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How to get to Santorini

Time-pressed holidaymakers can fly direct into Santorini, with daily flights from Athens lasting around 45 minutes. Alternatively, high-speed catamarans make the journey from Pireaus to Santorini in four and a half hours.

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View across the collapsed caldera of Santorini – Image courtesy of aito.com

Getting to Santorini

Santorini is the southernmost of the Cyclades group of islands that lie in the Aegean Sea, south-east of mainland Greece. The Cylades comprise Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini, plus a number of smaller islands.

From overseas, the most convenient way of getting to Santorini is by air to Athens, with daily connecting flights to Santorini.

By sea, high-speed catamarans make the journey from Pireaus to Santorini in four and a half hours. Ferries dock at Santorini’s tiny port of Athinios (a few kilometres away from Skala). Buses meet every ferry for the short ride to Fira.

By ferry, Santorini is nine hours from Piraeus (the port of Athens), one and 15 minutes from Ios, three hours from Naxos, four hours from Milos and Paros, and six hours from Mykonos.

From Australia: The most convenient flights to Santorini are via Bangkok on Thai Airways, Dubai on Emirates or Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways to Athens, with connecting flights to Santorini on Olympic Air or Aegean Air.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights to Santorini are via Bangkok on Thai Airways or via Singapore on Singapore Airlines to Athens, with connecting flights to Santorini on Olympic Air or Aegean Air.

From the UK: Numerous daily non-stop flights are available from London’s Gatwick airport as well as from Birmingham Airport. EasyJet, Thompson and Thomas Cook offer direct flights to Santorini from Gatwick. Aegean Airlines fly from Heathrow to Athens with connecting flights to Santorini.

From the USA: The most convenient flights from New York are on Delta Air Lines and Olympic Air via Athens and on Iberia via Madrid. From Los Angeles, take Swiss Air to Zurich and Edelwiss Air to Santorini.

Flight time to Santorini

Athens to Santorini is 45 min, direct flight
London to Santorini is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight

Flight time to Athens

Brisbane to Athens is 23 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Athens is 20 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Athens is 20 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Athens is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Athens is 26 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Athens is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
New York to Athens is 9 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Athens is 15 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Santorini Thira Island Airport (or Monolithos Airport) is located 4km southeast of Fira town. Shuttle buses and taxis operate from the airport terminal.

Athens Airport – Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport – is located 33km southeast of the city centre, around 30 minutes to an hour by taxi. The airport offers 24/7 train and bus services to Athens and beyond.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.

Getting around

Apart from walking, you can hop on a bus; a choice of routes range across the island. Mopeds and cars are available for rent. Taxis have fixed prices between the larger towns.


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Latest update Santorini honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017


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