Santorini (Thira) International Airport is a small airport in the Greek Cyclades islands that nevertheless sees significant passenger traffic due to regular tourism to the area. The bulk of the flights in and out are seasonal, however, as many of the tourist-focused businesses shut down entirely during the winter period of November to March. Some of the major regional carriers do provide year-round service from this airport, however, including Ryanair, Olympic Air and Naxos Air.
Popular Destinations from Santorini (Thira) Airport
From April to October, you can depart to destinations all throughout Europe from Santorini (Thira) International. Many carriers departing from here specialize in flights to and from one particular country. For example, you'll want Alitalia to go to Italy, British Airways for London, Iberia Express for Madrid and Finnair for Helsinki.
Most flights out of Santorini (Thira) International will stop in Athens first. Airfare to Athens from here is usually quite inexpensive due to the amount of competition, so you might consider searching for flight deals departing directly from Athens, particularly if you want to stop over in the Greek capital for some time. Taking a ferry from Santorini to Athens is also a possibility, but quite often the airfare is actually cheaper than the ferry! Also keep in mind that many of the ferries that go around the islands reduce their schedules or even stop running entirely during the winter off-season.
As far as outbound flights go (and not counting Athens as a destination), the most popular routes are to London, Larnaca, Rome, Paris and Istanbul.
Getting to Santorini (Thira) Airport
Santorini (Thira) International is located in Kamari, in the center of the island's east coast. It can be found by following the major roads east from Vothonas or Exo Gonia.
The local island bus system has a stop at the airport, but you may not be able to get large amounts of luggage on it. The lone bus line also circulates around the island and can take some time to get to the airport unless you are departing from the main bus station at Fira, which is about a 20 minute trip. A number of taxi services are available as an alternative.
Ferries are available from Athens and from many of the nearby islands. However, it's important to check current timetables, especially if you're trying to reach Santorini from somewhere other than Athens. GA Ferries and Hellenic Seaways have ferries that circulate among the island, while NEL Lines has a direct connection to Anafi.
Things to Do at Santorini (Thira) Airport
Don't expect much at Santorini (Thira) International - it's a very tiny airport. It's best not to arrive earlier than necessary, as you'll likely experience a cramped waiting period or be forced to wait outside due to the crowd. You also have to pass through security to get inside.
Amenities consist of a small snack bar and several gift shops. It's best to get food before arriving, as well as use the restroom as the cramped conditions can make things none too pleasant on that end. Also, don't expect to be able to charge your phone or devices while waiting.
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