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Santorini Oia vs Fira

Hi, I have 3 nights in Santorini in mid-September. I had read that Oia is the place to be for the sunset. I booked Marizon caves and villas for 2 nights(my original itinerary had us there for only 2). Then later when I felt I could squeeze in another night have a few other places booked for the 3rd night - all in Oia.
I booked via booking.com and need to narrow down to one for that last night. But thought I would post here first to see if I am on the right path with sticking with Oia. I should add that we have an 8:45 am flight out the last morning and I just learned from this forum it is advised to be there 2 hours early.

Thanks!

Posted by
4637 posts

Oia is much smaller and quieter. Crowds from cruise ships don't reach there. But you are farther from the harbor, airport, shops, etc.
It's about 8 to 10 km from Oia to Fira. There are scheduled buses.

Posted by
43 posts

Thanks! Are we better off staying in Oia the night before the flight? How long of a drive is it to the airport from Oia in the morning? I can check googlemaps, but it doesn't always know local traffic issues. ;-)

Posted by
4637 posts

It probably takes 10 to 15 minutes longer from Oia than Fira. Traffic at that time will be negligible.

Posted by
2862 posts

Just stay your extra night at Mariza and you'll easily be able to get to the airport in the morning. It takes about 30-35 minutes to reach the airport from Oia by taxi or shuttle service. When you make your arrangements for a pickup you won't have to schlepp your things all the way to the bus square. The parking lot for the Lioyerma Cafe/Pool is very close to Marizan and makes the perfect contact point. I don't know what arrangements you've made for your arrival there, but that parking lot is a short way down the road to Amoudi Bay from the post office, and there's a little sigh saying "Kyklos" at the entrance to the lot.

Posted by
1157 posts

I'll add my vote for Oia which is quieter, less touristy and far less congested than Fira. As others have said, you can take the bus from Oia to Fira and back quite easily.

Posted by
43 posts

Thank you for the replies. Unfortunately Marizon is not available my last night. Rooms are available at Theodora, Esperas and Anemoessa Villa. But I can keep looking too.

Posted by
2862 posts

Esperas is very close to Marizan and in my estimation is overall actually a better hotel.