Ferries - Crete to/from Santorini (Thira)
There are 3 ways of travelling to Santorini from Crete (by sea):
From Heraklion to Santorini
By Catamaran: (passengers only, no cars)
Hellenic Seaways-Flying Cat 4, in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Daily (except some Wednesdays). This is the fastest way. The catamaran leaves at 09:45 and returns at 19:25 (Summer only)
Sea Jets-MegaJet, in about 2 hours, for passengers and cars. 5 times a week (Summer only)
Find timetables, prices and availability for ferries and make your reservations online via our our website.
From Sitia to Santorini
By classic Ferry: ANEK Lines-Prevelis ferry, in about 7 hours (with stops). This is a "classic" older ferry that takes both passengers and cars, has cabins and makes many stops.
Find timetables, prices and availability for ferries and make your reservations online via our our website
From Chania or Rethymno to Santorini
There are no ferries. You have to go via Heraklion or Sitia.
Important : You may try to book, say in early May for June, and find that you get no sailings on the websites mentioned above. It does not mean there will be no ferries. It is because of the ridiculous way the ferry companies do not "open up" ticketing until a couple of weeks before the actual travel date!!! ...and they do not explain as much on their websites. (The fine irony: Hellenic Seaways offers "early booking" discounts!)
Island hopping - from Crete to other islands
Planning to visit other Greek islands before or after Crete?
You can travel from Crete to Santorini (or Paros, Mykonos, Ios) and from there take a ferry to Folegandros, Sifnos, Serifos, Kimolos, Milos and other islands.
Some of the Aegean Speed Lines high-speed ferries to these islands connect well with the catamarans from Heraklion.
For planning your island sailings use our website.
Disclaimer: We try to keep these schedules up to date for your convenience, but you should always call the ferry company to check sailing times.
Flying to Santorini
Except for the SkyExpress flights between Crete and Santorini (in the summer only), there are no direct flights from Crete, you would have to fly to Athens and from there to Santorini. See flights from Crete to Athens.
See our 15 selected hotels in Santorini, on the caldera, with dreamy views - and our Santorini guide.