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Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

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Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

Our ship will be in Santorini from 1pm to 8pm, along with another ship that arrives the same time. I heard the lines for the cable car can be horrendous, and that the speedboat is a much better option.

1. I read that the speedboat takes 12 minutes to Amoudi Bay, and that there is a bus waiting (as part of the trip) to take the travellers up to Oia. Is that correct?

2. I also read that a bus ticket to Fira is also included. does anyone know how frequent this bus it to Fira? From Fira, would we then take the cable car back to the cruise dock? Is there a way to get back to the cruise ship via speedboat from Oia?

Any other comments or suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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Camarillo...
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21. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

I don't know when they start for the year but it's all about the demand. My guess is that it starts when the cruise ships begin their seasonal visits.

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22. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

Thank you.😊

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23. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

Are there any private tour/transfer companies that can also get you back to the cruise ship docking area from OIa?

It looks like i am seeing one excursion on one cruise ship that does state, departs and returns at Althinios Port. I am assuming that this will still be a valid, current, excursion. But, even if so, it is a short excursion, with much of the time on the sightseeing coach.

Edited: 12 March 2018, 03:34
Camarillo...
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24. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

"Are there any private tour/transfer companies that can also get you back to the cruise ship docking area from OIa?"...............................No. Athinios is a different port than the one used by the cruise ships. There is a road to Athinios so tour buses can pick up those who have signed up for the ship's tour. Independent "cruisers" are not taken there. Instead, they're tendered ashore to the Old Port, Skala, where they will either take the cable car up the cliff, walk up the steps, or take the water taxi to Oia.

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25. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

Thank you, perhaps I am seeing some old info that does mention the water taxi. One reputable looking web-site and one tour operator in particular.

I am aware that, basically, cruise ship excursions are the only passengers who ferry over to Althinios. And, even then, it seems that they just drop you off at Fira, to make your way beck to the ship.

I hate to have to forgo Santorini because of some major 'true' vertigo.

While I understand the systems and limitations, this truly is a problem.

Edited: 12 March 2018, 06:32
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26. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

I'm going to Santorini in April and I'm planning to take a boat from the tender port to Oia. I read that you bought your tickets online from Aegean Travellers and there was some confusion. Do you care to share what the confusion was as I was planning to book tickets online from Aegean Travellers. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

Camarillo...
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27. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

It's not at all necessary for you to buy your tickets in advance.

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28. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

Hello we are on a cruise ship arriving in Fira in August 2018, it would be appreciated if someone could confirm if the speedboat transfer to Oia is operating.

Camarillo...
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29. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

I asked a Greek friend who has lived on the island his whole life and he said yes.

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30. Re: Cruise ship transfer to Oia via Speedboat

great info thank you- ill be there in June so ill post back.

Edited: 03 May 2018, 07:49
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