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Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) Ferry

Typically ferries from Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina) sail 6 times a week. 2 ferry operators provide ferries from Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina), Golden Star Ferries & SeaJets. Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) Ferry timetables change seasonally, use our Deal Finder to get tickets, pricing, schedules and availability.

Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) Ferry Times

Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) ferries typically depart from Santorini (Thira) at around 14:15. The average sailing time of the ferry from Athens (Rafina) to Santorini (Thira) is approximately 6h 5m.

Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina) Ferry Prices

Ferry prices for a ferry from Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina) typically range between $135* and $540*. On average the Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) ferry is $363*. The cheapest Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) ferry prices start from $133*. The average price for a foot passenger is $356*. The average price for a Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) car ferry is $607*.

Ferry prices may differ by season and depend on various factors, such as number of passengers, vehicle type and sailing time. Pricing is taken from searches over last 30 days, last updated 05 July, 2023.

How far is Athens (Rafina) from Santorini (Thira)?

The distance between Santorini (Thira) and Athens (Rafina) is approximately 142.0 miles (228.6km), or 123.4 nautical miles.

Is there a car ferry from Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina)?

Yes, there is a car ferry from Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina) provided by Golden Star Ferries, SeaJets. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and tickets for car ferries between Santorini (Thira) and Athens (Rafina).

Are foot passengers allowed on the Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) ferry?

Yes, Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) ferries allow foot passengers. You can travel as a foot passenger from Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina) with Golden Star Ferries, SeaJets.

Santorini (Thira) Athens (Rafina) Ferry Operator Schedules

  • Golden Star Ferries - 6 weekly sailings, 1 daily sailings

Santorini (Thira) to Athens (Rafina) Ferry Alternatives

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Santorini (Thira) - Athens (Rafina) Route summary
Departure Country Greece
Destination Country Greece
No. of Operators 2
Operators Golden Star Ferries & SeaJets
Average Price A$354*
Average Weekly Sailings 6
Average Sailing Duration 6h 5m
First Ferry 14:15
Distance 123 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2023-08-01.

Most popular questions

  • How long is the ferry from Thira to Rafina?

    The typical crossing time for ferries from Thira to Rafina is approximately 5h 32m. This is a rough guide for ferry duration as it can differ on type of ship and operator.
  • Which ferry companies operate between Thira to Rafina?

    Thira to Rafina is operated by 2 ferry companies. The operators that provide this service are
    • SeaJets
    • Golden Star Ferries
  • How can I book ferry tickets from Thira to Rafina?

    Ferries from Thira to Rafina 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 Rafina?

    Yes, you can currently travel as a foot passenger from Thira to Rafina with
    • SeaJets
    • Golden Star Ferries
  • Can you take your car on the ferry from Thira to Rafina?

    Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Thira to Rafina with
    • SeaJets
    • Golden Star Ferries
  • Can you bring pets on the ferry from Thira to Rafina?

    Yes, pets are allowed onboard the ferry from Thira to Rafina. 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
    • Golden Star Ferries

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.

Athens (Rafina) Guide

The Greek town of Rafina lies on the east coast of the Attica region of mainland Greece, on the shores of the Aegean Sea. The town is close to the town's of Artemida and Nea Makri and also to the Greek capital, Athens, which is around 25 km to the west. because of its proximity to Athens Rafina is popular with many Athenians who visit to enjoy the town's many fish restaurants that can be found lining the harbour. It is not uncommon to see the day's catch lying on beds of ice outside each restaurant.

In ancient times Rafina was named Arafinidon Alon but its history dates back to prehistoric times, but more specifically to pre-Hellenic times. In Askitario, to the south of Rafina, archaeologists have found a unique vase with a dog painted on it which has been dated back to 2,800 BC. Another significant find was near the town's port where a bronze foundry was discovered and is thought to be one of the oldest in Europe, and dates back to 1800 BC.

After the Port of Piraeus, Rafina's port is the second largest in Attica. Ferry services operating from the port depart to the southern part of Euboea and to the Cyclades islands.

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