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Getting around Santorini by public transport, bus, scooter, car. Cable car

Getting around Santorini

Getting around Santorini by public transport, especially in recent years, is no longer a utopia. Today, the main attractions and locations can be reached by bus: from the famous beaches, to the Port, up to the archaeological area.


Cruise ships and small boats that make excursions dock at the old Port (Skala), located below the capital of the same name. It is possible to reach the town with the Santorini cable car, which observes the following times:

  • From 01 June to 31 August from 06:30 to 22:40, runs every 20 ‘.
  • May, September, October from 06:30 to 21:40, runs every 20 ‘.
  • April from 06:30 to 21:00, runs every 20 ‘.
  • March and November from 07:30 to 10:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00 with departures every 30 ‘.
  • From 01 December to the end of February from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 15:00 to 16:00, every 30 ‘.

Santorini Cable Car

Photo ©, Bernard Gagnon

The single-journey ticket costs €6.00 per adult and €3.00 for children. A 3€ surcharge must be paid for each suitcase.
More information on the official website, from this link. Keep in mind that the queue is often quite long: arm yourself with a lot of patience.

As an alternative to the cable car, you can go up the path of about 600 steps (!!!) that connects the port to the city. Keep in mind that there is the possibility of getting on (or off) riding one of the many mules, which act as a sort of taxi.
The donkey should be the symbol of the city. I will not, here, underline the reasons why the undersigned refused to use this inhumane means of transport.
Do as myself: get on the cable car, and go down on foot; the view, during the descent, is truly wonderful!


The greek Ktel, manages an efficient road network, active throughout the day from 07 in the morning to about 23. From the capital of the island, Fira, numerous connections are available with all the villages, and the more or less known areas. Connections with the airport and the Port of Athinia are also guaranteed. Excellent for getting around Santorini by public transport.
Obviously, do not expect to reach every point of the city, and, above all, organize yourself according to the bus timetables: the rides are not too frequent.
Buses, however, are the best solution for getting around Santorini on a budget.

Here are the main bus lines active on the island:

  • Fira – Oia, 15 connections (approximately 1 every hour) from 07:00 to 21:00. From Oia, from 07:30 to 21:30.
  • Fira – Imerovigli, 16 connections from 07:00 to 22:30 (from 07:10 to 22:35 from Imerovigli).
  • Fira – Airport, 10 daily connections, from 06:15 to 20 from Fira, and from 06:25 to 20:10 from the airport
  • Fira – Perissa, 12 connections from 07:00 to 21:00, and in the opposite direction from 06:30 to 20:20.
  • Fira – Kamari, 11 connections from 07:15 to 21:00 (from Kamari, from 07:30 to 20:30).

For getting around Santorini by bus you need to buy a special ticket directly on board the vehicle, in cash (small denomination).
Tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

The price varies based on distance and destination. It starts from a minimum of €1.60 (applied for most of the rates) to a maximum of €2.30 (Fira-Vlihada).


Getting around Santorini by scooter

Photo ©, Sam DeLong

The best way to get around Santorini is, undoubtedly, the scooter (especially if you are a couple). Quads often turn on the island: large 4-wheeled motorcycles that are very popular. Be careful; if you are used to driving two wheels, you will have many difficulties in becoming familiar with quads!

Try to get at least a 125cc; the island, in fact, has significant slopes: a 50cc, with two people, would make it difficult. All over the island you will find numerous scooter, moped and quad rental agencies. First try to ask your hotel: generally every structure has its own trusted renter; you will be able to obtain important discounts.
The average price is around € 15 per day, with the quad having a significantly higher price.
If you are more than one person, or if you prefer to rent a car, we always recommend doing it directly at the airport. From the port, however, you will not find anything. Car rental agencies are present all over the island.

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