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Paris to Athens to Santorini all in one day

We will be flying to Santorini from Paris in early June. The only possible flights on Aegean are 12:15pm arriving in Athens at 4:25pm then leaving Athens at 6:05pm arriving in Santorni at 6:50pm. Does the $750 RT fare for two from CDG to ATH seem about right? And ATH to JTR at $196 one way for two? Also, is under two hours enough time between the flights? Air France has earlier flights leaving CDG to ATH, which would be a lot nicer but I'm concerned about possible Air France strikes like last summer. Please advise. Many thanks in advance.

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There will be no passport control to go through, so 2 hrs should be plenty of time to make the transfer, ASSUMING your 1st flight is on time. No way anyone here can answer that.

Are you not able to book your flights as a single journey? Doing so would put the onus on the airline to get you there.

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Hi Adrienne,

Look into Airlines such as Ryan Air and EasyJet from CDG to Athens for the trip. The fares are usually lower with these 2 airlines and if you are concern about an Air France strike this summer then you can have an option.

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1065 posts

If I am reading this correctly it looks like the OP has researched an Aegean flight from CDG to Athens then a connecting flight on Aegean to Santorini. If this is the case Aegean will be responsible to get them to Santorini on the next available flight. And yes two hours is lots of time to make that connection.

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Thanks all. I've found that Ryan and Easyjet do offer lower fares but entail a stopover like Munich, etc. If I were a lot younger, I know I'd go for it but nowadays, I'm happier with a direct flight and now I'm glad to hear that if I were to fly Aegean on both legs, they'll make the effort to get me on the connecting flight to Santorini.
Does anyone know if Aegean typically offers seats sales? I'm wondering if I should wait a few weeks or a month or two. Oddly, I checked Aegean and Hopper this morning and the fare from CDG to ATH has gone up $37 per ticket. Is this a sign that fares on Aegean will only increase as time goes on?

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I have never flown Ryan Air or EasyJet but flew Aegean from Santorini to Athens once and loved Aegean. A good sandwich and a hot roll on that short flight-way better than US carriers.

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If you are already in Paris for a visit, then going ON to Greece, you will be fine, and especially with Aegean. And 2 hours between planes IN Athens airport is plenty... it's all one building. The big hazard is flying in from N. America to CDG, and making a connection to Greece there.

DOn't want to rain on your parade, but I've had 2 "squeakers" with connections Flying in to Paris, connecting to Athens ... that airport is a Nightmare. Built like an octopus, and you must ride a bus from end of one Octopus "arm" all round to one that's 4 arms away. Stopping at each. On my closest connection, we could get NO info from driver, so got OFF the bus, ran/raced thru the center, barely got thru security at the far gate, last ones to board ... and as our plane rolled out to the runway, we looked out of window and Guess what? bus was just arriving.

If you Must connect IN paris too and it's less than 3 hours, alert Air France of close connection and see if you will be allowed up thru the 1st class section to get off first. In CDG you go OUT of secure zone, so must go thru security again. In the connection when we had 70 minutes, our luggage didn't make it to Athens on our flight. So we had to board an Aegean to Santorini without our big bags. They came on a later AF flight to Santorini. And Air France did NOT deliver the delayed bags to our hotel tho plainly marked on our tickets, and did NOT even send us notifications. When we called airport in Santorini next day they said, you'll have to come out, we have a pile of luggage, don't know if y ours is there. Had not planned to rent a car that day, but had to, in order to get our stuff. Thank heavens Aegean now makes those runs... they don't operate like AF.

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Glad to hear your 'voice' again, Janet. Your advice about Athens and I believe about getting collapsible trekking sticks for the walk up to the Acropolis made our trip in 2016 that much nicer. We even took the trekking sticks with us to the Cinque Terre last year and they came in really handy during the hike between Monterosso and Vernazza. Couldn't have done it without them given my creaky knees. I agree that CDG is a nightmare. And worse, the food options there are terrible considering that it's near Paris. The McDonald's is in the most depressing basement space that it makes you wonder whether they planned that on purpose. Our kids will be flying in from LAX and SEA to CDG catch the Aegean flight to Athens then to Santorini so I'd better warn them about making sure that they give themselves a lot of leeway at CDG when they book their tickets. The 3 hours that you mention sounds like a lot but nobody wants to miss getting on the Aegean flight. I'll also tell them about making arrangements with the flight attendants to hustle out of the plane before first class disembarks if their flight is running late. Many thanks to all for everything. It just occurred to me that every hotel that we're staying at (Athens, Naxos, Santorini) was recommended on this forum. Given how far away Greece is from California, it's reassuring to find all the advice I need about all aspects of European travel here.