Taking the ferry to Santorini

Santorini to Paros Ferry: Tickets, Schedules, Routes etc.

Traveling through the Cyclades by ferry is super easy, and it’s actually the best way to do it!

Many ferry lines connects the various Greek islands, and between Santorini and Paros there is a direct line, which makes it super convenient!

We traveled to most of the Cyclades and always used the ferry. This guide covers everything you need to know for a smooth and enjoyable ferry trip between Santorini and Paros.

In A Nutshell:

– Duration: The ferry trip usually takes between 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the type of ferry and sea conditions.
Frequency: There are daily services, with frequency increasing during the peak tourist season (June to September).
– Ferry Companies: Several ferry companies operate on the Santorini to Paros route, including Blue Star Ferries, SeaJets, and Golden Star Ferries.
– Booking: we recommend booking all your ferry rides via
– Price Range: For Economy Class prices typically range from €40 to €80 per adult for a one-way ticket.

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1. The main ferry companies from Santorini to Paros

Athens to Mykonos by Ferry

The four main ferry companies linking Paros to Santorini provide daily connections during the summer season. They are the following:

  • Golden Star Ferries
  • Blue Star Ferries
  • Seajets
  • Minoan Lines

All 4 are reliable, and offer great services. However, when booking your ferry ride, we recommend choosing the fastest to save time… More on that soon.

2. How to book the ferry?

Throughout our travels around the world, we’ve pretty much always used DirectFerries whenever available. Their service is super reliable, and you will get to select from many different options.

While, you can buy your tickets on site directly at the port of Santorini, we strongly recommend using an online aggregator to get you the best price and the best timing for you…

During the peak season, we recommend booking at least 1 month in advance!

3. How long does it take to go from Santorini to Paros?

2 people waiting for the ferry in Greece

The ferry distance from Santorini to Paros is 105 km, which corresponds to approximately 65 nautical miles.

Travel times vary depending on the company and the various stops that may be made. To give you an idea, a direct crossing takes between 1h50 and 3h, while a crossing with stopovers can exceed that…

Don’t arrive late: The boats leave right on time and will not wait for any passengers since they have strict timetables…

4. How much does it Cost?

Ticket prices for traveling by ferry from Santorini to Paros may vary depending on the season, the type of ferries, and if it’s direct or not. Generally, here are the price ranges:

  • Adult: between €40 and €80 depending on the month and date of your reservation
  • For a motorbike/scooter: around €50 additionally
  • Normal car: €100
  • SUV: up to €200

GOOD NEWS: it’s possible to bring your pet onboard! Make sure to indicate it when booking.

5. What type of boat are we traveling on?

Athens to Mykonos by Ferry. Waiting at the Ferry Pier

The difference between the companies is mainly due to the model of ferry used. The fastest are multihulls which cut through the waves at astonishing speed. The slower ones are more conventional tourist boats but still allow you to enjoy a nice maritime trip.

In both cases, the journey turns out to be very pleasant. You can enjoy the interior comfort of the boat or venture out onto the deck. In this case, beware of spray and gusts of wind carrying away hats and caps without warning! This is the opportunity to see dolphins and fish and take splendid photos.

If you are transported, opt for a Catamaran-car ferry (CC) or a Car ferry (CF). They are offered in particular by the company Seajets or Blue Star.

Drinks & Food: Ferries offer drinks at the bar or even a catering service. On the other hand, the prices charged are higher than on dry land! It is still very pleasant to drink a glass of Greek rosé while admiring the splendor of the sea 🙂

6. Departure and Arrival Location

Departure Location in Santorini: Athinios Port (Santorini Port)

Athinios is the main port of Santorini, located on the southwest coast of the island, approximately 10 kilometers from Fira, the capital.

Getting There:

  • Bus: Regular bus services connect Fira to Athinios port. The journey takes around 20-30 minutes.
  • Taxi: Taxis are available across the island and offer a convenient, though more expensive, way to reach the port. Make sure to agree on the fare before starting your journey.

Our Tips: Athinios can be quite busy, especially in summer. Arriving at least one hour before your ferry’s departure time is highly recommended!

Arrival Location in Paros: Parikia Port

Parikia is the capital and the main port of Paros, located on the northwest side of the island.

The port area is well-equipped with cafes, restaurants, and shops. You’ll find car rental agencies, ATMs, and travel agencies nearby.

Getting Around:

  • Bus: The central bus station is close to the port, offering services to various parts of the island.
  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the port. It’s a good idea to ask for the fare before starting your journey.
  • Car or Bike Rental: Several rental agencies in Parikia offer cars, scooters, and bikes, providing a flexible way to explore Paros at your own pace.

Parikia is a charming place to explore. If you have some time before moving on to your next destination, consider visiting this town!


We hope that we have inspired you to take advantage of ferries to make this unique crossing. Then, head quickly to the Direct Ferries website to book your ticket!

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