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Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, and one of the top tourist destinations! In this article, we provide a short guide about Santorini island and all related ferry information.

How to get to Santorini?

Santorini is located in the south of the Cyclades complex so it’s in a key location in the Aegean sea, ideal for island-hopping to the Greek islands. It's easy to get to Santorini as the island has ferry connections with the ports of Athens, as well as with nearby ports in the Cyclades (Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, Milos...) or Crete.

The main port of Santorini is Athinios and the ferry ride from the port of Piraeus (Athens), to Santorini can last from 4,5 to 9 hrs depending on the type of ferry that you travel with. On our blog ‘A ferry(tale) about getting from Athens to Santorini’ you will find all useful information for your journey from Piraeus or Rafina to Santorini, as well as tips for your ferry trip.

You can also easily get to Santorini from the port of Heraklion in Crete. The Heraklion-Santorini ferry ride lasts around 2 hours with a high-speed ferry.

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Island-hopping from Santorini

The island of Santorini is one of the top destinations in the Aegean sea so there are many ferry routes from and to the port of Athinios daily. Santorini is not only a unique holiday destination, but also a great starting point for an exciting island-hopping experience. 

Usually, the ferries that travel from Athens to Santorini pass by some of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. Here are some of the most popular ferry connections from Santorini:

Santorini also connects to the port of Heraklion in Crete, as well as to some islands of the Dodecanese such as Rhodes or Kos. On the Ferryhopper Map of Ferries, you can explore all the ferry connections from Santorini to plan your island-hopping in the most fun and convenient way for you!

Keep in mind that some of these ferry routes from/to Santorini are operating mostly in the summer months, so before you organize your ferry trip in the Greek islands check all options on our ferry search engine

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Athinios port in Santorini

The port of Athinios is located on the southwest side of Santorini and it serves the ferry departures and arrivals at the island. Athinios is a relatively small port so especially during the summer months, it can get quite crowded. Make sure that you book your ferry tickets to/from the port of Santorini in advance and calculate extra time to arrive/leave the port as there might be traffic as well. We have prepared a survival guide for the port of Santorini, which we recommend that you read before booking your ferry tickets to the beautiful island.

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What to do in Santorini?

Visiting the island of Santorini is a must for all travelers in Greece - the beauty of the island is breathtaking while spending a few days in this volcanic landscape is a dreamlike experience. Santorini island formed a result of volcanic eruptions million years ago, hence the island formation, landscape and of course the impressive caldera. 

Santorini is a famous destination for romantic getaways, and indeed you will find that the island has an idyllic ambiance. Apart from couples, Santorini attracts all types of travelers and it’s indeed a great destination for relaxing holidays as well as an opportunity to enjoy tasty Mediterranean food and a vivid nightlife; all these, with a unique view to the Aegean sea. One of the top attractions on the island is, of course, the sunset of Santorini, a stunning moment for all visitors. The best places in Santorini to view the sunset are Oia, Imerovigli, the Akrotiri lighthouse, or the Profitis Ilias Monastery. 

The peak travel season for Santorini is from the beginning of May to the end of September. The island has many options for accommodation from rooms to let, to luxury villas, while close to Fira there is also a camping site. For more hints and tips for your holidays in Santorini, have a look at the Ferryhopper guide

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Villages in Santorini

The capital of Santorini is Fira, located on the northwest side of the island, and 8km away from the port of Athinios (20 min drive). All the main settlements of Santorini have a unique beauty due to the landscape and the traditional architecture and colors of the houses. The colors and scenery of Santorini will charm you straight away - no wonder that the island is a perfect set for films, photography, and of course romantic trips. Here are some of the picturesque villages of Santorini: 

  • Fira
  • Oia
  • Imerovigli
  • Pyrgos
  • Ammoudi
  • Akrotiri
  • Mesaria
  • Emporio
  • Megalochori
  • Vothonas
  • Mesa Gonia
  • Finikia

Beaches in Santorini

The beaches in Santorini are part of the impressive volcanic landscape so you should expect beaches with dark sand, black pebble, red rocks, white rocks, and of course crystal blue waters! Some of the most popular beaches in Santorini: 

  • Perissa
  • Perivolos
  • Kamari
  • Red Beach
  • Bay of Ammoudi
  • Vlychada
  • Monolithos
  • Vourvoulos
  • Kampia
  • Thermes
  • White beach

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Sightseeing in Santorini

We are talking about one of the most famous destinations and these are some of the most impresive sights of the island:

  1. Caldera
  2. The ancient Minoan settlement of Akrotiri
  3. The archaeological site of Ancient Thira
  4. Archeological Museum, Fira
  5. Museum of Prehistoric Thira
  6. Profitis Ilias Monastery, the highest point in Santorini

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Activities in Santorini

During summer, Santorini is full of life and full of activities for all travellers:

  1. Wine tasting - Wine tours
  2. Hiking
  3. Diving
  4. Day trip to Thirassia
  5. Sunset cruise
  6. Open-air cinema in Kamari
  7. Volcano and Hot Springs tour
  8. Photography Tour in the best spots of Santorini

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Food in Santorini

The unique landscape and volcanic soil of Santorini allow for the cultivation and production of some delicious local ingredients. You should definitely try: 

  • Wine 
  • Fava beans
  • Vine leaves
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Zafora (local saffron crocus)  
  • White eggplant 
  • Cucumbers
  • Goat cheese

Useful information and phone numbers for Santorini

Santorini is an island with well-developed tourist facilities, so in general you will easily find what you need and navigate the island. Here are some more information and telephone numbers you might find useful during your stay in Santorini:

  • Port Authority of Santorini (Thira):  +30 22860 22239
  • Athinios Port Authority's Office: +30 22860 25015
  • Security Control Center for Port Facilities: +30 22860 21892 
  • Santorini (Thira) Tourism Support Office: +30 22860 27199 / 27111
  • Santorini Hospital (Karterados): +30 22860 35306 / +30 22860 35300
  • Santorini Central Clinic (Fira): +30 22860 21728
  • ATMs can be found across the island, in villages and peripheral roads
  • Supermarkets and mini markets can be easily located on the island, and you will find many options in Thira, Mesaria, Kamari, Emporeios or Oia. 
  • You will find several gas stations in Santorini, mainly on the roads that connect the port with major settlements and beaches. 

Santorini also has an international airport that connects the island with Greek and European destinations. The Santorini airport is located on the east side of the island, in between the Monolithos and Kamari settlements. The distance from the airport of Santorini to the port of Athinios is 10km, approximately 25 minutes' drive. 

Do I need a car in Santorini?

We recommend that you have a car or scooter to trully explore the island of Santorini. You can bring your own vehicle to Santorini by ferry however make sure that you book your vehicle tickets in advance as places sell out quickly. If you prefer to avoid driving or the hassle of parking finding you can use transfer services, taxis or public transport. 

Transfer to and from the port of Santorini

Do you want to skip the lines for a taxi or a bus transfer from Santorini port to the center of the island and back? Do you want to get from the port of Santorini to your hotel in comfort and pay a good price, agreed in advance? You can now book a premium quality transfer through Welcome Pickups. The process to book a port transfer is easy: fill in the form and book your transfer from or to the port of Santorini. Once the booking is complete you will receive an email confirmation and some days before your arrival, you will receive your driver’s information.

Where can I book ferry tickets to Santorini?

On Ferryhopper you can book ferry tickets to Santorini at the best prices! On our search engine, you will find all ferry itineraries to the Greek islands, compare ferry schedules, ferry companies and ferry ticket prices to Santorini. If you are interested in some island-hopping from Santorini, on our Map of Ferries you can check all the ferry connections from Santorini to the ports of Cyclades, Crete, and the Dodecanese.

Santorini has direct ferry connections with 41 ports:

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