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Athens Shore Excursion: Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour provided by City Sightseeing

Athens Shore Excursion: Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Athens Shore Excursion: Athens and Piraeus Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
About
See the ancient sites and popular attractions of Athens—including the Temple of Zeus, Planetarium, and the Archeological Museum of Piraeus—on this hop-on hop-off bus shore excursion, a stress-free option for visitors with limited time. Enjoy views from the open-top bus, hear onboard commentary, and spend as much time as you’d like at each stop along multiple routes. Choose a ticket for one or three days of exploration, adding extra flexibility.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Dutch, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Dutch, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Make your own itinerary and see Athens at your own pace
Flexible shore excursion: Tickets available for one or three days
Includes discount booklet for local eateries, attractions, and shopping
Hear onboard commentary about each sight as you ride
What to expect
Your sightseeing shore excursion starts at Syntagma Square for the Athens Line or the Cruise Terminal for the Piraeus Line. A third route, “Beach Rivera,” is available April through October. Hop on the waiting open-top, double-decker bus, and head out for an overview of the city. Get off at the stops that interest you most, exploring sights like the Temple of Zeus, National Gardens, and Archaeological Museum of Piraeus. Then, just reboard a new bus when you’re ready to move on. Buses depart roughly every 30 minutes, so you won’t have to wait long for another one. Learn about noteworthy site from onboard audio commentary, available in several languages. Tickets are valid for unlimited rides for one or three days.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2916ATHENSPRT
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
24 hour or 3 day hop-on hop-off bus pass depending on ticket selected • 2 free walking/photo tours • Access to up to 3 bus routes depending on ticket selected
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
Location Name: Starting Points: Hop-on at Syntagma Square (Stop 1) for the Athens Line or the Cruise Terminal (Stop 1) for the Piraeus Line.  For specific cruise passenger information, please see  'Additional Info'. Return Location: At the 'end' of the tour, the bus will return to Stop 1.
Inclusions
24 hour or 3 day hop-on hop-off bus pass depending on ticket selected • 2 free walking/photo tours • Access to up to 3 bus routes depending on ticket selected
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Departure details
Location Name: Starting Points: Hop-on at Syntagma Square (Stop 1) for the Athens Line or the Cruise Terminal (Stop 1) for the Piraeus Line.  For specific cruise passenger information, please see  'Additional Info'. Return Location: At the 'end' of the tour, the bus will return to Stop 1.
Duration
1h 30m
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
For cruise passengers arriving at the Cruise Terminal, bus stops 4, 5 & 6 on the Piraeus route will be the nearest stops at which to join the tour (if ticket including Piraeus route is selected).
Athens & Piraeus routes operate all year round, excluding 17th November, 25th December and 1st January.
Beach Riviera route operates April - October only.
Piraeus route runs from 9:30am - 7:15pm, every 30 minutes. Duration - 80 minutes for full loop.
Athens route runs from 8:30am - 9:00pm, every 15 minutes. Duration - 90 minutes for full loop.
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Democracy & Origin of Athens walking tour runs daily at 11:00am only. Tour departs from bus stop 7 (Athens route).
Secrets of Parthenon and Athenians walking tour runs daily at 1:15pm only. Tour departs from bus stop 7 (Athens route).
Paper & mobile vouchers accepted for this tour.
With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.
Most travelers can participate
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Robert H
11 contributions
Good way to get a feel for a big city.
Sep 2019
Hop on hop off suffers a bit from the fact that weather, traffic and volume of tourists can turn what is basically a good way to see a large city into sweaty chaos. The trip from port to city was very good, but around the centre of the city was overcrowded and chaotic. On the plus side all of the agents were helpful, and it covered most of the city highlights. We had two days so on day two we were able to pick out those sights we wanted a more in depth look at. I would rate the Athens bus value for money.
Written November 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Louise S
8 contributions
Great way to see Athens and beach
Nov 2019 • Family
We bought family tickets that gave 2 days hop on hop off. It was a very informative journey. The city tour took you to all the sights and we got on and off a couple of times no problems next bus is 15 mins later perfect way to get your bearings round the city! We used it the next day to go on the beach line which was lovely again very informative and easy to use. You could probably do this cheaper on the metro/buses but this was easy and regular and the commentary was so interesting. Would highly recommend.
Written November 3, 2019
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pugmomFlorida
Florida379 contributions
Ok BUT only 1 Route goes back to port!!
Oct 2019
We have taken City Sightseeing Buses in London , Stockholm, Helsinki, and Dublin and had a nice time BUT this is the first time ONLY 1 route went back to where the ship was docked or where you could back to your hotel without having to go completely back to the main attraction and switch buses AND NO ONE tells you that. I wanted to get off at the main shopping center but was afraid to as the line of people waiting at that stop to get on our already overcrowded bus was large! Disappointed in City Sightseeing Athens. Much better organization is desperately needed!!
Written October 7, 2019
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Goldie1520
Rainham, UK306 contributions
Slightly chaotic, but enjoyable
Sep 2019
We arrived in Piraeus on a cruise ship. We were able to book our tickets for the Ho-Ho service on board, at 22 euros per person. The bus stop was only a short walk from the terminal. There was a short tour of Piraeus, then we were taken to Athens. It had been explained to us that we would go to the interchange, and then board another bus for the loop around Athens. However, we were all told to get off the bus at a different stop. A represenative from City Sightseeing then took us to the enterence to the Acropolis, and pointed then pointed in the direction of the interchange. This caused quite a lot of confusion, as a lot of the passengers were elderly, and also they didn't expect such a long walk.

Fortunately, we had a map and Google Maps, so it wasn't too difficult to find the interchange.

We boarded the Athens loop bus, and enjoyed our tour with the commentary. There is a lot of traffic in Athens so it is slow going at times.

We didn't get off the bus, but it would have been a good way of visiting a couple of sites. When we got back to the interchange for the bus back to Piraeus, it was very busy, and there was a long queue of people waiting to go back to the ships. We had to wait about 30 minutes for a bus.

It was a bit chaotic, but we enjoyed it anyway.
Written October 5, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

107geoffm
25 contributions
Great Way to See Athens in a Day
Sep 2019
We arrived in Athens on a Princess cruise ship and hopped on the tour bus just outside the terminal - very convenient. They have two lines - only one goes to the cruise terminal to pick up and drop off passengers. You catch the other line at the Acropolis stop. Best to purchase your tickets to the Acropolis online so you do not have to wait in line as it is very busy and the lines fairly long. The buses were clean and were available for boarding about every 15 minutes at each of the stops. We spent most of the time at the Acropolis and Plaka shopping area. Not all that impressed with Athens - just a big sprawling city.
Written September 28, 2019
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Arlene
4 contributions
Good Service
Sep 2019
We visited Athens and decided to purchase the three day option. Although the idea of the service is great, the bus took very long to get to one location to the other. We ended up having to pay for taxis to be able to move around because it was almost impossible to get from one location to another on this bus. I do not recommend that you spend much money on this service.
Written September 24, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

davidscottwill
22 contributions
Best way to get to Athens from Cruise Ship.
Rather than pay exorbitant prices to cruise ship for a set excursion which will include some activities which you do not want to do my Wife and I decided to try the RED Hop on bus. For about 18 euros each we boarded the bus at the piraeas docks and within 40 minutes we were at the bus stop beside the Acropolis. After visiting the Acropolis we took a 15 minute walk to reach the city centre and spent a few hours shopping and dining. We could have jumped on the bus at various stops to visit several other sites but decided to he'd back to the main bus terminal. Trip back to the docks was only 30 minutes. Great relaxing economic way to enjoy shore time doing what you want. Next time we will sit inside where it is air conditioned rather than my wife complain about her hair being blown about. I enjoyed the open top ride but I don't have to worry about my hair blowing about.
Written September 23, 2019
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Linda H
2 contributions
Vacation
Sep 2019 • Couples
Appreciated being dropped off right in front of the Acropolis. Would prefer more frequent buses. Glad to have view from the top.
Written September 16, 2019
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Ian W
2 contributions
Visit to Athens August 2019
Aug 2019
The hop on hop off bus is good value covering the main sights of the city. The onboard commentary is good and provides an introduction to Athens.
However, the bus only has one direction around it’s route. Therefore, some planning of the order of your hop offs will pay dividends. Also the journey can take longer than expected because of traffic and the driver having to provide tickets.
I also used the Piraeus line which provided a cheap and effective link from the port to the city.
Written September 1, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rody Kemple
Wood Ridge, NJ3 contributions
Best way to see Athens at your own pace
Aug 2019
I'm so glad I did this. Why would I pay my cruise line a fortune for my family of five to see one site, when I can get these passes for a fraction of the cost and see much, much more? The bus is very comfortable and the service very regular. You never wait more that 10 minutes for the next bus it seemed. It meets you right at the port, where the lovely employees greet you and give you your one or two day pass, a set of headphones to listen to info about what you're seeing, and a map with all the stops. Get off wherever you like, get on wherever you like. It's fantastic! My only regret was that none of my family wanted to take the included walking tour, which has great reviews. I would have loved that too. Maybe next time!
Written August 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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mgg121
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Great way to see Athens
I did this tour soon after arriving in Athens. It’s a great way to see Athens. We switched over to the bus that goe
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Exelent
Acropolis, amazing city views. We felt in The folder of ancient Greece. Pleasant servise staff. Thank you.
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V914VQkarenj
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Very good
Enjoy the hop on hop off bus service. We did have a miss bus as the driver drove off, and had to wait for 2 hours
chiefninja2016
chiefninja2016
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Great value
The hop on hop off buses are a great way to see the city, walking all day can be very tiring so being able to jump
eddyh1
eddyh1
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Finally they are back, on July 30th 2020!
We were lucky because they have just started. They opened today after 5 months, running a 30-minute schedule with c
darryj2016
darryj2016
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No show bus
Bus route stopped 4 hours before the advertised time. Our flight was delated, so we never got a chance to use the v
Kavindra A
Kavindra A
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Loved it!!!!
Absolutely GREAT way to see Athens!!! Friendly drivers, and comfortable buses! We were able to ride as much as we w
Sharon H
Sharon H
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Perfect transport for cruise ship passengers to central Athens + great tour of the sites
We arrived in Athens on a cruise ship and had only one day to explore Athens. This City Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop Off
varaque
varaque
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Hop-On Hop-Off
It is definitely worth the price. The trip includes an audio guide. Very convenient to see all the relevant spots i
Geanna T
Geanna T
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Not sure where to start your trip? Start here!
The Athens hop on and off is the best way to see the entire city in under 2 hours. Great views for pictures. You ca
LothiansJack
LothiansJack
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Saves your feet for the interesting parts
We used the buses for 2 days on a recent trip and still did a lot of walking so definitely found the routes helpful
Peter D
Peter D
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A great way to see the sights
We only had a few hours left in Athens and booked the ‘Red’ hop on hop off bus online and saved €2 each (normally €
Valerie C
Valerie C
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Loved this!
I loved hopping on and off these buses. I bought a muli-day pass and used it as part of my transportation to-from t
DeryckWheeler
DeryckWheeler
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Good value for money
First stop on our cruise from Trieste to Dubai was Piraeus. Caught the Red Hop-on Hop-off Bus from the Port to At
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Tour
It was very nice city tour , reasonable price , but confusing branching , the buses needs maintenance, but it was g
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