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Purchase the Athens City Pass if you want to see and do a lot in Athens. This city pass has only advantages! It provides free entry to several museums and monuments in Athens, and it includes a two-day ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus. This way you can fit in many sights in one day. What’s more, this card allows you skip-the-line entry to the Acropolis, the iconic citadel located on top of a rocky hill high above the city. This is Athens’s top attraction. With the Athens City Pass in your pocket, you have fast-track entry.

Athens is the capital of Greece and has more than 750,000 inhabitants. The city is a tourist magnet both because of its pleasant climate and its ancient culture. The Acropolis is Athene’s most famous attraction, yet the city has more to offer: the Agora, the Temple of the Olympic Zeus and the sanctuary of Dionysus in which the famous Dionysus theatre is located. Besides these antiquities, Athens has many more museums and attractions. With the Athens City Pass in hand, your city trip to Athens is hassle-free.

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City trip with the Athens Pass

The Athens City Pass has only advantages! Make the most of your time in Athens and buy this pass. This pass guarantees a relaxed stay in the city. No waiting in line at famous museums and attractions to buy tickets. What’s more, you are entitled to skip-the-line entry to the main museums and sights! The Hop-on Hop-off bus for 2 days is also included. This comes in handy because the sights are not closely grouped together. 

How does the Athens City Pass work?

Buying the Athens City Pass is very easy! It is not a physical pass and you do not have to pick up anything in Athens, but you can arrange everything online directly at home! After you have ordered and paid for the card online, you will immediately receive the pass by e-mail. You can print this pass and you should take it with you during your city trip to Athens, or you can show it on your smartphone. This allows you to visit the various sights in Athens and you are entitled to free use of the hop-on hop-off bus. Plus, you’ll get discounts on other attractions, museums, and tours in Athens. 

Benefits Athens City Pass

The Athens City Pass All-inclusive includes free entry and priority admission to Acropolis and the Parthenon. This pass also includes free entry to the New Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, Stoa of Attalos, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Aristotle’s Lyceum, the Temple of the Olympic Zeus, and more. The hop-on hop-off bus for 2 days (48 hours) is also part of the deal. You can order the City Pass for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days.

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Public transport

The Athens City Pass does not include free public transport, but in many places in the city you can buy one- or multi-day tickets for public transport in Athens. With this city pass you can also use the Hop-on Hop-off bus in the city for two days. This bus runs via three different routes, all of which you can follow. With this bus you will pass the most important sights in Athens. At each stop you have the opportunity to get off, to see the sights. Then you can board the next bus, to drive to the next point on the route.

Entry to museums

The Athens City Pass includes free entry to a number of museums in Athens. Included are the New Acropolis Museum, the Herakleidon Museum, the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum and the Kotsana Museum in Athens. These museums focus on the history of Athens. The city was named after Athena, goddess of wisdom and knowledge. Since the Bronze Age, the city has been continuously inhabited. Athens is considered the cradle of Western civilization. At other museums you get a 50% discount with the pass.

 

City Walks

You will never lose your way in Athens when you join one of the guided walking tours which are included in your city pass. Your guide will show you many important sights in Athens and tell about its origin and history. These guided tours are only available from May to October. Explore the city on your own outside these months.

Discounts

Show your Athens City Pass and you will get generous discounts on sailing trips (30%) and on various other tours and excursions. There are also various sights and museums, which you can visit with a discount on presentation of the Athens City Pass. Various restaurants and shops also offer discounts on presentation of the city pass. Especially if you stay longer in the city during a city trip to Athens, this can be worth considering.

Highlights of Athens

Athens is immensely popular as a city trip. There are reasons for this! Athens is the cradle of western civilization which shows in the many antiquities preserved in the city. The Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Acropolis museum with archeological findings and the Temple of Temple of the Olympic Zeus are only three examples. When walking through the centre you will stumble upon one archeological site after another.

Present-day Athens is equally interesting, imposing squares, wide avenues and shady parks. Syntagma is the most famous square. The imposing white palace is the home of the Greek Parliament. In front of it the evzones stand guard in their striking uniforms, a kilt made of 400 pleats, a tassled cap and leather shoes with a pompom that look like carpet slipper but weigh 1,5 kilos each. The Plaka is a historic district at the foot of the Acropolis brimming with tavernas serving souvlaki and gyros and souvenir shops. The Monastiraki distict is popular with tourists, and filled with shops selling antiques, souvenirs, arts and crafts, movie posters, vinyl records, vintage clothing, second-hand books and pretty much anything you can think of.

As many sights in Athens are spread over the city, it is recommended to use public transport during your city trip to Athens. Public Transport in Athens is well organized. Omonia Square is the transport hub: from here buses and the metro take you to most sights and monuments in the city. This is one of the oldest squares in the city and an important shopping area. Hotels in this district are very affordable. 

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