Thira (Santorini) to Ios Ferry

The Thira Ios ferry route connects two of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cyclades Islands and is available throughout the entire year. There are currently 3 ferry companies operating this service from Santorini to Ios. Blue Star Ferries offer 1 weekly departure, SeaJets offer 2 weekly departures and Golden Star Ferries offer 2 weekly departures, but only when the tourist season gets underway. The distance between the Thira port and the Ios port is about 23 nautical miles (38km), with SeaJets providing the fastest sailing time in 35 minutes, making it a favourable day trip among tourists.

More commonly known as Athinios, the Thira ferry port is situated 8km from Santorini’s capital town of Fira and is easily accessible by car and public transport. There is a regular bus service departing from Fira and Oia, which run in conjunction with the ferry timetable. If you want a faster alternative, we suggest booking a private transfer service like Welcome Pickups. In the meantime, please visit our accommodation page for all the cheapest prices on hotels near Athinios.

All 3 operators welcome foot passengers and car transfers onboard their Santorini to Ios ferry service. However, please remember that only 1 vehicle is allowed per booking.

Santorini to Ios 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.

Thira - Ios Ferry Operators

  • Blue Star Ferries
  • Zante Ferries
    • 1 Sailing Weekly 1 hr 20 min
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  • SeaJets
    • 13 Sailings Weekly 35 min
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  • Golden Star Ferries
    • 7 Sailings Weekly 50 min
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Thira Ios Average Prices

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

Thira Ios Ferry reviews

  • "Excellent "

    Easy to book on line. I would say it needs to be clearer that the email confirmation needs to be swapped for proper tickets (easy to do once you realise). The seajet was spacious, comfy and speedy. We were pleased with how smoothly it all went. Be aware that embarking is very fast. They turn the boat around in 5 minutes! We would certainly travel this way again.

    'Susanna ' travelled Thira (Santorini) Ios with SeaJets on Caldera Vista

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  • "Santorini to Ios"

    Great trip from Santorini - Ios, boat was over half an hour late on a 35m crossing but we didn’t mind that - seemed to be due to the busy port rather than the ferry company and the journey itself including the embarking and disembarking once in port was incredibly efficient.

    'Anonymous' travelled Thira (Santorini) Ios with SeaJets on Champion Jet 2

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  • "Quick, pleasant, and inexpensive"

    Best Greek ferry ride in 3 years. Someone, noticing my heavy backpack, guided me to an elevator, which save my knees. The smooth and ridged areas on the gangplank were well spaced to keeping my balance and ensuring that my bag slided onto and off the ship.

    'Glenda' travelled Thira (Santorini) Ios with Golden Star Ferries

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  • "Great ride, poor communication"

    It was a great ride and the ferry is very impressive. I would definitely recommend taking this ferry. Our ticket indicated that we had to be at the port 2 hours in advance. For us that meant being at the port at 5am to depart 7am. I thought that this waiting time might be excessive and therefore emailed direct ferries in order to ask whether we can be at the port later. The response I received was that we absolutely had to be there at 5 am. When we got there at 5am the ticket office was still closed. The ticket office only opened at 6:15. Therefore I don't understand by we had to be there at 5am. We also seem to be the only passengers that was there 2 hours in advance.

    'Danika' travelled Thira (Santorini) Ios with Zante Ferries

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How long does the Ferry to Ios from Santorini take?

Ferry sail times on this route are affected for a number of reasons, such as ferry routes, ferry operators, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail, so any sail times that are given here are to be taken as estimates only. On average, this ferry route can take between 35 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, so be sure to check before you book what your expected sail time will be.

Santorini to Ios Ferry Prices

How much the ferry to Ios from Santorini will cost is defined by many aspects, such as what time of year you are travelling, which ferry route you are travelling on, which ferry operator you are travelling with, how you are travelling, and other such factors, so there are multiple different ferry fares 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 deals and offers.

Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Ios from Santorini?

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

Santorini to Ios Ferry Schedule

The ferry schedule for this route has up to 46 ferries running per week, provided by 5 different ferry operators, which means that it is very difficult to make one single ferry timetable for this route. Indeed, ferry timetables can be affected by many different factors, including seasonal changes, changes to the ferry route, different ferry operators, and other such factors, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always help you to find the best ferry at the best price for you.