KTEL Buses in Santorini

Below, you can find all the needed information about the buses in Santorini:
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In brief, KTEL buses are the cheapest way to travel around the island and are the only public transport available. Note that KTEL buses only connect the main town (Fira) with other villages and beaches. As a result, there is no direct route from one village or beach to another and a transfer at Fira's central bus station is inevitable. Buses can get crowded.
A rental car is always recommended, at least for the few days you plan to explore the island.

Several routes can take you to several villages, the port, the airport, and other touristy locations.
Although schedules change regularly, KTEL buses in Santorini are considered reliable and numerous visitors choose them for their transfers.


Bus tickets

The prices for bus tickets in Santorini range from €1.80 to €3.00 and are determined by the length of the route. Certain categories of passengers may be able to get a discount after showing the relevant papers (families with three or more underage children, individuals with disabilities & students).
Tickets can be bought directly from the bus driver and only in cash (€). Purchasing tickets in advance or using them on a different route is not possible.
Each passenger picks a random seat. In certain cases, when a bus gets too crowded, some passengers may have to stand or wait for the next bus instead.



The buses of Santorini are comfortable and air-conditioned.
There is storage space under the bus for suitcases and other bulky luggage, which you can use for free after purchasing your ticket.
On the other hand, smaller bags can be stored inside overhead racks or under your seat.
Note: KTEL buses are not suitable for wheelchair users.


Getting to your destination

All direct bus routes lead to Fira, where the Central Bus Station of Santorini lies.
From Fira Bus Station, you will have to switch buses to get to any other location on Santorini. There are no circular routes from one side of the island to the opposite one, except for a few seasonal itineraries (directly to the airport, for instance) that are not always available.
Drivers may skip some less popular bus stops, so if you wish to get on/off, let the driver know in advance or sign.



Schedules of Santorini buses change regularly and the official website may not post an updated schedule; it is best to keep your program flexible and find the exact schedule when you arrive. Alternatively, you can contact the KTEL company directly (via phone or email) ahead of time.

Bear in mind that during the high season (May to September), Santorini buses usually depart every 30 or 60 minutes.
During the rest of the year, routes are scheduled once per hour or even less frequently, depending on the time of the year.
During the off-season, buses stop around 19:00 or earlier, but in the summer, they may be available until 23:00 or even later.
Night buses (from 00:30 to 05:00) may also be available for a slightly higher price, however, that is not guaranteed.
Note that some routes may only be available from Monday to Friday during the off-season months.


Bus Routes

Below, you can find more information on destinations in Santorini you can reach by public bus (bus schedules to airport, port and more locations), ticket prices, availability, trip length per route, and more.

Important note: Availability may change, depending on the season. During winter, most buses stop around 19:00.
More in-between stops may be available for some of the routes.
Always double-check the timetables when you arrive at the port/airport of Santorini.

  • • From Fira to Santorini International Airport (Airport Express)

    Availability: From 7:00 to 19:00 (weekdays) and 9:00 to 15:00 (weekends)
    Stops: No stops (direct)
    Price: €1.80
    Duration: 10'

  • • From Fira to Akrotiri

    Availability: From 8:30 to 21:30, usually one bus per hour
    Stops: Fira - Karterados - Messaria - Vothonas - Pyrgos - Megalochori - Akrotiri - Red Beach
    Price: €2.00
    Duration: 20'

  • • From Fira to Athinios Port (main ferry port)

    Availability: Changes daily, depending on ferry arrivals
    Stops: Fira - Karterados - Messaria - Vothonas - Athinios Port
    Price: €2.30
    Duration: 20'

  • • From Fira to Baxedes Beach

    Availability: Seasonal, around five routes per day
    Stops: Ν/Α
    Price: €1.90
    Duration: 15'

  • • From Fira to Emporio

    Availability: One or two routes per hour. Alternatively, take the bus to Perissa until the stop at Emporio.
    Stops: Ν/Α
    Price: €1.80
    Duration: 30'

  • • From Fira to Imerovigli (circular route)

    Availability: Approximately one bus route per hour, from 8:00 to 22:00
    Stops: Fira - Imerovigli - Firostefani - Fira
    Price: €1.80
    Duration: 30'

  • • From Fira to Kamari Beach

    Availability: From 07:30 to 00:15 during the summer
    Stops: Fira - Karterados - Messaria - Exo Gonia - Kamari
    Price: €1.80
    Duration: 20'

  • • From Fira to Monolithos Beach

    Availability: Seasonal, from three to ten bus routes per day
    Stops: Fira - Karterados - Messaria - Airport - Monolithos
    Price: €1.80
    Duration: 20'

  • • From Fira to Oia

    Availability: 07:00 - 23:00
    Stops: Fira - (Pori Beach) - (Koloumpos Beach) - Oia
    Price: €1.80
    Duration: 30'

  • • From Fira to Perissa Beach

    Availability: From 07:00 to 21:00
    Stops: Fira - Karterados - Messaria - Vothonas - Pyrgos - Megalochori - Emporio - Perivolos - Perissa
    Price: €2.40
    Duration: 35'

  • • From Fira to Vlychada Beach

    Availability: Seasonal, from three to ten bus routes per day
    Stops: No stops (direct)
    Price: €2.30
    Duration: 20'

  • • From Fira to Vourvoulos

    Availability: Seasonal, around two bus routes per day
    Stops: No stops (direct)
    Price: €1.80
    Duration: 15'

If you are not contented with bus availability in Santorini, consider booking a private transfer or renting a car online, in advance.


Map of Santorini Bus Routes

Discover a simplified map with the most popular bus routes in Santorini:

Map of Santorini bus routes