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Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira) Ferry

Depending on the season their are usually 2 daily and 14 weekly sailings between Crete (Heraklion) and Santorini (Thira). 5 ferry operators provide ferries from Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira), Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets. Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) Ferry Times

The earliest Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) ferry typically departs Crete (Heraklion) at about 01:30. The average sailing time of a ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira) is approximately 2h 3m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 1h 50m.

Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira) Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira) typically range between $53* and $898*. On average the Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) ferry is $375*. The cheapest Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) ferry prices start from $28*. The average price for a foot passenger is $350*. The average price for a Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) car ferry is $805*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time.

How far is Santorini (Thira) from Crete (Heraklion)?

The distance between Crete (Heraklion) and Santorini (Thira) is approximately 68.0 miles (109.5km), or 59.1 nautical miles.

Is there a car ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira)?

Yes, there is a car ferry from Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira) provided by Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines, SeaJets. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and tickets for car ferries between Crete (Heraklion) and Santorini (Thira).

Are foot passengers allowed on the Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) ferry?

Yes, Crete (Heraklion) Santorini (Thira) ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Crete (Heraklion) to Santorini (Thira) with Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines, SeaJets.

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Crete (Heraklion) - Santorini (Thira) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 5
Operators Anek Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Cyclades Fast Ferries, Minoan Lines & SeaJets
Average Price A$370*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 14
Average Sailing Duration 2h 3m
Fastest Sailing Duration 1h 50m
First Ferry 01:30
Last Ferry 23:00
Distance 59 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

The typical crossing time for ferries from Heraklion to Thira is approximately 3h 15m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.

How much is the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

The average price of a ferry from Heraklion to Thira is approximately 228 €. The price is typically a bit higher during peak season. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Heraklion to Thira?

Heraklion to Thira is operated by 4 ferry companies. The operators that provide this service are
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • Anek Lines
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

How can I book ferry tickets from Heraklion to Thira?

Ferries from Heraklion to Thira are available for booking through our deal finder, with live prices, timetables and operators.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, you can currently travel as a foot passenger from Heraklion to Thira with
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

Can you take your car on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Heraklion to Thira with
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • SeaJets
  • Cyclades Fast Ferries

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Heraklion to Thira?

Yes, pets are allowed onboard the ferry from Heraklion to Thira. However, you may require a pet passport and other documentation. Please read the operators pet guidelines. The following operators currently allow pets on the ferry
  • SeaJets

How far is Thira from Heraklion?

The distance between Heraklion to Thira is approximately 59 nautical miles.

Heraklion Guide

The Greek city of Heraklion is the capital and largest city on the island of Crete. A popular visitor attraction near the city is Knossos, which is around 5 km from Heraklion. This important archaeological site was the Palace of King Minos and home to the Minotaur, if legend is to be believed. The palace was built over the remains of a former Neolithic settlement in around 1900 BC.

An important attraction in the city itself is the Archaeological Museum which can be found on one corner of the central Eleftherias Square, in a converted power station. The museum collects and displays many artefacts from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other important archaeological sites on the island. The museum's collection spans several thousand years and includes the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescos, jewellery, wall paintings and pottery.

Visitors to Heraklion can take a ferry from the port, which is important for both passenger services and cargo, to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also daily sailings to the mainland port of Piraeus.


Santorini (Thira) Guide

The Greek island of Santorini is one of the Cyclades group of islands that lies in the south Aegean Sea. The island has very much been shaped by its volcanic past which has created a rather unusual landscape in places. A popular site on the island is the water filled 'Caldera' crater and is surrounded by a wall of colourful cliffs which are packed full of charming houses. The island is also known for its lovely beaches, its busy port, its archaeological finds and the wonderful sunsets which are best viewed from the village of Oia, on the island's northernmost tip.

The island's beaches are distinctive in that they are mainly made up of dark volcanic sands, which can get very hot during the summer, and therefore a sun lounger or towel are an essential piece of kit. The best beaches tend to be located around the eastern coastline and always popular is the stretch found at Perissa. However, a little to the south is Perivolos Beach which is also lovely as is Red Beach which is close to ancient Akrotiri, where the red cliffs are hard to miss.


Heraklion to Thira Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 8/7/2024 and 14/7/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Blue Star Ferries 04:15 07:10 2 hours 55 minutes Sat
Cyclades Fast Ferries 07:30 09:25 1 hour 55 minutes Fri, Sun
SeaJets 08:00 09:50 1 hour 50 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
SeaJets 08:20 10:10 1 hour 50 minutes Mon, Fri, Sat
Blue Star Ferries 23:30 03:55 4 hours 25 minutes Mon
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