Crete to Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion

Heraklion Port - Santorini Island (Oia and Fira)


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Crete to Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion port in Crete. It includes a fast ferry cruise, bus transfer in  Santorini, and a tour of Oia and Fira towns. We use only the best boat and bus companies on the Santorini island. This tour does not include a bus transfer in Crete.

Enjoy a magnificent cruise and a day trip to the most beautiful island of the Aegean Sea, Santorini Island. The Cycladic style houses, the white churches with blue roofs, the fantastic, breathtaking views of the Caldera and the volcano, the unique black sand volcanic Santorini beaches, will surely amaze you, and make this Crete to Santorini one day cruise and tour, stay in your memory forever.


– Leaving Crete, from Heraklion Port we cruise along the Aegean Sea with the newly built, super high-speed Catamaran and we arrive at Santorini island in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
– Explore the highlights of Santorini, on a guided tour, by bus, for about 6 hours.
– Visit Oia, the most famous place on Santorini island, a postcard-like scenic town, and be amazed by the views of the Caldera.
– Get free time in Fira, the capital of Santorini, walk around the beautiful alleys with the small shops, or sip a drink at a cafe, enjoying spectacular views of the volcano.

Heraklion, Crete to Santorini Day Trip

Ferry to Santorini Island:

You need to be at Heraklion port at 07:00 am. The ferry to Santorini island departs at 08:00am, it is essential that you are there long before that. At Heraklion port you will give your ticket and receive the ferry tickets and the Santorini Island tour bus number. After that you will board the ferry boat.  It will take 2 hours and 15 minutes across the Aegean Sea to reach Santorini’s Athinios port. The ferry boat has a snack bar where you can find lots of food and drinks to choose from. By booking this tour to Santorini you also book standard seats on the ferry. Your seat is written on the ferry tickets. At the end of this page you can see the two available boats.

Your tour guide will meet you outside the ferry boat at Santorini island and escort you to the tour bus. With this the six hour tour begins. The day trip to Santorini includes visits to Oia and Fira towns.

Oia Village:

Oia town is on the north tip of the island of Santorini. It is well known for its views, and the white buildings with the blue roofs. It is perfect for Instagram photographs. Narrow streets wind through the town. There are plenty of shops, art galleries, and coffee shops.

We will spend around two hours in Oia. Our next stop is Fira Town. To get there, it is a short drive of twenty to thirty minutes.

Fira Town:

Fira is the capital of Santorini. It is on top of a dramatic 300m cliff that overlooks the Aegean sea.

The town is famous for its sunsets and stunning vistas. This town enchants visitors with its iconic white buildings with vibrant domes and cascading bougainvillaeas. Fira boasts cultural treasures such as the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. It offers insights into the Santorini’s ancient civilizations.

You may do some shopping, take lots of photographs or choose to have some lunch. We will spend here two hours. During the high season we offer an optional (extra cost) cruise with a wooden boat to the volcano of Santorini. It is an option because it lasts about one and a half hour. This time is lost from your stay at Fira.

After our visit we will return to Athinios Port. It will take about 20 minutes to reach it. There we will easily board the fast ferry for the journey back to Heraklion.

Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion

Emergency Number:

Note that by selecting this Santorini Day trip from Heraklion you will also receive an emergency number. You may use that number in case you forgot your meeting point , lost your bus, or for any other reason. Our team will be with you from the start to the end of the tour.

Tour Languages:

We offer this Heraklion to Santorini day trip in English, French, German  and Polish. We also try to offer it in Italian, Dutch, Czech, Romanian and Hungarian. If you are interested in one of those languages please send us an email. For groups above 15 people we are able to offer any language.

Pick-Up Locations:

This Heraklion port to Santorini day trip does not include transfer in Crete. If you wish to have such a transfer you need to book the option that offers such a service.

Crete to Santorini Two Day Trip:

If case you wish to remain on Santorini and return to Heraklion the next day. We can confirm that it is possible. The price remains the same, with no extra charge. We will arrange a meeting point for the next day. We advice you to find first a hotel near the center of Oia or Fira. After that inform us about your two day request.

Weather Conditions:

At the start (April) of the season and its end (October) the weather can be a problem. Always check the weather  in Heraklion before booking this Santorini day trip. If you wish to change the date there is no problem and no extra fees. In the remote case that the tour is cancelled because of bad sea conditions you can have a full refund. The port authorities in Heraklion and only them decide if a ferry can exit the port or not.

High Season:

During the months of July, August and September Santorini is quite busy. Time delays may occur during that period. We as a team will do everything in our power to minimize them.


Bring comfortable walking shoes.

Pack a hat, sun glasses, and a sun cream.

Bring a small bottle of water.

Crete to Santorini Island Day Trip – Booking Information:

On the Heraklion to Santorini day trip ticket we will provide full details of the meeting point. We will carefully select the closest and safest pick up place, based on your hotel location.

We include a Google pin and a photograph of the ticket kiosk at Heraklion port. This ensures that you can easily identify and locate the meeting spot with confidence.

Our team is always available to assist you. Feel free to contact us at any time. We will provide you an emergency telephone number. This will ensure a stress free experience from the moment you embark on your tour or activity.

Not Suitable:

The Santorini day trip from Heraklion port is not for individuals in wheel chairs.

Crete to Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion

Heraklion to Santorini Itinerary

Heraklion Port (07:00-07:30 am) – Boarding: The ferry departs promptly for Santorini, ensuring a comfortable 2-hour and 15-minute cruise. The actual departure time is 08:00 am.

Pass: Athinios Port-Santorini: Upon arrival at Athinios port in Santorini, a smooth transition awaits as we board our bus for an island-wide tour.

Stop: Oia (2 hours): Explore the enchanting town of Oia during a 2-hour stop. Revel in the beauty of this glamorous locale and seize the opportunity to capture unforgettable photos.

Stop: Fira (2 hours): The journey continues to Fira, where you’ll have 2 hours to explore at your leisure.

16:00: Athinios Port – Boarding: As the day on Santorini concludes, we gather at Athinios Port for boarding.

18:30: Arrival Heraklion Port: We aim to reach Heraklion Port by 18:30, ensuring a timely return to Crete.

Days and Languages:

Every Day: English, French, German, Polish.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday: Russian.

Every Monday and Thursday: Romanian

Every Wednesday and Friday: Czech

Every Saturday: Italian

Crete to Santorini Day Trip Includes:

✅ Fast ferry boat tickets both ways from Heraklion port.

✅ Bus Guided tour on Santorini island to Oia, and Fira.

✅ Professional tour guide (live).

✅ Insurance cover.

✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).


❌ Hotel pick up and drop off.

❌ All meals and drinks.

❌ Optional cruise to the volcano. Extra cost 20€. Not available during low season or if not may passengers are interested. Payable directly on the tour bus.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long is the ferry ride from Heraklion to Santorini?

The ferry ride from Heraklion to Santorini takes approximately 2.25 hours.

What are the departure times for the ferry to Santorini?

The ferry departure times from Heraklion to Santorini is at 08:00 am.

Are there any dining options available on Santorini for lunch during the tour from Heraklion?

Yes, there are numerous restaurants and tavernas on Santorini where you can enjoy delicious Greek cuisine for lunch.

How far in advance should I book my Santorini tour from Heraklion?

It's recommended to book your Santorini tour from Heraklion as early as possible to secure availability.

Can I bring luggage on the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?

Yes, you can bring luggage on the ferry, but there may be restrictions on size and quantity.

Is there Wi-Fi available on the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?

Yes, there is Wi-Fi for a small fee of 3 Euro.

Is Santorini expensive?

Yes, Santorini can be pricey, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Is Santorini suitable for a romantic getaway?

Yes, Santorini is a popular destination for couples due to its stunning scenery and romantic atmosphere.

Can I visit the volcano in Santorini?

Yes, you can take a boat tour to Nea Kameni, the volcanic island in Santorini's caldera.

How long does the Santorini tour from Crete typically last?

The Santorini tour from Crete usually lasts around 12 to 14 hours if transfer is included in Crete.

Will I have free time to explore Oia and Fira on my own during the tour from Crete?

Yes, most tours provide free time in Santorini for exploration and sightseeing.

Is transportation between attractions included in the Santorini tour from Crete?

Yes, transportation between attractions is included in the tour package.

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Available Fast Ferry Boats

Crete to Santorini Ferry

SUPERRUNNER JET by SEAJETS available during low season.

Seajets PowerJet from Crete Island to Santorini

POWER JET by SEAJETS available during high season.

For 2024, it’s crucial to note that no other ferry company is providing day trips to Santorini. While some ferry companies may stop at Santorini en route to Athens, they return to the island the following day. Our exclusive partnership is with SEAJETS, Greece’s largest and most reputable ferry company.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund if cancelled 24 hours before start time.
  • Weather-dependent; if cancelled due to bad weather, choose a new date or get a full refund.