How to move around Santorini?

You will find information below about transportation in Santorini .
In brief, you can move around by using the:
Public Bus (KTEL)Car RentalsPrivate TransfersToursWater TaxisCable carFAQ

Don't forget to get informed about how to get to Santorini in order to optimize your travel.

KTEL Buses

Public Buses (KTEL)

The central bus station lies in Fira, the capital, where buses depart frequently. They cover routes to almost all places around the island and most touristy spots.
That is the cheapest way to get around in Santorini and the bus network is reliable.

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Car rentals

By having a car, you can explore the island at your own pace and access the most secluded spots! If you don't have a vehicle, renting a car is an excellent idea for your sightseeing trips! Book it in advance, especially in the high season, because the demand is very high! All the major brands can be found but also many local car rental agents.
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Taxi fleet

Taxis and private transfers

A few taxis can be found at the port and the airport of the island, at the central squares of Fira and Oia, as well as near every beach resort. They are more expensive than the bus; however, they will take you to your destination faster. You can book your transfer online or contact some local drivers directly (0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555).

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Boat tour to the volcano

Organized Tours

There is no better way to explore a place than touring around it with the help of well-trained, experienced local guides!
Choose the tour that appeals to you the most, visit the most breathtaking spots of Santorini and create wonderful memories that will last for a lifetime!
Many tours get you to see the volcano and hot springs.

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Water taxi from Perissa to Kamari

Water Taxis

There is a water taxi transfer available between the beaches of Kamari and Perissa, but also some private service to the volcano and nearby islands.

Cable car from Fira to Old port

Cable car

There is a cable car from the old port of Fira up to the town. The old port can be also accesses on foot but getting up and done can be challanging because of the many steps. The opd port is used for boat trips to the volcano but also for passengers' transfers from the cruise ships.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We have gathered the most common questions regarding transportation in Santorini and answered them for you.
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• How can I get to my hotel from the airport?

The public bus stop is situated between the arrivals and departures buildings. The buses departing from the airport head to the central bus station in Fira, the capital of Santorini.
Routes from Fira to several destinations on the island are available throughout the summer, so if your accommodation lies in a touristy area like Oia, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Kamari, or Perissa, you can reach it via bus.
A bus to Fira departs every hour and you can buy a ticket directly from the bus conductor - keep in mind that they only accept cash, though.
A taxi rank is also situated at the airport, as well as a few car rental desks. If you prefer avoiding public transport, it is highly recommended to book a transfer service or car rental in advance, especially if you are visiting during the high season. Car rental agencies can bring your vehicle to the port premises upon request so that you can use it immediately.
Having your transfer arranged will save you from the hassle and allow you to not miss a minute of your vacation.
Note that several hotels offer a shuttle service to guests, so make sure to contact your accommodation in advance.

How can I get to my hotel from the port

A bus stop lies inside Athinios port. The buses departing from the port head to the central bus station in Fira, the capital of Santorini. Routes from Fira to several destinations on the island are available throughout the summer, so if your accommodation lies in a touristy area like Oia, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Kamari, or Perissa, you can reach it via bus. Itineraries to Fira are frequent, and you can buy a ticket directly from the bus conductor - keep in mind that they only accept cash, though.
Taxis are also available at the port, but due to the thousands of tourists arriving, especially during the high season, it’s almost impossible to catch one. Booking a transfer service or renting a car guarantees fast and convenient leaving. Car rental agencies can bring your vehicle to the port premises upon request so that you can use it immediately.
Note that several hotels offer a shuttle service to guests, so make sure to contact your accommodation in advance.

How can I get to Oia?

Oia is the most renowned and visited settlement of Santorini, so bus itineraries are frequent, especially during the summer. More specifically, a bus to Oia departs from Fira approximately every hour. Cars are not allowed inside the village, but a parking area is available at the entrance. Note that it may be hard to find a parking spot if visiting in the high season, so if your accommodation lies in another area, using a bus or transfer service is recommended.
Lastly, a trail connects Fira to Oia. The hike usually lasts 3-4 hours and offers breathtaking landscape views.

How can I get to the beaches?

A car rental allows you to visit the maximum number of beaches since the island boasts a lot of secluded beaches except for the famous and vivid ones. Nonetheless, if you are interested in visiting the most popular, organized tours allow you to combine a plunge in the waters of the volcanic beaches with a trip to the volcano, picturesque settlements, lunch, and many more. Bus stops lie nearby most of the popular beaches. Buses depart from Fira, and itineraries are frequent during the summer season.
A water taxi is available as well and connects two of the most renowned beaches - Kamari and Perissa.
Taxis also constitute an option; however, the number of taxis in Santorini is limited so catching one is quite unlikely, especially during the high season.

Can I rely on public means of transport?

The bus network heads to several spots on the island and itineraries are frequent, especially during the summer. You can reach all touristy destinations via bus. However, if you wish to explore the island and discover the hidden gems of Santorini, a car rental is the option that will meet your needs the most. Book your car with us!

Are the distances between the main town and the touristy spots long?

Santorini is a small island, so the distance to pretty much every area of the island is relatively short. However, the roads are full of vehicles and traffic is usual during the high season due to the thousands of visitors on the island.

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