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Travel from Santorini to Milos to Athens

My fiance and I are flying in to Santorini from London, staying for several days, and then traveling from Santorini to Milos on August 8, 2018, and then from Milos to Athens on August 12, 2018. The flights and hotels are booked so our dates are set in stone. I see that there are some ferry schedules already posted online. Will there be more ferry schedules from either Santorini or Milos posted closer to August? If so, when?

From Santorini to Milos on August 8th, our best bet looks like the Seajets Andros Jet ferry at 8:30 AM. Should we book this in advance? If so, is there a recommended travel agency or ticketing office where we can pick up our tickets in Santorini?

From Milos to Athens, there are a few ferries on August 12th. Assuming no other ferry schedules will be posted for the 12th, the 11:25 AM Aegean Speed Lines ferry looked like the best option. Should we book this in advance? If so, is there a recommended travel agency or ticketing office where we can pick up our tickets in Milos? Would you recommend flying from Milos to Athens instead of taking the ferry? Flights are around 50 euros more each than the Aegean ferry.

Thanks for the help!

Posted by
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It's highly unlikely that more ferry departures will be added so close to August. It would be wise to book any ferry tickets in advance of your arrival and opt to pick them up from the corresponding ticket agency at the ferry port of your departure. Flying takes 30 minutes. A ferry takes 4-5 hours. If you want to relax in Athens then fly. If you have the time to burn, take a ferry.

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When we did the ferry to Athens as I recall all the ferries departed around 5 in the evening so we did not get to Athens until around 10 then had to get to our hotel. If you can book a flight take it, that will give you more quality time in Athens.

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I booked a ferry yesterday from Paros to Santorini because I was advised not to wait until I get to Greece during high season.

I used the following website where you can do online your reservations because of a recommendation from my hotel in Paros:

It was easy and intuitive although I had to find the English version in the upper right hand corner where they had many languages. They had a chat function that worked well when I had questions. I found it well done and have my ticket confirmations from Blue Star. I do have to pick up tickets at the terminal, however. Viva said that other ferry companies would let you print your tickets at home or use e-tickets, which would have been more convenient, but the timing of the Blue Star ferry was preferable.

I highly recommend the website based on my limited experience.