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“Do not bother with the donkeys and do not walk”

Santorini Cable Car
Ranked #31 of 155 things to do in Santorini
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“Do not bother with the donkeys and do not walk”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Just take the tram
Yes,you WANT to walk for the exercise BUT the donkeys have been going up and down for days pooping the whole way and so the steps smell like a barn and worse yet the muck on your shoes is there between your toes if your re not careful
So the tram is just a quick up and down.
However if you arrive off a tour boat from a cruise you will find long lines and be tempted.
Get off th boat early to miss the lines!

Visited June 2013
6 Thank marikim
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“Cable car up, walk down”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

We were one of the first ones on the tram. Quick ride up the hill and we were on our way. Later that day the line was really long, so we decided to take the steps. Nice walk down, shops along the way. Enjoyed the views and took lots of pictures.

Visited May 2013
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“Tram 30 May 2013”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Fast, efficient. Beats donkeys or walking hands down. Note: tram can close during high wind - be aware of that!

Visited May 2013
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“Cable car ride is preferable”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

The cost of the ride is 4 Euros one way for a quick ride (under 5 minutes I am sure) up the steep hillside. I was so surprised on the day that we arrived that our cruise ship was the only one in town. Thus there were no long, long queues to ride either up or down the cable car. We visited in mid-May, mid week, mid-morning. The cable car windows are quite clean so picture taking is possible. Each car sits about 3-4 guests on each side of the car, but there is a weight limit. I was aghast when a very heavy man (300 pounds?) decided to climb into our car which already had 4 adults. No bells rang so we were off after a short loading period. It's easy to get in and out of the cars. Quite a few stairs must be climbed to the loading area, however.
When we decided to return to our ship, I walked down a few of the steep stairs thinking walking down might be an option. I found that the steps sloped downwards too much for me to be comfortable hiking down them. The stones are slippery too. The donkeys were parked down below waiting for visitors to request their services so I presumed that locals don't go in for donkey rides. On that day, I would not have encountered donkeys going either up or down the steps. So opt for the cable car and enjoy the view of the water even though you've already looked at it many times from the village above!

Visited May 2013
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“quick up the hill from the ships, but take the donkey , awesome fun!!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

We went up on the cable from the ship,as we wanted to get off quickly to the other side of the island in a taxi and beat the crowds, so Excellant choice, came back down to the donkey path on a donkey right to the bottom, great fun, the guys where there clearing the path of any droppings with a brush and shovel and disposing of any droppings, really good to chat to the guys running the donkey train and find out about life on a small island, good path to walk down and donkeys very shore footed , felt very safe. We were advised not to take the donkey as they were unclean, it made us laugh, they are donkeys , well looked after, what did people, expect !!!!!! Myself and my two kids(12 and15) rode down and my hubby followed with all the bags and never had a problem.

Visited May 2013
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