Ferry from Santorini to Crete

Jan 12th, 2011, 04:00 PM
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Ferry from Santorini to Crete

We have been searching the Internet for days with no success. Is there any ferry going from Santorini to Crete and how can we book it? We are trying to book it for July 1. Is it beacuse it's too early to book it now?
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Jan 12th, 2011, 04:31 PM
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Yes, it's way too early to book now. It's the Hellenic Seaways FlyingCat 4. http://www.ferries.gr/hfd

Once HS releases their seasonal schedules, sometime in April, you will be able to book ahead. Take note of the "No sailing" dates. Twice monthly, always on a Wednesday, there is no ferry. July 1 is a Friday so you won't have any problem.

You can book on the HS website or with www.danae.gr once the schedules are 'official' and pick up your tickets at the ferry port of Athinios on Santorini. You can also book on the Amphitrion Holidays website and pick up your tickets from their travel desk at the Athens Airport when you first arrive in Greece. It's located in the Arrivals hall between doors 2&3, and they're open 24/7. You can also wait to buy them when you get to the airport but bring cash, they don't take credit cards there (only on their website). There are ATMs at the airport. You can also purchase them from Pelican Travel in Fira on Santorini across from the main square.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 04:47 PM
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brotherleelove,

This is so helpful. Thanks a lot. In case you remember, when does the ferry typically leave Santorini, morning or afternoon? We are trying to budget our days between the two islands, and it would help to know whether we can spend some time in the morning on Santorini.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 05:22 PM
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The schedule will probably be the same as last year, leaving Santorini around 6pm. It's been the same for years.
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Jan 13th, 2011, 12:56 AM
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FlyingCat 4, the ferry mentioned by brotherleelove, has operated that schedule for many years, so can be depended upon again for 2011. That isn't the only ferry running between Santorini and Crete during high season, though. In recent years other highspeed catamarans, including Megajet and Superjet have also begun a similar service. There are also rumors that a new ferry company operating out of Chania may run between Santorini and Crete this summer. There will also be conventional ferries running 2-3 times per week, sometimes at inconvenient hours.

Note that the highspeeeds begin their runs from Crete in the morning and return in the afternoon, with Santorini the penultimate stop. That means there are unlikely to be any ferries from Santorini to Crete in the morning.

Whatever you choose, you will have to wait a few months before seeing all the schedules. Pre-booking is usually not necessary in early July, but if you wish to do so you have plenty of time.
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Jan 13th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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I was hoping for a morning ferry. I guess, there will be none. Thanks a lot for clarifying.
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Jan 13th, 2011, 12:21 PM
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Hi Gina,

Check the ferry timetables nearer Jul 1st, and it's just possible there may be a conventional ferry leaving in the morning on that date. Last year ANEK Lines' ferry Prevelis sailed between Santorini and Heraklion on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing at 1:25 am on Tue (you did say morning, right? ;-) ), and 9:25 am on Saturday.

The pattern for Greek ferries is to leave their home port in the morning or afternoon, then return home that night or the following day. The catamarans sailing between Santorini and Crete are, for the most part, based in Crete. That means a morning sailing from Crete to Santorini, and a late afternoon sailing from Santorini back to Crete. Prevelis is based at Piraeus, and does a long overnight sailing through the Cyclades, Crete, and the Dodecanese before returning to Piraeus.
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