Santorini is well connected with the main cities in Greece both by sea and by air. Ferries and catamarans depart from Piraeus Port, in Athens, and there are boats to ports on the surrounding islands. The ferry system in Greece is reliable and convenient if not always very comfortable. The main arrivals port in Santorini is in Athinios, and there are boats departing for the volcano and Thirasia from the port in Fira. Santorini airport is about 3 miles (5km) from Fira and easily reached by bus or taxi. Although there are not many direct flights to Santorini from overseas there are some available from the UK, and it is easy to fly to Athens and take a connecting flight to the island. Taxis are available throughout the island and rates are fixed. There is a well organised bus network and the main bus terminal is in Fira. It is also possible to rent a car, motorbike or scooter-boat on the island, although the roads are steep and can be unnerving. Having said that, having your own transport makes for a very pleasant way to get around Santorini, despite the relative ease of using public transport.
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