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How to Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon in Athens (Updated for 2024)

Julie Last updated: January 14, 2024 Greece 58 Comments

How to Visit the Parthenon Acropolis Athens

The Acropolis is the centerpiece of Athens. Rising up from the city center is a rocky, fortified, limestone plateau, topped with the Parthenon and several other ancient monuments. For most visitors to Athens, a visit to the Acropolis tops the list of things to do, making this a very popular place to visit. If you want to know how to visit the Acropolis, we have a lot of information to share with you.

In this article, get tips on how to avoid the crowds, how to book your time slot in advance, what you will see while you are here, and tips to have the best experience.

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A Brief History of the Acropolis

The word “acropolis” is defined as a citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically built on a hill. There are other acropoleis in Greece, however, the Acropolis of Athens is the most famous.

This rocky hill has been inhabited since the 4th millennium BC. The buildings that still stand today were constructed under the direction of Pericles in the 5th century BC. The Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea, and others, are the remnants of the Golden Age of Greece.

The Parthenon dominates the Acropolis. This is one of the most recognizable and imitated buildings in the world. It was built to honor the Greek goddess Athena Parthenos, the patron of Athens, and it is considered to be the most important surviving building of Classical Greece.

Since its construction, the Parthenon has also served as a Christian church and as an Islamic mosque. A portion of the Parthenon was destroyed when the Venetians struck and hit the building with a mortar round, fired while attacking the Ottomans.

Since 1975, the Acropolis and the Parthenon have been undergoing extensive renovation. The marble columns of the Parthenon are being restored and most likely you will see scaffolding holding up the portions of the Parthenon during your visit. Many of the artifacts have been moved to the Acropolis Museum, located in Athens, and the British Museum, located in London.

Practical Information

There are two ticket options for entrance into the Acropolis and Parthenon. You can purchase a ticket for entrance only into the Acropolis or you can purchase a combination ticket into the Acropolis plus six more archaeological sites.

Acropolis Only Tickets

Summer: April 1 to October 31: €20 Winter: November 1 to March 31: €10

There is free admission to the Acropolis on these days: March 6, April 18, May 18, last weekend of September, October 28, and the first Sunday of each month from November 1 to March 31.

Combination Ticket

Cost: €30 summer and winter

This ticket gets you admission into the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos, and Aristotle’s School.

If you plan to visit the Acropolis and two or more of these archeological sites, it is absolutely worth it to purchase the combination ticket. Once you have the combination ticket, you will skip the ticket line at each of these sites and at the Acropolis.

Combination tickets are valid for five days from the start date and can only be used one time for admission into each site, including the Acropolis.

Acropolis without the Crowds

How to Purchase Your Acropolis Tickets

It is now mandatory to book a time slot in advance. This started as of September 2023, due to increased visitation of the Acropolis and Athens.

On the official website , you will purchase your tickets in advance for a specific day.

To navigate the website, choose “Attica & Central Greece” as the region and then “Acropolis and Slopes.” Select your date and your time slot. On Step 2, choose “single-use” for the Acropolis-only ticket and “combined” for the combination ticket. Complete the purchase.

Free Entry Vouchers: If someone in your group qualifies for free entry and you are purchasing your tickets online, you will be sent a voucher by email. This voucher will need to be turned into the ticket booth for an official ticket. So, even though some members in your group can skip the ticket line, if you are traveling with kids, you will still have to wait in the ticket line to get the official entrance ticket.

More Ticket Options: You can also purchase an entrance ticket into the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum through GetYourGuide  and the Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combination Ticket through GetYourGuide . If you prefer to visit the Acropolis with an experienced guide, this tour of the Acropolis gets stellar reviews. 

At the Acropolis or Associated Archaeological Site

Since the time slot reservations have become mandatory, I do not know if you can continue to purchase your tickets and make a time slot reservation on site. For this reason, I think it is best to purchase your tickets in advance or join a tour. If you have experience purchasing a ticket or making a time slot reservation at the Acropolis or a site on the combination ticket, please let us know in the comment section below. It will help a lot of future readers. Thanks!

If you choose to wait until you are in Athens, I recommend purchasing the combination ticket at one of the lesser visited archeological sites (such as Kerameikos) in order to avoid the potentially much longer line at the Acropolis. This is what we did, but our visit was in 2019, before the reservation system was put into effect.

What We Did in 2019: Our visit was during shoulder season in Athens, so lines were relatively small. We did not purchase our tickets in advance because we did not think it would save us any time in line, since we traveled with two kids. Instead, we visited Kerameikos first. This is one of the sites on the combination ticket. There was no line here and we purchased the 5-day combination ticket. At every other site we visited we simply used the ticket to pass through the turnstile. We never had to wait in a line while visiting the Acropolis and the archaeological sites.

What We Would Do Now: Now I would make our time slot reservation in advance on the official website, ideally for the first time slot of the day. Two hours before closing would be my next preferred time.

Hours of Operation

From April 1 to August 31: 8 am to 7 pm (last admission 30 minutes before closing) with reduced hours the remainder of the year. You get the full listing on the official website.

The Acropolis will be closed on these days: January 1, March 25, May 1, Easter Sunday, December 25, December 26.

Get updated hours and pricing here.

How to Get to the Acropolis

There are two entrances into the Acropolis.

The main entrance is at the western end of the Acropolis. You will purchase your ticket at the ticket office (see our map later in this article) and then walk through the main entrance into the Acropolis.

This entrance is notoriously busy. I have read that midday people can wait one to two hours to purchase a ticket here.

There is a smaller ticket office at the southeastern corner of the Acropolis. There is not much written about it in tour books and online and I only found out about it when looking at skip-the-line tours. This is the entrance that small group tours and skip-the-line tours use. Why go here? Since it is less well known, the crowds will be smaller here than at the main entrance.

However, you still might have to wait in line. Here is a photo midday on a Sunday in April. You may still have to wait in line, but hopefully you won’t have to wait as long as you would at the main entrance.

Acropolis Side Entrance

Entrance at the southeast corner of the Acropolis | How to visit the Acropolis

From this entrance, it is a steady uphill walk past Dionysus’ Theater and past a great viewpoint over the Odeon of Herodes Atticus before you get to Propylaea, the entrance into the Acropolis.

There is an elevator on the northeastern side of the Acropolis that provides access for people in wheelchairs. Learn more here.

Map of the Acropolis

How to Use This Map: Click the icons on the map to get more information about each point of interest. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

Tips to Avoid the Lines at the Acropolis

1. purchase your ticket online in advance.

Before your visit to Athens, book your ticket online in advance. You will book a time slot for entry into the Acropolis and you will not have to wait in a ticket line.

2. Purchase the Combination Ticket

Rather than making the Acropolis your first stop in Athens, visit one of the less popular archeological sites, purchase the combination ticket, and then use this to skip the ticket lines at the Acropolis and the other sites. Not only will it save you time waiting in a line at the Acropolis, but this will also save you time at the Roman Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Library.

We purchased our combination tickets at Kerameikos. There was no line here during our visit. FYI, the Ancient Agora and Temple of Olympian Zeus both had decent sized ticket lines from what we saw, so if you can, avoid making these the first site you visit.

3. Best Time to Visit the Acropolis

The least crowded time of day to visit the Acropolis is right at opening time (8 am) and at the end of the day (1 to 2 hours before closing).

The last hour of the day would be a wonderful time to visit the Acropolis. Crowds are low, the sun is starting to set, and it’s no longer sweltering hot (if you are here in summer). We saw very people on the Acropolis the hour before closing.

The worst time to visit is midday, especially in the summer. Crowds are high and so are the temperatures. Cruise ship crowds tend to swarm the Acropolis from 10 am to early afternoon, so try to avoid this time if you can. Even if you already have your ticket, you could still be stuck in a line waiting to enter through the Propylaea.

We braved rainy weather conditions and it worked out to our advantage. All day it had been overcast and drizzly, but in the afternoon, the skies finally opened up for real. The rain washed most visitors off of the Acropolis and sent them right down to the Acropolis Museum. We decided to take our chances and visit the Acropolis in the rain. Off in the distance, it looked like the sky would clear, so we kept our fingers crossed for improving conditions.

The four of us entered through the smaller side entrance, took our time walking up towards the Proplylaea, and once here, the rain stopped. The sun even made an appearance a little while later. Even though it was mid-afternoon on a Saturday, we shared the Acropolis with just a handful of other people. It was absolutely incredible and I know that we are extremely lucky for our timing and the weather to work out like this. 

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The Parthenon (in 2019) | How to visit the Acropolis

Parthenon without the crowds

In our photos, the sky looks very dark. We had a big downpour but there was no thunder or lightning.

I would not recommend visiting the Acropolis during a thunderstorm. Once you are up here, there is nowhere to take cover from lightning, should it occur. It’s not like you can run for cover under the Parthenon. And you should know that these marble surfaces get slick when it rains, but if you don’t mind wet conditions, it’s one way to visit the Acropolis with low crowd levels.

4. Enter through the Side Entrance

Skip the crowds at the main entrance and enter through the smaller, lesser known side entrance. See our map (above) for the exact location.

5. Join a Skip-the-Line Tour

Join one of these skip-the-line tours and visit the Acropolis with a guide. 

Things to Do at the Acropolis

The sites on the Acropolis are organized into two areas, the Acropolis and the slopes. The sites on the Acropolis include the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, and the Erechtheion. Those on the slopes are located on the south side of the Acropolis and include the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theater of Dionysus.

This is the gateway into the Acropolis. If you enter through the main entrance, this will be the first thing you see. It’s a grand entrance, meant to impress visitors with its colonnaded entryway and marble buildings.

Propylaea

Propylaea | How to visit the Acropolis

Propylaea Acropolis

Temple of Athena Nike

The Temple of Athena Nike stands next to the Propylaea. This small temple is dedicated to the goddess Athena Nike who was the protector of the city of Athens. It was recently renovated…completely taken apart and then put back together again…about 15 years ago.

Temple of Athena

The Temple of Athena Nike is the small, colonnaded building near the upper right hand corner of this photo.

The Parthenon is the centerpiece of the Acropolis. For many visitors this is the main reason for visiting Athens.

First View of the Acropolis

First view of the Parthenon after walking through the Propylaea.

Parthenon in April

Since the Parthenon is undergoing major renovation work, part of it will be covered with scaffolding, and it will remain like this for some time. Even so, it’s an amazing sight to see.

Parthenon in the Rain

You are not allowed to walk onto the Parthenon but you can walk around the entire circumference of it.

Erechtheion, Pandroseion, and the Old Temple of Athena

What appears to be one building is really three separate temples and sanctuaries. These were built on a sacred spot on the Acropolis, the site where Athena and Poseidon battled for patronage of Athens, the site where a salty spring appeared when Poseidon hit the ground with his trident, and the site where an olive tree grew when Athena hit the ground with a rock.

Erechtheion

An olive tree still grows beside the building, although this tree was planted at the beginning of the 20th century.

Olive Tree Acropolis

One of the most startling features are the famous Caryatids, six female statues who serve as columns to support the roof of the porch.

Caryatids

Viewpoint of the Acropolis and Athens

Located at the far eastern end of the Acropolis is a slightly elevated viewpoint. Just look for the Greek flag. From here, not only do you get a wonderful view across the Acropolis and the Parthenon, but you also get one of the best views over Athens.

Greece Flag

View from the Acropolis | How to visit the Acropolis

View of Athens

Looking east from the Acropolis. In this view you can see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and a small part of the Panathenaic Stadium.

Theater of Dionysus

Located on the southern slope of the Acropolis and near the Acropolis Museum is this ancient theater. It was built in the 4th century BC and the Greek tragedies of Euripides and Sophocles were performed here.

Theater of Dionysus

The view of the Theater of Dionysus from the Acropolis. You can also see the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus in this photo.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

This is one of the more “modern” buildings on the Acropolis, built in 161 AD. This theater can accommodate almost 5,000 people and it is still used for performances during the summer months. It is located on the southern slopes near the Propylaea.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus | How to visit the Acropolis

What to Bring

Wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes with good traction. The surfaces are uneven and the marble can be slippery. This gets even worse if it’s wet, so be prepared for slippery surfaces if you are here during or after it rains.

Sunblock and sunglasses are a must. There is no shade on the Acropolis.

Bring water, especially if you are visiting during the summer months.

Do You Need a Guide?

A guide is not necessary to visit the Acropolis.

Each building on the Parthenon and the slopes have signs that give you the history and importance of each site. Signs are written in Greek and English.

If you want more info than just a few signs but don’t want to take a tour, consider purchasing Rick Steves’ Greece Travel Guide. He has a very nice walking tour through the Acropolis with lots of interesting facts about the Parthenon and the history here.

Finally, you can take a tour of the Acropolis. This tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon gets rave reviews.

A visit to the Parthenon can last one to three hours.

After Your Visit

You can exit through the side entrance and make the Acropolis Museum your next stop. Or, exit through the main entrance and walk to Areopagus Hill (Mars Hill) for a stunning view of Acropolis.

Mars Hill View

Areopagus Hill | How to visit the Acropolis

About Our Visit

We visited Athens in mid-April during Easter holiday week. From here, we went to Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini. 

Are you planning a visit to Athens and the Acropolis? Comment below if you have any questions or if you want to share your experience.

More Information for Your Trip to Greece

ATHENS: Plan your visit to Athens with our 2 Days in Athens Itinerary and our guide to the Best Hotels in Athens. We also have a detailed list of Things to do in Athens and a guide to the Best Views of Athens and the Acropolis.

TRAVEL ADVICE: First time in Greece? Here are essential things to know about Greece, from SIM cards to booking the ferries to renting a car.

GREECE ITINERARY: Learn how to visit Athens, Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos in our 10 Day Greece Itinerary.

THINGS TO DO IN SANTORINI: For a full list of things to do, read our article Best Things to Do in Santorini. We also have detailed guides on How to Walk from Fira to Oia and the Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Oia.

NAXOS: Learn how to plan your visit to Naxos in our article Best Things to Do in Naxos. We also have information on hiking to Mount Zas, how to hike to Apano Kastro, and a detailed guide to hiking the Village Trail to Melanes, Myli, and the Kouroi.

Planning a trip to Greece? Read all of our articles in our Greece Travel Guide.

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Avatar for Ari

Hello Julie I just read your article. First thank you for all this information then I have questions. I searched for a email address to ask questions and couldn’t find. In any case do you have any email of the official tickets website ? Cause i wanna know if they have any students offer and why I can’t choose the date in April

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Here is a link to the official website for each site and there is an email address here (this site is different from the ticketing website). You may not be able to book tickets for April because they may not have been released yet but that’s just an assumption on my part (since many places open up ticket sales 30 to 60 days in advance). But you could try emailing this other site with your questions. Cheers, Julie

Avatar for Alan J. Brown

Awesome article on Acropolis! On the official website to purchase tickets for the Acropolis, it states: “Mandatory entrance at the time zone of your choice from 04/09/2023!” What does this statement mean? I assume “mandatory” means I have to enter at the time I selected, correct? Why reference the date April 9, 2023?

Hello Alan. Yes, you will have to enter at the time you select. I believe there is a 15 minute grace period before or after the selected time, but confirm this on the official website. In Europe, they list the date in a different order, so it started September 4, 2023. Cheers, Julie

Avatar for Babu

A correction – with regards to free admission to Acropolis – It’s not every Sunday from Nov 1 to Mar 31, it’s every “FIRST” Sunday from that period.

Avatar for Kate

Hi Guys We are two seniors visiting Athens in November 😁👍 Thinking we will just buy a combination ticket on site rather than booking a tour. This way we can explore at our on pass. Do you think this is the way to go? Also, is there a lift? Thanking you in advance.

Since November is the off season, I think it will be fine to purchase your ticket once in Athens. Yes, there is a lift but I don’t know if it’s reserved for those with disabilities/in a wheelchair but you can learn more here . Cheers, Julie

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Hi Julie, how long roughly did you spend at the Acropolis before moving on to Aeropagus Hill? Thanks

We spent roughly an hour and a half at the Acropolis. We also could move around fairly quickly, since there weren’t many people here during our visit. Estimate about 2 hours, a little less if you tend to move fast. Cheers, Julie

Avatar for Liza Higbee

Hi, thanks for providing this information! I am about to head to Athens. Looking at the combination tickets online, I don’t see any official language that the tickets last 5 days. I am hoping someone can offer me some reassurance that if I purchase these combination tickets in advance, they will in fact last 5 days from purchase date? Also, if I pre-purchase combination tickets, do I get to “skip the line”? Like, do I get sent actual tickets?

Hello Liza. There have been a few people who recently wrote in with trouble using the online ticketing website. I don’t know if this has been resolved. With the combination ticket, you will skip the ticket lines. However, if you are concerned about doing all of this online, you can visit a less popular site first, like Kerameikos, and purchase the combination ticket there. That gives you skip the ticket line access to the remaining sites and it is what we did and it worked very well. I recently read that this summer a new policy was instituted where you have to book a time slot for the Arcopolis and I don’t know if this is still in effect. Cheers, Julie

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I purchased the combined Acropolis tickets through the official website but all I received was a confirmation or order number but no actual ticket. Does this sound like something others have said? I can’t reply to the confirmation email and there is no contact info on the website. Do you have any advice?

Thank you and love your website.

Hello Shawn. I just went on the official website and they must have done a website update in the past month or two because it looks totally different. It does look easier to use. Since we bought our tickets onsite, I am not familiar with what you are issued online. Hopefully someone who has done this will write in with their experience soon. But I assume that you take the email with your confirmation number to the first site you visit. Cheers, Julie

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Same thing with me. Did you ever get an answer?

Avatar for Karl

Same here. I was able to only print out a page with reservation code and date, with price paid. No bar code for scanning the three tickets purchased, no exact time of day for ticket. Can’t find anyway to communicate with the seller and it was a no-reply email with payment verification.

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5 of the Best Acropolis Guided Tours

Those looking to take a deep dive into Athens’ ancient past will be pleased to hear that there are now dozens of guided tours of the Acropolis taking place every day. 

Best Acropolis Guided Tours

The Acropolis looms high over the city (Photo: Get Your Guide)

Widely considered to be the most important site in the Western World, the Acropolis is a complete ancient Greek monumental complex that dates back nearly 2,500 years. It was crowned by the Parthenon and over the years served as a home to kings, a citadel, a home of the gods and a religious centre. Today, it’s Greece’s most famous tourist attraction. You could purchase tickets and explore the site alone, but to fully appreciate the history of this ancient citadel we recommend using a reputable tour guide. With so many to choose from, we’ve cherry-picked five of the best Acropolis guided tours based on price, itinerary and customer reviews. 

Acropolis Guided Walking Tour without Entry Ticket 

If you’ve already booked your ticket to the Acropolis but want to guarantee that a guide will be available when you arrive, this walking tour is the best option. Led by a licensed tour guide, the 1.5-hour tour offers a thorough insight into the ancient citadel. As you stroll around the gleaming white marble monuments and sanctuaries, your guide will share fascinating insights into the history of the ruins, from an early settlement to the second world war. From £21.49

Book at GetYourGuide.com

Acropolis monuments and Parthenon Walking Tour with Optional Acropolis

Acropolis monuments and Parthenon Walking Tour with Optional Acropolis This day trip is ideal for those looking to take a deep dive into ancient Greek history, with tours of the Acropolis, Parthenon and a handful of other famous sites. The tour price does not include transportation or admission, but it does include a two-hour tour around the Acropolis, a one-hour tour around the Parthenon and two hours at the Acropolis Museum. Travellers will also get to explore the Theatre of Dionysus, Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea, Herod Atticus Odeon and Plaka, the historic neighbourhood that sits in the shadow of the Acropolis. From £28.03 Book at Viator.com

This brilliant tour combines trips to a handful of ancient sites (Photo: Get Your Guide)

This day trip is ideal for those looking to take a deep dive into ancient Greek history, with tours of the Acropolis, Parthenon and a handful of other famous sites. The tour price does not include transportation or admission, but it does include a two-hour tour around the Acropolis, a one-hour tour around the Parthenon and two hours at the Acropolis Museum. Customers will also get to explore the Theatre of Dionysus, Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea, Herod Atticus Odeon and Plaka, the historic neighbourhood that sits in the shadow of the Acropolis. From £28.03

Book at Viator.com

Early Morning Acropolis & Plaka Guided Walking Tour 

This 3.5-hour experience offers excellent bang for your buck, with skip-the-line admission fees and a tour included in the price. Best suited to early risers, the tour sets off early in the morning to beat the heat (and the crowds). The day begins with a tour around the Acropolis, Theatre of Dionysus and Parthenon, followed by a stroll downhill to the cobbled streets of Plaka. Tours are led by knowledgeable, licensed guides and accompanied by audio devices to ensure you don’t miss anything along the way. From £32.67

Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Tour with Entry Tickets 

Private Acropolis and Athens City Tour This 3.5-hour private tour is one of the most affordable we’ve come across online. The tour price does not include entrance tickets, but customers can pay the tour operator directly to skip ahead of the long lines for no extra cost. The experience includes a whole morning or afternoon with your own private licensed guide, starting at Syntagma. From here, the tour winds pass the Greek Parliament and Monument to the Unknown Soldier, the National Gardens of Athens, Hadrian’s Arch and the Acropolis. From £165.93 per person Book at GetYourGuide.com

This experience includes a guided tour around the Acropolis Museum, as well as the Acropolis (Photo: Get Your Guide)

This half-day tour combines skip-the-line tickets and tours around two showstopping sights: the Acropolis and the all-new Acropolis Museum. Tours generally begin at 9:00 am with a tour of the Acropolis, led by a field expert and licensed tour guide. After this, travellers continue to the Acropolis Museum, recently ranked one of the best museums in the world. As well as providing additional context, visitors can get up close to original surviving masterpieces and excavations beneath glass floors and walkways. From £85.12 per person 

Private Acropolis and Athens City Tour 

This 3.5-hour private tour is one of the most affordable we’ve come across online. The tour price does not include entrance tickets, but customers can pay the tour operator directly to skip ahead of the long lines for no extra cost. The experience includes a whole morning or afternoon with a private licensed guide, starting at Syntagma. From here, the tour winds past the Greek Parliament and Monument to the Unknown Soldier, the National Gardens of Athens and Hadrian’s Arch to the Acropolis. From £165.93 per person 

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Tips For Buying Tickets for the Acropolis & Ancient Sites in Athens

The Acropolis in Athens, with its ruins of spectacular temples such as the Parthenon and Erechtheion, is the most  visited attraction in the city. Tickets for the Acropolis include all these temples, and can be bought at the ticket office and online, in advance. Given the popularity of the site I recommend buying tickets in advance . There are various ticket types, including single entry timed tickets  and combination tickets , which include admission to six other archaeological sites. More options include guided tours of the Acropolis, as well as walking tours of Athens that include a stop here. Based on numerous visits since 2014, in this article I set out your options and offer my suggestions and tips .

Please Note: as of September 2023 all entry tickets to the Acropolis sold in advance are timed entry tickets – thus doing away with the need for skip-the-line tickets.

Jump to: Options at a Glance • Last-Minute • Online/In Advance • Timed-Entry Tickets • Combo Ticket • City Pass • Guided Tours

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Tickets for the Acropolis - Your Options at a Glance

There a few different tickets types for the Acropolis, including combination tickets, skip-the-line-tickets, and city passes. Which of these is good for you will depend on a number of factors, what else you want to see in Athens, how much time you have and your budget. Based on my experience of visiting Athens regularly since 2014, I set out your options below with my recommendations. 

For each ticket type, below I list the best suppliers with the best prices, which can depend on how far in advance you are buying, special deals and availability.

► Buy single entry, timed-entry tickets for the Acropolis only, from either Tiqets OR GetYourGuide . Available for winter 2023/4 – November to March 2024 .

► Buy a Combination Ticket for the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum from either Tiqets OR GetYourGuide Available for winter 2023/ – November to March 2024 .

► Buy a Combined Ticket for the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum – skip-the-line entry to three of the must-see archaeology attractions in Athens from GetYourGuide .

► Buy a Combination ticket for the Acropolis and the Six Main Archaeological Sites in Athens from either Tiqets . Available for winter 2023/4 – November to March 2024.

► Buy the Combo Ticket for the Acropolis & Ancient Sites and 16 Museums in Athens . This Athens Pass includes the Combo Ticket for the seven main archaeological sites, 16 museums as well as 48 hours on the hop-on-hop-off bus. At €79 this is excellent value if these are the attractions you want to visit. Buy it online from Viator .

Or, continue reading this page for all the information you need in preparation for your visit to the Acropolis in Athens.

These recommendations are based on my personal experience as well as researching the tickets and activities on offer by the following providers: Civitatis , GetYourGuide , Tiqets , Viator and Headout .

An entrance ticket for the Acropolis  includes the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the remains of other monuments on the hill-top, as well as the North and South Slopes (which includes the Theatre of Dionysus, amongst other features). It does not include admission to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (but you can get a good view into it from a path running above it), or the Acropolis Museum.

A standard, single-entry timed Acropolis ticket costs  €20 from 1 April to 31 October and €10 from 1 November to 31 March .

Children’s Ticket for the Acropolis: Anyone under 25 from an EU country (this no longer includes the UK) or under 5 from the rest of the world gets free entry throughout the year. During summer (April to October) those who are aged between 5 and 25 and from outside the EU get 50% reduced entry. You will need to show proof of age and address. A number of other people qualify for free or reduced entry. I provide a full list of people who qualify for free or reduced entry to the Acropolis below. For more on taking children to the Acropolis, read my Family-Friendly Tips for the Acropolis .

The ticket can be bought on the day at the ticket offices located at the two entrances to the Acropolis ticket offices, or online, in advance using either the Greek government’s website or reputable ticketing platforms such as GetYourGuide, Tiqets and Viator.

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Last-Minute Tickets - Buying Tickets at the Acropolis On the Day

It is possible to buy tickets for the Acropolis at the site itself. There are two entrances to the Acropolis, and at both you can buy tickets. You will be able to purchase a single entry ticket to the Acropolis or a combination ticket.

A ticket to the Acropolis will enable you to see the various monuments on top of the citadel – such as the Parthenon and Erechtheion, and the north and south slopes. A special combination tickets allows you entry to the Acropolis and six other archaeological sites, including Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora (full details further below).

There is a third entrance, which is used for visitors with mobility issues that wish to use the lift to get up to the top of the Acropolis. This is located a few metres to the left of the main entrance; you will see the buggies used to take visitors to the lift at the base of the north cliffs. This is also the main exit for the Acropolis.

Buying Acropolis Tickets Today: If you are standing in the ticket queue now, and want to buy an entry ticket for today, the best online option is Tiqets or GetYourGuide .

Opening hours for the Acropolis and other archaeological sites in Athens

During summer (starting 1 April until 31 October) the archaeological sites are open daily from 8:00 am until 19:00 pm. During the winter months  (November to March) between 8:00 am and 17:00 pm.

Where are the tickets offices for the Acropolis?

There are two ticket offices or kiosks at which to purchase entry to the site on the day. The main ticket office is just below the main entrance to the Acropolis, which is at the western end of the hill. You will also find a gift shop here, as well as a shop selling refreshments and snacks.

A smaller ticket kiosk is located at the entrance opposite the entrance to the Acropolis Museum. This is on the south side of the Acropolis near the Theatre of Dionysus. The two entrances are about a ten minute walk from each other. 

A queue for tickets at the main ticket office for the Acropolis in Athens.

Are there long queues to buy tickets and enter the Acropolis?

The photographs above were taken in early October, 2021, at about 10 am. The queues at both entrances continue out of shot. I asked people at the front of both lines how long they had been waiting. The consensus was about 45 to 50 minutes at both. I have seen similar queues in April.  In summer, the height of the tourist season (May to September), you can wait up to two hours in a queue to buy tickets. 

You will probably have read that the south entrance is much quicker. This advice is usually coming from people who visited the Acropolis five or more years ago. In recent years, following this advice, and particularly for busy periods, both queues are about the same. If you go early or late, then the queues will be much shorter, and then I would probably choose the south entrance over the main entrance at the western end of the site.

But as the two entrances are only a ten minute walk from each other, check for yourself which is quicker. 

Note: the queues in the photographs are to purchase tickets. If you have not bought a ticket in advance, either buy a skip-the-line entry ticket on your mobile (a number of people do this at the entrance) or buy a combination ticket at a nearby site (where the queues are negligible or non-existent) and then use that ticket to enter the Acropolis. You will avoid the ticket purchasing queue. 

Buying Tickets Online, In Advance

To get your tickets online, visit Hellenic Heritage (official e-ticketing service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports). This is the official website of the Greek government, Archaeology Travel is not associated with them in any way. The website is available in Greek and English – I have provided step-by-step instructions with screenshots for each step at the end of this page.

WARNING: Before Purchasing from the offocial website, Please Note:

From the Terms & Conditions, clause 3.19: “… after the completion of the transaction, it is not possible to change the ticket details, cancel or return the ticket, as well as refund for any reason. Furthermore, the value of tickets that have been lost, stolen, or destroyed is not covered.”

I frequently get emails from our readers saying they made an error in buying their tickets (entered the wrong dates, made a mistake entering their email address are two of the most common errors), or that they wish to change the dates because their travel plans have changed. They emailed the department selling the tickets using the address provided. And the response, if they got one, was an emphatic ‘tough luck, read the Terms & Conditions’. The official providers will not refund tickets bought in error, or make any refunds at all. So that means if your plans change, you can not change your tickets either. So 1) be careful entering the dates/number of tickets you want, and 2) be sure you have the final date.

Also, the readers mentioned above were lucky to get a reply. The inbox frequently fills up, particularly in summer, and so new emails are rejected. These are not scare tactics. Data protection and privacy prevents me showing actual screencaps of these emails I receive. It is a sad truth, buying from the official website is not reliable.

For these reasons, I strongly recommend buying a ticket from our recognised partners (see the ‘timed-entry tickets’ section below). You *can* cancel your purchase up to 24 hours in advance, and get a full refund. How can these vendors get a refund and you can’t? Quite simply, they are taking your reservation, they are buying in bulk and they buy as required on the day. In my opinion, based on the substantial feedback I get from readers, a few Euros extra is worth it.

Which Acropolis Tickets to Buy

Timed-entry tickets for the acropolis.

Buying timed entry tickets for the Acropolis that allow for refunds, changes of plans, errors is possible, and can be done quite easily and safely online. For reliability and security, we recommend our partners GetYourGuide and Tiqets.

A timed-entry ticket + Audio Tour with GetYourGuide is €13 in winter and €24.50 in summer (Available for Winter 2023/4 – November to March 2024) A timed-entry ticket with Tiqets is €12.90 in winter and €22.00 in summer (Available now for Winter 2023/4 – November to March 2024)

The difference in the prices reflect the conditions of the tickets: the Tiqets includes free cancellation up to 24 hours before with a full refund, with the option to purchase insurance for the last 24 hours. Whereas if you purchase the GetYourGuide ticket there is no possibility to cancel for a full refund.

These prices, compared to the €10 (winter) €20 (summer) ticket at the gate, which is not skip-the-line, includes a booking fee. And applies only to a single entry ticket to the Acropolis and its North and South Slopes.

Once purchased, confirmation and further instructions are emailed to you immediately.

Please note: you can cancel your booking up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund (with the Tiqets ticket only). So, if you find you have made a mistake with your dates (this happens – I get emails about it) or your plans change, you can get a full refund as long as you cancel at least 24 hours in advance. There is no refund for such errors or changes of plans if you buy your tickets on the official website. You need to decide whether the time saved and peace of mind is worth the booking fee – only you can make that decision.

Multi-site/combo ticket

Please Note: The Combo ticket is not recommended if you are visiting Athens during the winter months (November to March). It is cheaper to buy the tickets individually. Read on for a full explanation.

If you are also going to be visiting some of the other main archaeology sites in Athens, then I recommend getting yourself a Combination or Special Package Ticket – via Tiqets or GetYourGuide . Prices can vary if one or other supplier is having a special offer, so do check the difference at the time you book.

Holders of the Combo Ticket get one entry to the Acropolis (which includes the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and all the other monuments on the Acropolis) with its North and South Slopes (Odeon of Herodes Atticus and Theatre of Dionysus), as well as six of the other main archaeological sites in Athens: Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, Kerameikos and the Olympieion (see further details below). There are also museums in the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library and the Kerameikos cemetery, and these are included in the entrance ticket for these sites.

The combo ticket is valid for five days .

The cost of the combination ticket is €30 per person, all year round, there is no winter discount .

The combination ticket can be purchased at the ticket offices of the participating archaeological sites, online at either the Greek Ministry of Culture’s website .

Buying the combination ticket via Tiqets is €33 as opposed to €30 at the sites or on the Greek Government’s website. There are a few benefits to the Tiqets ticket that do not come with the standard government ticket, which in my view more than makes up for the €3 booking fee.

First, you can reschedule your Tiqets ticket, whereas this is not possible via the Greek government’s website.

Second, once you have completed the purchase on Tiqets, you will receive your ticket via email – straight to your mobile/smartphone. No queues to pick up a paper ticket are required. When you purchase a ticket on the Greek website you will receive a confirmation of your order via email. You are then required to take the ticket to the ticket office (standing in the queues) and get the actual ticket that you then present to enter the sites.

The Greek website is unreliable. Read their Terms and Conditions, if anything goes wrong while purchasing your tickets, you will have to send an email and wait for a reply. The Tiqets website is available in many languages, and you can pay in many currencies and, most importantly, they have very responsive customer services should anything go wrong with your purchase. In my view €3 is a small price to pay for convenience, security and peace of mind.

When demand for tickets is high, anytime from April to September, when you click on the link to Tiqets, you will see that they are sold out. The combination ticket is also available on GetYourGuide and Viator . Although a bit more expensive than Tiqets (hence why it is not top of our list), the Viator ticket does include free cancellation and the GetYourGuide ticket comes with audio guides.

Is the combination/special ticket package always worth it?

The answer to this question depends, as it does with all combination tickets/passes and bundles, on how many sites you want to visit. The Combo Ticket includes SEVEN sites, and is valid for five days. And with this particular ticket package, there is a significant difference between summer and winter prices.

To pay the standard entry to each site included on the Combo Ticket individually would cost €64 during the summer months (1 April to 31 October) . So, for example, visiting the Acropolis (€20) and the Ancient Agora (€10) would cover the cost of the Combo Ticket. As would visiting the Acropolis and any two of the other seven sites included in the scheme.

If you are eligible for a 50% reduction in summer (see the list below below), this only entitles you to a reduction when purchasing a ticket for a single entry at each site. You can not buy the Combo Ticket at a 50% reduction. Paying the reduced entry for each site would cost you €32. So you would only save money with the Combo Ticket (€30) if you visited each of the seven sites (€32).

In the winter months (1 November to 31 March) everyone pays the reduced rate (50% of the standard cost) at each of the seven sites, unless you are entitled to free entry (see the list below). There is no further 50% reduction on the reduced fee for those people who are eligible for the 50% discount during summer. There is no reduction during winter on the price of the Combo Ticket. So the total cost for entry to each of the seven sites during winter is €32 (unless you qualify for free entry). That is only €2 more than the cost of the Combo Ticket. If you only intend to visit three or four sites during a visit in winter, the Special Ticket Package is not worth it. If you visit all but the Archaeological Site of Lykeion, you will break even. If you skip, for example, the Roman Agora you will have paid €2 more than you would have done paying for each site separately.

Which archaeological sites are included in the combo ticket?

ACROPOLIS The sacred rock in the city of modern day Athens is one of the most well known archaeological sites in the World, and the most visited attraction in Athens. For ancient Athenians, it was the most important religious centre. Although occupied since the Neolithic, it was not until the 11th century BC that the Acropolis became the home of the cult of Athena. The monuments we visit today are much more recent, dating to the 5th century when Athens was at the height of its power. There are a number of religious buildings on top of the Acropolis, the most iconic of which is the Parthenon. The other well known structure is the Erechtheion. Single Entry: €20 (reduced €10)

NORTH & SOUTH SLOPES While most visitors to the Acropolis head straight for the top, there is much to see on the Northern and Southern Slopes of the Acropolis. The buildings on the slopes of the Acropolis reflect the religious and cultural importance this area had in Athens during the Archaic and Classical periods. Besides the relatively well preserved Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysus, both slopes have a number of sanctuaries, churches and sacred caves. There are two separate entrances, the two slopes are joined by the Ancient Peripatos Street, so both the north and south slope count as a single site. Entry to the North and South Slopes is included with entry to the Acropolis, ie €20 (reduced €10)

ANCIENT AGORA For Athenians, the Agora was not just a market place where they came daily to buy food and goods, it was also the political and judicial centre of the city. There are remains of many ancient temples, but it is the exceptionally well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos that catches everyone’s eye. The reason it is has survived so well is because it became a church in the 7th century AD. There are great views over the Agora to the Acropolis from the temple. The Entry to the Agora includes entry to the Museum of the Ancient Agora – housed in the restored Stoa of Attalos, which has a vast and impressive collection of artefacts. Single Entry: €10 (reduced €5) Ancient Agora only with audio guide

ROMAN AGORA Not far from the Ancient Agora is the 1st century BC Roman Agora. An inscription on site lists Augustus and Julius Caesar as donors for its construction, don’t miss this on your way in. The agora was a large courtyard surrounded by stoas, shops and other commercial buildings. Just beyond the agora, but within the boundary of the site as it is today are the remains of the public toilets and the octagonal Tower of the Winds, built for astronomical purposes housing a hydraulic clock. The tower has some exquisite carvings that depict the ‘eight winds’. Single Entry: 8€ (reduced €4) Roman Agora only with audio guide

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF KERAMEIKOS On the northwestern fringes of the ancient city of Athens is Kerameikos. As the name suggests this was an area that was once inhabited by potters. But it is also the site of the oldest and largest Attic cemetery. Walls surround an enormous archaeological site that has a wide range of ancient funerary monuments and structures, from a tumulus mound to family tombs and individual columns. On site, and included in the entry fee is the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos. The museum houses the artefacts recovered from archaeological excavations, and are displayed to show the changing funerary practices in ancient Athens. Single Entry: €8 (reduced €4) Kerameikos only with audio guide

LYKEION During recent rescue excavations the remains of an ancient palaestra were discovered. This was the legendary Gymnasium of Lykeion (Lyceum). Historical sources suggest this area was an idyllic grove, it is best known to us as the location of Aristotle’s school of philosophy. The name comes from the sanctuary of Apollo Lykeios, which was built sometime before the gymnasium. But sadly this temple was not found during the archaeological investigation of this site. For visitors today a surface area of 0.25 hectares (50 x 48 m.) has been exposed, revealing part of the palaestra where athletes trained in wrestling and boxing. Single Entry: €4 (reduced €2)

HADRIAN’S LIBRARY Built in 132 Ad, Hadrian’s Library was a gift from the Roman Emperor Hadrian, hence its name, to the people of Athens. Hadrian was an ardent cultural Hellenophile, and he did much to leave his mark here. Today we enter the site from the west at the imposing Pentelic marble façade, with its monumental Corinthian propylon, or gateway. The library was a rectangular peristyle structure with an interior courtyard, 122 by 82 metres. The ‘library’ where the papyrus books were stored is on the eastern side. A small onsite exhibition room houses a colossal statue of Nike and some other artefacts recovered. Single Entry: €6 (reduced €3)

OLYMPEION The main attraction of the Olympieion is the colossal Temple of Olympian Zeus – one of the largest temples in the ancient world. Despite its size, you can not gaze at this monument through the fence, you have to stand at the foot of these massive columns (16 of the 104 are still standing) to appreciate just how big they are. Beyond the area of the enormous temple are the remains of other urban structures, including a Roman bath house, various residences, a 5th century basilica, and remnants of the city’s fortification wall. Just outside the site, next to one of the busiest streets in Athens is Hadrian’s Arch. Single Entry: €8 (reduced €4) Temple of Olympian Zeus only with audio guide

Athens city passes

There are a couple of city passes available. Full disclosure: I have not tried and tested any of these. But just doing the maths, none of them add up for me. First, most attractions are already quite cheap. Second, and more importantly, you would be hard pushed to do everything, or enough, in the time allotted before you start making a savings.

Because of the 50% reduction in ticket prices during winter for everyone, tourists and residents alike, I would not even consider these passes from 1 November to 31 March.

Combo ticket pass for museums & ancient sites

The athens digital pass from tiqets, guided tours of the acropolis.

For €45 you can buy a ticket for a Guided Tour of the Acropolis online at the GetYourGuide website. This ticket includes timed-entry to the Acropolis and a one and a half hour tour with a local guide.

GetYourGuide has a number of different walking tours to choose from. These vary in length, and what sites are included on the tour. Taking these does give you timed-entry, but entry fees are not always included. The reason being some people might already have a multi-site pass, or be eligible for discounts.

A popular option, suited to those who want a guide of some kind but not a guided tour with a person, is a timed-entry ticket with audio tour. For a small additional cost you can buy a timed-entry ticket that comes with an audio tour of the Acropolis. All you need is your own smartphone, with headphones. You get to avoid any queues, and an audio tour of the Acropolis with supporting information and an interactive map that you can access without requiring an internet connection. This is available for both Android and iOS devices, but only available in English, French and Spanish. Click here for More Information & Further Details >>

By far one of the most popular tickets, and I think the best value and so the tour I recommend for throughout the year is the five hour tour of Athens, the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum . For only €84 you get a guided tour (available in English and Spanish) with an actual person, not an audio-guide, of Athens (visiting the Panathinaikos Stadium, the Royal gardens and the former Royal Palace), the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Entries to both the Acropolis and the museum are included in the price of the tour (€84)! And, this certified walking tour can be booked online at GetYourGuide .

There are over 60 ticket and guided tour options .

Recommended Guided Tours of the Acropolis

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When is the Acropolis Free?

Free entry to the acropolis for all.

During designated Open Days all visitors have free access to all archaeological sites, monuments and museums in Greece . These days are: 6 March (Melina Mercouri Remembrance Day), 18 April (International Monuments Day), 18 May (International Museums Day), the last weekend of September (European Heritage Days), 28 October (Oxi Day), the first Sunday of each month from November 1st to March 31st.

Having read reports and seen photographs of the Acropolis on ‘Free Entry for all’ days, I would not waste my time. There are always a lot of people taking advantage of the free entry. If you are travelling on a budget and taking advantage of the free entry is important, I would go late in the day (or early, but many tour groups go early).

Who qualifies for free/reduced entry?

Certain groups of people are qualify for free entry throughout the year. If this applies to you, ensure you have all the necessary documents that prove you are eligible.

During the summer period (1 April to 31 October) certain groups of people can get a 50% reduction on the entry fee for archaeological sites. The reduction only applies in the summer, during the winter the entry fees are reduced for everyone. The reduction does not apply to the Combo Ticket. Again, be sure to have valid documents and ID to demonstrate you are eligible for such a discount.

► Anyone under 25 years of age from the EU, or under 5 years of age from the rest of the world ► People over 25 years of age enrolled in secondary education in the EU and EEA ► Teachers from within the EU on educational visits for primary, secondary or tertiary education ► Unemployed Greek citizens, or people claiming Social Solidarity Income ► Greek families with three or more children ► Single parent families ► People with disabilities, and their escorts of 80% degree of disability ► Journalists ► Members of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, as well as equivalent bodies of other EU countries ► Tourist guides ► Holders of an ICOM-ICOMOS membership card ► Members of Associations of Friends of Greek Museums and Archaeological Sites ► Official guests of the Greek State ► Refugees ► Greek citizens doing military service ► Greek citizens who are Olympic medal holders

Consult the original list on the website of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport .

Reduced entry - 50% in summer

► Anyone aged between 6 and 25 from non-EU countries ► Seniors citizens 65 years and older from Greece and EU Member States and the European Economic Union ► Teachers on visits from primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions ► Parents accompanying visits for primary schools from within the EU and EEA

Please Note: If you are booking online (a step-by-step account is given below) and are eligible for a reduced or free ticket, make this choice while booking your ticket. A voucher will be sent via e-mail. Take this voucher to the ticket office of the site you are visiting, and with proof of eligibility you will be given your ticket. You will be able to join a fast-track line at the ticket office.

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The 5 Best Acropolis Tours [2024 Reviews]

Meaning “high city” the Acropolis of Athens was constructed as a fortress and military base, consisting of various ancient buildings that you’re sure to have heard of.

The most famous of them is the Parthenon, though the entire acropolis is striking and absolutely something you have to see to believe.

This emblem of the glorious Athenian history still plays a part today, once serving as a home to royalty, as a citadel, a mythical home of the gods, religious center, and more.

If you want to get the most of the experience, we highly recommend checking out one of these top tours of the Acropolis .

Best Guided Tours of the Acropolis

Quick answer: the 5 best acropolis skip-the-line guided tours.

  • Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner
  • The Acropolis, Athens Walking City Tour and Acropolis Museum
  • Private Tour: Athens City Highlights Including the Acropolis of Athens
  • Acropolis Of Athens & Acropolis Museum Skip The Line Private Guided Tour
  • Athens Tour-Skip the line: Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Plaka and Greek lunch

Acropolis Tour Reviews

1. acropolis of athens, new acropolis museum and greek dinner.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Departure:  Vertical Communications , Misaraliotou 2, Athina 117 42
  • Departure Time: Variety Available
  • Includes:  Dinner (optional), entrance fees to Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum, one glass of wine per person, private tour, professional licensed archaeologist guide

Let’s start things off on the right foot with the Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner Tour . This 5-hour tour is one of the best ways to go if you’re looking to dive straight in to Greek history.

With pickup offered from select hotels, you won’t have to waste any time arranging separate transportation and can simply enjoy the experience of some of history’s greatest creations.

Make sure you lace up your best pair of walking shoes, because you’re going to be doing a lot of it! If you decide not to be picked up at the hotel, you’ll meet your guide at the Athens Red Line ticket station.

As your guide is a professional archaeologist, you can expect some incomparable insight into the Acropolis. Start out by walking the south slope, which is simply magnificent. This ancient citadel sits on the top of a hill, making for an excellent lookout point.

The ruins of various iconic buildings lie here, and you’re about to become an expert on them all with the assistance of your archaeologist guide.

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One of our favorites is the Theatre of Dionysus amphitheater widely regarded as the “birthplace of performing arts”. Sit down on the stone seats while you listen to the fascinating commentary about the history of the area.

Of course, you’re also going to love the Parthenon which is the star of the show. Designed to honor Athena, you’ll take extra time here to appreciate and learn about this wonder.

After, head over to the New Acropolis Museum, which is contrastingly very modern, and features all kinds of archaeological artifacts discovered at Acropolis. Statues, friezes, and much more are displayed here. The glass floors even show where they were discovered!

After all that walking, you definitely deserve some refueling so head to a nearby restaurant with classic Greek dishes, wine, and a fantastic view of the Parthenon.

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience, 2. the acropolis, athens walking city tour and acropolis museum.

  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Departure: Syntagma Square , Pl. Sintagmatos, Athina 105 63
  • Departure Time: 9:30 am
  • Includes:  English speaking professional guide, Athens guide magazine, Athens map, Skip-the-line service

Next up, we bring you The Acropolis, Athens Walking City Tour and Acropolis Museum tour . If you’re looking for a fantastic way to see Athens and the Acropolis but are on a budget, we can’t recommend this option enough.

Lasting 5.5 hours, they make sure to fit in interesting sights and stories into every minute so you’re not waiting around! Meet up with your guide at 9:30 am so you can set off immediately on to your adventure throughout Greek history!

You’ll start out by watching the Change of Guards ceremony which takes place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Located in front of the Old Royal Palace, it’s dedicated to the Greek soldiers killed during war and was created almost 100 years ago.

You’ll then have some time for a serene stroll in the massive, 15.5-hectare National Garden, located behind the Greek Parliament Building.

This tropical paradise perfectly contrasts the concrete and stone Athens constructions, filled with streams and ponds.

Pass by and learn about the Zappeion, which is a palace-like building used for many important ceremonies and meetings.

Keep walking to encounter the Temple of Olympian Zeus which as we mentioned before, is an iconic construction you just have to see if you’re going to be in Athens.

The former colossal temple was constructed around 740 BC when the Olympic Games were at their peak! Built to honor the King of Olympus, it’s enormous and mind-blowing to see in person!

If this weren’t impressive enough, you’ll then get to see all of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Your guide will offer educational commentary on the history of the hilltop center and why each of the buildings are important in their own regard.

Then, check out the Acropolis Museum which is full of artifacts recovered from the area!

3. Private Tour: Athens City Highlights Including the Acropolis of Athens

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure: Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Includes:  Private guide, transport by air-conditioned vehicle, hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only), entrance fees Acropolis, entrance fees to the Acropolis museum

Our next tour offers a bit more insight into the city of Athens, rather than just focusing on the Acropolis. If you’re interested in learning more about the entire city’s history, we highly recommend this tour.

The Private Tour: Athens City Highlights Including the Acropolis of Athens is a must for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of this legendary city.

Lasting 4 hours, it’s a great was to spend a morning or afternoon without blocking off your entire day. Hotel pickup and drop-off is available, so you can just focus on having fun at your tour instead of worrying about arranging separate transportation.

Make your first stop at the Acropolis, which comes with a private guide who will take you throughout the landmark. This sight is best seen early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the potentially very sunny weather.

You’ll get plenty of time to walk around and learn about each building, including the Parthenon. Then, you get to see inside the New Acropolis Museum, which shows off tons of Greek artifacts found around the area.

You’re going to enjoy seeing the Temple of Olympian Zeus as well, and while the entrance ticket is not included, seeing it from the outside is still fantastic! This is one of the most iconic ruins in Greece, and took over several centuries to build, starting in 174 BCE!

You’ll also get to see the Panathenaic Stadium from the outside, which is the only stadium in the world made of just marble and has quite the history dating to before the 4 th century.

4. Acropolis Of Athens & Acropolis Museum Skip The Line Private Guided Tour

  • Departure:  Dionysos Zonar’s , Rovertou Galli 43, Athina 117 42
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am
  • Includes:  Private experienced & licensed tour guide, Skip-The-Line-Service, entrance tickets For archaeological sites & Acropolis Museum, Greek culinary welcome gift

This tour is very similar to our first, however, with a couple of differences. The Acropolis, as you can imagine, can get incredibly busy so to be able to have personalized attention with a professional guide is invaluable.

You’ll get all that and more with the Acropolis of Athens & Acropolis Museum Skip The Line Private Guided Tour . Waste no time by arriving to the Acropolis at 9:00 am so you can experience the least amount of crowds and hopefully have the place to yourself.

Thanks to the Skip-The-Line tickets that are included with your tour, you never have to worry about wasting valuable time waiting around to enter the hilltop site. As one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site , there’s a ton to see and learn about.

Your guide is a field expert and incredibly well-versed in the subject, and will share with you tons of stories about its history, mythology, religion, storytelling, and personal anecdotes.

As one of the most recognizable, iconic landmarks in the world, you’ll also have plenty of time to take some photos. Make sure to also enjoy the picturesque views from the Acropolis, overlooking the modern-day city.

After exploring outdoors, head inside to the fascinating Acropolis Museum again with Skip-the-Line service so you are never waiting around.

Their use of natural light and glass is ingenious, displaying ancient Greek artifacts that were found in the area in the way they deserve. We can’t say enough good things about the guides, who simply make this place come to life!

5. Athens Tour-Skip the line: Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Plaka and Greek lunch

  • Departure: Athanasiou Diakou 16 , Athanasiou Diakou 16, Athina 117 42
  • Includes:  All entrance tickets of Acropolis and Acropolis museum, Greek lunch in a local restaurant, licensed tour guide

No Acropolis guide would be complete without the Athens Tour-Skip the Line: Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Plaka and Greek Lunch Tour . This tour is a little more full-fledged for those who have more time to spend out and about.

You’ll not only get to see and learn about Athens and the Acropolis, you’ll also get to enjoy some delicious Athenian food! Meet up with your guide near the Acropolis and start heading to the gate to tour this beautiful place and its buildings dating from around the 5 th century BC!

Your professional, expert guide will tell you all about buildings you see, including: Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaea, Caryatid Porch, the Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Temple of Asclepius.

Next, head down into the Plaka district, which is known as the original part of Athens. Cobbled streets, Byzantine churches, and more are still hanging around, transporting you to a different time.

Picturesque white houses, beautiful stairways, flowers, and more are present here so take plenty of photos. This is known to be the most gorgeous neighborhood in the entire city, and is a bit secluded from the rest.

Head into some of Athens’ best food markets, making sure you grab some of their locally-made olive oils, wines, herbs, and veggies. Then, enjoy some delicious koulóuria at a centuries-old café, along with some loukoumades donuts and filo parcels!

Leave some space because you’re then going to head to a meat and fish market, grabbing some freshly-roasted coffee along the way.

Overall, if you want a tour that covers a good portion of Athens’ highlights, this one should be at the top of your list!

Athens Tour Guide

Athens is the origin of much that we take for granted in everyday life. It’s the birthplace of democracy, classical architecture, philosophy, and the Olympic Games.More through good luck than planning, many stunning structures survive from Greece’s Golden Age, so visiting Athens becomes a journey to the very roots of Western Civilization.

There’s much more to see and do in Athens than I can squeeze into this brief travel guide, but I hope it will provide a good starting point as you plan your visit.

Airports & Entry

Athens International Airport is the busiest airport in Greece and the 27 th busiest in Europe. It handles around 24 million passengers a year. Since the airport was only opened in 2001 and expanded in 2018, you’ll find the 2 terminals and all the facilities modern. An underground moving sidewalk connects the original main terminal to the new satellite terminal.

What’s unusual about Athens Airport is the presence of an art gallery and 3 museums. If you get bored waiting for your flight, they provide lots for you to see. The Art & Culture Exhibition Area is found on the Arrivals level. They host regular photography and painting exhibitions, book signings, and cultural events.

In the main terminal, the Acropolis Museum features classical Greek exhibits from the Acropolis. On the Departures level, the Eleftherios Venizelos Exhibition displays relics from Greek aviation history in the. In the same area, you’ll find the Exhibition of Archaeological Findings.

Getting back to the modern world, you’ll find mobile charging points around the airport, and free Wi-Fi on the “ATH Free Wi-Fi” network. The free Wi-Fi only lasts 45 minutes, but you can log-in again as often as you like.

If you’re traveling with kids aged 18 months to 7-years-old, you’ll find a children’s play area in the main terminal landside on the 2 nd floor. It’s open from 9 am to 9 pm. There are baby rooms and diaper changing facilities throughout the airport on both landside and airside.

With 20 food outlets, you won’t have any problem finding something to eat. Many are open 24 hours. The airport also has a mini market on the Arrivals level, landside and duty-free shopping on the Departures level. Many of the stores in the airport operate 24 hours.

ATMs are located all around the airport on both Arrivals and Departures levels. There are also multiple currency exchange kiosks operated by ONExchange. You’ll find full banking services at the Alpha Bank on the Arrivals level landside, open from 8 am to 6 pm weekdays and 9 am to 4 pm on weekends and bank holidays.

If you have a medical problem, there’s a pharmacy on the Arrivals level, landside, open from 6 am to midnight. Urgent emergency care is available at the airport first aid station provided by qualified members of the National Center for Emergency Care.

The easiest way to get into Athens from the airport is on the Metro . The airport train station is connected to the city via Metro Line 3. The journey takes 40 minutes and there’s a service every ½ hour. There are also services to other cities and archaeological sites provided by the Athens Suburban Railway .

The city bus company, Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA ), provides even more frequent services into the city. 4 bus services (X93, X95, X96, and X97) operate from the Arrivals level between Exits 4 and 5. The buses run 24/7 and the X95 to Syntagma (Athens City Center) takes around 40 minutes and departs every 15 to 20 minutes.

Alternatively, the major vehicle rental companies (Hertz, National, Europcar, Budget, Avis, Sixt, and Alamo) have desks on the Arrivals level.

And there’s always the taxi stand, found on the Arrivals level, Exit 3. During the day, the fare into the city center is around €48 but increases to €54 after midnight until 5 am.

Planning Tips

Athens is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your stay. Just to ensure you do, here are 5 tips to help you plan your visit.

Tip #1: Watch your purse and your pockets

Pickpockets and purse-snatchers love Athens. The crowds of oblivious tourists admiring stunning architecture provide great prospects for any unscrupulous thief to get rich quick. Watch out for thieves everywhere, especially in the Metro system, around all the tourist attractions, and Omonia Square.

Tip #2: Book tickets in advance, especially during summer

Athens is a popular destination, so tours frequently sell out. Consider booking in advance so that you are assured of the excursions you want to take. Most reputable tour operators offer full refunds for trips canceled with reasonable notice. Just check the refund policy when you book any tours.

Tip #3: Go during spring or fall

Many of the most important attractions in Athens are outdoor, so you’re exposed to the sun. Because Athens is the second hottest capital city in Europe, the summer heat can become unbearable. If you’re traveling with young kids or elderly relatives, you certainly shouldn’t take them during summer.

Personally, I would prefer not to visit Athens in the summer. Not only is it too hot to appreciate the beauty of the city in the middle of the day, but it’s also when the city and its many attractions are most crowded. If you want warm rather than hot weather, go in spring or fall.

Tip #4: Buy unique souvenirs

Pop over to the Plaka neighborhood for some unique souvenirs. Spoons and ladles carved from olivewood, unique Greek products, as well as the usual range of T-shirts and less cultural souvenirs are found in the many gift shops in its labyrinth of old-world alleyways.

There are also many specialist jewelry shops in the Plaka neighborhood, where you can purchase custom-designed and unique items. Many of these stores are owned by artists, like the popular jewelers, Byzantino .

Tip #5: Cash is king

Greece is not a cashless society. You may be used to sticking all your restaurant and transport bills on a credit card, but this probably won’t work so well in Athens. A surprising number of busy restaurants and large stores don’t accept electronic payment methods, so you must be prepared to carry cash.

Because of the pickpockets mentioned above, consider methods to protect your cash. A fanny pack may look unattractive, but it beats getting your restaurant bill and discovering your wallet isn’t where it should be.

Restaurants & Eating Out

Because Athens is a Mediterranean port city, the local food is typically Mediterranean, with frequent use of fish and olives. In fact, a founding myth about the city claims that when competing to become the patron god of the city, the god Poseidon gave them a saltwater spring and the goddess Athena gave them their first olive tree.

Breakfasts typically consist of pastries from one of the many bakeries and a cup of coffee. Common breakfast pastries include the savory feta or spinach pastry, a flaky phyllo pastry, or the sweet Bougatsa custard pastry. Although it is not a traditional Athenian breakfast food, some cafés also sell Greek yoghurt due to tourist demand.

Athens’ streets are riddled with tavernas and cafés. Lunches are long and leisurely. Like in Spain, dinner is typically eaten late. Restaurants usually get busy at around 10 pm. Food is ordered for the table (the group of people sitting together) rather than the individual. This means that portions are often large because they are designed to be shared rather than eaten by one.

The tavernas offer a variety of hors d’oeuvre called a mezedes, which is a small dish of hot or cold food with dips. Mezedes are often eaten while drinking ouzo, a strong anise liquor. My favorite mezedes is saganaki, which is great for any cheese lover. It’s a hard cheese fried to create a crunchy crust and sprinkled with lemon juice. Tomatokeftedes (tomato balls) are another popular appetizer, sweet, soft, and full of herbs and tomato. Mezedes are typically served with a yoghurt dip.

Alongside mezedes, Athenians eat salad. Horiatiki salata (Greek salad) is tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, spicy shallots, and olives, all splashed with virgin olive oil and topped with feta cheese. Because the salad portion is designed to be shared, one person can make a filling meal out of a single serving of salad and some crusty bread.

Perhaps the most famous main dish in Athens is moussaka. This is an oven-baked dish consisting of mincemeat layered with either potatoes or eggplant and topped with bechamel. It’s not an exclusively Greek dish, but the currently popular version originated in Greece. Moussaka tastes best when seasoned with nutmeg and cinnamon.

A common variant of moussaka is pastitsio. This is another oven-baked dish with mincemeat and topped with bechamel, but this time layered with pasta and tomato sauce.

Being next to the sea, fish soup is popular in Athens. Different kinds of fish appear in the soup depending upon the season. It’s usually a rich broth with lots of fish, vegetables, and flavored with lemon.

But my favorite main dish is pastitsiopanakopita. This spinach and cheese pie is baked in a filo pastry and heavily seasoned. Unfortunately for me, it’s a messy dish. The filo pastry is crumbly and goes everywhere!

When it comes to desserts, Athenians get messy. Their sweet dessert pastries are drenched in honey or syrup. But these sticky treats are delicious when freshly baked. The most popular variety is baklava, which is layers of filo dough stuffed with chopped nuts, usually almonds or pistachios. Another common variety is kataifi, which looks like Shredded Wheat but is fine strands of pastry wrapped around a chopped nut center, usually almonds or walnuts.

Nightlife & Entertainment

While Athens may not have the reputation for wild nightlife found in other parts of the Mediterranean, like the Balearic Islands, you can still find vibrant nightclubs and lively bars. The different areas of the city tend to attract different crowds, so let’s run through them.

If you’re into clubbing, Kerranmeikos is the place to go. This is where you’ll find the new super-club opened by Lindsay Lohan, simply called LOHAN . With Hollywood financing and Greek knowhow, this club features internationally renowned DJs using the highest quality sound and light equipment. It’s a club dedicated to dance parties. In the same area, you’ll find a selection of popular bars, such as The Blue Parrot and Bios .

The neighboring Gazi area is the place to go for live Rebetiko venues, which is a kind of Greek urban blues music. So, if you want to try something uniquely Greek, then you could skip the super-club and head straight for a Rebetiko bar and spend the night listening to Greek blues and drinking ouzo.

If you’re looking for lively bars, Exarchia is the area favored by young Athenians. There are many popular bars along Emmanouil Benaki Street. But Exarchia is also an area known for graffiti and anarchy. In 2008/9, riots brought conflict between youths and police on these narrow streets.

However, that’s only a footnote in modern history. Sandwiched between the University of Athens and the polytechnic, the area is filled with trendy cafés and bars aimed at Bohemian youths.

But if you prefer more sophisticated cocktail bars and hipster hangouts, the two areas to go are Psyrri and Koukaki. Psyrri is a high-class area with lots of bars and a small but lively nightclub called Cantina Social. The most interesting bar to check out is Six d.o.g.s, which is a unique bar with DJs, live music, club nights, and art exhibitions! And if you’re into wine, Materia Prima Wine Bar in Psyrri has a fantastic reputation.

Getting Around

In central Athens, many of the attractions are close together, so walking is a viable option. However, to really see the city, public transport is the best option. You can use the Metro, buses, or trams. To use public transport , you’ll need an ATH.ENA Card .

The Metro is the easiest and quickest way to travel around Athens. The signs and maps can be confusing since some are only in Greek, but the network is simple. There are only 3 lines, and once you get a feel for the system, it becomes easy.

The main Metro station in the center of Athens is Syntagma. This is in the same area as the Greek parliament building and the main city square. Much like the airport, this station also holds a museum. In this case, the museum displays the archaeological treasures unearthed when the station was built.

The buses in Athens are not as comfortable or as quick as the Metro. Also, the bus times tend to be unpredictable and the routes confusing. Bus stops are often difficult to find, and you might need to ask a local for directions. Some of the buses are “trolleys”, which are the same as regular buses except that they run on electricity.

The trams are modern and environmentally friendly. There are only 3 tram services, and they all connect Syntagma Station with coastal resorts and beaches.

Taxis are always an option, but you’ll find them expensive compared to public transport and not as quick as the Metro.

Accommodations

Athens is an extremely popular destination for anybody interested in classical history, Greek language and culture, or simply sunny beaches. Because so many visitors crowd the city every year, you’ll find a broad range of hotels suitable for every budget and taste.

If you’re interested in history, the best areas to stay are around the city center near the Acropolis, like Makrianni, Monastiraki, Plaka, Syntagma, and Thission. The Plaka area is arguably the most desirable location because it’s nestled between the Acropolis and Syntagma Square (main square and central Metro station). Plaka is the quietest and most peaceful area of Athens.

Because of the problem of pick-pockets in Athens, you’ll want to make sure your hotel room has a safe. Whenever you go out, leave anything you won’t need in your safe. Any important documents, credit cards you won’t need that day, and spare cash should be left safely behind.

There are a few very seedy hotels in Athens that you’ll want to avoid. My advice is to check reviews on more than one hotel-reviewing site before booking. You’ll find some cheap hostels and basic hotels around Omonia Square, but the area is renowned for purse snatchers and seediness, as well as legal brothels.

A friend booked a night at the Athens House Hotel on booking.com because the reviews there looked positive, and she wanted to stay somewhere cheap and basic. When she arrived, the hotel’s hygiene standards were abysmal. When she later looked on TripAdvisor, she found the same hotel had a rating of 2 out of 5 stars and featured some extremely alarming reviews!

But, to be fair, the Athens House Hotel is great for economy backpackers. With last minute rooms at $10 or $20 a night, you can put up with bad service and a bit of grime!

If you’re made of money and want to sample the high life, check out the Hotel Grande Bretagne (GB) . A basic suite in the GB will cost around $300 a night, but you get what you pay for. This luxury hotel overlooks Syntagma Square, and you can even watch the changing of the guards in front of the Greek parliament building from your balcony.

The GB has one pool in the basement and another on the roof. There’s also a fully-equipped spa in the basement. The exclusive Alexander’s Bar inside the GB was voted Best Hotel Bar in the World by Forbes magazine, and the GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar provides the best views of the Acropolis you’ll find in the city.

If you’re traveling on a tighter budget, check out the Hotel Attalos . It’s not quite so central as the GB, but it also has a roof garden café with fantastic views of the Acropolis for around $125 a night.

The Hotel Attalos is a 15-minute walk to the Acropolis and the same to central Syntagma Square. It’s only a short walk to the Monastiraki Metro Station, so it’s convenient for rapid public transport to all the main attractions. It gets fantastic reviews and ratings on both TripAdvisor and Booking.com.

But when I take my family to Athens, I avoid the crowds and pollution in the city center altogether. Not far from the city, there are dozens of clean and modern hotels along the coastline of the Athenian Riviera. With the great tram connections to Syntagma Square Station, they’re only a short ride away from all the main attractions.

Most coastal hotels are walking distance to the beach, and sometimes their buildings even segue into the sand. They typically offer more spacious and better-equipped rooms for a fraction of the price of city center hotels.

For example, consider Maison 66 in Alimos. This modern hotel is 6 miles from Syntagma Square, which means 25 minutes in a car or 45 minutes on a tram. That might sound like a lot of traveling, but Maison 66 offers a beautifully decorated room with a sea view, furnished balcony, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, en-suite bathrooms with shower cabins, and free Wi-FI for only $80 per night.

Maison 66 is rated 9.1/10 on Booking.com and 5/5 on TripAdvisor! If your family wants to split their time between the beach and the cultural attractions, this hotel or others like it in coastal beach resorts offer you spacious, clean and modern accommodation for a fraction of equivalent hotels in the center of Athens.

Athens is the second hottest capital city in Europe. It experiences mild winters and long, dry, and hot summers. July and August are extremely dry, and most rainfall occurs between October and April.

Because the weather is relatively fine all year long, you can visit Athens at any time. However, I’d recommend you visit Athens in spring (late March through early June) or fall (late September through early November) if possible.

Spring and fall are when the weather isn’t too hot but still warm enough to enjoy the sun. Winter can be chilly and wet, and summer is just too hot for me. Most tourists visit during summer, which means the streets, attractions, and public transport are all crowded.

In summer, it grows too hot in the middle of the day for comfortable sightseeing. If you plan to visit the Acropolis, the best time of day is the early morning before the midday heat bakes the ground. Alternatively, visit in the last two hours of the site’s opening times. In August, average temperatures range from 73 0 F to 89 0 F.

It’s still pleasant and sunny in the fall, so this is a great time to wander around the Panathenaic Stadium. However, there’s more rain than during summer, especially in November. In November, average temperatures range from 54 0 F to 66 0 F.

Athenian winters are mild, but December sees the most rain. Despite warm average temperatures, snow isn’t uncommon, and it can get chilly on occasions. January’s average temperatures range from 45 0 F to 57 0 F.

Rainfall rapidly decreases between April and June, and the days become warmer. The average temperatures in April range from 53 0 F to 67 0 F.

Attractions

99.9% of visitors to Athens have the Acropolis at the top of their “must-see” list, but there’s more to Athens than its citadel. It’s the capital of a modern nation and the center of Greek culture. But, I’m not going to swim against the crowd right now. The Acropolis is top of my list, too!

The Acropolis looms over Athens and is the most famous attraction in Greece. Archaeological evidence shows the hill has been settled since as early as 4,000 BCE, and the Acropolis as we know it began to take shape in the 13 th -century BCE when it was fortified with a wall that still forms part of today’s complex monument.

Most of the structures we see on the old citadel date from the 5 th -century BCE. That’s because a helpful group of Persian invaders leveled many of the pre-existing buildings in 480 BCE during the Greco-Persian Wars.

There are many ancient temples atop the hill, including the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Brauronion. But none is more famous or iconic than the Parthenon . Built in 438 BCE and dedicated to Athena Parthenos, this is the most awesome example of Ancient Greek architecture in existence.

Also inside the Acropolis is the Acropolis Museum . This incongruous, modern structure stands 3-stores-high, right beside the Parthenon. However, it does effectively display the artifacts recovered by archaeologists from excavations atop the hill. The highlight is the Parthenon Marbles exhibition on the top floor.

Don’t miss the Theatre of Dionysus. Situated at the foot of the Acropolis and carved into the southern cliff, this is believed to be the oldest surviving theater in the world. The site has been a theater since the 6 th -century BCE, but the present structure is 4 th- century BCE. If you ever had to read Greek tragedies in school written by Euripides or Sophocles, this is where those famous plays premiered!

The last ancient monument in the city I’ll specifically recommend is the Panathenaic Stadium . Not only is this the only athletic stadium in the world constructed in marble, but it’s also the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games .

The stadium began life in antiquity as a racecourse and was transformed into a stadium in 330 BCE. The current marble structure dates to 144 CE and was designed to seat 50,000 spectators. The first modern Olympic Games were held here in 1896.

But Athens isn’t all about ancient antiquity. The heart of the modern city isn’t atop the Acropolis. It’s Syntagma Square. Not only is this where you’ll find the main Metro station, but it’s the central square and location of the Greek Parliament building.

The Parliament building is guarded by Evzones, who are parliamentary guards. Evzones wear special handmade shoes and uniforms and perform an hourly changing of the guards. There is an especially elaborate changing ceremony at 11 am every Sunday.

Pop over to the Plaka neighborhood to see charming houses decked with flower baskets and colorful cafés with outdoor seating. You’ll definitely need your camera as you explore this picturesque area.

The Plaka neighborhood is a great place to sample traditional Greek food and buy unique souvenirs. And if you’ve always wanted to try a traditional Turkish Bath, you can enjoy a steam bath and a relaxing massage at Al Hammam .

And if you want to see where the Athenians shop, check out the Varvakeios Central Food Market . This is where you can get a feeling for the heartbeat of Athens. This market is a great place to sample authentic Greek fresh foods and drinks. Why not try some strong Greek coffee made just how Athenians like it? But note that this market, like many grocery businesses in Greece, is closed on Sundays.

Getting out of the center, consider ascending Lycabettus Hill . This is the highest point in Athens. Sunset is a great time to visit for spectacular views across the city lit by the dying sun. At the top, you’ll find St. George’s Church and Orizontes Restaurant . The restaurant’s rooftop terrace provides stunning views.

You can spend a month in Athens and not see everything, but some people like to explore the wider context and travel to other parts of Greece. Also, in summer, getting out of the capital city helps you escape the relentless heat.

If you want to visit more of Greece, Athens makes a great base. Various Mediterranean islands, such as Aegina, Moni, Agistri, and Santorini, are popular destinations for longer day trips. Or you can enjoy a simple cruise along the Athenian Riviera and enjoy fantastic views of the Greek coast.

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Advance tickets for the Acropolis and its museum?

Does anyone know if we can buy advance tickets for the Acropolis, Parthenon and the Acropolis museum? Would be nice to skip the lines. Going on May 11th 2019, party of four. Thank you, Evelyne

Yes, you can prebuy tickets now. We did it for our trip last week as I’d read that lines get extremely long. There were no lines in March but I don’t know what May is like. At any rate, here’s the link to buy Acropolis tickets: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh355.jsp?obj_id=2384

You can also buy guided tours through quite a few sites - we did not do this so I can’t comment.

Here’s the link for the Acropolis Museum: https://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/etickets/ticketing.php?la=2

Go at 8am in the morning when they first open and avoid the crowds. You don't need to buy tickets in advance if you do this. There won't be a long line. Just take a taxi to the entrance, buy your tickets and you may even be there soon enough to witness the raising of the Greek flag by some soldiers. That was a nice little ceremony I wasn't expecting.

Thanks everyone for your help. My tendancy would be to purchase advance tickets ...but the cruise ship we'll be on shows that we'd be in Athens for 7 am. So I do not know what time exactly I could be there for. I always aim for being there first thing In the morning...but in this case, we are a bit dependant on the the time we can actually get off the ship.

See.... you left out the key bit of information, so the advice wasn't complete. Yes your cruise ship may dock at 7, but by the time you get off, so will 3,000 other people. There's now a bus that goes directly from the cruise docks to the Acropolis area,... but all those other people will be taking it too! And there will be a taxi line -- but again, thousands of people will be seeking a taxi! Your best bet to compete with your fellow-cruiser would be, I'm thinking, to buy tickets in advance for the Acropolis (no there is not a separate ticket for the Parthenon! if you look at pictures, it's sitting ON TOP of the Acropolis), and also book a taxi/car in advance.

There's one called Welcome Pickups, another called CityCab, (google them for e-mail & details) both get good reviews on travel forums for fair pricing & drivers speaking good english. That way, when the cruise throngs pour off the gangplank, lining up at the bus stop and/or the long taxi line, you'll see a driver waving a sign with your name on it. It takes about 30 minutes - more if there's a lot of traffic -- to get from cruise dock to drop-off point near Acropolis entry. If I were you, I'd also make arrangement in advance, for a pickup about 90 minutes before your cruise departs. A good place for this pickup may be beside the AKROPOLIS Metro station which is just about 100 yards from the Acropolis Museum entrance (You can also supply your mobile # for the driver to alert you that he's at the rendezvous point).

With this arrangement, your sightseeing schedule might go something like this: into taxi by 7:30 -- at Acropolis gate if lucky by 8:15 or so (advance tickets or print-out in hand) ... about 2+hours to get up, explore, get down & out the SOUTH entrance.... from there it's just 50 yards or so to Acropolis Museum entry. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there and PLUS, it has a lovely terrace restaurant looking right up at Parthenon, with VERY fair prices. THen depending on your cruise-ship departure times, you could stroll down the promenade to Hadrian's Arch (you'll see it from Museum entry), and Temple of Zeus, you can glimpse thru the fence. A lovely dessert treat along that promenade just before then is FRESKO, a frozen Greek Yogurt shop YUM. THere are also cafes for a drink or a snack in that stretch of shops. If you have a super-long time to sightsee, just about 100 yards WEST of the Acrop. Museum is the unusual (gorgeous Mansion) LaLounis Jewelry Museum... he was the MOST famous Jewelry Designer in GReece -- sort of a combo of Cartier/Tiffany in reputation. And yes they DO have a gift shop!!

BTW, unless your party has a studious member who's done a lot of prep for your journey, you're in luck, if you have a mobile or tablet to download -- R STEVES website has a FREE audio download for a step-by-step explanation of Acropolis ... also of the Ancient Agora, if you opt for the mutliple-site ticket (tho with your limited time, i wonder). Go to the part of the sight that says watch read listen.

Thanks Janet, I have read SR's book about the Mediterranean Ports , have read past entries on this forum about this subject and destination, looked at all the excursions offered by the ship and other tour companies, did my own internet research...and I know that the Parthenon sits on top of the Acropolis ! and does not need a separate entry ticket...and I also know about the museum and its restaurant with the view...even looked at the menu last night! Just could not find if the tickets could be sold in advance. Our ship is one of the smaller ones from Norwegian...more like 2000 people, which should make things a bit easier. I appreciate the rest of your advice, thanks.

The ticket to the Acropolis also includes several other historic sites such as the Temple of Zeus, the Agora and others. There are frequently long lines at the Acropolis, but no lines at the others. Thus, I usually get my tickets at the Temple of Zeus, which is worthwhile anyway, and then walk right into the Acropolis site.

No site ticket includes entry into the museum; that has to be bought seperately.

Thanks everyone for your advice. I finally reserved a cab ( citycab.gr) to take us from our ship to the Acropolis ( Thanks Janet) and also reserved tickets to get into the Acropolis ( Thanks Valerie). Found a great looking restaurant on a rooftop with a view of the Acropolis called Savvas on Elmour St., to celebrate my daughter's 26th birthday at. We will try to see the Acropolis museum as well ( I know it is a must)...but with 3 daughters who like shopping and walking in the city to get a feel for it...we'll see...I might have to come back for more in depth studying and sightseeing...:)

My ship arrives the morning of October 7, 2019. I don't know if that's consider summer season or winter season. Should I reserve a taxi or get on a bus, will there be long lines at the Acropolis, and should I buy the Acropolis Tickets online before hand?

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What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Acropolis

Visible from almost anywhere in the downtown area, the Acropolis is as central to modern Athens as it was in its heyday nearly 1500 years ago. By far the biggest tourist attraction in the city, no visit is complete without ascending the hill to marvel at the Parthenon and all the other buildings and ruins that make up the site.

Unsurprisingly, then, the Acropolis sees plenty of visitors year-round, and becomes almost impossibly busy during tourist season. If you’re going there between mid-spring and mid-autumn (and despite the heaving crowds, you definitely should), a bit of forward planning will be the difference between an enjoyable visit and a miserable one.

With that in mind, my top tips for visiting the Acropolis are:

  • Go as early as possible
  • Don’t use the main entrance
  • Buy your tickets in advance
  • Pay attention to the opening hours
  • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Head straight to the top
  • Don’t forget the museum

Here’s what you need to know.

The Best Time to Visit the Acropolis Is as Early as Possible

When the tourists are in town, roughly April through October, the best time to visit the Acropolis is as early as possible. In reality, that means you should aim to get there at least half an hour before opening time.

I can’t emphasise this enough. We visited in mid-September, and there was no shortage of visitors to Athens. Even so, we were almost the only people ascending the steps of the famous Propylaea (monumental gateway) at the top of the hill, following a fast walk from the entrance gate after it opened ten minutes earlier.

With the sun’s rays peeking through the columns of the Pantheon and just a few other people dotted around the sprawling site, it was one of those breathtaking, reflective moments that’s getting increasingly hard to find in the age of mass tourism.

No more than 20 minutes later, a vast wall of sound announced the arrival of the crowds. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, and the ambiance instantly disappeared, replaced by a seething sprawl of humanity.

Hundreds upon hundreds of people swarmed through the entranceway, and even walking around became an ordeal. Tour leaders led their charges from building to building, flags waving as commentary in a dozen languages filled the silent spaces.

I left the hilltop not long afterward, sad I didn’t have longer to explore in solitude, but glad to have even the short time I got. If I’d lain in bed half an hour longer, I wouldn’t have.

Don’t Use the Main Entrance

The Acropolis has two visitor entrances. The main one on Rovertou Galli is right beside the parking lot, and as a result, it’s the one used by tour groups. In summer, it’s not unusual to have to wait an hour or more in line there once the buses start rolling in.

Instead, enter via the ticket office at the southeast of the site, on Dionysiou Areopagitou near the Acropolis Museum. The climb to the top is fairly similar in length and difficulty to the other entrance, but everything is less chaotic, and the lines are usually much shorter.

The ticket office wasn’t marked on Google Maps at the time, but it is now . Coming from the east, if you get to the entrance of the Acropolis Museum, you’ve gone slightly too far.

Buy Your Acropolis Tickets in Advance

During the tourist season, the best way to skip the ticket line at the Acropolis is to simply pick up a multi-site ticket the day before. Costing €30 year-round, it gives access to several different historic sites in central Athens.

As well as the Acropolis, the combination ticket lets you enter the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Aristotle’s School, the Olympieion, and the Roman Agora, once each over a five-day period.

You can buy these tickets at any of the listed sites, all of the rest of which are far quieter than the Acropolis at any time of day. We bought ours at the Ancient Agora the previous morning, and visited several of the smaller sites throughout the afternoon.

When the gates opened at the Acropolis the next day, the line split into two. Those without tickets waited impatiently to buy them from the booth, while everyone who already had one simply scanned it at the turnstiles and walked straight through.

If you only want to see the Acropolis, a single full-price ticket costs €20 between April and October. It’s possible to buy these in advance for a few extra euros, which lets you skip the ticket line even without a multi-site pass.

If you want a physical ticket , you’ll need to exchange your voucher at a local travel agent’s office nearby before entering the Acropolis. If you’d prefer a mobile ticket , you can buy that in advance as well, and just show up at the gates.

If you’re planning on visiting some of the other historic sites as well, you can also buy the same multi-site pass that we used in advance instead of getting it in person on the day. Like I said, if you’re visiting one of those other sites first, there’s no great need to do so: the lines are usually quite short anyway. If you’re starting at the Acropolis, though, buy the pass before you go: it’s a mobile ticket, so you can print it out or scan it from your phone at the gates.

Just to be clear, having an advance ticket or multi-site pass only lets you skip the line for the ticket booth. If you arrive later in the day when there’s a line for the entry turnstiles as well, you’ll still need to wait in that unless you’ve opted for a guided tour .

Visiting the Acropolis in Winter

You’ll get 50% off the individual ticket price at all ancient sites during the winter months, but not the combination pass. Since the lines are shorter in winter anyway, you may as well save money and buy single passes as needed if that’s when you’re visiting.

50% discounts are also available year-round to seniors and non-EU students, with free entry for children under 18, EU students, people with significant disabilities, and others. Bring appropriate ID if you plan to claim one of these discounted tickets.

Free Entry to the Acropolis

Entrance is free on a few specific days each year, as below. I’d personally avoid visiting on those days since the crowds are even bigger than usual, but if you’re on a tight budget, it’s an option.

  • The last weekend of September
  • The first Sunday of the month from November through March

Pay Attention to the Opening Hours

The Acropolis has two different sets of opening hours, one for the summer season from the start of April until the end of October, and one for the winter season that covers the rest of the year.

In summer, the Acropolis is open from 08:00 a.m until 8:00 p.m each day. Plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m. to be close to the start of the line.

From November through March, the Acropolis is open from 08:30 a.m until 5:00 p.m. Although it’s not open for as long at this time of year, you’ve actually got more flexibility about when you go due to the reduced visitor numbers. No matter what time of year you visit, the last entry is half an hour before closing time.

The Acropolis is closed entirely on many public holidays, as below. Double-check the hours ahead of time if you’re visiting on other public holidays as well.

  • Easter Sunday
  • 25 December
  • 26 December

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Going early during the summer months has another advantage beyond beating the crowds: it beats the worst of the heat as well. It was relatively cool when we walked through the gates at 8:00 am, but by the time we left 90 minutes later, the sun was out in full force.

There’s no real shade or shelter on most of the site, and a single water fountain at the top that quickly gets very busy. Take plenty of water with you, along with appropriate sun protection.

If you’re there in winter, on the other hand, it can get cold, windy, and wet at the Acropolis. Warm clothing and a rain jacket are important at that time of year.

While most (although not all) of the areas where you can walk on the hilltop itself are relatively flat and well maintained, the same can’t be said for the paths that lead up there. No matter which direction you enter from, expect to encounter some uneven steps and rough ground along the way.

Ironically, when the ground isn’t rough, it can actually be too smooth. The weathered steps have been worn down by humans and the elements to a point where they’re often very slick, especially if there’s been any rain. It’s easy to slip!

As a result, whatever the weather, wear enclosed shoes with plenty of grip and padding. Sneakers with decent tread are much better than flip-flops or high heels. Proper walking sandals are likely ok as well, but don’t be surprised if you stub your toe on the occasional rock along the way.

A new elevator that lets people in wheelchairs skip the ten-minute climb was opened at the end of December 2020, along with improved wheelchair-friendly paths around the summit. It’s available only for people with reduced mobility or a parent looking after two or more children by themselves. A free shuttle from Dionysiou Areopagitou Street is available for those using the elevator: call +30 210 3214172 or +30 210 9238470 for the latest information.

Head Straight to the Top, Then Work Your Way Back

While the Parthenon and other important buildings on the top of the hill get most of the attention at the Acropolis, there’s plenty else worth visiting on both the northern and southern slopes.

Even so, if you’re visiting in summer, my advice is to ignore everything else when you first arrive, and head to the top as quickly as possible. When you’ve probably only got half an hour or so until the crowds arrive at the Parthenon, don’t spend that time checking out other buildings along the way.

The area on the top of the hill has housed many buildings over the years, some of which remain reasonably intact, some that are little more than excavated foundations. I explored the largest first, making my way slowly from the entrance past the Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, and Erechtheion, to the raised terrace with glorious views over the city at the rear.

Once the crowds started appearing, I then went back to the smaller buildings and ruins. That approach worked pretty well, as most visitors understandably make a beeline straight for the Parthenon when they arrive.

When even those areas became uncomfortably busy, I pushed back through the tour groups at the entrance, and explored the remainder of the northern and southern slopes. There’s a path below the summit that loops around the Acropolis, but the eastern section of it was blocked off, so I had to double back to see it all.

We’d walked straight past the Temple of Dionysus on the way in, and looked over the top of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. They’d both be major attractions in their own right anywhere else in the world, and returning to them on the way back down meant we could explore at a much more leisurely pace.

While the Odeon was still fairly busy by the time I got there, it wasn’t a patch on the flash mob I’d left at the top. The Temple of Dionysus was almost deserted, which was a wonderful surprise.

Don’t Forget the Acropolis Museum

The old Acropolis Museum used to be housed onsite, at the top of the hill. In 2009, however, it moved to a brand-new building nearby on Dionysiou Areopagitou. It’s very close to the side entrance that I recommend above, so if you exit where you came in, you’ll have no trouble finding it.

Entry to the Acropolis Museum costs €10 in summer, and it’s worth every cent. The museum is not covered by the Athens multi-site ticket, but like the ancient sites, discounts are available in winter and for various groups.

The lines were short when we arrived mid-morning, but longer when we left a couple of hours later. They moved fast, though, and while you can book in advance to skip the ticket line, you probably don’t have to unless you’re there during peak tourist season.

Full of art, artifacts, statues, archaeological remains, and much more from the top and slopes of the Acropolis, there’s a lot to see inside. Two floors are devoted to the permanent exhibits, while the other two house temporary exhibitions, multimedia galleries, cafes, shops, and restaurants. In summer, the air conditioning is very welcome!

Between the Acropolis and the Museum, it’s easy to spend an entire morning in the area. Unless you’re really in a hurry, don’t rush either of them.

So there you have it, my top tips for visiting the Acropolis in Athens. Have a great time!

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Thanks for all this useful information Dave! I’m planning a trip to Athens in a couple of months, this comes at the perfect timing. 🙂

Would you have other suggestions of other must-see places in Athens? And any restaurant that you particularly enjoyed?

Many thanks!

Funnily enough this piece started off as a more general guide to Athens, and then the Acropolis section got so big that I split it out into a separate post. Hopefully I’ll get around to writing up the rest of it before long!

just wanted to thank you again for the advise on how to plan the visit the Acropolis. I followed your advice step by step and it was great!

We didn’t manage to arrive to the top to have the place entirely for ourselves, other people walked faster than us, but still were able to visit without crowds, at least for around 15 min. By the time we left it was so full it wasn’t pleasant anymore and too hot to be under the sun anyway.

So glad it was useful!

Dave thanks for the wonderful post. I was literally walking through the Acropolis. I am planning to visit this April 2020.

Dave – this information is very much appreciated. My son who is 23 has always wanted to see the Acropolis and so I am going with him in May (if Covid allows). This trip will mean a lot to us – one to tick off the ole bucket list, so getting these tips is really great. We are not ones for walking round museums but feel we should have a wander around the museum while we are there and, as you said, it was worth every cent.

Thanks Dave! I am planning a trip with my family in mid-July and I will follow your advice. I do have a question for you, would you recommend taking a tour (small group) to visit the Acropolis? Thanks again

If you’d like to learn more about the history and architecture without having to do a whole lot of research yourself ahead of time, it might be worth it for you. I didn’t take one, though, so can’t recommend a particular company.

I am planning a trip to Greece/Athens in September. Some of my family is vaccinated against Covid-19 and others are not due to medical reasons. Those that are not vaccinated don’t mind masks or being tested. I don’t see any information regarding Covid guidelines to get into the Acropolis. Do you know of any? It would be rather pointless to go to Greece and not go to the ancient ruins and the Acropolis.

You have great information, I hope we can go!

I don’t know the current requirements, I’m afraid — and I suspect that any rules that are in place at the moment will change at least a dozen times before September anyway! Hopefully the trip works out for everyone!

Thanks for all the great information. I’m trying to work out which tickets to buy. I have two children who are eligible for free tickets. I believe I can’t pre book these tickets, but that I get them from the ticket office on the day. What I can’t work out is if I will have to wait in the main ticket queue (in which case it’s pointless pre booking the adult tickets), or whether there is any fast track if I just want to collect the free tickets. Would you happen to know anything about this? Thank you

I don’t remember seeing a fast-track sign or option at the ticket gate I went through, although since that’s not the main entrance, maybe they wouldn’t have one anyway. Maybe someone else who reads this can chime in if they happen to know for sure. 🙂

What would you say about trying to visit the Acropolis later in the day? Is there a time that the tours tend to leave? It sounds like those who are getting there half an hour earlier still only get around 15 min to themselves…and we also have a little baby meaning it would be harder to get early enough to get to the top before the crowds arrive. Is there a period of time around 5 when there’s not as many people but there’s still enough time to see things before everything is closed down? Thank you!

Sincerely, Jay

Yeah, the crowds tend to thin out a bit later in the day as you suggest. The issue (in summer, at least) is more likely to be heat: it’s often still seriously hot at 5pm, and there’s essentially zero shade up there. If you’re going in spring or autumn/fall, though, or on a day in summer where it happens to not be super hot, it’s not a bad option.

Hello, if you are there for 0730, is the side entrance still better? It looks like the side entrance is 600 meters from the main gateway vs 100 meters from the main entrance and I’m wondering if it really is so crowded that you cannot get there faster from the main entrance if you’re there first thing in the morning.

We’re going the end of May and would go in the evening if knew it would be less busy.

Thank you for your help!

It’s up to you. If you get there before everyone else does, it’ll be quicker from the main entrance — but that’s a big if most of the time. It’s not the walking distance from the ticket gates that you’re avoiding by using the side entrance, it’s the long line of people in front of you waiting to get in.

That said, late May isn’t peak time, so you might be fine. It’s also quieter later in the day, and it shouldn’t be unbearably hot in Athens in the evening at that time of year, so going at the end of the day is a more viable option.

Thanks Dave, I really appreciate you sharing your experience!

Hello, your post is really helpful! I read on another site that the side entrance was less busy because it was “only designated for small tours”…but I guess you’re saying they do also allow single visitors in that entrance? If we purchase tickets online ahead of time, is there a way to show the digital tickets at that side entrance to enter, or do we need to “exchange” for a real ticket? Trying to avoid any long lines if possible! We will be arriving just before opening time.

I’m assuming that the other site meant that only small tour groups could use it, rather than large ones — but yes, single visitors are fine as well. There were no tours of any sort that I could see when I was there at opening time.

I mentioned it in the article, but when buying your advance ticket, you have the choice of a physical one that you do need to exchange, or a mobile ticket that you don’t. This is the link to the mobile version.

Hi Dave Apparently this is the gift that keeps on giving! Very useful info long after you wrote it. Thanks so much. Another Dave

Great advice! We got to the queue and whilst we weren’t first up it was way quieter than a short while later. Thanks!

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How To Visit the Acropolis in 2024: Tickets, Hours, Tours, and More

Eleni Gimouki Last Updated: September 26, 2023

Every year, millions of people visit this ancient site in Athens. It has one of the most recognizable temples in the world. But did you know there’s much more to see at the Acropolis than just the Parthenon? In this guide, find out what you need to know about how to visit the Acropolis from getting tickets to the best guided tours, what to see at the Acropolis, and more.

Pro Tip: Planning what to do on your trip to Athens? Bookmark this post in your browser so you can easily find it when you’re in the city. Check out our guide to Athens for more planning resources, our top Athens tours for a memorable trip, top things to do in Athens , and The Best Athens Tours to Take and Why.

Visiting the Acropolis: What We’ll Cover

The site of the Acropolis has been inhabited since as far back as 5000 B.C. and it’s still largely intact to this day. While you may easily recognize the Parthenon, there’s far more to see at the Acropolis than this iconic temple.

The area included in most Acropolis admissions covers quite a bit of ground on this hilltop site with some tickets even including ruins like the Ancient Agora, Hadrian’s Library, museums, and much more in Athens. It can be overwhelming figuring out how best to see the Acropolis let alone understanding the long history and rich mythology of the site.

We highly recommend visiting megamonuments like this with expert local guides. Not only will they help you navigate the site and its history but, more importantly, they take care of the details so you can just enjoy your time at one of the most important ancient sites in the world. Check out our Acropolis tours .

We’ve put together this guide to help you prepare for your visit. Here’s everything you need to know about how to visit the Acropolis in Athens. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Opening hours and tickets
  • How much time to budget for your visit
  • What to see at the Acropolis
  • Guided tour options
  • Facts and history of the Acropolis
  • Places to eat nearby

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our  Acropolis Guide or The Best Athens Tours to Take and Why .

Acropolis Opening Hours and Tickets

View of the iconic Parthenon temple in the Acropolis in Athens Greece.

Opening Hours:

The Acropolis is open almost every day of the year from 8 am to 7:30 pm in the summer (last entrance at 7 pm) and 8 am to 5 pm in the winter (last entrance at 4:30 pm). Closing hours are subject to change, particularly in September and October, so be sure to check the official website for updated info.

There are several days that the Acropolis archaeological site is closed: January 1, March 25, May 1, Easter Sunday, December 25 and 26.

Pro Tip:  If you can, try to visit the Acropolis either in the morning or in the evening when the weather isn’t quite as hot. The added benefit of visiting early in the morning is that it will be less busy.

  • Adult Single Use ticket: €10 (valid for one admission to the Acropolis archaeological site and the slopes)
  • Adult Combined ticket: €30 (valid for one admission to each site included over a five-day period)

The Combined ticket is valid for one admission to each of the following sites the Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens Museum, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Lykeion Archaeological Site, North slope of the Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, and South Slope of Acropolis.

Finally, there are also some free admission days:

  • 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monuments Day)
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

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How Long To Spend at the Acropolis

Short Answer: 2 hours

When you visit the Acropolis, you’re not only going to see the Parthenon. On Acropolis Hill, you’ll find some of the most important monuments of Ancient Greece. Each one of them has its own history and architecture. So, try to spend some time admiring the details of each monument—you’ll certainly be impressed.

Pro Tip: Every time I visit the Acropolis, it seems different to me. I always feel that there’s something new and exciting to discover about it. With every visit, I see it from a different point of view. Two hours is enough for a first visit to the Acropolis site, but no doubt you’ll want to come again.

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What To See at the Acropolis

Aerial view of the ancient Acropolis site in Athens with the city and hills in the background

The archeological site of the Acropolis has a lot for visitors to see. Here is a short list of the must-see monuments at the Acropolis. For a more detailed list with descriptions, images, and some historical context, check out our article on the top things to see at the Acropolis .

  • Temple of Athena Nike
  • Erechtheion
  • Odeon of Herodes Atticus
  • Statue of Athena Promachos
  • Sanctuary of Asclepius
  • Theater of Dionysus
  • Conservatory of Pericles
  • Altar of Athena

Acropolis Tour Options

The Acropolis is a massive archeological site with a long, rich history and incredible mythology. Navigating both the physical site and its place in history can be overwhelming.

A guided tour of the Acropolis is so much more than skipping the lines. Your expert local guide will take you on an exploration through space and time in one of the most important places of Ancient Greece.

Skip-the-Line Acropolis Tour with Parthenon and Museum (4 hours)

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On our skip-the-line Acropolis tour, you’ll spend half a day walking in the footsteps of Plato and Socrates with an expert archaeologist guide. They’ll guide you on an exploration of the Acropolis, Parthenon, Theater of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Temple of Athena, Nike, and other great monuments.

The major benefit of going with a guide is the stories you’ll hear about this ancient place. It’s one thing to see these sites, it’s another to see them knowing the historical context, the importance they played in history, and the changes and upheaval they endured. To end your tour, you’ll visit the Acropolis Museum where you can look through the glass to see the ancient ruins and buildings it was built over.

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our  Acropolis Guide for more resources plus our Best Athens Tours to Take and Why .

Facts and History of the Acropolis

Porch of the Caryatids at Erechtheion in Athens Greece

The Acropolis is an ancient site with a great deal of interesting history. Here are some quick points, but read our in-depth article to discover more astounding facts about the Acropolis .

  • The name “Acropolis” actually means the “edge of the city” (in Greek “akro=edge + polis=city”).
  • The Parthenon was built in the 5th century B.C. and is a monument-symbol of democracy.
  • During the Byzantine era, it was converted into a Christian church. Under Frankish rule, it became a catholic church. During the Turkish occupation, it was converted into a mosque.
  • The monuments have survived fires, earthquakes, invasions, wars, and conquerors all these years.
  • Lord Elgin removed many important parts of the Acropolis monuments in 1801.
  • In 1987, the Acropolis was inscribed in the UNESCO catalogue.
  • The process of restoration of the Parthenon Temple, as well as the other monuments of the Acropolis, began in 1975.

Places To Eat Nearby

There are lots of restaurants and cafés near the Acropolis. Here are a few of our favorites. For more great places to eat, check out our guide to the best restaurants in Athens .

Kitchen Lab Corner : €€ | Coffee Shop —A tasty option for your breakfast or brunch before visiting the Acropolis. Especially your children will certainly love it.

Bairaktaris : € | Traditional Greek Cuisine —After this tour, it is a great choice to try some traditional Greek souvlaki, especially as lunch.

GB Roof Garden Restaurant And Bar : €€€€ | Fine Dining —Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in the rooftop restaurant of this hotel with great views of the Acropolis.

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Greece to offer exclusive Acropolis visits outside of regular hours -- for a steep price

FILE - Tourists visit the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis ancient hill in Athens, Greece, Tuesday July 4, 2023. From April 1, 2024 Greece is planning to offer exclusive, guided tours of the Acropolis, its most powerful tourist magnet, to handfuls of well-heeled visitors outside normal opening hours. It will cost 5,000 euros ($5,500) for a group of up to five people. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

FILE - A woman takes a selfie in front of Parthenon temple atop of the ancient Acropolis hill during a heat wave in Athens, Greece, July 21, 2023. From April 1, 2024, Greece is planning to offer exclusive, guided tours of the Acropolis, its most powerful tourist magnet, to handfuls of well-heeled visitors outside normal opening hours. It will cost 5,000 euros ($5,500) for a group of up to five people. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fancy seeing the ancient Acropolis uncluttered by thousands of selfie-snappers? A solution is in the works, but it will set you back up to 5,000 euros ($5,500).

Starting April 1 2024, Greece plans to offer exclusive guided tours of its most powerful tourist magnet to handfuls of well-heeled visitors outside normal opening hours.

The measure is part of an overhaul of ticketing policy for Greece’s archaeological sites and museums, which will see across-the-board increases as of April 2025.

An official at Greece’s Culture Ministry said Friday that the new Acropolis service will apply to a maximum four groups of up to five people each. It will cost 5,000 euros ($5,500) per group, although individuals prepared to cover the full group fee are welcome to visit on their own.

Students shout slogans during a rally against plans by Greece's conservative government to legalize privately-run universities, in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. More than 15,000 protesters have gathered in central Athens in opposition to plans by the conservative government to establish private universities, starting next year. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Nikoletta Divari-Valakou, head of the ministry’s cultural resources development, said the proceeds will be plowed back into cultural projects.

“We decided to implement (the measure) ... because there is demand, people have been asking for it” Divari-Valakou told The Associated Press.

“It won’t harm the archaeological site, indeed it will contribute to its better promotion,” she added. “And the revenues will be reinvested in cultural projects and monuments.”

The visits, with certified guides, will last up to two hours; from 7-9 a.m. just before the site opens, or 8-10 p.m. after it closes.

Divari-Valakou said if it goes well, the program could be expanded from 2025 to include other major sites.

Dominating the Athens skyline, the Acropolis and its 2,500-year-old marble monuments — including the Parthenon Temple, whose sculptures prompted a decades-old dispute with Britain — is Greece’s most-visited ancient site. Amid a surge of tourist arrivals in the country, it attracted more than 3 million people in 2022.

The press of up to 23,000 daily visitors drove the Culture Ministry in September to announce caps on entry numbers and other restrictions from 2024.

An advisory board of senior ministry officials decided on the private visits program amid an overhaul of ticketing policy this week. The government is expected to formally approve it in coming days.

A ministry statement Wednesday said the new overall ticket policy will come into effect in April 2025. It will include a 50% increase in prices for ordinary Acropolis tickets, from 20 to 30 euros ($22-£33) — although the number of free entry days during the winter will be doubled to two a month.

The cheapest tickets for Greece’s sites and museums will go up from 2 to 5 euros ($2.20-$5.51). (does ordinary prices of 20-30 euros apply to Acropolis or all sites? Confused since there are cheaper tickets.)

The ministry said the prices ticket increase was deemed necessary due to the surge in post-pandemic visitor numbers, “and the fact that the current prices ... are very low compared to the European average.”

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  1. Athens-visiting the Acropolis : r/TravelHacks

    I would recommend coming from the South/South East side of the hill when you visit the acropolis because: 1)if you haven't pre-paid for a ticket (I strongly suggest you do!) the queue is usually smaller and there's a card-only machine you can use (as of sept 2022, 20euro). 2)Most audio guides will start on this side as it has the 'smaller stuff'...

  2. Tour guide for Acropolis? : r/GreeceTravel

    Tour guide for Acropolis? Should we book a tour guide for Acropolis and museum? Or is it ok to do without one? Has anyone visited Acropolis with a guide and wished they hadn't gotten the guide or vice versa? 5 17 Sort by: Open comment sort options Add a Comment vicktacular • 6 mo. ago

  3. When visiting Athens, Greece I recommend skipping the lines at ...

    Not only that, but there's something to be said about actually being at the acropolis. Yeah, it's touristy and kinda crowded and overpriced. But, I felt a sense of awe standing there. I highly highly highly recommend the Rick Steve's audio guide of the acropolis to listen to while there. It really sets the scene and does an amazing job at ...

  4. Went to the Acropolis yesterday but was disappointed because I ...

    26 Sort by: Open comment sort options athstas • 2 yr. ago If you want to combine nature and history, perhaps a trip to Delphi would be appropriate for you. Otherwise go for a guided tour of the Acropolis. Hearing about the little details of history while being in the place where all the events happened is priceless! 15 droppdwn • 2 yr. ago Do this.

  5. Guided Tours in Athens? What sites are best : r/travel

    Guided Tours in Athens? What sites are best Greetings Travellers! Im going on a solo trip to Athens this summer, and im looking for websites that offer some good tours of the sites in Athens like: Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of olympian zeus, etc. and they can also go out of the city to like temple of poseidon.

  6. How to Visit the Acropolis & Parthenon in Athens (Updated for 2024)

    Summer: April 1 to October 31: €20 Winter: November 1 to March 31: €10 There is free admission to the Acropolis on these days: March 6, April 18, May 18, last weekend of September, October 28, and the first Sunday of each month from November 1 to March 31. Combination Ticket Cost: €30 summer and winter

  7. What's the best ticket option for visiting Acropolis of Athens ...

    I was in Athens the middle of October around 5 or so years ago, and the lines to use the combined ticket were not bad at all. I am a guy who yells at people going to Italy to get tickets in advance for the Uffizi, the Galleria Borghese, etc. I suggest a tour unless you're already very well versed in the history.

  8. 5 of the Best Acropolis Guided Tours

    by Allie d'Almo | Published November 3, 2022 Those looking to take a deep dive into Athens' ancient past will be pleased to hear that there are now dozens of guided tours of the Acropolis taking place every day. The Acropolis looms high over the city (Photo: Get Your Guide)

  9. Best time to visit the acropolis of Athens : r/travel

    Best time to visit the acropolis of Athens Question I'll be visiting the acropolis of Athens with my family this Friday and I was wondering when's the best time to visit it? In the afternoon or evening? Also should I purchase tickets in advance or on site? Thank you! 2 11 Share Sort by: Open comment sort options Add a Comment [deleted] • 1 yr. ago

  10. Visiting the Acropolis: Your 2024 Guide by an Athens Resident

    The Theatre of Dionysus. The Theatre of Dionysus is an ancient theatre that was constructed on the southern slopes of the Acropolis hill in the 4th century. It is named after Dionysus, the God of Drama, and had the capacity to hold 17,000 spectators. Greek tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides took place here.

  11. Buying Acropolis Tickets: Everything You Need to Know

    A standard, single-entry timed Acropolis ticket costs €20 from 1 April to 31 October and €10 from 1 November to 31 March. Children's Ticket for the Acropolis: Anyone under 25 from an EU country (this no longer includes the UK) or under 5 from the rest of the world gets free entry throughout the year.

  12. The 5 Best Acropolis Tours [2024 Reviews]

    Best Guided Tours of the Acropolis Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner The Acropolis, Athens Walking City Tour and Acropolis Museum Acropolis Of Athens & Acropolis Museum Skip The Line Private Guided Tour While you are in Athens do not miss a tour of the historic Acropolis.

  13. Tour the Acropolis Without the Crowds: Pristine Parthenon Early Morning

    Why Pristine Parthenon Is the Best Guided Tour of Acropolis. If you're still not convinced why I think this is one of the best Acropolis tours in Athens, here's a rundown: Bookable online with instant confirmation; Small group sizes: maximum of 15; Fast track skip-the-line entry for the Acropolis; Early entry tour of Acropolis and Parthenon ...

  14. Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum Tour

    Journey back to Ancient Greece on this guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Acropolis of Athens, including a visit to the New Acropolis Museum. Visit the Theatre of Dionysus and Dionysus Sanctuary, stroll past the Propylaea gateway and the Temple of Athena Nike, then stand in awe before the grand ruins of the Parthenon, looking down over Athens below. After exploring the sprawling citadel, follow ...

  15. Advance tickets for the Acropolis and its museum?

    3097 posts Go at 8am in the morning when they first open and avoid the crowds. You don't need to buy tickets in advance if you do this. There won't be a long line. Just take a taxi to the entrance, buy your tickets and you may even be there soon enough to witness the raising of the Greek flag by some soldiers.

  16. What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Acropolis

    The Acropolis has two different sets of opening hours, one for the summer season from the start of April until the end of October, and one for the winter season that covers the rest of the year. In summer, the Acropolis is open from 08:00 a.m until 8:00 p.m each day. Plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m. to be close to the start of the line.

  17. How To Visit the Acropolis in 2024: Tickets, Hours, Tours, and More

    The Acropolis is open almost every day of the year from 8 am to 7:30 pm in the summer (last entrance at 7 pm) and 8 am to 5 pm in the winter (last entrance at 4:30 pm). Closing hours are subject to change, particularly in September and October, so be sure to check the official website for updated info.

  18. Acropolis and Parthenon Guided Walking Tour

    Acropolis and Parthenon Guided Walking Tour By Athens Walks Tour Company 561 reviews Recommended by 96% of travelers See all photos About Avoid the stress of being stuck in entrance crowds by choosing a skip-the-line Acropolis walking tour. Enjoy a guarantee to skip the long lines, and get to the action quicker.

  19. Athens: Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combo Ticket

    Full description. Save time and money during your time in Athens with a pre-booked combo ticket that gives you access to 7 of Athens' top archaeological sites. Enjoy savings of up to 50% and avoid the long lines of tourists at the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Temple of Zeus, Aristotle's School, Hadrian's Library, and Kerameikos ...

  20. Athens: Acropolis, Parthenon & Acropolis Museum Guided Tour

    1 / 10 Certified Explore the Acropolis Monuments on a guided walking tour. Choose to visit the state-of-the-art Acropolis Museum and enjoy a unique and personalized tour of the landmark monuments of Athens. About this activity Free cancellation Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund Reserve now & pay later

  21. Rules For Visiting the Acropolis Are Changing. Here's What To Know

    From September, a cap on visitor numbers will be introduced at the Acropolis in Athens. A maximum of 20,000 visitors will be allowed into the UNESCO World Heritage Site daily. There will also be a ...

  22. Greece to offer exclusive Acropolis visits outside of regular hours

    Updated 9:40 AM PST, December 22, 2023 ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fancy seeing the ancient Acropolis uncluttered by thousands of selfie-snappers? A solution is in the works, but it will set you back up to 5,000 euros ($5,500).

  23. PLAN YOUR VISIT

    Independent school visit. For independent school visits, please telephone the Group Bookings on +30 210 9000903, from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m or email your request on [email protected]. School groups without a reservation risk being unable to enter the Museum.