The village of Vlychada is on the south shore of our island, and if you’re staying in Fira or nearby and are choosing a beach to spend your time on before noon, this bus route is perfect for you.

You can take a bus from Fira to the black beach of Vlychada early in the morning and be back by lunchtime. The distance between Fira and Vlychada is quite short – only about 12 kilometers, and if you don’t get caught in the traffic of tourist buses when leaving the capital, the whole route will take no more than 20 minutes!

Intercity routes as well as all bus services in Santorini are operated by KTEL, so the cost of such a trip will be very, very low.

Bus route from Fira to Vlychada

Santorini’s bus routes look like a flower with petals diverging from its center. The main bus station is in the center of the island, where all trips start and where all transfers take place.

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

After leaving Fira, the bus to Vlychada passes the village of Megalochori, from which you can access the beaches of Thermi and Plaka, as well as the wineries of Venetsanos and Santo Wines. There are also viewpoints along the way. This is how the bus route from Fira to Vlychada looks like on a map of Santorini:

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Vlychada bus stop on the map

The bus stop in Vlychada is located at the exit of the village at the sharp bend in the road towards the village of Exomitis. The location of the bus stop in Vlychada is marked on the map above.

Bus timetable from Fira to Vlychada in 2024

From the capital to Vlychada, buses start running at 7:00, and there are no more than three or four trips a day. This is the most recent (May 2024) updated bus timetable provided by KTEL Santorini:

FromToTime
FiraVlychada07:00
FiraVlychada10:00
FiraVlychada14:00
FiraVlychada17:00

It takes approximately 20-25 minutes to get from Fira to Vlychada 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 Vlychada departs at 17:00. 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 Vlychada to Fira in 2024

The return bus from Vlychada goes to the main bus station of Fira. This is the latest update of the KTEL Santorini bus schedule (May 2024):

FromToTime
VlychadaFira07:20
VlychadaFira10:30
VlychadaFira14:30
VlychadaFira17:30

The bus ride from Vlychada to Fira usually takes about 20-25 minutes as well.

The bus service between the cities ends at 17:30, and there are no night routes.

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

The bus fare from Fira to Vlychada in 2024 is 2.50 euro. This is the most expensive route on the island πŸ™‚ If you only need to go to Megalochori, the fare is 1.80 euro. You can buy tickets directly from the bus driver or conductor.

There is no extra charge or any special luggage tickets required. A bus ticket from Fira to Vlychada for children up to and including six years of age is not required – we have them ride free, and the price of a bus ticket for children aged seven to twelve years inclusive will be half the full price of a bus ticket on that route.

Five importanFive important things about the bus timetable from Fira to Vlychada

We want to share five basic facts you should know about bus routes between Fira and Vlychada 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 Vlychada

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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