Car Hire at Santorini Airport
Santorini is a stunning volcanic island characterised by the red sand of its beaches and impressive views. Enjoying a year-round warm climate, tourists flock to the Greek island of Santorini throughout the year. The best way to take in everything on offer around Santorini is by hiring a car from Santorini Airport-airport.html).
Where to hire a car at Santorini Airport
There are desks for Hertz, Europcar and Budget in Arrivals at Santorini Airport with flexible opening hours and arrangements for out of hours return of your car. Tipoa, Santorini Car Hire and Avis have offices in Santorini and can organise collection/return of your car at Santorini Airport terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Santorini Airport
If you have hired a car at Santorini Airport with a full to full fuel policy you must ensure you refuel prior to returning your car to avoid excess charges.
There are 10 fuel stations in total on the island of Santorini and the closest to Santorini Airport is located on the airport’s access road 4km to the left.
Driving around Santorini Airport
Roads can be on steep inclines with uneven surfaces in some parts of Santorini but generally, it’s worth taking a look around the island, the perfect location for a road trip.
The single access/exit road of Santorini Airport leads to the main coastal road which is well connected with highways to all destinations on the Island.
Fira is the largest town on Santorini island and located at the top of a cliff, offering incredible views. The coast at Fira is a stopping point for numerous cruise ships from the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
Fira is a short 6.5km drive from Santorini Airport, heading north after leaving the airport and following the signs for Fira.
Parking in Fira is fairly relaxed with plenty of on-street parking. However, it is necessary to ensure you do not park in restricted no parking zones as penalties can be high and you risk having your hire car impounded.
Oia is an attractive town that comprises a maze of boutique shops, restaurants and cafes which remains very much steeped in tradition. There are some award winning restaurants in Oia including the 1800 which serves traditional Santorini-inspired dishes.
Santorini Airport to Oia is a 20km, 30 minute drive which can be reached heading by leaving the airport and heading to the most northerly point on the island, a pleasant drive with most of the route offering coastal views.
There are several small parking zones in Oia with plenty of spaces available. Parking is mostly free but in the areas where charges do apply they are extremely cheap.
Perissa has a striking stretch of black sandy beach that gets extremely hot during the height of summer. There are watersports available in Perissa and a regular water taxi running trips around the headland to Kamari next door.
Perissa is 14km away from Santorini Airport and can be reached by turning north from the airport exit road following for 300m before turning left at Megalochori and continuing for 12km to the exit for Perissa. Take the first exit of the roundabout into Perissa.
There are several hotels offering free parking in Perissa and wide availability of street parking at no cost. It is important to adhere to parking restrictions in place as penalties can be high.