How to Go to Santorini

 

  By Airplane

 

From  the "ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS" airport in Athens, you may fly to Santorini using one of the following airlines:

Olympic Airways

Athens,  Tel.: +30 210 9666666

Santorini, Tel. : +30 22860 22493

  Aegean Airlines

Athens,  Tel.: +30 210 6261000

Santorini, Tel. : +30 22860 28500

The flight should last about 45min depending on weather conditions and required route alterations (in some cases you make a stop on another island before you get to Santorini).

There are various charter flights to Santorini as well.  Those usually start in April and end in October. For more information contact your local travel agent.  Some of the airlines that fly directly to Santorini from abroad are Excel Airways, Thomas Cook, etc

The airport of Santorini is about 3km outside Fira (main town of the island of Santorini) and you can take a bus from the airport to Fira (there's usually one every hour) or one of the taxis outside the airport.  Alternatively, you may call your own Taxi by calling  22860-22555 (number is as dialled from Santorini or Greece).

To look for flights to Greece, we suggest www.quick-flight.com which is written in more than 12 different languages and can provide you with very cheap flights as well as online bookings and reservations. 

View Real-Time Flight Arrivals and Departures at Athens International Airport

  By FerryBoat

 

From Athens:  If you arrive at the airport in Athens (click here for Airport Access information), you can take Ferries to Santorini from either the port of Pireaus or Rafina.

To go to Pireaus, you can take the X96 bus which departs every 20-40min from the airport.  Allow about 60-90 minutes for the trip to the port. The bus ticket currently costs 2.90.

You can also take a Taxi to go to the Port of Piraeus.  This should cost about 15.   If you take a taxi it is a good idea to let the driver know that your destination is Santorini, so that he takes you in the port area where the ferries to Santorini are. Note that many Greek taxi drivers usually "service" more people on a single fair and they collect the same amount of money from all passengers or passenger-groups.  This is not legal, but you will see it is being accepted by many.  However that does not mean that you have to accept it. It is illegal and it should not be happening.

Once you reach the port, there are a lot of travel agencies from where you can buy your ticket.  Bare in mind that there are more or less 3 types of ferries that can take you to Santorini. 

  • The first one is a normal ferry (cheapest but also slowest option). In this case the trip takes about 9-10 hours and the ticket costs about 24.
  • The second case is the so-called Blue-Star ferries (relatively fast and not too expensive).  The trip in this case should last about 7 hours and the ticket should cost about 28.
  • And the final, fastest and most expensive option is the so-called High-Speed ferries. With a High-Speed ferry it should only take you about 5 hours to get to Santorini, and the ticket should cost about 40.

Click Here for Ferry Timetables (general)

Below are some links that you can use to find the daily schedule for departures from Piraeus to Santorini:

Piraeus' Port Authority, Tel.: 210 4226000 - 4, 210 4125155, 210 4119164, 210 4137676  (numbers are as dialled from Greece).

 

To go to Rafina, please ask at the airport's Information Desk or Click Here.


From Thessaloniki or Crete There are Ferries going to Santorini from Thessaloniki, in Northern Greece. The final destination of these ferries is Crete

Thessaloniki's Port Authority, Tel.: 23010531505

 

The port of Santorini is NOT near the main town of Santorini (Fira).  You could take the bus to Fira or a taxi.  They are all outside the port. Also outside the port you will find a variety of services such as Taxis, Tourist Information Center, Accommodation and Travel Offices.  So, even if you have not booked your accommodation yet, don't worry as you should be able to find accommodation once you reach Santorini.

 

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