Cheap Ferries from Heraklion to Santorini

Crete is the larges of all of the Greek islands and Heraklion is the island capital. It boasts a spectacular 1,000 kilometre shoreline with countless golden beaches. Crete is hilly, and has three mountain ranges which split the island into north and south sections. Heraklion is located halfway along Crete’s northern coast. Heraklion to Santorini ferry services depart from Heraklion Port.

Heraklion’s ferry port is located close to its city centre. Multiple tourists’ facilities including hotels, hostels, cafés, bars, travel agents and Heraklion’s intercity bus station are within walking distance of the ferry passenger terminal. There is a café on the port’s jetty. The port has a car park which offers long and short term car parking.

Ferry services from Heraklion to Santorini are provided by Sea Jets and Hellenic Seaways. These are fast services, which take about two hours to make the crossing and only transport foot passengers. Older traditional ferries also ply the route with less frequent services and a longer journey time.

Ferries from Heraklion to Santorini arrive at Santorini’s port of Athinios. Buses and taxis meet arriving ferries and transport passengers up a very steep winding road to Thira, Santorini’s main town; Oia, Fira, and other destinations on the island.

Santorini, located in Greece’s Cyclades Islands, is in the southern Aegean Sea and is famous for its volcano and the caldera created by it. Several enchanting villages are balanced on the rim of the caldera. The caldera offers spectacular views of arriving ferries and sunsets. Archaeological ruins and the black volcanic beaches of Kamari and Perissa are just some of Santorini’s attractions.

Heraklion Port is connected to Crete’s two main roads: the Heraklion Timbaki Highway and the northern coast’s east-west road. It offers easy and fast access to Heraklion Port.

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