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

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

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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.
  • 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.
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Important Information
1–3 days
  • 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
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Robert H wrote a review Nov 2019
11 contributions5 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: September 2019
Louise S wrote a review Nov 2019
8 contributions6 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: November 2019
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pugmomFlorida wrote a review Oct 2019
Florida356 contributions26 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: October 2019
Goldie1520 wrote a review Oct 2019
Rainham, United Kingdom298 contributions56 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: September 2019
107geoffm wrote a review Sep 2019
23 contributions8 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: September 2019
About the operator

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By: City Sightseeing
Kavindra A
Loved it!!!!
Absolutely GREAT way to see Athens!!! Friendly drivers, and comfortable buses! We were able to ride as much as we w
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Sharon H
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
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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
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Very flexible with my schedule. Bus driver very helpful with instructions to use tickets with best usage. Tour is
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Geanna T
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
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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
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Peter D
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 €
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Valerie C
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
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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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It was very nice city tour , reasonable price , but confusing branching , the buses needs maintenance, but it was g
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Great way to see the city - even in the rain
We loved the Hop On Hop Off bus! The base price is for 2 days, and the first day it rained. Even so, my kids insist
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Window stickers cover the windows???
The bus tour was nice and the bus drivers were friendly. It was cool you get free beer at stop A1. One thing that d
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Hop on hop off Red Bus tour
Great value - ticket extended to 48hrs and covered all the key areas of the city Highly recommend for adults and c
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A bit mixed but not all their fault
It was a bit unfortunate really that when we took the bus the weather was poor and we had to sit downstairs. The bu
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Helen M
Real Perspective
Having visited many of the wondrous sites in Athens, I decided to rake the open air bus all around the city. It did
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1–3 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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