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Crossing Heraklion ⇔ Santorini
Destination(s) 🇬🇷 Greece
Distance 110 km, 68 miles
Duration 2h 30 mins.
Sailings Up to 3 times per day
Operated by Blue Star Ferries, Seajets

Traverse the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea on the approximately 2 to 3-hour ferry voyage from Heraklion to Santorini, discovering the enchanting allure of both destinations.

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The boat/ferry connection between Heraklion and Santorini is a vital link connecting two mesmerizing destinations in the Greek archipelago. Situated in the southern Aegean Sea, Heraklion is the capital of Crete, while Santorini, known for its iconic blue-domed churches and breathtaking sunsets, is a stunning volcanic island everyone simply wants to visit.

There are five companies you can ferry with from Crete to Santorini

  • Seajets – 3 Sailings Daily, just under 2 hours
  • Minoan Lines – 3 per week
  • Fast ferries – 4 per week
  • Anek Lines – 1 Sailing + 6 hours
  • Blue star ferries – 1 Sailing + 3 hours

Making Seajets, in many cases, the best option for your travel on the route from Heraklion to Santorini.

About the ferry trip

The geographical elements surrounding this ferry route add to its allure. Departing from Heraklion, located on the northern coast of Crete, tourists embark on a picturesque voyage across the Aegean Sea. As the ferry glides through the crystal-clear waters, passengers are treated to panoramic views of the Cretan coastline, characterized by rugged cliffs, golden beaches, and charming coastal towns.

Upon approaching Santorini, the scenery takes on a dramatic transformation. The island is renowned for its unique volcanic landscape, shaped by the historic eruption that formed its famous caldera. Towering cliffs adorned with picturesque villages plunge into the azure sea, creating a captivating sight for ferry passengers approaching the port. The ferry journey provides an opportunity to witness firsthand the awe-inspiring geography that has made Santorini a globally recognized destination.

The ferry connection between Heraklion and Santorini seamlessly combines natural beauty, geographical wonders, and the joy of sea travel. This route is often combined with Mykonos.


As tourists sail across the Aegean, they are immersed in the enchanting landscapes of both Crete and Santorini, a truly unforgettable experience that showcases the diverse and breathtaking beauty of the Greek islands.