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Cheap flights to Santorini

What's Santorini like?

One of the largest volcanic eruptions in history created one of Greece's most picturesque islands. Santorini is a beach lover's dream, with Kamari Beach and the accurately-named Red Beach being perfect places to kick back or snorkel in the clear waters. If you'd prefer something more active, you can take a scenic hike around the crater, explore the archaeological site of Ancient Thira or tour the vineyards.

Which airlines fly to Santorini?

Flying from New Zealand to Santorini is a long journey that requires at least 2 stopovers and a combination of airlines. The final leg of the trip for all airlines is a flight from Athens to Santorini with Olympic Air.

You can travel all the way to Athens with Emirates, with a stop in Dubai, or choose flights with shared airlines such as Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.

How long is the flight to Santorini?

Auckland to Santorini

1 day 7 hours (3 stops)

Christchurch to Santorini

1 day 7 hours (3 stops)

Queenstown to Santorini

1 day 8 hours (4 stops)

Wellington to Santorini

1 day 8 hours (3 stops)

What is the best time to visit Santorini?

The hot summer (July and August) is when Santorini receives most visitors. Travelling in the shoulder seasons of April to June and September to October is a chance to avoid the crowds. The winter may be wet, but there's more chance of accommodation discounts, and the views are equally breathtaking in all seasons.

How expensive is Santorini?

You'll notice prices go up when travelling from Athens or elsewhere on the mainland to tourist hotspot Santorini. Food and drink is a little more expensive than in New Zealand, with restaurant meals costing around €17 (NZ$30) and beers €3-€4 (NZ$5-$7), and accommodation in prime locations can be pricey.

Arriving in Santorini

Santorini Airport (JTR) is a small facility that's experienced rapid growth in the past few years, handling almost 2 million passengers in 2017. It still has all the facilities that arriving and departing travellers need, including an ATM, duty-free shop, cafe and bar.

The airport is 6km southeast of Thira. Destinations all over the island can be reached by public bus (€2.20) or taxi (€15 to Thira, €20-€30 for other destinations). Your hotel may also offer transfers or you can hire a car at the airport.

Useful tips about Santorini

Staying in a hotel on the edge of the caldera guarantees a memorable stay and amazing photos, but it's also expensive.

Head inland to leave behind the crowds and discover Santorini's villages and vineyards, many of which are open for tastings.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.

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