Santorini Practical info

General Info


In Santorini, the climate is affected by its location and its volcanic nature, but the temperature usually stays pleasant all year long. In the summer months, the weather is usually hot and dry during the day and cool during the evening. During the months of July and August, there is the meltemi wind blowing, therefore it is recommended that you carry a jacket with you if you go out for dinner or a walk.


National prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad All numbers in the capital Athens start with 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g 210 3227400) Area Code for Santorini: +30 22860 xxxxx If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country’s national prefix (i.e Germany is 0049, England is 0044 etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.


Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour) 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour) 1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive changes for 200 and 500 euro notes.


Getting There

You can reach Santorini by air and arrive at Santorini International Airport, located north of Kamari village, 6 km of Thira town, with regular flights of 45 minutes duration from Athens with the companies Olympic Air or Aegean Airlines. During the summer season, you can reach Santorini with direct flights from many European countries.

Santorini National Airport Tel.: +30 22860 28401/Fax: +30 22860 33349
Athens International Airport Elefterios Venizelos

Olympic Air: For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Olympic Air website Tel.: 801 801 0101/ +30 210 3550500
Office at Santorini Airport Tel +30 22860 31666  

Aegean Airlines: For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Aegean Airlines website Tel.: 801 112 0000/ +30 210 6261000
Office at Santorini Airport Tel +30 22860 28500  

Athens Airways: Athens Airways is a new charter airline flying from Athens to Santorini during the summer season Tel.: 801 801 4000/ +30 210 6696600


Santorini Island features two ports; the main port is Athinios, where arrive all the ferry and commercial boats, and there is also the Old Port, mostly used for cruise ships.

The main port to take you to Santorini from Athens is Piraeus, but there are also ferries departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.
To reach Santorini by sea, there are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 4h30 and the normal ferry which is much slower and takes approximately 7 hours.

You can also travel to Santorini by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands.

In Santorini, you will arrive to Athinios, the Island’s main port, which is 3 km south of Fira Town.

Blue Star Ferries Santorini (normal ferry) For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Blue Star ferries website

High Speed Ferry Santorini (fast ferry) For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Hellenic Seaways website

Local Transportation
You can easily travel around Santorini if you take the local bus service which is air-conditioned, reliable and really low cost; however, if you intent to stay on the Island more than 4 days and in order to be independent to move whenever and wherever you wish, it is worth hiring a car from one of the many car rental services you will find almost everywhere on the Island.

Tel.: +30 22860 25462

Travelling by bus within Santorini is safe but can be tricky as sometimes the timetables changes without prior notice. During summer, the buses depart every 30 minutes and the main bus depot is near the central square of Fira.


You can also get around Santorini by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand below Fira square. Taxis in Santorini are silver. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting in the taxi in order to avoid bad surprises. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment.

Radio Taxi Service Tel.: +30 22860 22555/ +30 22860 23951


The cable car travels from Fira harbor up to Fira town. Tel.: +30 22860 22977


You will find a multitude of car rentals, with the majority of them in Fira Town and in the  Fira Harbor.

Local services

If you need a bank in Santorini, you will find most of them in Fira town’s main square. There is also a National Bank branch in Kamari and an Alpha Bank in Oia village. If you need an ATM, there are plenty of them all over the Island of Santorini. Note that all credit cards internationally recognized are accepted in most of the Island’s restaurants, bars and shops.

Banks opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.00 - 14.30 Friday: 8.00 - 14.00


Banks exchange all major currencies in cash, travellers’ cheques or Eurocheques; the commission is lower for cash. Post offices exchange cash but not travellers cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels change cash and travellers cheques but usually charge higher commissions than banks. Banknote exchange machines can be found in most tourist areas.


The Greek post is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the Island in Fira, Emporio and Oia. Also, there are postal agencies in Pyrgos, Kamari & Perissa. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post office in Fira Tel.: +30 22860 22238


In the village of Karterados, 800 meters away from Fira. Tel.: +30 22860 22649


In Fira Tel.: +30 22860 22231

Useful Numbers
•    Radio Taxi: +30 22860 22555/+30 22860 23951
•    Tourist Police: +30 22860 22649
•    Port authority: +30 22860 22239
•    Weather Forecast: 14944
•    Elpa (Car Breakdown): +30 26610 39504

You can find International Press in Fira: +30 22860 25301

•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166

•    Health Center At Fira: +30 22860 23123
•    Health Center At Kamari: +30 22860 31175
•    Health Center At Emporio: +30 22860 81222
•    Health Center At Oia: +30 22860 71277
•    Health Center At Pyrgos: +30 22860 31207
•    Health Center At Thirassia: +30 22860 22860
•    First Aid Fira: +30 22860 22237
•    First Aid Emporio: +30 22860 81222
•    First Aid Kamari: +30 22860 31175
•    First Aid Oia: +30 22860 71227
•    First Aid Pyrgos: +30 22860 31207
•    First Aid Thirasia: +30 22860 23191

•    Thira: +30 22860 23444
•    Messaria: +30 22860 32566
•    Oia: +30 22860 71464

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