Santorini to Mykonos | Best Ways to Island Hop

Melina Thalassinou
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Key Takeaways

  • Santorini Island is more laid back and romantic, while Mykonos Island is known as Greece's party capital.
  • The easiest and cheapest way to travel between the two islands is by ferry.
  • There are no direct flights between Santorini and Mykonos, so travelers will have to fly via Athens and catch a connecting flight to their destination.
  • Another option is to take a cruise ship, which will allow travelers to relax and have their food, accommodation, and itinerary taken care of.

mykonos by nightMykonos by Night - credits: Pixabay.com

So you’re finally ready to make your way to Greece. That’s exciting!

There’s a plethora of thrilling activities awaiting you, including Greek island hopping. It’s definitely one of the best ways in which you can explore all of the lovely Greek islands in the Mediterranean. 

One of the most popular routes is traveling from Santorini to Mykonos. While they share some similarities, these two islands are incredibly different. Santorini is more laid back and romantic, while Mykonos is Greece’s party capital. 

Whether you’re going to Santorini for your honeymoon or to party in Mykonos until the early hours of the morning, you’re sure in for a lovely time. 

How Far is Mykonos From Santorini

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Mykonos is 64 nautical miles from Santorini. If you have no idea where is Santorini and what nautical miles are, don’t stress. It simply means it’s very easy to travel from one island to the other. 

How to Get From Santorini to Mykonos

santorini restaurantSantorini Restaurant - credits: Pixabay.com

Should you visit Santorini or Mykonos seems to be an ongoing debate. We say both! With that settled, naturally, the next question that arises is how to get to Mykonos from Santorini. Here are a few ways in which you can do so:

  • Your first option is heading to Mykonos and its romantic hotels via either a high-speed or traditional ferry
  • Secondly, you could fly to both, but you’ll have a connecting flight to Athens.
  • Finally, why not island hop your way to the islands? You’ll love it; we promise.

Santorini to Mykonos Ferry

mykonos little veniceLittle Venice, Mykonos - credits: Pixabay.com

A ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos is the easiest and cheapest way to travel between the two islands. There are Santorini-Mykonos ferries scheduled all year round, and a direct trip takes around two to three hours which is perfect for those rushed for time.

Ferry companies mainly use high-speed ferries for the Santorini to Mykonos route, making it the fastest way to get between these two islands. Now if you happen to have more time on your Santorini itinerary (lucky you), consider taking a traditional ferry, as the high-speed Mykonos ferry tickets are less budget-friendly. 

This is a longer and slower route because ferries make stops at some of the other Cycladic Islands, such as Ios, Naxos, and Paros, before docking in Mykonos. How's that for an epic journey? This route can take up to eight hours. 

While this might be a longer journey, it’s certainly more scenic, so you’ll get to take in gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea. Plus, it’s a really great way to island hop, and who wouldn’t love that? 

santorini architectureSantorini's architecture - credits: Pixabay.com

During the low and shoulder tourist seasons, there are usually only one or two ferries a day. They either depart at 10 am or around 2 pm in the afternoon. In the high season, there are multiple ferries a day, leaving as early as 9 am. 

The downfall of high-speed ferries is there is a higher chance of the trip getting canceled if bad weather prevails. But you’ll get a notification well in advance should this happen. 

Mykonos to Santorini ferry tickets start at  $72 (€6) and can go up to $96 (€89) depending on the time of year, availability, and ferry operator. You can make use of a handy tool like Ferryhopper.com to get the best deals on a ferry ticket. 

pelican mykonosPetros, the famous pelican of Mykonos - credits: Pixabay.com

Once you arrive in Mykonos, you can take another ferry ride back to Athens Piraeus Port or Rafina Port. The journey should take about four hours. 

So, in a nutshell, keep the following in mind about ferry routes to Mykonos:

  • Ferries are the most cost-effective way of traveling.
  • You have a choice between a high-speed or traditional ferry from Santorini.
  • Ferry departure depends on the season.
  • Use handy tools like Ferryhopper.com to make things easier, and book your Mykonos ferry ticket with just one click.

Santorini to Mykonos Flight

santoriniSantorini  - credits: Pixabay.com

So unfortunately, we have to be the bearer of bad news – there are currently no direct flights from Santorini to Mykonos. A direct flight is the only dream we cannot bring to life.

If you wish to fly between the two Greek islands, you will have to depart from Santorini or Mykonos and fly via Athens. From Athens, you will then need to catch a connecting flight to your preferred destination. 

Flying from Santorini to Mykonos will take about five hours because of the stopover in Athens. A flight ticket will cost you anything from $165 (€152) to $310 (€286) depending on the time of the year and the day you’d like to depart. Of course, the pricing is not the same if you choose to fly business class.

santorini aestheticSantorini aesthetic - credits: Pixabay.com

This option works best if your itinerary is flexible and you’re not in a hurry to get from one destination to the next or catch other ferry schedules.

You can spend some time in the capital and explore some of the best things to do in Athens (which is never a bad thing, it is Athens, after all). Not to mention you will spare yourself any chance of sea sickness.

Cruises From Santorini to Mykonos

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Another easy way to get from Santorini to Mykonos is with a cruise ship. This is a popular route, with many large cruise liners stopping at both destinations as well as other islands. If you want to take the hassle out of planning how you’ll get from one island to the next, then this is a good option. 

It will also allow you to relax completely, knowing that your food, accommodation, and itinerary are taken care of.

Which Port Will You Depart From? 

mykonos windmillsMykonos Windmills - credits: Pixabay.com

If you are leaving Santorini from Mykonos, you will depart from the Athinios Port, the main Santorini Port, and arrive at the Mykonos Ferry Port and vice versa. If you’re traveling with a cruise ship, a smaller boat will take you from the ship to the docking area for the ferry schedule to commence.

What is the Best Way to Travel From Santorini to Mykonos

santorini blue domeA typical blue-domed church on Santorini - credits: Pixabay.com

The best way to travel from the Greek island Santorini to Mykonos depends on you. 

The quickest and most convenient way to travel from Santorini to Mykonos is by taking a direct ferry. The direct ferry trip will only take two hours, three at most because you’ll most likely be using high-speed ferry companies. 

This is the best option if you have limited time available on your itinerary and want to see both islands. Plus, there are ferries available all year round (bonus). 

If traveling via the sea is really not appealing to you, then you can catch a flight. It’s good to remember that there are no direct flights between the two islands, and you’ll stop over in Athens regardless of the direction you travel in. 

Final Thoughts on Santorini to Mykonos

mykonosMykonos - credits: Pixabay.com

Well, there you have it. The three best ways to island hop from Santorini to Mykonos and vice versa. No matter how you decide to travel, you’ll eventually get to your destination, visit Mykonos, and that’s when the fun really begins. 

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