The hop-on experience

With nearly 3000 years of continuous history, a tour around Athens can be daunting: where does one begin? Well, instead of touring aimlessly around the ancient Greek and Roman ruins, look for a guide. They are the ones who know stories, legends and myths to really bring to life the dozens of temples and sanctuaries you’ll see around the city. There are plenty of guided tours, but some stand out. We toured around by bus, train, and with the funky environmentally friendly Segway. All in the name of research, of course.

Open-top buses

The open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus of Athens. Hop on at Syntagma Square. The bus traces the history and culture of Athens from ancient times to the present day, passing by a plethora of shopping opportunities along the route. Don’t feel intimidated by the choking traffic. It is by far an advantage with this sightseeing bus experience. The more you get stuck in traffic, the more time you spend enjoying the sites. Take all the snapshots you want. However, be sure to come armed with a hat and sun protection. 

 (+30) 210 9220604

The Red Line - The Athens Tour 

Starting Point: Syntagma Square Duration: 90 min, 15 stops (every 30 min)

Tickets: Adults €18/ Children (7-14 years) €8/Free admission for children under 6 years/ Ticket Validity: 24 hours and one day for free Commentary: Pre-recorded English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Greek

The Blue Line - The Piraeus and Athens Tour 

Starting Point: Cruise Ship Terminal (from Piraeus), Acropolis (from Athens) 

Duration: 70 min, 12 stops (every 35 min) Tickets: Adults €22/ Children (6-14 years) €9 Commentary: Pre-recorded English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Greek

Happy Urban Trains

Two trains with no tracks. Kids and senior citizens alike love them. Embark either on the Happy Train or the Sunshine Express. They are toy-like street trains that squeeze their way through the narrow streets of Athens historic centre. They pass by Plaka, the Temple of Zeus, Thissio, Zapion and the Acropolis Museum

Happy Train

 (+30) 210 7255400 Starting Point: Ermou and Areos, Monastiraki Duration: 60 min Tickets: Adults €6/ Children €4/ special offers for groups Commentary: English and Greek 

Sunshine Express

 (+30) 210 8819252 Starting Point: Vasilissis Amalias (in front of the National Garden) Ticket Validity: 1 and 40 min approximately Tickets: Adults €5 / Children €3 

Cool Segway

Ride, slide and get the best of Athens – without breaking a sweat. The only city tour in Athens that doesn’t get caught up in the hectic traffic. Hop on the most innovative personal means of transport to discover the capital’s few but scenic pedestrian walkways. The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle with a top speed of 20,1 km/h, and it’s by far the most relaxed and effortless way to get around. There are five tours available, including one at night. No worries, drinking beer and riding a Segway is permitted. 

Eschinou & Frinichou 9, Plaka  (+30) 210 3222500

Acropolis Tour 

Acropolis Tour 

Duration: 90-150 min 

Tickets: €59 p.p.

National Garden 

Duration: 90-150 min 

Tickets: €59 p.p. 

Filopapou Hill 

Duration: 60 min 

Tickets: €30 p.p.  

Souvlaki Tour 

Duration: 150 min 

Tickets: €59 p.p.  (including souvlaki lunch)

Athens By Night 

Duration: 180-210 min 

Tickets: €85 (minimum 

booking 4 persons)

Olympic Games Tour 

Duration: 90 min 

Tickets: €44 p.p.  

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©Thanassis Karatzas

©Thanassis Karatzas