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Tips For Buying Tickets for the Acropolis & Ancient Sites in Athens

Tickets for the Acropolis - Your Options at a Glance

There a few different tickets types for the Acropolis, including combination tickets, skip-the-line-tickets, and city passes. Which of these is good for you will depend on a number of factors, what else you want to see in Athens, how much time you have and your budget. Based on my experience of visiting Athens regularly since 2014, I set out your options below with my recommendations. 

For each ticket type, below I list the best suppliers with the best prices, which can depend on how far in advance you are buying, special deals and availability.

Or, continue reading this page for all the information you need in preparation for your visit to the Acropolis in Athens.

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Acropolis Athens
A view of the north slopes of the Acropolis in the historic centre of Athens.

Last-Minute Tickets - Buying Tickets at the Acropolis On the Day

Opening hours for the Acropolis and other archaeological sites in Athens

Where are the tickets offices for the Acropolis?

A queue for tickets at the main ticket office for the Acropolis in Athens.
The main entrance and ticket office at the western end of the citadel. The entrance is behind the guy with the red shirt, he is in the queue to purchase tickets at the kiosk amongst the trees on the left.
A dog sleeps in the shade while people queue to get into the Athens Acropolis at the south entry gate.
The south entrance to the Acropolis: the ticket kiosk is next to the entry turn-styles. There are different lines for people who have bought tickets in advance - for which there are no queues.

Are there long queues to buy tickets and enter the Acropolis?

Buying Tickets Online, In Advance

Which Acropolis Tickets to Buy

Timed-Entry Tickets for the Acropolis

Multi-site/combo ticket

Is the combination/special ticket package always worth it?

Which archaeological sites are included in the combo ticket?

Athens city passes

Combo ticket pass for museums & ancient sites

The Athens Digital Pass from Tiqets

Guided Tours of the Acropolis

Recommended Guided Tours of the Acropolis

When is the Acropolis Free?

Free entry to the Acropolis for all

Who qualifies for free/reduced entry?

Free entry

Reduced entry - 50% in summer

Archaeology Travel Writer

Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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