Transportation options in Santorini
When you’re in Santorini, I highly recommend that you visit different parts of the island.
So the next question is, what’s the best way to go around the island?
You can either: take the bus, take a taxi, rent a car, or rent an ATV
I didn’t go for the bus option, because I wanted the flexibility of being able to go from place A to B without having to worry about the time. And taxi option was going to be too expensive.
Between renting a car and an ATV, I went with the ATV rental option, because how many other cities around the world do you get to go on a normal ride with an ATV? Not very many!
(the only exception I can think of is time I was in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and I rented a golf cart to drive around the island)
Where to rent the ATV
There are lots of ATV rental shops in Santorini, so you don’t need to worry about not being able to find a rental shop.
The best way is to ask the tourist office or the hotel reception desk where the closest rental shop if from your accommodation.
For me, since I was staying in Oia, I rented the ATV at a rental shop called Drossos.
For their website with rates click here.
How much is it to rent an ATV?
It depends on the size and type of the ATV and the season (high vs. low season).
It could be anywhere from 25 – 75 euros per day.
The one I rented was 45 euros/day.
Should I book it in advance?
Yes and no. It depends on the time of the year and time of the day you go to the rental shop.
I was in Santorini at the beginning of the high season (beginning of July) and didn’t make book one in advance.
But I went to the rental shop first thing in the morning and was able to rent one. Since the rental price is per day, it’s more advantageous if you rent it earlier in the day than later.
There are so many rental shops around the island, so I wouldn’t worry too much about not being able to find one.
But if you’re going in the peak of the high season, then it would be a good idea to book one in advance just to be safe!
What do you need to bring to rent an ATV?
- Driver’s license – international driver’s license or national one held at least for a year (for the place I went to, I didn’t need to show an international driver’s license – I just showed them the one from Canada and it was ok since I have had it for more than a year)
- Credit card or cash to pay as a deposit (depends on the rental shop)
What’s included in the rental?
- ATV use for the duration you paid for
- Gas is filled for you at the beginning (but you need to pay for the additional gas you require during your rental period)