Santorini, How Much Does It Really Cost? A Travel Expense Guide For A 3-Day Stay in Santorini.

Fira, Santorini, Greece -
Is it really expensive to go to Santorini? Here's a breakdown of all our expenses during our 3-day stay to give you an idea of the cost to stay here.

Is it really expensive to go to Santorini? Yes, as a matter of fact it is! It’s one of the most expensive places you can ever go to in Greece. The only way to cut back the cost of your trip to Santorini is to go there during the off-peak season but you risk of having most of the establishments closed as the business is slow during this period. I personally wouldn’t mind that and would love to visit this island during winter time, to have it to myself and be able to admire its beauty sans the crowd of tourists.

Ammoudi Bay, SAntorini, Greece -

Going to Santorini: Flight or ferry?

The biggest setback as always would be the flights and hotels in Santorini and as you may all know, the prices for both depends highly on seasonality. For flights, I highly recommend for you to always book it in advance as you will have the chance to get the cheapest rate available. Santorini is well-connected to major airports around Greece and even outside of the country. Flight costs are between EUR30 to EUR175 depending on how early you book and when you travel.

You can also reach it via ferry from Piraeus in Athens which will take between 5-8 hours depending on which ferry you’re going to take. If you’re prone to seasickness, I suggest the longer ride as the short ferry rides are almost always bumpy. Ferry tickets cost around EUR60 per way per person on a high season.

Where to stay?

I’ve done a separate post about the villages that you can stay in Santorini where I’ve mentioned all the pros and cons of each areas (you can see it here). Both times that we went to Santorini, we stayed in Finikia which is still a part of Oia but not on the cliff itself. It will require you to walk for about 20 to 30 minutes to reach Oia which is fine for me as it’s far away from the crowd and yet, it’s still within walking distance.

During my latest visit in Santorini, we were a total of 5 adults so all of the costs I will mention below are the total cost for 5 people unless otherwise stated. You can somehow get a rough idea of how much each services will be per person.

Santorini, Greece

Flights, Hotel and Car Rental Cost

Day 1 Expenses

Day 2 Expenses

Day 3 Expenses

Total cost for 5 people for a 3-day stay in Santorini was EUR2,500 for us which isn’t that bad if you think about it. If you live in the Middle East like us, you’d think that it’s actually normal or cheaper even if you compare the cost in the Middle East. So yes, I think it also depends on where you’re coming from. I didn’t include any souvenir shopping since I didn’t really buy anything. 🙂

Santorini is a beautiful place and I think everyone should see it at least once. It’s absolutely and totally worth it.

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  • Qatar Eats July 28, 2016 at 15:48

    The details! Will use this as a reference once we plan our trip there.

  • Jishma July 28, 2016 at 15:50

    You have taken a lot of efforts to put in all the details . I am sure this will help to plan my trip when I visit santorini sometime.

    • Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:51

      Thanks Jish, let me know when you do! Would love to see the photos you will take from there. 🙂

  • Khansa July 28, 2016 at 15:41

    Oh Goodness! Your Greece pics are killing me! I am going to come back here when am making my Greece Trip for sure just to make sure we dont miss out on anything!

  • Sahar July 28, 2016 at 13:23

    This trip is so budget friendly! The pictures are pretty as always. And the seaside view is amazing!

    • Pinay Flying High July 29, 2016 at 19:53

      And to think that it’s one of the most expensive places in Greece. Imagine how cheap it is in other places. 🙂

  • Manju July 28, 2016 at 13:38

    That beautiful blue is a visual treat!! 🙂
    This place is one of the place in Greece which I would like to visit…

  • Photo cache July 25, 2016 at 04:11

    I thought the accommodations are pretty affordable considering it’s peak season. Probably we can score a sweet deal considering we’re okay with just okay accommodations 🙂

  • Pinay Flying High July 24, 2016 at 18:07

    It’s for 2 nights and take note, it’s actually expensive. So imagine how cheap it is to visit the other parts of Greece. Go to Greece now! 🙂

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