Entrance tips to the Acropolis

The Acropolis of Athens has two entrances which you may use to enter the site;

  1. The main Acropolis entrance which is in the west
  2. The side Acropolis entrance which is in the South East.

Ascending to the Acropolis from both entrances involves some climbing  but still the level is moderate.

The main Acropolis entrance

The main Acropolis entrance is used by most individual visitors and mainly by groups; this causes a big traffic and on days there is a cruise ship in Piraeus -and there is nearly every day a cruise ship with many off shore excursions- the main entrance becomes overcrowded and as a result it is often blocked and people have to wait 20 or 30 minutes until they are allowed to enter the Acropolis.

The side Acropolis entrance

This entrance is far away from the parking of the Acropolis and this is the reason that fewer people use it. Using it one avoids the crowds and has some special benefits No waiting to purchase the tickets and ascending the Acropolis from the South you have wonderful views to the city  and all the way down to the sea, The main advantage though is that you see much more . You walk through Dionysus Sanctuary and visit the Dionysus Theater which is the most significant theater of Europe as this is the theater where the first performance was held and it is considered the birth place of theater.

We at the Athens Walking Tours in our “THE ACROPOLIS AND CITY TOUR” use the side entrance to avoid the crowds and to also visit the Dionysus Theater which we consider very important. We believe it is a pity to have been to Athens , to have visited the Acropolis, to have been so close to this theater and not have the chance to visit it.

Avoiding the long queues on the Acropolis

During the summer season (June-September) there are long queues at both entrances of the Acropolis. To all our guests we offer free skip-the-line service by which we purchase the entrance tickets in advance in order to save them time and avoid lining up at the cashier. At our most popular Acropolis Tours we offer to our guests two options:

1. They can either prepay their entrance tickets using their credit card while booking their tour online now, or,

2. They can pay for their entrance tickets upon check-in to our staff in cash.

How much does the ticket to the Acropolis cost

Acropolis Entrance Ticket

The admission fee is:

  • 20€ for adults over 25 years of age from April 01 to October 31
  • 10€ for adults over 25 years of age from November 01 to March 31
  • 10€ for non European youth up to 25 years old (with valid proof of age and nationality) all year round
  • 10€ for seniors (over 65 years old) from the EU (with ID or passport) all year round
  • 0€ for young European citizens up to 25 years old (with current identification to prove age and nationality) all year round
  • 0€ for children up to 5 years old

Combined entrance ticket

There is a multi site (combo or combined) ticket which is available at the cost of 30€. It is valid for 5 days and includes entrance to the Acropolis and 6 more Archaeological sites: Temple of Zeus, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Keramikos Cemetery and Lyceum of Aristotle.

Entitled to free admission are:

  • Young European citizens up to 25 years old (with current identification to prove age and nationality) all year round
  • Children up to 5 years old
  • Students from Tour Guide Training Institutions, with valid student identification card
  • Tour Guides with professional license from the Hellenic Ministry of Development
  • Teachers or parents accompanying children on primary and secondary education school visits
  • Official guests of the Greek State
  • Visitors with disabilities from EU and non-EU countries and person accompanying them
  • Archaeologists, with valid license
  • Journalists by presenting their valid work permit
  • Entrance is free to the Acropolis to all visitors on the following days:

Entrance is free to the Acropolis to all visitors on the following days:

  • 6 March (Memory of Melina Mercouri)
  • 18 April (International Monument Day)
  • 18 May (International Museum Day)
  • The last weekend of September (European Days of Cultural Heritage)
  • October 28th
  • Every first Sunday of the month, from November 1st to March 31st annually

This is the view from the side entrance of the famous Dionysus Theater, the most significant theater of Europe.

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