For an easy and convenient way to book ferries in Greece, go to FerryHopper.com.

When booking tickets for your trip, prioritize planes and hotels in Santorinifirst. Ferries are also in demand, but they don’t run out as fast as plane tickets. Of course, secure your spots for both as early as you can. 

There are two ways to reach Santorini from Athens. First, is to take the plane and the second is to take the ferry. If you have the time, and you want to make the most out of your trip, go for the ferry. It’s much more relaxed and memorable. Airports can be a bit of a hassle while ferries give off a looser feeling. Ferry tickets can be purchased in advance or on the spot at the Piraeus Port. Plus, with the metro station nearby and taxis all over the place, the port is easier to reach than the airport. 

Taking the Ferry to Santorini from the capital city of Athens

  • Fly to Athens from any other cities. Most cities have direct flights to the capital city.
  • Secure your spot at the ferry. You can eitherbook online(recommended)  or just purchase it right on the port before you arrive. Some travel agencies also offer ferry tickets. 
  • Get to the port. The Piraeus port is very accessible in Athens. You can either take a taxi to it or ride the metro. Make sure you’re at the port an hour before your schedule so whatever happens, the boat never leaves without you. 
  • Enjoy the view on the way. Sail to Santorini through the sparkling waters of Greece and lose yourself to the gentle swaying of the boat. The entire journey could take about 5-8 hours depending on which ferry you booked. Look out for the volcano and the caldera when you’re nearing Santorini. 

Getting to Santorini from the city of London

  • Go to Kayak.comand look for the cheapest flight to Santorini that you can find. It doesn’t matter which airline it’ll be as long as it’s cheap. 
  • If you didn’t get lucky, try searching for flights to Santorini from other cities like Naples, Athens, Rome and Paris.
  • Take the ferry to Santorini. There’re a good change you’re never going back to Athens after Santorini, so it’s a good idea to spend a couple of days in it before moving on. 
  • Once you’re on the island, you can either take the bus or a taxi to the four core caldera towns to get to your hotel. 

Getting to Santorini from the city of Paris

  • Go to Kayak.comand look for the cheapest flight to Santorini that you can find. It doesn’t matter which airline it’ll be as long as it’s cheap. 
  • If you didn’t get lucky, try searching for flights to Santorini from other cities like Naples, Athens, Rome and Paris.
  • Take the ferry to Santorini. There’re a good change you’re never going back to Athens after Santorini, so it’s a good idea to spend a couple of days in it before moving on. 
  • Once you’re on the island, you can either take the bus or a taxi to the four core caldera towns to get to your hotel. 

Getting to Santorini from the city of Italy

  • Go to Kayak.comand look for the cheapest flight to Santorini that you can find. It doesn’t matter which airline it’ll be as long as it’s cheap. 
  • If you didn’t get lucky, try searching for flights to Santorini from other cities like Naples, Athens, Rome and Paris.
  • Take the ferry to Santorini. There’re a good change you’re never going back to Athens after Santorini, so it’s a good idea to spend a couple of days in it before moving on. 
  • Once you’re on the island, you can either take the bus or a taxi to the four core caldera towns to get to your hotel. 

Getting to Santorini from the island of Crete

  • Flights from here to Santorini are always uncertain. Try checking on Kayak.comto see if there are flights scheduled between the two. 
  • Get a reservation for a ferry either on Sea Jetsor Hellenic Seaways.
  • Pick up your tickets from the port. Make sure to arrive early incase there’s line in getting the tickets. 
  • Once you’re on the island, you can either take the bus or a taxi to the four core caldera towns to get to your hotel. 

Getting to Santorini from the island of Rhodes

  • Flights from here to Santorini are always uncertain. Try checking on Kayak.comto see if there are flights scheduled between the two. 
  • Get a reservation for a ferry on Blue Star.
  • Pick up your tickets from the port. Make sure to arrive early incase there’s line in getting the tickets. 
  • Once you’re on the island, you can either take the bus or a taxi to the four core caldera towns to get to your hotel. 

Getting to Santorini from the island of Mykonos

  • Flights from here to Santorini are always uncertain. Try checking on Kayak.comto see if there are flights scheduled between the two. 
  • Get a reservation for a ferry either on Sea Jetsor Hellenic Seaways.
  • Arrive at the port early and find the travel agent where you can get your tickets from. It’s different for every company. 
  • There’s more than one ferry port in Mykonos so make sure you’re in the right one. 
  • Be early to avoid missing your ride. 
  • Once you’re on the island, you can either take the bus or a taxi to the four core caldera towns to get to your hotel. 

Getting to Santorini from Canada or the US

  • Go to Kayak.comand search for flights to Athens from other cities like Toronto, New York, Rome, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris.
  • Look for flights to Santorini from Athens. It doesn’t matter which airline it’ll be as long as it’s cheap. 
  • If you didn’t get lucky, try Take theferry to Santorini. There’re a good change you’re never going back to Athens after Santorini, so it’s a good idea to spend a couple of days in it before moving on. 
  • Once you’re on the island, you can either take the bus or a taxi to the four core caldera towns to get to your hotel. 

The fastest way to Santorini

Planes are the fastest way of getting on the islands. Either you get to the capital first and then get on a plane to Santorini or travel to one of the few European cities that offer a direct flight to it. Choose from London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Naples, and Amsterdam. 

There are no sure-fire flights from other islands to Santorini. It really depends on the year and the season. If you really want to take the plane to Santorini from other Greek islands, regularly check and ask around for schedules. Considering how rare it is, it will surely fill up fast so be alert and book fast. 

Flying to Santorini is definitely faster but taking a ferry to get there is more relaxing and less stressful. If you’re in Athens trying to get to Santorini, these two options are easily available to you. The plane ride would need reservations whereas you can buy ferry tickets directly at the port before boarding the ferry. 

If you can, try to catch a regular speed ferry to Santorini. Even if the high-speed one can get you there faster, the regular one lets you experience the view more. Let the caldera take your breath away as you sail into the waters that surround the island. The ferry under the company Blue star, has spacious decks where you can walk around and admire the caldera and the volcano from. It has a schedule everyday of the year and is a very reliable way to the island. 

Both the Hellenic Seawaysand the Sea Jetsoffer high-speed ferries to the island. They can get you there faster but a little bumpier. If you’re not used to traveling at sea, it’s best to take the blue star. Plus, these two companies offer rides depending on the season. They’re not always around the entire year. They don’t have schedules during off season and, they don’t offer ferries during shoulder season, only catamarans. 

You can get yourself either a room or a large chair aboard the Blue star. If you add a little extra, you can get a large seat like those in airplanes. It’s not a good idea to spend on a room considering the journey won’t even be overnight. If you’re on a budget, buy a 2nd class ticket or a ticket for the deck. They’re cheaper but it’ll get you to the island the same way. 

A great way to make your trip easier is to go to Santorini from Athens by boat but return to the capital by plane. It’s not easy to book tickets in such short notice. Be sure to carefully plan this if you’re thinking of going through with it. A ferry to Santorini is a great way to reach the island. You could even stop and explore other Greek islands along the way. If you really want to save time and money, try getting a flight back to the other parts of Europe from Santorini. It won’t be easy because many people will be doing the same thing, but it will save you the trouble of going back to Athens just to catch a flight back home. 

Santorini is the perfect place to start island hopping from. The island is so popular that many ferries regularly stop at it before moving on to other islands. You could easily catch a ride to Naxos, Paros, Mykonos and other Greek islands within the area. Although, the island of Rhodes might be a little hard to reach coming from Santorini(but possible). 

If you plan to hop to Istanbul from Santorini, you have to, first, travel to Athens by plane. There are very few cities in Europe that have direct flights to the island, and Istanbul is not one of them. It’s best to go back to the capital first and then take a flight to Turkey from there. If you plan to take the ferry from Santorini to Istanbul, be prepared for a long and exhausting ride. There are no direct ferries connecting those two places so transferring boats is your only option. Get into a ferry to Rhodes and transfer boats to Marmaris from there. The entire trip would take you about 16 hours max. 

Going around Santorini

If you want full control of your time and your schedule on the island, it’s best to rent a car.You can drive a car wherever you want and whenever you want. No more waiting for buses or falling in line. All of your time is yours. The airport is the best pick up spot for your rental car. Make sure to inspect the car thoroughly before driving away with it. 

Taxis are always present at the airport in Santorini. But it’s not recommended to depend on them when commuting. There are only a number of taxis on the island. Although it’s for certain that you’ll get one, the wait is inevitable. Taxis cost 15 euros to the town of Fira and an additional 10 euros to the town of Oia and the other towns. You can try reaching out to the number 22860-22555 and see if you can get the taxi reservation and rates info.

Bus schedules on the island depend on the season. Buses travel back and forth non-stop during peak tourist season. Understandably, they only make a few trips during low season and during the weekends. Buses are the most stable form of commute in Santorini. They are everywhere and they always just keep coming. Unfortunately, Santorini’s buses revolve around the town of Fira. If you want to reach any point on the island, you have to take a bus to Fira and transfer buses from there. All buses come from and stop at Fira. They usually cost around 2 euros and take about 15 minutes. Of course, this depends on your destination. If you think that you’ll be taking the bus a lot while you’re on the island, be sure to keep coins and exact change in your pockets and purse.

If you’re only on your own or with your partner, another way to get to the airport is through airport transfer services. These are pick up and drop off services arranged in advance so you don’t have to worry about your ride. It not recommended for groups considering it’s paid per person. If you’re 3 people or more, just take the taxi. It’s way cheaper. Get in touch with Santorini Transfersand arrange your ride. 

If you’re lucky, your hotel might offer shuttle service. Some hotels pick up their guests and drop them off to the port for free. Others charge a certain fee for it. As long as it not too expensive and it’s not too far from what Taxis might charge you, then it’s fine. 

Getting to Santorini’s ferry port

If you’re arriving at the island via ferry, there’s nothing to worry about. Buses and taxis are all over the Athinios port where you’ll dock. There’s no need to pre-book any taxi or bus ride once you’re in Santorini. You’ll be able to reach your hotel with very little trouble. All stress and worry should go to booking ferries. Be sure to have your arriving and leaving tickets secured months in advance. 

Fira is the island’s bus hub. If you’re trying to reach any other part of Santorini by bus, you’ll have to go to Fira first and transfer rides from there. Buses in Santorini operate 24/7. Don’t worry about arriving late at the docks or needing to leave at an unusual hour because there will be a bus to take from and to the port. The bus ride to Fira from the ferry port costs 2 euros and lasts about 20 minutes. It has large seats and is air-conditioned. Bus departures and arrivals are dependent on the schedule of the ferries. Buses bound for the port leave Fira an hour before a ferry leaves or arrives at the port. Ferry schedules are always decided in advance to make sure you have a copy of it so you don’t miss any important bus or ferry ride.   

Even if you are willing to spend extra and go for taxis, it’s very hard to secure one at the port. There will be many taxis waiting in the port as ferries arrive but since not all passengers will make it into the bus, they would have to wrestle each other to get one of the taxis at the dock. Taxis to Fira costs 15 euros. It’s another 10 euros if your destination is Oia. The ride is usually fast and takes only about 15 minutes. Be careful when depending on taxis to take you to the port especially if you’re scheduled to board a ferry. Their little availability makes them unreliable. You can reach out to Taxi providers at 22860-22555.

If you’re lucky, you’re hotel might offer shuttle service. Some hotels pick up their guests and drop them off to the port for free. Others charge a certain fee for it. There’s no line or reservations for shuttle services. If you’re hotel has it, just let them know when you’re coming so they can arrange a ride for you. Send a reminder email a day or two before you arrive just for confirmation. 

Another convenient way to go around the island is through renting a car. If you do rent a car in Santorini, don’t pick it up from the ferry port. There’s too much going around in there to negotiate and discuss properly. Choose Fira or the airport as a pick up point for the car. 

If you joined a Santorini cruise, the ship’s not going to dock at the port. You’ll have to take a smaller boat from the ship to the bottom of Fira’s cliffs. From there you can either climb up using the exhausting footpath or get in line for the cable car. You’ll probably have to wait a long time for your turn but it’ll be convenient and easy. The most desperate option you have to get to town, is to through donkey-back. But you’ll have to endure the judging looks people will give you for riding a poor animal to the ground as well as your own conscience telling you that you’re a bad person.