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Plan Your Trip to Athens: Best of Athens Tourism

An ancient city where urban grit meets coastal charm
Once the heart of one of the most powerful civilizations in the Neolithic Age, Athens is dominated by colossal architectural feats of the ancient past, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus. However, the neighborhoods and backstreets of Athens reveal a delightfully modern and laidback energy, with lively urban restaurants and edgy galleries, set against relics of a bygone era. Those seeking respite from the bustle can take a stroll down its gleaming coastline, with pristine waters and relaxing beach resorts.

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Essential Athens

Athens Is Known For...

Amazing and ancient architecture

Cool cocktails and concoctions

Marvelous museums and art

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Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Athens

nick_arch
I would suggest going early in the morning to the Acropolis then walking down the hill to the Agora/Thission and exploring there, there are trees there so you can have some shade and a little rest on a bench if you need to!
Nick E
Locals do not expect foreigners to know any Greek but attempts to say just a few words will endear you to them.
Christos Tz.
Stay downtown, there are many options in the suburbs or just out of the main city center but I would advise that you stay within the greater Syntagma - Kolonaki - Ilissia area.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

Nick E
Admire the extensive ancient ruins and check out a couple of museums, whilst also feeling the fast pulse of a modern city that is so much more than the concrete jungle it is often made out to be.
Anna P
Athens is easy to explore, easy to get around and with a variety of attractions. It is recommended for everyone - family, friends, solo it does not matter.
on_the_go_98765
Athens is absolutely, positively amazing; there is so much to see and experience from ancient ruins to day-to-day activities of the citizens. Going on foot is the very best way to take it all in; walk whenever you can.

What is the best way to get there?

Flying:

The city of Athens is serviced by Athens International Airport.

Ferry:

There are three ports in the Athens area; Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavira. As the largest port in Greece, the majority of ferries drop anchor at Piraeus.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting from overseas, see if you need a visa using the following website.

When is the best time to visit?

Athens summers are scorching, with average daily highs around 95 F (35 C) and lows of 76 F (25 C) that can hinder outdoor exploration, so visit from March through May or September through November to experience the milder temperatures — think highs of 76 F (24 C) and lows around 61 F (16 C) and almost-guaranteed sunshine.

During the peak summer months of July and August, lots of local business owners flee to coastal towns, which means that a fraction of local businesses are open.

For more information on Athens’ weather and when to go, check out some tips here.

Bus

Athens has a comprehensive bus system that connects the majority of major landmarks; bus line X80 connects top attractions with the Piraeus Port.

Metro

In order to avoid the city’s infamous traffic, get around Athens using the metro. The system consists of three lines that are interlinked with bus, tram, and suburban rail routes.

Tram

Athens’ tram network connects central Athens with the suburbs of Voula and Faliro, both of which are located on the coast.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Eastern European Standard Time (GMT+2)
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in Athens is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz. Power sockets and plug types are C and F. For plug types, you can reference the international guide: https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What is the local currency?
Euro (EUR)
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Yes
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Yes
Is it easy to find a bank?
Yes
Is tipping expected?
Tipping is not expected in Athens, though restaurant bills usually include a service charge and taxi drivers greatly appreciate a tip.

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking
The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.
Clothing
Always wear respectful clothing when visiting religious sites. Men should avoid walking around without a shirt on regardless of how hot it is.
Haggling
The majority of the souvenir shops and markets in Athens have fixed prices, so bargaining should not generally be attempted.
Frequently Asked Questions about Athens

We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Athens, which include:


Athens is known for some of its popular attractions, which include:


If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Athens between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between June and August.