Acropolis Tickets

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Opening hours

Mondays: 11:00 am - 7:30 pm

Tuesdays - Sundays: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

The above times are for the summer season, which runs from the 1st of April until 31st November. Between the 1st of November and 31st March, the opening hours are 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.

How to get there

Athens 105 58, Greece

If you're travelling to the Acropolis by metro, you have two options. Akropolis station on the M2 line is closest to the ticket office and the Acropolis Museum, while Monastiraki station sits on the M1 and M3 lines and is closer to the south entrance. Both offer easy access to the Acropolis and are surrounded by bustling bars and cafés. Arriving by car is not especially recommended, as the streets around the Acropolis are often very busy and finding a parking space can be a challenge.


How do you buy tickets?
The option to buy tickets online from the ticket office is not yet available, so if you're looking for a basic entry ticket to the Acropolis, you'll need to head to the ticket office. Depending on when you choose to visit, buying from the ticket office can involve some queuing but is the cheapest option for visitors wanting to wander among the ruins. Tickets cost €20 during the summer season and €10 during winter. If you'd like to learn more about the attraction, book a guided tour online beforehand. Prices start at around €30 (including entry).
Are there any inexpensive ways to visit?
Entry to the Acropolis is free during certain days of the year, such as 6th March, in memory of Greek singer turned politician Melina Mercouri; 18th May to celebrate International Monument Day; and the last weekend of September, for the European Cultural Heritage Festival. The Acropolis also offers free entry on the first Sunday of every month from November to March.
How steep is steep?
From a distance, the hill of the Acropolis can look quite daunting. While there's no denying that it involves a fair bit of walking, the climb is not quite as steep as it may initially appear. Do be careful though, as the paths are uneven and can get slippery. As long as you take things slowly, bring plenty of water and sun lotion and wear appropriate shoes, you should be at the top in no time.
Eating and drinking
Near the Acropolis Museum, you'll find a restaurant where you can tuck into a traditional Greek breakfast to get yourself ready for a hike up the rock – the location offers excellent views of the Parthenon as you dine. The nearby café offers a quick and easy way to fill up, and is especially recommended for those travelling with kids. The extensive children's menu is a great way to top up kids' energy levels before they hit the trail.


A brief history
Whereas settlement of the rock of the Acropolis goes back as far as 8,000 years, it wasn't until 500 BC that the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena were constructed. Few of the area's structures have withstood the war and wear of the centuries, though the Acropolis still boasts some of the wonders of classical Greece such as the Erechtheion, dedicated to Poseidon, god of the sea; and the Theatre of Dionysus, god of fertility, wine and 'ritual madness'!
The Parthenon
The Parthenon is undoubtedly the most famous and striking building of all the Acropolis's many dusty jewels. As you can imagine, it has seen some sweeping changes during its long history. Originally the city treasury, the Parthenon has served as both a Christian church and a mosque and has seen war and plunder. In 1687, it was badly damaged by Venetian cannonballs, and in the early 1800s, British archaeologist Thomas Bruce (also known as the Earl of Elgin) helped himself to some of the few surviving sculptures. Despite Greece's attempts to retrieve them, the 'Elgin Marbles' remain on display in the British Museum.
The other Olympics
Although the Olympics are seen as the peak of athletic achievement, during the 4th century BC, the Olympic Games had a rival. The Panathenaea Games, held every four years, included not only athletic events but also literature and music competitions. The whole thing culminated in a procession toward the statue of Athena, which would be clothed in a woollen robe.

Places nearby

The Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum is the perfect way to round off a tour of the site's many treasures. This vast, modern museum houses a permanent collection of sculptures, reliefs and other artwork charting the history of the storied rock.
The Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum
This tightly clustered neighbourhood tucked beneath the northeastern slopes of the Acropolis is sometimes known as the Neighbourhood of the Gods for its proximity to the area's many ancient sites and museums. Historic, picturesque and buzzing with life, it's well worth a look.
If you're looking for a taste of Athens, head to Kerameikos, the old pottery (or ceramics) centre of Athens. This area is foodie heaven. Modern twists on traditional Greek dishes battle it out with delicacies from around the world in this vibrant, lively neighbourhood.