Santorini's ferry port, Athinios

A Survival Guide for Athinios Port in Santorini

Santorini port in a nutshell

Which is the port of Santorini?

The Santorini ferry ports are 2, but only one operates for passenger ferries. The name of Santorini’s port is Athinios. Athinios Port is also referred to as the "New port" or "Thira port" by locals. That’s because there is one smaller, cruise port on the island, located in Fira; this is the Οld port of Santorini. To avoid any misunderstandings, if you're on the ferry to Santorini, you're seeking information about Athinios Port. 

Athinios port in Santorini

Ferries at the Athinios port of Santorini

What is the name of Santorini Port?

Here is the answer to the common question "where do ferries arrive in Santorini?". Unlike Mykonos, Santorini (or Thira) has one port that serves passenger ferries - and it's called the port of Athinios. The port of Athinios is located on the southwest side of the island and it's quite crowded. There are numerous ferries departing from and arriving at the port of Santorini every day, especially during high season, and all these passenger ferries and cruise ships dock in Athinios Port.

Conditions at the port of Santorini

The Athinios port is small and really crowded during the high season (mainly June to August). We have received several complaints from our customers that they missed the ferry due to confusion at the port of the island. Keep in mind that the temperature is very high and this, combined with the anticipation and the crowd may be very uncomfortable for travelers. So, be sure to follow our tips, to enjoy your trips.

Should I book my ferry tickets from Santorini ferry port in advance?

You should definitely book your ferry tickets in advance for your trips from Santorini ferry port! The main reason is that these tickets sell out very fast and they won’t be available to buy on the spot. The second reason is that because of the traffic at the port of Santorini, local travel agencies are almost always full of people trying to buy last-minute tickets.

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How early should I be at Port of Santorini to catch my ferry?

Santorini’s port is one of the most crowded, especially during the high season. For this reason, you are encouraged to be at Thira port at least 1 hour prior to the departure of your ferry. There are 2 mini markets and some coffee shops at the port, so you can grab a bite and admire the view while waiting for your ferry.

When you arrive at the port, go directly to the ticket collection point indicated by Ferryhopper at the conformational email and get your tickets. Don’t leave this for the last minute, since the collection point is always crowded before departures. Of course, in case you are traveling with a ferry operator supporting e-ticket services all you need to do is have the QR code ready to show, on your mobile screen!

Note: In case you are traveling with a vehicle you should be extra careful and be in time for the departure of your ferry. As the saying goes: better safe than sorry!

Big crowd in Athinios port of Santorini

Santorini can be crowded...

Santorini Port useful numbers

Here you can find all useful contact information for the port of Santorini:

  • Municipal Port Fund of Santorini (Thira): tel. +30 22860 28362/21876
  • Security Control Center for Port Facilities: tel. +30 22860 21892 
  • Port Authority of Santorini (Thira): tel. +30  22860 22239
  • Athinios Port Authority's Office: tel. +30 22860 25015
  • Port Authority of Piraeus (Athens): tel. +30 210 4226000

Santorini port location, address, and map

Where is the ferry port in Santorini?” Ferryhopper is here to help and show you all the available information on Athinios port. The main port of Santorini is located in the center of the island, on the east coast. Near the port you can find all sorts of amenities and services, such as cafes, banks, car rentals and a parking lot. The distance between Athinios and some of the most popular settlements in Santorini are:

  • The distance from Oia is 20 km (11.8 miles)
  • The distance from Fira, the capital (Thira) is 7.5 km (5.6 miles)
  • The distance from Kamari is 9.5 km (5.9 miles)
  • The distance from Akrotiri is 9 km (5.6 miles)

How do I get from Santorini port to Fira

Fira is the main settlement of Santorini and is located 7,5km north of Athinios, near the old port of Santorini. Reaching Fira from the port is quite easy, as you can drive there in your car, take a local bus or a taxi. You can find more information about transfer fees and options in the section below. 

How to get to Santorini port

The main way to get to the Santorini harbour is, well, by ferry! Check our fare search engine and book the cheapest ferry tickets online from all connected ports to Athinios port in Santorini. However, what if you're already on the island? we still must answer the question of how to get to Santorini ferry port if you are already on the island.

How do I get from Fira (Santorini town) to Santorini port

When referring to Santorini’s town we mean Fira. If you want to avoid crowds and create your own schedule, you should consider taking a taxi for the Fira - port trip. In this case, the best option is to use the pre-booked port transfer service that is offered by our collaboration with Welcome Pickups. Through this service you get:

  • same price as a regular taxi
  • trained & English-speaking personal driver
  • punctuality & ferry monitoring
  • excellent 24/7 customer support by Welcome Pickups

If you prefer public transport, Athinios port in Santorini is connected with Fira with frequent bus itineraries. The schedule of the buses is compatible with the departures and the arrivals of ferries at the port. You can check bus itineraries at Fira main square and you can buy tickets directly from the driver. The tickets are normally cheap (less than €3) and the bus network covers the main parts of the island. Once again, be sure to arrive at the bus station at least 15 minutes before departure, because -what a surprise- Santorini is very crowded during the summer.

However, if you don’t want to spend a fortune on your transportation, but you want to be autonomous and explore the whole island you may want to take your vehicle with you. Check all different ticket prices for different types of vehicles and different ferry operators on Ferryhopper.

How do I get from Oia to Santorini port?

The easiest way to reach the town of Oia from the Athinios port in Santorini is by car or by pre-booking your transfer with Welcome Pickups. You can also take a taxi from the port, even though the low number or available taxis on the island can make it tricky to find one. Regarding public transport, unfortunately, there are no direct bus routes from the Santorini port to Oia. The connection is made through Fira. The Fira - Oia bus trip is the most popular one on the island and securing a bus seat can be challenging, especially if you carry luggage. Tickets for this route costs €1.8 and the duration of the journey is less than 30 minutes.

Tip: If you're worried about running late, you can now check where your ferry is live on the Ferryhopper App. See how to track your ferry in Greece in real time through the app.

How far is Oia from Santorini port?

Oia is located in the northern part of the island and is about 20 km from the Thira port of Santorini. Α 30-minute drive is required to reach Oia from Athinios. You can also choose to get to Oia by bus, using Fira as an intermediate stop. 

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Blue Star Ferries ship in Athinios, Santorini

A Blue Star Ferries vessel departing from Athinios

Ferry routes from and to the port of Santorini

Santorini is connected with many ports of Cyclades, as well as the main ports of Athens. The most famous ferry itineraries from and to Santorini Port are:

Craving a trip? Have a look at the best day trips from Santorini!