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Santorini (Thira)
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Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini Ferry

The Heraklion to Santorini ferry route is provided by 5 operators and runs all year round. The ferry crossing from Crete to Santorini is approximately 1 hour and 56 minutes on ferries servicing this route. The duration for the Heraklion to Santorini ferry can range between 1 hour 50 minutes and 6 hours 25 minutes depending on the operator you are sailing with.

Crete to Santorini Ferry Schedule

There are 29 weekly sailings from Heraklion to Santorini. SeaJets provide up to 2 weekly sailings, Golden Star Ferries provide up to 7 weekly sailings, Anek Lines provide 1 weekly sailing, while Minoan Lines and Cyclades Fast Ferries each provide up to 3 weekly sailings. Please keep in mind that ferry timetables usually increase during the high season.

Heraklion to Santorini Ferry Time

The first ferry leaves Heraklion at approximately 01:30 and the last ferry leaves at approximately 09:40. Ferry schedules can vary by operator and season.

High Speed Ferry Heraklion to Santorini

The fastest ferry from Heraklion to Santorini is with SeaJets and Golden Star Ferries in approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.

What is the price of a fast ferry from Crete to Santorini?

The fastest ferries from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) usually cost around $427.

Is there an overnight ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?

There are ferries that sail overnight from Heraklion to Santorini. The first overnight sailing from Heraklion usually departs at 01:30.

Can I reserve a cabin on the Crete to Santorini ferry?

Yes, there are cabins on a ferry from Crete to Santorini. Passengers can choose from a range of accommodation onboard including 4-berth ensuite cabins.

Can I bring pets on the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?

Yes, pets are welcome on the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini with SeaJets and Anek Lines. Please ensure that your pet has had the appropriate vaccinations before travelling and have proof of such with a medical certificate.

How much luggage can I bring on the Heraklion to Santorini ferry?

Passengers travelling with SeaJets and Blue Star Ferries can take a maximum of 50 kilograms of luggage per person. Cyclades Fast Ferries don't have a fixed luggage policy, but we advise that you don't exceed 50 kilograms to avoid any complications.

Crete to Santorini Ferry Price

The price of a ferry from Heraklion to Santorini can range between $173 and $690 depending on the operator, season and whether you are travelling with a vehicle. The average price of a foot passenger is $347, prices can range between $173 and $632. The average price with a car is $610. Car prices can range between $282 and $1,023. Prices may vary for other vehicle types.

Prices subject to change, pricing representative of searches over last 30 days. Please be aware that prices do not include booking fees.

Cheap Ferries from Crete to Santorini

Find cheap ferry tickets using our deal finder. We recommend that you book in advance for the best possible prices and availability. Please visit our special offers page to find all the latest discounts on the ferry to Santorini.

How to get from Crete to Santorini

The best way to get from Crete to Santorini is by ferry. With 2 sailings per day, you are bound to find a suitable ferry crossing to suit your needs. There are alternative ferries from Crete to Santorini including the Sitia to Santorini ferry.

Can I travel in first class from Crete to Santorini?

First class is available on ferries from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) with Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines and SeaJets.

Can I take a day trip from Heraklion to Santorini?

You can easily take a day trip from Crete to Santorini by catching the 07:00 ferry, which will arrive in Santorini at approximately 08:56. You can also bring your own vehicle onboard this service so you can explore the island at your own leisure. The last ferry back to Heraklion departs at 22:45.

Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Crete to Cyclades Islands page.
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Crete (Heraklion) - Santorini (Thira) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 5
Operators Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets
Average Price $247*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 14
Average Sailing Duration 2h 3m
Fastest Sailing Duration 1h 50m
First Ferry 01:30
Last Ferry 23:00
Distance 59 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

The typical crossing time for ferries from Heraklion to Thira is approximately 3h 15m. However, please keep in mind that sailing duration might change depending on what season you choose to travel.

How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

The average price of a ferry from Heraklion to Thira is approximately $248. However, please remember that the price of a ferry from Heraklion to Thira can differ depending on the season. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Heraklion to Thira?

There are currently 4 popular ferry operators travelling from Heraklion to Thira. The following operators that provide this service are
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • Anek Lines
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Thira?

Ferries from Heraklion to Thira are available for booking through our deal finder. Please also visit our offers page to stay updated with all the latest ferry offers on this route.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, you can currently travel as a foot passenger onboard the ferries from Heraklion to Thira with
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

Can you take your car on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Heraklion to Thira with the following operators
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their pets onboard this ferry service. However, you may require a pet passport and other documentation to take your furry companion with you. The following operators currently allow pets on their ferries
  • SeaJets

How far is Thira from Heraklion?

Heraklion to Thira is approximately 59 nautical miles distance apart.

Heraklion Ferry to Santorini

Heraklion Port Guide

The Greek city of Heraklion is the capital and largest city on the island of Crete. Heraklion has the third largest port in all of Greece, serving over a million passengers each year. Heraklion ferry port is located on the north coast of Crete, only a short walk from the city centre and 145km east of Chania.

The port of Heraklion is easily accessible by public transport, with the 91 public bus dropping passengers directly outside the terminal building. Blue local buses to the Heraklion Airport are available from Bus Station A near the port. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank located opposite the passenger terminal.

Heraklion Port has a variety of different facilities including a duty-free shop, cafes, a small market, storage lockers, free WiFi, ATMs and an information desk. The port address is PI. Kountourioti, Iraklio 712 02, Greece.

How to get to Heraklion ferry port

Heraklion ferry port is easily accessible from most of Crete via public transport and taxi. Luckily, the passenger terminal is only a 15-minute walk along the seafront from the historic old town. There are also taxis available 24/7 which will take you directly to the ferry terminal building.


Santorini Port Guide

Thira is the official name of the island of Santorini and is located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece. Thira is essentially what remained after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island and created the current geological caldera.

Thira ferry port, otherwise known as Athinios Ferry Port, is located on the west coast of Santorini, only 8km away from the main town of Thera. Passengers arriving at the ferry port can expect to find a wide range of facilities including cafes, restaurants, toilets and disabled access throughout the terminal building. There is car rental agency outside the port along with a valet car parking service which is open 24 hours. The address of the port is Ormos Athinios, Greece.

How to get from Crete to Santorini

You can either get a ferry or a plane from Crete to Santorini. The most convenient way of travelling from Crete to Santorini is by ferry. The Champion Jet catamaran can reach very high speeds and will get passengers to their destination in just less than 2 hours.




Heraklion to Thira Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 6/10/2024 and 6/16/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Blue Star Ferries 04:15 07:10 2 hours 55 minutes Sat
Cyclades Fast Ferries 07:30 09:20 1 hour 50 minutes Tue, Fri, Sun
SeaJets 08:00 09:50 1 hour 50 minutes Mon, Sat, Sun
SeaJets 08:20 10:10 1 hour 50 minutes Mon
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