Santorini, an enchanting Greek island in the Aegean Sea, captivates visitors with its iconic whitewashed buildings, dramatic cliffs and breathtaking sunsets. While the western part of the island is snow-white with its many towns and villages, the Kamari area on the east coast offers the ultimate contrast with some of the island’s most famous black volcanic beaches.

If you’re arriving at Santorini airport and travelling to Kamari, this comprehensive guide will give you all the information you need to navigate your transport options effectively. We will discuss local buses, taxis, private transfers and rental cars.

Location and distance

Santorini Airport, officially known as Santorini Thira National Airport, is located on the eastern coast of the island, near the village of Monolithos. Kamari, a lively coastal resort, is located to the south-east of Santorini, approximately six kilometres (3.7 miles) from the airport. The journey from Santorini Airport to Kamari usually takes 10 to 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions and the type of transport chosen.

From the airplane to the beach: what you will see on the way from Santorini airport to the village of Kamari

The drive from Santorini airport to Kamari is a first introduction to the natural beauty of the island. There are several roads leading from the airport to Kamari: two cross the island and one follows the coast. As you drive along the winding coastal roads, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the azure Aegean Sea stretching to the horizon. The rugged landscape is dotted with traditional Cycladic architecture, including whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches. Look out for iconic landmarks such as Mount Mesa Vouno, which rises majestically above Kamari Beach. If you’re interested in archaeology (the area is home to some of the island’s most famous excavations) or just want a panoramic view of the whole island, come here later in your holiday.

The journey offers a scenic preview of the beauty that awaits you in Kamari, whether you travel by bus, taxi, private transfer or rented car.

Transportation options from the airport to Kamari in 2024

Before looking at specific transport options, it’s important to understand some aspects that all options have in common. The village is quite close, but the time (not to mention the comfort) it can take to get from the airport to Kamari can vary dramatically (such as 2-3 times) – simply depending on the type of transport chosen. Santorini Airport offers a variety of transport options, including KTEL public buses, taxis, private transfers and rental cars. Each option caters for different preferences, budgets and travel styles, ensuring that there’s something for every traveller. Below we look at the specifics of each type of transport. Let’s explore the details of each type of transport below!

KTEL Cooperative Public Buses: a cost-effective champion

KTEL buses connect the main destinations on the island, including Kamari, and are the main form of public transport in Santorini. This is a very interesting organisation, which on the one hand operates passenger transport throughout the country, and on the other – it is a drivers’ cooperative, in which it very often happens that the bus driver himself is also the owner of the bus, i.e. he works on it and maintains it every day.

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

Route and schedule

If you’re looking to get from Santorini airport to Kamari, KTEL buses are a great, affordable option. The bus stop is right outside the arrivals terminal, making it easy to find. The route usually runs through the heart of the island, giving you the chance to see some stunning views. First, the bus will take you directly to the central bus station in Fira. This is important to know as there are usually no direct buses from the airport to Kamari. So you’ll have to take a bus from the airport to Fira and then change buses to get to Kamari.

Buses run frequently, especially in high season, so you won’t have to wait long. Timetables are posted at bus stops and online, so you can check them in advance. Don’t rely too much on the timetables, however, as there can be delays (like… almost always 🙂 ). After arriving at the main bus station, there is another route that will take you right into the centre of the village. Here you can find more information about public buses to Kamari.

Travel time and cost

The journey by KTEL bus from Santorini airport to Kamari, with changing lines, usually takes between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on traffic and luck (we mean you have to catch the next bus after arriving at the bus station). The cost of a one-way ticket is well within budget, making it an attractive option for travellers looking for cheap transport. The cost is quite low, the fare in 2024 is just 2 + 2 euro for both tickets, making it the cheapest option.

Advantages and disadvantages

Travelling by KTEL bus from Santorini airport to the village of Kamari has its advantages and disadvantages. One big advantage is the low cost, making it a great choice if you’re on a budget. Nothing can beat their price!

However, there are a few disadvantages. Changing buses at the central station can be quite time consuming. In high season the buses can be very crowded, which can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, especially if you have a lot of luggage.

Central bus station in Santorini, Greece
Central bus station in Santorini, Greece

And yes, you’ll need to be quick to get a seat, as they fill up quickly. It’s also worth noting that there are no buses at night, so you’ll need to plan your trip accordingly.

Despite these challenges, KTEL buses are still a relatively easy way (and the cheapest one!) to get to Kamari. This is the best option if you’re more concerned with saving money than comfort.

If you don’t mind waiting and want to save a few euros, the bus can be a good choice. Just be prepared for the inconvenience and you’ll find it’s a practical way to get around or island. Anyway, check out the route details and timetables in advance to find out all you need to know about KTEL.

Taxi: for those who want more

Taxis at Santorini airport offer a direct and convenient route to Kamari. They’re great if you like convenience and don’t mind paying a bit more. Taxis can be found just outside the arrivals terminal. There may be a short queue at busy times, but you’ll usually only have to wait between 5 and 15 minutes. This makes taxis a reliable and quick choice for getting to Kamari. If you want to get to your destination without any hassle, taking a taxi is a good option.

This legendary old Mercedes-Benz can be found in taxis in Santorini, Greece
This legendary old Mercedes-Benz can be found in taxis in Santorini, Greece

Using online platforms like KiwiTaxi, you can book a taxi in advance and skip the hassle of waiting when you arrive. With a pre-booked taxi, your driver will be ready and waiting for you, making your transition from the airport seamless. The cost is set in advance, so you know exactly what you’ll pay. This transparency helps you avoid unexpected charges. Plus, tipping the driver is up to you, so you control any extra expenses. Booking ahead ensures a stress-free start to your trip.

Route and Schedule

Taxis offer a direct route from Santorini airport to Kamari, allowing passengers to enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free journey.

Travel time and cost

The journey time by taxi is usually only 10 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. It’s very close to the airport either way. Costs may vary depending on vehicle type, time of day, amount of luggage and number of passengers. Rates may be higher during high season or late hours. To be sure of the exact price, it’s advisable to book in advance and make sure that all details are included in your reservation.

Advantages and disadvantages

Taxis are a quick and comfortable way to get from Santorini Airport to Kamari and are well suited to those who value convenience over cost. The main advantage of a taxi is the simplicity and efficiency of a direct journey without complications, especially if booked in advance. Taxis are particularly convenient for those with bulky luggage or those arriving late at night. However, the higher cost compared to public transport can be a limitation for frugal travellers. Check before you go or fill in this simple form to check the prices now:

Private transfers: book it while you have some free time and relax!

A private transfer from the airport is a premium transport service where passengers are chauffeured directly from the airport to their hotel or villa. This method of travel eliminates the need to navigate public transport or wait for taxis, saving time and hassle and offering a level of comfort and convenience unmatched by other transport options. Known for their well-maintained, air-conditioned luxury vehicles (usually Mercedes-Benz), these services are operated by experienced drivers who offer assistance with luggage and other requirements. Passengers are guaranteed a journey of comfort and relaxation.

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

Route and schedule

Similar to taxis, private transfers provide the most direct route from the airport to Kamari, prioritising efficiency and speed. These services are tailored to your schedule, ensuring maximum flexibility, comfort and convenience throughout your journey.

On arrival you’ll experience a Meet & Greet service where your driver will be waiting with a personalised sign, ready to escort you to your vehicle and assist with any requirements you may have. This personalised service begins as soon as you land, with drivers ready to meet your needs. In addition, if your flight is delayed, your driver will track your flight and adjust the pick-up time accordingly, eliminating the worry of waiting on arrival. Simply provide your flight details in advance to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience from touchdown to destination.

Travel time and cost

The journey time is typically around 10 minutes. In terms of cost, private transfers can be in line with or slightly higher than taxi fares, depending on the level of service chosen and the type of vehicle. Anyway, you can also check them in advance on our website, while you have enough time before the trip. You will know the final price immediately and it will be shown on all documents. Tipping the driver is at your discretion.

Advantages and disadvantages

Private airport transfers offer several advantages, most notably a personalised service tailored to your individual needs. With a private transfer, you avoid the hassle of waiting in long queues for taxis or shuttle services, saving valuable time on arrival. It also tends to offer greater privacy and comfort as you’re not sharing the vehicle with strangers. These services offer door-to-door convenience, dropping you off directly at your destination without the need for additional transportation.

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However, private transfers tend to be more expensive than shared options, making them less economical, especially for solo travellers or small groups. Availability can also be limited during high season and advance booking is required, which can be inconvenient for spontaneous travellers. Despite these drawbacks, the convenience and personalised experience of private transfers may outweigh the cost for those seeking comfort and efficiency in their travel.

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: park like a local!

Hiring a car while on holiday gives you unprecedented freedom and flexibility, allowing you to explore our island at your own pace without having to rely on public transport or taxi schedules. You can learn more about renting a car on our island, because it’s a completely different story. Talking about hiring a car to get from the airport to Kamari, there are some points that need to be discussed separately.

Route and schedule

Firstly, everything is very close. When it comes to car hire, most of the major companies offer the option of hiring a car directly from the airport. Secondly, you can take one of two routes: go straight along the seashore and maybe even make a stop to go for a swim – or take the main road across the island straight to the village.

Travel time and cost

Either road will take you from the airport to the village of Kamari in about 10-15 minutes, depending on the skill of the driver. The cost of hiring a car varies considerably depending on factors such as the type of vehicle, the time of year and the length of the rental period, but typically starts at around €30-40 per day (make sure you have confirmed insurance cover!). Additional costs include various insurance options, fuel costs, possible parking fees in Kamari, etc.

Once you’ve arrived, however, your journey to Kamari will be longer, and here’s why. First, you’ll need to find the rental office and meet the manager. If there’s a queue, you’ll have to wait. You’ll then be asked to fill in all the necessary paperwork, making sure you get all the details right (don’t forget the insurance!). You can then proceed to the car park to have your vehicle inspected. Only then can you leave the airport for Kamari.

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 season, of course. In any case, it’s better to book in advance so that you can compare all options and prices.

Advantages and disadvantages

Hiring a car will not only allow you to get from the airport to your hotel or villa in Kamari on your own, but will also allow you to get off the beaten track and discover the hidden attractions of the island, if of course you plan to do a lot of driving. Hiring a car for your entire holiday allows you to visit several attractions in one day, making the most of your time and itinerary, and it can also be more cost-effective for families or large groups travelling together, as the cost can be shared between several people.

However, there are disadvantages to renting a car, including possible additional costs such as insurance, fuel, parking fees and road tolls, which can significantly increase the overall cost of your trip. Navigating unfamiliar roads and dealing with different driving laws or language barriers can also pose some challenges, but the biggest problem on our island is of course parking, especially in high season.

Despite these drawbacks, the convenience, autonomy and flexibility offered by rental cars often make them the preferred choice for many travellers looking to get the most out of their holiday. In any case, start by checking prices for your preferred dates:

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

Choosing the best transfer option from Santorini Airport to Kamari depends on several factors including convenience, time of travel, cost and personal preference. Let’s summarise and compare the main aspects of each mode of transport:


  • Public bus: the unbeatable choice and the cheapest option;
  • Taxi: much more expensive than the public buses, but… it depends;
  • Private transfer: the same mid-range or higher, depending on your needs;
  • Car hire: costs vary widely from 30-40 to 80-150 euro per day plus fuel, insurance, parking fees and so on.

Travel time and comfort on the way

  • Public bus: up to 1 hour, with a transfer to main bus station and changins lines. Moderate comfort, can be crowded;
  • Taxi: 10 minutes, high level of comfort, direct route;
  • Private transfer: 10 minutes, maximum comfort, direct route with additional services;
  • Car hire: from 20-30 minutes to… hour or so. Take into account the time needed for the booking process, paperwork, car inspection and other details.


  • Public bus: generally reliable, but subject to schedule and crowding (high season!). No late, night or very early trips;
  • Taxis: reliable and available 24/7;
  • Private transfers: very reliable, pre-booked service;
  • Hired cars: reliable (depending on your driving skills).


  • Public bus: by far the least convenient due to changing lines, inaccurate schedules and the possibility of overcrowding;
  • Taxi: сonvenient, direct, and almos always readily available (or with a short waiting time);
  • Private transfer: most convenient with personalized service, no worries at all;
  • Car hire: convenient for those who like to drive while on vacation.

What’s the bottom line?

By evaluating factors such as cost, journey time, comfort, reliability and convenience, you will be able to choose the most suitable mode of transport for your needs and ensure a seamless and enjoyable start to your Santorini vacation. This village is so close to the airport that any other way than the public bus will seem convenient.

Public buses operated by the KTEL cooperative provide cost-effective solution for budget-conscious travelers, while taxis offer a balance between convenience and cost. Private transfers are ideal for those seeking a premium experience with added comfort and reliability and want to start their holidays smoothly straight after arrival. Renting a car provides unmatched flexibility, ideal for those who desire the freedom to drive and explore the island at their own pace, so don’t forget to check out all available car options.

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