How to get around in Santorini
As you may already know, there are two ways to get to Santorini: you can get there either by boat or plane. No matter which mode of transportation you will choose to reach your holiday destination though, chances are that you will need a way to get to your room or hotel. If you have already arranged for a transfer service to pick you up and get you to your lodgings or if you have asked your car rental company service to have a car waiting for you when you arrive (more on that later), you're good to. Otherwise, you will have to rely on public transport.
When it comes to getting to the towns of Santorini from either the port or the airport the first choice is the bus which is the Greeks call KTEL. With a relatively cheap ticket the bus will get you to Fira (the capital and the center of the island) and from there you can board another bus to the area of the island that interests you. Bus routes are surprisingly frequent and they run until very late at night, also, the locals will be more than willing to help you pick the right bust for your destination. If the bus seems time consuming and tiring due to the crowds, you can always opt for a TAXI that will take you right to your desired destination. It goes without saying though that Taxi fares cost a lot more than bus tickets.
But can you do if you have not made ANY arrangements at all regarding transportation and lodgings and you are not familiar with the island and its towns? (thats why be proactive and visit santorinieasyrent.com to rent a car) Well, in that case your best bet is to get to the town Fira either by bus or taxi and talk with the tourist agencies that you will find on the town’s main square, which also happens to be very close to the bus station. The tourist agencies and offices will provide you will information on the island and they will help you find a place to stay. We suggest that you don't go exploring Fira before finding a hotel or a room because as soon as you experience the view of the caldera, you will become enchanted by its beauty and time will fly by without realizing it and you may end up without a room to spend the night in. Fira is also the best place to rent a car or a bike since most of the island's rental agencies are situated there.
The rental rates for cars and bikes depend on the sizes of the vehicle and their horsepower, however, even a small car is more than adequate for exploring the island at your leisure. Santorini is ideal for newbie drivers because although there are very few traffic lights on the streets and crossroads, it's nearly impossible to drive really fast because of the island's winding roads. The roads are in good condition and well maintained which means that the only thing that you will have to worry about while driving will be the turns and of course the other vehicles on the road.
When it comes to exploration, you will find that Santorini is ideal for "holiday explorers". The island is relatively small and all of its many sights and beautiful beaches are situated pretty close to each other. It's also really easy to navigate. So, if you have rented a car, just top it off with gas and start exploring. Chances are that your vacation will end before you run out of fuel! Although renting a car is the best way to enjoy Santorini, it is by no means the only one.
Depending on your interests, there are daily excursions to the historical and archaeological sights of the island or leisure trips including a tour of the volcano and the surrounding islands. Also, there are many small boats that can get you on a tour of the island's beautiful beaches. Those boats usually leave from the island's biggest ports found on Fira, however smaller tourist boats can be found on nearly all coastal towns.