About The Athens Open Tour:
See the best of Athens both ancient and modern aboard the 'Open Tour' double decker buses. This popular sightseeing tour offers flexible transport between the Greek capital's top attractions for up to 72 hours. There's also a route covering the port city of Piraeus (ideal for cruise passengers), as well as a new Riviera and Beaches route.
30+ hop-on hop-off bus stops throughout the city will ensure you have plenty of time to experience as many attractions and landmarks as you want. Discover the noble Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus and much more. Each route offers entertaining audio commentary in 12 different languages.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, Greek, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese, Turkish, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- April - November: 08:00 to 19:45, every 15-30 minutes.
- December - March: 09:00 to 17:30, every 15-30 minutes.
- See the Timetable Download for further details.
- Various, see our Interactive Map or Itinerary List below.
- Athens Route: 1 Hour 30 Minutes.
- Piraeus Route: 1 Hour.
- Riviera & Beaches Route: 2 Hours.
- All Athens Open Tour buses feature handrails and ramps for wheelchair users.
Audio Guided Walking Tours:
- 1) The Acropolis and Parthenon walking tour begins at 11:15 and lasts 1 hour. It departs from bus stop 4 and ends at stop 1 (Syntagma Square).
- 2) The National Gardens walking tour starts at 12:15 and lasts 1 hour. It departs from bus stop 6 and ends at stop 8 (Panathenaic Stadium).
The Athens Route:
For the full sightseeing experience hop-on at Syntagma Square, the first stop on the Athens route. Syntagma Square is the centre of modern Athens and is dominated by the neo-classical Greek Parliament Building. Retail stores, cafés, pubs, restaurants and souvenir shops line the streets radiating out of the square. A particularly popular one is Ermou Street.
From the square the tour proceeds into the ancient heart of the city, visiting the charming medieval old quarter of Plaka, whose quaint, narrow streets lie beneath the towering Acropolis. Search and you're sure to find an interesting little tavern with a hospitable atmosphere. The surrounding area is filled with some of Greece's most recognisable monuments, such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium. Hear more about the history of the classical era and its associated landmarks at the wonderful New Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum located at the northern end of the city.
Other locations that await you on the Athens open-top sightseeing bus route include the district of Thession, with it's lively nightlife facilities; the Temple of Hephaestus, the Ancient Agora of Athens and the Greek National Gardens.
The Piraeus Route:
If you start with the Athens route to can exchange onto the Piraeus route at the Acropolis Interchange bus stop. Piraeus is an ancient port city highly intertwined both historically and physically with Athens. Since the early 5th century BC it has served as the capital's gateway to the Mediterranean and is currently Greece's largest cruise and container port. Piraeus' harbours are bright, pleasant and always active. Highlight attractions include the Hellenic Maritime Museum, the circular bay of Pasalimani, the Planetarium and the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus.
The Riviera & Beaches Route:
Taken together, these two routes offer a handy link between central Athens and the coastal hotels/resorts south of the capital. Visitors staying on the coast can access the heart of the capital, while cruise passengers and city centre residents can travel to the beaches. Key attractions on the Riviera & Beaches Route include Flisvos Marina, Ellinikon International Airport, Glyfada Beach and Vouliagmeni Lake.