wednesday, October 5th. Did the “cutoff date” change or is it too early to post the schedule for that week? If Hellenic isn’t running on that date, is SeaJet’s Champion 2 a pretty ok ride? Def do not want to get sea sick. Thank you in advance!
You’re right. It looks like the last day for the Hellenic moved up about 10 days. So now there are only two ferries on your travel day: the Champion Jet2 (departs at 10:45am) and the SeaJet 2 (departs at 2:15pm). You definitely want the earlier Champion Jet2 as it’s bigger and offers a more stable ride.
I would like to know if there is a boat connection between Mykonos and Santorini in the month of March.
We won’t know for certain until December or January but my guess is that Santorini-Mykonos ferries will start in early April.
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. Which ferry would you recommend? Thanks!
It’s too early to see ferry schedules. Try GTP in January or February.
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.
No, that’s it. There are no cheap options.
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 – is there a specific ferry you recommend and if so should we book beforehand?
Thanks in advance!
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).
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.
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.
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?
It’s probably sold out.
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
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.
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?
Use GetYourGuide – safe, reliable, and easy to contact if you need to.
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?
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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?
Yes, you can pick up ferry tickets at the new port in the morning before your ferry departs.
I am taking the highspeed 7 from Hellenic from Mykonos to Santorini. Which port does this leave from? I really tried figuring it out.
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.
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?
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).
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?
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.
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?
Sounds like a good plan. Hellenic is the best ferry between Mykonos and Santorini.
I need your help. My wife and I will be on Mykonos from 11-13 April. Then we will go to Santorini where we stay from 13-16 April 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 traveling 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?
I have gone over so many web sites and blogs and I think you’re my best bet for answers. Thanks.
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.
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 this year?
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.
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.
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 !!!
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.
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.
Ferries between Santorini and Mykonos don’t start until March 24 – 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.
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?
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).
Hello! We are planning our Greece trip in August/September of next year 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 scheduled closer to summer?
There certainly could be more flights added but I wouldn’t count on it. If you need it, I’d book that flight asap.
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?
There are no ferries between Santorini and Mykonos in November. Your best plan is to fly via Athens.
I am trying to find a ferry to go from Santorini to Mykonos on November 14th, but I can not find any. SeaJet replied to an email saying the route stops on October 31st. But I was wondering if all the companies stop doing this route because of the end of summer?
Can you please provide me any guide to find a ticket?
Thanks a lot!
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.
I will take Sea Jets from Mykonos to Santorini on 18th October. Where will the ferry arrive? Old port of Skala or Athinios?
All ferries (big and small) arrive at Athinios. Skala is only for cruise ship passengers being tendered to shore.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
It’s almost certainly the new port, but double check at any travel agent in town, after you arrive.
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 in late May. 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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
I just looked at Condor Airline’s Summer Schedule and I don’t see flights between Santorini and Mykonos for the summer.
I need to get to Kos from Santorini or Mykonos in mid July 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!
Yes, there are no ferries scheduled from Mykonos to Kos for this summer so your only choice is from Santorini to Kos.
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!
Both are pretty good but I would go with the Highspeed 7.
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. Is this common for February, if so would it be more practical to fly since there seems to be a shortage of connecting ferries?
No ferries between Mykonos and Santorini until March. Your choices are to fly or ferry via Athens – obviously flying is much faster.
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?
The first ferries of the year between Santorini and Mykonos are on 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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Hi Dave! I am planning to go from Santorini to Mykonos on May 20. 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!
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.
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!
Buying in Santorini should be fine but get them the day you arrive – don’t wait until the day you travel.
I will be venturing to Greece for Christmas (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 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.
– 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.
Looking to go in September for a honeymoon and wondering how we can find a direct flight from Mykonos to Santorini?
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.
Thanks for your super-useful site. I’m planning to travel around Crete and the Cyclades in March.
*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?
Ferry schedules are not out yet 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.
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!!
Santorini Day Tours has helicopter transfers from Mykonos to Santorini. Expensive, but awesome.
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!
Yes, you can buy all the ferry tickets at one time (recommended) at the airport or in the city – whichever is easiest.