Greece: Delphi the Cheapo Way

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Photo by LeszekZadlo
Photo by LeszekZadlo

While in Athens, you want to visit nearthe navel of the universe—but you don’t want to rent a car or embark on a €90 tour. Here’s our Cheapo solution to your dilemma.

Take an inter-city bus from Bus Terminal B in Athens (Liossion Street 260, +30-210-831-7096) and pay only €13 each way. You will need to pay admission fees (€6 for the archaeological site, €9 for both the site and its excellent museum) but by taking the bus you will save yourself a good €60.

For background information, read up on Delphi before you go or pick up one of the Greek National Tourism Organization‘s handy dandy Delphi pamphlets for free (the office at Amalias Avenue 26 near Syntagma Square is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m., and weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.; +30-210-331-0392.)

Today, Wednesday, April 18, is International Monuments Day, and admission to Delphi’s site is free for the day.

The bus takes three hours and leaves Bus Terminal B every day at 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. Unless you are planning to do an overnight trip or stop in Delphi on your way elsewhere, the last bus you should consider taking is the 1 p.m. bus, as the last return bus leaves Delphi at 6 p.m. Earlier return times include 5:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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