Buses, Santorini Island
It is a unique experince to ride in one of these coaches, especially in the spiral roads that lead to port. Drivers manage to siftly turn in every steep corner while you fell you are about to fly out the window. Buses are very comfortable and have A/C.
Every little town in the island is served by a bus route from the main town of Thira. Go to the main bus station (located at the entrance of the town) and you will find schedules print in a black board.
You are most likely to always find a coach that leaves to the port when you are going to catch a ferrry as they need to pick up passengers that arrive. Still, allow plenty time as sometimes it can get crowded.
Fare is between 1 and 2 euros depending on where you are going. You can only pay at the bus. So don't buy any "advance" ticket at any agency as this will not be valid.
The main Santorini bus hub is the bus station in Fira. From here buses fan out to the key parts of the island. It is necessary to come here for changing buses, as few buses do any loops. There is a shelter and bus tables to the right in the photo.
The location is just below the taxi station between the two main automobile roads in Fira. Cannot miss it - Fira's driveable parts are limited.
The bus schedules are not always adhered to as we discovered. In fact, they were not to be trusted and we learned to keep the taxi option at the ready. From Fira and to the outlaying districts it's easier than between outlaying villages.
Despite attampts at being good, eco-friendly tourists we had to bite the grass and opt for other means at times.
The Santorini bus system was good. The rather small central bus station is in the town of Fira. The buses themselves appeared to be quite new. Actually, the first time we were waiting in Kamari at the bus stop and the bus arrived, we weren't sure it was the local bus and thought it may be tour bus,since it had a compartment for luggage on the bottom. You do not buy your ticket ahead of time, the fee is usually collected by a conductor once you are on.
The following are prices for some of the most popular routes...frequencies vary with the season
Kamari to Fira
runs every 30 minutes in high season
Fira to Oia
Runs every hour to every 30 minutes...more frequent routes later in the day
Fira to Akrotiri
Santorini has an extensive bus system used by locals and tourists alike to get around the island. The main bus terminal is in Fira, and although it's a small and congested little terminal, finding the right bus is easy and tickets are pretty cheap. If it's too crowded, you can always take a cab, but of course you'll end up paying quite a bit more.
I took the bus everywhere on the island, except when I went on my tour and got my superfast moto... Ok, not so fast, barely get up the hills moto. The bus stops at all the major "cities, " you just have to find the bus stop sign. Just ask a local.
The main service from Fira to Ia for the sunsets is available every 30 minutes in the high season and every hour in the low.
Fira to Perissa and all places along the way (Messaria-Pyrgos-Megalohori-Emporio) available every hour.
Fira to Kamari, every 15 minutes in the high season, every 30 in the low.
Myself and my friend Maria stayed in Thira town which is really the best place to base yourself.
Although the beaches are the other side of the island the bus takes around 15/20 mins to get there.
The station is just an area where the buses come in and a greek guy shouts out its route and your off.
The only problem we found was getting to work out where they would pick you up in Kamari to come home?, the direction they came changed each day!
You can get by bus to anywhere in Santorini in less than 30 minutes. The main bus station is in the capital, Thira. Its bus station is an open air terrace with 7 or 8 buses packed in a tiny space and people all around... crazy, but it works!
From PortAthinios (where the ferry arrives) you can take a bus to Thira and transfer to Oia (about 1 hour for all)