Heraklion
Thira (Santorini)
Ferries to Cyclades Islands
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Heraklion to Thira (Santorini) Ferry

The Heraklion Thira ferry route connects Crete to the Cyclades Islands and is available for booking all year round. There are just 2 ferry companies that operate this service from Heraklion to Santorini right now. While SeaJets offer 2 crossings per week on an annual basis, Minoan Lines offer 1 crossing per week but only during the height of tourist season. The total distance between the Heraklion port and the Thira port is about 63 nautical miles (120km), with SeaJets providing the fastest sailing time in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

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.

SeaJets and Minoan Lines each welcome foot passengers and cars onboard their service from Heraklion to Santorini. However, please be advised that only 1 vehicle is allowed per booking.

You can alternatively book a ferry from Rethymno to Thira in Santorini if that’s a more suitable route for your travels.

Heraklion to Thira Ferry Alternatives

For more information, please visit our Ferries from Crete to Cyclades Islands page.
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Heraklion Thira Ferry reviews

  • "Easy journey"

    Good punctual service.nice clean ferry. Office was closed night b4 so went early and got ticket printed for extra 2 euro. Service was fine and easy

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  • "Nice trip"

    Nice experience for us. The ship was fast, clean and on time. Can't fault it at all.

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  • "Great service, included accommodating our change of date request"

    Thank you Minoan Lines, we really appreciated you accommodating our change of date request after we made a mistake. The ferry was clean and well run with really efficient staff, the only issue was that some of the seating allocations meant that couples weren't sat together but the staff on the ship were great and managed it so people weren't separated. Thank you

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  • "Really nice trip! "

    The trip was grear, it was my first travel by ferry and I really enjoy it, very nice and comfortable. Only thing I would change would be an issue with departure time. We took the ferry from Heraklion terminal to Thira. Ship departure was scheduled at 9.40, but when we bought our tickets it was adviced to be 2 hours earlier from departure time. When we arrive, we couldn't board until 1 hour before departure, so we had to wait in the port terminal.

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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.


Thira Guide

Thira is the official name of the island of Santorini, Greece and is located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of mainland Greece.

Thira is essentially what remained after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera.

With its dramatic views, stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches, it is no surprise that Thira is hugely popular with holidaymakers.


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