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

The Thira Ios ferry route connects two of the most popular tourist hotspots in the Cyclades Islands and is available for booking all year round. There are currently 3 ferry companies operating this service from Santorini to Ios. Blue Star Ferries offer 1 weekly crossing, SeaJets offer 2 weekly crossings and Golden Star Ferries offer 2 weekly crossings, but only during the height of tourist season. The total distance seperating the Thira port and the Ios port is about 23 nautical miles (38km), with SeaJets providing the fastest sailing time in 35 minutes, making it an ideal ferry route for those looking to explore the Greek islands.

The Thira ferry port, better known as Athinios, is located on the southwest coast of the island and is easily accessible via public transport and taxi. The local bus service departing every day from Fira operates compatibly with the ferry timetable. Otherwise, you can book a private transfer service like Welcome Pickups, which can take you directly to the passenger terminals. In the meantime, don’t miss out on all the best offers for hotels in Santorini by visiting our accommodation page.

All companies operating this route welcome foot passengers and car transfers onboard their Santorini to Ios ferry service. However, please remember that only 1 vehicle is allowed per booking.

Santorini to Ios sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season, and from month to month, so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

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Thira Ios Ferry reviews

  • "Santorini to Ios"

    Great trip from Santorini - Ios, boat was over half an hour late on a 35m crossing but we didn’t mind that - seemed to be due to the busy port rather than the ferry company and the journey itself including the embarking and disembarking once in port was incredibly efficient.

    'Champion Jet 2' travelled on Champion Jet 2

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  • "Quick, pleasant, and inexpensive"

    Best Greek ferry ride in 3 years. Someone, noticing my heavy backpack, guided me to an elevator, which save my knees. The smooth and ridged areas on the gangplank were well spaced to keeping my balance and ensuring that my bag slided onto and off the ship.

    '' travelled on

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  • "Great ride, poor communication"

    It was a great ride and the ferry is very impressive. I would definitely recommend taking this ferry. Our ticket indicated that we had to be at the port 2 hours in advance. For us that meant being at the port at 5am to depart 7am. I thought that this waiting time might be excessive and therefore emailed direct ferries in order to ask whether we can be at the port later. The response I received was that we absolutely had to be there at 5 am. When we got there at 5am the ticket office was still closed. The ticket office only opened at 6:15. Therefore I don't understand by we had to be there at 5am. We also seem to be the only passengers that was there 2 hours in advance.

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  • "Excellent "

    Easy to book on line. I would say it needs to be clearer that the email confirmation needs to be swapped for proper tickets (easy to do once you realise). The seajet was spacious, comfy and speedy. We were pleased with how smoothly it all went. Be aware that embarking is very fast. They turn the boat around in 5 minutes! We would certainly travel this way again.

    'Caldera Vista' travelled on Caldera Vista

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Santorini to Ios Ferry Schedule

The ferry schedule for this ferry route has up to 46 ferries running per week, with 7 ferries running per week by Blue Star Ferries, 3 ferries running per day by Seajets, 3 ferries running per week by Zante Ferries, 14 ferries running per week by Golden Star Ferries, and 1 ferry per week by Minoan Lines, so there is not one single ferry timetable available here.

Ferry timetables for this route can be affected by many different factors, such as seasonal changes, changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operators, and so on, but here at Direct Ferries, we will always give you the most relevant information when you are making your booking, so you can find the best ferry at the best time for you.

How long does the Ferry to Ios from Santorini take?

Ferry sail durations on this ferry route can greatly vary between 30 minutes, to 40 minutes, to 50 minutes, to 1 hour and 20 minutes, to 1 hour and 30 minutes, and this is due to numerous reasons. These can include changes to the ferry route, changes made by the ferry operators, different ferry operators, and external factors such as weather conditions at the time of sail, so be sure to check before you book, what your expected sail time will be.

Santorini to Ios Ferry Prices

How much the ferry to Ios from Santorini will cost is defined by many separate aspects, such as what time of year you are travelling, which ferry route you are travelling on, which ferry operator you are travelling with, how you are travelling, and other such factors, so there are multiple ferry fares on offer here. Instead, we recommend checking out our helpful fare finder tool, to find the best ferry at the best price for you, and be sure to sign up to our email newsletter, to be the first to hear about our latest deals and offers.

Can I take my Car on the Ferry to Ios from Santorini?

You are currently able to take your car with you on this ferry route.

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