The central bus station is just south of the main square in Fira. Schedules are posted here: Most routes are served every hour or half-hour from 7am to 11pm in high season. A conductor on board will collect fares, which range from 2€ to 5€. Destinations include Akrotiri, Athinios (the ferry pier), Oia, Kamari, Monolithos (the airport), Perissa, Perivolas Beach, Vlihada, and Vourvoulos. Excursion buses go to major attractions; ask a travel agent for details.
The travel agents listed above can help you rent a car. Be sure to take full insurance. Of the better-known agencies, try Budget Rent-A-Car, at the airport (tel. 22860/33-290), or in Fira, a block below the small square that the bus station is on (tel. 22860/22-900); a small car in high season should cost about 60€ a day, with unlimited mileage. If you reserve in advance through Budget in the U.S. (tel. 800/527-0700), you should be able to beat that price.
Warning: If you park in town or in a no-parking area, the police will remove your license plates, and you, not the car-rental office, will have to pay a steep fine to get them back. There's free parking -- often full -- on the port's north side.
The travel agents listed above can help you rent a moped. Many roads on the island are narrow and winding; add local drivers who take the roads at high speed, and visiting drivers who aren't sure where they're going, and you'll understand the island's high accident rate. If you're determined to use two-wheeled transportation, expect to pay about 25€ per day, less during off season. Greek law now requires wearing a helmet; not all agents supply the helmet.
The taxi station is just south of the main square. In high season, book ahead by phone (tel. 22860/22-555 or 22860/23-951), if you want a taxi for an excursion; be sure that you agree on the price before you set out. For most point-to-point trips (Fira to Oia, for example), the prices are fixed. If you call for a taxi outside Fira, you'll be charged a pickup fee of at least 2€; you're also required to pay the driver's fare from Fira to your pickup point. Bus service shuts down at midnight, so book a taxi in advance if you'll need it late at night.
Safety First on Santorini
Use caution when walking around Santorini, especially at night. Remember many drivers on the roads are newcomers to the island and may not know every twist and turn. Those who do know every twist and turn tend to take them at full throttle.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.