Santorini in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

Santorini Airport has flights year-round to/from Athens (from €60, 45 minutes) with Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com), Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) and Sky Express (www.skyexpress.gr). Seasonal European connections are plentiful with some budget carriers from London, Rome, Geneva, Milan and Toulouse.

Give yourself plenty of time when flying back out as tourism infrastructure hasn't kept up with the island's growing popularity and the small airport terminal can be mayhem.

Transport Options

There are frequent bus connections between Fira’s bus station and the airport, located 5km east of Fira (€1.80, 20 minutes, 5.30am to 10.15pm). Most accommodation providers will arrange paid transfers.

Boat

There are plenty of ferries each day to and from Piraeus and many Cyclades islands.

Santorini's main port, Athinios, stands on a cramped shelf of land at the base of sphinx-like cliffs. It's a scene of marvellous chaos (that works itself out), except when ferries have been cancelled and arrivals and departures merge. Advice? Be patient. It clears, if eventually. Buses (and taxis) meet all ferries and then cart passengers up the towering cliffs through an ever-rising series of S-bends to Fira. Accommodation providers can usually arrange transfers (to Fira per person is around €10 to €25).

Destinations from Santorini include Amorgos (€50, 1½ to four hours, one to two daily), Anafi (€8, 1½ hours, four weekly), Folegandros (€7 to €45, 45 minutes to 3¼ hours, three to four daily), Ios (€7 to €39, 30 minutes to 1½ hours, four to eight daily), Iraklio (€60, 1¾ hours, two daily), Kimolos (€15, 4¼ hours, three weekly), Kos (€37, 4½ hours, four weekly), Koufonisia (€47, two hours, daily), Milos (€18 to €59, two to four hours, three to four daily), Mykonos (€45 to €69, two to 3½ hours, five to seven daily), Naxos (€22 to €43, 1¼ to 2¾ hours, five to six daily), Paros (€20 to €46, two to 3½ hours, four to five daily), Piraeus (€38 to €80, 4¾ to nine hours, six to eight daily), Rafina (€35 to €45, 5¾ to 9½ hours, two daily), Rhodes (€39, 8½ to 17¾ hours, five weekly), Serifos (€19 to €60, 3½ to 7¼ hours, two to three daily), Sifnos (€14 to €68, three to seven hours, two to three daily), Sikinos (€7.50, two hours, three weekly) and Tinos (€42 to €58, 3½ to five hours, seven weekly).