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How to get from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira

Fira is only 8.5 km away from Santorini Athinios Port. When travelling from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira you have three transfer options; taxi, private transfer and bus. Taking a taxi or private transfer is the fastest and most comfortable way to reach Fira from the ferry port. The journey will take between 15 and 30 minutes and you’ll pay no more than €40.

Alternatively, the cheapest option is to take the KTEL bus, costing €2.30 and taking around 25 minutes to get to Fira. The only downside to this option is that the service is limited, with buses departing from the port only three times day.

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How to get from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira by taxi

Taking a taxi from Athinios Port to Fira is quick and easy, taking between 15 and 30 minutes to get there, depending on how busy the roads are. Local taxis wait at ranks next to where the ferries arrive, but the queues are often long.

Taxis don’t charge using a taximeter, instead, you’ll pay a fixed price of around €35-€40 to Fira.

Taxi fare from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira

A taxi from Athinios Port to Fira costs approximately €35. However, taxi prices are determined yearly, according to destination and season, so there may be some variation in price depending on when you are travelling. Additionally, the fare is subject to change if you’re travelling at night, have extra luggage and so on.



Trip Duration

15 Min

*Prices will vary depending on the time of day and season


Taxis are available 24/7 from Santorini Athinios Port.

Where do I get it from?

As Athinios Port is now the main port in Santorini, taxis queue up just outside of the port ready to take passengers to their final destination on the island. Just keep in mind that the waiting time could be quite long as most passengers disembarking the ferry will hop in a taxi from the rank.

You can also call a taxi to come and get you, but unless booked in advance, the chances of finding an available taxi to pick you up in high season are pretty low.


As taxis are available 24/7 and can take you directly to your final destination, they are a very convenient transfer option. However, the port can get extremely busy during the summer months and you may have to wait a long time for a taxi. Plus, some taxi drivers will try to fill up their vehicle, so you may have to share a taxi with total strangers, but still pay the full price.

To avoid dealing with the consequences of high season demand, you can always book a private transfer in advance and ensure that an empty, private vehicle is waiting for you at the port.

Editor’s Note

Taxis are much more reliable than the public bus as they run so frequently. If you arrive at the port and the bus has just left, we strongly suggest taking a taxi.

Useful Tips

Make sure you have some cash handy, taxis in Santorini cannot accept credit cards.
Although the distances are relatively small, the island gets really busy during summer months and the journey can take up to 45 minutes.
According to Greek law a taxi can carry up to of four people at a time, including children.
Keep in mind that the cruise port is different than Athinios Port.

How to get from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira by bus

Taking the KTEL bus from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira is the only public transportation option available to you, but its not the most reliable option. The journey will take around 25 minutes, whilst tickets are as cheap as €2.30. However, the buses only run a few times a day, with schedules changing every season.

There is no official timetable on the KTEL website for the Port-Fira bus, as the bus schedule changes so frequently. The most updated information online states that the timetable for 2023 is as follows: 12:00, 12:30 and 15:15.

How much does the bus cost from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira?

You’ll pay just €2.30 for the Athinios Port to Fira bus. Children under the age of 4 years travel for free.



Trip Duration

25 Min

There is an average waiting time of 180 minutes.


Buses are available from 12:00 to 15:15 at Santorini Athinios Port.

Where do I get it from?

Once you step off the ferry at Santorini Athinios Port, walk forward a few metres and then turn left, you will see the bus stop just in front of you.


Taking the bus from the port to Fira is a solid budget-friendly option, however, you may have up to a 3-hour wait. Standing in the Greek heat with all your luggage waiting for the next bus is not the most pleasant experience. If you arrive just after a bus has departed for Fira, we recommend taking a taxi.

Editor’s Note

If you have a long wait for your bus and don't have the budget for a taxi, don't worry. There are a few cafes and little restaurants around Athinios Port where you can enjoy a snack and wait in the shade.

Useful Tips

During summer, buses run more often and apart from the most popular destinations, you can also visit other places of interest.
Tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Santorini. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira?

Fira is only 8.5 km away from Santorini Athinios Port, so the journey time isn’t too long. In a taxi or car it it will take 15 to 30 minutes depending on the level of congestion on the roads.

How much is a taxi from Santorini Athinios Port to Fira?

Taxis at Santorini Athinios Port charge a fixed fare for rides to Fira. The fare will change depending on the season but usually costs about €35. Keep in mind that the fare will change if you’re travelling at night or have extra luggage. For the peace of mind of a flat rate with no hidden fees, you can pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups and enjoy our 24/7 customer service, fully personalised rides, and plenty of extras.

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