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How to arrive in Santorini Island


Santorini has its own airport, two ports and is also a regular stop-off point for the many cruise liners that fly the Aegean

By airplane
Santorini National Airport is located north of the village of Kamari and next to Monolithos area, with regular flights from Athens by Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines as well as charters from many European towns with Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways, Air Berlin and Austrian Airlines. Flight duration from Athens to Santorini is about 45 minutes.
The facilities at Santorini Airport have recently been upgraded with new check-in-counters, conveyer belts, escalators and passenger facilities. It is now able to serve up to six planes at the same time.
From the airport there are buses to Fira, where you can change to buses for other towns. Taxis are also usually waiting at the airport and many Santorini hotels offer airport transfers, but for a fee that is more than a taxi would charge you.

Aeroporto Santorini

By sea
All the island"s ports are sited within the lagoon, as it provides safe harbour for even the largest liners. The main port is Athinos, 3 km south of Fira, while the small port of Fira Skala, just below Fira, is mostly used by excursion boats and cruises.
The main Greek ferry route is from the port of Piraeus and dependant on the particular route, can stop at some of the following islands before arriving at Santorini: Kithnos, Sifnos, Milos, Ios, Paros, Naxos, Sikinos and Folegandros.
High-speed ferries and hydrofoils destined for Santorini, mostly use the port of Rafina, located one hour from the centre of Athens and close to the International Airport Venizelos.
A normal ferry takes around nine hours to reach the port of Santorini from Piraeus, with the modern Blue Star Ferries taking around seven hours. Hydrofoils complete the journey in around four to five hours.
Santorini has ferry connections with most of the Cyclades islands, Rhodes, Crete and Thessaloniki. Daily hydrofoils also serve the islands of Samos, Ikaria and Fourni in the north-eastern Aegean.

Traghetto a Santorini