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How to Visit Santorini on a Budget as a Couple or Solo Traveler

There are more than 600 goals on my bucket list. Santorini was high up on it — right up there with Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and all the other modern wonders of the world.

But I never really gave it much thought, because I always assumed that it was a destination for the uber-rich. I figured I’d have to save it for my retirement years. Surely, everyone has a things-to-do-after-retirement list.

Well, this was one of them for me…until one day, when I was mindless browsing the net and discovered that Singapore had this budget airline called Scoot, and it was offering round-trip tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Athens for only MYR1,600 (approx. USD400).

So, I began my journey from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore on a 50-minute flight, transited for a few hours in Changi Airport, and spent another 11 hours on the flight from Singapore to Athens.

I then spent two nights there, because when you’re in Greece, you might as well go and see the Acropolis, even if your uncultured self thinks that it’s just a bunch of rocks and pillars.

Acropolis in Athens
And of course, despite your ignorance, you still have to take a photo in front of it!

From Athens, there are two options to get to Santorini:

By Air

Flying is the fastest and easiest — there are daily flights all year round, and it only takes 40 minutes. Understandably, it is the most expensive option. Ryan Air usually has some pretty good deals, but do note that the flights often arrive in Santorini very early in the morning (around 3 a.m.), so keep that in mind when you’re planning your trip.

Additionally, during the peak season, there are also direct flights to Santorini from major European cities as well as from outside of Europe. Once you get to Santorini Airport, it is only about 5 kilometres away from the capital Fira, which you can reach by bus or taxi.

By Sea

The ferries depart from Piraeus Port in Athens. There are several ferry companies to choose from, namely Seajets, Fast Ferries, Superfast Ferries, Blue Star, and a few others — Blue Star being the cheapest and the slowest. Basically, the faster the ferry, the more expensive it is. Of course I took the slowest.

The fare fluctuates according to season, and I assume the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. At the time of my booking, they offered a promo fare of 20 euros one-way. Because I booked pretty late, the return ticket was 40 euros.

You can choose between economy seats and ‘air-seat lounge’. As the name suggests, the more expensive air-seat lounge allows you to access a private lounge.

But I think the economy ticket is much better. It’s free seating, which means you get to walk around the entire ferry and sit outside to enjoy the view of the Aegean sea and its islands.

Blue Star Ferry to Santorini - how to travel in Santorini on a budget

Blue Star Ferry to Santorini - how to travel in Santorini on a budget itinerary

The ferry stopped at three different islands before reaching Santorini.

Finally, after 7 hours, they announced our arrival at Athinios, the main port of Santorini. That was the ferry’s last stop before heading back to Athens.

From the sea, Santorini didn’t look half as nice as the other few islands we passed by earlier. There were not as many of those white houses that you’d often see on postcards and travel magazines.

Best Time to Visit Santorini

Peak Season

The peak season in Santorini (and almost all of Europe, basically) is during the summer holidays, i.e. from late June to early September.

The plus side? Hot, sunny weather. The sea is at its warmest and perfect for swimming. Ferries and flights are very frequent. The nightlife scene thrives. And if you like to be surrounded by lots of people, there’s no better time to go.

The downside? Lots of people — which means less personal space, longer waiting time to get into restaurants, longer queues to take pictures at scenic spots, and higher prices for pretty much everything.

Shoulder Season

March – June and September – November are the shoulder seasons in Santorini. I went in May, which I think was perfect timing. The loads of summer vacationers hadn’t arrived yet, so I got to explore at a much more relaxed pace, but there were still enough people around to not make the place seem so desolate.

In addition, hotels were very cheap (even by my standards), and the weather was great — sunny, but not too hot, sometimes chilly. Having spent my whole life in a tropical country, I really don’t have a pressing need to experience more summer. In fact, we travel abroad expressly to escape the heat.

Low Season

The low season is around December to February. But winter travel in Santorini has become more popular of late. The winter is moderate, compared to countries in Northern Europe. There can be some rain and overcast skies, but all in all, it’s still great for sightseeing, photographing, and food hunting.

However, be reminded that ferries and flights are not as frequent during this time, so make sure you plan carefully. Don’t forget to pack some warmer clothes.

Where to Stay in Santorini

If you want to stay near the beach, you should choose a hotel on the eastern coast of the island. However, if you want to get the best views of the sunset, volcano, and caldera, you should stay on the western coast — in one of the four towns that are located on the Santorini caldera: Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani.

Most of Santorini’s best hotels are located in these four towns. The caldera towns are generally trendier and offer more sophisticated hotels and restaurants. That doesn’t mean they are all expensive though.

The key to staying in Santorini on a budget is to stay a little further from the caldera edge.

Fira Santorini - how to travel to Santorini on a budget itinerary
In Fira, Santorini, waiting for sunset.

My suggestion? If you only have a few days, stay in Fira. That’s the capital and largest city in Santorini, with the most restaurants, hotels, and shops. It can be a little busy, but you can find some quiet places if you go just a little off the main street.

On top of that, it’s also where the bus hub is. All bus services throughout the island start and end in Fira, so staying there will help you save a lot of time and money. That is, if you’re planning to take buses. If you’re renting a car, you can stay anywhere you like. Likewise, if you’re staying for a longer period, it makes sense to find a cheaper hotel elsewhere.

I stayed in Villa Ilios in Fira. It was only 70 euros for 2 nights. It was not the cheapest hotel on the island and certainly not the kind of price tag I was used to. But considering that this was Santorini, where I expected hotels to be at least 100 euros per night, it was a steal.

Villa Ilios, Fira, Greece - how to travel in Santorini on a budget itinerary
Villa Ilios, Fira, Santorini.


The room was pretty decent and there was even a swimming pool. The only downside was that it didn’t face the sea, so I wasn’t able to see the volcano or the sunset from my room.

However, this was not a problem, as the hotel was only about 10 – 15 minutes’ walk to the viewpoint.

Cheapest Accommodation in Fira, Santorini (Below EUR 60 per Night)

How to Get Around in Santorini

If you want more flexibility, you can rent a car, a motorbike, or a quad. There are a lot of car rental offices around the island and you can even take it directly from the airport or ferry terminal upon arrival.

But because I didn’t trust myself with any form of vehicle, and because I didn’t see the point of paying a lot for a car when I could pay less to get someone to drive for me, I was happy with the local bus. Besides, all of the local attractions that I wanted to go to were reachable by bus.

The bus proved to be very efficient and affordable (costing only between 0.80 to 2.80 euros). From Fira, there are seven different routes to take you to Oia, Kamari, Perissa, Akrotiri, Pyrgos, the ferry terminal, and the airport.

Fira is the main hub, where all of the bus lines start and end. So, if you’re from any other part of the island trying to get to another, you’ll have to transit in Fira. Click here to see the latest bus timetable.

Budget Itinerary in Santorini for 3d2n

Day 1

When my ferry reached Santorini, it was close to 3 p.m. Buses were already waiting next to the ferry terminal, ready to take the ferry passengers to Fira. The fare was 2.30 euros.

Get the front seat if you can, so that you get the best view of the road leading up the hill. The driver had mad skills maneuvering around the hairpin turns. 



After getting some well-deserved rest, I went out to explore the area. On the same street as my hotel were several cafes and restaurants. Close to the bus terminal was Fira Square, which was a street lined with more restaurants, bars, and a supermarket.

I walked further ahead till I reached a chapel and turned left. There, I saw the sea and the cliff with the white houses. Just like in the postcards! And there was another maze of shops and restaurants to explore.

I picked one of the restaurants and had a drink there while waiting for sunset. Before going back to the hotel, I went to the supermarket to buy some fruits and snacks.


How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

Day 2

On the second day, I slept in because my only plan for the day was to have a late lunch at Amoudi Bay and watch sunset at Oia. But by 11 a.m., I was getting restless, so I Googled for more things to do on Santorini. Finally, I decided to pay a quick visit to Kamari, one of the black beaches on the island.

It was about noon when I arrived and the weather was very hot. The black sand made it even more so (in case you forgot your fourth-grade science lesson, black absorbs heat), but this didn’t seem to deter the sunbathers. I only stayed long enough to take some pictures before heading back to Fira to take a bus to Oia.

Kamari Beach, Santorini - how to travel in Santorini on a budget itinerary

Kamari Beach, Santorini - how to travel in Santorini on a budget itinerary
The sand burned in my hands!

Next stop: Oia.

Oia (also pronounced ‘Ia’) is the second biggest town on Santorini and apparently has the best sunset view. That’s also where the prettiest white buildings and blue domes are, making it one of the best places to stay on Santorini, albeit far more expensive than Fira.

Amoudi Bay, Santorini - how to travel on Santorini on a budget itinerary
Lunch at Amoudi Bay

Since the heat at the black beach had drained my energy, my first mission was to refuel. So, I went to look for the steps to get to Amoudi Bay. Like Fira, Oia is also a maze of shops, hotels, and restaurants.

Once you’ve found the path to Amoudi, you have to descend 200 steps. Beware though, some parts of the steps are steep and slippery, and there’s nothing to break your fall but piles of donkey dung.

I saw several donkeys standing under the hot sun along the stairway. They were so quiet and well-behaved, even without their handler guarding them.

You can rent those donkeys to take you down to Amoudi and back, but before you do so, please think twice, thrice, or many times as you can. There had been rumors going around that the donkeys get terrible cuts and sores on their backs because of ill-fitting harnesses and obese tourists.

Personally, I think if those tourists need to use animals to carry themselves up and down the steps because they’re too lazy or too unfit to do so themselves, then they shouldn’t go to Amoudi at all. They should stay in their hotel rooms and order room service. Better yet, they should hire a chauffeur to drive their lazy bums back to the airport and never come back.

When you have lunch at Amoudi, remember not to stuff yourself too much, because you’ll have to climb the 200 steps back to Oia.

How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

I spent the rest of the day sightseeing and taking pictures. Oia is an absolutely spectacular place. Everywhere you look, you will see cute little shops and stunning restaurants. I went a little crazy with the camera. There was not one spot in Oia that wasn’t pretty enough for a photo.

Sunset was at 8.20 p.m. Around 7, I went to a restaurant that had a rooftop seating overlooking the sea, where I had some Greek snacks. This is the famous Oia sunset, as seen from the restaurant.

Sunset at Oia Santorini - how to travel in Santorini on a budget itinerary
Sunset at Oia


Day 3

This was my last day on Santorini. My ferry back to Athens was going to be at 3.30 p.m. In the morning, before checking out of the hotel, I went to Akrotiri to see the Red Beach. This required a bit of a hike to get to, and the path can be quite treacherous. I was glad I was wearing sneakers.

Akrotiri Red Beach, Santorini - how to travel in Santorini on a budget itinerary
Akrotiri Red Beach, Santorini

After spending about an hour there, I took the bus back to my hotel and checked out. On the way to the bus station, I stopped at Fira Square again to buy some fruits, chocolates, and souvenirs.

I arrived early at the ferry terminal, so I killed time by having lunch at one of the restaurants nearby. The one I went to was a bit hidden, located behind the crowded ones on the main street. It was a family-owned business, and they didn’t speak much English. I was the only customer.

lunch ferry terminal - how to travel in Santorini on a budget itinerary
Having lunch while waiting for the ferry

Seeing the lack of crowd, I didn’t put a very high expectation on the restaurant. It was only the cheap price that drew me in. I think their prices were the cheapest I had found on the island so far.

I ordered two dishes, thinking the portion would be small. And I couldn’t be more wrong. They were enormous. Although the taste was superb, I still couldn’t finish the souvlaki, so I wrapped it up in tissue paper to bring with me on the ferry.

I continued sitting there until it was 30 minutes before boarding. Then, I went to join the rest of the passengers for the 7-hour journey back to Athens.

How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

How to Visit Santorini on a Budget (Itinerary) | Ummi Goes Where?

Final Thoughts on Santorini

Is Santorini overrated?

I’m a little apprehensive when visiting highly-touted travel destinations. I tend to expect too much and end up feeling underwhelmed, like I did in Paris and the Maldives.

But I can happily say that Santorini didn’t disappoint. The food was great, and the people super friendly. Although small, the island has plenty to offer. If I had stayed longer, I would have hiked to the lighthouse in Akrotiri and maybe taken a boat to see the volcano.

Is it possible to travel to Santorini on a budget?

Absolutely. The most important thing is to choose the right time to go — that will have the biggest impact on your total expenses. Book your flight/ferry tickets early. Choose a cheaper hotel than the one I stayed at, if you like.

The prices at the restaurants were fairly reasonable. Not cheap by Southeast Asian standards, but not as expensive as one might expect Santorini restaurants to be. A main dish could cost anywhere between 5 to 15 euros. If you come from the US, or Western Europe, I imagine this must be very cheap for you.

To save even more, skip the fancy restaurants at the caldera edge. You can also limit your restaurant visits to once a day and buy food from the supermarket instead. But even if you allow a little splurge here and there, it’s still possible to keep your spending below $500 for a 3d2n trip.

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Santorini is definitely one of the most magical places I have been.. The whitewashed cubical houses are the prettiest man-made structures I have seen (and I’ve been to the Taj Mahal). It took me weeks to get over my post-Santorini blues.

Have you visited Santorini? Did it live up to your expectation? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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  1. cosette

    I also have such a bucket list with over 600 things on it. I tick things off, but I add up things just as easily. Love your itinerary, Santorini is still on my bucket list. I have been to Greece, but went to Athens and Crete.

    • ummi

      Same here, Cosette! I’m always adding new things to my bucket list, and at this rate, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to complete them all, but that’s cool 😄. Greece is one of my favorite countries in the world. I just love how friendly the people are and Greek food is so delicious! I’ve been there three times so far, and would love to visit again to see the other Greek islands 😍

  2. Jameela

    Wow thank you for sharing! this is definitely a bucket list for me! Was this a solo trip? You got some gorgeous photos I love the scenery. Really helpful tips on the prices of the restaurant ya the hotels and transportation. Even the top about the black sand . Essentially knowing when to go is important.

    • ummi

      Thank you for your comment, Jameela! Yes, the most important thing is to choose the right time to go, as this will greatly affect your overall spending. Plus, I don’t think I would have enjoyed going in summer as it would have been too hot and crowded for me. This one wasn’t a solo trip — I wanted to share it with someone special 😉. But it’s definitely doable solo. Santorini doesn’t necessarily have to be a romantic excursion. I know a lot of solo travelers who went there on their own. Well, I hope you’ll get to tick it off your bucket list soon!

      • ummi

        Memang sangat cantik tempat ni, Marina. Antara yang tercantik saya pernah pergi. Nampak peaceful tu sebab saya pergi waktu low season. Kalau pergi waktu summer mungkin crowded jugak kot.

  3. Holidays from Hels

    How beautiful is Santorini? I visited years ago and I was totally blown away by the little white houses and sizzling hot black sands. I’m glad it is still visitable on a budget and that its popularity hasn’t ruined it.

    • ummi

      Oh yes, it’s still possible to visit on a budget, and it’s still as beautiful as ever. I remember how I felt when I first arrived in Santorini. I thought, “This looks just like in the postcards!” It’s true though — some places only look pretty in pictures, but Santorini didn’t disappoint. 😍

    • ummi

      Yup. But Santorini didn’t feel very expensive when I was there. Of course, the restaurants facing the caldera can be pricey, but other than that, I think it was cheaper than most places in Europe.

    • ummi

      Thank you, Lisa! Yes, there is actually a lot you can do in Santorini in 3 days. And I didn’t feel rushed at all. On my second day there, I even had time to sleep in until just before noon. I guess I could have fitted in more things if I wanted to 😊

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    • ummi

      You’re welcome, Katie! Yes, I used to think so as well. And was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. It’s definitely possible to travel in Santorini on a budget. Hope you’ll get to visit it someday 🙂

  5. Kelly

    Great post. I loved Santorini and am so glad you weren’t underwhelmed like with Paris or the Maldives. Also love the ideas for staying on a budget. Thanks for a great read.

  6. Alma

    A great post filled with information! Greece has always been a bucket list destination for me and this post definitely inspires me to go. I like your honesty.

    • ummi

      Thank you, Alma! I’m happy to have inspired you to visit Santorini. A truly magnificent place. It’s a shame that most people stop themselves from going because they think it’s super expensive. It’s definitely doable on a budget if you time your visit well. 🙂

  7. Jamie

    Santorini is one of my absolute favourite destinations, thanks for sharing these great suggestiosn for traveling on a budget. Having been in May I have to say that the Shoulder Season is still an amazing time to go!

    • ummi

      Oh, you went in May too? I think we both had chosen the perfect time to go. I especially liked the weather in May in Santorini. It was not too hot and not too cold. And most importantly, it’s cheaper! 😁

    • ummi

      Oh, Santorini selalu keluar dalam movie Hindustan, ya? Tak pernah nampak pulak 😅. Memang cantik tempat ni, sama macam dalam gambar. Tak mengecewakan.

    • ummi

      Memang seronok! Santorini dah lama ada dalam bucket list saya. Tapi selama ni saya sangka tempat ni adalah destinasi percutian yang eksklusif untuk orang2 kaya saja. Sampai sekarang masih rasa macam tak percaya saya dah pernah sampai sini. ☺️

      Semoga awak pun berpeluang untuk ke Santorini suatu hari nanti.

  8. Airah

    Santorini memang dah ada dalam my wishlist nak pergi tapi maybeeeeeeeee lama lagi baru dapat tunaikan hahahahah. Cantik sangat view dia untuk tangkap gambar

    • ummi

      Betul, Airah. Rasanya setiap ceruk kat Santorini ni memang Instagrammable sangat. Kat lorong2 belakang rumah orang pun cantik. Nanti bila dah boleh travel, survey2 la flight ticket, kot2 ada yang murah. Jangan lupa guna tips2 yg saya share kat sini kalau nak travel on a budget 🙂

  9. Siti Rabiah binti Adnan

    tiap kali masuk blog Ummi mesti akak excited gile !! Sentorini pun ada dalam bucket list akak.. hee~ tapi ada anak kecik kan, tunggu dorang besar sikit baru best berjalan jauh.. thanx Ummi.. dapat gak akak jamu mata lepaskan kempunan..

    • ummi

      Terima kasih, kak Siti! Takpe, akak simpan dulu artikel ni, nanti bila anak2 akak dah besar sikit, boleh la refer balik kat sini. Kalau ada sebarang perubahan info dan sebagainya, saya akan cuba kemaskini seberapa yang termampu. 🙂

  10. Sis Lin

    Oh My! Kalau dalam wishlist Sis, Santorini ni dalam tangga ke 5 yang one day nak pergi, cuma memang ramai kata mahal.. tapi dah dapat bayangkan makan croissant sambil minum kopi di tepi beranda yang ngadap gunung tu haaaa…arghhh bestnyaaa… semuanya pasal ternampak blogger Cik Epal pergi dulu tu..

    • ummi

      Oh wow, tangga yang ke 5 ya? I wonder yg lagi 4 tu apa. Sebenarnya Santorini ni boleh je pergi secara bajet, sis, cuma kena pandai timing la, pergi masa shoulder season. Saya jenis yg dah biasa tak spend banyak masa travel, jadi takde masalah la. Kalau yg suka shopping sakan, beli souvenir, makan kat kedai mahal2 tu, banyak la expenses dia. Hehe, tak sempat pulak makan croissant haritu.

  11. Madam B

    Mdm rasakan Santorini ini pulau kah? Secantik namanya. Viu matahari terbenam rasanya yang ditunggu pengunjung. Selain laut pun cantik. Romantik juga tempat ni. Jauh juga Ummi melancong ya. Take care dear for next vacation. Cool.

    • ummi

      Ye, Madam. Santorini ni pulau yang terkenal di Greece. Memang kebanyakan orang pergi sini untuk honeymoon. Ada banyak hotel yang cantik2 yang menghadap laut, tapi mahal la. Saya duduk hotel bajet je.

    • ummi

      I do feel lucky indeed, Nik. I think I was at the right place at the right time when I discovered the cheap tickets. Otherwise it would still have been just a dream. Now, I’m happy to share the information with others, so that they too can visit this place. 🙂

  12. Kitkat Nelfei

    This is also in my bucket list too.. 🙂 Wahh, I can use this as my reference when I finally can set feet there.. I just get my chance to experience the Santorini feel when I visit Hua Hin 2 years ago.. 😛

    • ummi

      Yes, Kitkat, please do. I like to break the misconceptions that there are things you can’t do or places you can’t visit because it’s too expensive. Whenever I hear anyone say that, I make it my personal challenge and life mission to disprove it. 🙂 Yes, I’ve heard also of the one in Hua Hin. Maybe someday you can visit the real one too.

    • ummi

      You’re welcome, Chloe. A lot of people want to visit Santorini but think it’s beyond their means. I was one of those people, and now I’m happy the shed some light on it. I hope you’ll get to visit it soon, whatever your budget is 🙂

  13. Danik the Explorer

    I still can’t believe I haven’t reached this island yet and its a three hour flight for me. I always wanted to go there and see the beautiful buildings at sunrise. I know low season is better as its cheaper as in high season for us British, we tend to spend thousands of pounds more just to see the beauty. I am a bit of a budget traveler, so I can cope in low season (with cooler temps). One day my dream will come true. I love your photos and also its great to see you got to visit the island whilst doing Athens as well.

    • ummi

      Thank you so much, Danik. I hope your dream will come true too. You’re so lucky to be living in the UK, where so many countries are just a few hours away by flight!

  14. Ami Bhat

    You have given some good hacks on visiting Santorini. Travel and hotels seem to be the main expenses here but as you said, booking the ferries early definitely helps. I loved the places you have stayed in and they seem reasonable enough. I have been so dreaming of getting here. Sigh! Hopefully soon

    • ummi

      Yes, Ami. The hotel was great for the price we were paying. I was expecting Santorini hotels to be much more expensive than that. But I guess I wouldn’t be getting that price if I had gone a few months or weeks later. So, the key here is timing. I hope you’ll get to go to Santorini soon, Ami.

  15. Linda (LD Holland)

    We always thought of Santorini as an expensive place to visit. Maybe because we always dreamed of one of those cliff-side hotels. But I see there are ways to save money no matter your budget. Great to save money for treats. I love the idea of travelling by ferry. And travelling off season is always our trick to travelling a bit cheaper. We often use public transportation to both save money and see some local parts of a destination. Good tips to make your money go further in such a great spot like Santorini.

    • ummi

      Thank you, Laura. Santorini can be as expensive as you want it to be, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done on a budget. Perhaps even the cliff-side hotels are affordable in low seasons. I mean, they might still be expensive by my standards, but if you’re coming from the US or other countries in Europe, you might not feel it that much. 😀

  16. Nikola Webster

    Hi there,
    I’ve been to Greece twice (Kos and Crete) but never Santorini. I’m curious how you made it up the hill – did you walk from the Ferry? I was also surprised to hear that some of the other islands have more white buildings. Like you, I am somewhat apprehensive about really popular destinations. However, I believe you have to go see for yourself and then decide. Nikki

    • ummi

      That’s right, Nikki. You really have to see it for yourself to decide. Just because everyone else is in love with it doesn’t mean you will be too. We took a bus to get up the hill. When we disembarked from the ferry, there were buses already waiting to take us to the main bus station, which is in Fira.

  17. Clarice

    Wow! This is really helpful. Santorini is part of my bucket list and would really to visit someday. Thank you for sharing these budget tips. We will definitely consider taking the bus instead of renting a car.

  18. Jennifer Prince

    Ah! This brought back such fun memories. I’d love to spend time in Santorini! I was there on a cruise ship stop, and we spent the day. It looks like I need to head back and spend more time there. I love the style of the buildings, and it’s such a unique place. Lovely!

    • ummi

      Thank you, Jennifer. You’re right — it’s such a unique place, you’d never get tired of looking at the beautiful buildings. I hope you’ll get to visit again someday, and spend a longer time there. 🙂

  19. Bhushavali N

    Yes, I have heard of Scoot airlines but didn’t know they did trans-continental flights! Singapore to Athens? That’s quite a unique route. I have visited Athens, but yet to head to Santorini. When I planned my trip to Athens, the flight tickets for Athens to Santorini turned out expensive on those particular dates and with my toddler, the 7 hr ferry sounded tedious! So I’m yet to visit Santorini. Thanks for this super useful budget guide. Good to know that budget accommodations are available. Thanks for the tip about staying in the west.

    • ummi

      You’re welcome, Bhushavali! I hope you and your lil one will get to visit Santorini someday. The 7-hour ferry sure can be tedious, especially with a toddler. Perhaps you can try checking out the faster boats instead, who knows — they might have some promotion going on post-pandemic.

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  21. Deman

    If you want to avoid the crowd and have the island to yourself (and a few others), travel between mid-November and March, Santorini s off season. This is when the prices of flights and hotels go down drastically. I know because this is exactly how I was able to visit Santorini: cheap airfare and rooms. But there s a catch.

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