Santorini Cable Car
Santorini Cable Car
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The Santorini Cable Car is the fastest and most convenient way to get to and from the Old Port of Gialos to Fira. It's a quick four-minute ride, so it is really popular and gets quite busy, especially during summer and when cruise ships pull up to the port—book your tickets in advance if you don't want to get stuck in long lines. There's a fee to bring your luggage as well. For spellbinding views of the Aegean Sea and the caldera, grab a seat that faces the turquoise waters. – Tripadvisor
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  • Elle8104
    Neston, United Kingdom406 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to do but boy the queue
    We arrived early at the cable car 8:30 and the queue was around 30 minutes but on the way down it was over 2hrs so we dives with death and walked down!!! Given that every day there are 30,000 visitors really this needs looking at and a better system sorting out. Return time tickets or something!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • claraglitz
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ban the donkey cruelty & queue for the cable cars
    Abolish donkeys take cable cars! The signage explains that the donkeys do 2-3 journeys a day up/down, which is a blatant mistruth. In the high 30 degree heat, this is animal abuse. There’s just not enough shade for these animals or rest between exhausting climbs. The queue is a long wait but unless you’re physically fit to climb the steps, I’d recommend a fan, water & plenty of patience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Olga G
    Faro District, Portugal802 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan good for this
    Make no mistake - there is nothing to do downstairs. We were visiting Fira, decided to go down on cable car. It was easy, no queue. But down there one can fined that it is nothing interesting to do and the queue to go up is unbelievable! Because of the people from cruises it is really huge. I had go on the donkey, which is an interesting experience ))))))
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Arthur C
    Bury, United Kingdom270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience but be prepared...
    On a day trip to Santorin from our cruise ship. We had spent time in Thira and had a ticket for a ride in the cable car back to the harbour to board a tender boat back to the ship. The cable car ride itself is great and an opportunity for photos. The queue is long and not well controlled and you have to be wary of people trying to jump the queue as it backs up through the streets. We waited over an hour with little shade in parts. Ensure you have plenty of water, hat and sun creams.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Ross D
    Sydney, Australia390 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long Queue, Fast Ride
    Best way to get to the top at Fira from the Old Port is by cable car (€6 each way) but be prepared for a hot unpleasant wait for 1.5 hours to get on the 5 minute ride. Other options are donkey €10 or walk (about an hour and 600 steps). If I did it again, I would catch a fast boat from the Old Port to the next town, Oia, bus it back (€30) and get the cable car down to the Old Port. Fira village is worth the trip with great views, shops and cafes
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Suzanne A
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fira Gondola experience
    We walked down the long, winding steps from the top to the port. It took us 30 minutes. There was no way we were walking back up, when, for €6, we could take the gondola and be at the top in a few minutes. The trick is to be going in the opposite direction to the crowd coming from the cruise ships to avoid the queues.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Traveller & Foodie
    Montreal, Canada4,308 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many people from the cruise ships and long wait
    The wait for the cable cars is long because all the ships drop off the passengers to visit Fira. I caution you the only unpleasant thing about walking up is the donkey poop all over the stairs and the gentleman whipping the donkey to move up or down with the passengers. When I came to Fira almost twenty years ago, this was the main port. This is the old port where cruise ships drop off thousands of passengers.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 16, 2023
  • AndrewHomaha
    31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More Steps -
    We took the cable car down as we were staying in Fira. The wait for the cable cars going back up is long because all the ships drop off the passengers. Buy water if you plan to walk back up. Walking up the steps, there is donkey poop all over the stairs and you have to get out of the way of the gentleman whipping the donkey to move up or down with the passengers 588 steps back to the top - but we did it for the experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Semuteh
    San Francisco, California476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for kids, go when no cruise ships
    We almost didn’t visit because of the reviews and long wait times but lucked out that we happened to be in Fira on a day there were no cruise ships. Our experience was actually really nice on the way down and we didn’t have to wait at all. It’s sort of a pricy way to get up and down the hill but our kid is obsessed with gondolas so we had to do it. It’s a short ride but the views are great and it was worth the quiet waterfront view at the bottom. Not much at the bottom except some eateries and souvenir shops-most catering to cruise ship people. Wish we could get a round trip ticket-not sure why that’s not offered since it would save time on the way back. On the wayback up, we shared a car with two men who came on right at the end. One was smoking on the steps just outside the cable car until it pulled off (seriously, smoking around kids?!?) and then hopped into the cable car with us wreaking of cigarette smoke. Would be great to have only one family per car or non-smoking in the station.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,910 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid the the Busy Cruise Ship Comings & Goings If You Can
    The cable car is both a scenic and a practical ride, linking Santorini harbour with the hilltop town of Fira. The views over the old port and across the caldera are of course amazing and because the cliffside is almost vertical but because it’s so steep, the cable car isn’t scarily high off the ground. The ride itself is very quick (just a few minutes) but expect to wait some time in the queue. The real log-jam happens when the cruise ship passengers are trying to get to/from Fira en masse. If you can avoid their comings and goings, then it is a lot easier. The only times I saw it without a queue were early in the morning and later at night but during the rest of the day, I never walked past without seeing a crowd. One time, it had broken down altogether, causing quite a bit of chaos. Cost is €6 one way (€3 for kids). The other options are a bus, taxi, a donkey ride or you can take a deep breath and tackle the 588 stairs that wind their way up the side of the volcanic precipice.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
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MIKECHRISManchester
Manchester, UK1,037 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We have given this a bad rating because on 2 occasions to Santorini we have bought round trip tickets from the kiosk at the port and not been able to get the cable car as the wait was well over 1 hour. This is how the tour works:
Tickets are at present €30 each, this includes a fast boat from the terminal at Fira, you get off at Oia and get a minibus to Oia centre where you can enjoy a few hours sightseeing or a nice meal, so far so good. You the return to where the minibus dropped you and board a coach to Fira, this wasn’t the best, the coach was old and dirty and the driver drove too fast swinging us around every corner, we were pleased when another vehicle got in front to slow him down. The buses leave Oia on the hour until 4:00PM I think, once you get to Fira you can do whatever you like but when it is time to get back to your cruise ship most people want to buy a cable car ticket which would be great but on both visits we have not bothered as the queue was well over an hour stood in red hot sunshine. Unfortunately on both occasions we have had to take to the donkey trail which is a relentless winding road of over 500 cobblestone steps to reach the port. This is not a pleasant experience once you get past a certain age and I would not recommend it for anyone who is not fit and healthy as it is slippery in places and at various points you have to squeeze past dozens of donkeys. A much better idea would be to get a return boat from Oia to Fira but for some reason this is not possible. In my opinion it all depends on how many cruise ships are in port and what time they are leaving!
Written October 2, 2022
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GBJ-Cookies
South Shields, UK1,759 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Arrived by tender boat from our cruise ship. The options are either walk, approximately 45 minutes, mule or cable car.
To us it was a no brainer 12€ return per person for the 3 minute trip, as we knew we would be doing a lot of walking around Oia throughout the day.
The cars provide marvellous views of the sea and volcano so get your camera ready.
At the bottom there are a couple of gift shops, a cafe that sells alcohol and a few options for boat tours.
Once at the top you are virtually in the town centre.
Written November 3, 2021
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The Sane Adventurer
Charlotte, NC570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Recently we were on a NCL cruise at Santorini. While our tour guide wildly underestimated the time needed to move the long line of customers down from Fira to old port area, the attendants were extremely helpful. My wife has back issues and after the long line she was very painful. The attendants had her sit down for a moment, got her a wheelchair and used the chair lift to get her in the lowest cable car. Just this short amount of time resting her legs and back after the Santorini stairs made an immeasurable difference. She was able to navigate under her own power back to tender and to ship. Thanks so much to the crew for their caring.
Written November 9, 2022
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Patti K
Caledon, Canada540 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I was just there on Sept 26th/ 22 on an NCL ship. Its 6 euros each way now - The Cable Car has insane line ups when there are cruise ships in ports - fights broke out for people going back down faking injuries to get ahead of lineups as it was hot & walked past line ups who were waiting more than an hour + ( we waited 1.5 hrs to get on a car to go down) we were all capable to walk down & should have most people took 40 mins to walk down the stairs but it was super hot out & there is no shade on the walk down & you have to be careful re the poorly abused donkeys going up & down . The Government of Santorini & Greece need to fix this or stop more than 2 cruise ships in port at the same time. All they seem to want is more people & more money in which Santorini is losing its pizazz. I was there 5 years ago & it was not like this. I was so sad that they are letting this island go downhill. Too much garbage on the streets like Cigarette butts & way too many people. Santorini you need to fix this situation.
Written October 15, 2022
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We used the Santorini Cable Car in Fira whilst returning from a day trip to Santorini to our cruise ship anchored in the harbour there. We had been on an organised coach trip of the island of Santorini and the alternate option to the cable car was the many steps down to the harbour which we did not fancy in the afternoon heat.
The cable car consist of two pairs of six cars, each car holding six persons. Each journey therefore takes up to thirty six people at a time and runs at frequent intervals throughout the day. We joined the back of a long queue overlooking the upper cable car station but this was continually shortening following each departure. The queue takes the traveller into the terminal building and access is controlled onto the cable car platform.
Travelling down the steep cliff in the cable car gave some marvellous panoramic views of he harbours with its azure sea contrasting against the lighter blue of the sky and the other islands in the distance. We also got elevated views of the two cruise ships in the harbour and their attendant tender vessels ferrying passengers to and from the harbour side. If you look to your left you will see the steps leading up the cliff face.
A tip for photographers who have not made the leading car, as the six cars cross the cable support pylons, they drop enough to see above the car(s) immediately ahead of you, enabling a clear shot for a few seconds.
Written July 25, 2022
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22Luke22
126 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is not the kind of cable car you take to enjoy breathtaking scenery like you might find in Capri (Italy) or Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland). This is a purpose built cable car to give people an alternative option to what looks like 5,000 steps or a donkey ride up and down. At the bottom is the "old port" which is a small port that some cruise liners send their passengers too in smaller boats. What this results in is huge queues of cruise goers who need to get back to the port or up the hill - from what I could gather a number of them were concerned the wait was too long given their time constraints.

As of May 2024 you can buy your ticket at the counter when getting to the front of the queue. It is 6euro per person ONE WAY. They do not sell return tickets so effectively it's 12 euro per person for a return (I think children receive a discount).

Knowing that alot of cruise goers aren't likely to be climbing the millions of stairs it seems a bit of a nicely placed money maker for whoever runs it.

If you don't need to go to the old port for the purposes of catching a boat then I'd give it a miss, avoid the cable car, save your money and go somewhere more exciting.
Written May 7, 2024
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Sebastián H
Jerusalem, Israel9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
As most of Greece, the infrastructure for receiving tourists in Santorini is very poor.
Our experience of the cable car was terrible. It’s a rip-off (€6 per person, one way) and it’s completely disorganised. We had to queue for an hour, and there was only one cashier available. The cabins take up to six people, but the ticketing is so inefficient that sometimes they only have two or three people going in, which makes everything slower. There’s no option to pre-purchase and no digital tickets.
Santorini is beautiful, but the cable car experience was a nightmare.
Written September 13, 2023
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smitheleven
Fort Worth, TX3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The gondola ride to the top was fine but the line to get on was about 45 min. Be aware that at the end of the day they will cut off the line when they have as many people as they can handle before they close so you are left with no option but to walk or ride a donkey back down to catch your tender to the cruise ship. Had a negative experience with a cold-hearted nasty donkey handler with no compassion that way overcharged an elderly lady that needed assistance - would never recommend the donkeys just to keep money out of his pocket!
Written May 18, 2024
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VanillaAce
Saint Simons Island, GA1,032 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
First, the wait and cue going up is full of people cutting in line and takes at least 45 minutes at peak times in the morning. It gets better, the wait in the afternoon at peak times is around 2 hours. We skipped the ride down and walked the slippery donkey path that was treacherous. We observed a young women with a broken ankle and many elderly people struggling because the cable car line was too long. Take cable car in morning and late in afternoon to avoid long lines.
Written September 24, 2023
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Behr M
Brighton, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Awful! Avoid!! After waiting in the sun for over 1.5 hours because Italian and Spanish visitors jumped the queue continuously, people were fed up and a few full on fights broke out to try and stop these people.

Why do they not have barriers to keep the queue in order??

As I said, a few fights broke out and many many cross words were exchanged as these visitors thought they are better than all the other people who were waiting, and there were many many many Italian and Spanish tourists doing this!

It completely ruined our trip to Santorini. This was at 9am and it did not help that there were already 4 cruise ships in the harbour and only one poor security guy trying his best.

At the end of the day the queue to get down was just as bad, so we took our lives into our hands and walked down the steps, which is very slippery and dangerous!

Avoid unless your willing to bake under the sun and get very very angry!!

To those tourists who jumped the queue.. you should be ashamed of yourselves!!! Elderly, disabled and young children were made to wait for over 1.5 hours in the sun because you think you are better than others! Shame on you!!!!!
Written July 28, 2022
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