Santorini Port Athinios

Athinios Port: Santorini is one of the most famous Cycladic islands, attracting thousands of visitors each year. It can be approached either by plane or ferry.
The island's main port is widely known as Athinios or the New Port. It is situated in the southwestern part of the island, at the foot of the caldera, and it faces the volcanic islet Nea Kameni.
Its location offers quite an impressive sight and, as you approach the port from the seaside, 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!

Discover the map of the port and the transportation options.

The distance from Fira (the capital) is about 8 km, while the International Airport of Santorini lies approximately 7 km away.
The Old Port of Santorini can be found in Fira and is used for the arrivals and departures of cruise ships and excursion boats.
Passenger ferries only arrive at Athinios Port and connect Santorini to other Cycladic islands and beyond.
More specifically, direct connections have been established with the following destinations:
Piraeus (Athens) | Mykonos | Paros | Naxos | Amorgos | Syros | Ios | Folegandros | Milos | Heraklion (Crete) | Anafi | Chalki and more.

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Important notes

During the high season (June to early September), the port can get overcrowded, and occasional ferry delays may be inevitable. Traffic congestion in the port area may also increase, so it is highly advised to allow some flexibility and arrange your plans accordingly.

Transportation options

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

Public transfers

KTEL buses are the cheapest way to get out of the port (prices: 1.60-2.20€, discounts may apply for people having many children or any disability and students). Buses are considered a reliable means of transport in Santorini and offer sufficient luggage storage space under the bus, as well as comfortable seats. You purchase your ticket directly from the driver and can only pay in cash.
The bus stop is located at the port and the routes are regular. The buses departing from the port transfer passengers to the Central Bus Station in Fira, which lies 8.5 km away.
The trip from the port to Fira takes 20 minutes and costs €2.00.

From Fira, you will have to take another bus (Fira-Oia route) to get to the terminal station of Oia, which lies 12 km away. It will take you 20 minutes to get from the port to Fira and 30 more minutes to get to Oia from Fira (for €1.60). That is the most popular route, so it may be challenging to secure a seat on the bus. It is also a long ride and, since it involves a bus switch, it is not recommended, especially if you are carrying heavy luggage.

In Fira, you will also find bus routes that can take you to other parts of the island, including but not limited to Imerovigli (in 30 minutes for €1.60), Kamari (also in 30 minutes for €1.60) and Perissa (in 20 minutes, for €2.20).

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 €1.60, and the trip only takes 10 minutes. There is approximately one bus route per hour.

Discover the official bus timetables and view a map with the bus routes in Santorini.

Taxis & Private transfers

The easiest way to get away from the port is by booking your private transfer online ahead of time. The available options include a taxi, minibus, or private VIP car, and the pickup can take place directly at the port. Alternatively, you can call the local drivers and arrange a pickup by dialing one of the following numbers: 0030 690 679 4316, 0030 22860 22555.

A limited number of taxis are available on the island and finding one on-site can be quite challenging. They only accept cash and can take up to 4 passengers per vehicle.
Some locations you can reach from the port by taxi are Fira (20 minutes), Oia (60 minutes), Imerovigli (25 minutes), Kamari (30 minutes), and the airport (25 minutes).
We recommend not relying on finding a taxi at the port. Unless you do not mind waiting a long time, a pre-booked private transfer is a much better option.

Car rentals

It is possible to rent a car and pick it up directly at the port as soon as you arrive. The greatest advantage of car rentals is that you are free 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.

Hotel transfers

Many hotels & guesthouses in Santorini may offer private port or airport transfers for free or at an extra charge, among other services.

Port Facilities

At the port of Athinios, you will find an air-conditioned waiting room with free WiFi access and free car parking areas. ATM machines, shops, restaurants, cafes, and accommodation options are available nearby, too. The port is open 24/7.

Port Map

Santorini port map

Santorini port map

Other ports in Santorini

In addition to Athinios, there are a few other ports in Santorini that do not serve large ferries:
Ammoudi Port: Ammoudi is a small harbor below Oia, enclosed by volcanic rocks. It is only used by fishing boats, tour boats, and some small ferries to Thirassia island. It comprises a picturesque setting and can be reached via road or on foot, by climbing down approximately 300 steps.
Gialos Port: Also known as the Old Port of Fira, Gialos Port is situated below the settlement 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 (~600 steps down) or by cable car.