For the time being, the only port where you can grab a ferry to Samothraki is Alexandroupolis, on the mainland. There are talks about linking the island to Kavala (there was a route once), but nothing has materialized yet.
Currently Zante Ferries provides transportation between Samothraki and Alexandroupoli with their ship Adamantios Korais.
Samothraki ferry schedule 2023
In high season (between the beginning of June and the start of September) there are daily trips between Alexandroupolis and Samothraki and back. In some days of the week there are even two trips.
In the offseason (from September to May), there's usually one ferry trip per day from Alexandroupolis to Samothraki, but on Wednesdays, there's no return trip from Samothraki to Alexandroupolis.
The duration of the trip from Alexandroupoli to Samothraki is 1 hour and 50 minutes.
For the past couple of years, there's a direct connection between Samothraki and Limnos (Lemnos). Consequently, in some days of the week (only in summer) the ferry that departs from Alexandroupoli also stops in Limnos after stopping in Samothraki.
The duration of the trip from Samothraki to Limnos is 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Tip: if you have a few more days to spare, take advantage of the direct ferry connection and visit both islands. Limnos is a beautiful place, well worth a visit.
The total duration of the trip from Alexandroupoli to Limnos (including the stop in Samothraki) is of about 5 hours and 20 minutes.
Samothraki ferry price
There are two types of tickets - one for the passengers and one for the cars. There's no charge for bringing bicycles on the ferry.
Children under 5 travel for free, but must also have a ticket (even though it will say 0€ on it). Children with ages between 6 and 10 pay halfprice.
Alexandroupoli-Samothraki ferry ticket price
In high season (from the beginning of June and up to the start of September), the ferry price for Alexandroupoli-Samothraki route (one way) are:
- passenger: 16€
- car (length up to 4.25 m): 55.5€
- car (length over 4.25 m): 64€
- motorbike (up to 250cc): 14€
- motorbike (over 250cc): 17€
- motorhome up to 5 m: 70€
- motorhome up to 6 m: 87.5€
- motorhome up to 7 m: 105€
- motorhome up to 8 m: 122.5€
- motorhome up to 9 m: 140€
In off season (from the beginning of September and up to the start of June) the prices (one way) are:
- passenger: 9€
- car (length up to 4.25 m): 39€
- car (length over 4.25 m): 47€
- motorbike (up to 250cc): 8€
- motorbike (over 250cc): 11.5€
- motorhome up to 5 m: 42€
- motorhome up to 6 m: 52.5€
- motorhome up to 7 m: 63€
- motorhome up to 8 m: 73.5€
- motorhome up to 9 m: 84€
Samothraki-Limnos ferry ticket price
The ferry ticket price on the route Samothraki-Limnos is:
- passenger: 11€
- car (length up to 4.25 m): 31€
- car (length over 4.25 m): 39€
- motorbike (up to 250cc): 10€
- motorbike (over 250cc): 13€
- motorhome up to 5 m: 58€
- motorhome up to 6 m: 72.5€
- motorhome up to 7 m: 87€
- motorhome up to 8 m: 101.5€
- motorhome up to 9 m: 116€
Alexandroupoli-Limnos ferry ticket price
The price of a ferry ticket from Alexandroupolis to Limnos is:
- passenger: 18€
- car (length up to 4.25 m): 58.5€
- car (length over 4.25 m): 67.5€
- motorbike (up to 250cc): 13€
- motorbike (over 250cc): 16€
- motorhome up to 5 m: 102€
- motorhome up to 6 m: 127.5€
- motorhome up to 7 m: 153€
- motorhome up to 8 m: 178.5€
- motorhome up to 9 m: 204€
Samothraki ferry booking
You can book online ferry tickets to Samothraki on the ferry company site using a debit/credit card. To make the reservations you will be prompted for the following information:
- number and name of the passengers;
- date of birth;
- contact information (email, phone number);
- type of vehicle;
- registration number.
The tickets have the passenger's name printed on them. From the summer of 2023 onwards, the tickets you receive by mail are e-tickets and contain barcodes that are scanned for boarding. Zante Ferries recommends getting to the port at least one hour before the departure.
Buy tickets in person
You may also buy ferry tickets to Samothraki directly from the office in the port of Alexandroupoli. You will most likely find tickets, but there's also a chance that there aren't any tickets left for your ferry of choice - especially in high season. Also, there's a possibility that the economy tickets run out and you are left with only the more expensive ones.
In Samothraki tickets can be bought at the wooden kiosk in the port parking lot in Kamariotissa.
Bringing your pet on the ferry
Pets don't need a ticket. The ship has special areas for animals and for reasons pertaining to hygiene are not allowed indoors.
On the deck, dogs can't be left alone and are required to wear a leash and a muzzle.
Travelers must have the pet's up-to-date health card and are solely responsible for its care, hygiene and safety.
The ship Adamantios Korais (Zante Ferries)
For over 20 years (up until 2019, when there were a number of problems), the link between the island of Samothraki and mainland Greece was serviced by Saos Ferries (in 2017 there was an attempt by CS Ferries to provide an alternative connection, but it hasn't materialized).
From 2019 on, the company responsible for the route is Zante Ferries, with their ship Adamantios Korais.
The vessel was built in 1987 in a Japanese ship yard and was used on various routes in Japan up until 2007 when it was bought by Zante Ferries. The ship was refurbished and modified. It takes its name after Adamantios Korais, a Greek writer who lived in the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th.
The ferry is painted white and bright orange and has the following specifications:
- length: 100 meters;
- width: 17 meters;
- maximum capacity: 1100 passengers and 250 cars;
- speed: 18.6 knots (35 km/h).
On the ferryboat to Samothraki
The only document you need to get on the ferry is the ticket. Passengers must get out of the car and board on foot.
The ferry is spacious and modern. There is a bar where you can buy a snack or something to drink while on route. Sandwiches cost 1.6-3.9 Euro, pies 2.8 Euro, a bottle of water 0.6 Euro, soft drinks 2.3 Euro, Greek coffee 1.5 Euro, espresso 1.8 Euro, frappe 2.4 Euro, beer 2.7 Euro and various coffee based drinks (cappuccino, freddo cappuccino, freddo espresso) between 2.9 and 3.5 Euro.
On the ship you'll meet all sorts of travelers - from barefooted hippies leaning on a huge backpack, to elderly tourist enamored by the island for many years, to locals bringing supplies from the mainland. It's not uncommon to see people dancing or doing yoga on the deck.
Even though it's summertime and it's warm, it would be advisable to have a windbreaker or hoodie on you and probably a cap or a hat if you plan on staying on the upper deck. A nice distraction on the trip are the seagulls following the ship (usually fed by people on board with biscuits and bread), the elusive dolphins that may follow the ship for short periods of time and the unmistakable silhouette of the island that grows bigger as you get closer.
After a two hour journey the ferry will lay anchor in the harbor of Kamariotissa in Samothraki. Once there, the journey continues by car, scooter or local buses.
Kales diakopes! ("Have a nice holiday!")