International flights to Santorini usually connect via Athens, although several European charter airlines can also provide cheap flights to Santorini. The airport is located on the eastern side of Thira, about six kilometres from Fira.
This airport provides all the necessary facilities. For passengers arriving on Santorini flights banking services are provided by an ATM machine. Three companies offer car rental services for those wanting to hire a vehicle. Several of Thira's hotels offer shuttle services to and from the airport. Whilst waiting to depart, cafŽ and bar services can help pass the time. Duty-free and jewellery shopping are also on hand.
From the airport, taxis can get visitors into the surrounding villages. Bus services are provided from Fira to most areas on the island at regular intervals and at reasonable prices. Most of the resorts have a number of taxis. They are usually clean and modern vehicles charging government-set tariffs.
For real independence, hiring a car from one of the rental agencies can give visitors on cheap flights to Santorini the ability to explore the islands at their leisure. The romantic notion of a scooter trip with a friend can easily be realised if you hire one and explore the islands off the main roads.
Santorini is scattered over a number of islands, each providing different experiences. The islands provide cultural, historic and gastronomic delights. Half-day boat trips to Nea Kameni and Palia Kamenis, allow visitors to explore an active volcano.
The ancient ruin-city of Akrotiri is certainly worth a visit. Preserved by ash, Akortiri dates back to 1600 BC, and is a must-see for archeological fanatics on flights to Santorini. The ruins of Thira, dating back to 1200 BC are also well worth the visit.
Santorini produces 36 kinds of grapes and is becoming well known for its wonderful wines. There are a number of vineyards and wineries on the island, and tours and tastings can provide and enjoyable day out.
Eating out is to be savoured in Santorini, as in the rest of Greece. There are several local specialties tourists should try, including mezedes. 'Archipelagos Captain's House' and the 'Fanari restaurant' are highly recommended restaurants.
The local bars and taverns can provide a mix of musical styles in a quiet setting. 'Kira Thira,' a well-established jazz club, is quite a treat. For the young at heart, nightclubs like the 'Koo Club' and the 'Enigma Club' provide late-night entertainment.
Shopping in this part of Greece can lead to many surprises. The area produces a range of jewellery, from budget souvenirs to high-end pieces. Anything from folk art to fine ceramics can be purchased at the various shopping locales in Santorini. Book your cheap airfare to Santorini and all this will be just a stone's throw away!