Mykonos and Santorini are less than 100 miles apart in the Aegean Sea, separated by a cluster of other Cyclades Islands. Taking a ferry is the most convenient and affordable option to travel between them. There are two types of ferries: somewhat more expensive "fast ferries," which take about 2.5 hours and are more susceptible to weather delays, and "slow ferries" which take about 4 hours on more indirect routes (but are very scenic).

Flying between Mykonos and Santorini is possible but impractical—there are no direct flights between islands.

By Ferry

Duration: 2-4 hours

Santorini has two ports, but Athinios Port is the one for passenger ferries. There are three ferry operators offering high-speed service: Minoan Lines, Blue Star Ferries, and Seajets. The faster you want to get there, the more expensive it will be. Seajets offers some sailings under good weather conditions for under 2 hours. For most sailings, expect to travel 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Direct routes are available multiple times a day during peak season (April-October),  as early as before 10 a.m. and as late as 6:35 p.m. The indirect service is more budget-friendly but can take up to 4 hours. Some travelers actually prefer this because it means basking in the views of other islands along the way when the ferry makes those connections.

Tickets can be purchased in advance; it’s wise to get them weeks in advance as they tend to sell out the day of sailing. You have to pick up the physical tickets at the agencies by the port, where you will encounter crowds of tourists. 

By Plane

Duration: 2-3 hours

All flights between Mykonos and Santorini have a stopover in Athens. The shortest layover time is 45 minutes, but it can be longer. You won’t save much in terms of time—the duration is similar to sailing on a direct route. There are a couple of airlines that fly year-round, and more frequently during summer months (about 4-5 times daily). Flights depart from Mykonos Airport (JMK), which is a 10-minute taxi ride from Chora, and arrive at Santorini Airport (JTR) in Thira.


Map of How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini
Map of How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini
Updated Jun 19, 2019