How to Travel to Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. It actually consists of five individual isles. Thousands of tourists flock to Santorini each year to take in its striking natural beauty as well as volcanic and cultural ruins. Whether traveling from one Greek island to another or from another country entirely, regular transportation to Santorini offers visitors plenty of choices as to how they'll get there. Read on to begin planning your trip.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1

Book a 45-minute flight to the island of Santorini's National Airport (also known as Thira Airport) from Athens International Airport, which is reachable by the vast majority of international airports. There are generally two Athens-Santorini flights per day throughout the year, with additional flights between Santorini and other Greek islands during the summer.

Step 2

Take one of the many daily ferries to Santorini from the Port of Piraeus, a city on Greece's western coast. Though the voyage can take several hours, the cost is reasonable and ferries are plentiful and provide a relaxing trip. To find out exact departure and arrival times, call the Port of Piraeus at +30 210 422 6000.

Step 3

Book a ticket on a special ferry to Santorini if you are reaching the island via another Aegean isle, including Mykonos, Paros, and Crete. These island-to-island boats can be found at main island ports and are also known as Flying Dolphins (see Additional Resources).

Currently based in France, Laura Dixon has been a freelance writer since 2008. Dixon specializes in various topics including health, travel and culture. Previously, she worked as a weekly newspaper reporter in Central California. Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and international relations from the University of California.