Heraklion
Santorini (Thira)
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Heraklion (Crete) to Santorini (Thira) Ferry

The Heraklion to Santorini ferry route is provided by 5 operators and runs all year round. The ferry crossing from Crete to Santorini is approximately 2 hours on ferries servicing this route. Crete to Santorini ferry duration can range between 1 hour 50 minutes and 6 hours 25 minutes depending on the operator you are sailing with.

Crete to Santorini Ferry Schedules

There are 29 weekly sailings from Heraklion to Santorini. SeaJets provide up to 14 weekly sailings, Golden Star Ferries provide up to 7 weekly sailings, Anek Lines provide 1 weekly sailing, Minoan Lines provide 3 weekly sailings and Cyclades Fast Ferries provide up to 4 weekly sailings. Please note that ferry timetables often increase during the high season.

Crete to Santorini Ferry Time

The first ferry leaves Heraklion at around 01:30 and the last ferry leaves at around 09:40. Ferry schedules can vary by operator and season.

High Speed Ferry Crete to Santorini

The fastest ferry from Crete to Santorini is with SeaJets and Cyclades Fast Ferries in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

How much is a fast ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?

The fastest ferries from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) usually cost around £350.

Can I book a cabin on the ferry from Crete to Santorini?

Cabins are available on ferry trips from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) with Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Minoan Lines and SeaJets.

Crete to Santorini Ferry Price

Ferry price from Heraklion – Santorini can range between £144 and £573 depending on the operator, season and whether you are travelling with a vehicle. The average price of a foot passenger is £288, prices can range between £144 and £525. The average price with a car is £507. Car prices can range between £234 and £850. Prices may vary for other vehicle types. All ferry prices can vary from season to season.

Prices subject to change, pricing representative of searches over last 30 days. Please note that prices do not include booking fees.

Cheap Ferry Heraklion to Santorini

Find cheap ferry tickets using our deal finder. It is recommended to book in advance for the best possible prices and availability on the ferry to Santorini.

How to get from Heraklion to Santorini

The best way to travel from Heraklion to Santorini by ferry. With 2 sailings per day, you are bound to find a suitable ferry crossing to suit your needs. You can alternatively book a ferry from Rethymno to Thira in Santorini if that’s a more suitable route for your travels.

Can I travel in first class on ferries from Crete to Santorini?

First class is available on ferries from Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) with Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines and SeaJets.

Heraklion Ferry Port

Heraklion ferry port is located on the northern coast of Crete and is easily reached by car and public transport. If you are travelling by car, simply follow the Green National Road 90 as this joins the port with all the major cities on the northern coast. Alternatively, there is a public bus service that departs hourly from Chania, which drops passengers directly outside the terminals.
In the meantime, feel free to visit our accommodation page for the best hotels in Santorini.

Heraklion to Santorini (Thira) Ferry Alternatives

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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 £194*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 14
Average Sailing Duration 2h 3m
Fastest Sailing Duration 1h 50m
First Ferry 01:30
Last Ferry 23:00
Distance 59 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

The ferry crossing time from Heraklion to Thira is approximately 3h 15m. Sailing durations may vary from season to season and by operator so we’d advise doing a live check.

How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Heraklion to Thira ferry price can differ depending on the season. The average price of a ferry from Heraklion to Thira is £195. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Heraklion to Thira?

There are 4 popular ferry operators for Heraklion to Thira. These are
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • Anek Lines
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Thira?

Book ferries from Heraklion to Thira through our deal finder and check our offers page to view the latest ferry offers.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, you can travel as a foot passenger from Heraklion to Thira with
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

Can you take your car on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Heraklion to Thira with
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, pets are permitted onboard the ferry. You may need a pet passport. Please read the ferry operators pet guidelines. Currently you can bring pets on ferries with
  • SeaJets

How far is Thira from Heraklion?

The distance between Heraklion to Thira is approximately 59 nautical Miles.

Heraklion Santorini (Thira) Ferry reviews

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  • "Kassos to Sitia"

    We were very happy with the trip overall. Two points for improvement: the toilets need to be cleaned more often; there is seating available but inconsiderate people often take more than they need - perhaps an announcement could be made to remind everyone to be more thoughtful.

    'Prevelis' travelled on Prevelis

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  • "Naxos - Sifnos"

    Good trip

    'Superjet' travelled on Superjet

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  • "Milos-Sifnos A/R"

    Everything was perfect: the superjet an incredible experience! 

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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 Thira Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 27/05/2024 and 02/06/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Cyclades Fast Ferries 07:30 09:20 1 hour 50 minutes Tue, Fri, Sun
SeaJets 08:00 09:50 1 hour 50 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
SeaJets 08:45 10:35 1 hour 50 minutes Mon
Blue Star Ferries 23:10 05:20 6 hours 10 minutes Mon
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