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Ferries to Greece

Greek ferries are the best way to get around Greece as the country is made up of the longest coastline in the Mediterranean and encompasses countless islands and archipelagos. The most popular ferries go from Italy to Greece, from Piraeus (the port of Athens) to the islands and domestic crossings within the hundreds of beautiful islands. Island hopping with Greek ferries is very popular as you can visit many gorgeous islands in one holiday.

There is a plethora of Greek ferry routes to chose from so you really are spoiled for choice when planning your journey. Find all Greek ferry routes and ports on our map or select an individual route for more details.

Getting to Greece with a ferry

If you want to travel from Italy to Greece you can embark from Venice, Ancona, Bari or Brindisi and travel across the Adriatic Sea to Patras or Igoumenitsa on the Greek west coast or the island of Corfu.

How long do ferries take to Greece?

The fastest route to Greece is from Brindisi or Bari to Corfu with a crossing time of only 8 hours. To the Greek mainland the fastest sailing is Bari – Igoumenitsa. The longest crossing is Venice to Igoumenitsa with a duration of 30 hours and 30 minutes, but this means that you can relax and safe on a long overland drive.

Depending on your selected route ferry services operate on a schedule between once and 11 times per week.

Greek ferries within Greece

Some of the most popular islands are the Cyclades islands of Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Milos, as well as the island of Crete, Rhodes, Skopelos, Symi, Kos and Corfu to name but a few.

Head over to our Greek Islands page for more information about ferry services within Greece.

Should I book Greek ferries in advance?

Despite the wide range of ferry routes and sailings offered on Greek ferries, especially in the summer months ferries can be fully booked in advance and prices tend to increase the closer the date of departure comes. To ensure you get the choice and price that best suits your travel plans.

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Greece reviews

  • "Great ship"

    Beautiful trip to Barcelona in wonderful ship! I’m not used to taking a ferry over a long long duration because I normally suffer from sea sickness but after this experience I have changed my mind. The lounges are big, well-kept and clean and I didn’t have the impression of being on the sea but in a hotel. My boyfriend and I were very pleased!

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  • "Beautiful ship"

    We took this ferry to Porto Torres several times and we have always been satisfied. We didn’t go for a proper dinner on board, just a quick snack in the self service restaurant which seemed pretty good. Cabin was very clean, lounges were spacious and we even arrived ahead of schedule. Great experience.

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  • "Marvellous ferry"

    In my opinion this is a fantastic ferry! It deserves more than 3 1/2 stars, should be more like 4 1/2. Food was tasty, my cabin are very nice and spotlessly clean, there is a swimming pool, disco - it’s wonderful (I would recommend it)!

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  • "The ultimate ship!"

    I went with my partner to Barcelona with this ferry and, I have to say, it’s exceptional. Excellent food, great spa, disco, casino, swimming pool and clean/nice cabins. It’s my favourite ship.

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Routes and Ports in Greece