How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini

You can get from Mykonos to Santorini, and of course from Santorini to Mykonos, by ferry, by plane (sort-of) or even by helicopter.

Oia on SantoriniOia on Santorini

Mykonos is about 150 km (93 miles) due north of Santorini and the two islands are connected by ferry, by domestic flights (though only via Athens) and - most exciting and most expensive of all - by helicopter.

How Long Does It Take to Get from Mykonos to Santorini by Ferry?

The ferries between Mykonos and Santorini take 2-3 hours, sometimes even longer, depending which kind of ferry you take and the route they take. Some ferries are direct and some stop at other islands on the way, such as Paros, Naxos, and Ios. There's usually very little difference in the fares so if you're island-hopping on a budget you won't save anything by choosing to take a longer ferry ride.

Going from Mykonos to Santorini by FerryGoing from Mykonos to Santorini by Ferry

How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini by Ferry

Ferries between Mykonos and Santorini only operate in the holiday season, roughly from March to October. If you're travelling in either of those two months, double-check the details and don't assume there'll be a ferry every day.

Note that there are no fast hydrofoils between Santorini and Mykonos.

Several different ferry companies operate services between Santorini and Mykonos, so it can pay to shop around for cheaper fares or times that are more convenient for you. Rather than go to each separate website, it's much easier to use an online timetable and booking service like Ferries in Greece that searches all the available ferry lines and ferry routes for you.

Ferries in Greece

Ferries in Greece has an excellent and very thorough website where, in addition to checking ferry schedules and times, you can also book tickets and get lots of useful information about travelling by ferry in Greece.

How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini by Plane

Mykonos and Santorini both have international airports and receive international flights during the holiday season. However, there are no direct flights between the two islands. The only way to do it would be to fly from Mykonos to Athens (25 minutes) and then from Athens to Santorini (45 minutes). That doesn't seem too bad but by the time you factor in check-in times and changing planes, it's much faster to take the ferry.

Only if you have a fear of ferries or refuse to travel by sea should you consider going from Mykonos to Santorini by plane. However, it's worth knowing about the options in case you need to get from Mykonos to Santorini in winter when ferries aren't operating. Olympic Air has daily flights between Athens and Mykonos, and between Athens and Santorini, all year round.

Windmills on Mykonos at SunsetWindmills on Mykonos at Sunset

How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini by Helicopter

There's no doubt that the most spectacular way to get from Mykonos to Santorini is by helicopter. Imagine arriving on Santorini that way, especially if it's a first visit. It's definitely something to be regarded as a special occasion treat, though, for most people, like a honeymoon or big birthday. The price is several hundred euros, but despite that the flights do book up so don't wait till you're actually on Mykonos or Santorini to book. You might strike lucky, but don't bank on it.

Mykonos to Santorini by helicopterMykonos to Santorini by Helicopter is the Way to Go!

To start your search for helicopter flights between Mykonos and Santorini visit the websites of Helistar, Icarus, The Greek AirTaxi Network, and HeliAlpha. Some companies also operate tours of each island by helicopter, so if you don't want to fly between them you can still see either of them by helicopter.

Where to Stay on Santorini


Where to Stay on Mykonos

Some of our other Cyclades pages:

  • Mykonos

    Mykonos in the Cyclades islands in Greece has cheap and luxury hotel accommodation, car rental, ferries from Athens, Santorini, Crete and other Greek islands.

  • Tinos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Tinos in the Cyclades has several daily ferry connections from Rafina on the Greek mainland and is most famous for the Feast of the Assumption.

  • Syros

    Syros is in the Cyclades islands, with Ermoupoli as its main town and some good beaches, described here on the Greece Travel Secrets website.

  • Sikinos

    Surrounded by bigger and better-known Cyclades islands such as Ios, Naxos and Santorini, Sikinos is a delightfully untouristy island.

  • Sifnos

    Sifnos is one of the smaller islands in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea.

  • Serifos

    Serifos is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, a rugged and mountainous island with a small population.

  • Schinoussa and Iraklia Travel Guide

    This is the first travel guide to Schinoussa and Iraklia, two tiny islands in the Cyclades, published by Real Greek Experiences.

  • Paros in the Cyclades Islands in Greece

    The island of Paros in the Cyclades is famous for its marble, and on this page you can also see information about flights and ferries to Paros.

  • Naxos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades and on this page you can see information about flights and ferries to Naxos.

  • Milos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Milos in the Cyclades in Greece is noted for its museums and beaches, and read about flights and ferries to Milos.

  • Kythnos

    Kythnos is a small island in the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, with easy access from Athens and popular with Athenians on summer weekends.

  • Kimolos

    Kimolos is in the Cyclades islands of Greece, close to Milos.

  • Kea

    Kea is in the Cyclades group of Greek islands and this page from Greece Travel Secrets shows how to get there by ferry and what to do when you've arrived.

  • Ios in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Ios in the Cyclades group of islands in Greece is noted for its nightlife in summer, as well as its beaches, churches and the grave of Homer.

  • Antiparos

    Travel information about Antiparos near Paros in the Cyclades Islands of Greece from the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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