Going to Santorini from Athens by ferry is one of the fun and exciting options. You’ll get plenty of fresh air, have a restful sleep, and explore the water bodies before getting to the destination. There are a couple of options for a ferry ride from Athens (Piraeus) to Santorini, offering a huge opportunity for you to experience a unique adventure.
Hellenic Seaways Highspeed Ferry
On time service, prompt booking, and smooth sailing makes Hellenic Seaways High-speed Ferry one of the best ways for anyone to arrive in Santorini. The ships are constantly maintained to ensure they remain in excellent condition. Passengers have the option to choose budget lodging, first class, or even cabins. From March to April, they offer morning high-speed ferry, departing from Athens from around 7:05 am and arriving at Santorini at about 12:35 pm. Their fleet consists of high speed, ferries, a flying cat, and flying dolphins, all of which are equipped to provide maximum satisfaction for tourists.
They pride themselves as the fastest fleet in the Aegean. The boats have comfortable and neat seats, well-arranged and organized setting, and there is also a snack bar for anyone who wants to satisfy their appetite. You can book online on their website, which is the most advisable thing to do anyway. SeaJet operates March to April and in October, departing Athens at 7 am and arriving Santorini at about 11:20 am. Even though it is the fastest ferry it can sometimes be cramped, so try booking for the business class.
BlueStar operates the largest fleet of ships taking passengers from Athens to Santorini. For most tourists, this is the best option for the long journey from Piraeus to Santorini. The seats are very comfortable in the economy class, but if you want some quiet and extra space, then you can book for the business class. One of the biggest advantages of taking BlueStar ferries is its consistency, service, and capacity. They have high-quality restaurants, bars, and cafes on board where you can get good meals and drinks. BlueStar works 365 days in a year, leaving Athens at 7:25 am in the morning and getting to Santorini around 3:55 pm in the afternoon. While on your journey, you should expect stops at Paros and Naxos and sometimes Ios. If you can spare some extra cash, you should make a reservation for their “airplane type seats”, which are awesomely incredible.
Golden Star Ferries
Golden Star is quite good as well, running several high-speed ferries every day, between Piraeus or Rafina and Santorini. Those people who can’t stay too long in the sea or are in haste to get to Santorini should consider this service. It takes only about four hours and 15 minutes for their Super Ferry to take you from Athens to Santorini. Luggage and boarding may sometimes be chaotic, but you’ll begin to enjoy your travel once everything settles. Tourists like this service because they can move around in the boat and find a place to seat. Golden Star Ferries also runs a slow puddle jumper from Rafina that takes nine hours, but at a much lower price than the speed boats.