Athens to Santorini
There are lots of flights from Athens to Santorini as well as a ferry service from Piraeus, with flights to Santorini leaving from Athens International Airport.
Oia on Santorini
The reason for the number of flights from Athens to Santorini is because Santorini is one of the few islands in the Cyclades to have an airport of international standard. Anyone headed to Ios, for example, will have to fly to Santorini from Athens and then take the hour-long ferry ride to Ios.
Flights to Santorini leave from Athens International Airport, with a flight time of about 45 minutes. At the height of summer there can be 15-20 flights a day, and flights go all year round.
Flights from Athens to Santorini
Obviously flight schedules from Athens to Santorini change regularly, in particular after the outbreak of Covid-19 which resulted in the cancellation of many flights during 2020. You should check direct with the airlines, but at the time of writing the main airlines operating Athens-Santorini flights are:
operates seasonal flights to Santorini from various European destinations,
including Thessaloniki within Greece, as well as from Athens. Under normal
circumstances there are daily flights between Athens and Santorini, with
several per day in the summer season, though fewer out of season.
Olympic Air is
owned by Aegean Airlines and although they operate as separate companies, the
flights (and prices) from Athens to Santorini are identical.
The Irish budget airline Ryanair flies between Athens and
Santorini daily in the summer season and several times a week otherwise.
Sky Express is a Greek
airline based in Athens and Crete, and with flights between numerous Greek
destinations as well as to several European countries. Its many Greek
destinations range from Alexandroupolis to Zakynthos, including Santorini. In
high season it might operate as many as nine flights per day between Athens and
Santorini, though fewer out of high season.
Volotea is a
Spanish budget airline but its route network does include flights between
Santorini and Athens. Flights operate from May to October, with 2-3 per day.
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Santorini Airport is about 5 km (3 miles) southeast of the
main town of Thira, less than a 10-minute drive to Thira and about 25 minutes
if you're going to Oia. There are buses and taxis linking the airport with
Thira, and many hotels operate shuttle buses when they have guests arriving or
departing. You can also rent cars at the airport, with companies including
Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt all having offices at the airport.
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In addition to the Athens-Santorini flights, you can fly to
Santorini from Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Crete, and Mykonos. In the holiday season
there are also charter flights from numerous European cities direct to
Santorini. Out of season you'll need to fly to Athens and get a connection to
Santorini Airport opened in 1972 and by 2019 it was being
used by 2.3 million passengers, though obviously the number was a lot less in
2020 due to the coronavirus. The IATA code for the airport is JTR.
Athens to Santorini by Ferry
You can catch the Athens to Santorini ferry in Piraeus. Santorini also has ferry connections with Thessaloniki, Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, and many other Greek islands. The ferry from Athens to Santorini takes about 5 hours if using the more expensive high-speed service, or 8 hours on the regular car ferry.
Note that you must buy your ticket in advance, and you
cannot get a return ticket, only two singles. In Piraeus you can buy a ticket
from one of the ticket agent offices near gate E7 of the port, which is close
to both the metro station if coming from central Athens, and close to the stop
for the X96 airport bus. On Santorini there are numerous agencies where you can
buy ferry tickets.
You can also buy tickets online through websites like
Ferries in Greece.
Ferries in Greece
Ferries in Greece has an excellent and very thorough website where, in addition to checking ferry schedules and times, you can also book tickets and get lots of useful information about travelling by ferry in Greece.
Where to Stay on Santorini
Other Santorini pages
Some of the best things to do on Santorini, as well as seeing the caldera, include wine tasting, beaches, and visiting the sites of ancient Thira and Akrotiri.
Santorini or Thira in the Cyclades islands has cheap and luxury hotels, car rental, ferries from Athens, Crete and other islands, and flights from Athens.
Visiting Santorini wineries is a popular activity on this Greek island in the Cyclades, whose volcanic soil provides a distinctive terroir.
Santorini car rental companies include Budget, Hermes, VIP Rent a Car and Euro Dollar, with Santorini car hire at the airport, and around Santorini.
Greece Travel Secrets brings together some outstanding pictures of Santorini in the Cyclades islands of Greece.
Hotels on Santorini, Greece, in the Cyclades, range from luxury choices to good cheap accommodation in Fira, with caldera views.
This list of fun things to do on Santorini include visiting an old tomato canning factory, listening to Greek bagpipes, and enjoying some local beers.
Weddings in Greece and the Greek islands can be luxury or cheap, are easy to arrange from the UK or USA in Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes.
Luxury Weddings in Greece, including venues such as a boutique hotel with deluxe spa on Santorini, can be booked through Ionian Weddings.
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