This time however, I decided to wing it and just go with the flow. Once in a while, it feels good to let go and just embrace what the world or Santorini (Thira) has to offer to us. Therefore, there will be no travel itinerary for #ErikaEvaTohTravelsSantorini series. Instead, I will share our travel stories and experiences in Santorini. 😉
Public Transportation To/From Syntagma Square – Athens International Airport
Before my sister and I went to Santorini, we spent 2 days and 1 night exploring the historical city of Athens, Greece. Athens is by far, my favourite European city or travel destination apart from Santorini. There are several reasons leading to the above conclusion and I shall elaborate further in my #ErikaTohTravelsAthens series. 😉
Back to the story, there is excellent public transportation service in Athens ranging from the busses, metros and taxis. As a result of that, getting from one place to another in Athens is easy and convenient. However, during a strike, the metros, busses and even the taxi service will be crippled and visitors will be left stranded in the city unless they are able to find other alternatives. 🙁
My sister and I were lucky enough to experience a strike on the day we arrived in Athens. You can read our unforgettable Greek strike experience here.
From the city of Athens, we made our way to Athens International Airport by bus because not only is the fare cheap, we get to enjoy scenic views of Athens city too. Besides the bus, one can also take the metro or taxi to the airport, but those will cost more. At Syntagma Square, look out for kamaronia FoodBar (in bright yellow):
- Wait at the bus stop with the sign: ΑΦΕTHPIA
- Purchase the bus tickets at the ticket booth (EKΔOΣH EIΣITHPIΩN & KAPTΩN)
- The trip to/from the airport costs €5 per person, per journey
- Take bus no. X95 ΣYNTAΓMA (Syntagma) – AEPNAΣ AΘHNON (Athens Airport Express)
- Remember to validate the bus ticket at the ticket validation machine on the bus (strictly compulsory, failure to do so will result in a hefty fine or imprisonment)
- The journey from Syntagma Square to/from the airport takes about 60 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions
Take Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina – Douk. Plakentias – Athens International Airport) which connects Athens International Airport with the city centre. The trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. The trip to/from the airport to Syntagma station (Athens centre) takes about 40 minutes. The metro ticket fares are as follows:
- One-way ticket for one person: €8
- Return ticket for one person: €14 (valid within 48 hours)
- One-way ticket for 2 persons: €14
- One-way ticket for 3 persons: €20
- One-way half price tickets (for students younger than 25, youngsters 6-18 or people older than 65): €4.00
- Children under 6 years : Free
When using a return, a day or a week ticket, be sure to validate the ticket at the special ticket validation machine upon your exit and entry at the train stations. Keep your tickets safe for random inspections by the train officers on duty.
Taxis are available at the designated taxi waiting areas around Athens city. A taxi to/from the airport to Syntagma Square costs a flat rate of:
- €35 from 5:00 am to midnight
- €50 from midnight to 5:00 am
Do take note that the charge/fare is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras.
Ryanair Night Flight From Athens (ATH) To Santorini (JTR)
Of all the airlines I surveyed, Ryanair offers the cheapest flights from Athens to Santorini, especially if the tickets are bought several months in advance. For the record, our flight tickets to Santorini costs €138 (including VAT 23%) for two, with no checked baggage. 😉
Do take note that Ryanair is extremely strict with their carry on and cabin bags allowance. Any bags that exceed the dimensions given will be charged a hefty €50 fee, whereas online checked baggage only cost €15 for a bag below 30kg! Be sure to measure your luggage bag and online checked baggage if it exceeds the required dimensions to save your euros! I warned you!
Checking-in was a breezy affair, so was the time when it comes to board the plane from our designated terminal. Do take note that there are no announcements for Ryanair departures at Athens International Airport, so pay attention to the live departure board and make your way to the correct boarding terminal to avoid missing your flight.
Hello, Santorini National Airport!
After spending about 40 minutes on the plane, we arrived safely at Santorini National Airport. The airport was rather quiet, small, but operational. From the airport, we made our way out to the main street and spotted a local bus waiting at the bus stop located on the left, several metres away.
We boarded the bus to the central bus station in Fira. The journey took about 20 minutes. Fyi, the last bus from Santorini National Airport to Fira is 7.10pm. In fact, the last bus for most of the destinations in Santorini was about the same time, around 7pm. For the accurate time, kindly check the timetables at this website: http://www.ktel-santorini.gr 😀
It was dark by the time we arrived in Fira and there was no bus to Oia after 6.30pm, so we had to spend the night at Fira. We took the opportunity to explore the town and had our dinner at a Chinese restaurant located just down the road. A plate of egg fried rice, curry fried rice and two bottles of mineral water was €18.
Initially, we wanted to spend the night at the bus station, but the presence of rowdy youths racing and on the streets with their noisy ATVs turned us off. We feared for our safety as well as those youths looked rather mischievous. They are like the pesky “Mat Rempits” we have back in Malaysia. 🙁 Thus, we decided to stay at the nearest decent hotel that we could find that happens to be Central Fira Hotel.