Athinios Port Santorini
Athinios Port Santorini
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  • elchaco
    Houston, Texas1,028 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy Port
    Our hotel set up a transfer for us from Oia to the port, so we were lucky enough to have an excellent driver that told us where to wait and what to do. That undoubtedly helped make our experience a bit better. The drive down was long and windy and yes, once you get to the bottom it's pretty busy. Lucky for us, we knew where our ferry was going to depart from and we grabbed a bite to eat while we waited. On our way back into Santorini the port was a bit more chaotic. We were on the Blue Star Delos which is a huge ferry, and everyone was scrambling off to find their transfer, rent a car, or get a taxi. We were lucky enough to be one of the first ones off and got the last taxi to the airport. Overall, we didn't have a bad experience at all.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Traveller & Foodie
    Montreal, Canada4,324 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small port and crowded but not a horrible experience
    This Port is bustling, just like Mykonos, because of the island's popularity. We arrived from seajet from Paros. There are a lot of private transportation companies who try to get you from the moment you get off the ferry. We had booked our transfer with our hotel from the Port. The best advice I can give any traveller. The most unpleasant part of our trip was the taxi drivers or private transfer; they tried to rip us off. It is a tiny port with little shade. It was a hot day; ensure you have sunscreen and a hat on hot days. There are a lot of restaurants with umbrellas so you can get some food or a drink. There is only one gate for departure; therefore, you must pay attention to your boarding. There weren't any announcements.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 17, 2023
  • SandyRoo_2
    United Kingdom54 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared at the Port
    Wasn't prepared for the carnage at the Port but actually it's not that much different from Victoria bus ststion in London...except you're in paradise! So be prepared. When you get herded off that ferry there will be many vehicles, buses, people. We missed the bus so we went to one of the taxi stations. We were charged 50 euros each....then piled onto a mini bus. Upon our return to the Port from the hotel, we had a mini bus to ourselves and the price was only 30 Euro for both! Also at the Port are several eating and drinking options.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom11,027 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arriving in Santorini By Ferry & Getting to Your Accommodation
    If like us, you arrive by ferry, this is where you first step foot on Santorini. There wasn’t anything to see or do here and it’s not even particularly attractive. Unlike the charming old ports on some islands, this one is busy and crowded, with streams of tourists arriving and leaving and trying to find transport. We didn’t linger here. Instead we headed off as quickly as we could to our accommodation in Fira. We were very pleased that we had pre-arranged a taxi through our hotel The taxi was €30 (payable to the driver at the end). This was by far and away the simplest way to get out of the heat and chaos and get straight to our accommodation in Fira. We were picked up at the port and dropped off beside the the Orthodox Metropolitan Church, near the main bus stop. It is worth noting that if you are staying in Fira on the caldera slopes, a taxi won’t be able to take you to direct to your door because they can’t drive down the narrow, cobbled streets. Instead, our driver rang the hotel when he dropped us off and a porter came to meet us with a trolley to take our bags the rest of the way. In hindsight, we could have just as easily caught the bus from the port and the hotel porter could have met us there instead. It would have been considerably cheaper.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
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Nicole
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Terrible experience. The taxi service take advantage of the number of travellers arriving in at the port. They charged 250 euro for a taxi 20 minutes up the road to the hotel. We were made aware that this was only 35 euro at quieter times. This should be illegal.
I would advice anyone to email their hotel and ask them to pick them up at a small cost rather than pay the taxi depot 250 euro. Total disgrace.
Written June 20, 2022
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Bertie C
Northleach, UK8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Terrible, disorganised chaotic port. No information on where to take the ferry from… Ferry company had no idea if we would leave or not. Queued for hours only to be turned away on the ferry ramp by the crew… “come back tomorrow” Awful over-priced cafes to sit out your delays… I think they have much better ports in the third world…
Written September 22, 2022
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Massimiliano M
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The sweatiest and most unorganised port I have ever used. It lacks all kind of minimal services a good port needs. Here the things I was literally astonished by:

1. Dangerous connections with the rest of the island: zigzag roads with little or no guardrails
2. No free shadow: you gotta go to some cafes to avoid serious sunburn
3. No modern means of displaying arrivals: ferries are announced by a guy shouting the ferry name in a barely understandable English.
4. Overcharging cafes and restaurants: they all charge extremely high prices for basic products / services

It is very disappointing that all the money spent by the hordes of tourists are not invested in improving this extremely weak infrastructure.
Written July 30, 2022
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Traveller & Foodie
Montreal, Canada4,324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
This Port is bustling, just like Mykonos, because of the island's popularity. We arrived from seajet from Paros. There are a lot of private transportation companies who try to get you from the moment you get off the ferry. We had booked our transfer with our hotel from the Port. The best advice I can give any traveller. The most unpleasant part of our trip was the taxi drivers or private transfer; they tried to rip us off. It is a tiny port with little shade. It was a hot day; ensure you have sunscreen and a hat on hot days. There are a lot of restaurants with umbrellas so you can get some food or a drink. There is only one gate for departure; therefore, you must pay attention to your boarding. There weren't any announcements.
Written September 17, 2023
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s0us0urada
Lipari, Italy463 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Worst place to be. There is no shadow no chairs full of cars smog and noice.Not at all organized a mess in all the aspects . Food and drink at the port very expensive an quality don’t reflect the island. If you have a car there isn’t a place to park. This is not a nice picture for the island.
Written July 23, 2022
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Blair
Alexandria, UK72 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We were travelling on the Norwegian Gem with the intention of travelling up the stairs on the Cable cart, but when we arrived we were met with a massive queue in the blistering heat woth no shade. Due to this we decided to walk up the steps and it has been one of the worst experiences I have ever had.
There is no organisation for the pedestrians and donkeys which causes confusion and unsafe conditions. The stairs are slippy and smelly as they are coated in heaps of donkey pee and poo which is almost impossible to miss. (Please do not use the donkeys! Read reviews 'Santorini Donkeys').
There is no shade during the entire track and no access to water meaning that the journey is very grulling.
On the way back, the queue for the cable car was even longer than before; stretching for near half a mile! Due to this we were forced to walk down the steps again, which were slippy once again due to the continued donkey droppings.
This area should never be used as a port entry for cruise ships as it simply cannot cope or provide sufficient support for tourists.
Written July 7, 2022
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Helga V
Stord Municipality, Norway4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Unorganized seems to be a kind description of this place. Sweaty, lacking shaded seating and scorching. All of the restaurants seem to have lost the Internet connection when you are about to pay by card, so they either make you pay by cash or redirect you to the nearest atm. A lot of shouting taxidrivers who are ready to rip you off when you are at your most vulnerable. Tired, sweaty, and trying to navigate the chaos of getting through to your hotel. Worst port I’ve experienced, ever. Sorry Santorini, but with all the income that tourism brings you, you should have figured out a better infrastructure than this.
Written June 20, 2022
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Rachel
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
I was yelled at for walking away from the ferry even though it wasn’t my ferry (by a couple of workers) and everyone tried to direct me somewhere. I was there very early and already ready to board so I didn’t need anyone’s help and when I told them that, they kept trying to direct me to the ferry or the offices. Very irritating experience. I think because I’m a young girl everyone thought I needed help but no one listened when I told them I didn’t. I hate this place.
Written October 3, 2021
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elchaco
Houston, TX1,028 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Our hotel set up a transfer for us from Oia to the port, so we were lucky enough to have an excellent driver that told us where to wait and what to do. That undoubtedly helped make our experience a bit better. The drive down was long and windy and yes, once you get to the bottom it's pretty busy. Lucky for us, we knew where our ferry was going to depart from and we grabbed a bite to eat while we waited.
On our way back into Santorini the port was a bit more chaotic. We were on the Blue Star Delos which is a huge ferry, and everyone was scrambling off to find their transfer, rent a car, or get a taxi. We were lucky enough to be one of the first ones off and got the last taxi to the airport.
Overall, we didn't have a bad experience at all.
Written August 14, 2023
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Nicklas R
Horsens, Denmark7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
It is mindblowing to think that the greeks were among the most modern and innovative civilizations 4000 years ago, and on some points they haven’t moved an inch since. I mean, they invented the bloody democracy!
If you book a transfer to the port, you will find yourself spending at least an hour driving around the entire island picking up sweaty frechmen, and when you finaly reach the port, you will spend the next 30 minuttes sitting in a car que as long, that you would think, that Elvis Presley had suddenly appeared and invited to a comeback event at the port.
When you finaly reach the port, you will find that there is not only one ticket office, but approximately 127, so choose wisely.
When you have bought your ticket, feel free to wander around the port, wondering where you should stand in line to catch the ferry, because of course there are no signs, no screens and no monitors to guide you. Every single passenger among many thousands, will have to refer to one of the stressed out port staff, who seem to enjoy spending their summer answering the same questions day in and day out - not.
To avoid melting, like an icecube in a vulcano, in the heat, you can seek shadow in one of the 84 cafes, and enjoy an overpriced ice coffe, that tastes like it was brewed from radioactive urine and the remains of the great Aristoteles.
You will have to guess, when your ferry arrives, because the time in your ticket can vary +\- 1 hour. When the ferry finaly arrives, it will be survival of the fittest, because it seems as though, there is a price to the passenger, who violently fights his way aboard first.
When you run aboard, good luck finding your seat; there are as many rooms on the ferry as there are letters in the mandarin alphabet.
I wish you a very pleasant journey.
Written August 9, 2019
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