There are 4 or 5 ferries per day going from Mykonos to Santorini during the high season summer months. In this guide, I'll show you how to book ferry tickets online, and share other ferry travel information you need to know before traveling.
Taking the Mykonos Santorini Ferry
When I first started island hopping in Greece, it was difficult finding information. As a result, I created this guide on how to get to Santorini from Mykonos by ferry.
Below, you'll find information about the various ferry companies in Greece and the choices you have.
To make life even easier for you though, I suggest you take a look at this website >> Ferryhopper.
Using Ferry hopper, you can check the Mykonos ferry timetables, and quickly book your ferry tickets online. It's hassle-free and literally takes just a few minutes to do!
Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini
The quickest ferry trip between Mykonos and Santorini is around 1 hours and 55 minutes. This is on a high speed ferry, which is normally more expensive.
You can expect ticket prices to be around 68.70 Euro for a departure date in the peak season summer months.
The slowest ferry rides sailing to Santorini from Mykonos can take nearly 3 hours and 40 minutes.
The cheapest ferry deal is normally on Minoan Lines and costs around 49.00 Euro.
For the latest departure times and ticket availability, check Ferryhopper.
The departure port in Mykonos is sometimes referred to as Mykonos New Port. It is located just 2 kilometres or so from Mykonos town.
There are regular buses running to the Old Port timed for when ferries depart. You can also take a taxi to the port – I advise to book these ahead of time.
It is suggested that you be at the departure port one hours ahead of when ferry rides are scheduled to leave.
Arrival in Santorini
Santorini ferries arrive at the main ferry port, sometimes referred to as Athinios Ferry Port. You definitely don't want to walk from the port to wherever your hotel is in Santorini, as there is a long, steep section of road to get up first which would be a nightmare to hike in the summer!
In the tourist season, there are buses waiting to meet ferry arrivals in the port, which will take you to Fira. Tickets may only be purchased with cash; each ticket costs €2.30/person and the trip is about 20 minutes long.
If you are not staying in Fira, you would need to take another bus from there to your destination.
Unless your hotel host is collecting you from the port, you might find it easier to pre-book a taxi to take you from the port to your Santorini hotel. You can do that easily here: Welcome Taxis.
Ferry Companies sailing from Mykonos to Santorini
The ferry operators vary slightly from year to year, and season to season. For the summer of 2021, the following ferry companies provided services along to Mykonos Santorini route: Golden Star Ferries, SeaJets, and Minoan Lines.
Note that Blue Star Ferries does not sail on the Mykonos to Santorini route during the summer.
Getting from Mykonos to Santorini on the Golden Star ferries
In 2021, Golden Star Ferries have a daily boat crossing from between Mykonos and Santorini.
The ferry departs Mykonos at 09.50 and arrives in Santorini at 13.30. The total journey time with this ferry company is 3 hours and 40 minutes. Ticket prices begin at 58.00 Euro for a foot passenger.
Getting from Mykonos to Santorini on the Hellenic SeaJets ferries
One of the main companies travelling from Mykonos to Santorini island, is a company called Hellenic Sea Jets. They have 3 ferries per day on this crossing.
The first ferry leave Mykonos at 09.50 and arrives in Santorini at 11.45. The journey time is 1 hour and 55 minutes, with ticket prices starting at 68.70.
The second daily SeaJets ferry leaves at 11.00 and arrives at 14.35. This is a longer journey of 3 hours and 35 minutes, and ferry tickets start from 68.50 Euro.
The last ferry to Santorini that SeaJets provide every day, is the 12.40 crossing, which arrives at 15.30. This 2 hour and 50 minute ferry ride starts at 59.70 Euro.
Getting from Mykonos to Santorini on Minoan Lines
In peak season, Minoan Lines run the Santorini Palace Highspeed from Mykonos to Santorini three times a week. The days this vessel sails are Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
It might be a relatively slow ferry trip at 3 hours and 35 minutes, but it is the cheapest option at 49.00 Euro. Perhaps a choice for budget minded island hoppers!
Buying a Mykonos to Santorini ferry ticket – Which company to choose?
The choice of ferry operators is yours. In general you will need to consider if money is more important to you than time. Just bear in mind that smaller ferries can give you a hard time if you get seasick easily.
Also keep in mind that this 2021 ferry schedule might look very different from what is offered in 2022.
Are there any direct flights from Mykonos to Santorini?
You might think that because both islands have airports, there would be flights from Mykonos to Santorini, especially during the summer.
This is not the case though. There are currently no plans to offer direct flights Mykonos to Santorini.
Comparing Mykonos and Santorini
The two Cyclades islands are quite different from each other.
Santorini has the amazing landscapes and views to the volcano, the picturesque blue-domed houses, the stunning sunsets over the Aegean Sea, and the unique wineries.
Mykonos is more of a party island, a place where many people go to see and be seen, a cosmopolitan destination – but it’s also a really pretty place.
The only way to travel from Mykonos to Santorini is by ferry as there is no direct flight. Unless you are celebrating something special and want to splurge that is, in which case you can always try the Mykonos to Santorini helicopter route!
So, when you're planning your Greek islands trip, keep in mind there are no direct Mykonos to Santorini flights. If you had to fly because you had an aversion to ferries and boats, you'd have to take flights in and out of Athens, which would end up being rather time-consuming.
Travel from Mykonos to Santorini
Ask anyone who is travelling to Greece for the first time where they want to go, and they will most likely mention three destinations – Athens, Mykonos and Santorini .
For most visitors, these are the three places they have heard the most about, and also the most likely to include in a week’s vacation to Greece.
The question is though, what is the easiest way to get from one place to another? The answer is by ferry, but there is more than one to choose from!Previously, I've written a guide on how to get from Athens to Santorini and how to get from Athens to Mykonos. This guide on island-hopping covers how to get from Santorini to Mykonos by ferry.
The best way to get from Mykonos to Santorini
Ask five people for the best ferry from Mykonos to Santorini, and you are likely to get five different answers.
In fact, the answer is really up to you. There are a range of ferries available, you would just have to find the one that suits your timetable and budget best.
If you want to travel Mykonos to Santorini with a vehicle, you'd also need to make sure you choose a vessel that will carry it.
Dimitris Mentakis graciously offered us some of his fantastic photos to use in our articles. This is one of them!
FAQ About Island Hopping Mykonos to Santorini
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions readers have about taking a ferry to Santorini from Mykonos.
How do you get from Mykonos to Santorini?
The only way to get from Mykonos to Santorini is by ferry, as there are no direct flights between the two islands. There are up to 5 ferries per day during the summer months.
How long is the ferry ride from Mykonos to Santorini?
A fast ferry can cover to distance in 1 hour 50 minutes, while a slower ferry will take 4 hours to get from Mykonos to Santorini. The time difference is often reflected in the ferry ticket price, with the high-speed crossings costing more.
How much is the ferry from Mykonos to Santorini?
Depending on the ferry service, and how long the ferry takes, ticket prices can range from 49 Euro to 70 Euro. Discounts may also be available for students and other concessions.
Our preferred website to check schedules for the Mykonos to Santorini ferry route, is a third-party provider called FerryHopper, showing itineraries and prices for most boat trips in Greece.
Many passengers find buying tickets through FerryHopper is very easy, and most ferry operators now offer e-tickets. If you do have to physically collect them, you'll need to drop by an agent or the port at Mykonos before your departure for Santorini.
Note: Ferries leave from Mykonos New Port just outside of Mykonos Town. Your ferry will then arrive at Athinios Port in Santorini. This is sometimes referred to as New Port.
What are the ferries in Greece like?
The Greek ferry fleet is operated by dozens of different companies, with varying sized vessels. Take a look here for an indepth guide to Ferries in Greece.
Which is better, Mykonos or Santorini?
These two popular islands are very different in nature. Without doubt, Mykonos has the best beaches, but Santorini has the most impressive views and overall charm.
Mykonos to Santorini Day Trip
Theoretically, it looks possible to go from one island to another and back in a day, but in practice it just doesn't work. Especially if you want to spend time at the must-visit spots in Santorini and enjoy the sunset.
So, no Santorini-Mykonos day trip – Unless you're rolling in cash and take the helicopter option for air travel of course!
If you are looking how to get to and from Santorini ferry ports check out my detailed article here: Santorini Transfers. Alternatively, one of the options below might appeal if you want to pre-book a transfer to the island hotels and accommodation in Thira and Oia.
Accommodation in Santorini
Once you have your ferry ride to Santorini organized, the next step is planning which hotels to choose from! If you're looking for hotel views over the caldera, this guide to the best sunset hotels in Santorini is essential reading.
Onward Travel From Santorini
If you are planning to visit other Greek islands after Santorini, you might want to take a look at this Santorini island hopping guide.
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