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How to get from Santorini to Mykonos

Embark on an unforgettable journey between two Greek paradises - Mykonos and Santorini. This guide offers insider tips on navigating your way by ferry or by air, ensuring your Aegean adventure is as smooth as the Mediterranean breeze.
How to get from Santorini to Mykonos

Santorini and Mykonos, the two glimmering gems of the Mediterranean Sea! These radiant siblings are nestled within the same Cycladic archipelago, tantalizingly close to one another. Like two sides of a Greek coin, their close proximity tempts any passionate traveler to explore both in a single adventurous sweep. If you’re planning on embarking on such an epicurean journey, this article will be your compass, guiding you from the enchanting alleys of Mykonos to the dramatic caldera views of Santorini.

These islands, with only about 150 kilometers of turquoise sea playing coy between them, have become a dual destination of choice for many wandering souls. They are like two irresistible dishes on the Greek menu of travel – tantalizingly close, yet uniquely different. And, with their magnetic appeal, the maritime routes between these two islands are as well-tread as the age-old cobbled streets of their charming towns.

The trusty ferries that ply between these islands act as dependable chariots, swaying over the azure waves to cater to the demands of eager explorers. These seafaring vessels glide over the rippling canvas of the Aegean, ensuring an incredibly scenic journey that connects these two paradisiacal dots on the map.

However, it is unfortunate, and somewhat bewildering, that this seamless nautical connection does not extend its golden threads into the realm of the sky. As of now, direct flights between these two island beauties are as rare as golden apples in the Garden of Hesperides. Should you choose to journey through the clouds, it requires an interlude in Athens. Fingers crossed, in the future, the wind gods might finally consider forging a direct aerial pathway between Santorini and Mykonos. Until then, let the ferry be your trusted steed, and the wind your guide, as you journey between these two enchanting isles.

The Nautical Route: Mykonos to Santorini by Ferry

If the mysteries of the deep blue sea beckon your spirit, there’s no better way to journey between Mykonos and Santorini than aboard a ferry. This waterborne chariot reigns supreme when it comes to convenience and speed, especially considering the airline detour via Athens. Aboard the ferry, you can sail directly from one island to another, as straight as a seagull’s flight.

Depending on your choice of steed, your sea voyage may take anywhere between a brisk two hours to a leisurely three and a half. Swift boats slice through the waves, unswayed by choppy waters, while larger, sturdier vessels, capable of transporting cars, gently sway with the rhythm of the sea – perfect for those of us who are more prone to the seas’ notorious lullaby, seasickness.

And let me assure you, this maritime journey won’t make your wallet weep. The fares typically dance between a humble 40 to 80 euros, even more of a steal if you secure your sea-pass well in advance.

If your travel schedule aligns with the balmy months of July and August, remember the early bird catches the worm – the demand surges like a summer storm, inflating prices in its wake.

Planning to carry your trusty motor steed with you on board? Be prepared to shell out an extra 50 euros. But, dear fellow wanderers, allow me to impart some wisdom – traversing these Greek islands with your own vehicle is like bringing your own sand to the beach. You’re better off hiring a local chariot upon your arrival.

Throughout the sun’s journey across the sky, various ferries bob in and out of the harbors. The regular contenders in this sea-dance include Minoan Lines, Sea Jets, Blue Star Ferries, and Golden Star Ferries – with the latter arguably stealing the spotlight with its larger vessels.

To save yourself from the headache of juggling multiple ferry schedules, you could utilize a helpful online aggregator for easy comparison.

Before you set sail, don’t forget to arrive at the docks at least 30 minutes prior to your departure. I would even recommend an hour if you want to err on the side of caution.

If your chosen ferry company does not offer the convenience of an e-ticket, you’ll need to collect your ticket from their counters at the port. And don’t let the islands’ small size fool you – traffic jams and slow roads are as common as seashells on their beaches. So, keep time on your side and plan accordingly!

To check out schedules and fares for your voyage from Mykonos to Santorini, here’s a handy link:

Catching Your Sea Steed from Mykonos Port

Santorini-bound ferries elegantly depart from Mykonos’ New Port, in the Tourlos area, a mere 2 km away from the age-old heart of Mykonos Town’s Old Port. Keep in mind that some of the smaller, more intimate ferries might still prefer the embrace of the Old Port, so it’s wise to double-check your departure point.

If your wheels are limited to those of your suitcase, fear not! You’ve got a banquet of options to reach the New Port. Taxi services are always at the ready, and private transfers can pick you up directly from your cozy nest (hotel). Public buses add a dash of local color to your ride, and for a mere 2 euros, you can even hop aboard the delightful SeaBus departing from the Old Port.

Embarking and Disembarking at Santorini's Port

The Santorini – Mykonos ferry line ushers you into the vibrant heart of the Aegean from the New Port of Athinios.

Upon disembarkation, public buses stand ready to whisk you away to Fira, the charming capital of Santorini, for a paltry 2.30 euros. These iron horses have learned to dance to the tune of the ferry arrivals, so you won’t be left waiting. If Fira isn’t your final destination, you can catch another bus from there.

There’s also the option of hiring a car right at the port or hailing a taxi. To give you a rough idea of the costs, a taxi to Fira might lighten your wallet by around 30 euros, and reaching the picturesque Oia could cost around 40 euros.

However, don’t forget, hailing a free taxi at the port can be as challenging as finding a lost coin in the sea. Therefore, it’s generally smarter, and possibly even cheaper, to book a private transfer in advance.

You have a couple of options here, and you can check out these private transfer services to find the best fit for your needs.


Can you fly between Mykonos and Santorini?

Regrettably, as of now, the celestial route between Mykonos and Santorini is akin to a mythical labyrinth – there are no direct flights. The only available option has you touching down in Athens, the cradle of western civilization, before embarking on the second leg of your journey.

In days of yore, direct island-hopping flights existed, and who’s to say they won’t grace our travel plans in the future? However, this year, it seems the stars have not aligned for such an option.

Without direct flights, the airborne journey becomes somewhat of an odyssey, which might be worth considering only if you share a love-hate relationship with the sea and are prone to seasickness. Even on a good day, the entire journey, from stepping into Mykonos airport to stepping out at Santorini, will cost you the better part of five hours.

How far is Santorini from Mykonos by plane?

While the flights themselves are brief – 35 minutes from Mykonos to Athens, and a further 45 minutes from Athens to Santorini – the pre-flight formalities, layovers, and the post-flight baggage reclaim turn the voyage into a time-consuming affair.

Flight fares typically hover between 40 to 100 euros. If you’re hunting for the best deals and schedules, an online aggregator is your best ally.

Check this link for budget-friendly flights from Mykonos to Santorini.

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