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Transportation and Accommodations

Getting There

Athens is your main access point when traveling to Greece with many flights to the Athens International airport (ATH). From the airport, a taxi to the city center costs between 35 euros to 50 euros.

Getting Around

Even though it is a sizable city, visitors can see all the main historical sites on foot and also check out different neighborhoods. If needed, taxis are in the area and can save you time or give you a break from the heat if visiting in the peak of summer.


In order to simplify your trip to Athens, stay in a central location that is within walking distance from the main sites. Syntagma Square is a helpful central point to base your location from.

Electra Metropolis Hotel

Fancy hotel located minutes from Syntagma Square, providing a great home base for visiting Athens. Most attractions were about a 15-minute walk away with Mount Lycabettus being the exception as it was a bit further. This hotel was beautiful and has a lovely rooftop with views of the Acropolis.

Things to do and see

Acropolis of Athens

Large hill in Athens where many of the historic structures can be found including:

Temple of Athene Nike
Theatre of Dionysus
Ancient Agora of Athens

Social and commercial center of ancient Athens that is a large area of ruins to walk around.

Mars Hill

Hill near Acropolis that you can climb some stairs up to for a nice view of the hill

Temple of Olympian Zeus

Old temple found at the center of Athens

Panathenaic Stadium

Multi-purpose stadium in central Athens


Oldest neighborhood in Athens

Mount Lycabettus

The summit of this hill is the highest point in Athens. You can hike or take a funicular to the top. If you opt to take the funicular, consider taking a taxi directly to the departure point as it can be difficult to find.

The hike to the top takes about 20 minutes and has nice views along the way. We walked from Syntagma Square and hiked to the top, which took about 1 hour in total from departure until we reached the top. If you are dressed in appropriate clothing, I would recommend this. It is not difficult if you enjoy physical activity, but definitely would not be fun to do in 90-degree heat while in a dress.

Go up at night and watch the sunset from Mount Lycabettus. During high season, the top can get very busy. If the top is too busy, head slightly down to one of the viewpoints on the path to watch with a smaller crowds. There is also a restaurant at the top.


Neighborhood near Ancient Agora

Adrianou Street

Nice street to walk down in Plaka

Tower of the Winds

Octagonal clocktower found in the Roman Agora

Syntagma Square

Largest social square in Athens

Arch of Hadrian

Known as Hadrian’s Gate found right near Temple of Olympian Zeus

National Garden

Public park in the center of Athens

Thissio and Psyrri

Two neighborhoods to walk around in

Food and Drink Recommendations

Smile Restaurant

A quick meal option with tasty Greek food


Greek restaurant located in Plaka (okay not great)

La Greche

Best gelato in Athens and can recommend both cookies and nocciola (hazelnut)

Orizontes Lycabettus

Enjoy a meal with a view on top of Mount Lycabettus

Metropolis Roof Garden

Rooftop bar and restaurant in the Electra Metropolis Hotel

Other Notes


High season: July and August are very busy in Greece. If possible, avoid going at this time as crowds are larger, prices are higher, and it is very hot (almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Fortunately, it is a dry climate so there is no humidity if you do decide to visit during high season.


Keep in mind that Athens is not a “nice” city; it is very dirty with trash everywhere and is covered in graffiti. You only need one day in Athens to see the main sites. If you would like to take your time when exploring the city, consider adding an extra day but be sure to head to the Greek islands

We arrived in the morning (around 10 am) and then explored in the afternoon. This was enough time to visit many of the historical sites, Mount Lycabettus, and wander around. Check out our Athens itinerary


When visiting the Acropolis, you can purchase a ticket just for the Acropolis grounds (20 euros) or a combo ticket (30 euros), including the Acropolis and its slopes, Ancient Agora (and the museum of the Stoa of Attalos), the Roman Agora (including the Tower of Winds), Hadrian’s Library, Olympieion (Temple of Olympian Zeus), Kerameikos (Archaeological site and museum), and Aristotle’s Lykeion (archaeological site).

If you choose to do the combo ticket AND you go in high season, consider visiting the Ancient Agora first as we had to wait in line for 30 minutes to buy tickets at the Acropolis. If you purchase the combo ticket at any of the other sites, you can then skip the ticket line at the Acropolis. The one major perk to starting at the Parthenon is it helps you get your bearings. From the top of the hill, you can see many of the sites you will visit later (including Hadrian’s Gate, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, and the Ancient Agora).

Pack your student ID if you have one as it will give you discounts in some areas.

If it is hot, wear comfortable athletic clothes (to sweat in) as the sites are all baking in the sun.


Try some of the many fabulous traditional Greek dishes including gyros, gyros platter, kebabs, souvlaki, and fish as you’re right by the water for most places you visit in Greece (below are what they typically include).

Gyros – shredded chicken or pork usually, tomato, onion, tzatziki sauce, French fries all wrapped in a piece of pita

Gyros platter – shredded chicken or pork, tomato, onion, tzatziki sauce, French fries and pita pieces, but all laid out on a platter so you make it yourself. This usually has more food than just one gyro

KebabsMeat grilled on a vertical spit

Souvlaki – Strip of meat grilled on a horizontal spit


Greece uses the Euro and is generally not an expensive country. However, it can get expensive for travel and accommodations during high season or in highly tourist areas where the companies can take advantage of tourists.


Transportation and Accommodations

Things to do and see

Food and Drinks

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