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€.
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.
Average waiting time is 20 minutes
Cable cars are available from 6:30 - 23:00 at Santorini old port
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.
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.
The views from the cable cars are spectacular. It's the best way to start your Santorini holiday.
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
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€.
There is an average waiting time of 10 minutes
The donkeys work from 7:00 to 22:00 at Santorini old port
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.
Where do I get it from?
After you disembark the ferry, head to your left and you will see the line of donkeys with their 'drivers', waiting to pick you up at the foot of the mountain.
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.
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.
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