How to get to Santorini – By plane or by boat
How to get to Santorini? They can reach Santorini both by plane and by boat. The best option, if you are traveling from other European countries, is to arrive with a direct flight to Santorini. By boat is recommended if you visit other nearby islands of the Cyclades archipelago. Let's see in detail how to get to Santorini by plane and by boat:
Santorini is a small island in the Aegean Sea in Greece. It is located in its southern part and belongs to the Cyclades islands, a group of Greek islands. The most common and comfortable option to arrive on the island is via Athens, the capital of Greece.
How to get to Santorini by plane
You can take a plane from Athens to Santorini. You can easily get a direct flight to Athens from many cities in Europe, and many cities in the world.
The Athens International Airport code is ATH while the Santorini airport code is JTR.
During the summer season, charters from various European cities have direct flights to Santorini. Direct routes depart from several cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt, Naples among many others.
Please note that these flights are not available every day, so if none of them fit into your schedule, your destination will be to travel to Santorini via Athens. They are usually available in the summer months.
You can reach Santorini by plane with direct flights from the main European cities and capitals: London, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Milan, Venice, Berlin, among many others. During the summer you will find several routes available, which are reduced during the winter. It is also very common to make a stopover in Athens. Santorini is also connected to the airports of Thessaloniki and Crete. During the summer they also open other minor routes between islands.
Santorini (Thira) Airport (JTR) is located south of Monolithos, about 8 kilometers from Fira. From the airport you can get to the capital of the island of Santorini by bus, although the schedules do not always coincide with the arrival of flights. They can also take a taxi, rent a car, or take a minivan with a transfer directly to your hotel.
How to get to Santorini by boat
Santorini has two ports, an old one used only for small boats, tours and excursions, and a larger one, the port of Athinios, from which many ships and ferries arrive and depart. There are good connections with the nearby islands and with the mainland.
From Greece, ferries are much more numerous in summer than in other seasons. From the port of Piraeus in Athens you can reach the two ports of Santorini, with a duration that varies from 7 to 9 hours depending on the ship.
Once in Santorini they can embark for the other islands of the Cyclades archipelago, Rhodes and Crete. In the Pyrgos area there is the port of Athinios, where cars can access, while the old port of Fira is pedestrian only and allows you to reach the city by cable car, on foot or the traditional donkeys.
How to get to Santorini from other Greek islands <
Since Santorini is one of the most popular islands in Greece, many ferries are available to connect the island with other islands in Greece.
You can use daily ferries and SeaJets speedboats to travel between Santorini and Mykonos.
Moving between Santorini to/from Crete is also easy thanks to the daily ferries that take you from the port of Heraklion by Minoan Lines.
Blue Star Ferries' daily ferries also help you get to Santorini from Paros or Naxos and vice versa.
Hellenic Seaways and SeaJets also offer daily ferries with high-speed boats to help you travel between Santorini and Ios.
Blue Star ferries run between Santorini and Rhodes twice a week.
Traveling by ferry to Santorini is always a fun and exciting experience.
In general, SeaJets, Hellenic Seaways and Minoan Lines ferries only operate in high season.
In low season, a Blue Star ferry leaves daily to take passengers from Santorini to Athens and vice versa.
On the following map you can see the location of Santorini Airport and its two ports: Athinios port and the old port.
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