Athens (Rafina)
Santorini (Thira)
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Athens (Rafina) Santorini (Thira) Ferries

The Athens (Rafina) Santorini (Thira) ferry route connects Athens with Cyclades Islands and is currently operated by 2 ferry companies. The SeaJets service runs up to 6 times per week with a sailing duration of around 5 hours 15 minutes while the Golden Star Ferries service runs up to 7 times per week with a duration from 6 hours 10 minutes.

So that’s a combined 13 sailings on offer per week on the Athens (Rafina) Santorini (Thira) route between Athens and Cyclades Islands. Compare now and get the best fare at the time that you want to travel.

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Athens (Rafina) - Santorini (Thira) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 2
Operators Golden Star Ferries & SeaJets
Average Price 277 €*
Average Weekly Sailings 6
Average Sailing Duration 6h 10m
First Ferry 07:15
Distance 123 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 Rafina to Thira?

    The approximate duration for ferries from Rafina to Thira is 5h 42m. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Rafina to Thira?

    2 popular ferry companies travel from Rafina to Thira. These ferry companies are
    • SeaJets
    • Golden Star Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Rafina to Thira?

    Book Rafina to Thira tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.
  • Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Rafina to Thira?

    Yes, foot passengers are allowed onboard the ferries from Rafina to Thira with
    • SeaJets
    • Golden Star Ferries
  • Can you take your car on the ferry from Rafina to Thira?

    Yes, you can travel with a car from Rafina to Thira with the following operators
    • SeaJets
    • Golden Star Ferries
  • Can you bring pets on the ferry from Rafina to Thira?

    Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their pets onboard the ferry. Please ensure you read all the information around pet travel from the operator you decide to travel with. The following operators currently allow pets on their ferries
    • SeaJets
    • Golden Star Ferries

Athens (Rafina) Guide

The Greek town of Rafina lies on the east coast of the Attica region of Greece. The town, and its port, is on the Aegean Sea coast, to the east of the Penteli Mountains and to the north east of the Mesogaia Plain. The Greek capital, Athens, is 25 km to the west of Rafina which is close to the towns of Artemida and Nea Makri. It is a popular destination for Athenians, due to its proximity to Athens, who drive out of the city to Rafina to eat in one of the town's many fish restaurants that line the harbour. It is common to see the day's catch on display on beds of ice outside each restaurant.

Rafina's port is the second largest in the Attica region, after Piraeus, although this is likely to change by the port at Lavrio which is currently being expanded. ferries from Rafina's port depart to the southern part of Euboea and to most of the Cyclades Islands. Both conventional and high speed ferries operate to the islands with most departing Rafina in the morning.


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.


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