If you visit our island and stay in one of the beach hotels in Perissa or just want to visit its wonderful volcanic beach, the regular bus to Perissa offers a suitable route with twenty-two round-trip stops! The bus route from Fira to Perissa is quite popular and can almost be considered a bus tour… just without a guide πŸ™‚

The distance between Fira and Perissa is approximately 11 kilometers, and if there are no traffic jams near Fira or on the road leading to Oia, it takes only 15 minutes to get to Perissa. However, if you meet a tourist buses in the morning or closer to the evening on this road during high season, it can take up to 40-45 minutes to reach this section.

The bus service to Santorini is operated by KTEL, which means very low ticket prices.

Fira bus station: shuttle buses in Santorini, Greece
Fira bus station: shuttle buses in Santorini, Greece

Bus route from Fira to Perissa

On this route you will see the villages of Megalochori and Emporio, as well as the wineries of Veneziano and Santo Vines. Bus route between Fira and Perissa on the map of Santorini:

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Perissa bus stop on the map

The bus stop in Perissa is located at the northern edge of the village, right on the shore of the black volcanic beach. It is indicated on the map above.

Bus timetable from Fira to Perissa in 2024

Buses to Perissa start running from the capital at 7:00 am. After that, they run every 30-40 minutes. As the evening approaches, the bus service is reduced to one trip per hour. This is the most recent (May 2024) updated bus timetable provided by KTEL Santorini:

FromToTime
FiraPerissa07:00
FiraPerissa08:30
FiraPerissa09:50
FiraPerissa10:00
FiraPerissa10:50
FiraPerissa11:00
FiraPerissa11:50
FiraPerissa12:00
FiraPerissa12:50
FiraPerissa13:00
FiraPerissa13:50
FiraPerissa14:00
FiraPerissa14:50
FiraPerissa15:00
FiraPerissa15:50
FiraPerissa16:00
FiraPerissa16:50
FiraPerissa17:00
FiraPerissa17:50
FiraPerissa18:00
FiraPerissa18:50
FiraPerissa19:00
FiraPerissa21:00
FiraPerissa22:00
FiraPerissa22:00
FiraPerissa23:00

It takes approximately 10 minutes to get from Fira to Perissa by bus. Please note that the travel time can increase significantly during the high season, when traffic jams are not uncommon on the roads of our island.

The last bus from Fira to Perissa leaves at 23:00. There are no night buses on this route.

KTEL Santorini sometimes makes changes to the bus timetable – and in some cases several times during the week. Always check the bus schedule before you travel, or better yet, take the early buses that are more likely to get you to your destination on time

Santorinika Travel Agency, from personal experience of living on the island

Bus timetable from Perissa to Fira in 2024

The return bus from Perissa runs from the terminal station and to the main bus station of Fira. The first bus leaves at seven in the morning and the frequency of buses is from 20-30 to 40-50 minutes. Toward evening the buses start running once an hour. This is the latest update of the KTEL Santorini bus schedule (May 2024):

FromToTime
PerissaFira06:30
PerissaFira07:45
PerissaFira09:00
PerissaFira10:10
PerissaFira10:30
PerissaFira11:10
PerissaFira11:30
PerissaFira12:10
PerissaFira12:30
PerissaFira13:10
PerissaFira13:30
PerissaFira14:10
PerissaFira14:45
PerissaFira15:10
PerissaFira15:30
PerissaFira16:10
PerissaFira16:30
PerissaFira17:10
PerissaFira17:30
PerissaFira18:10
PerissaFira18:30
PerissaFira19:10
PerissaFira19:30
PerissaFira21:30
PerissaFira22:20

The bus ride from Perissa to Fira usually takes about 15 minutes as well.

There are no night buses from Perissa: the bus service between the cities ends at 22:20, at which time the last bus from Perissa to Fira leaves.

Bus ticket prices and how to buy tickets from Fira to Perissa in 2024

The bus fare from Fira to Perissa in 2024 is 2.5 euro. This is one of the most expensive bus routes. You can buy a ticket directly on the bus from the driver or conductor.

Children up to and including six years of age ride for free on the bus from Fira to Perissa. The price of a bus ticket for children aged seven to twelve years inclusive is half the full price of a ticket on that route. No extra charge or special luggage tickets are required.

Five important things about the bus timetable from Fira to Perissa

We want to share five basic facts you should know about bus routes between Fira and Perissa village and on our island in general:

  1. The central bus stop in Santorini is located in Fira, the heart of the island and its capital. It is the main bus station.
  2. All buses in Santorini take their routes from there and return there as well.
  3. You can get from almost any other part of the island and back on regular buses, but you almost always have to go through the central bus station and make a connection there.
  4. Bus timetables are different at weekends and also during the winter season (especially!). The gaps between buses can be an hour and a half or two hours instead of half an hour, and sometimes more. In general, the bus schedule on the island is quite… unstable and conditional. Sometimes it can change twice a week. Sad, but true.
  5. You can buy bus tickets in the bus for cash (euros). It is better to prepare in advance coins or small banknotes of 5 or 10 euros.

What can be useful for holidays in Perissa

Are you planning a holiday in Santorini? Or are you already on the island? We are happy to help you organise your vacation! Check out tips, services and offers:

Airplane tickets

If you try SkyScanner or Aviasales, you can find low-cost tickets to Santorini in advance.

Hotels and villas

If you check accomodation in advance, you’ll be pleased with the number of great hotels in Santorini. We also recommend you to pay attention to the selection of our favorite hotels. We stay in many of them ourselves.

Transfers

If driving is not your thing, it’s best to arrange a way to get around the island beforehand. Check the bus timetables, compare taxi offers from Kiwitaxi and our transfer options.

Book a car

There are not many cars in the car hire companies, so once again the aggregator service comes in handy: all the options in one place.

Tours and guides

In our online store you can choose and book group or private tours in Santorini in advance.


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