Here’s a brief report on our Seatjets ferry from Mykonos to Santorini.
There are up to six daily ferries between Mykonos and Santorini. Since we were traveling during shoulder season (April), only one was operating: a catamaran operated by Seatjets. Still, we had no trouble securing a seat the night before departure. Many purchased tickets at the dock.
But if you are traveling during peak season, it is best to buy tickets in advance. A list of all the ferry operators is here and online booking is fairly straightforward. You can either print out your ticket online or pick it up in person at the dock. Book directly from the ferry operator, though–there are a lot of trick websites that factor in a generous commission for themselves into the price.
We departed from the “Old Port” of Mykonos, which is right in the heart of town. If you’re staying in the old city or near the windmills, it is a 5-10 minute walk. Our hotel drove us over, but we could have easily walked.
Wait for your boat at a semi-covered waiting area in the old port. There are no restrooms.
If you need to pick up your tickets, just outside the port is a ferry office. As you come up the driveway from the ferry port, it is the first building you encounter. Our tickets were 65EUR each and infant tickets are free.
Our ferry was scheduled to depart at 10am and arrive into Santorini at 11:50a. Like many things in Greece, the ship was late. It pulled up about 25 minutes late into the port though thanks to a quick boarding we arrived into Santorini only about 10 minutes late.
There is no outdoor seating or standing…you leave your larger luggage outside, but shortly after takeoff the door is shut.
The seating in the main cabin was 3-4-4-3 with plenty of room to spread out on our voyage. I can imagine every seat filled on a busy day…there is little storage room onboard and legroom is tight so keep that in mind. No wi-fi onboard.
Good Coffee, But It’ll Cost You
Onboard is a snack shop selling light snacks and coffee. Good coffee.
I had a cappuccino, my wife had coffee, and we both remarked at how great it was. But look at the bill.
That’s a ridiculous price for Greece. But apparently not on a ferry between Greek Isles…
There is a note at the snack stand stating that coffee, water, and sandwiches are available at “regulated prices” for standing passengers. No idea what that cost is, but the ship was so empty that certainly did not come into play–
We pulled into the port of Santorini, which is surrounded by mountains, creating a wind-free zone. The water can apparently be very choppy on some days, though our entire journey was smooth.
I had arranged a car rental/hire through Santorini Holiday Cars. For 21EUR/day, I thought the price was very reasonable. It would have been even cheaper had I taken manual transmission. I was met at the port with my car, a bright green Skoda. On the way back, I simply dropped it off at the airport, leaving the keys in the visor and car unlocked. Yes, Santorini is that kind of island.
Although I originally planned to fly between islands, that service (operated by Condor) is no longer available. I have no regrets taking the ferry, though. It was an enjoyable ride and an easy way to get from island to island.