Transport options from Santorini Airport to the ferry port of Athinios
Often, tourists fly to Thira and then take the ferry to a nearby island. This is because the islands of Ios, Folegandros, Anafi, Naxos and Thirasia don’t have an international airport. There is no ferry ticket office at JTR Airport. However, ticket offices at the port open 1 hour before the ferry departure. You can also order tickets directly from the ferry operator for pick up at the port so you know you have a seat.
There is no direct public bus from Santorini airport to port. Travelers who need a transfer from the airport to Athinios have 3 options.
- Take a taxi from the rank. The cabs are waiting outside the terminal, but hey cannot be hailed randomly. Travelers must join a waiting queue. Taxis in Greece can carry up to four passengers. If your party consists of more than 4 people you need to take 2 or more taxis. The arrival area is often packed with travelers and their families. Therefore, it can become difficult to find a taxi driver available.
- Take the public bus to Fira (if any) and then catch the next bus to Athinios Port. This is a time consuming process and there is a great chance for travelers to miss their ferry. If you miss the ferry you will have to buy another ticket and you might need to spend your night at a local hotel.
- Pre-book a shuttle bus or private taxi from an independent company. Santorini Transport (santorinitransport.com) has been offering this transfer service from Santorini airport to port for many years. The shuttle bus from Santorini Airport to the port costs €15 per passenger. The taxi fare is €55 per car and the travel time is around 20 minutes analogous to traffic. The driving distance is around 9.3 km / 5.8 miles and there are lots of tight corners and hairpin bends en route.