How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

Articles Jul 29, 2020 11:59

There are many ways available to go from Athens to Santorini, but taking a ferry is a great way for you to have unforgettable experiences in Greece.

If you are visiting Greece for the first time and also have a long trip in Santorini, do not miss the opportunity to travel through the ocean, on a ferry, instead of an airplane. It’s great to spend the days floating on the sea before exploring the paradise island.

Why take a ferry from Athens to Santorini?

How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

Getting a ferry to go from Athens to Santorini is a quite popular way. It has many advantages such as frequent routes, exciting trips and a simple booking process. Ferries from Athens to Santorini operate daily throughout the year. However, they are more frequent during the peak tourist season (from May to September). If you are planning to go to Santorini during the peak season, do not forget to book a ferry ticket in advance because the number of guests booking is big.

Where to catch a ferry to Santorini?

How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

Ferries to Santorini depart from Piraeus port and Rafina port in Athens. Piraeus port is easily accessible by public transport from the city center of Athens and connected to Santorini year-round. Departing from Piraeus port is a better option if you want to stay in Athens for a few days before going. Moreover, thanks to the port's large capacity, there are more frequent routes to more Greek islands.

How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

Meanwhile, the Rafina port is on the east coast of Attica. This port is quite far from Athens’ center, but closer to the airport and other islands in Greece. So, if you depart from Rafina, you will arrive in Santorini faster. Apart from Santorini, ferries here also connect to other locations such as: Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and other islands of the Cyclades.

Choose a reputable company

How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

Here are some good companies that provide ferries for your trip:

From Piraeus Port: BLUE STAR FERRIES (slow - 8 hours).

From Piraeus Port: SEAJET FERRIES (fast - 5 hours).

From Piraeus Port: GOLDEN STAR FERRIES (fast - 5 hours).

From Piraeus Port: ZANTE FERRIES (slow - 10 hours).

From Rafina Port: GOLDEN STAR FERRIES (fast - 5 hours).

From Rafina Port: GOLDEN STAR FERRIES (slow - 9 hours).

How to get to the ports?

How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

The best way to get to the ports in Athens (in case you don't have private transportation) is by taxi or by public transport.

By taxi

Taking a taxi to Piraeus is a good option to get to the port quickly, but it is quite expensive. A taxi will take you from the airport to the Piraeus port in about an hour and will cost 50-60 euros. Rafina Port is closer to the airport, so a taxi ride takes about 15 minutes and costs 25 - 35 euros. Overall, Rafina port is the best port to depart if you plan to travel to Santorini shortly after arriving in Athens. Piraeus Port is the best port to depart if you plan to stay in Athens a few days before your trip to Santorini.

By public transport

How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

You can get to the ports of Athens by buses and subways.

- X96 bus route: operates 24/7, connecting Athens airport to Piraeus port. This bus has regular routes and will take you to the port of Piraeus in about 90 minutes for 6 euros.

- Another way to get to Piraeus is the metro line 1 that connects Monastiraki with Piraeus. Tickets for the subway cost 1.40 euros and will take 20 minutes.

- If you are aiming for Rafina port, your best way is to take a bus to Rafina from the airport. The bus connecting the airport with the Port of Rafina departs from the bus stop between Exit 2 and Exit 3 of the airport, and the ticket costs 3 euros.

A few other notes for tourists

How to take a ferry from Athens to Santorini for an impressive experience

- The cheapest way to go from Athens to Santorini is with Blue Star Ferries. If you book early, you can get a special ticket that costs only 20 euros per person.

- Night ferries from Athens to Santorini are rare.

- Tickets to Santorini are always sold out quickly in the peak touristseason. If you're planning a trip to Greece around late July or August, make sure to book tickets in advance.

- If you are traveling on an open ferry, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Your ferry will stop at Paros, Naxos and Ios, and the views of these islands from the deck are fantastic.

- The trip can become a little bumpy in the summer. Absolutely nothing to worry about, you might get a little seasick.

- Before starting the trip, download movies, games and bring books beforehand for entertainment. Although the ferry serves food, you can also carry your favorite food.

- Read the map because you can also stop at some other Greek islands before coming to Santorini.

In short, taking a ferry from Athens to Santorini is easier than you think if you know how to book a ferry and move properly.

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