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Travel to Santorini in Greece

Santorini is one of the most accessible islands amongs the Greek islands, choose between charter flights, international flights, domestic flights or ferries. The island is perfect to use as a base when you are island hopping: the boat connections to other islands is extraordinary, it is easy to get to and from the island, and of course Santorini is also well worth seeing.


Santorini is a popular island for package tourism and it is possible to go here from many countries, check with a travel agency in your country. Common charter destinations are Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos and Vlychada.


Queue at the departure hall at Santorini airport.

Queue at the departure hall at Santorini airport.


Be prepared for long queues at the airport of Santorini when you are going home, because there is really no room to swing a cat at the check-in counters. At the airport there is a coffee shop with scandalous prices and a tiny "duty free shop" where you can buy sweets, perfumes, souvenirs and alcohol. The airport is close to the tourist resort of Kamari.


The airport of Santorini in the Cyclades.

The small airport in Santorini is located near Kamari.


Duty free at Santorini airport.

Duty free at Santorini airport.


Seats on charter flights to Santorini can be sold individually through a charter company. Another option is to buy a flight-only seat to Athens and continue by ferry or domestic flight. Or you can go by air to Rhodes, Mykonos and Crete. Rhodes and Crete have both air connections and boat connections with Santorini, while Mykonos only has boat connections.


The airport of Kamari seen from Kastro in Pyrgos on Santorini.

The airport in Kamari seen from Kastro in Pyrgos.



Santorini has daily plane connections with Athens and Crete, as well as a few flights a week to Rhodes and Thessaloniki.


Santorini's port is called Athinios and is located in the caldera almost in the middle of the island. Before the port of Athinios was built, the ferries docked in the small port below Fira. When I first went to Santorini (1982) all the ferries docked outside the small port below Fira. Then you had to go with smaller boats into the port. The only way to get up to Fira was to take a cable car or ride a donkey, or go up the horribly arduous stairs. When, after 588 steps, you finally reached Fira, we had no energy left to look for rooms, so we slept outside.


The port below Fira on Santorini in the 1980s.

Previously, the port was under Fira. The picture is from 1982.


The way up from the port of Santorini.

The chaotic port of Athinios. Do you see the buses heading up the winding road?


Blue Star Ferries and Sea Jet in the port of Athinios in Santorini.

Blue Star Ferries and Sea Jet in port. The village in the background is Akrotiri.

Athinios is one of Greece's few uninhabited ports, it is a port, period. But do not think that there are no people there, the boat traffic is enormous in high season and there are coming and going ferries all the time. Travellers gather at the expensive tavernas waiting for the next ferry, usually it is more or less chaotic. Especially when you arrive to Santorini by ferry, hordes of letters of rooms are waiting a hundred metres from the ferry and they are in desperate search of customers. One want nothing more than to get away as fast as possible.


The port of Santorini is one of the most chaotic in all of Greece.

The port of Santorini is one of the most chaotic in all of Greece.


The scary road up and down to the port of Santorini.

The scary road up and down to the port.


Are there buses to and from the port of Santorini? The answer is yes.

When a big ferry arrives, it gets crowded on the way up.

There are several travel agencies in the port where you can buy boat tickets. Some of the cafes have left luggage service, so if you have to wait long for your ferry, you can leave the luggage there and take the bus to Fira, or to a beach. Buses to Fira awaits most of the ferries, bus transfer to other parts of the island can be made along the way, or in Fira. The ride up from the port is a real adventure, the road winds like a serpentine road in the Alps and the precipice sometimes feels dangerously close.


Sea Diamond sank on April 6 2007 in the Caldera of Santorini.

The road down to the port is to the right in the picture.


Under the red arrow the cruise ship Sea Diamond sank on April 6, 2007. The boat is at 140 meters deep. Two of 1,600 on board died.


The sunset seen from a ferry heading to the port of Athinios on Santorini.

If you arrive on a late ferry, you can enjoy the sunset on the way up.


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