There are three Rhodes to Santorini ferry services a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Rhodes Santorini ferries are operated by Blue Star Ferries, and travel times range between 12 and 15 hours.
Rhodes Santorini Ferry Route
Many visitors to Greece might choose to visit Santorini after spending time in Rhodes because of the different activities and scenery that Santorini offers.
Santorini is known for its beautiful sunsets, Cycladic architecture, white-washed buildings, and stunning caldera views. Top attractions to visit include the ancient city of Akrotiri, the Red Beach, and the town of Oia, which is famous for its blue-domed churches and picturesque streets.
With the Rhodes to Santorini ferry service, you can easily visit both destinations on a Greek island hopping trip. Ferry ticket prices on the Rhodes to Santorini route are a very reasonable 26.00 Euros. Travel times are quite long though, ranging between 12 and 15 hours depending on the day of the week you sail.
Check out the latest ferry timetables at: Ferryhopper
Rhodes to Santorini Ferry Crossings in May 2024
During May, there are a total of about 12 ferries sailing from Rhodes to Santorini.
Although ferries may not sail between Rhodes and Santorini every day, there are at least 3 ferries per week.
Some of the ferries sailing this route include: F/B PREVELIS, and BLUE STAR CHIOS.
The quickest ferry from Rhodes to Santorini in May takes 12 hours, while the slowest ferry takes 18 hours and 30 minutes.
Check the latest schedules for Greek ferries and buy ferry tickets online at Ferryhopper
Rhodes Santorini Ferry Trip June 2024
During June, there are a total of about 13 ferries sailing from Rhodes to Santorini.
Normal sailing days on the Rhodes to Santorini ferry route are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with ticket prices for passengers starting at 26.00 Euros.
In June, the Prevelis stops sailing, so it is just the Blue Star Chios on the schedules.
Due to the different departure times and slight variations in the route it takes depending on the day of the week, journey times vary. Expect travel times of between 12 and 15 hours.
You can see timetables and purchase ferry tickets for the Rhodes Santorini crossing at: Ferryhopper
Rhodes – Santorini Ferries in July 2024
July is the start of the peak season, and so it is best to book ferry tickets for the Rhodes to Santorini ferry ride as far in advance as possible.
Again, it is just the Blue Star Chios vessel sailing this route three days a week.
Of the three weekly sailings, the Thursday one is perhaps the most convenient, as it leaves at 17.00 and arrives at 07.01 in the morning.
If you book yourself a cabin, then you are basically traveling from Rhodes to Santorini overnight, and will arrive in Santorini refreshed an ready to start sightseeing!
Check the latest schedules for ferries between Rhodes and Santorini at: Ferryhopper
Rhodes to Santorini in August 2024
August is the busiest month of the year for travel in Greece. As such, you should pre-book your ferry tickets for the Rhodes to Santorini trip in advance, particularly if you want a cabin for the overnight journey. Cabins tend to sell out quickly.
Keep in mind that while passenger prices start at 26.00 Euros on the Rhodes to Santorini route, cabins will certainly cost you a lot more!
Once more, the Blue Star Chios is the only vessel sailing this route, however in August, other ferry companies may add sailings if they have capacity and there is a demand for it.
The fastest ferry from Rhodes to Santorini in August takes 12 hours, while the slowest ferry takes 18 hours and 30 minutes.
Get your ferry tickets online at: Ferryhopper
Ferries on the Rhodes to Santorini route September 2024
During September, there are a total of about 12 ferries sailing from Rhodes to Santorini. This is a much quieter month for travel as the school holidays in Europe are over.
Although ferries may not sail between Rhodes and Santorini every day, they do operate three days a week.
Blue Star Ferries are the ferry operator offering sailings on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Get your ferry tickets online at: Ferryhopper
Tips for getting the ferry from Rhodes on to Santorini
As the ferry ride between Rhodes and Santorini is quite a long one, here's a few tips to make your trip go more smoothly:
- Be at Rhodes ferry port at least a half an hour before departure. Allow for traffic in the summer if you are traveling to Rhodes ferry port from outside Rhodes town.
- If you're taking the overnight ferry, go for a cabin. Trust me, you'll have a much nicer ferry ride and better sleep. Trying to doze off in the passenger lounge seats on a 12 hour ride isn't much fun!
- The Rhodes to Santorini ferry will have shops and cafes on board, but you might want to bring a few snacks with you.
- Luggage is left below decks as you enter the boat, so pack a small carry on bag to take with you into the lounges or cabins.
- When you arrive in Santorini, there are public buses and taxis waiting. In the off-season it all works relatively well. In peak season, it's all a bit chaotic with a lot of waiting around. I suggest pre-booking taxis to get you from Santorini port to your hotel.
- I've some useful guides here on getting from Santorini ferry port to the two main towns on the island:
- Useful insight: Both Rhodes and Santorini have airports (although you can't fly between them). This means that you could fly into Rhodes, take a ferry from Rhodes to Santorini, and then later take a flight out of Santorini. Also read: 2 Weeks in Greece itinerary
Greek Ferry Guides
Other popular destinations to visit by ferry from Rhodes:
- Rhodes to Karpathos Ferry Guide
- Rhodes to Patmos Ferry Guide
- Rhodes to Kos Ferry Guide
- Rhodes to Nisyros Ferry Guide
- Do I Need To Rent A Car in Rhodes? Pros and Cons
- Is Fira the best town to stay in Santorini?
Whether you're looking to experience the rich history of Rhodes or the stunning sunsets of Santorini, planning your ferry trip between these two beautiful Greek islands has never been easier. With this information on ferry schedules and crossing times, you'll be well on your way to exploring these captivating destinations in 2024. Bon voyage!
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