Heraklion to Thira (Santorini) Ferry

The Heraklion Thira ferry route connects Crete with Santorini in the Cyclades Islands and is widely available throughout the whole year. There are only 2 ferry companies that operate this service from Heraklion to Santorini right now. While SeaJets offer up to 2 weekly crossings departing from Crete, Minoan Lines offer just 1 weekly crossing when the tourist season gets underway. As there are just 63 nautical miles (120km) separating the Heraklion port and the Thira port, this route is very popular among both tourists and locals for its short duration, with SeaJets providing the fastest service in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Situated on the northern coast of Crete, Heraklion ferry port is accessible by public transport and car. There is a regular bus service departing every hour from Chania, which takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Bus Station A. If you are driving instead, please remember that the Green National Road 90 provides a direct connection between all the major cities on the northern coast and the ferry port.

Both ferry companies operating this service welcome foot passengers and vehicles onboard their ships. However, please be aware that only 1 vehicle is allowed per booking.

Ferries from Heraklion to Santorini sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season, and from month to month, so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

Heraklion - Thira Ferry Operators

  • Minoan Lines
  • Anek Lines
    • 1 Sailing Weekly 6 hr 10 min
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  • SeaJets
    • 10 Sailings Weekly 1 hr 50 min
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Heraklion Thira Average Prices

Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers. The most common booking on the Heraklion Thira route is a car and 2 passengers.

Heraklion Thira Ferry reviews

  • "Great service, included accommodating our change of date request"

    Thank you Minoan Lines, we really appreciated you accommodating our change of date request after we made a mistake. The ferry was clean and well run with really efficient staff, the only issue was that some of the seating allocations meant that couples weren't sat together but the staff on the ship were great and managed it so people weren't separated. Thank you

    'Daniel' travelled Heraklion Thira (Santorini) with Minoan Lines

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  • "Easy journey"

    Good punctual service.nice clean ferry. Office was closed night b4 so went early and got ticket printed for extra 2 euro. Service was fine and easy

    'Anonymous' travelled Heraklion Thira (Santorini) with Golden Star Ferries on Superferry

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  • "Really nice trip! "

    The trip was grear, it was my first travel by ferry and I really enjoy it, very nice and comfortable. Only thing I would change would be an issue with departure time. We took the ferry from Heraklion terminal to Thira. Ship departure was scheduled at 9.40, but when we bought our tickets it was adviced to be 2 hours earlier from departure time. When we arrive, we couldn't board until 1 hour before departure, so we had to wait in the port terminal.

    'Anonymous' travelled Heraklion Thira (Santorini) with Minoan Lines

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  • "Perfect "

    Everything good

    'Mario' travelled Heraklion Thira (Santorini) with Minoan Lines

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Heraklion to Santorini Ferry Schedule

On the Heraklion to Santorini ferry schedule, there are up to 27 ferries running per week, provided by 4 different ferry operators, so there is not one single ferry timetable on offer here. Indeed, ferry timetables on this route can be affected by many different factors, such as seasonal changes, changes to the ferry route, different ferry operators, and other such factors, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always give you the most relevant information, so you can find the best ferry at the best time for you.

How long does the Ferry to Santorini from Heraklion take?

Ferry sail durations on this ferry route can greatly vary between 1 hour and 45 minutes, to 3 hours and 15 minutes, to 6 hours, and this variation is caused for several reasons. These can include changes to the ferry route, different ferry operators, and external factors, such as weather conditions at the time of sail, so be sure to check before you book, what your expected sail time will be.

Heraklion to Santorini Ferry Prices

How much the ferry to Santorini from Heraklion will cost is defined by many different aspects, such as what time of year you are travelling, which ferry route you are travelling, which ferry operator you are travelling with, how you are travelling, and so on, so there are multiple different ferry operators on offer here. Instead, we recommend looking at the above graph, to see our monthly fare averages, check out our useful fare finder tool, to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about our latest
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Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Santorini from Heraklion?

You are currently able to take your car with you on this ferry route.