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Santorini (Thira) to Crete (Heraklion) Ferry

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

Santorini (Thira) Crete (Heraklion) Ferry Times

The earliest Santorini (Thira) Crete (Heraklion) ferry typically departs Santorini (Thira) at about 16:00. The average sailing time of a ferry from Santorini (Thira) to Crete (Heraklion) is approximately 2h 2m and the fastest sailing time is approximately 1h 50m.

Santorini (Thira) to Crete (Heraklion) Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Santorini (Thira) to Crete (Heraklion) typically range between $56* and $597*. On average the Santorini (Thira) Crete (Heraklion) ferry is $297*. The cheapest Santorini (Thira) Crete (Heraklion) ferry prices start from $27*. The average price for a foot passenger is $284*. The average price for a Santorini (Thira) Crete (Heraklion) car ferry is $702*.

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

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

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

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

Yes, there is a car ferry from Santorini (Thira) to Crete (Heraklion) 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 Santorini (Thira) and Crete (Heraklion).

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

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

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Santorini (Thira) - Crete (Heraklion) 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$298*
Average Daily Sailings 2
Average Weekly Sailings 14
Average Sailing Duration 2h 2m
Fastest Sailing Duration 1h 50m
First Ferry 16:00
Last Ferry 23:45
Distance 59 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-07-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Thira to Heraklion?

The typical crossing time for ferries from Thira to Heraklion is approximately 3h 18m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.

How much is the ferry from Thira to Heraklion?

The average price of a ferry from Thira to Heraklion is approximately 181 €. The price is typically a bit higher during peak season. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Thira to Heraklion?

Thira to Heraklion 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 Thira to Heraklion?

Ferries from Thira to Heraklion 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 Thira to Heraklion?

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

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

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

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

Yes, pets are allowed onboard the ferry from Thira to Heraklion. 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 Heraklion from Thira?

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

Santorini (Thira) Guide

Located in the southern Aegean Sea is the Greek island of Santorini and lies around 200 km to the south east of the Greek mainland. It forms part of the Cycladic group of islands and is the only location in Europe to have a hot desert climate. A popular pastime for visitors to Santorini is to take a cruise to the island's three islets, which were created in ancient times during a volcanic eruption. The islets are called Nea Kammeni, Palea Kammeni and Thirassia and provide an excellent vantage point for visitors to see the volcano, being located to the west of the island. The island's capital is Fira and is full of typical Cycladic houses with whitewashed walls, blue domed churches and stepped streets full of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.

The island of Santorini has two ports. The main port is Athinios, where all the ferry and commercial boats arrive. There is also the Old Port which is mostly used for cruise ships. From the main port, ferries can be taken to Piraeus, Rafina and to the other islands in the Cyclades. Both conventional and high speed ferries operate on these routes.


Heraklion Guide

Located on the Greek island of Crete, Heraklion is the island's largest city and is one of the main urban centres in Greece. The city can trace its history back to at least the 9th century AD when its development began and then later came under the influence of the Arabs, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Popular sites in the city with tourists include the fortification walls that are essentially the boundary of the old city. These were first built by the Arabs and then reinforced by the Venetians. From the seven bastions, only the Martinengo bastion survives to this day and is where visitors will find the tomb of the renowned writer N. Kazantzakis, overlooking the city. The city was also a venue during the 2004 Olympic Games, and hosted games of the football tournament.

Located in the city's old port, visitors can still see the vaulted tarsanades where ships used to be built and also the 16th century Koule Fortress. From the port, ferries depart to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also ferry services to the Greek mainland port of Piraeus.


Thira to Heraklion Ferry Timetables

Timetables between 15/7/2024 and 21/7/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
SeaJets 16:05 17:55 1 hour 50 minutes Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Cyclades Fast Ferries 16:15 18:10 1 hour 55 minutes Mon, Wed, Sat
SeaJets 16:45 18:35 1 hour 50 minutes Mon, Fri, Sat
Blue Star Ferries 23:45 03:00 3 hours 15 minutes Thu
Blue Star Ferries 23:45 04:15 4 hours 30 minutes Sat
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