The Santorini to Naxos ferry services run up to 4 times a day, with the Santorini Naxos ferry crossing taking on average 2 hours. Here's all the information you need on how to get the Santorini to Naxos ferry.
Naxos island in Greece
I have to say that Naxos is one of my favourite islands in the Cyclades, and one I can see myself returning to again and again.
The best way to really experience the island is by driving around so you can get to some of the more interesting places. That's me below! (The one with no hair).
Naxos island seems to have a perfect combination of just about everything. Great food (always important on vacation!), incredible beaches (right up there with food in importance!), epic landscapes, outdoor activities, culture, history, and cute little villages.
Naxos is a family-friendly destination, and because its the biggest island in the Cyclades, it's not overwhelmed by tourism in the same way that Santorini is.
I've written this guide for anyone planning to travel between Santorini and Naxos for the first time. If you want to check out some of my other specific travel guides about Naxos, you could take a look at these:
- Best things to do in Naxos
- Where to stay in Naxos
- Athens to Naxos Ferry Guide
- Naxos Tours and Day Trips
- Best beaches in Naxos
- Naxos to Ios Ferry information
How to get from Santorini to Naxos
Although the Greek island of Naxos has an airport, taking a plane between Santorini and Naxos is not an option. If you do want to fly from Santorini to the island of Naxos, you'd first need to go into Athens, change flights, and then fly out to Naxos.
There's really little point or benefit of taking this option unless for some reason ferries aren't running at all.
As such, taking the ferry from Santorini to Naxos is the best way to get between the two islands.
Ferries to Naxos from Santorini
During the height of summer, there may be up to up to 4 ferries per day sailing from Santorini to Naxos. These ferries to Naxos from Santorini are operated by Seajets and Blue Star Ferries, although other operators may also add services depending on seasonal demand.
The quickest crossing from Santorini going to Naxos takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes, whilst the slowest ferry boat sailing to Naxos from Santorini island takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Some ferries from Santorini to Naxos may stop at other islands along the way, and usually this will be Ios.
If there is a significant difference between how long fastest and slowest Santorini Naxos ferry journey takes, you can expect the quicker boat to be more expensive.
The simplest place to look at schedules for Greek ferries is at the Ferryhopper website
Naxos Island Travel Tips
A few travel tips for visiting the Greek island of Naxos:
- Booking is the best place to start looking for hotels in Naxos.
- Ferryhopper is the one stop shop for getting ferry tickets in Greece and planning to island hop between Santorini island and Naxos.
- Try to book your Santorini Naxos ferry tickets a month in advance if possible. Whilst passenger tickets rarely sell out, it's better to be safe than sorry!
- Welcome taxis offer a pre-booked taxis service which costs the same as a regular taxi. Ideal for getting from your hotel to the port in time for your Santorini to Naxos ferry!
What to see in Naxos Greece
As you might expect, there's a lot to see and do on the largest island in the Cyclades! I've already linked to my Naxos island travel guides back up at the top of the article. As a recap, some of the highlights of Naxos you shouldn't miss include:
- Portara of Naxos (Temple of Apollo)
- Naxos Town / Chora
- Walking in the Kastro
- Visit the Archaeological Museum
- Visit traditional villages
- Spend time on those fantastic beaches!
How to take the Santorini to Naxos ferry FAQ
A few of the frequently asked questions about traveling to Naxos from Santorini include:
How do I get from Santorini to Naxos?
The best way to travel from Santorini to Naxos is by ferry boat. There are up to up to 4 ferries per day sailing to the Cyclades island of Naxos from Santorini, averaging around 2 hours for the crossing.
Can you fly from Santorini to Naxos?
Even though the island of Naxos has an airport, flying from between Santorini and Naxos is not possible. In order to fly from Santorini to Naxos island you'd need to go via Athens assuming there are good enough flight connections.
How long is the ferry from Santorini to Naxos?
The ferries to Naxos from Santorini take between 1 hour and 30 minutes and 2 hours and 45 minutes. Ferry operators on the Santorini Naxos route may include Seajets and Blue Star Ferries.
How do I buy ferry tickets to Naxos?
Ferryhopper is perhaps the easiest site to use when it comes to booking ferry Santorini Naxos tickets online. Although I recommend you book your Santorini to Naxos ferry tickets in advance, you might also go to a travel agency in Greece after you arrive.
Looking for other options when it comes to Greek island hopping from Santorini? You might also be interested in:
- Santorini island hopping guides
- How to get from Santorini to Folegandros
- How to get from Santorini to Milos
- How to get from Santorini to Mykonos
- How to get from Santorini to Paros
– Dave Briggs
Dave is a travel writer who's been living in Greece since 2015. He's written hundreds of travel guides such as this one about how to get from Santorini to Naxos island in Greece, and has ambitions to visit every inhabited Greek island over the next few years. As there's over 220 inhabited islands in Greece, it might be quite a challenge!