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Which ferry which port (Athens- Santorini- Mykonos)

Hi

I'm travelling to greece may 23 with my husband. I'm pregnant. Please recommend best mode or company of ferry for us.

23- arrived Athens late at night and stay one night at Athens airport hotel. Plan to travel to santorini (imerovigli) next early morning. Which ferry or port is closet to airport? Preferably faster boat but I'm not sure whether it's choppy (not ideal for pregnant woman?)

24-27 - stay at satorini. Heading to Mykonos (agio stefanos). Again which ferry and which port? Ideally faster steady boat

27-30 - stay at mykonos (agio stefanos). Which ferry best to take to go back athens. This time we are staying at divani caravel. Which ferry and which port?

Thanks a lot!!

Cynthia

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For Athens to Santorini, you may not like the answer, but flying via Olympic or Aegean Air would be best. any ferry ride will be long, on the 24th Blue Star runs the Delos, leaves Piraeus at 7:25 AM, gets to Santorini at 3:10 in the afternoon. there is a later one, but you would arrive at 12:30 in the morning on the 25th, 8 hours on a ferry is not great fun, it is a big boat, but you will notice movement.

For the other legs, you may have choices, a big boat is slow but stable, the fast cats can be very smooth if conditions are just right, if not they can be hell, or just not run at all. Flying between islands is not a common option, Mykonos to Athen you could fly.

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To reach Santorini by ferry from the airport you have to go to Piraeus. There is an airport express bus, X96 (€8pp), that will take you right there but it means leaving ATH very early if you want to catch the Blue Star Delos, as the bus will take about 75 minutes. To save some time you can buy your ferry tickets at the airport from the travel desk of Amphitrion Holidays in the Arrivals Hall between Doors 2&3. Cash only, no CCs. Perhaps a taxi would be better. That will cost around €47.

There is only one ferry port on Santorini, Athinios. You can check which ferries are available to you on your travel date here: http://www.gtp.gr If possible avoid the small SeaJets Superjet if the seas are at all rough.

You will spend the least time at sea returning to Athens after Mykonos if you take a ferry to Rafina instead of to Piraeus. From Rafina there is a bus that will take you into Central Athens where you can take a taxi the rest of the way to your hotel.

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This is a link to check on ferry schedules: http://www.gtp.gr/RoutesForm.asp. Using it you will find out the options for all your ferry rides.

I did an experiment for the Athens to Santorini part. All ferries seem to leave from Piraeus very early in the morning. At least all of them seem to run on Sunday.

The 2 that leave at 07:00 are fast, passenger only Catamarans (get there in about 4-5 hours), but if it's rough, they may go slower and you may not want to be on them, and if it's too rough, they won't go. The 07:35 is a car and passenger ferry, but it takes about 8 hours.

There is a public bus, X96, that goes all the way from the Athens airport to Piraeus. This is a link to it: http://athensairportbus.com/en/X96-bus-from-airport-to-piraeus-port.htm. It takes about 1.5 hours, depending on the traffic. You would have to leave very early indeed to get to the ferry on time. You might want to contact your hotel about that.

Of course, for many times the price, you could take a taxi which will get you there a lot faster, especially on a Sunday morning very early. This is a little Rome2rio search I did for the transportation options from the Athens airport to Piraeus: http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Athens-Airport-ATH-Greece/Piraeus. Considering your tight time schedule, I'd choose the taxi.

Now, here's the link to Aegean for flights: http://en.aegeanair.com/. If you can get a flight at this late date at almost any price I would take it vs. that long or bumpy ferry ride, particularly since you will be at the airport anyway.

Be advised that Santorini Airport (http://www.santoriniairport.com/) is on the opposite side of the island from the caldera. I don't think it would be a reasonable walk from there to your hotel. You will have to take a bus or a taxi to or near to your hotel. If your hotel is one on the caldera with a beautiful view, you may find yourself going down and up lots, and I mean lots, of stairs.

Santorini Ferry Port (http://www.santorini-port.com/) is a few kilometers from Fira (next door to Imerovigli), so you would also have to take a bus or a taxi into town.

By now you may have guessed that the hardest part about traveling in Greece (except maybe that you can't flush TP down the toilet) is the logistics. Assuming that you plan to arrive in Athens in less than 2 weeks, you need to get busy with these schedules and at least be informed on what's possible.

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For "other ferry" which one would you reccommend?

Also- when I'm at blue star booking site, there's "baggage trailer" option. If I'm carting one luggage and book business class, do I need to add baggage trailer? Is that for large luggage only?

If I decide to take a local plan from Athens to santorini, is the Athens airport for departing same as the airport where I landed? If not, how long is the travel time?

How long is travel time from Athens airport to Piraeus port?

Thx

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Hi

Thank you for your reccomendation! I'm convinced to take the Aegean plane.

Is Athens international airport same as Aegean local plane that's departing from Athens to santorini?

How long would the taxi ride be from santorini airport to imerovigli?

We are staying Sofitel airport hotel. Is it walkable distance to arrival And departure hall?

Cynthia

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I can't help you with all your questions. The websites I linked before probably can. You just need to do some digging on your own.

Your hotels, both at the airport and in Imerovigli should also be able to answer lots of them. We stayed at the Sofitel our last night in Greece. It was right across the street from the airport. You can probably see that if you go to their website or maybe to the ATH link below.

This is the link to the ATH website: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/. Either by exploring it or the Aegean one already provided, you will likely be able to answer many of your questions. We did fly into and out of the same facility, but different parts. When we were there in the fall, we made the mistake of thinking we could get food after we went through security on the way to our gate for the Aegean flight to Santorini (Thira). Wrong, wrong, wrong. If you are hungry and there is anywhere to eat before you head down that corridor, do it. All we found was one miserable kiosk with nothing but snacks.

The taxi ride from the Santorini (Thira) airport to your hotel would probably take about 15 minutes or so. You need to talk to your hotel there about that. They may be able to set up a transfer for you. Ours did. Just remember what I said about the stairs. Your hotel should be able to tell you about those as well. The taxi driver is not likely to carry your luggage down or up stairs, but someone at the hotel might.

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I have been a long term fans of rick steves. Everywhere I travel, I carry his book.

The reason I ask such question, obviously they are not clear on online link that you sent that's I why double check.

I appreciate your last few posts. But the recent one does come across a bit rude.

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Sorry if you feel that way. I can't answer all the questions because I have not been to some of the other places or experienced the other things you have mentioned. So I tried to help you with possible sources for those answers and advice based on my limited experience from the fall.