With Santorini being one of the most visited summer destinations in Greece and around the world, it’s only fair we dedicate a whole post to it and allow you to gain all vital information in one single reading.
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Read below our Santorini's port survival guide and learn all you need to know about one of the most beautiful ports in Greece!
Where is the Santorini Ferry Port?
Athinios port - credits: greece.com
Santorini, officially called Thira, is the southernmost Greek island located in the Cyclades complex, in southern Aegean. Known around the world for its unique beauty and luxurious lifestyle, it attracts thousands of tourists every year. Such a popular and wonderful island, however, couldn’t lack an equally wonderful port! In fact, recently, the port of Santorini was voted as one of the most beautiful ports in the world.
The port of Santorini is considered the gateway to the Cyclades. With the most amazing sunshine you will ever see and you will remember forever. Anyone who visits the ports of Santorini can not forget the eerie feeling and the amazing view.
Athinios port, as the official port of Santorini is called, is located 10 km south of Fira.
The port of Athinios is the main port of the island of Santorini. It is located at the foot of the caldera and is 8 km from Fira, the island's capital, and 7 km from Santorini International Airport.
It is the main pillar for visitors to the island coming from the sea. It is connected to the port of Piraeus daily and throughout the year, as well as to the surrounding islands. Itineraries and responses multiply during the summer.
There are various restaurants, cafes, and mini markets in the port of Athinios, while in the air-conditioned passenger lounge you have the possibility for free wireless internet connection. Finally, in the port, you will find a taxi rank and the starting point of buses for your transfer to all areas of the island.
Arriving by ferry
Arriving by ferry to Santorini - credits: greecetravelsecrets
The main port of Santorini (Athinios) is located in the western part of the island, in the same village of Athinios. This is the port where you stop the vast majority of ferries and cruises approaching the island.
Regular ferry services from the port of Piraeus to Athens through the Greek companies Blue Star and Hellenic Seaways. It is very important to keep in mind that there are two types of ferries, regular and fast, the difference between them is that the journey between Piraeus and Santorini with the regular is 8.5 hours and with the fast 5.30. Of course, the fast is more expensive, but the time transport is significantly reduced.
Of course, there are boat connections between Santorini and the other circular islands, you just have to look for them on the websites of the respective ferry companies or platforms such as Ferryhopper. Of course, during the summer there are many more connections than in the spring or fall.
Please note that many of the hotels in Santorini offer free transfers from the port if you have previously agreed with them.
Santorini Ferry Port Transportation
Ferries that go to Santorini - credits: bluestarferries.com
You can reach the port of Athinios from most areas of the island, and definitely the most central ones. A KTEL bus service takes both visitors and locals all around the stunning island, including the port.
You can reach the port of Santorini from Fira in 14.3 km. The ticket comes up to 2 euros during the day and 2.30 euros if you choose to take the night bus. The route from the port to Pyrgos and Vothonas will set you back 1.80 euros during the day and 2.30 during the night.
From Karterados, the port of Athinios is at a distance of 12.4 km, with the ticket costing 1.60 euros for the day bus and 2 euros for the night bus.
The distance between the port of Athinios and Mesaria and between the port and Perissa is 10.3 km and 11.2 km respectively, while they both cost 1.60 euros during the day and 2 euros during the night. Last but not least, you can reach the port from Kamai in 19.9 km, which will cost you 2.20 for the day bus and 2.80 euros for the night bus.
Buses at Santorini Ferry Port
Buses at Santorini - credits: transfers.gr
Outside the port, the local company KTEL buses take you to most of the surrounding cities, as we have already mentioned before. Buses run every 30 minutes in summer and every hour in winter. You have to keep in mind that public buses are green and that the other colors are tour buses.
The buses are coordinated with the ferries so that every time a ferry reaches the port, there is a bus that is waiting to service the passengers. As for the bus itineraries, you can confirm them on the island or on the KTEL website here.
Taxis at Santorini Ferry Port
Santorini Taxis - credits: santorinitaxis.4ty.gr
In addition to buses, there are taxis available outside the port. However, during the summer months, it can be quite difficult to find a free taxi. We highly suggest you first agree with the taxi driver the price of the trip before kicking off your ride because unfortunately, there are many taxi drivers that will attempt to charge you even double the price if you don’t
As in most ports in the world, there are car rental offices in the port, where you can rent any pretty much vehicle of your choice -provided you have a driver’s license.
Tickets for Santorini Ferries
Should I buy my ferry tickets in advance or at the port?
Santorini - credits: greeka.com
Booking your ferry tickets for your vacation in Santorini in advance, and in fact, as soon as possible from the moment you decide you want to visit this magical Greek island will be the best move. Especially if you plan on visiting Santorini during the high-season summer months, when the island is extremely popular with travelers from all over the world, booking your tickets in advance is essential.
In case you’re extremely lucky and want to travel to Santorini without a vehicle, you might also be able to find a ticket at the port, however, if we were in your shoes we wouldn’t try it. It would be such a pity for you to come all the way to Greece with a dream to catch the sunset from the famous Santorinian caldera and instead be left in the port of Piraeus bare-handed.
How Early to Arrive for Santorini Ferry Departures?
Greek ferry - credits: ferryhopper.com
Depending on when you’re going to Santorini, the time you need to arrive at the port in order to have a smooth departure varies. During the high-season summer months and now with the Covid checks that need to be done, it is advised to reach the port approximately 1,5 hours before the time of your departure.
It is likely you’ll receive either a text message or an email from the shipping company you’ve booked your tickets with to inform you about the preferred time of arrival a couple of days before your departure.
The old port
The old port of Santorini - credits: fira-blogspot.com
The small port of Fira, also known as the old port of Santorini, lies about 900 feet below the town of Fira and just below the caldera. This leads to 587 cobbled stairs of helical formation, something that might make your visit to it a bit challenging, especially if you're traveling to Santorini with kids.
The port is a destination for large cruise ships that leave a large number of tourists every day, who go up to Fira either by traditional donkeys or by cable car. Excursion boats also start from the port to the islands of Nea and Palia Kameni, Thirasia, and Oia. Around the pier, there are cafes, souvenir shops, and taverns.
Questions to answer
Santorini - credits: roganassoc.gr
How much is a taxi from Santorini port to Oia?
From the Athinios port to Oia, a taxi is bound to set you back about 40,00 euros. However, make sure to settle on a price with the taxi beforehand in order to avoid any misunderstandings.
What are some other taxi rates I should know about?
There is no way you will visit the island and not thoroughly explore it during the day and enjoy the famous Santorini at night. For that reason, you need to know approximately how much transportation to and from your destination will cost you. Other useful taxi fares you should keep in mind are those between Santorini. What’s more, from the Airport to Fira (capital), approximately 20,00 Euro. From the Airport to Oia (Ia), approximately 35,00 Euro. From Fira (capital) to Oia (Ia), approximately 25,00 Euro.
Where is the cruise ship port in Santorini?
As mentioned before, Santorini's cruise port is, in fact, its old port, also known as the port of Skala, in Fira, the capital of Santorini. One thing to keep in mind is that because the old port doesn't boast a spacious cruise terminal. As a result, passengers need to be transported via small boats in order for passengers to reach the shore. Regardless, a cruise on the island is an excellent idea, especially if you're on a honeymoon in Santorini; there is nothing more romantic than catching the sunset on a boat and swimming in the best beaches in Santorini!
There is nothing that should come between you and the extraordinary island of Santorini. If you’re having second thoughts, don’t. Taking a trip to Santorini in the summer will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Let your eyes feast upon the spectacle of Santorini’s port and begin your adventures with a magical view of the volcanic land. We’re jealous!