Crete to Santorini

Crete to SantoriniIn summer there are super fast ferries from Crete to Santorini - the journey takes just two hours

Getting from Crete to Santorini -in summer, there are magical ferries that can whiz you there in under two hours, and local airlines can fly you there in just half an hour.

Regular ferries take between four and five hours to do the crossing, which is approximately 110 km or 70 nautical miles.

Santorini is known as Thira, so look for this name when checking timetables and booking your trip.

The catamaran service makes it possible to visit Santorini for the day from Heraklion in Crete.

  • From Chania to Santorini  - no ferries or flights leave from Chania. Instead, depart via Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos or Sitia.
  • From Rethymnon to Santorini - no ferries or flights leave from Rethymnon. Instead, depart via Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos or Sitia.
  • From Heraklion to Santorini - see below
Sea Jets Super Jet & Mega Jet2
GA Ferries Traditional ferries4.5 hours
Minoan AirSmall aircraftHalf an hour
  • From Agios Nikolaos to Santorini - Lane Lines. Traditional Ferries. Duration 5 hours.
  • From Sitia to Santorini - Lane Lines. Traditional Ferries. Duration 8 hours.

Note that the fast and super fast services are for passengers only, check with the provider about ferries, usually the regular ferries, that take motor vehicles.

Crete to Santorini

Ferry Tickets for Crete to Santorini

Many ferry companies in Greece tend not to publish information on the web ahead of time. For this reason, it is really best to book via a travel agent from your home town, or if in Crete, via our recommended travel agent, Vai Travel, or the shipping agents, Paleologos SA. Details for both are below.

Buy TicketsAddressPhone
Vai Travel 10, Chandakos St, Heraklion, Crete 2810 222044
Paleologos Shipping 5, 25th August St, Heraklion, Crete 2810 346185

Santorini or Thira...

Santorini or Thira is essentially the remains or the rim of a volcano that last erupted 3,500 years ago, at the time of Minoan Crete. The dramatic steep cliffs that remain, look out from a semi-circle around the stunning blue bay or caldera, and white villages perch on top, now creating one of the most unique and famous travel destinations of our time.

The capital of the island is Fira, and one of the most sought-after locations for the dramatic sunsets, is Oia, in the north of the island.

Santorini is one of the busiest islands in Greece, receiving millions of travellers per year. This is a good reason to visit during shoulder season, not in peak summer season of July August. May and June are delightful spring months and the autumn weather in September and October is lovely, and visitor numbers reach acceptable levels.

Crete to Santorini

Day Trips from Crete

Crete to Santorini Day Tour - take advantage of the super-fast ferries to take the one day tour to Santorini. Considering the travel time to and from the island (two hours each way), this makes for a long day with a short time to explore Santorini. If you only have a limited time in the Greek islands, however, this is a really great way to see one of the most stunning panoramas in Greece, in comfort.

With bus pick-ups and drop-offs from hotels on the north coast of Crete and assistance with the ferry terminals, this is a no-fuss way to visit Thira, including the cable car ride up from the port to the top of the caldera, with magic views.

More information on Day Trip - Crete to Santorini

Explore the Cycladic Islands

The Cycladic Islands, of which Thira is the jewel in the crown, are 56 stunning and complex islands, equally diverse and fascinating. They are deservedly famous for their crystal clear waters, exasperatingly white villages, and centuries of history. Discos aside, the Cyclades are a beautiful location for any sort of holiday in Greece.

Travel to Amorgos, Mykonos and Syros within hours by ferry from Thira... independent travellers will find plenty of information here on our island pages, to put together a wonderful personal itinerary to enable you to explore these islands at your leisure...

Wines of Thira...

Crete to Santorini - vineyards in the volcanic ash hills of Thira

The wines of Thira are unique, growing in the volcanic pumice soil from mandilaria, assyrtico and aidani varieties and others. Whilst many do not think of agriculture when they imagine Santorini, it remains an important part of everyday life.

On the hills rolling away from the cliff edge, with unusual formations left by the volcanic lava. Vinsanto and regional wines are harvested and cultured locally. Vineyard and cellar door visits are available on the island, a peek into the other side of Santorini.

Cinema in Santorini

Crete to Santorini - Outdoor Cinema in Kamari Village

Another interesting discovery on Thira is the outdoor cinema "Kamari" in Kamari village. A beautiful atmospheric location to while away the warm nights. Movies are in English with Greek subtitles, open from May to October.

Crete to Santorini - Outdoor Cinema Kamari

Accommodation on Santorini Island

Crete to Santorini - Accommodation at Mystique Hotel

Accommodation on Santorini from Oia in the north, to Firostephani, Fira and small villages, we have chosen some excellent accommodation options on the island...

Do you have a Secret About Santorini?

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