Where and How to buy Tickets to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum

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Last Updated on February 27, 2024 by Celeste.

The Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum are a must-visit when in Athens. In fact, I consider them one of the top things to do in Athens with kids. The Acropolis is the most famous monument of Ancient Greece. To visit the Acropolis you will have to purchase a ticket. You can choose between a combo ticket, skip-the-line entry, or a guided tour. Here below you will find information on these options.

Tickets to Acropolis update 2024

Tickets to Acropolis

The Greek Culture Ministry will increase admission fees to archaeological sites, monuments and museums. More specifically, the new ticket prices will range from 5 euros to 30 euros. The implementation of the new ticketing policy will be carried out in two phases, said the ministry. Starting on April 1, 2024, the issue of single-entry tickets for more than one archaeological sites or museums will stop. The second phase foresees the increase of ticket prices as of April 1, 2025 based on visitation and site significance.

The five new ticket categories are as follows:

  • Category A – cost of ticket: 30 euros, includes major sites such as the Acropolis in Athens
  • Category B – cost of ticket: 20 euros, includes archaeological sites and museums visited by more than 200,000 people
  • Category C – cost of ticket: 15 euros, includes archaeological sites and museums visited by 75,000 to 200,000 people
  • Category D – cost of ticket: 10 euros, includes archaeological sites and museums welcoming 15,000 to 75,000 people
  • Category E – cost of ticket: 5 euros, includes archaeological sites and museums visited by less than 15,000 people.

Additionally, the ministry announced that it will launch in the first phase a new “Personalized Visit” service for the Acropolis in Athens, outside normal operating hours. This option, which includes a special site tour and souvenirs, concerns visits by groups of five people and up to four groups in a two-hour period from 7am to 9am or between 8pm and 10pm. The service will be extended to other sites in Phase 2.

The new pricing policy will also replace summer/winter season rates with a single rate throughout the year and adds one more “free entry Sunday” every month from November 1 to March 31. This means that in addition to the first Sunday of every month, admission to Greece’s museums and sites is free also on the third Sunday of each month.

Reduced tickets for seniors over 65 from EU countries will continue to apply from October 1 to May 31 with the new system.

Also still in effect, free admission to EU nationals up to 25 years of age and to non-EU citizens up to 18, to people with disabilities, their companions and to holders of the Disability Card.

Lastly, eligible parties can obtain a Culture Card through the gov.gr platform or at local Citizens’ Service Centers (KEP).

Acropolis Visitor Zones System

Tickets to Acropolis

The Acropolis uses a visitor zoning system limiting the maximum daily number of visitors to the site to 20,000. Visiting slots are currently between 60 and 90 minutes, and they run from 8:00 to 20:00.

How to buy tickets to Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum

Tickets to Acropolis

Tickets to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum are available at the local ticket offices on the site and inside the museum. The Acropolis’ main ticket office is located underneath the Acropolis’ main entrance. During the winter months, queues at the Acropolis are minimal; at busier times and on weekends, you can expect to wait no more than 20 to 30 minutes.

But because the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum are the most visited places in Athens, it is wise to buy your tickets online to avoid the long waiting lines. Online, you can buy them as a single entry or as a combination ticket that includes other archaeological sites in Athens.

Please note that it is not possible to get reduced tickets via the online ticketing system. This is because you will need to show a passport or an ID card for your kids. In that case you have two options:

  • Buy your tickets on-site
  • Buy skip-the-line-tickets in combination with a guided tour

Ticket prices for visiting the Acropolis in Athens

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Here below, you’ll find the information for visiting the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum for 2023 by the Greek Ministry of Culture.

High season admission: 1 April – 31 October

Acropolis: EUR 20 per person (25+) – full admission
Reduced admission (EUR 10): 6 to 25 y.o. from non-EU countries

Free admission6 to 25 y.o. from EU countries | kids up to 5 years from any country  

Acropolis Museum: EUR 10 per adult (18+)

Reduced admission (EUR 5): 6 to 18 y.o. from non-EU countries

Free admission6 to 18 y.o. from EU countries | kids up to 5 years from any country  
*Age must be confirmed with a copy of the ID or passport

Low season admission: 1 November – 31 March

Acropolis: EUR 10 per person (25+) – reduced admission
Reduced admission (EUR 10): 6 to 25 y.o. from non-EU countries

Free admission6 to 25 y.o. from EU countries | kids up to 5 years from any country  

Acropolis Museum: EUR 5 per adult (18+)

Reduced admission (EUR 3): 6 to 18 y.o. from non-EU countries

Free admission6 to 18 y.o. from EU countries | kids up to 5 years from any country  
*Age must be confirmed with a copy of the ID or passport

Acropolis skip-the-line tickets with guided walking tours


Skip-the-line tickets and a variety of guided walking tours are also available. Here we have selected and reviewed the most suitable tour for families with children.

Athens: Mythology Tour for Families

This 3-hour skip-the-line walking tour is created for families to explore the roots of Greek mythology with this guided walking tour of the Acropolis. Admire sights like the Parthenon, the Theater of Dionysus, and the Ancient Pnyx. Children between 12-18 need to present a valid identity card or passport to be entitled to free entry, and children under 5 are free of charge.

Read also: Review of our Mythology Tour for families

Athens: Acropolis & Top Attractions Tickets with Audio Guide

This 2-hour tour is suitable for families who want to skip the line but do not want to follow a group or a tour guide. They can opt for self-guided audio tours on a mobile app and deep-dive into Athens. With the audio tour, you take as much time as you like while gaining insights into the myths, anecdotes, and political lives of ancient Athenians.

Acropolis: Private Guided Tour

This private guided tour is a good option for families with children who do not want to follow a group. The tour is 2 hours, in which you can explore the Acropolis in the late afternoon. This late start means that you’ll avoid the crowds and hot summer temperatures. Your tour guide will be able to adjust the tour to your family’s pace and interests.

Free admission days at the Acropolis

6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri),18 April (International Monuments Day), 18 May (International Museums Day), The last weekend of September (European Heritage Days), 28 October. And also every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

Opening hours Acropolis

Open: As of November 5th, opening hours are as follows:
08:00 – 17:00 (last admission: 16:30)

Holidays: 1 January closed, 25 March closed, 1 May closed, Easter Sunday closed, 25 December closed, 26 December closed

Visit the Acropolis with Kids FAQ

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How to get to the Acropolis?

You can reach the Acropolis from different points in the city. You will have to come on foot or take a taxi that will leave you near the entrance. The area around Acropolis is a pedestrian area (except for the parking for tour busses and taxis). There are three metro stations near the Acropolis entrances. The easiest is Metro Station “ACROPOLIS”. From there, you can walk via Dionysiou Areopagitou street to the entrance. You can also go to Metro Station “MONASTIRAKI”, then walk through the archaeological site of Ancient Agora, or Plaka district.

Can I take a stroller to the Acropolis?

No, baby strollers are not allowed inside the Acropolis archaeological site. 

Is there an elevator in the Acropolis?

Yes, there is an elevator available for wheelchairs, people, with diminished abilities, and parents attending two or more infants on her/his own. The elevator is located about 350 m. far from the main entrance of the archaeological site. Users of the elevator should contact the Acropolis facilities in advance for details and terms (+30 210 3214172, +30 210 9238470). The elevator is not available during extreme weather conditions and strong winds. Note that the Acropolis site is only partially accessible for people with disabilities and reduced mobility.

Are there toilets in the Acropolis?

Yes. There are toilets inside the Acropolis behind the Parthenon (with stairs) as well as at the main entrance at the Dionysus Theatre.

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