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

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No matter what cruise ship you arrive on, discover the very best of Athens with a 24 hour or 3 day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Athens is an incredibly ancient city, and on this double-decker bus tour you'll see all of the key sights, including the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis & Parthenon, the National Library, the Ancient Olympic Stadium, the National Gardens and much more! Learn all about ancient Greek mythology and philosophy, thanks to the informative on-board audio commentary. Hop on and off as many times as you please within the chosen time period, getting a closer look at the Athenian history on show. This sightseeing tour provides access to up to 3 bus routes depending on the ticket chosen. And there's 2 included walking tours to take advantage of, giving you the chance to properly immerse yourself in this city's culture!
  • 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
Departure Point
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'.
Departure Time
Winter Season (1st November - 31st March):

Athens Line
Operating Hours: 8:30AM - 6:30PM
Frequency: Every 30 Minutes 

Piraeus Line
Operating Hours: 11:15AM - 4:30PM
Frequency: Every 75 Minutes 

Summer Season (1st April - 31st October):

Athens Line
Operating Hours: 8:30AM - 7:30PM
Frequency: Every 15-30 Minutes 

Piraeus Line
Operating Hours: 11:15AM - 6:15PM
Frequency: Every 30 Minutes 

Beach Riviera Line (Only operates in the summer season)
Operating Hours: 9:35AM - 5:35PM
Frequency: Every 60 Minutes
Return Details
At the 'end' of the tour, the bus will return to Stop 1.
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Ian W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank rodykemple
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the tour without any expectations. My daughters (13) and I enjoyed the tour with Demetrios Karalis. Demetrios was very passionate about the history of Secrets of the Parthenon & Ancient Athenian Life, which made it more interesting for my daughters who love...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank DavinaD1986
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The bus tour was good with solid commentary and a regular service but the highlight was the included walking tour. Dimitrios is incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining and the two hours flew by! Highly recommend the walking tour for those interested in the history of Athens...More

1  Thank Alison7780
Reviewed 1 August 2019 via mobile

We take this red bus in every country ! It’s the best way to see everything but also take a long break when tired from walking.

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4 September 2019|
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Response from Ian W | Reviewed this property |
You have to buy a ticket for the Piraeus line and the city line. The bus stops outside the dock and take you to bus station close to the Acropolis. Wait for the Athens line at the same stop. The company we used had guides... More
28 July 2019|
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Response from Catherine K | Reviewed this property |
We had three attendants standing in front of the bus, in the parking lot, that took the vouchers and gave you your ticket, maps, ear phones and beer coupon.
13 April 2019|
Response from ladyknight2013 |
Do you have a map?
Key Details
  • Athens City Sightseeing
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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