Athinios, the Port of Santorini: Attracting thousands of visitors each year, Santorini is one of the most popular Cycladic islands and it can be approached either by plane or ferry.
Its main port is widely known as Athinios or the New Port. It is located in the southwestern part of the island, at the foot of the caldera and it faces the volcanic islet Nea Kameni.
Its location offers a quite impressive sight and as you approach the port from the sea side, you will notice that it is enclosed by massive rocks, with numerous whitewashed houses built above the cliffs.
The port of Athinios is, in fact, considered one of the world’s most beautiful ports!
The distance from Fira, the capital of the island, is about 8 km, while the International Airport of Santorini is located 7 km away.
The Old Port of Santorini can be found in Fira and is currently used for the arrivals and departures of cruise ships and excursion boats.
Passenger ferries arrive only at Athinios Port and connect the island of Santorini to other Cycladic islands and beyond.
More specifically, direct connections have been established with the following islands:
Piraeus (Athens) | Mykonos | Paros | Naxos | Amorgos | Syros | Ios | Folegandros | Milos | Heraklion (Crete) | Anafi | Chalki and more.
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During the high season (June to early September), the port can get overcrowded and occasional ferry delays may be inevitable, while traffic congestion in the port area may also be increased, so it is highly advised to allow some flexibility and arrange your plans accordingly.
Port to Oia: 23 km / 14.2 miles | Port to Airport: 9.3 km / 5.7 miles | Port to Fira: 8.6 Km / 5.3 miles | Port to Kamari: 9.7 Km / 5.3 miles
KTEL buses are the cheapest way to get out of the port (prices: 1.60-2.80€, discounts may apply in certain cases). Buses are considered a reliable means of transport in Santorini and they offer sufficient luggage storage space under the bus, as well as comfortable seats. You can buy your ticket directly from the driver (cash only).
The bus station is located on the port and regular service is available. The buses departing from this station transfer passengers to the Central Bus Station (hub station) in Fira, which is located 8.5 km away.
The trip from the port to Fira takes 20 minutes and costs €2.30.
From Fira, you will have to take another bus (Fira-Oia route) to get to the terminal station of Oia, which is located 12 km away. It will take you 20 minutes to get from the port to Fira and then 30 additional minutes to get to Oia from Fira (for €1.80).
This is the most popular route and it can be difficult to find yourself a spot in the bus. It is also a long one and since it involves a bus switch, it is not really recommended, especially if you are carrying heavy luggage.
In Fira, you will also find bus lines that will take you to other parts of the island, including but not limited to Imerovigli (in 30 minutes for €1.80, with one bus route per hour from 8 AM to 10 PM), Kamari (also in 30 minutes for €1.80, with one bus route every 20 minutes, from 7 AM to 11:30 PM) and Perissa (in 20 minutes, for €2.20, with around 1 bus per hour, from 7 AM to midnight.
In addition, you will be able to get from the port to the airport with a bus switch at Fira. Bus tickets from Fira to the airport cost €1.80 and the trip takes only 10 minutes. There is approximately 1 bus route per hour.
The easiest way to get away from the port is by booking your private transfer online ahead of time. The options available include a taxi, minibus or private VIP car and the pickup can take place directly at the port. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the local drivers and arrange a pickup by dialing one of the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.
There are only 25 taxis on the island and finding one on spot can be quite challenging. They can accept only cash and can take up to 4 passengers per vehicle.
These are some locations you can reach from the port by taxi: Fira (20 minutes), Oia (60 minutes), Imerovigli (25 minutes), Kamari (30 minutes), Airport (25 minutes).
It is generally recommended to not rely on finding a taxi and unless you don't mind waiting for long, a pre-booked private transfer is a much better option.
It is possible to rent a car for 25€ per day and pick it up directly at the port, as soon as you arrive. The biggest advantage of car rentals is that you will have the freedom to go wherever you wish and explore the best places of interest in Santorini, including secluded landmarks, villages & beaches that cannot be reached by bus. Motorbike or quad bike rentals may also be available.
Many hotels & guesthouses in Santorini may offer private port or airport transfers for free or at an extra charge among other services.
At the port of Athinios, you will find an air-conditioned waiting room with free WiFi access, as well as free car parking areas. ATM machines, shops, restaurants, cafes and accommodation options are also available nearby and the port is open 24/7.
Other ports in Santorini
In addition to Athinios, there a few other ports in Santorini that do not serve big ferries: Ammoudi Port: Ammoudi is a small harbour, enclosed by volcanic rocks and located below Oia. It is only used by fishing boats, tour boats and some small ferries to Thirassia island. It has a picturesque atmosphere and it can be reached via road or on foot, climbing down approximately 200 steps. Gialos Port: Also known as the Old Port of Fira, Gialos Port is situated below the town of Fira. Although it is no longer used by ferries or other large vessels, it currently serves cruise ships, excursion boats to the volcano and fishing boats. You can get there on foot (~500 steps down) or by cable car.