There are five daily ferries from Paros to Santorini during the summer in Greece. The quickest ferry from Paros to Santorini takes just 2 hours.
How to get from Paros to Santorini
Although both of these popular Greek islands in the Cyclades have airports, it is not possible to fly directly to Santorini from Paros.
The only way to travel from Paros to Santorini island is by ferry.
During the busy summer months, there might be up to 5 ferries per day from Paros to Santorini. During the off season (winter), this is reduced quite drastically to just one ferry per week.
As most people choose to go Greek island hopping in the summer in any case, let's concentrate on these ferries!
For up to date ferry schedules and timetables check Ferryhopper.
Choosing a Paros to Santorini Ferry
The ferries sailing to Santorini from Paros are operated by SeaJets, Golden Star Ferries, Blue Star Ferries and Minoan Lines.
When it comes to choosing which Santorini ferry to take, you are probably going to make a decision based on time taken or price.
Quickest ferry from Paros to Santorini
The quickest crossing from Paros going to Santorini takes around 2 hours. It's a large, car carrying catamaran operated by SeaJets.
As you might expect, this quickest Paros Santorini ferry is also one of the most expensive crossings. In summer 2021, prices started at 44.30 Euro.
Up to date ferry prices and tickets are available here: Ferryhopper.
Cheapest Ferry from Paros to Santorini
Blue Star Ferries offer the cheapest crossing between Paros and Santorini. In the summer, the passenger prices start from 23.00 Euro.
It actually represents a pretty good deal, as the Blue Star to Santorini is not as slow as you might think. The ferry crossing takes a reasonable 3 hours and 5 minutes.
Pro travel tip: The Blue Star Ferry to Santorini is the best one to use if you suffer from sea sickness.
Blue Star are the only ferry company to offer a year around ferry service that leaves from Paros going to Santorini.
As explained earlier, the frequency can be drastically reduced during the winter months to just one ferry per week.
Latest ferry ticket prices and timetable here: Ferryhopper.
Minoan Lines from Paros to Santorini
Although Minoan Lines do not offer a ferry every day between the Greek islands of Paros and Santorni, it's worth checking to see if you can take this one.
In 2021, the Minoan Lines vessel Santorini Palace sailed 3 times per week to Santorini from Paros. The travel time was just 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the price was 35.00 Euro.
I've been onboard the Santorini Palace a couple of times, and find it to be a nice ferry to sail on. This one is also big enough to take vehicles.
The latest ferry ticket availability, prices and timetables here: Ferryhopper.
Santorini Island Travel Tips
A few travel tips for visiting the Greek island of Santorini after Paros:
- Ferries sail from the main port, Parikia in Paros. Arriving ferries dock at Athinios port, a few kilometres from Fira in Santorini.
- If your hotel in Santorini does not arrange to collect you from the port, you'll need to either take a bus or taxi. Buses are scheduled to meet arriving ferries, but are very busy. Getting from the ferry and on to a bus can be a chaotic experience. If you have a lot of luggage, it is probably better to pre-book a taxi from Santorini port to your hotel instead.
- For rooms to rent in Santorini, I recommend using Booking. They have a great choice of accommodation in Santorini and areas to consider staying include Kamari, Fira, Imerovigli, Monolithos, Oia, Perissa, and Firostefani. If you are traveling to Santorini in the height of summer, I advise reserving places to stay in Santorini a month or so in advance. If you want somewhere with a sunset view, check this out: Santorini Sunset Hotels.
- In my opinion, Santorini does not have great beaches. However, if you want a little beach time while on the island, take your choice from : Mesa Pigadia, Perivolos, Kamari, Red Beach, Monolithos, and Perissa. I've a full guide here: Beaches in Santorini
- Ferryhopper is perhaps the easiest site to use when it comes to booking Ferry tickets online. Greek ferry tickets rarely sell out, but even so, I suggest booking your tickets 2 -3 months in advance whenever possible.
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How to make a trip from Paros to Santorini FAQ
Some commonly asked questions about traveling to Santorini from Paros include:
How do we get to Santorini from Paros?
The only way to travel from Paros to Santorini is by using a ferry. There are up to 5 ferries per day sailing to the island of Santorini from Paros.
Is there an airport in Santorini?
Although Santorini island has an airport, flying from between Paros and Santorini is not an option. If you prefer to fly from Paros to Santorini you'd need to go via Athens assuming there are good enough flight connections.
How long is the ferry ride from Paros to Santorini?
The ferries to the Cyclades island of Santorini from Paros take between 2 hours and 4 hours and 40 minutes. Ferry operators on the Paros Santorini route may include SeaJets, Golden Star Ferries, Blue Star Ferries and Minoan Lines.
How can I buy tickets for the ferry to Santorini?
The easiest way to get hold of ferry tickets in Greece is by using Ferryhopper. Although I suggest you book your Paros to Santorini ferry tickets in advance, you could also use a local travel agency in Greece.
Can you do a day trip from Paros to Santorini?
You can put together a DIY day trip by taking the earliest ferry from Paros and the last ferry back from Santorini. It wouldn't leave you much time in Santorini to see and do anything though – You'd barely get 6 hours on the island.
Dave is a travel writer based in Athens, Greece. As well as writing this travel guide about ferries from Paros to Santorini, he's written many more guides to Greece and the islands. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond: