Santorini and Mykonos are two popular Greek Islands. They are 73 miles apart from one another and are located in the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, which is southeast of mainland Greece.
There are two main route choices when traveling from Santorini to Mykonos; you can either take a ferry or a plane (be sure to plan in advance as flights are irregular between these islands).
The ferry is the most popular choice, but I’ll tell you all about your flight plan just in case speed is of the essence.
Take The Ferry
The ferry is undoubtedly the best option for traveling between Santorini and Mykonos. With the ferry, you have a couple of choices depending on your budget and your trip itinerary.
All the boats leave from Athinios Port. Getting here from the popular area of Oia Thira in the north is both easy and affordable.
Bus – From Oia take a bus to Fira (Thera), from here you’ll need to transfer to a bus heading towards the ferry terminal. Tickets for this journey cost €2.30 and take approximately one hour in total.
Private Taxi – These can be booked in advance online, or arranged in person. While the journey may be quicker at just 35 minutes as well as more comfortable and convenient the experience comes at a price of around €90 one-way.
There are multiple ferry companies that offer the Santorini to Mykonos route including; Seajets, Golden Star Ferries, or Minoan Lines first.
Depending on the company and the season the journey time will be around 2 and a half hours and cost between €30 and €70 per person.
When booking your ferry trip I recommend booking at least three months in advance (especially if you’re traveling during the peak season) as this will provide you with the maximum amount of choice.
If you’re booking in advance online then you can usually save your tickets to your smartphone or print them off at home.
If you need to collect a paper ticket from the ferry company upon arrival at the port I recommend adding on an additional 30 minutes to the start of your journey (especially during peak season).
You’ll often find that there isn’t a dedicated luggage storage crew on the majority of these liners. Instead, it’s up to you to look after your luggage. I’ve found that the majority of people leave their large suitcases on the car deck and take personal bags with them to their seats inside.
Inside you’ll also find a small snack bar area where you can purchase drinks, crisps, chocolates, and small ready meals such as noodles. Unsurprisingly these are significantly more expensive than the supermarkets.
There are two ferry ports in Mykonos, the new port and the old port;
New Port – If you arrive at the new port then you’ll need to catch the Sea Bus over to the main island. This bus runs every half hour between 7 am to midnight every day and cost €2 per person.
Finding the Sea Bus is easy as it’s well signposted (and the majority of other tourists also head in that direction). The journey takes around 20 minutes and ends in Mykonos town.
Old Port – You can travel from the old port to Mykonos town quickly and easily using the public bus or a private taxi. There’s a bus station 2 minutes away from the ferry disembarkation point which is well signposted.
Local buses cost €2 per person and tickets can be purchased directly from the driver, meanwhile, taxis cost around €15.
Catch a Flight
The more expensive option is to travel from Santorini to Mykonos by plane. The number of direct flights between these two islands is limited (which only adds to the expense), however, you can find a range of indirect flights that often require a change in Athens year-round.
Santorini airport is located 17km south of the popular town of Oia. You can travel between these two locations either by bus which costs around €4 and takes around 50 minutes or taxi which costs around €25 and takes around 25 minutes.
I found that flights between Santorini to Mykonos typically run between €30 and €100 depending on the date you’d like to travel and how far ahead you book.
Travel from Mykonos airport to Mykonos town takes between ten and twenty minutes and again can be completed either by bus for €2 per person or in a taxi which costs around €30 per person.
Both the bus stop and the taxi rank are well signposted within the airport. Buses run from 4am until midnight and taxis are available 24/7 although there may be a small wait at peak times.
If money is no object then consider booking a private helicopter for around €3,000 to take you between the islands. While this experience doesn’t come cheap it will no doubt end up being the highlight of your trip.
Each helicopter holds up to six passengers and will take you from one island to the other in as little as 30 minutes.