The main ferry port of Santorini, called Athinios is not able to accommodate cruise ships so their put down anchor in the caldera below Fira, or near the old port and there are disembarked by tenders.
From old port there are three ways to reach at the top of the cliff which is cs. 260 m above sea level
1. cable car (daily, 6.30am-10pm, every 20 mins, €5/£4.15),
2. mule ride (€5/£4.15)
3. tough hike up 580 steps (following the same path as the mules)
When a lot of people come from one or usually more cruise ships you may expect to wait up to one hour for cable car if you don't want to walk up or have mule ride (also under question mark because of waiting time).
Santorini's Cable Car serves 1200 persons per hour totally.
It is one of the three ways to get up to the town of Fira.
It travels up the path and in three minutes time you are comfortable in the beautiful town of Fira, at an altitude of 220 metres.
The cable car is one of three ways to get down to the old port of Fira – the others are walk down the steps, or ride a mule. The main picture shows the front of the cable car station – you go up a few steps to the entrance, buy your ticket (4 euros one-way in June 2007), walk down the corridor, and enter the cable-car station itself. At busy times you will be guided to one side or the other, divided into groups of 6, and told where to stand – at other times you’re left to sort it out yourself ! And at times there can be BIG queues (see my warnings tip).
The journey itself only takes a couple of minutes. Be warned, if you haven’t a head for heights this is not for you. The cars are quite tiny, and the descent is steep, but you will appreciate the views of the rock formations, and Fira, clinging to the edge of the cliffs.
The gift of a wealthy ship owner, Evangelos Nomikas paid all the expenses for the purchase and installation of SANTORINI CABLE CAR, an Austrian built system. This Funicular is one of the most developed works of the Cyclades province and now belongs to the 14 communities of Santorini.
On Saturday, we all took the Funicular to get down to the Port of Skala for our Pirate Ship cruise. It was an amazing adventure in itself. The views going down ( and later up ) are fabulous. The cost of the funicular is 4 Euros per person.
The cable car travels from Fira harbour up to Fira town.
1 June – 31 August
06:30, 06:40, 06:50, from 07.00 to 24.00 every 20 minutes
One way 3.50 euro
Child 1.50 euro
Luggage 1.50 euro
there are regular donkey rides from Fira harbour to the top of the hill
Info from Santorini.net for ther dates
If you are going to the Port of Fira you may need to take the Cable car. It is situated at the top of Fira and is quite a ride, quick and easy, unless you have a mobility problem.
Getting to the Cable car you nee to walk up quite a few steps, the steps are low and long, but gradually get steeper. When reaching the Cable car, there are steps up to the station, then steep steps onto the cable car itself, so be warned. The cost is around €3:50 per single trip.
A less interesting way to get up from the old port is by cable car. It's fast and for some may feel safer than a donkey ride. We didn't use this route or the donkeys, we walked down and back up. Up took us about 20 minutes, with which we were quite chuffed!
The cable cars are a great way to get from Fira Harbor and the top of the Caldera. The only other way is to climb a 350 metre zigzagging cobblestone trail on foot or by donkey.