Transfer Options from Santorini Old Port to Fira

To get from Santorini old port to Fira you have two transfer options, cable car or donkey ride. The most traditional, if not a little controversial option, is to take a donkey ride up to the top of the mountain. It will take around 35 minutes and costs 5€. The more modern option is to take a cable car. The cable car takes only 13 minutes (including waiting time) and costs 5€. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Santorini at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Comparison of the options

Donkey €10 35min 07:00–22:00
Cable Car €10 13min 06:30–23:00

How to get from Santorini old port to Fira by donkey

Although taking a donkey ride from Santorini old port to Fira is controversial and not that comfortable, it is the most traditional way to travel. It takes around 35 minutes for the donkeys to climb the 586 steps to Fira, and tickets cost only 5€.

How much is a donkey ride from Santorini old port to Fira?

Donkeys are able to take one person, or your luggage if you want to walk along side the donkey. It costs 5€ per donkey one-way.


Taking a donkey from Santorini old port to Fira is dangerous, slow, uncomfortable, smelly and also brings up a few animal rights issues. However, it is a method that has been used by locals for over 50 years, and remains their preferred mode of transport.

Editor’s Note

If you don't want to actually ride the donkey, and fancy a walk up the mountain, then you can let the donkey carry your luggage for you and walk alongside it.

Useful Tips

Pay the donkey 'driver' directly, they will be more than happy to take a photo of you with your donkey
During peak season it can be five cruise ships arriving in the old port the same morning, it can be crowded and queues can be long
The way up is steep, it might be scary for some and it's not recommended for children

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

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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How to get from Santorini old port to Fira by cable car?

The most modern and comfortable way to reach Fira from the old port in Santorini is by cable car. Tickets cost 5€ per person, and the cable cars leave every 20 minutes. The cars run basically all day, however, on very windy days, the cable cars will shut down for safety reasons.

How much is a cable car from Santorini old port to Fira?

The cable car costs 5€ for an adult one-way ticket, 2.5€ for children under 5 years old and 2.5€ for large luggage.



Trip Duration

13 minutes

Average waiting time is 20 minutes


Cable cars are available from 6:30 - 23:00 at Santorini old port

Where do I get it from?

When you exit the ferry at the old port, follow the road left towards the Santozeum. After a few meters you will see the cable car station in front of you.


Taking a cable car from Santorini old port to Fira is definitely the most convenient option. The journey is quick and the cable cars run fairly frequently. The only problem comes in the summer months when there are extremely long queues.

Editor’s Note

The views from the cable cars are spectacular. It's the best way to start your Santorini holiday.

Useful Tips

The last trip to from the top station during summer months is at 22:40
All the revenues from the cable car go to the municipality of the island
For the cable car up to Fira, there is often a long queue due to the many cruise passengers
The cable cars run less frequently during the winter months

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