All routes, by sea and air, lead to magical Santorini

There are two ways to get to Santorini: either by boat or by plane, the latter being quite easy to accomplish. There is the Santorini airport on the flat eastern side which receives a string of domestic and international flights to Santorini every day, some offering coupons, others not.

There are two or three domestic flights a day from Athens to Santorini, while most international holiday flights come in direct from European and Asian capitals. The airfare for the return flight from Athens – just over half an hour each way – is substantially less for those who plan ahead rather than purchasing during peak season.

For those with time to spare, the Athens to Santorini ferry is rather more rewarding. The fast Athens to Santorini ferry takes around six hours, and is slightly more expensive than the regular boat, which arrives at Athinios port some ten hours after departure from Piraeus, after touching at other ports such as Paros, Naxos and Ios.

So you get something of an island-hopping experience as well. Ferry fares are not expensive, and you can enjoy traveling in well-appointed business class on the slower ferries for quite less than the airplane equivalent.

The major passenger ship companies all have offices at Piraeus, but make sure to book very early for a good seat. It’s also imperative to have your hotel or rent-a- villa booking firmed up at the same time, as Santorini is too rocky to be searching for accommodation at the last minute.

How to get to Santorini Island