Santorini to Milos Ferries: All Options Explained

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

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Milos is not very well connected to Santorini but the islands are pretty close

You basically have 1 way to get from Santorini to Milos: by the fast ferry. To be honest, it’s a very straightforward route but extremely expensive in my opinion. In general, ferries in Greece have become extremely expensive in the last years and island hopping can become very expensive quickly. Santorini to Milos ferries take about 2 hours to reach Milos and this is usually a route that is part of the typical long ferry routes from Piraeus that go through many Cyclades islands (such as Folegandros, Naxos etc).

If you cannot find any available route from Santorini to Milos on Ferryhopper is because usually the ferry operators announce the available routes and timetables around 4-6 months in advance only every year, so you should better check closer to your dates.

Here are the ferry options you have basically (but always check Ferryhopper as there might be even more options around your dates):

How Long It TakesCost*
Ferry (fast)
(from Santorini Athinios port)
2 hours & 10 minutes93 euros
*Obviously, the cost fluctuates a lot and may differ; always check Ferryhopper

There is an airport on Milos island, but it only operates flights between Milos and Athens.

You can always search directly from here the available ferries from Santorini to Milos:

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Milos port in Adamantas can get quite busy during the summer months (May-October)

There are only a couple of ferries per day from Santorini to Milos that take around 2 hours and 10 minutes, and it’s a relatively quick and easy way to travel between the two islands.

  • Ferryhopper is the largest and safest website in Greece to book your ferry tickets from Santorini to Milos, but you can also use it just for checking timetables and prices between all greek islands.

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It’s obvious that whatever I am explaining in this post applies to the return trip from Milos to Santorini, as well.

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Local Buses in Santorini are waiting at Athinios Port
If you are wondering how it is inside a ferry to the greek islands then here is my complete tour of the Highspeed 4 Ferry (interior and exterior)

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  • You basically have 1 option of getting from Santorini to Milos: by fast ferry (which is usually the Seajets Ferries).
  • Best way To get From Santorini to Milos: By fast Ferry (around 2 hours 10 minutes) and there is no Blue Star doing the route as of now
  • Best Website for Ferry Prices & Timetables: Ferryhopper
  • Santorini to Milos Ferries depart from Athinios port in Santorini.
  • Between April and October there can be more than 2 ferries a day from Santorini to Milos; there are far fewer ferry options in the winter (November-March) 
  • How long is the ferry ride from Santorini to Milos: it takes around 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to Milos; the same obviously applies to the ferry from Milos to Santorini
  • How much does it cost to take a ferry from Santorini to Milos: it obviously changes every year but in general, it can cost around 93 euros (yes, it’s very expensive for a 2 hour ride and one of the most expensive routes in the Aegean sea)
  • You must book your ferry online and you can then enter the ferry with the barcode that will be on the email that will be sent to you. This will be clearly written on the email you will receive from Ferryhopper and it is now the system that most ferry companies use BUT some smaller companies may ask you to get a printout from a kiosk that is outside of the ferry and it is this print out that will allow you to enter the ferry. As a rule of thumb, if your ticket you got through email from Ferryhopper has a barcode then you can enter the ferry directly.
  • Strikes in Greece: strikes can happen anytime in Greece and for any means of public transportation (including the ferries) within short notice; usually, they may happen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays; yes, they may mess up your trip but they are necessary for the hard-working people of Greece so that they can have decent salaries and benefits for their lives. So, get over it and try to find some alternatives for your trip.
  • Strong Winds – Ferries Cancellations: in case there are strong winds (which can be pretty common in August in Greece), then the Greek Port Authorities may stop all ferries from departing, so bear in mind this is also a possibility that can mess up your trip; as an average, there might be 4-5 days during the summer months that this can happen so it’s good to have that in mind
  • Business Seats on Ferries in Greece: in my opinion, they are not worth the extra money as you only get a bit more space and a slightly quiet area to sit but even the standard seats are very spacious
  • The Ferry Schedule for all greek islands is announced only 4-6 months before the actual trips, so if you cannot find any scheduled ferries for your trip 3 years from now, please check again 3 months before your actual trip. Ferry tickets to greek islands never sell out and you will always find a ticket.

Santorini to Milos Ferry Schedule

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The SEAJETS Ferry are usually the fastest ferries from and to any greek island

The Ferry Schedule from Santorini to Milos is only announced a few months before the actual dates of the trips, which means that the times for the busy summer months of May, June, July, August and September are only announced around January or February of the same year.

However, there are not that many changes usually as there are usually ferries that depart sometime in the morning and go through several Cyclades islands.

Here is an Example of a Ferry Schedule from Santorini to Milos in June from Ferryhopper:

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This is a typical Ferry Schedule from Santorini to Milos in the summer months (May, June, July, August, and September); there are only a couple of ferries between the two islands all day but there might be even more added so always check Ferryhopper for the latest timetables

This is just an example of a ferry schedule!

For the latest Ferry schedule, always check on Ferryhopper.

The winter ferry schedule is less frequent with probably 1 ferry a day.

ferry ticket greek islands blue star ferry highspeed
If you book your ticket through Ferryhopper you are going to get a link through email where you can download the tickets with the barcode that looks like this (it will open up in your browser, and you can just screenshot it); this ticket will have your seat number as well, and it is individual for every passenger, so kids and vehicles will have their own barcodes and separate tickets
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Highspeed and Seajet are usually the fastest ferries to greek islands
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This is the Economy Class (or regular seats) on Highspeed ferry
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I am not the tallest guy in the world (5’10”- 1.79m), but I had plenty of space in the economy seats of Highspeed 4
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The business class seats were almost similar to the economy class but this may differ slightly from ferry to ferry; in my opinion, they are not worth it in any ferry
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It might be tricky to locate the exact seat number that is on your ticket but you can always ask the crew of the ferry
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Unfortunately, there are no restaurants on any of the ferries but there are plenty of options for nibbles, sandwiches and greek pasties in the small shops that are called Everest and are pretty much on every ferry
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There is always plenty of luggage space on board any ferry but you need to be careful as these are unattended
ferry greece outside space highspeed
There is always an open space on any ferry (smoking is strongly prohibited everywhere) but its size depends on the ferry itself; usually, the slowest ferries (Blue Star) have the largest outdoor spaces and the fastest ones (catamaran style Highspeed and Seajets) have more limited outdoor spaces
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This is inside the Seajet Ferry which connects many greek islands
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I had less space inside the Seajet Ferry than I had in the Highspeed ferry, but it was still comfortable


Blue Star Ferries are the largest but slowest ferries from Santorini to Ios and they are also the cheapest

Bluestar Ferries are the biggest you can take to go to Ios from Santorini and are the most stable but also the slowest. There are no Blue Star ferries connecting Santorini and Milos.

No matter how bumpy or windy it is, you won’t feel much on Bluestar Ferries, but in case there are strong winds the Greek Port Authorities may not allow any ferries to depart, for safety reasons.

The best way to check for the available Blue Star Ferry times schedule is to visit the Ferryhopper website.

Where can you book Blue Star ferry tickets from Santorini to Milos?

I highly recommend you book your ferry tickets online through Ferryhopper before you even land in Greece. It is the easiest and safest way to guarantee you are going to get a seat. In fact, for July, August and September, I recommend you book the ferry tickets online at least 1 month in advance. To be honest, you will always find a seat on a ferry but if you are planning to get your vehicle on the ferry then you need to book very well in advance as there are limited spaces for cars and motorbikes in their garages.


As long as the email you receive from Ferryhopper has a barcode on it, you will be fine to enter the ferry with these ones. It will be very clear on the email you will receive from them, though. Otherwise, you will get instructions on how to get the printout ticket as some smaller ferry companies don’t have a barcode system on their tickets (very old-fashioned indeed…). This is not a problem however and all you have to do is to go to a kiosk outside of the ferry itself and people there will print out the ticket for you. Ferryhopper will give you instructions on where to go exactly.

How much the Blue Star Ferry ticket cost?

For the latest prices always check the Ferryhopper website.


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Seajet Ferries are usually the fastest ferries to and from any greek island but they are also the less stable and by far more expensive

SEAJET Ferries are the fastest you can take to go from Santorini to mILos and are the less stable and also the most expensive.

The best way to check for the available SEAJET Ferry times schedule is to visit the Ferryhopper website.

Where can you book SEAJET ferry tickets from Santorini to mILos?

I highly recommend you book your ferry tickets online through Ferryhopper.

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You are always getting a numbered seat on the Seajet Ferries


Milos does have an airport but it only operates flights to and from Athens.


You basically have only 1 option for the Santorini to Milos ferries: the fast ferry SEAJET. My honest recommendation is to take the slow ferry instead of the fast one because it’s much cheaper and it’s not worth it in my opinion.

For me, the best way to check timetables and even book your ferry tickets online has been Ferryhopper for the last few years, and I highly recommend it to everyone looking to get a ferry to Santorini to Ios.

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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