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A comprehensive guide to Athens Acropolis Opening Hours

Today

Open 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Days (Jan 1 TO Mar 31)TIMINGS
Monday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Days (Apr 1 TO Oct 31)TIMINGS
Monday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Days (Nov 1 TO Dec 31)TIMINGS
Monday8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Acropolis Opening Hours

Open: 8 AM to 7:30 PM

Seasonal variation: Closes at 5 PM during winters

Closed on: 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, 25 December, and 26 December




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The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel perched atop a rocky hill above the city. Dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, the complex hosts the ruins of several important architectural and historical structures from the Classical era of Greek history, including the Temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon. Read on to learn about the Acropolis opening hours to plan your visit.

Athens Acropolis opening hours

The Athens Acropolis opening hours change depending on the season.
Note: From 1st September to 31st October, the opening hours are shortened by 30 minutes every 2 weeks due to the reduction in the daylight hours.

  • 1st April to 15th September: 8 AM to 7.30 PM
  • 16th to 30th September: 8 AM to 7 PM
  • 1st to 15th October: 8 AM to 6.30 PM
  • 16th to 31st October: 8 AM to 6 PM
  • 1st November to 31st March: 8 AM to 5 PM

Last entry: Half an hour before closing time
Closed on: 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, Easter Sunday, and 25 & 26 December
Note: Timings may also fluctuate on the Friday and Saturday before Greek Orthodox Easter (Easter Sunday).
Duration of visit: You need at least 2 to 3 hours to explore the site thoroughly.
Best time to visit: The months of April to mid-June and mid-September to end-October are the best time to visit. Visit before 10 AM or after 2 PM to avoid crowds.

Best time to visit the Acropolis of Athens

Peak season vs off-season

The off-season months from April to mid-June and mid-September through October are the best time to visit the Acropolis of Athens. The weather is fairly pleasant during these months as compared to the hot peak summer season, and tourist numbers are lower, making hotels and airfare more affordable. The winter months from November to March are an ideal time to visit if you are on a budget.

How long does it take to tour the Acropolis of Athens?

The Acropolis of Athens is a vast, rocky complex covering more than 30,000 square metres. It has several different structures like the Parthenon, the Old Temple of Athena and the Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and Propylaea, among many others. There is a lot of walking involved at the archaeological site to see all the ancient ruins and visitors shouldn't overlook the lesser-known structures. We recommend keeping aside at least 2 to 3 hours to be able to cover the entire historical landmark and make the most of your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Athens Acropolis opening hours

What are the Athens Acropolis opening hours?

The Athens Acropolis opening hours are from 8 AM to sunset. The actual time of closing changes based on the season. In summer i.e. from 1st April to 15th September, it closes at 7.30 PM. From 16th to 30th September, it's open from 8 AM to 7 PM, from 1st to 15th October - 8 AM to 6.30 PM, from 16th to 31st October - 8 AM to 6 PM, and from 1st November to 31st March (winter months) - 8 AM to 5 PM.

Is the Acropolis of Athens open every day?

Yes, the Acropolis of Athens is open daily. It is closed only on certain holidays like 1st January, 25th March, 1st May, Easter Sunday, and 25th and 26th December.

What are the Athens Acropolis opening hours during summer?

During the summer months (1st April to 15th September), the Acropolis of Athens is open every day from 8 AM to 7.30 PM, with the last entry at 7 PM.

What are the Athens Acropolis opening hours during winter?

The Athens Acropolis opening hours during the winter months (1st November to 31st March) are from 8 AM to 5 PM, with the last entry at 4.30 PM.

Are there any specific timings for last admission to the Acropolis of Athens?

Yes, last entry to the Acropolis of Athens is always half an hour before closing time.

When is the Acropolis of Athens closed?

The Acropolis of Athens is closed on the 1st of January, the 25th of March, the 1st of May, Easter Sunday, and the 25th and 26th of December.

When is the best time to visit the Acropolis of Athens?

The best time to visit the Acropolis of Athens is early mornings on weekdays during the months from April to mid-June and mid-September through October.

How long does it take to complete a tour of the Acropolis of Athens?

It takes around 2 to 3 hours to explore the Acropolis of Athens archaeological site.