Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Santorini


Everything you need to know before visiting Santorini

The famous Greek volcanic island called Santorini is one of the most visited islands, not only in Europe but also in the entire world. You can see pictures on every social media, that show breathtaking views, extra luxury resorts and delicious Greek food.


Like for every destination, I highly recommend knowing what to expect, how to plan your travel in the best way, by knowing all the info and tips. This will help you to plan your dream vacation in the best possible way, without missing anything.


Everything you need to know before visiting Santorini

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Time zone santorini, greece

Time Zone

Greece is in the Eastern European Time Zone, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).

During summer, Greece observes daylight-saving, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour so it becomes 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3). In winter the time in Greece is moved back by 1 hour to Eastern European Time.

These changes always happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.


currency in santorini, greece

Currency


The official currency of Greece is the euro. Always bring some cash with you, especially on the islands and in little towns.


You won't be paying cash all of the time, as there are shops and merchants in Greece that are well equipped to accept card payments – Visa and Mastercard are more common than American Express. Check here the actual currency change


vaccinations to visit santorini, greece

Vaccinations

You should ask your family doctor before travelling to Greece and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations.


Just make sure you’re up to date for recommended vaccinations for your home country and have a look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.


voltage adapters santorini, greece

Voltage and Adaptors

The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties.

I recommend you buy a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor to use other appliances.

Check the Plug adaptor that I use.


how to get to santorini, greece

How to get to Santorini

Santorini has one international airport that is well connected to most of the main cities in Europe.

There are many airlines that connect Santorini with the rest of Europe, to check which one connects you to one of the most amazing places in Greece check out here on Jetradar or Expedia, two travel search engines that allow users to compare airline prices and offers, specializing in low-cost airfare and find the best deal for your next trip.

Otherwise, if you prefer to get to Greece mainland by train or bus and then catch a ferry to reach Santorini, check here train and buses prices and schedule on Omio. It could be the best solution for you to get to Greece, spend some time on the mainland and then catch a ferry to reach Santorini.


To check out the prices and availability of Greek ferries, click here.


Everything you need to know before visiting Santorini

Plan Your Vacation in Santorini in the Best Way

Check out all my articles in the "Most Complete Guide of Santorini" and get all the information you need to make your next travel a success.


how to go from santorini airport to your accommodation

Going from the Airport to your accommodation

I think is always wise to check how to go from the Airport to your accommodation. There are always many ways to choose from.

In Santorini, there are buses that go to the city centre, or you can book a private taxi in advance that will take you to your accommodation.

I always think is better to book a private transfer from the Airport to the hotel. So, you can start your holiday right upon arrival and save your time and energy. When we arrived in Santorini, we had a minivan waiting for us that took us right outside our hotel, so we got there in less than ten minutes.


Everything you need to know before visiting Santorini

My favourite private airport transfer websites are:

HolidayTaxis: it provides airport transfers by airport taxi, group minibus, shuttle, coach or limousine to over 21,000 destinations and resorts in over 150 countries worldwide. Check here prices and availability.

Kiwitaxi: is a site where one can book a transfer to get from or to the airport in 98 countries, between two tourist destinations or other locations popular with tourists. Check here prices and availability.

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I recommend checking my articles about all the cities I have visited, where you are gonna find exactly how to get from that specific airport to the city centre and all the information you need before booking and planning your visit.


Everything you need to know before visiting Santorini

By Bus:

From the airport, you can reach Fira (Santorini's main town) by bus. And from there, catch your bus to reach your accommodation. Every beach and village is very well connected, and in every place, there is a bus to catch that goes back to the main Bus Station in Fira.

Just ask for an island bus map at the station, so you will clearly have an idea of how to reach every place you want to visit.

Bus tickets cost only 1.80 euros.



Rent a Car:

If you like driving like me, you can always rent a car, and in this case, I always have a look at my favourite rental car websites and I see where I find the best deals.

Have a look at them here:

DiscoverCars:

Discover cars is basically a Skyscanner, but for rental cars. And since you're comparing lots of different companies, you also get to choose from lots of different cars. Check here prices and availability.

RentalCars:

Rentalcars.com is an international car rental booking service that is present all over the world. Click here to check prices and availabilities.

Localrent.com:

Local rent is a website that put you in contact with local rental cars, is available only in Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Czech Republic, Montenegro. Check out car rental prices here.


Do you want to see everything Santorini has to offer and save money at the same time?

Check here all the activities and tours available. You won't regret it!


Do you need some Travel Tips, like how to pack for your next travel, how to plan a budget for a solo trip or for a couple's travel?

Check out my Travel Tips section where you will find all the help, tips and tricks to plan your next adventure in the most organized way!


is tap water safe to drink in santorini?

Is tap water and food safe in Santorini?

It’s safe to drink tap water in Greece only on the mainland and also from drinking fountains that you will find especially in the major cities and parks. Unfortunately, in most islands (not all of them) like Santorini, it is highly recommended to avoid drinking tap water.

I always carry with me a reusable bottle so I can fill it up anytime I have the chance.

On the Greek islands instead, would be better for you to avoid it.

If you are not sure, it’s always safe to ask locals or, in doubt, to drink bottled water.


is food safe to eat in santorini?

About food, honestly, Santorini has so much to offer that the only problem you will have is that your stomach is not big enough to eat everything you wish. That's why I always carry with me some natural remedies, just in case I overeat because, as my mom always says, "I eat with my eyes and not with my mouth".

Unfortunately, bad luck happens. Sometimes it is not the food but just our stomach that needs to get used to the new cuisine (and let's be honest, we all eat and drink more than usual when on holiday) take some of these natural remedies with you in case you will have stomach upset or food poisoning.


travel natural remedies

My favourite Natural remedies for stomach upset or food poisoning:

  • Milk Thistle: is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink, such as indigestion and upset stomach. Milk Thistle is a great natural remedy to always have with you when you travel.


  • Charcoal capsules: recent studies prove that charcoal can be a good help in case you eat something that was not good and it can prevent you from having diarrhoea.

  • Probiotics: My doctor advises me to start taking them some days before my travel, as a prevention, in case I am going to visit a country where water and food can be easily contaminated. In case I got food poisoning, take some (follow instructions) while and after you are sick.

Obviously, ask your doctor first if you can take them in case you have any allergies.


eating and drinking our Santorini

Eating and Drinking Out

In Santorini, you will find a wide variety of food from meat to fish and delicious vegetables.

Check out my articles about What to Eat in Santorini.


In there you will find everything you need to know about the delicious Greek cuisine.

Prices may vary from locations and bars and restaurants, but these are the approximate prices for the most common foods and drinks in Santorini:

In Supermarket

Bottle 1.5 L water: around 1.00 Euro

Bottle of Beer 0.5 L: approximately 2.00 Euro

Bottle of Wine: 10-20 Euro

At a Bar:

Coffee-latte: 1.50 Euro

Coke in a Can: Around 2.00-2.50 Euro

A glass of 0.5 L Beer: around 1.50-2.00 Euro

A glass of Wine: Around 3.50-6.00 Euro

A bottle of wine: 20-30 Euro

Restaurant on a budget per person: Around 15/20 Euro

Restaurant medium-range per person: Around 35-40 Euro

Fine dining Restaurant per person: From 100 Euro


tipping guide in Santorini

Tipping Guide

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