Why I suggest you arrange your Santorini airport transfer in advance
First, the good news. Santorini is a small island, and it doesn't take long to get around. Now, the bad news. Santorini airport is very small, and when a bunch of planes arrive at once, massive queues form for the airport taxis and buses.
Unless you particularly enjoy waiting in queues, I strongly suggest you arrange your Santorini airport transport in advance. Sure, you might still hit a bit of traffic leaving Santorini airport, but at least the air-con will be on!
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Looking for more indepth information on Santorini transfers using taxi and bus? Read on…
Santorini Airport Transport
You've got five options when it comes to Santorini airport transfers. These are:
- Santorini airport taxi
- Prebooked Santorini transfer services
- Santorini airport bus
- Hire a car at Santorini airport
- Hotel pickups
Below, I'll go into each transport option in more detail.
Santorini Airport Taxi
Taxis operate from Santoirni airport 24/7, and are all metered. Although the rate is higher at night (01.00 – 04.59), the meter operates on distance. You could expect the day rate from Santorini airport to Fira to be around 30 Euro, and the night rate to be around 40 euro.
To get a taxi from Santorini airport, locate the queues outside the airport. Depending on how many flights and people have arrived, you could get a car within 5 minutes or after half an hour. Or more.
As there are only a limited number of Santorini taxis, single passengers or couples might find their driver asks them to share the ride with others going in the same direction. If this is the case, ensure you arrange to split the fare, rather than paying the full fare each!
Pre-booked Santorini transfer services
In my humble opinion, using a pre-booked Santorini transfer service is a bit of a no-brainer, especially now when there are companies offering their transfers at the same rate as regular taxis!
The benefits of a pre-booked service, are that your driver will be waiting for you with your name in arrivals, and you can get straight to the car. There's no hassle, and no drama.
Broadly speaking, there's three different types of pre-booked airport transfer services in Santorini.
- Shuttle service – Pre-book your space on a Santorini airport shuttle bus. For more information click here.
- Pre-booked taxi – A regular taxi, at a regular price, just pre-booked. For more information click here.
- Luxury private Santorini transfers – For people who like the extra little comforts in life. For more information click here.
Santorini Airport Bus
If a private-hire taxi or van isn't within your budget, then you may want to consider using the Santorini airport bus. These vehicles never travel from one side of the island to the other. Instead, each one stops at the main bus station in Fira, where you can make a changeover to another bus that is heading closer to your destination.
Estimated travel time via Santorini airport bus can be much longer than by taxi or van. Typical routes from the airport to Fira can take roughly 25 minutes, whereas those going to Oia or other areas on the far side of the island will have a 2 to 3 hour trip, depending on how long it takes to change buses at the main station.
Santorini Airport Car Hire
Another suggestion, is to hire a car and collect it at Santorini airport. A hire car is a good way to get around the island, and see some of the less visited places.
The final option for airport transfers is if your hotel in Santorini offers an airport transfer service. If they do, the chances are they are utilising one of the above options – most likely booking a shuttle space.
For Santorini hotels offering airport pickup at no extra charge, it's an easy choice to make. If there is an additional fee, compare it against the other transfer service options listed above.
Here's some more information on how to get from Santorini airport to different parts of the island, along with the answers to some frequently asked questions about Santorini travel.
Where is Santorini Airport?
The Santorini airport is in a very accessible location, and is located on the central eastern part of the island, near Monolithos Beach and the village of Kamari. It is also roughly 6 km (3.7 miles) from Fira, and 17 km (10.5 miles) from Oia.
How to get from Santorini airport to Fira
The travel time from Santorini airport to Fira is approximately 25 minutes. This does, of course depend on traffic in Santorini. The main bus station is located in Fira, so if you are travelling to other parts of Santorini using public transport, you'll want to change here.
How to get from Santorini airport to Oia
The journey to Oia from Santorini airport by car can take 25 minutes, but sometimes a little longer. If using a bus, you'll first need to change at Fira bus station.
Santorini Travel Guides
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