Getting from Crete to Santorini is easy. 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
|Sea Jets||Super Jet & Mega Jet||2 hours.||www.seajets.gr|
|GA Ferries||Traditional ferries||4.5 hours||www.ferries.gr/gaferries/|
|Minoan Air||Small aircraft||Half an hour||www.minoanair.com|
From Agios Nikolaos to Santorini
Lane Lines. Traditional Ferries. Duration 5 hours. www.ferries.gr/lane/
From Sitia to Santorini
Lane Lines. Traditional Ferries. Duration 8 hours. www.ferries.gr/lane/
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.
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.
|Vai Travel||10, Chandakos St, Heraklion, Crete||2810 222044|
|Paleologos Shipping||5, 25th August St, Heraklion, Crete||2810 346185|
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 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.
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...
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. www.santowines.gr
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. www.cinekamari.gr
Accommodation on Santorini from Oia in the north, to Firostephani, Fira and small villages, we have chosen some excellent accommodation options on the island...