Traveling in Athens: Budget and Tips

Athens is the capital of Greece named after Athena – the greek goddess of wisdom and war.

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This ancient city is filled with ruins, old monuments and temples that are perfectly mixed with modern buildings, lovely taverns and pubs.

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Athens is worth a visit for its architectural wonders, delectable food, and friendly people.

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You can explore this ancient city without breaking the bank. Here are some travel tips when traveling in Athens:

Transportation

There are lots of transportation modes in Athens- trains, buses and trolleybuses. The metro (underground trains) operates from 5:00 AM to 12:30 AM and 02:30 AM every Friday and Saturday. One ticket costs €1.4 and it’s valid for 90 minutes.

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Acropolis Metro Station

From airport, you can take an underground metro or a bus going to the city center. Most people stop at Syntagma station. The fare for the underground metro is €10 and the train arrives every 30 minutes. You can also take Bus X95 going to Syntagma for €6, the public vehicle arrives every 20 minutes.

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If you are lucky, you can find used valid tickets (90 minutes after validation) scattered around the metro. Feel free to get it (some locals do it!) and save.

Athens has transportation strikes from time to time. Allot some bucks if you need to take a taxi. Base fare of taxi is €1.29. Athens Airport to City Center is €38 during day time and €54 from 12:00 MN to 5:00 AM

 

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Don’t forget to validate your ticket before entering trains and buses.

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Accommodation

There are lots of cool backpackers inn and hostels in Athens that ranges from €12-  €28 a day. Check hostelworld.com to find good deals.

You can also try couchsurfing where you can stay at a local’s place for free. Do note that couchsurfing is not just for free accommodation, it’s more of a culture exchange; interacting with couchsurfers is one way to understand and appreciate the local’s way of living.

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Food

Souvlaki, feta cheese, greek salad, moussaka, gyros and all the Mediterranean food you can think of are oozingly delicious in Greece.

Save around €2-€5 for breakfast (bread or pastries) and €5-€12 for lunch or dinner (souvlaki, sandwiches, etc). Avoid restaurants that are meant for tourists and look for food shops where locals go; you can buy there meals that will fill your tummy with joy at a reasonable price. Opa!!

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Loukomades

Must try snacks are saganaki (deep fried feta cheese), loukomades (greek donuts) and fries with tzatziki (cucumber garlic dip).

Tours

Athens is synonymous to Acropolis, the most visited landmark in Athens and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. You can see the impressive hill and its slopes and appreciate the beauty of the towering marble temples for €20. To save more, buy a unified ticket where you can visit 7 ancient sites for €30.

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Parthenon

 

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Erechtheion

Entrance to Acropolis and all museums are free on these dates:

March 6 – Melina Mercouri Memorial Day

April 18 – International Monument Day

May 18 – International Museum Day

October 28 – Ohi Day

Every first Sunday of the month (November-March).

PS: Take note of the time and schedule of each museum so that your visit will not be wasted.

You can also visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and Benaki Museum to know more about Greek history and culture.

Souvenirs

Magnets costs around €1.5 – €5, miniature statues are around €10 – €30.

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So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and explore the ancient city 🙂

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