Ferries to Santorini up to 90% full in July


With ship occupancy ranging from 70% to 90% in many cases, including to Santorini, the departure of summer excursions from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio begin.

The destinations that have the most demand from Friday July 1 are the Cyclades and Crete, where the occupancy reaches 70%, while for some destinations such as Paros, Naxos and Santorini the occupancy reaches 90%.

The Hellenic Coast Guard has received everything necessary to facilitate excursions to the three ports of Attica, while it is good for passengers who are going to travel to be at the ship's departure dock one hour beforehand.

From the port of Piraeus, 22 itineraries for the Aegean islands and 22 itineraries for the Saronic Islands have been scheduled for July 2. From Rafina, nine routes to the Cyclades and five to Marmari are expected, while seven routes are planned from Lavrio.

Yesterday , Friday, July 1st , 22 ships departed from the Port of Piraeus while 21,547 passengers, 3,530 cars, 732 trucks and 587 two-wheelers departed.

17 ships departed from the port of Rafina, while 8,505 passengers, 1,769 motor vehicles, 93 trucks and 207 two-wheelers departed.

11 departures took place from Lavrio, while 3,986 passengers, 1043 cars, 39 trucks and 80 two-wheelers departed.

According to the booking system of the companies and the information that was known until noon on Thursday, from yesterday Friday to tomorrow Sunday, at least 44,350 passengers will depart from the port of Piraeus for an island of the Saronic or Aegean.

According to estimates of travel agencies, because many of the travelers book their tickets shortly before the departure of the ship, the total number of passengers for the three days will reach 45,000.

The Ministry of Shipping said that in June 2022 a total of 322,877 passengers departed from the port of Piraeus, while the total number of passengers handled (departure-arrival) reached a total of 575,373 passengers.

In the same month in 2021, 227,970 passengers had departed from the port of Piraeus, while the total number of passengers handled in the same period (arrivals and departures) was 402,625 passengers.

In June 2019, a year when there were no restrictive measures for the pandemic, the passengers who had departed for an Aegean island from the port of Piraeus were 370,143 passengers, while the total number of passengers (arrivals and departures) reached 675,576.

READ MORE: An international flight lands in Greece every 5 minutes – Record tourist numbers on the Greek islands.