Athinios Ferry port in Santorini
Dear Traveler, we warmly welcome you to the ferry port of Santorini. It is also the main port of the island and it’s name is Athinios. It is here where all the ferry boats arrive from the other ports of Greece. The Athinios Santorini port is the new one and serves passenger ferries and cargo. It services more than 12 million passengers a year.
Arriving by ferry
The port code is ATI and there is only one passenger terminal building. The port has 3 ramps where the boats can lay up and 3 points for the tankers. Most of the time taxis are waiting for arriving tourists at the port. But during peak season it might be hard to find a free cab. Tourists can also use the public bus but they might not get lucky enough to get a seat. Another option is to pre book a taxi or shuttle bus to reach their hotel or airport. In this case SantoriniOnline is the best way where you book your ride. It’s service covers the whole island including Fira, Akrotiri, Thira, Imerovigli, Oia and many more…
Departing from the port
Athinios can be very crowded. Thus Santorini Port Authority suggests travelers to be there no later than 45 minutes before the ship sets sail. That is to ensure timely processing and boarding. If for any reason tourists end up being late, the ship will NOT wait for them.
Old port in Santorini
Information for cruise ship passengers getting ashore
Created by the volcano eruption in 1650 B.C., Santorini’s Cruise Port of call is located at the bottom of the Caldera Cliffs in Fira, the capital of Santorini. It doesn’t have a cruise terminal and visitors are tendered ashore by small boats. During high season the island hosts about 80,000 visitors per day. Furthermore there can be as many as five cruise ships arriving in the same morning. This situation makes the port one of the most crowded ports of the world.
Skala is the official name of the cruise port. Skala was an old port serving Thira before the bigger port of Athinios took over. This pier became a tourist hub of sort, a small town of seaside cafés, boat rental agencies and trinket shops.
Arriving at the old port (Skala Pier)
At this small harbour you will find Duty-free stores, restaurants, taverns and small shops where you can buy souvenirs or traditional local products. During summer times, there are tours going to the nearby volcano and hot springs.
From Skala, there are three ways to reach at the top of the cliff which is 260 meters above sea level;
- The cable car option. The cable car service runs daily from 06:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every 20 minutes. A single trip costs €6 for an adult and €3 for a child aged 5-10 years. Children under 5 go free. Any luggage is charged €3 per passenger. There is no discount for return trips neither for groups. Tourists can buy tickets only at the terminals by cash or credit cards. Individually they cannot buy them in advance or online.
- mule ride (€8/$8.70), or a
- tough hike up 580 steps (following the same path as the mules).
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How many ports are in Santorini?
Santorini has 4 sea ports that serve not only cruise ships and ferries but also yachts and fishing boats.
- The ferry port of Athinios where the ferries land in Santorini.
- The Skala port that is built below Fira. Skala is the old port of the island where the cruise ships put anchor today.
- The Amoudi bay which is situated below the village of Oia. It’s a genuine small fishing port with lovely local eateries right by the sea. Due to it’s small depth and size it doesn’t accommodate big vessels. From Amoudi there are small boats that sail to the island of Thirassia. Also some boat tours start and end there.
- Vlychada port that is next to the beach of Vlychada. This is where small fishing boats and yachts put anchor. Many boat tours start and end here too.