Mykonos or Santorini? Everything you need to know.

Santorini sunset
Santorini sunset

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Mykonos and Santorini are among the most popular and beautiful islands not only in Greece but in the world.  White washed houses and blue waters make a  heavenly scenary. A lot of people who visit Greece are often wondering “Which is better Mykonos or Santorini?” In this post I will try to answer  some questions regarding those islands, so that you can decide where you want to go.

Check out my 10 day Greece itinerary that includes Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.

Santorini view of the caldera
Santorini view of the caldera

Mykonos or Santorini where should I go?

How can I  get a ferry from Athens to Mykonos?

You can get a ferry to Mykonos from Athens from two ports. From Piraeus port and from Rafina port.

How long does the trip last between Athens and Mykonos?

From Piraeus port you have two choices the speed boat that will take you to Mykonos in 2h 30m and the regular boat that needs approximately 5 hours to reach Mykonos port.

From Rafina port you again have two choices the speed boat that needs around 2h 15m and the regular boat that will take you to Mykonos in 4h 30m.

If you get sea sickness easily then you should take the regular boat because when there is wind the journey will be tough.

Santorini
Santorini

How much does it cost to go from Athens to Mykonos and vice versa?

One way tickets from Piraeus port to Mykonos by speedboat cost 57,5 € and by regular boat 37€

One way tickets from Rafina port to Mykonos by speedboat cost 52€ and by regular boat 27€

Please note that you might find a small difference in prices depending on the ferry company.

Click here for the ferry schedule and to book your ferry tickets.

Can I fly to Mykonos or Santorini?

Both Mykonos and Santorini have an airport. Both islands are a short flight from Athens.

How can I get from Mykonos to Santorini?

There are a lot of ferries going from Mykonos to Santorini and vice verca.  The ferries doing the itinerary are speed boats and the journey between the two islands takes between 2 and 3 hours depending on the ferry.

How much does it cost the ferry between Mykonos and Santorini ?

The ferry between the two islands cost around 60 € one way depending on the ferry company.

Cruise Ship
Cruise Ship

How can I  get a ferry from Athens to Santorini ?

You can get a ferry to Santorini from Athens Piraeus port.

You might be interested in: How to get from Athens to Santorini by ferry or plane.

How long does the trip last between Athens and Santorini ?

From Piraeus port you have two choices the speed boat that will take you to Santorini approximately  in 5h depending on the company and the regular boat that needs approximately 7 h 30 m to reach Santorini port.

How much does it cost to go from Athens to Santorini and vice versa?

One way tickets from Piraeus port to Santorini by speedboat cost 61.50 € and by regular boat 38.50€

Please note that you might find a small difference in prices depending the ferry company.

Where can I  book ferry tickets between the Greek islands?

In order to book my ferry tickets online and check the schedule I use click here.

Mykonos beach
Mykonos beach

Which island has better beaches Mykonos or Santorini?

Mykonos has better beaches than Santorini, with white sand and crystal clear waters which are considered one of the best in Greece. On the other hand Santorini’s beaches have unique characteristics because of the volcano. In Santorini you can find beaches with black pebbles and a beach with red sand.

You can also check: The best beaches in Mykonos.

Which island has better nightlife Mykonos or Santorini?

Mykonos has a big night scene with numerous clubs and bars for all tastes. It is considered to be a party island. Santorini on the other hand has a couple of bars and clubs but is very quiet compared to Mykonos.

Which island is better to go for a honeymoon Mykonos or Santorini?

Santorini is considered one of the most romantic places in the world making it an ideal place for weddings and honeymooners.

You can also check: The best Greek Islands for couples.

Santorini sunset
Santorini sunset

Which island has a better sunset?

Although the sunset from Mykonos is nice, Santorini’s sunset is considered one of the best in the world. A lot of people gather every in Oia to see the sunset.

If I decide to visit both islands where should I stay more in Mykonos or Santorini?

It depends on what you want to do. If you want to spend most of your time on the beach and clubbing then you should stay longer in Mykonos. If you are interested in culture, scenery, romance and wine you should spend more days in Santorini.

Where to stay in Santorini?

Mid-Range Hotels:

Costa Marina Villas (Fira)

Located just 200 m away from the central square of Fira this guesthouse offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a fridge. The hotel is next to many restaurants, bars, and shops and is a good choice for travelers looking for a budget friendly hotel in Santorini.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or TripAdvisor

Smaragdi Hotel (Perivolos- Perissa)

Situated just 80 m away from Perivolos beach, Smaragdi Hotel offers spacious studios and apartments with a kitchenette, free wi-fi, and air conditioning. Other hotel amenities include a swimming pool with a pool bar and a hot tub. The center of Perissa village with the restaurants, shops, and bars is 800 m away. This is another budget-friendly accommodation option in Santorini.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com orBooking.com

Luxury Hotels:

Astarte Suites (Akrotiri)

Located 12km from Fira and 4km from the archaeological site of Akrotiri, this romantic all-suite hotel is situated on a clifftop and enjoys breathtaking scenic views. Its spacious and modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, whirlpool tubs and crystal-speckled ceilings. A complimentary breakfast can be served in-room, while an infinity pool, a bar, and an elegant restaurant are included in its amenities.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or Booking.com

Canaves Oia Santorini

Built on the side of a cliff, Canaves is a polished all-suite hotel 10km away from Fira. Within the rooms are complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, minibars, tea and coffee making facilities and balconies overlooking the blue. Free breakfast and parking are available for all guests, as well as access to an infinity pool, restaurant, bar, gym and open-air spa.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or Booking.com

Where to stay in Mykonos?

Budget Hotels:

It is difficult to find budget accommodation in Mykonos especially during the high season (July and August). Book as early as possible and try to avoid these months.

Galini Hotel is located in Mykonos Town, 150m away from the beach. It offers basic accommodation with air-conditioning, fringe, and free Wi-Fi.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or Booking.com

Manolia View Mykonos is located is located 2 km away from Mykonos New Port. It offers self-catering accommodation with great views of the Aegean Sea.  It offers spacious rooms with a pario or private terrace, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and kitchenette. Other hotel amenities include a swimming pool and a sun patio.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or Booking.com

Mid-Range Hotels:

Milena Hotel is located 500 meters away from Mykonos Town and close to the airport. A bus stop is next to the hotel. It offers clean rooms with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access.

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With Inn is located on the sandy beach of Tourlos, 1 km away from Mykonos port. It offers spacious rooms with sea view, air conditioning, free wi-fi and mini fridge.

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Luxury Hotels:

Kouros Hotel & Suites is perfectly located 10 minutes on foot from Mykonos Town this luxurious hotel offers spacious rooms with private terraces overlooking the sea and the town. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, amazing breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle and parking.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or Booking.com/ Read my review.

Overlooking the popular Platis Gialos beach Myconian Ambassador Relais & Chateaux Hotel offers stylish rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, excellent spa services, and a gourmet restaurant.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or Booking.com

Bill & Coo Suites & Lounge is a 5-star hotel that offers luxurious sea view suites, an infinity pool, a gourmet restaurant and spa treatments. It is conveniently located in Megali Ammos beach and a 10- minutes walk from Mykonos Town.

Check out the latest prices and more details at Hotels.com or Booking.com

What can I do in Santorini?

There are a lot of things to do and see in Santorini. There are a lot of archaeological sites, the volcano, incredible views, a lot of wineries and art galleries.

Check out the best Santorini tours.

What can I do in Mykonos?

There are a lot of beaches to discover in Mykonos; you can also take a day trip to the nearby island of Dilos which is full of archaeological sites. You can stroll through the alleys of Chora, watch the windmills and have a drink in Little Venice. You can dance all day in the beach bars and all night at the numerous clubs. Check my post: Things to do in Mykonos, and the best Mykonos tours for more inspiration.

Little Venice Mykonos
Little Venice Mykonos

Which island has better hotels Mykonos or Santorini?

Both Mykonos and Santorini have luxurious hotels that can cater your needs. On Santorini the are unique hotels built at the edge of the caldera with the most beautiful views imaginable.

Is Mykonos & Santorini gay-friendly?

Both islands are gay-friendly and especially Mykonos.

Which is the best time to visit Mykonos?

I would say between May and September so that you can enjoy the beaches and nightlife.

Which is the best time to visit Santorini?

Since beaches isn’t a priority you can visit Santorini between April and October.

Both islands are packed in July and August and both are quiet expensive comparing to other Greek islands.

Read here why Autumn is a great time to visit Mykonos and Santorini.

Windmills Mykonos
Windmills Mykonos

I believe that both islands deserve your visit but if you don’t have time for both I would choose Santorini.

Have you ever been to Mykonos or Santorini?  Which island do you like best?

Do you have any other questions regarding your holidays to the islands? Feel free to ask me.

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54 Comments

  • Hi!
    Great site- very informative! I’m planning a trip with my cousin to mykonos and santorini next June. Do you suggest we do mykonos or santorini first? Trying to minimize travel when we leave. Also, any suggestions on we’re to stay in mykonos, we’re total beach girls but not huge partiers; a happy medium I suppose!

    Thanks!

    • Hello Cynthia, thank you for your comment. I suggest that you visit Santorini first which is farther. By ship, you will need between 5 to 7 and half hours to get there. I suggest that you look into flights from Athens. Ryanair has cheap flights so have a look around March – April next year. You can also return by plane from Mykonos if you want. Again Ryanair flies from there. A boat usually takes between 3 to 5 hours depending again on the type.
      In Mykonos, you can stay in a beach resort then. You can try Ornos which is close to town has a nice beach and many amenities or Platys Gialos and Agios Ioannis.

  • Hi Chrissy, thank your for your post, it was very healpful to plan my trip. I`m planning to visit Athens, Santorini and Mykonos during August, which place is better to stay for a weekend ?

  • Chrissy – this is such a helpful blog! Thanks. My husband and I are thinking about going to Santorini in May. We’ll be coming from Athens and we’re trying to decide between 4 or 5 nights there. Is there anything you’d suggest for food or activities during the day? We like to be active, see great views, go to great wineries, eat at good restaurants, or anything unique or fun to do in the area. We’re not familiar with Santorini, so let us know if there’s a certain area you’d recommend for staying, eating or doing activities. We’re leaning towards staying at nicer hotel since we’re only there a few nights. Thanks!

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