In this guide on how to travel from Milos to Santorini by ferry, find out about ferry schedules, companies, and routes between Milos and Santorini.
Milos to Santorini Ferry
During the summer months and the tourist season, there are regular ferries sailing between Milos and Santorini. There is normally at least one ferry a day, and for 5 days of the week, the frequency increases to two ferries.
The easiest way to check for ferries to Santorini from Milos and schedules online is to use Ferryhopper.
During the winter months there may be fewer ferries leaving from Milos and going to Santorini. If getting from Milos to Santorini is urgent for you in the winter, you might consider traveling to Piraeus in Athens, and then sailing back to Santorini from there.
Important note: If you are looking for ferries between Milos and Santorini months in advance, you may find that the schedules have not yet been released. This does not mean there are no ferries – it just means that the systems have not been updated yet.
My suggestion, is to check the website Openseas.gr for the dates you are looking for in the previous year. This will give you an indication if you might expect ferries from Milos to Santorini on your desired dates in the future.
Ferry tickets from Milos to Santorini
When you book ferry tickets for the crossing between Milos and Santorini online using Ferryhopper, you'll be informed if you have an e-ticket or not.
If you have an e-ticket, you simply need to show this on your mobile phone when boarding the ferry.
If your confirmation says you need to collect the tickets first, then you should prepare to collect your tickets from a ferry agent in Milos before leaving. There is a ferry agent by the port in Adamas in Milos.
Ferries from Milos to Santorini
The ferries that go to Santorini from Milos leave from the port at Adamas. This is the main port, but it's always good to check that this is your departure port, as there is a minor port at Pollonia.
It's advised that passengers should arrive at the ferry port in Milos an hour before departure to Santorini. There is a sheltered area with shade if you get there before it fills up.
The ferries leaving from Milos to Santorini may be either direct or they may stop at other islands in the Cyclades along the way.
Arrival in Santorini
Ferries to Santorni arrive in Thira port, sometimes called Athinios Port. There's a huge hill to get up to the caldera from the port, and then additional distances to the main towns of Fira and Oia. As such, it's not advisable to walk from the ferry port.
In order to get out of the port, you can use public transport. Buses are waiting for arriving ferries, and you will find them on the left hand side as you get off the boat.
The buses from Santorini port go into Fira. If you need to get to another town, village or resort in Santorini, you'll need to change buses.
Another option is to use a taxi. I'd advise against getting one from the queue. Instead, you can pre-book one so that it is waiting for you. That way you'll avoid the chaotic scrum of people as the driver will wait with your name on a board.
More here: Welcome Taxis
Milos Island to Santorini Greece FAQ
Here are some commonly asked questions about traveling from Milos to Santorini.
Are there direct flights from Milos to Santorini?
There are currently no direct flights between Milos island and Santorini. It is possible however, to fly from Milos to Athens airport and the fly from Athens to Santorini.
How long is the ferry from Milos to Santorini?
The quickest ferries from Milos going to Santorini take 2 hours and 15 minutes. Crossings on slower boats or with less direct routes can take up to 5 hours.
How many days do you need in Santorini?
With three full days, you can see and experience most of the Santorini highlights including a volcano trip, sunset at Oia, hiking from Fira to Oia, a winery tour, and more.
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