Everything You Need to Know  to Jump Start  Your Santorini Holiday from Athens

At a Glance: 

To check for trip timetables and purchase your ferry tickets , head on to the online site Ferryhopper.com.
If you’ll gonna be riding smaller ferries particularly from July until September, you can book your tickets at least one to three months ahead of time as seats could get sold out pretty quickly compared to the conventional ferries. 

Going to Santorini from Athens

Sailing your way from Athens to Santorini

Blue Star has a daily ferry that ply the Athens-Santorini route althroughout the year. It regularly departs Athens around 7:30 in the morning. Towards the end of March and beginning of April, highspeed ferries of Hellenic Seaways and SeaJet  will run the Athens-Santorini route as well. During the summer, at least 4 ferries will be available daily for Athens-Santorini route. To purchase tickets ahead of time, head on to FerryHopper.com.

Flying your way to Santorini from Athens
There are regular flights  everyday for Athens-Santorini route available all throughout the year. More than 15 flights daily will be available particularly in the months of July,  August and September. Major airlines  that fly from Athens to Santorini include Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines,  Ryan Air and EasyJet. If your travel plans are pretty much set, book your flight early on as plane tickets get sold out faster than ferry tickets.

Suggested Day Tours and Side Trips to Santorini from Athens

Athens and Santorini Holiday (2 Days)

It is an organized travel package that will lead you to Santorini from Athens without the hassle and in a very affordable price. Package inclusions are Blue Star return trip tickets for Athens-Santorini route and vice versa, hotel transfers for both cities, and overnight hotel accommodation (3-star rated in Santorini) with complimentary breakfast, The hotel is commonly located in the beach resort town of Kamari. The beach is nearby. There are nightlife, stores and restaurants available. A free and easy one day Santorini island tour is also included in the package. Guests can visit the historical site of Akrotiri, Fira, Imerovigli and Oia. 

The travel package is ideal for those who want to have a worry-free vacation without the burden of spending too much money in both Athens and Santorini. However, you always have the option to reserve accommodation and avail ferry tickets on your own. The following are my suggestions to have a do-it-yourself (DIY) travel to Santorini from Athens: 

Flying to Santorini from Athens

During the summer, there are at least 20 flights a day to Santorini from Athens. Journey starts at the Athens International airport (located about 45 minutes beyond Athens city center). Travel time is about 45 minutes. The plane lands at Santorini International Aiport (about 25 minutes to Oia and 10 minutes to Fira). Flights are priced at about $40 to $175. 

To find the latest flight schedule, prices, and deals for Athens-Santorini route, check out kayak.com.

During peak season, there are about 9 trips daily to Santorini from Athens by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. Due to the recent acquisition of Aegean Airlines by Olympic Air, you can use either online site to book tickets for both airlines without any difference in cost. Olympic Air flights are on a Dash 8 propeller plane that can accommodate up to 70 passengers. Those with Aegean Airlines coded tickets will be in an Airbus 320 that can accommodate up to 168 passengers. 

Beginning March 26 until October 24, Ryanair will have one 7:50 am flight daily. By June 1 until September 30, this will increase into two flights per day with the addition of an 11:10pm flight. Ryanair offers the cheapest flights to Santorini from Athens. 

Another airlines, Sky Express, also have flights to Santorini from Athens. However, their website is difficult to navigate and you might have to utilize their search engine instead in order for you to find the appropriate schedule and flights. 

In general, the earliest plane to Santorini leaves Athens by 5:15 am then a flight every two hours thereafter until 23:15pm. The plane returning to Athens will leave Santorini 40 minutes later to its landing. 

There are flights to Santorini directly from the major cities in Europe such as but not limited to Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Dublin and Frankfurt. Ryanair and EasyJet offer the most affordable flights to Santorini from Western Europe. 

During winter, flights to Santorini from Athens get decreased into only 2 to 3 times a day. While flights to Santorini from western Europe are not available. 

Aegean Airlines uses Airbus 320 planes for their flights to Santorini. 

A Dash 8 plane to Santorini from Athens

Olympic Air uses Dash-8 propeller plane for their flights to Santorini. 

A low-cost flight to Santorini from Athens by Ryanair 737.
The most affordable flights to Santorini from Athens are aboard the 737s of Ryanair.

Ferry Trips to Santorini from Athens

During the summer, at least 4 ferries a day sail to Santorini from Athens. Travel time is about 5 to 8 hours. Tickets are priced at €20 until €76. The Highspeed 4 of Hellenic Seaways is the quickest ferry. While the Blue Star has the cheapest fare to Santorini from Athens. 

The ferry port in Piraeus serves as the hub of ferries leaving for Santorini. It is just a 20-minute train ride from Athens city center. The end point of ferries is the Athinios port in Santorini. It is just 15 minutes away from Fira town center. 

Blue Star is the most ideal ferry for Athens-Santorini route. It is the safest and most sturdy among the ferries. However, travel time can last up to 8 hours. This ferry is also good for those people prone to seasickness. Highspeed ferries of Hellenic Seaways are faster, lasting only up to 5 hours. Downside is the ride gets rough. This is not advisable for people with seasickness. 

You can purchase tickets for economy class the same day as the trip as  it is less likely that ferry tickets get sold out.Just to be sure though, you can book tickets online for your preferred ferries ahead of time. Check out FerryHopper.com to find the ferry routes and corresponding timetable. 

Schedule of Ferries to Santorini from Athens

Blue Star is the best ferry to take to Santorini from Athens. It is large and sturdy, offering a safe and comfortable ride. People who tends to be seasick may particularly appreciate it. The following are the other ferries you can ride to get to Santorini from Athens. 

A ferry of Blue Star leaves Athens around 7:25 am daily, year-round. It has stops in Naxos and Paros (Ios in some instances). Its arrival in Santorini is around 14:55 pm after about 8 hours of travel time in the sea. Beginning March 22 until September 9, Blue Star ferries will have evening trips to Santorini from Athens for thrice a week (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday). Departure from Athens is around 6 o’clock in the evening and arrival is at 35 minutes past 12 in Santorini. If you’ll gonna be riding the Blue Star, opt to book reserved economy class tickets. The additional euros are in exchange for comfortable airplane-style seats. 

A ferry of Blue Star coming to Santorini from Athens..

Starting March 30 until September 30, Hellenic Seaways will have a 7:05 am highspeed ferry bound for Santorini that leaves Athens daily. It will come to Santorinin at around 12:35pm. Flying Cat4 bound for Santorini will leave Rafina at 7:15 am. At 12:15 pm, it will reach Santorini. Rafina is ideal fro travelers coming from the airport. However, Flying Cat4 is a small catamaran so expect a not so smooth ride. 

A highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways bound for Santorini from Athens. 

Beginning March 2e until April 26, SeaJet2 will leave Athens at 7:00 am and after stopping in Mykonos and Naxos will come to Santorini at 11:20 am. Considered as the quickest ferry, expect that it has little space and its trips tend to get cancelled during bad weather. Theses circumstances can really spoil your trip. Like the SeaJet2, Super Jet and Mega Jet are more ideal for brief transfers to different islands. Larger ferries like Hellenic Highways and Blue Star are more safe for trips such as the Athens-Santorini route that take as long as 4 hours.  

A Seajet2 bound for Santorini from Athens. 

Schedule of ferries to Athens from Santorini

Ferries from Athens arriving to Santorini will return to Athens with passengers from Santorini. 

Ferries of Blue Star leave Santorini at 3:30pm and come to Athens at 11:25pm daily year-round. For June until September, Blue Star has a few trips that come to Athens at 7:50 am after leaving Santorini at about 1:30am. 


A highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways leaves Santorini at 1:15pm daily and comes at 6:45 pm to Athens. This schedule lasts beginning March 30 until September 30. 

A ferry of SeaJet leaves Santorini at around 12:25pm and comes to Athens about 5:30pm. This trip is available starting March 23 until October 31. SeaJet will also a have a ferry that at 8:30 am leaves Santorini and at 2:35 pm comes to Athens. This trip is available beginning June 2 until September 30. 

There will also be ferries of SeaJet and Hellenic Seaways that depart Santorini around 12:00pm to 2:30pm and come to Rafina port at night. These trips are available  for the month of June lasting through September.

Which ferry is the most ideal to ride when going to Santorini from Athens? 

The top choice is Blue Star. It has an early morning trip to Santorini that leaves at 7:30am from the port of Piraeus. Being in the subway to Piraeus port at 6:30am gives you enough time to catch your trip. Blue Star also has open-air decks with space for you to roam around and see the stunning views of the caldera and cliffs as you approach Santorini. If you are in for the view, Blue Star is for you. The trip is long but the scenery can make up for it.

 If you are going to book in advance, purchase tickets straight from Blue Star. 

Highspeed ferries to Santorini from Athens are the quickest option. It just take around 5 hours. However, the space is limited and you have to stay seated for the duration of the trip unless there is a stop-over in a port. Outdoor decks are not available so you have to settle for the view from the windows which is limited and blurry. It is recommended that you book your tickets for highpeed ferries in advance as seats get sold out quickly particularly for montgs of July and August. 

A ferry coming to Santorini. 
Riding a Blue Star ferry to Santorini gives you a stunning scenery of the volcano, the caldera, and the cliffs. These are the iconic landmarks that will welcome you to Santorini. 

A ferry of Blue Star that has a return trip to Athens after arriving in Santorini. 
Blue Star has spacious outdoor decks that you can explore and will give you stunning scenery of the sea. The ferries both carry passengers and vehicles. 

Unlike in larger ferries like the Blue Star, tickets on highspeed ferries do get sold out faster especially during peak season. Make sure to book ahead of time. In general purchasing ferry tickets is convenient once you are in Athens or has arrived in Greece. Go to any tour office at least a day prior to your preferred travel date. The prices are government-regulated so they are just similar for all tour offices.

There are luggage compartments where you can store your baggage upon  entering the ferry. There are also luggage compartments inside but you need to bring your things all the way up into the stairs.

Which is the most affordable transportation to Santorini from Athens?

Large ferries such as the Blue Star are the most affordable. Next are the highspeed ferries. Flying costs the highest. However, plane tickets purchased early may cost just a little more than highspeed ferry tickets. 
Which is the quickest transportation to Santorini from Athens? 

Riding a plane may seem the quickest option but if you consider the time you will spend getting back at the airport and complete security, flying is just 2 hours faster than a highapeed ferry. 

Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines both fly to Santorini from Athens. 

For those who won’t explore Athens, you can also spend less time traveling if you just transit through Athens International Aiport and from there fly straight to Santorini. 

Do I need to buy my ticket  ahead of time if I plan to ride a ferry to Santorini from Athens?

Purchasing ferry tickets ahead of time is unnecessary as tour agencies in any Greek island sell tickets. 

However, during July and August, highspeed ferries to get sold out pretty quickly. To reserve your seats, I highly suggest that you book your tickets a week before your trip. For months of July and August, dedicate at least 2 days before your trip to purchase your tickets for Blue Star. Preferably buy it in person from any tour office in Athens over booking online. 

Buy ferry tickets ahead of time from the online sites of Hellenic Seaways, SeaJets and Blue Star to avoid the additional fee that tour offices add on the original price of the ticket. 

But if you’ll gonna be in any of these 3 situations, booking your tickets ahead of time will be the best option:
            1.         Your travel dates fall on the same week as August 15 as it is a major Greek holiday. The locals come back to their home islands and towns. Ferry tickets get sold out immediately so make sure to book your tickets some days before.(Disclaimer: I was able to secure tickets even if I’ve commuted through a ferry on this holiday in the past). Another peak season is Easter.
            2.         You are going to bring a car, purchase your tickets in advance as vehicle compartments are limited and get sold out immediately.
            3.         You’ll gonna be sleeping in a cabin, you might want to book tickets ahead of time to secure your spot. 

How does economy class differ from other classes such as  cabin, business and VIP? 

For large ferries like the Blue Star: The open-air deck, outdoor seats, cafes and restaurants are accessible to passengers in the economy class. Tip: It is worth upgrading into reserved airplane-style seat for an additional €4. Or else, you might have to find a an available seat or stand up. If I’m traveling in the months of July and August, I would surely book these special seats in economy. 

A ferry of Blue Star bound for Athens from Santorini

This is Blue Star ferry’s deck. Lounge areas are also available inside. Economy class is open-seating.


A look at the economy class in a Athens-Santorini ferry trip. 
Economy class seats in a large ferry like the Blue  Star. 


An example of reserved seats of a Greek ferry. It’s worth to pay additional €4 for seats in airplane-style as you’ll be able to comfortably dose off or read during the trip. You also have access to the outdoor amenities and shops. 

These are Blue Star’s reserved airplane-style seats in economy class of a ferry bound for Santorini from Athens.
These are Blue Star’s reserved airplane-style seats in economy class of a ferry bound for Santorini from Athens.


If you’re in business class you have the perks of using the lounge that is peaceful with cozy seats and waiter service. Despite the convenience, I still like the special seats in economy better. 

This is the business class seating in a ferry of Blue Star bound for Santorini from Athens. 
This is the business class seating in a ferry of Blue Star bound for Santorini from Athens. 

A look at the Business Class. 

This is the business class lounge in a larger ferry such as the Blue Star. Spacious and cozy.

The cabins include beds commonly arranged in 2-beth or 4-berth. There are two types. The inside cabins have no windows and located in the inner part of the ferry. Outside cabins have windows and situated in the outer part of the ferry.

Cabin beds aboard the ferry to Santorini from Athens. 
Blue Star’s cabin for their ferry bound for Santorini from Athens.
Blue Star’s cabin for their ferry bound for Santorini from Athens.

Blue Star cabins and its hallways on a ferry bound for Santorini from Athens.

Seats in a highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways. 
Differences among the classes of Hellenic Seaways are not that evident:
Economy class is located in the half part of the ferry’s rear. 

Seats in economy class of a highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways bound for Santorini from Athens.
Seats in economy class of a highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways bound for Santorini from Athens.

Seats in economy class of a highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways bound for Santorini from Athens.
Seats in economy class of a highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways bound for Santorini from Athens.

Business class is towards the front and a little more spacious.
Seats in business class of Highspeed 4 and Highspeed 6 bound for Santorini from Athens. 
Seats in business class of Highspeed 4 and Highspeed 6 bound for Santorini from Athens. 

VIP has leather seats. Depending on the ferry, it is situated in either the front or in the top floor. 
Seats in VIP of Highspeed 4 and 6.
Seats in VIP of Highspeed 4 and 6.

Seats on a ferry of SeaJet
SeaJet ferries that ply the Athens-Santorini route are smaller than those for Crete-Santorini route (TeraJet). Thus I highly suggest that go  for business class if you are going to ride SeaJet to Santorini. 

A glimpse of economy seats on a ferry of SeaJet bound for Santorini. 
Seats inside a ferry of SeaJet.
Seats inside a ferry of SeaJet. 

Seats in business class of a ferry of SeaJet bound for Santorini. 

Does buying seats in business class for a ferry bound for Santorini cost-effective?
If you’ll gonna go business class do it when you are going to ride a SeaJet ferry. 

Going to Piraeus Port from Athens International Airport

The most efficient way is to ride the X96 bus to the port. Travel time is at least 50 to 90 minutes. It is priced at €5 and available 24/7.

Taxis are faster for a few minutes but more expensive with a price range of €50 to €60. 

Taking a bus to Piraeus from Athens International Airport

Follow the sign and the bus stop can be seen instantly beyond the Arrivals area. Purchase tickets from the booths located on the buses’ right side. No buying of tickets inside the bus.

Bus bound for Piraeus Port from Athens International Airport. 
X96 bus from the airport is available 24/7 and leaves every half an hour. Travel time is about 50 to 90 minutes. 

Where the bus X96 stops once it has arrived in Piraeus. 

Once in Piraeus, the bus stops in gate E6 for ferry of Blue Star bound for Santorini, near the Piraeus subway station. 

Schedule of buses running from the airport to Athens city center.
Schedule of buses running from the airport to Athens city center and ferry port are posted around the terminal. 


X95 bus to Athens city center  has the similar structure of luggage compartment as X96 bus. 
X95 bus to Athens city center  has the similar structure of luggage compartment as X96 bus. 


Airport bus tickets. 
Airport bus tickets. Blue-colored tickets are discounted fares for senior citizens and children requiring validation upon boarding. 

Line of taxi when in Athens International Airport. Cab fare to Piraeus from the airport is at least €50. 
Line of taxi when in Athens International Airport. Cab fare to Piraues from the airport is at least €50 until €60. Travel time is 1 hour. 

To the Port from Athens City Center

From the city center, there are trains leaving Omonia or Monastiraki station bound for Piraeus. It costs €1.20. Travel time is at least 20 minutes until 30 minutes. Earliest trip is at 5:30 am. The last trip is at midnight. Departing from Athens city center at 6:30 am gives you ample time to catch your 7:30am ferry. 

If you are coming from Monastiraki, Syntagma or Plaka, taxi fare is around €25 until €30. Travel time is about 20 to

 30 minutes. 

There are trains bound for Piraeus from Monastiraki and Omonia stations in Line 1. Coming from Syntagma station, you use Line 3 to Monastiraki to switch to Line 1 for an additional 5 minutes of travel time. 



Purchasing train tickets.
To buy metro tickets, press the upper left button of the screen. The ticket costs €1.20. 

Don’t forget to validate the tickets you bought using the machines inside the bus as you run the risk of being fined 60x the ticket cost. 

Validate the ticket upon riding the bus.
Ticket validtaion machine inside the bus.

Ticket validation machines are available just before you get to the train platform. 

Port of Piraeus Map
Port of Piraeus Map
Port of Piraeus Map. The train station is between E5 and E6 also known as the Electric Railway Line 1. E1: Ferries to the Dodecanese (e.g. Rhodes). E2: Ferries to Chios, Crete, Ikaria,Samos, Lesvos, E6 and E7: Cycladic Islands (Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, Paros, Naxos, etc) and Rethymnon (Crete). E8: Argosaronic Islands (Aegina, Spetses, Agkistri, Poros, Hydra).

Retrieving in Athens Physical Copy of Ferry Tickets

Piraues port has dedicated ticket booths for Hellenic Seaways ( right) and Blue Star Ferry(left). You cam ask the cab driver to drop you off in front of the kiosks. Coming from the metro station, these booths are readily visible. Online booking must have a bar code or else you still have to retrieve your physical tickets. 

Important Information about Ferries in Greece

Travel time to Santorini from Athens is at least 8 hours in a large ferry and about 5 hours in a highspeed ferry. 

No walk-in passengers. Purchase tickets days before the date of your travel. Ticket booths are beside E7, a short distance from the X96 bus stop and the train station. 

You can buy tickets from Aktina Travel Agency in Athens International Airport arrivals section. This is ideal if you’ll be touring Athens first for some days. This saves you time from purchssing tickets online and picking up the hard copy of your tickets. 

There are no round trip or multi-trip tickets available. You can only purchase one-way tickets separately.
Price of Ferry Tickets
Blue Star- Economy(€38), VIP(€53) and Cabin (€69)
Highspeed Ferry-  Economy(€60), Business (€63) and VIP (€76). There is an additional 10% on the ticket price if arriving on Piraeus on a Sunday or Monday and leaving Piraeus on a Friday or Saturday. 

The most ideal online site to book tickets is FerryHopper.com. You can also directly purchase from the company websites of ferries.  

GTP. GR is the best online site to check for the current ferry timetables. However, booking directly to the ferry company is more convenient. 

Piraeus is the nearest port to Athens. It’s 30 minutes from the city through the metro. The port for ferries going to Mykonos and other Cycladic islands are at gates E6 and E7, just in front of the metro station. The ferries are clearly visible. Just go with the group of people.

Rafina is the other port. It is more preferable for travelers from the airport. It has less ferry schedules than Piraeus but it is a better jump off point to Mykonos. From the airport, ride the bus across the Sofitel Hotel. No need to purchase tickets from the booths, just hand out the €3 in the bus. 

The Greek name of Santorini is Thira.

Large Ferries – Also known as car, conventional or slow ferries. They have the most common transportation to Mykonos with Blue Ferries having the consistent daily departures at 7:25 am year-round and at times have a late night ferry as well. The ferries carry both passengers and cars. They have open-air decks and can survive through choppy waters.  

Highspeed Ferries- Include Hellenic Highways’ Highspeed 4, 5 and 6 and NEL Highspeed. These large enclosed catamarans are faster and more expensive than car ferries. The windows are wide but blurry. There’s no deck. And the ride can be rough during bad weather.

SuperJets and SeaJets- Smaller in size and bumpier than highspeed ferries. Large and highspeed ferriesbare safer. 


Flying Cat – Known as Cat4, Cat5, Cat6. Cat4 ply the Santorini-Mykonos route and in some instances  Athens-Cyclades route. Expect a rough ride during bad weather. 

Sea sickness- You’ll be much better off in the bigger Blue Star ferry as it offers a smoother ride than the latter ferry types.

Cancellations due to bad weather- Trips can get canceled one or two consecutive days particularly during the windiest month, August. Here is when Blue Star gets reliable as it seldom gets cancelled even if sea is choppy. 

Meals while onboard- Cafes, restaurants and class lounges are available in all ferry types. There are 24/7 food stalls just in front of gate E7 where you can buy snacks before boarding the ferry.


Assigned Boarding Gates in the Port of Piraeus
Gate E6 is for ferry of Blue Star bound for Santorini. 
Gate E7 or E8 is for HighSpeed 6
These gates are in front of the train station of Piraeus.

Gate for boarding a ferry to Santorini from Athens. 
Gate E6 is dedicated to Blue Star ferry bound for Santorini. The former stairs leading to the street from the train station serves a landmark to identify ferries going to Mykonos and Santorini. 

The train station across the port of Piraeus.
Pictured is the subway station for port of Piraeus. When you get off the subway, go towards the metro station’s exit then walk to the left. The Hellenic Seaways and Blue Star ferries for the Cycladic islands are in E6 to E8 gates. They are clearly visible as most people coming from the train station go there.

Airport bus, train station and ferry port in Piraeus. You can notice the old walkway that marks the ferries for Mykonos and Santorini. 

Athens-Santorini ferry sign. 
Check the sign before boarding the bus. Take note of the ferry’s name, schedule and end point. SANTOPINI is how Santorini is spelled in Greek. 

Where you enter a highspeed ferry.
Highspeed 6 ferry’s entrance. Hellenic Seaways highspeed ferries bound for Santorini leave at gate E7. 

It gets chaotic when ferries arrive in Santorini. You can transfer to Fira via bus already waiting for passengers from the ferry. Make sure to pace your exit and bring you bags with you as ferries just spend some minutes in the port before they depart again. 

Ferries approaching the caldera of Santorini. 
Ferries approaching the caldera of Santorini.

Disembarking a highspeed ferry that has arrived in Santorini. Luggages with wheels can be a hassle to bring out.
Disembarking a highspeed ferry that has arrived in Samtoriju. Luggage with wheels can be a hassle to bring out. 

Port of Athinios in Santorini.
This port is situated under the cliffs of Santorini. Diners, tour offices and car rentals are available. 

It can be chaotic when a ferry comes to the port as taxis and buses wait for the passengers to get off. 

Representatives of different hotels welcoming passengers that have arrived in Santorini.
Representatives of different hotels welcoming passengers that have arrived in Santorini. 

Spacious luggage compartment of Ferry Port-Fira bus.
Spacious luggage compartment of Ferry Port-Fira bus. 

Cruise ships bound for Santorini dock to the port of Skala in Fira. 
Cruise ships passengers are assisted towards the old port. 

Online sites use the following codes for ferries. 

ST=BlueStar Ferry
MF=Hellenic Seaways highspeed ferries
IJSeaJets (MegaJet and SuperJet)

Glimpses of Ferries bound for Santorini

Hassle-free ticket booking in the Athens International Airport from the Aktina Travel Agency. 


Tickets booked online can be purchased here. 
Purchase tickets from the ticket kiosks situated in Gate E7. Make sure to go to the port early as lines tends to be long.

Where to buy food in the port of Piraeus.
There are 24/7 food stalls that offer snacks and drinks located near the port of Piraeus. 

Scene when people board the Blue Star.


A Highspeed 5 ferry docked in port of Santorini.

Blue Star ferry’s restaurant for Athens-Santorini route. 

Ferry’s showers available for Athens-Santorini route. 

Seats in economy class of a ferry of Blue Star bound fot Santorini from Athens.

Reserved seats on Blue Star economy class.

Seats on business class of a ferry of Blue Star to Santorini from Athens.

Ferries of SeaJets or Blue Star bound for Santorini.
Ferries of SeaJets are smaller than Blue Star’s and expect a bumpy ride. 


These are examples of food aboard the Highspeed 4 ferry bound for Santorini and the same food you can expect from other ferries.
These are example of food aboard the Highspeed 4 bound for Santorini and the same food you can expect from other ferries. 

A Highspeed 4 of Hellenic Seaways bound for Santorini from Athens.

A Highspeed 6 ferry bound for Santorini from Athens.


Ticket for Santorini-Athens ferry.
Ferry ticket for Athens to Santorini. If you bought your ticket online and printed it, then it needs to have a bar code to get on board the ferry. If it doesn’t have one then you take your printout to the kiosks and they’ll give you a ticket like this.

This is the port of Piraeus where the ferries bound for Santorini are docked. 
This is the port of Piraeus where the ferries bound for Santorini are docked.


You need a lot of patience when you are boarding a SeaJet ferry. 

What you see when you are inside the SeaJet as the ferry gets close to Santorini. Highspeed ferries of Helllenic Seaways have similar scenery. Blue Star offers the best view of the caldera and cliffs that signal your arrival in Santorini.  
What you see when you are inside the SeaJet as the ferry gets close to Santorini. Highspeed ferries of Helllenic Seaways have similar scenery.  Blue Star offers the best view of the caldera and cliffs that signal your arrival in Santorini.

This is the Blue Star’s lounge for first class. Passengers can rest in the couches. There are also waiters. However, I still recommend to book the reserved seats in economy class instead. 
This is the Blue Star’s lounge for first class. Passengers can rest in the couches. There are also waiters. However, I still recommend to book the reserved seats in economy class instead. 

This is the business class of a highspeed ferry of Hellenic Seaways. There is little difference with economy class, so you don’t really need the upgrade. 

Blue Star ferry’s lounge for economy class. 

These are economy class seats of a highspeed ferry. Unlike in the Blue Star, you will have to reserve seats in highspeed ferries as they do not have open seats. 
These are economy class seats of a highspeed ferry. Unlike in the Blue Star, you will have to reserve seats in highspeed ferries as they do not have open seats. 

Just add €4 and you will be able to purchase reserved economy class  seats. Blue Star has special seats in economy similar to that in an airplane. 
Just add €4 and you will be able to purchase reserved economy class  seats. Blue Star has special seats in economy similar to that in an airplane.

This is an example of food available in Highspeed 5 (one of the the ferries bound for Santorini). 
There are food kiosks that sell snacks in all ferries. This is an example of food available in Highspeed 5 (one of the the ferries bound for Santorini). 

Blue Star ferry’s luggage compartment. Passengers leave their baggage in the storage and they can only access it again when the ferry has arrived in Santorini. 
Blue Star ferry’s luggage compartment alongside the vehicle compartment. Passengers leave their baggage in the storage and they can only access it again when the ferry has arrived in Santorini. 

The luggage compartment of a highspeed ferry is located at the ground floor. Passengers cannot access it for the duration of the trip to Santorini. 
The luggage compartment of a highspeed ferry is located at the ground floor. Passengers cannot access it for the duration of the trip to Santorini. 


This is the luggage compartment of a ferry of SeaJet for Santorini.
This is the luggage compartment of a ferry of SeaJet for Santorini.

Other than Flying Cats and SeaJets, the rest of the ferries have more than one deck. So there is a luggage compartment available inside though you have to climb a flight of stairs to store your things in here.

Other than Flying Cats and SeaJets, the rest of the ferries have more than one deck. So there is a luggage compartment available inside though you have to climb a flight of stairs to store your things in here.

Representatives of different hotels welcoming guests to Santorini. 
Representatives of different hotels welcoming guests to Santorini. 
Those who arranged pick-up with their hotels will see their names written on the sign. But you can just go directly to the buses enroute to Fira if you have no prior arrangement. 

Unlike in other ferries, Blue Star has ATMs where passengers can withdraw cash while aboard the ferry.  
Unlike in other ferries, Blue Star has ATMs where passengers can withdraw cash while aboard the ferry.  

Schedule of buses in the bus station of Fira. Timetable of buses enroute to the port are released a day before. 

Schedule of buses in the bus station of Fira. You can find the timetable of the buses from Fira enroute to Athinios port at the lower right side. The bus station usually release the schedule a day before. The buses are also the ones that will bring the new visitors to Athens.

Suggested Accommodation close to Port of Athens

Piraeus is the nearest ferry port from Athens city center. It can be reached by subway within 20 minutes. As departures of most ferries can be as early as 7  or 8 o’ clock in the morning, passengers tend to  think that they have to spend the night before  in a hotel in Piraeus. However, this is unnecessary. You can stay in a hotel in Athens city center particularly near Monastiraki station. Food places are plenty around the Monastiraki station. Acropolis and Plaka are just nearby. Also as early as 5:30 am, the subway is open. This is more than enough time for passengers to reach Piraeus. Piraeus is not as vibrant as Athens. It is advisable to only spend the night there if you have a late flight and you want to rest a bit before the early morning ferry trip. To get directly to Piraeus, ride the X96 bus from the airport. 

A for Athens Hotel (Level; Moderate; Location: Athens City Center) – Just a minute away from Monastiraki station, this fabulous hotel is in front of Monastiraki Square. 

Plaka Hotel (Level: Moderate; Location: Athens City Center) – Its interiors are comparable with A for Athens but has better exterior. It’s location is less crowded.  Travel time to Monastiraki metro station is just 3 minutes.  

Piraeus Theoxenia Hotel (Level: Moderate; Location: Piraeus) – The most chic among the hotels in Piraeus. The port is just 5 minutes away. 

Triton Hotel Piraeus (Level: Budget; Location: Piraeus) – Even if there are more affordable hotels with similar small rooms and bathroom) in front of the port. Triton Hotel remains a better option even if it is 3 minutes away by walking in another block.  

Key Points: To Santorini from Athens

Riding a plane is the quickest and most hassle-free transportation to Santorini from Athens. Travel time is just 45 minutes. Ferries do take  about 5 to 8 hours in the sea but they offer the stunning scenery of the caldera and the cliffs as you get near Santorini.