We will be taking a ferry from Naxos to Santorini on a Sunday in early June. Is it advisable to get our tickets now or wait until the day we arrive in Naxos? Any recommendations of ferry lines would also be appreciated.
The advice I got was that the tickets won't change price and they will be available up to a few days before departure and maybe until departure. But since I didn't want to have to think about when to buy them and if they'd still be available, and my itinerary was set, I bought them already. I prefer to just show up at points of departure without things-to-remember beforehand (like buying tickets).
edited to add: ... and Im taking Ferry's in July ;p
I was just getting ready to ask this too! Thanks!
The Blue Star ferries are huge and won't be full so you can even wait until your day of departure to buy your tickets. I recommend the Blue Star ferry because the ship is open with exterior decks and the view of Santorini as you enter the caldera for the first time is one you'll never forget. It's spectacular!
I was just on the Blue Star Ferries web site and they seem to have a large array of ticket options including cabins. Do you have any recommendations wrt what type/class of ticket we should be looking at?
It's only a 2-hour trip. Get the cheapest deck class ticket and sit indoors or outdoors or for a couple of euro more get an airline-style seat in one of the reserved indoor lounges. With any ticket you can sit outdoors.
Joe, I took this ferry last June, but in reverse, Santorini to Naxos. I bought my ticket on line when on the mainland a few days before, but still was instructed to go by the ferry office in Fira, Santorini, in advance, to check in and pick up a ticket, which I did a day or two in advance of the trip. I took a big ferry, sat outside, nice views as we left Santorini and then again arriving in Naxos.
See, Joe and Larry, that's why we say, wait & get your Blue Star Tickets when y ou arrive on Naxos ... because if you order ahead, you will STILL have to go to a window somewhere to pick them up. No savings in time... and as BrotherLee said, those huge ferries in June will be only partially filled. It would be a different story if you wanted to sail Friday night of a 3-day Greek holiday weekend in High Season ... but you are not.
Oh, I love the islands <3 lucky you! I always get my tickets at least 2 weeks before my trip off season just to be sure. When it is high season I get them 1-2 months ahead cause plenty of Greeks travel during summer months and some times it is difficult to find tickets. Some years ago I wanted to do a round trip from Piraeus to Astypalea island and couldn't find tickets to return in August. I tried to book one month ahead but it wasn't enough. I had to book another ticket from Astypalea to Paros and then from Paros to Piraeus to get back to the port. I spent twice the money I should :/ Last summer I visited the Cyclades with this island-hopping e-pass. You get to the islands with the Hellenic Seaways ferries, very affordable since it gives you 5 routes. It might be worth it since you are vising more than one island. You might want to check out Paros or Ios by doing a day trip as well.
You won't have any hassles in Early June buying tickets as you go. It's nowhere near as busy as it gets in August.