Santorini (Thira)
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Heraklion Santorini (Thira) Ferry

The Heraklion Santorini (Thira) ferry route connects Crete with Cyclades Islands and is currently operated by 5 ferry companies. Blue Star Ferries operate their crossing up to 1 times per week, Anek Lines 1 times per week, SeaJets 12 times per week, Minoan Lines 3 times per week & the Cyclades Fast Ferries service is available up to 4 times per week.

There are a combined 21 sailings available per week on the Heraklion Santorini (Thira) crossing between Crete and Cyclades Islands and with 5 ferry companies on offer it is advisable to compare all to make sure you get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.

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Crete (Heraklion) - Santorini (Thira) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 5
Operators Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets
Average Price 234 €*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 14
Average Sailing Duration 1h 55m
Fastest Sailing Duration 1h 40m
First Ferry 07:00
Last Ferry 22:45
Distance 59 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2023-08-01.

Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira)?

    The approximate duration for ferries from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) is 2h 59m. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira)?

    Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) is approximately 390 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Heraklion to Santorini (Thira)?

    5 popular ferry companies travel from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira). These ferry companies are
    • Blue Star Ferries
    • Anek Lines
    • SeaJets
    • Minoan Lines
    • Cyclades Fast Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira)?

    Book Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.
  • How far is Santorini (Thira) from Heraklion?

    Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) is approximately 59 nautical miles distance apart.

Heraklion Guide

The Greek city of Heraklion is the capital and largest city on the island of Crete. A popular visitor attraction near the city is Knossos, which is around 5 km from Heraklion. This important archaeological site was the Palace of King Minos and home to the Minotaur, if legend is to be believed. The palace was built over the remains of a former Neolithic settlement in around 1900 BC.

An important attraction in the city itself is the Archaeological Museum which can be found on one corner of the central Eleftherias Square, in a converted power station. The museum collects and displays many artefacts from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other important archaeological sites on the island. The museum's collection spans several thousand years and includes the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescos, jewellery, wall paintings and pottery.

Visitors to Heraklion can take a ferry from the port, which is important for both passenger services and cargo, to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also daily sailings to the mainland port of Piraeus.

Santorini (Thira) Guide

The Greek island of Santorini is one of the Cyclades group of islands that lies in the south Aegean Sea. The island has very much been shaped by its volcanic past which has created a rather unusual landscape in places. A popular site on the island is the water filled 'Caldera' crater and is surrounded by a wall of colourful cliffs which are packed full of charming houses. The island is also known for its lovely beaches, its busy port, its archaeological finds and the wonderful sunsets which are best viewed from the village of Oia, on the island's northernmost tip.

The island's beaches are distinctive in that they are mainly made up of dark volcanic sands, which can get very hot during the summer, and therefore a sun lounger or towel are an essential piece of kit. The best beaches tend to be located around the eastern coastline and always popular is the stretch found at Perissa. However, a little to the south is Perivolos Beach which is also lovely as is Red Beach which is close to ancient Akrotiri, where the red cliffs are hard to miss.

Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 25/09/2023 and 01/10/2023

Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Cyclades Fast Ferries 07:00 08:50 1 hour 50 minutes Tue, Fri, Sun
SeaJets 08:00 09:50 1 hour 50 minutes Mon, Sat, Sun
SeaJets 08:15 10:05 1 hour 50 minutes Sat
Minoan Lines 09:00 10:55 1 hour 55 minutes Mon, Sat
Minoan Lines 10:00 11:55 1 hour 55 minutes Wed
Blue Star Ferries 22:45 01:55 3 hours 10 minutes Mon
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