Fira, is the capital of Santorini. Built on the cliffs, offers amazing views to the volcanic islands, the caldera and sunset. In the main town , you can find all modern facilities, like banks, all kind of shops, traditional or gourmet restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. In this area, you can also find the archeological museum, the museum of prehistoric Thira, and a small folklore museum. People love to walk along the narrow stone paved alleys, look at shops, and enjoy their drink, snack or dinner in one of the small cafes or restaurants on the cliffs. There is a cable car, that can take you down to the old port, which is another very beautiful spot of Fira. This place is used at the moment only by cruise ships and excursion boats. If you prefer walking rather than using the cable car, from the center you can walk down the famous 586 steps to the old port. If you are not scared of hights you might even want to try a donkey ride! in the capital of Santorini you will have a great time, that is why many choose to book their hotel here, especially for short stays . Every visitor of the island will spend at least one evening in Fira, which makes the area really busy from 17:00 till late at night. People that stay in the center, will most probably explore the island during the day, and return in the evening. There are so many unique sights that are waiting to be discovered! The excavations site and the red beach in Akrotiri, the black sand volcanic beaches, the famous villages of the north, Imerovigli and Oia,famous for their sunset views, the medieval village of Pyrgos, and the old winneries are just a few of them. To get to all these locations there are 3 options. A) the public buses. The central station is right in the center of the town. From there there are routes to Imerovigli, Oia, Kamari, Perissa and Akrotiri. There are also a few departures daily to the port and airport. Buses can get really crowded in the summer. B) the local taxis. The main taxi station is just next to the bus terminal. There are usually taxis waiting for clients, but during the high season, or when big cruise ships arrive it can really get hard to find one available. C) Santorini car rentals , or rentals in general .By checking out our website you can get a quick cost estimation, for different kind of cars. Our online prices are a lot cheaper than the rates on hotel desks.
Useful information if you rent a car in Fira Santorini
In Fira many hotels are built on the cliffs. That means that you can only get to them on foot, and not by any type of vehicle ( motorbikes and atvs included). If you stay in a place like this, parking facilities are unavailable in the hotel area. Fortunately there are a lot of big FREE parking facilities provided by the islands municipality for your rental car . These parking areas can be easily located if you use Google maps and are named as Parking 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 . While the booking proccess our team will inform you if the car can be delivered at your location, and if not a meeting point, nearby is suggested. In order to provide a better service in that case it would be great if the reservations department had a phone number of the client. Having a sim card working in Greece is strongly advised anyway. Gas stations, are easy to find in the area. There are 3 of them within 5 minute drive from the center. Clients do not fill up the cars themselves. There are employees to help you in every station. Pedestrian zones are common in the center. For example vehicles are not allowed in the main square, and in all the little streets near the cliffside. There are of course signs to indicate vehicle free zones. Parking on the sides of the main road is not allowed anywhere in Fira, and the local authorities will most likely issue a parking ticket to vehicles parked in a way that traffic is jammed.
Rent a car from Fira
From Fira if you want to go to all these places, it would be a good idea to rent a car. With your Santorini rental car, you could drive everywhere, and explore the whole island. Compared to other transportation solutions, car rental in Santorini is rather cheap, especially if you book in advance. As an example a short taxi ride from Fira to the beach costs 20 to 30 euro one way, while the prices to rent a car start from just 20 euro per whole day! Compared to the bus service, the advantage is that you won’t have to wait at the bus stop in order to start your day, and you won’t have to get squeezed during the high season..
If you decide to use a vehicle for your stay, book your Santorini rental car online, or just call us. We will deliver the car of your choice, without any extra charge, at your hotel or at a meeting point of your choice. We offer a variety of car types. such as Automatic or manual, convertibles, economy class, or mini buses, open jeeps or family cars. There is a model for every need. Our people can deliver your rental car to your location, at anytime in the area of Fira, or anywhere on Santorini without any additional cost.
Why rent a car in Santorini?
A rental car in Santorini, is the best and most economical way to explore the beauties of the island. Santorini has so many amazing places to visit and you will be able to visit them all at your own pace. Book a Santorini airport car in advance not to lose any of your precious time!
Prices start from only 19 euro / day! and you can pick up your vehicle from the JTR Santorini airport, the Santorini new port of Athinios, or your hotel / airbnb.
Cars are properly maintained and cleaned thoroughly, making safety our number one priority. A 5 step online booking system, fast and friendly pick up and drop off proceedures, keep things safe and easy. Real people will answer your calls, emails and bookings. We are looking forward to seeing you in Santorini !