Santorini is an unforgettable holiday destination with so much to offer, but if you are arranging your trip independently it can be a bit of a headache to work out the best ways to get there! Luckily for you, in this article we have brought together our top tips for reaching the island and transferring to your accommodation. Ensure you have a stress-free and straightforward start to your holiday with our advice below.
Planning to fly to Santorini? Make sure you plan your trip to the airport in advance. Most of us forget this step, especially if we plan to drive and park at the airport. Airport parking is expensive, particularly when you book on the day!
Thankfully there is an easy way around this unnecessary expense on your trip to Santorini. Simply book in advance using a comparison website dedicated to airport parking. Parkhero is a great option if you are travelling from the UK. For example, if you are looking for Gatwick Airport parking, you just need to select Gatwick Airport from the drop-down menu in the comparison tool, enter your travel dates and hit ‘Search’. In seconds you will get a page showing all the parking services available for your trip. These are ranked from the cheapest to the most expensive options to make it easy for you to make a choice. You can filter further by p
arking type, distance to the airport and other facilities you need for your vehicle. Make the booking in less than 5 minutes and sit back and relax in the knowledge that a parking space will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive at the airport! To find similar websites for your country, enter ‘compare parking at…airport’ into a search engine.
Flying to Santorini
Due to the island’s small size, it only has one airport, Santorini National Airport. It is on the east of the island close to the Kamari resort. The island’s popularity with tourists means that you will have a good choice of airlines from Europe and even the Gulf. This includes Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways, Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Etihad Airwys and TUI Airways amongst others.
Flying to Santorini is by far the most popular choice and there is a great selection of flights here for most of the year.
Transferring from Santorini Airport
Santorini’s airport is only 6km from Fira, the island’s capital and it is only a short transfer from all villages.
You have a number of options when it comes to transferring from the airport to your accommodation:
Arranging a private transfer to and from the airport with My Way ensures that you receive a reliable transfer to and from your accommodation. Unlike with a taxi or bus there is no need to wait around, especially during peak times and will be taken directly where you want to go with no stops along the way. My Way uses new mini-vans that are clean, safe and fully air-conditioned.
Arranged package transfer
If you booked your holiday through a travel agency with everything included, you will find a coach waiting for you on your arrival on Santorini. This will take you and other passengers to your accommodation. Keep in mind that this may take quite a while as there will be stops at multiple hotels.
Taking a ferry to Santorini
Like most islands in the Aegean, Santorini is connected by a reliable ferry service and arriving by sea is a fantastic way to experience the island for the first time!
If you are travelling from Athens, there are 6 ferries to Santorini daily during the peak months with varying prices and speeds. Tickets start at €40 and go up to €80 with transfers taking between 4 and 10 hours with the fastest being the SeaJet WorldChampion.
You can also take a ferry to Santorini from Heraklion and Mykonos which take around 2 hours.
The main ferry port in Santorini is Athinios in the south-east of the island. It is a small post and can get quite crowded during the summer months, so make sure that you book your transport from the port to your accommodation in advance.
When you take the ferry to Santorini you will arrive at Athinios port to the south-east of the island. The port is quite small and can become quite crowded so it is a good idea to have a transfer pre-arranged. My Way can pick you up here and take you directly to your accommodation .
You can book your ferry tickets from here