This travel guide on how to get the Crete to Santorini ferry has all the information you need to make your Greek island hopping planning easier.
How to get from Crete to Santorini
One of the most popular combinations of Greek islands to visit, apart from the Athens-Santorini-Mykonos route, is the Santorini – Crete itinerary.
With four boats going from Crete to Santorini daily during the summer, it is very easy to combine the two islands.
This article includes all the Crete to Santorini ferry information you will need to plan your trip in summer.
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Where do the ferries from Crete to Santorini leave from?
Most ferries to Santorini depart from Heraklion, but there are options from Rethymno and Sitia as well.
Heraklion is the most popular port in Crete to depart from when going to Santorini.
Currently, there are no boats running from Chania to Santorini. If this changes in the future, we'll keep you updated.
How long does it take to ferry from Crete to Santorini?
This depends on the port in Crete you leave from, and which type of ferry service you choose.
Generally speaking, the Heraklion – Santorini ferry crossing takes 2 and a half hours.
Crete to Santorini ferry information – Hellenic SeaJet ferries
Hellenic SeaJets is one of the biggest ferry companies in Greece, connecting 26 islands. They serve numerous routes, especially around the Cyclades islands.
For summer, they run two high-speed ferries a day between Crete and Santorini.
The first boat, Caldera Vista, departs daily from Heraklion, and takes about 2 hours 20 minutes to get to Santorini.
It’s a small ferry that can carry a limited number of cars. It has two types of seats, costing either 48 euros for the standard seat, or 52 euros for the business class.
If you want to go on Hellenic SeaJets from Crete to Santorini, your other option is Champion Jet 2.
This vessel departs from Rethymnon on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and from Heraklion on all other days.
It takes a little less than 3 hours to go from Rethymnon to Santorini, and is the fastest option between Heraklion and Santorini, at just under 2 hours.
Ticket prices are more expensive than the Caldera Vista, and range from 69 to 84 euros depending on seat class.
You can read more information about these two ferries here. Note that Caldera Vista appears under its old name, Master Jet.
The SeaJet high speed ferries from Crete to Santorini stop running at some point in October.
Book tickets via: Ferryhopper
Crete to Santorini ferry information – Minoan Lines
Minoan Lines is one of our favourite ferry companies in Greece. In summer, a high speed boat called Santorini Palace will run daily on the Heraklion – Santorini route, taking just two hours. On most days, the boat will continue to other islands, such as Mykonos and Paros.
This is the biggest high speed ferry running from Crete to Santorini. They also run past the end of September, but not on a daily basis.
We have no personal experience of Santorini Palace, but judging from other Minoan Line boats, we expect high quality. This should justify the slightly higher price – seats cost from 70 to 78 euros.
Book tickets here: Ferryhopper
Crete to Santorini ferry information – Golden Star ferries
The Golden Star ferries company operates two ferries from Crete to Santorini, running on alternate days. They are called Superferry and Superferry II, and you may have used them before, as they also go from Rafina port in Athens to Santorini.
Both of them are big, slow ferries, with passenger and vehicle capacity. They take a little over 3 hours to get from Crete to Santorini, so they are one of the slowest options.
Tickets start at 42 euro, or 52 for a numbered seat, and as such are more oriented to the budget conscious traveller.
Crete to Santorini ferry information – Prevelis boat, ANEK Lines / Aegeon Pelagos
If you are on a real budget and no tight schedule, you could also consider Prevelis ferry, running from Sitia and Heraklion to Santorini every Sunday.
It takes around 6 hours to get from Heraklion to Santorini, but only costs 28 euros. If you want to experience an old-fashioned type of ferry that runs all year long, you will find this option interesting.
On the way from Crete to Santorini, Prevelis stops at a remote, off-the-beaten-track island called Anafi. Few visitors venture out there, so if you want to get away from the tourist crowds, it’s a good choice.
How to get to Heraklion port from Heraklion city
Heraklion port is pretty close to the centre of Heraklion town, and it’s not too busy, so you don’t need to go there long in advance of your trip – a half hour is fine.
Are there flights from Crete to Santorini?
It is possible to fly from Crete to Santorini, but as the flight has a layover in Athens it will definitely be more time-consuming and more expensive than the ferry.
So it’s best to take the ferry – and with the above Crete to Santorini ferry information, you can easily choose the best option for you.
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