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 or five boats daily 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. This includes ferry operators, ferry routes, and information about the vessels themselves.
Top Tip: We use Ferryhopper, a Greek ferry booking website for our own bookings when we travel in Greece.
It's our number one recommendation for booking Greek ferry tickets from Crete to Santorini online.
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 ferries from Chania to Santorini. If this changes in the future and a Chania to Santorini ferry is introduced, 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 takes around two to two and a half hours. Ferries from Rethymnon or Sitia take longer.
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.
During the summer, they run two high-speed ferries a day between Crete and Santorini.
Caldera Vista, also known as Master Jet, departs daily from Heraklion, and takes just under 2 hours to get to Santorini. It then continues on to other Cyclades islands.
This is a medium size (74 metre) ferry that can carry a limited number of cars. It has two types of seats, costing either 69 euros for the standard seat, or 52 euros for the business class. You can check prices here at: Ferryhopper.
If you want to go on Hellenic SeaJets from Crete to Santorini, your other option is Champion Jet 2.
This slightly bigger vessel departs from Rethymnon on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and from Heraklion on all other days.
It only takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to travel from Rethymnon to Santorini, and is the fastest option between Heraklion and Santorini, at 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Ticket prices for this ferry to Santorini range from 69 to 90 euros, depending on seat class.
You can read more information about these two ferries here. Note that at the time of writing, Caldera Vista appears under its old name, Master Jet.
The SeaJet high speed ferries from Crete to Santorini run from May to October. E-tickets are available for these ferries.
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 on most days on the Heraklion – Santorini route, taking just two hours.
Typically the same ferry will continue to other islands, such as Mykonos and Paros.
This is one of the biggest high speed ferries running from Crete to Santorini. They also continue running past the end of September, but not on a daily basis.
We have no personal experience of Santorini Palace, but judging from our experiences on other Minoan Line boats, we expect high quality. Prices are similar to the SeaJets – seats cost from 69 to 82 euros.
Crete to Santorini ferry information – Golden Star ferries
The Superrunner is a big high-speed ferry, with passenger and vehicle capacity. It takes just under 2 hours to get from Heraklion to Santorini.
Tickets start at 58 euro, or 78 for a business class seat. The seats are all indoors, and there is no deck option. E-tickets are available, so you don’t need to pick them up from the port.
Heraklion to Santorini on the Olympus ferry – Sea Speed Ferries
Budget travellers will be delighted to know that there is a lower priced option connecting Crete and Santorini. This is Olympus, a large, conventional ferry operated by a company called Fast Ferries.
Olympus departs from Rethymno on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings year-round, and will get you to Santorini in just over 4 hours. Ticket prices start at 35 euro for deck seats, and there are no reserved seats.
Crete to Santorini ferry information – Prevelis boat, ANEK Lines / Aegeon Pelagos
If you are visiting Crete outside the summer season, you could consider another slow ferry called Prevelis.
This runs from Sitia to Santorini every Thursday and Sunday, with a stop at Heraklion on Sundays.
It takes around 6 hours to get from Heraklion to Santorini, but only costs 28 euros. This makes it the cheapest ferry from Crete to Santorini.
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.
Santorini Day Trip from Crete
Would you prefer to keep yourself based in Crete, and simply take a day trip from Crete to Santorini?
This is entirely possible, but you should keep in mind it can be a long day, and time will restrict what you can see or do in one day in Santorini.
It might be best to opt for a Crete to Santorini day trip that also includes a guided tour around the island to maximise your time there.
Some examples of Santorini day trips are here:
Hotels in Santorini
If the next step in your trip planning is to choose a hotel in Santorini, I highly recommend Booking.
It's an easy to use website, and there's a good range of filters to narrow down exactly the type of accommodation you need.
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