Santorini is one of Greece’s most iconic landscapes – a rugged island shaped by a massive volcanic eruption way back in the 16th century. Its cliff edges are dotted with white buildings, now a Greek trademark. What’s most amazing though is that the island sits on a still very active volcano, whose crater is hidden under the sea.
Volcanic-sand beaches dot its coasts. Some black, some red, others even multi-coloured. However, they all open up to alluring turquoise waters that will make you want to take a dip. Make sure that you spend at least one sunset in Oia. It will be one of the most picturesque views you’ll ever see!
The only way to travel the 80 km distance from Paros to Santorini is to take a direct ferry. The total travel time ranges from 2 – 5.5 hours, depending on the ferry you choose. Fares start from €31.50 ($32.50).
You can choose between 2 types of ferries for the Paros to Santorini route. High-speed ferries are faster but bumpier, while regular ferries are slower but calmer.
The option that is best for you depends on your budget, time, and capacity to travel on rough seas.
Most travellers visiting Santorini stay in Fira, the island’s city capital. This town is easy to reach by bus from Santorini Harbour. Buses are usually parked near the port, waiting for ferry arrivals.
You can buy your bus ticket from the driver for €2.50 ($2.60). Travel time to Fira Bus Stop is around 30 minutes.
Keep in mind, though, that there are often not enough buses for all passengers. If you miss the bus, you might have to wait a few hours for the next trip.
Another option to travel to Fira is by taxi. Rates start from €29 ($30), and travel time can be around 20 minutes. If you’re travelling alone and on a budget, you can ask around for tourists willing to share a taxi ride to Fira.
Heading to other destinations in Santorini, like Oia or Imerovigli? It will be easiest to take a direct taxi, but this option would be a bit expensive. You can also take a bus to Fira, where there are buses bound for almost every town on the island.