Athens Itinerary 1 Day

Explore the best places to visit in 1 day in Athens with this travel itinerary for a memorable experience!

Recent Trip Plans for 1 Day in Athens

Want to spend a good time with one day Athens tour? Check out these recently created 1-day trip itineraries for Athens with its approximate budget and popular things to do in the city in just 24 hours.

A Day in Athens - Perfect 24 Hours Guide

Ruled by the multitude of conquerors, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world. The capital and the largest city of Greece, Athens has an unparalleled loveliness that sets it apart. This ultra-modern Greek capital is often called the birthplace of democracy, and some epic antiquities. 1 day in Athens isn’t really enough to get to know the city, but here is how you can make the most of it.

Is one day enough for Athens?

Wondering whether one day is enough or not, to explore Athens? Certainly not; but here's how you can make the most of it. Though Athens is the place to be, suggesting attractions for 24 hours in Athens could be a tough choice as there are many places than you can visit. You might get a glimpse of Athens, but for a local slice, you of course need a lot more time. On this trip, we suggest you cover only 4-5 popular attractions of Athens, spending time walking around and discovering the history, culture, and people.

What to pack for 1 day in Athens vacation?

It can be worth having a petite backpack for Athens day trip. More helpful things to pack for a day trip to Athens:

  • Light jacket
  • Maps and Brochures
  • Snacks and Water Bottle
  • Camera with batteries

How much money do you need for 1 day in Athens?

The average daily price for traveling in Athens is USD 73. The average price of food for one day is USD 21.71. The average price of a hotel for a couple is USD 56.

What to See in Athens in One Day?

The oh-so-famous Acropolis Hill and the New Acropolis Museum would be crowded in the morning, so we suggest you start your 24 hours in Athens itinerary by first visiting the National Archaeology Museum. This museum boasts an impressive collection of archaeological data from all regions of Greece. You have a good 2 hours to explore the museum before you make your way to the Syntagma Square to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Here, you will see the guards (Evzones) wear tsarouhi, a traditional kilt.

For lunch, we suggest you head to the hillside Plaka in your itinerary. With narrow cobblestone streets, this district has a village like laid-back feel to it. Whatever your style, plush fine-dining or an intimate setting, the many restaurants here will treat you to a scrumptious lunch. After an early lunch, head to the Hadrian's Library. Till date, this ancient library remains the largest structure erected by Hadrian. The beautiful remnants of this 2nd century AD monument are definitely worth visiting.

At just a few hundred meters south, is the Roman Agora. This superb museum is where democracy was first introduced to the world. By 3 pm, you must make your way to the Acropolis Hill. At the entrance to Acropolis Hill and the Parthenon, buy your entry ticket to the New Acropolis Museum and other important archaeological sites. Of the many ancient buildings here, the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike, and Theatre of Dionysus are not to be missed.

To end the day, talk a walk along the Dionysiou Areopagitou. Apart from many dining options here, you will also be treated to the stunning view of the Acropolis, lighted at night. This one day in Athens itinerary will give you the experience in the city.

Athens travel tips to save time and money

Easy and handy Athens guidelines for your one day trip in Athens:

  • Don't try to fit in everything
  • Book a guided Athens sightseeing tour
  • Start early, you will have more time to explore as well you can easily beat the crowds.
  • Don't leave your planning until the last minute

Where to stay for 1 day in Athens?

Since you have only 24 hours in Athens, you should make the most of it by staying around the city's top attractions. Although it might not be the best deal, you will save time as well money spent on commute. Whatever your budget is, you can easily find the cheap and budget friendly accommodations in Athens for 1 day. Locals also offer cozy homestays with awesome food and they would guide you to plan your travel accordingly.

Best places to eat in Athens if you've only 1 day:

Want to explore the sumptuous cuisine of this city? Then, visit the most popular restaurants for delicious food.

Local transportation in Athens

If you want to explore the offbeat places in Athens and know its every nook and corner, then hopping onto a metro/train or a local city bus will be a smart choice.

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