Explore Athens with a city pass

Herodus-Atticus-theatre
Herodus Atticus theatre

Athens is a city that offers visitors many interesting and exciting things to do from Archaeological Sites, Top Class Museums to great shopping and lovely food.

In my travels abroad I have used myself but also have seen that a lot of people use tourist cards to save money. I am happy to say that finally, Athens has its own card called Athens City Pass

The view of the Acropolis and Hadrian's Arch from the temple of Olympian Zeus
The view of the Acropolis and Hadrian’s Arch from the temple of Olympian Zeus

Let me tell you a bit more about the Athens City Pass. It is offered in many different options, the Mini Pass, the 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, 4 day, 5 day and 6 day pass.

Depending on what City Pass you choose you are entitled to a number of advantages. Free access to the public transportation of Athens  that includes the route from and to the airport. Free entrance to a handful of different attractions around the city of Athens and many discounts in shops, bars, restaurants, museums and tours.

The temple of Olympian Zeus
The temple of Olympian Zeus

There are two main advantages of using a City Pass:

First of all, by purchasing the city pass, you are saving a considerable amount of money. Secondly with the city pass you have to skip the line entrance to the attractions. Athens is a very popular city especially during the high season and the queues for the Acropolis, and the museums are big. You don’t want to wait for hours under the sun and also lose your limited time. Last summer I wanted to visit the Acropolis to take some photos and when I saw the lines I decided to go months later during the low season.

Moreover if you add the public transportation option you no longer have to figure out how to purchase a ticket for the public transport while in Athens. You just validate on your first ride, and you are ready to go.

Athens-Academy
Athens-Academy

Here is an overview of what each city pass offers:

Athens  Mini City Pass

  • Skip the line entry to the Acropolis Museum
  • Hop on Hop off open bus with audio commentary for 2 days in three different routes
  • A free walking tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon incl audio guide (May to October)
  • A free walking tour of the National Gardens and Parliament incl audio guide (May to October)
  • 12, 5% discount One Day Cruise to the islands of Hydra, Poros & Aegina with lunch buffet  including pick up round trip service to the harbor and back – direct bookable through your pass
  • A number of discounts for museums, shopping and tours.

Athens City Pass 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 day

Free entry to the Acropolis and extended area sites:

  • The Acropolis with Parthenon and North and South Slope Areas
  • Ancient Agora
  • Stoa of Attalos
  • Roman Agora
  • Hadrian’s Library
  • Aristotle’s Lyceum
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Kerameikos Archaeological site and museum

Free admission to the following Museums

  • Skip the line entry to the Acropolis Museum
  • Herakleidon Museum – the art and technology museum
  • Ilias Lalaounis – jewelry museum
  • Kotsanas Museum – Ancient Greece and the origins of technologies
  • Kotsanas Museum – Ancient Greek musical instruments and games

Other advantages:

  • Hop on Hop off open bus with audio commentary for 2 days in three different routes
  • A free walking tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon incl audio guide (May to October)
  • A free walking tour of the National Gardens and Parliament incl audio guide (May to October)
  • 12, 5% discount One Day Cruise to the islands of Hydra, Poros & Aegina with lunch buffet  including pick up round trip service to the harbor and back – direct bookable through your pass
  • A number of discounts for museums, shopping and tours.
The Erechthion at the Acropolis
The Erechthion at the Acropolis

Now let me tell you a few things about the attractions that are included in the city passes to help you decide which one is for you.

Hop on Hop off bus:

It is valid for two days and offers visitors the opportunity to see many attractions in Athens and Piraeus. I find that these open buses are the best way to get an orientation of the city.

Free walking tours:

There are two tours available to choose from; the Acropolis walking tour and the National Garden & the Parliament walking tour. They are available between May and October. The tour also offers audio commentary in many languages.

National-Gardens

Acropolis Museum:

The New Acropolis Museum is considered one of the best museums in Greece. The museum houses the findings of the Archaeological site of the Acropolis. It also offers great views of the Acropolis.

the Caryatids at the Acropolis Museum
the Caryatids at the Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis with North and South Slope:

The Acropolis of Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on the top of a rocky hill overlooking the city of Athens and offers one of the best views of the city. Famous sites on the Acropolis include the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. On the Slopes of the Acropolis, you will have the chance to admire among others the theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

Herodus-Atticus-theatre
Herodus Atticus theatre

The extended ticket to the Acropolis:

If you are a lover of History and Archaeology like me, then that is for you. Apart from the skip the line entrance to the Acropolis and the North and South Slopes, it includes entry to some of the most interesting sites in Athens. Some of them are the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora with the temple of Hephaistus, one of the best-preserved temples of the antiquity and the  Archaeological site of Kerameikos.

The temple of Hephestus in Ancient Agora
The temple of Hephestus in Ancient Agora
Plaka and Lycabettus hill as seen from the Acropolis
Plaka and Lycabettus hill as seen from the Acropolis

For more information: Athens City Pass
You can buy your Athens City Pass online and have it delivered to your door or pick it up at the airport. Note that if you choose the mini-pass, you can download it straight away, print it or use it on your mobile phone.

I think that the Athens City Pass is entirely worth it.

Not only you get free admission to the city’s major attraction, but you skip the line as well and if you buy the free transportation option, you also get free transportation around Athens and not to mention the many discounts in attractions, shops, and restaurants all the passes offer.

The city pass offers an incredible value for money and saves you a lot of time.

For a hassle free visit to the Greek capital, I totally recommend buying the City Pass of your choice.

Do you use City Passes when visiting a city?

 

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