Hi - I need a little bit of help understanding how to get around Santorini. I'm staying in Oia and from what I understand I can walk to Fira from there, is that correct? But in general there are some things I want to see in Kamari and Perissa, how can I best get there? I want to avoid taxis if possible, but am willing to rent a scooter perhaps...
Are there buses that are easy to use? I want to go to the open air movie theater in Kamari but it ends late, does transportation run late? Would it be safe to drive there/go on a scooter? I guess I'm just not sure of the distance between the two places and the topography.
Thanks so much!
no you CANNOT walk from OIA to FIRA. It is too far and the road at places is NOT SAFE for people walking (you will see once you are using it).
rent a scooter! You can go everywhere with a scooter. Don't get one of those 4 wheeler's, they are really really slow and annoying. Get a scooter and if you can, get a bigger one, at least 125cc. Santorini is a big island and has hills and mountains and any old 50cc wont cut it. And get a European (Piaggio, Peugeot etc) made one, stay away from china made cheap shit (like SYM) those are death traps!
I made the mistake of getting a -very nice looking- SYM this summer and after 10 minutes the MIRRORS dropped off! And it had no BRAKES... and when the brakes actually worked, the stupid thing TURNED LEFT! Imagine your horror driving on a road with a 300 meter cliff on your left side, having to break from 60km because a donkey decided to cross and your STUPID bike heading for the cliff!!!
The buses are easy to use, the problem is that they are not frequent enough and sometimes they don't come at all... taxis are radio dispatched and they can take from 5 minutes to over an hour to arrive, so if you are planning to take a taxi to the port/airport, make a reservation a day in advance.
Oh, I forgot... there are no buses going to OIA after sunset, some kind of regulation. And I wouldn't drive the road to/from OIA at night, there are no lights, it is very narrow, locals drive like crazy. On the other hand, if you like rollercasters and banji jumping, you might enjoy the terror drive on that road at night... on a SYM bike...
Thanks for this info REALLY helpful! Scooter it is