Posted July 14th, 2013, 08:58 AM
I too have a question about Santorini Planets boats from Fira to Oia and then the bus back. Has anyone used their services and did you pre book? What are your experiences? We will be there the end of October. Are there boats located near where the tenders land? Thanks
We booked Santorini Planet before leaving on our cruise for a transfer at 9:30. We were off the ship on the first tender and therefore decided not to use Santorini Planet, and instead went up the cable car since there was no wait and we would have had to wait for 45 minutes for the boat to Oia. We received a refund from Santorini Planet, and found them very easy to work with.
They are located right at the dock where the tender arrives. You don't need to book in advance, but instead can book when your tender arrives. My advice would be to use them if you want to get right to Oia, if there is a Santorini Planet boat that will leave soon after your tender arrives. Otherwise, if you take the first tender from the ship, I would take the cable car (keep in mind, however, that if you take the cable car and want to get to Oia right away you will need to walk 10 minutes to the bus and then you might have to wait up to 30 minutes for a bus). I am not sure I would book Santorini Planet before your cruise since you don't know what tender you will get and you will have more flexibility that way. If, however, you don't mind taking a later tender from the ship, booking the Santorini Planet transfer to Oia in advance might make sense. I am not sure they would give a refund routinely if you book in advance and then change your mind as we did.