Santorini, known for its stunning caldera views, picturesque villages, and vibrant sunsets, welcomes thousands of tourists through its main gateway, Santorini (Thira) National Airport (JTR). Located on the southeastern part of the island, the airport is about six kilometers from Fira, the island’s capital.

Fira, perched on the edge of the caldera, is the bustling heart of Santorini, offering a mix of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Getting from Santorini Airport to Fira is a straightforward journey, with several transportation options available to suit different preferences and budgets. This guide provides an in-depth look at all possible ways to travel from the airport to Fira, helping you make an informed decision. We will discuss local buses, taxis, private transfers and rental cars.

Location and distance

Santorini Airport is situated near the village of Kamari on the southeastern side of the island. The distance between the airport and Fira is approximately six kilometers (about 3.7 miles). This relatively short distance makes the journey quick and convenient, with several transport options to choose from.

A scenic but short route: what you will see on the way from Santorini airport to Fira

As you travel from the airport of Santorini to the city of Fira, you’re treated to a visual feast of the island’s unique landscape and charm. Airport of Santorini is situated near the village of Kamari, known for its black sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere. You will definitely see them as your aircraft approaches the area.

The route winds through rolling hills dotted with vineyards and the traditional whitewashed houses of the villages of Messaria and Karterados, offering a glimpse of the island’s agricultural heritage and architectural beauty. Depending on the route your driver chooses for the quickest arrival, the scenery can become even more breathtaking as you approach Fira. The road offers panoramic views of the azure Aegean Sea and the dramatic cliffs of the caldera. If you’re traveling in the late afternoon or evening, you might catch the sky transforming with hues of pink, orange, and purple as the sun begins to set.

This journey not only serves as a transition from the airport to your destination but also as a beautiful introduction to the stunning vistas that make Santorini a world-renowned destination. Whether you’re on a bus, taxi, or private transfer, the journey is a scenic prelude to the wonders that await you in Fira.

Transportation options from the airport to Fira in 2024

KTEL public buses: find an open seat if you can!

KTEL Santorini operates the island’s public bus system, providing a cost-effective and efficient way to travel from the airport to Fira.

KTEL public buses, Santorini, Greece
KTEL public buses, Santorini, Greece

Route and schedule

The airport bus route connects Santorini Airport directly to Fira, with buses typically running every hour. During peak tourist season (June to September), the frequency of buses may increase to accommodate the higher number of passengers. The bus stop at the airport is located just outside the arrivals terminal, making it easy to find. Bus will bring you straight to the central bus station in Fira.

Travel time and cost

The journey from the airport to Fira takes approximately 10-15 minutes. The fare in 2024 is just 2 euro, making it the cheapest option.

Advantages and disadvantages

The obvious advantages are that it’s the cheapest option, ideal for budget travellers. It’s also a direct route, with a minimum of stops between the airport and Fira, making for a relatively quick journey. It’s easy to find the bus stop and buy tickets on the bus. There are only 23 buses in Santorini for all routes, so if you can find a seat on the next one, you’re in luck! You will soon arrive at the main bus station.

The disadvantages of travelling by public bus are also… obvious. As you already know, there are only a few public buses, and they can be crowded, especially in high season, and may not have enough space for large luggage. This is what you can expect to find waiting for you at the central bus station:

Central bus station in Fira, Santorini
Central bus station in Fira, Santorini

Public buses also have fixed schedules and only run during the day. This means less flexibility compared to private transfers or taxis, as you have to stick to the bus timetable. Either way, have a look at the route details and timetables in advance.

Taxi: catch it if you can!

Taxis are readily available at Santorini Airport, offering a convenient and faster way to reach Fira. Speaking about availability and booking: taxis are stationed outside the arrivals terminal and during peak times, there might be a queue, but the wait is usually short (5 – 15 minutes if you are lucky).

Taxis in Santorini, Greece
Taxis in Santorini, Greece

It’s possible to pre-book a taxi through online services like KiwiTaxi. In such case there will be no waiting for you, because… driver will wait for you! Price is known in advance, tips to the driver are at your will.

Route and schedule

Taxis reliably take the shortest route from the airport to Fira, usually along the main road through the heart of our island. They operate round the clock and provide reliable transport no matter what time you arrive.

Travel time and cost

The travel time from the airport to Fira with a taxi is around 5-7 minutes, depending on traffic. The fare may vary based on the type of the car, time of day, ammount of luggage and the number of passengers.

Advantages and disadvantages

The main advantage is convenience, because it’s like a door-to-door service with no waiting. Comfort, of course, because it’s a more private and comfortable way to travel, especially with luggage.
Last but not least – speed. Generally one of the fastest options, especially if you take a taxi immediately or book it in advance with an online system.

Disadvantages are on the other side of the coin: it’s more expensive than the public bus. Also don’t forget about availability during peak times: there might be a wait for a taxi during the high tourist season or at peak hours. Check before you go or fill in this simple form to check the prices now:

Private transfers: book it in advance!

Private transfer services offer a luxurious and hassle-free way to travel from Santorini Airport to Fira. These services can be booked in advance and provide a range of vehicle options, from standard cars to luxury vans. Private transfers can be booked online. Vehicles are always well-maintained, air-conditioned, and driven by professional drivers who can also help you with your luggage and other things.

Private transport from the airport of Santorini to the city of Fira
Private transport from the airport of Santorini to the city of Fira

Route and schedule

Private transfers, like taxis, are the most efficient way to get from the airport to Fira. These services are tailored to your schedule and offer maximum flexibility, comfort and convenience. The route will be as short as possible, but if you need to make a stop along the way, it can be easily arranged.

Of course you will have Meet&Greet service, so your driver will meet you with a sign with your name, will escort you to your car and help with anything you need. In case of delay he will wait you, because flight traking is also included (just don’t forget to tell your flight number).

Travel time and cost

The travel time is similar to taxis, about 5-7 minutes. Costs vary widely depending on the level of service, vehicle type, and any additional amenities. Anyway, prices typically are the same as for the taxis, but can go up for luxury options. You can also check them in advance on our website, while you have enough time before the trip. You’ll see the final price in advance – it’s on all documents. Tipping the driver is at your own discretion.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages are maximal comfort and luxury, because you will have personalized service with higher comfort levels. Reliability is also high: pre-booked services ensure a vehicle is waiting for you upon arrival. Also if you need some additional services or help – you are welcome, we can manage it, just don’t forget to tell us in advance, since you already have our phone number with WhatsApp, email and contact forms on our site.

If you need additional services or help, please just tell us as you already have our phone number with WhatsApp

Disadvantages. It depends, but – cost. Generally the most expensive option (from like 5% to 10% more than taking a taxi). Also you usually have too book in advance (at least 2-3 days, more is better due to high demand), which requires some planning ahead. But that’s not a problem, in fact it solves a lot of potential problems on arrival.

Private transfer from the Aiport of Santorini

The right minibus just for you and your family or company

Schedule: everyday.

  • Lots of luggage

    Up to eight pieces of large luggage per vehicle
  • Private transfer

    Only you and the driver will be in the car
  • Up to 12 passengers

    Seating capacity up to eighteen passengers
  • Waiting

    Waiting in case of delay
20from/per person


Car rentals: find free parking if you can!

Renting a car offers the flexibility to explore Santorini at your own pace. Several car rental agencies operate at Santorini Airport. Car rentals can be booked online in advance or directly at the airport upon arrival. Major international rental companies like Hertz, Avis, and local companies provide a range of vehicles. You can learn more about renting a car on our island.

Route and schedule

Getting from the airport to Fira can be done via the main road – or the route you prefer. Car rental services are conveniently located at the airport, but it is recommended to book in advance, especially during peak seasons.

Travel time and cost

Travel time and costs can be high. Why? The first thing you’ll need to do is find your car hire manager. Then fill out all the paperwork and pick up your car. Only then can you drive from the airport to Fira.

Insurance options for car hire in Santorini
Insurance options for car hire in Santorini

Rental costs vary depending on the type of car, the duration of the rental and the time of year. Prices start at around 30-40 euros per day, but it really depends. Anyway, it’s better to book in advance, so you – again – can compare all options and prices.

Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages of this method of getting from the airport of Santorini to the town of Fira are flexibility, complete freedom (and responsibility) to explore the island at your own pace and schedule, a degree of convenience for onward travel if you plan to visit several destinations immediately after arrival, and it can also be cost effective for groups and families who share the cost (but it’s always better to do all the calculations in advance).

Disadvantages… Let’s name a few.

Parking in Fira is a nightmare

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

Even for us locals. Finding a parking space in Fira can be a real challenge, especially in high season. And most hotels do not have their own car parks. Navigation? Unfamiliar roads and driving conditions can be a challenge for some visitors, especially if you arrive at night. And finally, the cost. Please be very careful: hiring a car can have some additional costs for fuel (obvious), insurance and excess for damage and loss (not so obvious, read all the documents) and possible parking fees. Either way, hiring a car is a different story with many options. You can start by looking at prices for your dates:

Comparison of transfer options from the airport of Santorini to Fira in 2024

Time to sum up a few things!


  • Public bus: the cheapest option, the absolute winner, nothing can beat it – unless you walk;
  • Taxi: times more expensive than the public buses;
  • Private transfer: in fact, almost the same as for a taxi, but it can be higher depending on the type of car and other needs;
  • Car hire: can be as expensive as a taxi or private transfer or much more (add some money for insurance, fuel and other costs).

Travel time and comfort on the way

  • Public bus: 15-20 minutes, low level of comfort, high risk of missing the bus, standing all the way or not having enough space in the cabin;
  • Taxi: 5 minutes, high level of comfor and if you book in advance, then you’ll be almost happy;
  • Private transfer: 5 minutes, maximum comfort, you can relax as soon as you leave the arrival area because your driver will meet you and help you with everything;
  • Car hire: from 10-15 minutes to… hour – don’t forget the time it takes to process the booking, check the car, etc.


  • Public bus: usually reliable, but don’t forget about inaccurate schedules and crowds (especially in high season!). No late night or very early morning services;
  • Taxis: reliable and available 24/7;
  • Private transfers: very reliable, pre-booked service;
  • Hired cars: reliable but subject to driving conditions and navigation.


  • Public bus: cheap, but less flexible, reliable and comfortable… the least, actually;
  • Taxi: convenient and fast, but can be time consuming and expensive if you decide to find a taxi on arrival;
  • Private transfer: the most comfortable and reliable, ideal for those willing to spend more – and get more (or less, if we are talking about inconvenience, worries, hustle and bustle on arrival and so on);
  • Car hire: offers flexibility but adds cost, time and hassle of parking and navigation.

So what’s the bottom line?

It’s up to you. We hope you’re sitting somewhere quiet now and have plenty of time to prepare for your holiday on our beautiful island. Ultimately, each option has its own unique advantages and potential disadvantages. By considering factors such as travel time, cost, convenience and personal preferences, you can choose the most suitable mode of transport for your journey from Santorini Airport to Fira, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable start to your Santorini adventure.

Choosing the best way to get from the airport of Santorini to Fira depends on your priorities, budget and travel preferences. The public bus offers an cost-effective solution for budget-conscious travelers, while taxis provide a balance between convenience and cost. Private transfers are ideal for those seeking a premium experience with added comfort and reliability, for those, who want to start their holidays smoothly straight after arrival. Car rentals offer unmatched flexibility, perfect for those planning to explore the island extensively, so don’t forget to dive in to all available car options.

Again, if you have any questions, we are here for you, just get in touch.


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