ATHENS TRAVEL GUIDE (ITINERARY + BUDGET) 2018

This ATHENS TRAVEL GUIDE covers sample ATHENS ITINERARY with budget, ATHENS THINGS TO DO, ATHENS BUDGET HOTELS and ATHENS TRAVEL TIPS.

Having studied Archaeology and Anthropology in college, it’s like a dream walking among splendid ruins in the Land of the Greek Gods. Athens, the birthplace of democracy, has been the center of Greek civilization for over 4,000 years, beckoning curious travelers from around the world. There’s something surreal about this lively city, sprinkled with ancient ruins and structures and a flourishing art scene. It seems as if the creative impulse here has no limits. Each Athens district has its own distinctive flavour, derived from its landscape, resources and history, all of which has shaped its people. Thus, it can be mind-boggling to plan your travel to Athens with so many options vying for your attention. Hopefully, this detailed Athens itinerary with budget will help you to get the most from your trip to Athens.

 

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ATHENS AT A GLANCE

Athens is protected by hills, and even within the city there are about 12 hills offering scenic views of the surroundings

When the capital of Greece was moved to Athens from Nafplio, city planners were hired to construct a new city next to the ancient ruins and the result is an attractive metropolis dappled with public buildings, large city squares, green spaces and grand neoclassical homes.

But there are no skyscrapers in Athens, they have a law banning high buildings.  Our driver said, the Acropolis should be the highest structure in Athens and since Greece is prone to earthquakes, this law will also prevent further destruction in the city.

Athens is massive, but don’t fret as it is quite easy to get around here, and most of the top tourist attractions included in this Athens itinerary are concentrated in a small area within the city center. Here are the districts that you will most likely visit when traveling in Athens where:

 KOUKAKI (ACROPOLIS) –  When planning your Athens itinerary, remember that this is where you’ll find the Acropolis crowning the city of Athens and the Acropolis Museum in front of it.  Other places such as the Ancient Agora, Plaka, Thissio and Monastiraki are within walking distance.

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PLAKA, MONASTIRAKI AND THISSIO – When we asked our driver where to eat in Athens, he had two answers: go to Plaka and Monastiraki. But even when we were planning our trip, we already included this in our Athens itinerary as recommended by other Athens travel blogs. Plaka is a historic district at the foot of Acropolis and I was lucky enough to have stayed here during my trip Athens.  The area is oozing with cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels.  And many attractions are just walking distance like the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Thissio is located on the west side of Acropolis and has the same atmosphere as Plaka – packed with cafes and restaurants, you might want to add this on your Athens itinerary. On the other hand, Monastiraki has a bohemian atmosphere and is often crowded even at night! It is the go to place for souvenirs, arts and crafts, antiques, etc.

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SYNTAGMA SQUARE – The business district of Athens sprinkled with banks, hotels and offices. The ancient Royal Palace, which is now known as the Parliament Building, is located.  Don’t miss the famous changing of the kilted and pom-pommed guards known as evzones/evzonio/tsolias here who are manning the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers.  Just behind the Parliament Building you can wander around another tourist spot in Athens – the National Gardens.

PIRAEUS – This is Greece’s main port, if Santorini, Mykonos, Crete and other Aegean Islands is in your itinerary, this is where you’ll ride the ferry.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ATHENS?

 
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When planning your Athens itinerary, do note that Spring (April- June) is the best time to visit Athens due to its pleasant weather.  Autumn, which falls around September to October is also a good time for traveling to Athens. We visited during winter, which falls around December to March, it’s cold but not as cold as other countries in Europe, it was’nt snowing so you can still explore the attractions.  The prices are lower too and there’s not much crowd, so we like it. Summer (July to August) is peak season, so make sure you book your tours and hotel in advance.  Prices soar up, so make sure your wallet is well-endowed.  Refer to the table above for average temperatures, rain and day light in Athens each month.

 

DO FILIPINOS NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO GREECE?

Philippine Passport holders need a Schengen Visa to enter Greece.

ALSO READ:

HOW TO APPLY FOR A GREECE VISA (SCHENGEN VISA) IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

ATHENS ITINERARY

ATHENS MONEY EXCHANGE

The currency in Greece is Euro and exchange rate is EURO 1= PHP 63/USD 1.22/SGD 1.62/MYR 5. The best rate is through banks, so I recommend withdrawing from international ATMs sprinkled around Athens or at the airport. But make sure you call your bank and let them know you will be traveling abroad so that they will not block your transactions due to security reasons.

Avoid exchanging at money exchange centers, they have low rates, and we found this quite common in Europe. If you want to bring some cash, exchange some Philippine peso to Euro in the Philippines or bring US dollars.

 

ATHENS SOCKET/ELECTRICITY

Bring adapters when traveling to Greece. They use type C and F sockets. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.  Bring an extension wire too, in case you need to charge multiple gadgets at a time as some hotels only have 1-2 sockets per room.

 

ATHENS Wi-Fi

 

If you are traveling to Greece and other European countries, you can rent a pocket Wi-Fi. Take note that this is for Singapore pick up only.  So if you are flying via Scoot and you have a layover in Singapore before going to Athens, then this is a good option.

 

RESERVE POCKET WI-FI

 

GREECE SIM CARD

But if you are traveling to Athens from Suvarnabuhumi (BKK) Airport, then you can purchase a 4G sim card below.

BUY GREECE 4G SIM CARD HERE

 

WHERE TO STAY IN ATHENS?

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An important thing to consider when planning your Athens itinerary is the location of your hotel. The best place to stay in Athens are the areas surrounding the Acropolis. I stayed in 2 hotels in Athens, and I like the one near Acropolis (Koukaki area) better since everything I need is there – cafes, restaurants and walking distance to some attractions.

Plaka and Monastiraki are also great options since there is a Metro in the area and it goes straight to the airport (Blue Line).  Choose hotels that are walking distance to the Metro.

Syntagma is also good since you can get here direct by Metro from the airport without changing trains.  There’s also a bus from the airport that can take you directly to Syntagma, so if you have more than 1 luggage, it’s quite convenient since you don’t need to change trains.

Here are the hotels where I stayed at. I love their excellent service, especially Athens Was:

 

ATHENS WAS

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5 Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Acropolis – Koukaki, Athens, Greece

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ATHINAIS HOTEL

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99 Vassilissis Sofias Ave., Lycabettus – Kolonaki, Athens

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BUDGET HOTELS IN ATHENS

When we were planning our Athens itinerary, here our top Athens budget hotels choices as they have good reviews from guests.

 

ATHENS BACKPACKERS

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12 Makri Street, Makrigianni, Acropolis – Koukaki, Athens, Greece

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ATHENS STUDIOS

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12 Makri Street, Makrigianni, Acropolis – Koukaki, Athens, Greece

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  BEDBOX HOSTEL

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11 Poliklitou, Psiri / Monastiraki, Athens, Greece

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HOW TO GET TO ATHENS FROM THE PHILIPPINES

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Thanks to Scoot Airline, you can now fly to Greece from the Philippines!  Last year, Scoot launched their flight from Manila to Athens via Singapore, and they are pretty cheap! One way fares start at PHP 11,501.32 (USD 221/EURO 179/SGD 292/MYR 871) from Manila, PHP 11,900.32 (USD 229/EURO 185/SGD 302/MYR 901) from Cebu , PHP 12,001.32 (USD 231/EURO 186/SGD 305/MYR 909) from Clark, and PHP 12,501.32 (USD 240/EURO 194/SGD 317/MYR 947) from Kalibo. Book your fights at  FLYSCOOT.COM

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HOW TO GET TO ATHENS FROM SINGAPORE

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Scoot Airlines has direct flights between Singapore and Athens, Greece and they offer the most cost-efficient flight so far.

HOW WAS MY EXPERIENCE FLYING WITH SCOOT  TO ATHENS?

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It was awesome! I also love the Greek food they served us during the Athens to Singapore flight.  Scoot Airline uses Boeing 787 Dreamliners for flights between Singapore and Athens.  The legroom is more spacious for the Economy Class seat compared to the 320s seat.  What I like about Scoot is they also have the Stretch Seats and Super Seats in the Scoot in Silence part of the airplane.  If you want to have a better sleep (less noise and no children under 12 allowed on this section), you can upgrade your seat.  I was able to sit on the first row which they call Stretch Seat and it has 50% bigger legroom and adjustable headrest.  See more details HERE.

 

ATHENS CITY CENTER FROM ATHENS AIRPORT

BY WELCOME PICK UPS TAXI

If you are traveling in groups (3-4 persons) this is a great choice since this will transfer you and your luggage straight to your hotel door and it’ll be cheaper than taking the metro if you divide the fare.  It’s the same price as the regular taxi, but Marcos  and I can attest that their service is excellent.  We used them during our trip and our driver Venedictos is really knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, it’s like having a relative welcome you at the airport!  Pretty convenient!  You can book HERE  And nope, we weren’t sponsored by them, we just love their service!

 

FARE:

5:00 AM – 12:00 AM – EURO 38/PHP 2,436/USD 67/SGD 62/MYR 183

12:00 AM – 5:00 AM – EURO 54/PHP 3,461/USD 12/SGD 88/MYR 260

 

  • Luggage charge, tolls fee, VAT, meter start and airport charge are already included
  • The fare is determined by the time of arrival at your destination.

 

BY TAXI

If you are a group of 3 to 4 persons, you can just take the taxi at Athens Airport, the fare is listed below.  But make sure you agree with the fare first and verify with the driver before boarding the taxi. If the driver refuses, find another one or better yet, book Welcome Pick Ups in advance.

 

FARE:

5:00 AM – 12:00 AM – EURO 38/PHP 2,436/USD 67/SGD 62/MYR 183

12:00 AM – 5:00 AM – EURO 54/PHP 3,461/USD 12/SGD 88/MYR 260

  • Luggage charge, tolls fee, VAT, meter start and airport charge are already included
  • The fare is determined by the time of arrival at your destination.

 

BY ATHENS AIRPORT SHUTTLE BUS

If you are a pair or traveling alone, and you don’t want to take the metro as you are carrying many luggage, your best bet is the cost-efficient and hassle-free shuttle bus transfer from Athens International Airport to your hotel.  This way, you don’t have to worry about finding your hotel while carrying your heavy luggage. You can reserve the airport transfer below.

 

BOOK ATHENS AIRPORT SHUTTLE BUS HERE

 

 

BY AIRPORT EXPRESS BUS

If you are traveling alone and you are on a tight budget, the Airport Express bus is the cheapest option.  The buses depart from Athens Airport Arrivals Level and you can buy bus tickets at the ticket kiosk situated outside the Arrivals Level between Exit 4 and 5. Or you can also purchase ticket on board. There are 4 routes but this 2 are the ones you’ll most likely use:

BUS X95: Syntagma – Airport

This bus will take you from Athens Airport to Syntagma Square in the city center.  From there, you can ride the Metro nearest to your hotel.

BUS Χ96: Piraeus – Airport

This bus will take you to Piraeus Port.  You can take this if you are headed to the Greek islands by ferry like Santorini, Mykonos, Aegean, Hydra, Crete, etc.

FARE:

1 way – EURO 6/PHP 382/USD 7/SGD 10/MYR 29

 

BY METRO

 

Taking the train is a cheap way to get to Athens city center from Athens Airport.  You can take Metro Line 3 from Athens Airport which is connected the city center.  Transit time is roughly 40 minutes and the train runs from 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM. You can check the airport train time table HERE.

This is a good option if your hotel is near a Metro Station.  See more details about taking the Metro in Getting around Athens section below.

FARE:

1 way (1 person) – EURO 10/PHP 641/USD 12/SGD 16/MYR 48

1 way (2 persons) – EURO 18/PHP 1,151/USD 22/SGD 29/MYR 86

1 way (3 persons) – EURO 24/PHP 1,535/USD 29/SGD 39/MYR 115

Roundtrip (within 7 days) – EURO 14/PHP 897/USD 17/SGD 23/MYR 67

Roundtrip – EURO 18/PHP 1,151/USD 22/SGD 29/MYR 86

 

 

From Airport to Acropolis/Koukaki Area (Travel time is about 41 minutes)

  • Step 1. From Athens Airport, take Line 3 (Blue Line) headed to Aghia Marina.
  • Step 2: Alight at Syntagma.
  • Step 3: Transfer to Line 2 (Red Line) headed to Elliniko
  • Step 4: get off at Akropoli

 

From Airport to Monastiraki/Plaka/Psiri area (Travel time is about 42 minutes)

  • Step 1: From Athens Airport, take Line 3 (Blue Line) bound for Aghia Marina
  • Step 2: Get off at Monastiraki

 

From Airport to Syntagma (Travel time is about 40 minutes)

  • Step 1: From Athens Airport, take Line 3 (Blue Line) headed to Aghia Marina.
  • Step 2: Alight at Syntagma.

 

HOW TO GET AROUND ATHENS

 

BY METRO

 
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Line 1 (Green Line) Piraeus – Kifissia

The oldest of the Athens Line that connects the port of Piraeus, via Omonoia and Monastiraki, to northern suburb of Kifissia.  If you are headed to Santorini, Mykonos, Hydra, Aegina or Crete by ferry, this is the line that you need to use to get to the port.

Line 2 (Red Line) Anthoupoli – Elliniko

This is the line that you will most likely use if you plan to do a DIY tour of Athens by Metro. It includes Syntagma, Akropoli and Panepistimio where many attractions are concentrated. If you will visit other attractions outside Athens and you want to use the train, Line 2 (Red Line) connects to Larissa Station (Athens Railway)

Line 3 (Blue Line) Aghia Marine -Doukissis Plakentias

is the line that you will use when going to and from Athens Airport.  It also stops at Evangelismo, Syntagma and Monastiraki.  So if your hotel is near the said stations, it’s pretty convenient to get to and from the airport.

 

VALIDITYMETRO FARE
90 minutes*EURO 1.40/PHP 90/ USD 1.73/SGD 2.81/MYR 6.73
24 Hours*EURO 4.50/PHP 287/USD 5.55/SGD 7.30/MYR 22
5 Days*EURO 9/PHP 576.91/USD 11/SGD 15/MYR 43
3 Days

(w/ 1 route to/from Airport)

EURO 22/PHP 1,407/USD 25/SGD 36/MYR 106
2 Trips* 
5 Trips* 
10-1 Trips* 

 

*Excluding Airport & Line X80

 

HOW TO BUY METRO (INTEGRATED) TICKETS IN ATHENS

On our first day in Athens, we didn’t know how to purchase the metro ticket. LOL Okay, we tried, but we can’t figure out where to put the coins (turns out it’s on top of the screen). Haha We purchased from a manned ticket booth.  It’s okay to do this but sometimes the line can get super long especially in Syntagma Station during rush hour.  So here’s how to purchase from an Automatic Ticket Issuing Machine (ATIM)

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  • Step 1: The ATIM is in Greek letters by default, just press the British Flag below for English.
  • Step 2: Choose BUY TRAVEL PRODUCT
  • Step 3: Choose ATHENS AREA
  • Step 4: Choose your preferred validity for the ticket (90 minutes, 24 hours, 5 days, etc.)
  • Step 5: Choose quantity (how many tickets you will purchase)
  • Step 6: Insert coins or card
  • Step 7: Wait for the ticket to be printed.

IMPORTANT: The integrated ticket is valid for Metro, train, bus and trolley rides.

You can also purchase tickets to Athens Airport on ATIM.

To check Train Time Table, CLICK HERE:

 

TICKET VALIDATION

Now this is really important, because authorized officials might check the ticket of passengers. If you get caught without a ticket or a ticket that is not validated, there is a hefty fine.  So do not lose your ticket until you exit from your final destination!

  • Validate 1 time when entering buses – trolley – tram.
  • Validate 2 times in metro and electrical, one at the entrance to the station gates and one at the exit.
  • Throughout the validity of the e-ticket, validate it each time you board a vehicle (bus, tram, trolley) and every time you pass the subway and electric gates, incoming and outgoing.

  • To make sure that you validated your tickets correctly, place it on the reader and check if it has special markings after you validated it.

  • When validated, the validation / gateway screen displays the remaining time until the e-ticket expires.

 

Where to find the validation machines?

On buses, trolleys and trams, the validation machines are blue, with a display and an optical reader, the position of which is signaled with 4 curved lines.

In the metro and electrical, the validation machines are located in the gateways of the stations and the validation of the electronic ticket, in the visual reader, instructs the gate to open.

 

 

BY BUS

Buses are a cheap way to get around Athens, refer to Google Maps for the nearest bus stop near your location.  If you purchased the unlimited Athens rides for 3-5 days, you can use it when riding buses.

 

BY TAXI

Starting charge for taxis in Athens is EURO 1.19/PHP 76/USD 1.46/SGD 2/MYR 6. Daytime tariff charge is EURO 0.68/PHP 43.32/USD 0.83/SGD 1.10/MYR 3.28 per kilometer.  Night time charge is EURO 1.19/PHP 76/USD 1.46/SGD 2/MYR 6.  Extra charge for luggage heavier than 10 kg is EURO 0.68/PHP 43.32/USD 0.49/SGD 0.65/MYR 2.  Minimum charge for Athens and Thessaloniki is EURO 3.16/PHP 201/USD 3.88/SGD 5.13/MYR 15.23.

 

 

TOP ATHENS ATTRACTIONS

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When you plan your Athens itinerary and you want to visit multiple tourist attractions in Athens, you can save a lot if you purchase the Athens Archaeological Site Special Package for EURO 30/PHP 1,900/USD 37/SGD 49/MYR 144. It is valid for 5 days and includes entry to the following 7 archaeological sites.

  • Acropolis of Athens
  • Ancient Agora of Athens
  • Roman Agora of Athens
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Hadrian’s Library
  • Archaeological Site of Lykeion
  • Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos

 

1. Top Athens Attractions near AKROPOLI STATION

 

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ACROPOLIS

Address: Athens 105 58, Greece

Entrance Fee: Adult – EURO 20/PHP 1,282/USD 25/SGD 32/MYR 96

Open Hours:

April to October:  Mon – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tues to Sun 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Fri – 10:00 PM

November to March: Mon to Thur – 9:00 AM -5:00 PM, Fri – 9:00 AM -10:00 PM, Sat to Sun – 9:00 AM- 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

This is the first tourist attraction we included in our Athens itinerary. Crowning the city of Athens, is its most important ancient site – Acropolis. This age-old citadel houses several ancient structures with historical and architectural significance like the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, the Propylaea and the ruins of the Theater of Dionysus.

 

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

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 Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina 117 42, Greece

Open Hours: April – Oct – Mon- 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Tue-Sun – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Fri – 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM

Nov – March – Mon 9:00 AM -5:00 PM, Tue-Sun – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Fri – 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM

Entrance Fee: Adult -PHP 317/EURO 5/USD 6/SGD 8/MYR 24, Child – Free

 

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The second attraction we included in our Athens itinerary is the Acropolis Museum. This modern museum was founded to showcase all the important finds from the Acropolis and its foothills. It was designed by architect Bernard Tschumi with Michael Photiadis and inaugurated in the summer of 2009. The Museum houses its collections across three levels and interestingly, you see the archaeological excavation that lies at its foundations on some glass flooring leading to the Acropolis Museum’s entrance.

Photography is prohibited on the 1st floor as well as some areas, but you can take photos on some areas on the second floor. Just ask the guards.

 

TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

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Address: Athens 105 57, Greece

Open Hours: Oct-Apr – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, May- Sep – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Entrance fee: Adult- EURO 6/PHP 382/USD 7/SGD 10/MYR 29,

Child – EURO 3/PHP 191/USD4/SGD 5/MYR 14

Standing proudly at the heart of Athens, with a great view of the towering Acropolis nearby, the Temple of Olympian Zeus is dedicated to Olympian Zeus, hence the name. It was the largest temple in Greece, which was founded in the 6th century BC by Peisistratos but was eventually abandoned because of the lack of funds.  It wasn’t completely built until the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian.  The work started in AD 131 and took 700 years in total to be completed.

 

 2.Top Athens Attractions near MONASTIRIKI STATION

 

 ANCIENT AGORA

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Address: Adrianou, Athina 105 55, Greece

Open Hours:  May to October: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily

                         November to April: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily

Entrance Fee:  EURO 8/PHP 513 (USD 10/SGD 13/MYR 38)

We owe the concept of democracy to Athens, which was first developed and practiced around the 5th century BC in Ancient Agora, Athens. It was the heart of the ancient city where citizens would assemble for political, religious, cultural, social and judicial activities.

 

 ROMAN AGORA AND TOWER OF THE WINDS

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 Address: Polignotou 3, Athina 105 55, Greece

Open Hours: Daily 8:00 AM -5:00 PM

Entrance fee: Adult- EURO 6/PHP 382/USD 7/SGD 10/MYR 29, Child – EURO 3/PHP 191/USD4/SGD 5/MYR 14

Free with Acropolis Pass

The Roman of Agora was financed by Julius Caesar and Augustus during the 1st century BC. It is located to the north of Acropolis and entrance is through the Gate of Athena Archegetis. Meanwhile, the Tower of the Winds is an octagonal Pentelic marble clock tower located in the Roman Agora, said to be the word’s 1st meteorological station.  It was built by Andronicus, a Syrian astronomer, during the 1t century BC.

 

 3.Top Athens Attractions near SYNTAGMA SQUARE

 

PARLIAMENT AND CHANGING OF THE GUARDS

 
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This is usually included in the Athens itinerary of first-time tourists in Athens. A popular free attraction in Athens is the changing of the traditionally costumed evzones (presidential Guards) in front of the Parliament building on Plateia Syntagmatos. They are  actually manning the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers here and they change every hour. If you time your visit on a Sunday at 11:00 AM, you’ll see a whole platoon march down Vasilissis Sofias to the tomb, accompanied by a band.

 

PANATHENAIC STADIUM 

 

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Address: Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece

Open Hours: March-Oct Daily 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Nov -Feb Daily 8:00 AM -5:00 PM

Entrance Fee: Adult EURO 5/PHP 319/USD 6/SGD 8/MYR 24, Child/Student EURO 2.50/PHP 159/USD 3/SGD 4/MYR 12

One of the attractions that I’m looking forward to see in our Athens itinerary is the Panathenaic Stadium.  Originally constructed in 4th century BC, The Panathenaic Stadium served as the venue for the Panathenaic games in ancient Greece. During its inauguration in 120,000 AD, wild animals were believed to be sacrificed here. The arena was rebuilt in marble by Herodes Atticus after and now has a seating capacity of 70,000 spectators.

 

NATIONAL GARDENS + ZAPPEION

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Address: Amalias 1, Athina 105 57, Greece

Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Entrance Fee: Free

Also nearby is the elegant, neoclassical building – Zappeion. This structure was constructed in 1878, and the first to hold an indoor Olympic event on 1896. The building was donated to Greece by Zappas brothers from Ipirus, hence the name.

 

4. Top Athens Attraction near PANEPISTIMIO STATION

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ATHENS TRILOGY

Though not as historic as other ancient sites in the city, the Athens Trilogy is a worthy stop for photo op during your Athens city tour. This is composed of the elegant, old buildings of the University of Athens, the National Library and the Academy of Athens. All 3 structures were constructed in the late 19th century. You can find this along Panepistimiou Street just outside the Panepistimiou Metro Station.

 

5. Top Athens Attraction near VIKTORIA STATION

 

NATIONAL ARCHEAOLOGICAL MUSEUM

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Address: 28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece

Open Hours: Apr- Oct- Mon- 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Tue-Sun 8:00 AM -8:00 PM

Nov-March- Mon- 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Tue-Sun 9:00 AM -4:00 PM

Entrance Fee: EURO 10/PHP 637/USD12/SGD 16/MYR 48

National Archaeological Museum houses the world’s finest collections of Greek relics. It is one of the most important museums in the world, founded ate the end of the 19th century.

 

7.Top Attractions in Athens near EVANGELISMOS STATION

 

LYCABETUS HILL

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Soaring at 300 meters, Lycabettus Hill is another top attraction in Athens, Greece.  It is believed to be a refuge of wolves in legends. Tourists can ascend here via the Lycabettus Funicular and enjoy the scenic view of Athens city below.

How to get to Lycabettus Hill

  • Take the Metro to Evangelismo Station
  • Walk to funicular to Mt. Lycabettus (Teleferik Cable Car Station). This will take about 26 minutes. Refer to Google Maps for detailed direction.
  • Or ride Uber to Teleferik Cable Car Station
  • Ride cable car to summit for PHP 34/EURO 7/USD 9/ SGD 11/MYR 34

 

BYZANTINE AND CHRISTIAN MUSEUM

Address: Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias 22, Athina 106 75, Greece

Open Hours: Tues-Sun – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Entrance Fee: PHP 254/EURO 4/USD 5/SGD 6/MYR 19

One of the most important museums of Byzantine Art is this Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens, founded in 1914. You can find over 25,000 exhibits with rare collections of manuscripts, pottery, fabrics, pictures, scriptures and copies of artifacts from the 3rd century AD to the late medieval era.

 

WHAT TO EAT IN ATHENS

One of the things I love about Greece is its food. I find Greek food delicious and they have huge servings! Plus, compared to dishes in other European countries we visited, they are way more affordable!  Here are some of the local food we tried. Consider them when you travel to Greece soon:

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Souvlaki – This Greek food is made of grilled, small pieces of meat and vegetables on skewers

Gyros – This Greek dish is meat (pork, chicken, beef or lamb) cooked on rotisserie and wrapped in pita with onions, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce.

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Greek salad – composed of fresh cucumbers, shallots, olives and red tomatoes and sprinkled with pepper, salt and oregano. Greek salads are usually topped with creamy feta cheese and olive oil.

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Saganaki – fried yellow, hard cheese with crunchy crust and melted cheese filling

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Moussaka – Though not exactly Greek food, they are served all over the country and somehow became associated with Greece.  Moussaka is made of baked eggplant mixed with potatoes, minced meat and béchamel and spread with cinnamon and nutmeg.

 

WHERE TO EAT IN ATHENS

Some days we tried eating out when we were in Athens, and these are the restaurants we like:

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ERGON

Syntagma Mtropoleos 26, Athina

This is my personal favorite. Nicole, a volunteer guide for This is My Athens Tour brought us here.  It is located in front of Electra Metropolis Hotel. The Greek infused food here are so appetizing.  They also sell local food products in their deli shop.

KALAMAKI MOU

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This was referred to us by Venedictos, our Welcome Pick Ups driver because it’s near our hotel (Athinais Hotel).  We tried souvlaki here, our first meal in Greece and it was perfect!

 

O Gyros pou Girevis

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This is located near Acropolis Museum, outside the entrance/exit of Acropolis Metro Station. They serve really good street food like gyros and souvlaki.  We also tried their Greek salad and it was delicious.

 

ATHENS TOURS

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If you are not keen on doing DIY tours or walking tours, booking tour packages in Athens is also a good option since you’ll be having tour guides that will explain the history of the attractions you are visiting, it helps you understand the importance of each site.  If you are traveling with kids or elderly, or you are with your parents and family, or you just want a hassle-free tour, you can book the following tours in Athens::

 

 

RESERVE ATHENS TOUR HERE

 

THIS IS MY ATHENS TOURS

THIS IS MY ATHENS TOURS is a customizable walking tour that range from art, culture, outdoor, foodie and history.  This is organized and operated by the municipal company “Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA” (ADDMA SA). Basically, some locals volunteer to take visitors around in Athens to sights that aren’t normally part of packages tours.  As stated on their website “The program aims at bringing together people who visit Athens for any reason, with residents, who voluntarily and without any financial reward or other compensation want to show their neighborhood and in general the places where they live in and visit in their everyday life. This way, the visitor takes part in an Athenian’s everyday life and at the same time of his own particular look and perception regarding the city in which he lives in.”

For more information, visit: THIS IS MY ATHENS WEBSITE HERE

Nicole was our guide during our THIS IS MY ATHENS TOUR, she is an engineer and despite being so busy with her job, she made time to show us around Athens at night and took us to one of the best restaurants we’ve ever tried in Athens without asking for anything in return. She even refused our tip and gave us a hug and said something like “It’s enough for me that you love my city.”

 

ATHENS DAY TRIPS /SIDE TRIPS

Don’t limit your tour in Athens alone, explore beyond the city and you will realize how beautiful Greece is.  Here are some tour packages that you can book, mostly day trips from Athens.

 

METEORA DAY TRIP

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 Meteora is just so beautiful to be missed! Make sure you make time and budget for this place.  Explore Meteora and see the soaring rock formations and the spectacular monasteries built upon the rocks! With this tour you’ll be able to visit the largest complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece and admire Byzantine art!

If you want to join a Meteora group tour:

RESERVE METEORA TOUR HERE

If you want a private our of Meteora (or share the tour with friends or family),

BOOK METEORA PRIVATE TOUR HERE

How to get to Meteora (DIY)

STEP 1: Take the metro to Larissa St. Station

STEP 2: Get off at Larissa St. Station

STEP 3: Walk towards Athens Railway Station

STEP 4: Buy ticket for Kalambaka

STEP 5: Validate your ticket.

STEP 6: Check your platform number, train number and seat number. Platform number for each train ride can be seen on the TV screen on train stations. 

STEP 7: Board the train. Transit time is about 4-5 hours

STEP 8: Get off at Kalambaka

STEP 9: Hire a car to take you to Meteora monasteries

STEP 10: Pay entrance fee (EURO 3/PHP 191/USD 4/SGD 5/MYR 14) if you are entering the monastery.

 

 CAPE SOUNIO TOUR

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This wasn’t included in our original Athens itinerary, but because we were left by our tour to Hydra, Pyros and Aegina, we ended up going to Cape Sounio by bus. Enjoy panoramic views of the Saronic Gulf and Aegean Sea and see the Temple of Poseidon.  The road going here is so scenic!

RESERVE TOUR HERE

 

How to get to Cape Sounio by bus 

 

  • STEP 1: Take the metro to Victoria Station.
  • STEP 2: Walk up Heiden Street.
  • STEP 3: Look for bus to Cape Sounio at Pedion Aeoros Bus
  • STEP 4: Board the bus to Cape Sounio. Fare is EURO 6.9/PHP 440/USD 8.46/SGD 11.20/MYR 33.25. Pay on the bus, a conductor will collect the payment.
  • STEP 5: Get off at Cape Sounio.
  • STEP 6: Walk uphill to the temple of Poseidon.
  • STEP 7: Pay the entrance fee of PHP 508/EURO 8/USD 10/SGD 13/MYR 38

 

 POROS, HYDRA AND AEGINA DAY CRUISE

 

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 With this tour, you’ll get to cruise the three gorgeous islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina

RESERVE HERE

 

Note: We were booked for this tour, but the 3rd party operator did not pick us up at the hotel even if we already provided our hotel information. So make sure if you are booking this, double check if they have your hotel info and ask for the pick-up time to avoid wasting your money.

 

MYCENAE AND EPIDAURUS DAY TOUR

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 This tour will take you to the ancient town of Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also includes a visit to Treasury of Atreus, Corinth Canal, Epidaurus Theatre and Epidaurus, the birthplace of Apollo’s son.

CHECK TOUR RATE HERE

 

 DELPHI DAY TOUR

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This tour will take you to Delphi, a UNESCO-listed archaeological site where you’ll get to explore the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Museum.

 CHECK TOUR RATE HERE

 

ATHENS ITINERARY (5 days 4 nights)

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Here’s my sample Athens itinerary (Athens trip budget below ), including a side trip to Meteora and Cape Sounio. Feel free to tweak this depending on your budget and schedule.

SCHEDULEACTIVITIES
DAY 1MANILA TO ATHENS
9:00 AM

ETA in Athens via Scoot Airlines.  Get luggage and clear Athens immigration.

10:00 AMATHENS AIRPORT TO HOTEL

ETD hotel.  Transfer by Welcome Pick Ups, bus, metro or Airport Shuttle Bus.

If taking the Metro and hotel is around the following areas:

 From Airport to Acropolis/Koukaki Area (Travel time is about 41 minutes)


  • STEP 1:

    From Athens Airport, take Line 3 (Blue Line) headed to Aghia Marina.


  • STEP 2:

    Alight at Syntagma.


  • STEP 3:

    Transfer to Line 2 (Red Line) headed to Elliniko.


  • 4:

    Get off at Akropoli.

 From Airport to Monastiraki/Plaka/Psiri area (Travel time is about 42 minutes)


  • STEP 1:

    From Athens Airport, take Line 3 (Blue Line) bound for Aghia Marina


  • STEP 2:

    Get off at Monastiraki

From Airport to Syntagma (Travel time is about 40 minutes)

 


  • STEP 1:

    From Athens Airport, take Line 3 (Blue Line) headed to Aghia Marina.


  • STEP 2:

    Alight at Syntagma.

11:00 AMHOTEL CHECK-IN

ETA Hotel. Check-in. Freshen up.

MONASTIRAKI

ETD Monastiraki

12:30 PMLUNCH

  • Lunch in Monastiraki

01:30 PMANCIENT AGORA + TEMPLE OF HEPHAESTUS + ROMAN AGORA + HADRIAN’S LIBRARY + ERMOU STREET

  • Explore Monastiraki. See the aforementioned sites. (Refer to Google Maps for detailed directions)

07:30 PMDINNER + SHOPPING
09:00 PMETD TO HOTEL

  • Walk from Monastiraki to hotel

  • Sleep.

DAY 2ATHENS WALKING TOUR
07:00 AMWAKE UP.

  • Breakfast.

08:00 AMATHENS TRILOGY

  • ETD Athens Trilogy. Ride Metro to Panetistimio Station.

 

If coming from Akropoli/Syntagma/Monastiriki Station:

 


  • STEP 1:

    Take Line 2 (Red Line) to Anthoupoli.


  • Step 2:

    Alight at Panepistimio Station. Transit time is about 2-3 minutes.

08:10 AM

ETA Panepistimio Station.

  • Exit.

  • See Athens Trilogy. Photo op.

08:30 AMSYNTAGMA

ETD Syntagma.

  • Ride Metro to Syntagma Station. Transit time is about 2 minutes.

  • From Panepistimio Station, take Line 2 (Red Line) to Elliniko.

  • Alight at Syntagma Station.

08:40 AMSYNTAGMA ARCHEAOLOGICAL EXHIBITION

  • Explore mini-museum at the Syntagma Station.

09:00 AMPARLIAMENT BUILDING + TOMB OF UNKNOWN SOLDIERS + SYNTAGMA SQUARE

  • Exit Syntagma Station.

  • See Parliament Building

  • See Monument of Unknown Soldiers

  • Catch the Changing of the Guards (every hour)

  • Explore Syntagma Square Fountain area

10:00 AMNATIONAL GARDENS

  • Walk behind the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers on Amalias Street to the National Garden.

  • Refer to Google Maps for detailed directions. This will take about 6 minutes.

10:10 AM

Explore National Gardens

10:30 AMCAMP OF EVZONES

  • From the National Gardens, walk to Iroduo Attikou Street where you’ll find the camp of the evzones that guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.

10:40 AMZAPPEION

  • Walk downhill on Iroduo Attikou Street and there you’ll find the elegant, neoclassical building – Zappeion. (Refer to Google Maps for detailed directions).

11:00 AMPANATHENAIC STADIUM

  • Across the street from Zappeion, you’ll come across the Olympic Stadium.

  • Pay the entrance fee at the ticket booth on the right side and enter. You can also rent an audio guide.

11:30 AMTEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

  • Walk back to Zappeion building, and head the Temple of Olympian Zeus via Leof. Vasilissis Olgas.  This will take about 400 meters and will take about 5 minutes. (Refer to Google Maps for detailed directions).

  • entrance fee.

  • Photo op at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

12:15 PMARCH OF ADRIAN

  • Exit Temple of Olympian Zeus.

  • Walk towards Arch of Hadrian. Photo op.

12:20 PMACROPOLIS

ETD Acropolis. (Refer to Google maps for detailed directions)

  • Cross the street

  • Head southwest (if you are facing the street in front of Arch of Hadrian, cross.

  • Walk towards the left until you see a right turn. Street name should be Dionysiou Areopagitou).

  • Turn right on Dionysiou Areopagitou.

  • Turn left at Makrigianni

  • Walk until you see the Acropolis Museum (it’s right in front of the Acropolis)

12:30 PMLUNCH

  • Have lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants near the Acropolis Museum. We tried the Souvlaki- Gyros at Gyros Pou Gyrevis along Athanasiou Diakou and we loved it.

  • Or you can also have lunch at the Acropolis Museum café on the 2nd floor. The café has a great view of Acropolis

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1:30 PMACROPOLIS MUSEUM

  • Walk back to Acropolis Museum.

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Tip: Photography is allowed in some parts of the museum. Ask the guards.

3:00 PMACROPOLIS HILL + PARTHENON

  • Walk to Acropolis. Photo op.

  • See Erechtheum, Propylae Gateway, the Theatre of Dionysus and Parthenon.

06:00 PMPLAKA

  • ETD Acropolis.

  • Buy souvenirs in souvenir shops surrounding Acropolis. I bought ref magnets and other souvenirs in the souvenir shop beside Gyros Pou Gyrevis (where we had lunch). You can also check the shops in Plaka.

  • Walk to Plaka (about 18 minutes). It’s a scenic walk so you won’t really notice the time.  Refer to Google Maps for directions.

  • Dinner in Plaka

  • Explore Plaka

  • Shop for souvenirs

09:00 PMHOTEL

  • ETD hotel.

  • Sleep.

DAY 3METEORA
06:30 AMWAKE UP + BREAKFAST
07:30 AMMETEORA TOUR

 If joining the group tour above. Meet up is at Kalambaka Train Station

  • Head to Athens Railway Station

If coming from Akropoli/Syntagma (Transit time is about 7 minutes)

  • STEP 1:Take Line 2 (Red Line) to Anthoupoli
  • STEP 2:Alight at Larissa St. Station
  • STEP 3:Walk towards Athens Railway Station

 If coming from Monastiraki (Transit time is about 5 minutes)

  • STEP 1:Take LINE 1 (Green Line) to Kifissia
  • STEP 2:Alight at Omonia Station
  • STEP 3:Transfer to Line 2 (Red Line) to Anthoupoli
  • STEP 4:Get off at Larissa St. Station
  •  STEP 5:Walk towards Athens Railway Station
08:20 AMTRAIN TO KALAMBAKA

  • Validate your train ticket.

  • Board train to Kalambaka at Athens Railway Station (Check your train ticket for details)

01:30 PMKALAMBAKA + METEORA

  • ETA Kalambaka Railway Station

  • Meet up with driver

  • Transfer to Meteora

  • Visit Meteora Monasteries

  • Back to Kalambaka Railway Station

05:22 PMKALAMBAKA RAILWAY STATION

  • Take train back to Athens at Kalambaka Railway Station

10:15 PMATHENS RAILWAYS STATION

  • ETA Athens Railway Station

  • Back to hotel

 If going to Akropoli/Syntagma (Transit time is about 7 minutes)

 


  • STEP 1:

    Take Line 2 (Red Line) from Larissa St. Station bound for Elliniko

  •  

    STEP 2:

    Alight at Akropoli Station or Syntagma Station

 If going to Monastiraki


  • STEP 1:

    Take Line 2 (Red Line) to Elliniko


  • STEP 2:

    Alight at Omonia


  • STEP 2:

    STEP 3: Change to Line 1 (Green Line) to Piraeus


  • STEP 2:

    STEP 4: Alight at Monastiraki

11:00 PMHOTEL

  • Sleep
DAY 4CAPE SOUNIO
06:30 AMWAKE UP + BREAKFAST
07:30 AMCAPE SOUNIO

Private Cape Sounio tour: BOOK HERE 

Join Cape Sounio group tour: RESERVE HERE 

DIY Cape Sounio tour. See directions below.

FROM AKROPOLI TO PEDION AEOROS BUS (Transit time is about 6 minutes)


  • STEP 1:

    Take Line 2 (Red Line) en route to Anthoupoli


  • STEP 2:

    Get off at Omonia Station.


  • STEP 3:

    Change to Line 1 (Green Line) to Kifissia.


  • STEP 4:

    Alight at Victoria Station.


  • STEP 5:

    Walk up Heiden Street


  • STEP 6:

    Look for bus to Cape Sounio at Pedion Aeoros Park

8:02 AMPEDION AEOROS BUS TERMINAL (KTEL ATTIKIS BUS/ORANGE BUS)

  • Board the bus to Cape Sounio. Departs at 8:02 AM.

 

NOTE: Next bus at leaves at 10:05 AM so make sure to be there at least 20 minutes before 8:05 AM

09:30 AMCAPE SOUNIO + TEMPLE OF POSEIDON

  • ETA Cape Sounio. The bus stops at Cape Sounio.

  • Walk up hill to Cape Sounio

  • Pay entrance fee or show your ticket

  • Photo op at Temple of Poseidon

  • Check out the beach below the temple
12:00 PMLUNCH
01:00 PMCAPE SOUNIO

  • Take bus back to Athens

02:30 PMATHENS

  • ETA Athens

  • Alight at Evangelismo Station

02:40 PMBYZANTINE & CHRISTIAN MUSEUM

  • From Evangelismo Station walk west on Leof. Vasilissis Sofias/EO54/EO83 toward Marasli

  • Byzantine & Christian Museum is on the left

04:00 PMMT.LYCABETTUS

  • Walk to funicular to Mt. Lycabettus (Teleferik Cable Car Station). This will take about 26 minutes. Refer to Google Maps for detailed direction.

  • Or ride Uber to Teleferik Cable Car Station

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  • Ride cable car to summi

  • Watch the sunset

06:00 PMHOTEL

  • Walk back to Evangelismo Station

  • Or take Uber to hotel

 

If going to Acropolis area (Transit time is about 3 minutes)

  •  

    STEP 1:From Evangelismo Station, take Line 3 (Blue Line) to Aghia Marina


  • STEP 2:

    Get off at Syntagma


  • STEP 3:

    Transfer to Line 2 (Red Line) bound for Elliniko


  • STEP 4:

    Alight at Akropoli

 If going to Syntagma (Transit time is about 2 minutes)

  • STEP 1:From Evangelismo Station, take Line 3 (Blue Line) to Aghia Marina

  • STEP 2: Get off at Syntagma

 If going to Monastiraki (Transit time is about 4 minutes)

  • STEP 1:From Evangelismo Station, take Line 3 (Blue Line) to Aghia Marina

  • STEP 2:Alight at Monastiraki

07:00 PMDINNER
08:00 PMHOTEL

  • Pack bags

  • Sleep

DAY 5FLY BACK HOME OR HEAD TO NEXT DESTINATION

 

TRAVEL TIP:  You can replace the Day 4 itinerary above with any of the following Day Tours from Athens or better yet, extend your trip in Athens to visit all of the following:

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OPTION 1:  

POROS, HYDRA AND AEGINA DAY CRUISE

RESERVE HERE

 

OPTION 2:

MYCENAE AND EPIDAURUS DAY TOUR

CHECK TOUR RATE HERE 

 

 OPTION 3:

DELPHI DAY TOUR

 BOOK TOUR HERE

 

ATHENS TRIP BUDGET
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Here’s a sample Athens trip budget if you follow the 5 Days/4 nights  Athens itinerary above.  Rates may vary depending on the rate of your hotel, your food budget, the type of transportation that you will use and the activities that you will do.  I listed a sample budget here to give you an idea of approximately how much will it cost you to tour Athens for 4-5 days.

 

 

EXPENSESACTIVITIES + ACCOMODATIONS + TRANSPORT + FOOD
PHP 5,075/EURO 80/USD 98/

SGD 129/MYR 384

Accommodation  (hostel for Euro 20 per night x 4 nights)
PHP 576.91/EURO 9/USD 11/

SGD 15/MYR 43

Transport (5 Days Athens Unlimited Metro, train, bus and trolley rides within Athens)
PHP 1,151/EURO 18/USD 22/

SGD 29/MYR 86

Transport (Roundtrip Metro between Airport and Athens)
PHP 5,075/EURO 80/USD 98/

SGD 129/MYR 384

Food budget (Euro 20 per day x 4 days)
PHP 1,903/EURO 30/USD 37/

SGD 49/MYR 144

Athens Archaeological Sites Special Package , includes entrance fee to the following sites:

·         Acropolis

·         Temple of Olympian Zeus

·         Ancient Agora of Athens

·         Hadrian’s Library

·         Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos

·         Archaeological Site of Lykeion

PHP 317/EURO 5/USD 6/

SGD 8/MYR 24

Acropolis Museum
PHP 254/EURO 4/USD 5/

SGD 6/MYR 19

Byzantine and Christian Museum
PHP 34/EURO 7/USD 9/

SGD 11/MYR 34

Mt. Lycabettus funicular  roundtrip fare
PHP 875/EURO 13.8/USD 17/

SGD 22/MYR 66

Roundtrip bus fare to Cape Sounio (EURO 6.9 per way)
PHP 508/EURO 8/USD 10/

SGD 13/MYR 38

Entrance fee to Temple of Poseidon (Cape Sounio)
PHP 5,791/EURO 91/

USD 111.1/SGD 147.1/MYR 435

Meteora day tour from Athens with train
PHP 21,559.91/ EURO 345.8/USD 424.1/SGD 558.1/MYR 1,657

 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 

*Airfare and Philippine Travel tax not included.

If you are on a tight budget and you want to skip Meteora (but I really highly recommend this, this is the highlight of my trip in Greece!), deduct PHP 5,791/EURO 91/USD 111.1/SGD 147.1/MYR 435 from the above budget, and it should bring you down to PHP 15,768.91/EURO 254.8/USD 313/SGD 411/MYR 1,222

 

ATHENS BUDGET BREAKDOWN

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If you want to know my Athens trip budget breakdown per day, here you go:

 

EXPENSESACTIVITIES + ACCOMMODATIONS + TRANSPORT + FOOD
DAY 1ARRIVAL + THIS IS MY ATHENS TOUR
PHP 1,151/EURO 18/USD 22/

SGD 29/MYR 86

Transport (Roundtrip Metro between Airport and Athens)
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Hostel
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Lunch + Dinner
PHP 1,903/EURO 30/USD 37/

SGD 49/MYR 144

Athens Archaeological Site Special Package (ANCIENT AGORA + TEMPLE OF HEPHAESTUS + ROMAN AGORA + HADRIAN’S LIBRARY)
FREEMonastiraki
PHP 5,648/EURO 30/USD 37/

SGD 49/MYR 144

DAY 1 TOTAL EXPENSES

 

DAY 2ATHENS CITY TOUR
PHP 88.82/EURO 1.40/USD 1.71/SGD 2.26/MYR 7Metro to Panetistimio Station from Akropoli/Syntagma/Monastiraki
PHP 88.82/EURO 1.40/USD 1.71/SGD 2.26/MYR 7Metro to Syntagma from Panetistimio Station

 

FREESyntagma Archaeological Exhibition (Syntagma Station)
FREEParliament Building + Tomb of Unknown Soldiers+ Changing of the Guards + Syntagma Square
FREENational Gardens + Zappeion
PHP 317/EURO 5/USD 6/SGD 8/MYR 24Panathenaic Stadium

 

Temple of Olympian Zeus (Part of the Athens Archaeological Site Special Package. Already paid on Day 1)
FREEArch of Adrian
PHP 317/EURO 5/USD 6/SGD 8/MYR 24Acropolis Museum

 

Acropolis (Part of the Archeological Package)
FREEPlaka
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Hostel
PHP 3,486.82/EURO 52.80/USD 63.42/SGD 85.52/MYR 254DAY 2 EXPENSES

 

DAY 3METEORA
PHP 88.82/EURO 1.40/USD 1.71/SGD 2.26/MYR 7Metro to Larissa St. Station
PHP 5,791/EURO 91/

USD 111.1/SGD 147.1/MYR 435

Meteora Tour
PHP 88.82/EURO 1.40/USD 1.71/SGD 2.26/MYR 7Larissa St. Station to Akropoli/Syntagma/Monastiraki
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Hostel
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
PHP 8,562.64/EURO 134/USD 162.52/SGD 199.62/MYR 641DAY 3 EXPENSES

 

DAY 4 CAPE SOUNIO + MT.LYCABETTUS
PHP 254/EURO 4/USD 5/

SGD 6/MYR 19

Byzantine and Christian Museum
PHP 34/EURO 7/USD 9/

SGD 11/MYR 34

Mt. Lycabettus funicular  roundtrip fare
PHP 875/EURO 13.8/USD 17/

SGD 22/MYR 66

Roundtrip bus fare to Cape Sounio (EURO 6.9 per way)
PHP 508/EURO 8/USD 10/

SGD 13/MYR 38

Entrance fee to Temple of Poseidon (Cape Sounio)
PHP 88.82/EURO 1.40/USD 1.71/SGD 2.26/MYR 7Metro from Evangelismo Station to Akropoli/Syntagma/Monastiraki
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Hostel
PHP 1,297/EURO 20/USD 24/SGD 32/MYR 96Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
PHP 4,353.81/EURO 74.20/

USD 90.71/SGD 118.26/MYR 356

DAY 4 EXPENSES

 

DAY 5 
Metro from Akropoli/Syntagma/Monastiraki (Already Paid on Day 1)
NoneDAY 5 EXPENSES

 

ATHENS TRAVEL TIPS


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  • If you want to save on transportation, you can purchase the Athens unlimited rides for metro, bus, trains and trolleys. It’s only EURO 9/PHP 576.91/USD 11/SGD 15/MYR 43, valid for 3 days!

  • If you want to save on entrance fees in case you plan to visit multiple sites, you can buy the Athens Archaeological Site Special Package for EURO 30/PHP 1,900/USD 37/SGD 49/MYR 144. It is valid for 5 days and includes entry to 7 archaeological sites including Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora and Temple of Olympian Zeus.

  • Rounding off the bill is common when paying for your food at restaurants. Tipping is also typical (5-10% of the bill).

 

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Comments

  1. Wanted to leave you a quick comment to thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed post on Athens! Heading there soon and this is the most helpful and comprehensive blog post I have found. I’ve read a lot of posts researching and this is definitely the best travel guide for Athens. I really appreciate all the information you’ve provided and your photos are so stunning as well!

    1. welcome. so happy to hear that. enjoy your Athens!

  2. Hi PSB!

    I just wanted to clarify, for the Scoot airfare: the prices you listed, are they for one-way or return tickets?
    As I checked the Scoot site and the cheapest is indeed around Php11,000++, but it is just for one ticket, not return.

    From your post—
    “Thanks to Scoot Airline, you can now fly to Greece from the Philippines! Last year, Scoot launched their flight from Manila to Athens via Singapore, and they are pretty cheap! Fares start at PHP 11,501.32 (USD 221/EURO 179/SGD 292/MYR 871) from Manila, PHP 11,900.32 (USD 229/EURO 185/SGD 302/MYR 901) from Cebu , PHP 12,001.32 (USD 231/EURO 186/SGD 305/MYR 909) from Clark, and PHP 12,501.32 (USD 240/EURO 194/SGD 317/MYR 947) from Kalibo.”

    1. Yes, those are one-way fares

  3. Hi Gael, i really love reading abour your travels and i appreciate all the helpful tips 🙂
    I am planning to go to Greece this April.
    How much money should i have in my bank acct ? Should i purchase my flight ticket alreay before i apply for visa? Hope to hear from you. Thanks!

  4. I just think your expense computation is wrong! You didn’t multiply the hotel rate by number of nights and your plane ticket is only for one way. Wrong info 🤦🏼‍♀️

    1. Uhm. I did. Euro 20 x 4 = Euro 80. And as stated there, the plane ticket is not included in the computation. 🙂

  5. Hi! I won tickets to greece roundtrip, however, I don’t have a schengen visa yet, would you recommend that in applying one I indicate therein that I got a sponsor for my flight for more chances of approval? Do you have other tips in getting greece schengen visa? I’ve already read your blog about it! Thanks much!

    1. Not so sure, you can do that however, it won’t be based solely on that. You still have to prove that you can finance your trip and return to your home country.

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