Getting Around Santorini
The best way to get around Santorini is on foot or by bus. You'll see that it's easy to walk around the tiny seaside towns, but the bus is best to get from one town to another. There are KTEL bus routes from Fira (the capital city) to many different destinations around the main island. KTEL also services the Santorini (Thira) Island National Airport (JTR), but you might find it easier to rely on a cab to get you into town. If you're planning to do a little island hopping, you can catch a ferry from Athinios (about 5 miles south of Fira).
The KTEL transportation company operates buses from Fira to areas all over the main island, Thira. During peak travel months, most routes are served at least once every hour all day, though bus schedules are notorious for changing frequently. Fares range between the equivalent of $2.10 and $2.81 – depending on your destination. Tickets are purchased on the bus. Keep in mind that there aren't direct KTEL buses to towns other than Fira. If you want to get to Oia from Kamari, you'd have to take the bus back to Fira then hop another bus from Fira to Oia.
Santorini's towns are compact with narrow, winding roads, making walking an easy way to get around. Just make sure to keep an eye out for mopeds – these tiny motorized bikes are allowed on both the street and the sidewalk.
To get between Thira and Thirassia, you can take a ferry from Athinios (the island's main port) or Ammoudi in Oia. If you want to go beyond Thirassia to other, farther away Greek Isles, stick to Athinios. Service frequency depends on the season, but you can expect at least one trip a day in either direction. You can buy tickets at the ferry port. One-way trips cost as little as 5 euros ($5.59).
|Car, ATV and Moped||Although the KTEL buses are convenient, they may get crowded during the summer and unreliable during the offseason. A car may be convenient if you're not staying in a densely packed town. Some people may prefer a moped (if you have a motorcycle license) or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for traversing less-traveled routes. Rental agencies are located at the airport as well as in Fira. You'll have to apply for an international driver's license, which can be done online at the IDL Service website.|
Taxis are available on both Thira and Thirassia. Major routes, such as those from the ferry ports to Fira, from Oia to Fira, or travel to certain towns from the airports have fixed rates. For these routes, expect to pay anywhere between 10 euros to 20 euros ($11.19 to $22.37), depending on your final destination. But if you're using a taxi to get around town or to one of the less-visited areas, make sure to agree upon a price before getting into the cab. It's also a good idea to write down the address of your final destination.
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