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Athens Combined Ticket Review – Acropolis & Beyond

by Cecilie
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Are you thinking about buying the combined ticket for all of Athens’ 7 archaeological sites? Are you wondering where you can buy the ticket? how much it cost? And if it’s even worth to see all of the places beyond Acropolis?

I’m here for you!

I recently visited ALL of the 7 archaeological sites in Athens with the popular combo ticket. So I’m thinking that it’s time for me to share my experience with you.

In this blog post, I’m going to share all the practical things of getting the combined ticket to Acropolis and beyond, plus I’ll go deeper into what to expect when visiting each place. And in the end of this blog post, I will draw a conclusion about whether the Athens combined ticket package is even worth it.

So when you’re done reading this blog post, you’re hopefully ready to make your own decision on whether you should get the combo ticket or not. Now let’s get started!

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What is the Athens combined ticket?

The Athens combined ticket is a ticket package, which allows you access to 7 archaeological sites in Athens. When you buy this combo ticket, you get 1 free entrance to each of the 7 sites over a period of 5 days.

Athens’ 7 archaeological sites in the combined ticket package includes:

  1. Acropolis and its slopes
  2. Ancient Agora + museum
  3. Roman Agora
  4. Hadrian’s Library
  5. Olympieion
  6. Kerameikos + museum
  7. Lykeion

Where can you buy the Athens combo ticket?

You can either buy the combo ticket directly at all the ticket offices by all of the archaeological sites in Athens, or you can buy it online and save some time queuing up at the ticket offices (this is especially a good option during the summer season).

How much does the Athens combined ticket cost?

If you buy the combined ticket directly at the ticket offices in Athens, then it will only cost you €30. However, if you book your combo ticket online, then expect to pay €35, which also includes a skip-the-line access.

If you’re visiting as a student, with your children, or during the winter season, then you may be able to get a reduced ticket price. But you will have to go directly to the ticket offices in Athens to learn more about this.

The 7 archeological sites in the Athens combo ticket

In this part of the blog post, I will go through all of the 7 archaeological sites in the ticket package.

I’ll include opening hours, prices for single entry (without the combined ticket), pictures from my visit and a few comments on each of the sites. This basically works as a little “review” of each archaeological site in Athens.

Hopefully, this section will give you an idea on whether or not, it’s actually worth to buy the combo ticket and go see all of these historical sites in Athens.

1. Acropolis and slopes

The main attraction in the Athens combo ticket is without a doubt the Acropolis. Let’s be honest, the 6 other archaeological sites can’t compete with the grandeur of Acropolis. So, if you’re limited on time or if you prefer to only visit the Acropolis and its slopes, then book a guided Acropolis tour and skip the rest.

Of course in my opinion, you shouldn’t skip all the other amazing archaeological sites… Hence this blog post. But I’m just putting the cards on the table and letting you know that nothing really beats Acropolis.

Acropolis is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, and it has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a limestone hill and has some of the greatest views over Athens. This famous hill has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has served many functions over the centuries – such as a fortification and a mythical home to the Greek gods.

There are so many ancient buildings to discover in Acropolis and its slopes, and you could easily spend a full day exploring them all. The most famous landmarks at the Acropolis is the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the remnants of the Dionysos Theatre, and the Theatre of Herodes Atticus – but there is still much more to discover on this limestone hill.

Opening hours: Summer period: 8 AM – 7 PM / Winter period: 8 AM – 5 PM

Ticket price without combo ticket: Summer period: €20 / Winter period: €10

Visitor Tips: Visit the Acropolis first thing in the morning. Get in line 20 minutes before 8 Am, so you will be the first one to enter when the gates open. Trust me, it’ll be worth it! The place is already starting to get crowded around 9 AM.

Athens Combined ticket - Acropolis and 6 other excavation sites - Parthenon
Acropolis and slopes with view of the Parthenon Temple
Herodes Atticus theater in Acropolis
The Theatre of Herodes Atticus in the slopes of Acropolis

2. Ancient Agora + museum

The Ancient Agora is also a MUST visit archaeological site when you’re in Athens. This is where everything happened in ancient Athens! This is where Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato were putting their bright minds to use. This is where democracy was born. This is where you’ll find the best preserved temple in all of Greece.

Do I need to give you more reasons to visit the Ancient Agora in Athens..?

In my opinion, the Ancient Agora is the next best thing you can visit on the combined ticket in Athens. There is just so much to see here. It’s massive, so you have a lot of ground to cover. But apart from the beautiful Hephaistos Temple, most of the buildings are just small remains of what used to be. So you need to use your imagination when you’re walking the grounds of the Ancient Agora.

There is also a really nice museum included in the ticket, which you have free access to.

Opening hours: Summer period: 8 AM – 7 PM / Winter period: 8 AM – 5 PM

Ticket price without combo ticket: Summer period: €10 / Winter period: €5

Visitor Tips: Make this your first stop in the Athens combo ticket. You will learn a lot about the ancient Greek history of Athens, which will be useful when visiting the other sites. The Ancient Agora is definitely the best place to begin your exploration of Athens!

Viewpoint at Ancient Agora in Athens
View over the Ancient Agora with Acropolis in the back
Ancient Agora museum Athens - included in combo ticket
The museum at the Ancient Agora
Hephaistos Temple in Ancient Agora, Athens
Hephaistos Temple in Ancient Agora

3. Roman Agora

The Roman Agora used to be the ancient public square during the Roman Period in Athens. Here you could find the local marketplace, but it also worked as an administrative center of Athens for a period.

You don’t need a lot of time to explore the Roman Agora as it’s a small archaeological site compared to some of the other sites in the combo ticket, but it’s still worth to go in and have a look.

The main attraction in the Roman Agora is the beautiful gate by the entrance, which is held up by ancient pillars, and then there is the spectacular Wind Tower. The Wind Tower is one of the most intact buildings that you’ll find in the archaeological sites of Athens.

Also known as the “Tower of Winds”, it’s an octagonal marble structure, which was used to tell the time and predict the weather. Isn’t that incredible?

Opening hours: Summer period: 8 AM – 7 PM / Winter period: 8 AM – 5 PM

Ticket price without combo ticket: Summer period: €8 / Winter period: €4

Visitor Tips: It’s also possible to see the Roman Agora from the outside. Make sure to walk around the archaeological site, so you can see the site from another perspective.

Wind Tower in Roman Agora, included in the Athens combined ticket
The Wind Tower in the Roman Agora

4. Hadrian’s Library

Hadrian’s Library is located right next to the Roman Agora. The Library got its name from the Roman Emperor, Hadrian, who had big plans of rebuilding Athens – and a big, beautiful library was included in this plan.

Hadrian’s Library was constructed around 132 AC, and it used to be the biggest library in all of Athens. Its main purpose was to be a place where people could study, but it was also used for storing the state archives and other documents.

Today there isn’t much left of the building, but you can still see the beautiful facade of the library and imagine its greatness.

Hadrian’s Library is one of those archaeological sites in Athens, which are interesting but rather small, so don’t expect to spend a long time here – but do make sure to visit if you buy the combo ticket.

Opening hours: Summer period: 8 AM – 7 PM / Winter period: 8 AM – 5 PM

Ticket price without combo ticket: Summer period: €6 / Winter period: €3

Visitor Tips: Make sure to visit Hadrian’s Library right after the Roman Agora to get the full scope of the Roman period in Athens.

Hadrian's Library archaeological site, Athens
The remains of Hadrian’s Library

5. Olympieion

The Olympieion is another archaeological area you can visit on the combined ticket of Athens. In this place you can see the Roman baths and the remains of the largest temple ever build in Greece.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus is definitely the main attraction of the Olympieion. It took several centuries to complete the temple, and with its 104 massive columns, it quickly became one of the biggest temples in the ancient world.

While most of the temple is gone today, some of the massive pillars are still standing, so you can easily imagine the grandiosity of the Olympieion.

Opening hours: Summer period: 8 AM – 7 PM / Winter period: 8 AM – 5 PM

Ticket price without combo ticket: Summer period: €8 / Winter period: €4

Visitor Tips: The remains of the Temple of Olympian Zeus is without a doubt the most interesting part of this archaeological site. But make sure to also visit the Roman baths!

Olympieion - Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
What used to be the biggest temple in Ancient Greece

6. Kerameikos + museum

The Kerameikos quickly became one of my favorite archaeological sites in Greece. But I would honestly never have visited it if it wasn’t for the Athens combined ticket. Let’s be honest, I never heard of it before, and it’s not exactly located deep within city center like most of the other archaeological sites.

Kerameikos used to be a burial ground, so you basically walk around in an ancient cemetery. It’s just super interesting! There is even a museum at the archaeological site where you can learn about the funeral items found in the area such as urns, grave reliefs, and personal items that people were buried with.

Before Kerameikos became a burial ground, it was the area of potters and vase painters. The place therefore got its name from the Greek word “keramos”, which means “pottery”.

Compared to the other archaeological sites, Kerameikos is not that popular. So there are no big tourist crowds here, which is kind of a relief… Yet it’s hard to understand why not. Because in my opinion, Kerameikos was one of the most interesting sites you could visit in the Archaeological combo ticket of Athens.

Another bonus is that Kerameikos is full of turtles. Yes, you heard it right! During my exploration of Kerameikos, I saw 6 tortoises! So keep your eyes open and watch your step.

Opening hours: Summer period: 8 AM – 6:30 PM / Winter period: 8 AM – 5 PM

Ticket price without combo ticket: Summer period: €8 / Winter period: €4

Visitor Tips: Make sure to set aside some extra time for this place. Kerameikos has more to offer than what meets the eye – check out the museum, the grave reliefs in the cemetery, the many ruins, and look for turtles along the way.

Kerameikos Archaeological site Athens
Kerameikos archaeological site
Kerameikos museum, Athens
Inside the Kerameikos Museum
Kerameikos turtle/tortoise in Athens
A tortoise found in the ancient ruins of Kerameikos

7. Lykeion

If I have to be completely honest, then Lykeion was not that special… At least for me.

Lykeion has a very small excavation area compared to some of the other archaeological sites. And just like Kerameikos, it’s also located a bit out of the city center of Athens. So unless you already have the combo ticket in hand, then I wouldn’t worry about missing this particular archaeological site.

The Lykeion was a place where athletes trained themselves in wrestling and boxing. Today there are very little remains at the site, so it’s hard to imagine what used to be – maybe that’s why I wasn’t blown away by it?

Either way, go see it for yourself. Who knows? maybe you will find the Lykeion very interesting.

Opening hours: Summer period: 8 AM – 6:30 PM / Winter period: 8 AM – 5 PM

Ticket price without combo ticket: Summer period: €4 / Winter period: €2

Visitor Tips: There is not much to see here, so make sure to read the tourism board located next to the ruins – that way you’ll understand these remains a little bit better.

Lykeion archaeological site in Athens
Remains of Lykeion Archaeological site in Athens

Conclusion: Is the Athens combined ticket worth it?

All right! Now that I’ve given you a little review of the Athens archaeological sites combo ticket, I think it’s time that I draw a conclusion. So, is the whole ticket package worth it? Let’s do the math!

Athens Combo Ticket Price = €30 office / €35 online

Individual prices to each archaeological site during summer: 20 + 10 + 8 + 6 + 8 + 8 + 4 = €64

Individual prices to each archaeological site during winter: 10 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 4 + 4 + 2 = €32

As you can see, there is A LOT of money to save if you buy the combined ticket to Athens’ archaeological sites during the summer period. You actually save up to €34 if you want to see all of the places during your trip! So it’s definitely worth it to buy the combo ticket in the summer season.

However, in winter you will only save €2 if you decide to visit all of the archaeological sites in the combined ticket. So if you’re visiting Athens during winter, and you’re not interested in exploring all of the archaeological sites, then it’s not really worth it to buy the combined ticket package.

A thing that I like about buying the combined ticket, is that you have one ticket for all. You don’t need to stand in line to buy a new ticket at every archaeological site, instead you just show your one-in-all ticket. It’s really easy! And it’s nice that you have 5 days to use it, so you don’t have to rush through the places.

If you’re heading to Athens, then you can buy your combined ticket here. I really hope you will enjoy all these incredible archaeological sites during your trip to the beautiful capital of Greece!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and review about all the great archaeological sites you can visit in the Athens combined ticket. I’m really happy that Glenn and I bought the ticket package because we actually ended up visiting all of the sites during our time in Athens.

If you have any questions about the combo ticket, then make sure to leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading and happy travels!

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