Santorini car hire - rent a car from Athinios Port in Santorini, Greece
Athinios is the official name of the harbor and port of the popular holiday island of Santorini in Greece.
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Santorini Port Athinios (the new Santorini ferry port)
Santorini Port (Athinios) is sometimes referred to as Fira, or Thira port, since it is located in only about 5 km distance from the main Santorini town, Fira (Thira).
Athinios serves as Santorini’s ferry port and can be accessed by car. It is possible to book Santorini car hire with the pick up at the ferry port and/or at Santorini Airport, as well as in Fira/Thira city centre.
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Ferry connections to Santorini
Apart from receiving numerous cruise ships, Santorini Port (Athinios) operates also ferry connections to and from Athens, Paros, Naxos and Heraklion.
The old port of Santorini - Skala Port
Another port serving the island of Santorini, the Skala Port is used mostly by large cruise ships, which due to their considerable size find it more convenient to anchor in the center of the extinct volcano.
Skala Port, the older of two Santorini ports is located beneath Fira (Thira), the largest town of Santorini, at the bottom of a steep 260 meters tall slope. The challenging 580 steps path up to Fira/Thira town is only for able bodied tourists. The less adventurous visitors to Santorini can use a cable car/gondola connecting Skala Pier to Fira, or get a donkey ride.
Skala Pier is very popular amongst cruise ship holidaymakers because of the unique way of accessing the town, as well as because the Old Santorini Port (Skala) abounds in tax free shops, cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Donkey ride destined for light-weighted tourists only costs €5. Skala Pier - Fira Town cable car is €5 per trip and departs every 20 minutes.
If you are a cruise ship passenger arriving at Scala Pier, you will be able to rent a car in Fira (Thira) town.
Cheap car hire Santorini - off season car rental Santorini
Santorini car hire can be surprisingly cheap, although an increase of prices is expected during the busiest months of the tourist season.
The cheapest rental cars in Thira (Fira) can usually cost from around € 160 outside of the tourist season (weekly price). In July-August prices of Santorini hire cars can increase to about € 240 for a week.
It is possible to hire a car on Santorini from well known car rental companies such as Alamo Greece Car Hire, Sixt Santorini and from the popular Greek car rental company Auto Union.