Cheap Flights to Santorini

Cheap flights to Santorini

A volcanic Greek island known for its stunning views and incredible sunsets, Santorini is where to head for drink in the scenic views. White-washed towns tumble down steep cliffs leading to the azure sea, and there’s a fine choice of beaches to soak up some sun.

When to book flights to Santorini

Between late April and November is when the weather is warmer and there’s less chance of rain. However, the summer months between July and August are peak season and, during this time, the island is more crowded with tourists and flight prices rise. If you’re flying in the school holidays, it’s a good idea to book early to get the best deals.

If you can travel outside of the peak season, you’ll be rewarded with a more relaxed atmosphere and better choice of Santorini flights and hotels.

How to find the best flight deals to Santorini

Although it’s generally easier to get cheap flights to Santorini if you book early, you can use Expedia to find great deals whenever you travel.

In order to have the best choice of cheap flights, use the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option to see what’s available on days either side of your chosen departure and return. Because of the way holiday tour operators work, some days of the week are more in demand than others. If you do have flexibility about when you fly you can increase your chances of bagging a bargain.

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Santorini Airport

Santorini (Thira) International Airport is located around three miles to the southeast of Thira. There are scheduled regular flights with a number of major airlines, as well as additional seasonal charter services in the peak summer months. In total, around two million passengers a year fly in and out of the airport.

The airport is served by public busses and airport taxis, and private shuttle services are also available to take you to destinations like Kamari, Oia and Fira.

There’s also a car rental option at the airport if you want to have your own transport throughout your stay.

Which airlines fly to Santorini?

Flights to Santorini are available from a number of different carriers.

These include:

  • British Airlines
  • easyJet
  • Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Norwegian Air
  • TUI

How to get around in Santorini

There’s a public bus service on the island, with buses running regularly and tickets costing around two euros. They’re air conditioned but can get overcrowded in the high season.

There are private car services available on the island if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious – but do book your taxi in advance as there are a limited number on the island and they are in high demand during the peak season.

Rental cars should also be booked early in the summer months. More intrepid travellers can set off on a rental scooter to explore the island. Hire costs about 15 euros a day.

There are some boats running between the major ports, which is a great way to get another perspective on the island. And cycling and walking also come highly recommended – the walk between Fira and Oia is particularly spectacular.

What are the must-sees in Santorini?

The main attraction in Santorini is the landscape itself. The result of a giant volcanic explosion, the top was literally blown off the island forming a flooded crescent caldera. Some say it was this that inspired the myth of the lost city of Atlantis.

Towns such as Fira and Oia cling to the steep cliff sides, with white-washed buildings cascading down to the water. And the sunsets here are the stuff of legend. Pick your spot, order a cocktail and marvel as the sun disappears into the sea of behind the volcanic crater.

Around the island you’ll also find cave houses, vineyards (one of the world’s oldest can be found here) and tiny chapels to explore. You can also catch a boat around the island to visit the hot springs.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my flight to Santorini?
For more information about updating your flight to Santorini or cancelling it, head over to our Customer Service Portal.
How do I find cheap flights to Santorini that have flexible change policies?
Many airlines offer the option to reschedule your flight without a change fee. All you pay is the difference between the original flight and the new flight you select. When you’re searching for flights to Santorini, you’ll see a “no change fees” filter for you to select.
Can I fly to Santorini now?
Make your visit to Santorini straightforward and simple by making your first stopover our Covid-19 Travel Advisor. This is the easiest way to keep yourself up-to-date about current travel restrictions, including quarantine requirements and the latest health advisory information.
What is the name of Santorini's airport?
Santorini National Airport (JTR) is the sole airport in Santorini.
How far is JTR from central Santorini?
If you’re basing yourself in central Santorini, you’ll be there within moments after landing at JTR. This terminal is just 3 kilometres from downtown.
What airport is best to fly into Santorini?
People from all around the world pass through Santorini Airport every day. Hop off the plane, collect your luggage and you’ll find yourself 3 kilometres from the downtown Santorini streets.
How many airlines fly to Santorini?
There are 11 air carriers that jet into Santorini from 17 worldwide airports.
Which airlines fly to Santorini?
Aegean Airlines and Sky Express operate the most flights to Santorini. One of the most preferred ways to travel there is on an Aegean Airlines flight from Athens.
How many nonstop flights are there to Santorini?
With around 83 direct flights each week, you’ll be hitting the tarmac in Santorini before you can say, “Are we there yet?”
Where are the most popular flights to Santorini departing from?
Flights to Santorini departing from Athens, London and Orly airports are the most popular.
How long is the flight to Santorini Airport?
Which city you depart from determines how much of the in-flight entertainment you’ll get to enjoy. From Athens to Santorini, the average flight time is 49 minutes. From London it’s more or less 3 hours and 53 minutes, and from Orly it’s 3 hours and 25 minutes.
How to book the cheapest flight to Santorini?
We’ve all come across those jet-setters who somehow pick up incredibly cheap fares wherever they go. Eager to know how to do it for your Santorini holiday? Don’t leave it until the very last minute to lock in your flight. Don’t stop there, though. Do some research and check if there is more than one airport at your destination. Ticket prices often differ depending on which airport you jet into. Don’t forget to compare fares across airlines too. Last of all, another simple way to save some cash is be ready to book fast. If you stumble on a good bargain, don’t hesitate — snap it up while you can.
How to survive the flight to Santorini?
If you’re not prepared, air travel can be daunting. But don’t hit the panic button just yet. Follow these handy tips and enjoy a worry-free start to your getaway in Santorini.What to pack in your hand luggage:

  • First and foremost, pack your passport, travel docs, credit cards and vital medications. Next, you’ll need some in-flight entertainment to while away the time. A thrilling book and a laptop crammed with your favourite movies are always good options. If you intend to catch forty winks, a comfy neck pillow and a pair of earplugs will also be useful. Finally, make room for a toothbrush and some cleansing wipes to ensure you hop off the plane feeling fresh as a daisy.

Do not pack the following items in your hand luggage:

  • Put all your full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner in your checked baggage. Any liquids or gels in your carry-on bag larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) will be confiscated by authorities. Sharp objects, like a pocket knife, and dangerous goods which are explosive or flammable, such as aerosol cans, flares and fireworks, are also not allowed.

What to wear on a flight:

  • Your aim here is to feel as comfortable as possible. Don layers of natural fibers and don’t forget to pack a jacket just in case you get cold. Always opt for flat, slightly roomy shoes as it’s possible that your feet and ankles will swell a little during the flight. Leave the stilettos and heavy hiking boots in your checked baggage.
  • The result of sustained periods of inactivity, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that can affect passengers on long-distance flights. The good news is there are ways to reduce the risk of developing it. Drink plenty of water, wander around the cabin wherever possible and wear compression socks or tights.

How to get through airport security fast when flying to Santorini?
It’s all about being organised. We’ve pulled together some handy tips and tricks for an easy trip through security. Watch out Santorini, here you come:

  • Airport security personnel first need to determine that you have a valid ID and travel documents before anything else. Keep them within easy reach.
  • Next up is the X-ray machine. Empty your pockets and remove anything metal that is likely to set off the scanner’s alarm. This includes things like headphones or earphones, as well as bulky coats or jackets. They’ll all need to go on the X-ray conveyor belt.
  • Your electronic gadgets like phones and laptops will also have to go through the machine to be scanned. Don’t worry though, you’ll be back online soon enough.
  • Travelling with your favourite perfume? No problem. As long as the volume is no larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) and it’s stored in a zip-close bag, you can bring it with you on board.
  • The right choice of footwear can save you a few precious minutes. Boots and heavy shoes are often required to be removed and separately scanned. Slip-on sneakers are usually not.
  • Sharp items are not allowed on board. They’ll be confiscated at security, so put them in your checked baggage.

Flights to Santorini information
Destination AirportSantorini
Destination Airport IATA codeJTR