This tiny Greek island is famous for one of the most beautiful views on earth.
Add in jumbled cliffside villages full of traditional blue and white architecture, dramatic black and red sand beaches, craggy cliffs and its own volcano, and it becomes clear that Santorini is an island unlike any other.
Flying to Santorini
Fly direct from London to Santorini and you’ll land right in the heart of Greece’s most famously beautiful island. Santorini is also an ideal starting point for an island-hopping holiday that takes in more of the Cyclades, and you’ll find it easy to get around, especially by boat taxi. Once you land in Santorini you can expect a short transfer, wherever you’re staying – even the furthest hotels from the airport are only around 30 minutes’ drive away.
Flying from London City Airport to Santorini: Q&A
Direct flights from London City Airport to Santorini mean that taking off from LCY is one of the quickest and easiest ways to enjoy a Greek island holiday – but we know you might still have a few questions about the route. That’s why we’ve put together answers to some of the most common ones here.
How long is the flight from London to Santorini?
Flying to Santorini from London City Airport takes around 3 hours 40 minutes. When you arrive, you’ll find the airport is small and functional, and conveniently located halfway up the island’s east coast. Fira, the capital of Santorini, is around 20 minutes away. On arrival you could catch a bus (the cheap option), take a taxi, or if you’re a confident driver, hire a car or quad bike. (Quad bikes are actually a popular way of getting around in rocky Santorini!)
How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Santorini?
There are two direct flights to Santorini airport from London City Airport each week throughout the high season – one on a Tuesday morning and one on a Friday morning. Setting off mid-morning means you’ll arrive on the island in time for a late lunch, or alternatively, with plenty of time to relax at your hotel before enjoying your first evening in Santorini.
What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Santorini?
British Airways operates direct flights from LCY to Santorini. That means you can choose between standard economy seats and business class fares on the route.
Practical information about flying from London to Santorini
It’s a good idea to plan how you’ll reach your hotel before you arrive in Santorini. Although there are plenty of taxis on the island, a terminal full of arrivals can quickly see all cars taken up, meaning you could be waiting a little while to get where you need to be. A better option is to book a transfer through your hotel, or if you prefer a little independence, to hire a car.
What to expect in Santorini
Santorini is world-famous for its multi-coloured sunsets and classic white and blue villages spilling down its hillsides towards the sea. As well as colourful volcanic beaches and picture-perfect cobbled streets, you’ll find perfect hiking trails all the way across the island. You’ll be able to sample some of Greece’s most distinctive cuisine here, and if you love wine, you’re in luck. Santorini’s Santo winery offers tours and tasting sessions, and you’ll find its exquisite wine on offer in all the best eateries. Santorini is also a perfect base to start a Greek island-hopping adventure. Find out more in our guide to the best Greek islands you can visit with a flight from LCY.