Sleeping in Airports

Santorini Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Santorini Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Slept for a few hours during the day.. Lot of people everywhere… But I felt safe.
– Nanita

JTR Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Santorini (Thira) International Airport.

What to Expect

The passenger facilities at Santorini Airport (code: JTR) consist of a small terminal with a duty free shop, a phone shop and cafes. As a resort-style destination, the airport is often crowded during peak seasons and reviewers report long check-in and security lines, along with insufficient airport staff to process passenger needs. WiFi is available to help pass the time.

Sleeping in Santorini Airport

santorini airport guideWhile the airport’s website says the terminal is open year-round 24-hours per day, at least one reviewer was denied overnight access, and we’ve heard that hours may be seasonally based. That said, we’ve also heard seating is limited, so any sleeping may be floor-based. Have a travel mat or sleeping bag handy if you’re thinking about staying overnight. For uninterrupted sleep, there are numerous hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Santorini Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Santorini Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Marvarit Suites – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Anna Traditional Apartments – Free airport transfers are available.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Villa Manos – Airport transfers are available for a fee. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels on Santorini, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

There are no airport lounges at Santorini Airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Santorini Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Eurobank, Euronet and Piraeus Bank. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Both Landside and Airside.

Currency Exchange – OneXchange offers services. Location: Landside, Arrivals. Hours: unknown.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in the Departures Building. The only other shopping option is a cell phone store (Landside, Arrivals).

Food & Drinks – Air Canteen has 3 locations Airside and 1 Landside. One Time Coffee and More has 2 locations, Landside.

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? An Information Desk is available. Location and hours: Unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Medical Services – A First-Aid spot is available. You can also seek assistance at the Airport Information Desk.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

According to one reader who travelled in December 2019, the airport closed at 22:30 and security kicked out anyone sitting in the waiting area. Airport reopens around 4:30-5:00!  The terminal may be open 24 hours during the summer.  If a summer reader can confirm this for us, click here to update the guide.


Santorini airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Air France • Olympic Air • Ryanair • Volotea. Note: the airport is served by additional airlines on a seasonal and charter basis.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Scheduled bus service is available between JTR airport and Fira bus station. A one-way journey takes about 15 minutes and costs €1,80.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: Avance, Avis/Budget, Goldcar, Hertz/Thrifty, Sixt and Suntime.


Taxis are available at the taxi rank located outside of the terminal. At the time of this update, the average fare to Fira is 15-20,00€.  Taxis stop running around the time the terminal closes, so be sure not to linger around too longer.

Last updated: 2022-03-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.