This is the most up-to-date information on how to get from Mykonos to Santorini. Includes the latest Mykonos to Santorini ferry schedules and travel advice.
Mykonos-Santorini Made Easy
I've now been living in Greece for over five years, and during that time traveled by ferry to many of the Cyclades Greek islands.
When I first started taking ferry rides, it was difficult finding information. As a result, I created this guide on how to get to Santorini from Mykonos.
Using Ferry hopper, you can check the Mykonos ferry price, and quickly book your ferry tickets online. It's hassle-free and literally takes just a few minutes to do!
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.
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.
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!
How long is the ferry ride from Mykonos to Santorini?
A fast ferry can cover to distance in1 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 does the ferry cost from Mykonos to Santorini?
Depending on the time of year, ferry ticket prices start from 42 euro. Children and students may be entitled to discounts.
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.
Here, we are listing the different ferry services travelling between the Greek islands of Mykonos to Santorini in 2019.
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 up to four direct ferries travelling between the two islands on a daily basis, taking anywhere from just under 2 hours to just over 3.
If time is your most important factor, your best bet is the Hellenic Seajets World Champion Jet or the Champion Jet 2. They both take around 2 hours, but at 66.80 euro (at the time of writing) they are the most costly options.
Alternatively, you can travel from Mykonos Island on on Mega Jet, which takes around 3 hours. Sifnos Jet is a significantly smaller boat, so it might not be best in case of strong winds.
All these Mykonos ferry options offer the base fare option, quoted above, but also have business and, in some cases, VIP seats. This generally means that you will be less crammed, and perhaps a little quieter.
Hellenic Sea Jets allows you to buy and print your ferry tickets online, which is another advantage as you won’t have to pick them up from the port or an agent.
Getting from Mykonos to Santorini on the Golden Star ferries
Another company with ferry routes between Mykonos and Santorini is Golden Star ferries. For summer 2019, they operate three passenger / vehicle boats from Mykonos to Santorini, called Superrunner, Superferry and Superferry II. There is also a smaller boat called Supercat, which doesn’t carry vehicles.
The Supercat is a lot quicker, but it’s a smaller boat and might let you down in windy weather. Your best bet here is probably either of the Superferry boats.
They are good value and they only make one stop at Paros before it gets to Athinios. For more information on the Golden Star Ferries ferry schedule, you can check their website: Golden Star Ferries.
Getting from Mykonos to Santorini on Minoan Lines
In peak season, Minoan Lines run a boat from Mykonos to Santorini once a day, namely Santorini Palace Highspeed. I haven’t been on this particular ferry, but Minoan Lines boats are the most luxurious I have seen in Greece.
This would be your most expensive option, at 68 euro for the base fare at the time of writing.
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.
As I live in Athens, Greece and am not pushed for time, I would probably go for one of the budget options when island-hopping by ferry. Either the Superferry or the MegaJet, at 42-43 euro one-way looks good to me.
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.
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