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Ferry from Athens to Santorini in early October

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Washington, D.C.
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Ferry from Athens to Santorini in early October

My husband and I are planning to visit Santorini the first week in October. We are flying into Athens on a Saturday and planning to take the ferry to Santorini on Sunday. Would be wise to book a ferry crossing in advance? Also, are ferry cancellations common in October? Is it better to take the Blue Star ferry over the faster ferry to avoid possible cancellations and sea sickness?

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1. Re: Ferry from Athens to Santorini in early October

Hey and welcome NWtraveler12:-) You may want to consider just grabbing a flight straight out to Santorini upon arrival in Athens?;-) You'll be at the airport anyway.. after the long haul, an overnight in Athens may end up being a waste dealing with lag and rubber legs! Check www.aegeanair.com/ www.olympicair.com/ for the quick approx 40 min puddle jumper to the isle that'll get you off to a great start.. no better place to get back into zone than an isle! Also keeps the itinerary running consecutively .. saving precious time with no backtracking.. save Athens for the finale.. which will also ensure the long haul flight back home;-) Best.. and enJOY!

Washington, D.C.
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2. Re: Ferry from Athens to Santorini in early October

Thanks Litsa! We are actually just coming from Germany and getting into Athens later in the day. Right now the only flight we could get is $200 a person one way. Do you think it's worth it? Alternatively, we were thinking of staying in Piraeus and catching the early morning ferry.

Warsaw, Poland
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3. Re: Ferry from Athens to Santorini in early October

There is no need to pre-book ferries in October. It is up to you which type of ferry you prefer but even if the Superjet in the morning is cancelled, you will have time to walk over to the Blue Star. Just get to the port early so you are not last in queue for a refund.

Newmarket, United...
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4. Re: Ferry from Athens to Santorini in early October

If you want to take the ferry, go with Blue Star. You won't have to book in advance that time of year, and in the meantime keep a lookout for seat sales on Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air. Keep checking the websites mentioned by Litsa, and you may want to sign up for their online newsletters to get sales alerts.

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