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The cheapest way to get from Santorini National Airport (JTR) to your hotel is to hop on one of the KTEL public buses heading towards the main bus station in Fira. If Fira isn’t your final destination, you’ll be able to catch a bus from this station to other towns in Santorini.
Buses from the airport to Fira are frequent, particularly during the high season, and – conveniently – are often timed to meet incoming flights. You’ll see a schedule posted at the bus stop beside the airport entrance.
If you don’t feel like lugging your luggage onto the bus, take one of the many taxis waiting outside Santorini Airport. The fare to Fira usually costs around €13. A number of private companies also provide fixed-price Santorini transfers.
Book these shuttles in advance to avoid long queues at the arrivals terminal. It’s also worth checking whether or your hotel offers its own transfers across Santorini – they’re often free or available at a surcharge.
Most travellers rely on the bus to get from town to town. Santorini’s central bus station is located just south of the main square in Fira. From here, it’s possible to catch buses to most destinations around the island, including Akrotiri, Oia, Kamari, Perissa, Perivolos Beach, and Vourvoulos.
During the busy summer months, the bus service is fairly regular with most services leaving at least once an hour throughout the day. The schedule can be a little more sporadic in the low season, though. The conductor on board the bus will collect your fare as you step on. Rides typically cost between €2 and €5, depending on your destination. Bear in mind that services stop around 11PM, so you’ll have to make alternative transportation arrangements if you plan to stay out late.
Taxis are another popular option for getting around in Santorini. You’ll find a taxi rank near the main square in Fira, or you can also call and book one by phone. Just remember that if you call for a taxi outside of Fira, a pick-up fee and the cost of the driver’s fare from Fira to your pick-up point will be added to the amount you pay.
Fares are fixed for some of the main routes in Santorini, such as Fira to Oia, but otherwise you’ll have to put on your bargaining hat and negotiate a price with the driver before you set off.