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How to spend a day in Athens with only 25€

Athens ● 23 August 2018

Athens, the capital of Greece is not only a city full of life, interesting spots, impressive ancient history, beautiful old town and wonderful beaches in a close distance. It is also a budget destination, ideal to save money during your vacation. Especially if you visit Athens in the low season, from October to March, you can find super cool deals in the accommodation and the flights.


One thing is for sure: if you know some tips, you can spend cheap holidays in Athens with less than 25€ per day! Do you want to know how? We reveal you here these tips!

Stay in a hostel

You can easily find high-quality hostels in Athens, which are characterised by their standards, cleanliness and safety. There, you will meet friendly people, have fun with other backpackers and enjoy the easy-going character of Athens, which is ideal for people, who want to live alternative experiences. Thus, you will spend about 10€ per night and save money for other activities you want.

Eat souvlaki and other street food

Street food in Athens is everywhere in the city and gives you the possibility to eat on a budget. There are many places to eat economically in Athens, such as Mitropoleos street for souvlaki, Apollonos street near Syntagma Square for Asian street food and Mavili square for sandwiches and hot dogs (vromiko) in food trucks with less than 5€. For cheap breakfast, you can buy a pie, such as spinach or cheese pie from a bakery. Pies are traditional local dishes in Greece and are delicious. However, if you have to remember only one thing regarding the cheap food in Athens, keep in your mind the souvlaki, the ultimate street food of Greece, which you can find literally everywhere. It is delicious and nutritious, you need about 2€ to have enough and you taste the most traditional dish in Greece!


Visit the ancient monuments for free

Some museums in Athens are free (such as the Epigraphical Museum), and there are also free admission days for archaeological sites and museums in Athens (every first Sunday of the month between November and March). Moreover, you can walk around the city and admire the ancient monuments, which are everywhere and are free. For example, at the end of Amalias Avenue, Hadrian's Arch needs no ticket, while the Tower of the Winds, the first weather station in the world, can be seen from the street without having to pay the entrance-fee to the Roman Agora. However, remember that the Acropolis ticket costs only 12€ and includes the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora and Keramikos Archealogical site. You need about 2-3 days to see these significant sites, that means only 3€ per day!

Roman Agora

Free walks and public drinking

Public drinking is not prohibited in Greece. Thus, you can buy a beer or any alcoholic beverage you want from a supermarket and enjoy the urban scenery of Athens. Window-shopping, strolling around the beautiful parks and gardens of Athens as well as walking under Acropolis admiring the cobblestone streets with the colourful traditional neoclassical houses of Athens is totally free. Anafiotika in Plaka, Ermou pedestrian street for window-shopping and Monastiraki square are wonderful places, where you can walk around in a wonderful setting without paying anything. The weather in Athens is warm and sunny, and you can easily spend the whole day outside even until late at night.


The historical centre of Athens is not very large, thus you can easily go on foot in maximum 30 minutes everywhere you want. The transportation network of the city is also very convenient. The fastest way to get to your destination is the subway, which is ideal for the largest part of the centre and many suburbs. There are also many buses, suburban railway and tram. The ticket for all these inside the historical centre is 1,4€ for 90 minutes.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
48, Syggrou Ave., 11742 Athens, Greece

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historical center of Athens, just a few steps from Acropolis and Plaka, next to the new Acropolis Museum. Athens International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.