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Cheap areas to stay in Athens

Athens is one of those cities where you can find cheap accommodation right in the center of town. The Plaka district, stretching out from the lower slopes of the magnificent Acropolis, has a range of budget hotels and some very inexpensive hostel-style accommodation. Youthful Exarhia, meanwhile, is near the National Archaeological Museum, and is home to plenty of budget places to rest your head. You’ll also find some cheap hotels if you move to the northern part of the city center, which has efficient transport links to other districts.

Cheap hotels in Athens

The budget-friendly Centrotel is in the northern part of Athens city center, about a 20-minute journey from the Acropolis, via the metro service’s Line 1. The hotel is housed in a modern building and comfortable guestrooms come with free WiFi. The reasonably-priced Pergamos offers cheap accommodation in north central Athens, a 25-minute walk from the Plaka district. Guestrooms come with air conditioning and free WiFi. The Victory Inn is a 25-minute metro journey from the Acropolis. It’s a good option to save money and its 34 guestrooms have air conditioning.

Where to find cheap food in Athens

Head to the Plaka district to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of traditional tavernas serving authentic Greek dishes at affordable prices. Look out for moussaka, the classic Greek eggplant dish, and calamari, tender rings of squid fried in a light batter. For a really cheap meal, visit one of the take away restaurants dotted all over Athens, which serve gyros – a Greek bread wrapped around grilled pork, chicken, or lamb with a yoghurt dressing. Exarhia, meanwhile, is home to a big student population, and here you’ll find plenty of cafés selling cheap, filling snacks.

Cheap things to do in Athens

Entrance to the National Gardens, once a royal park, is absolutely free, and this green oasis is set right in the center of the city, behind the Greek Parliament building. It’s a great place to escape the urban bustle of Athens, and features include majestic groves of towering palm trees, a children’s playground, and a pond with turtles. It’s best to tackle it in the early morning before the heat of the Grecian sun kicks in, but a climb up Filopappou Hill will more than repay the effort. Once you’ve reached the summit, the city of Athens is laid out before you, and the spectacular views won’t cost you a penny. For excellent bargains on all kinds of goods, visit the Monastiraki Flea Market. The shops and stalls there sell everything from clothing and leather goods, to jewelry and souvenirs.

Cheap ways to get around Athens

Public transit in Athens includes metro trains, buses, and trams. The metro has 3 lines and 61 stations, including 1 at Athens International Airport. The airport is a 40-minute journey from the city center and the service runs every 30 minutes. Buses cover most of the city, and there are also several tram routes. There’s a special tourist ticket and it offers great value. It’s valid for 1 airport return trip plus 3 days of unlimited travel on buses, trams, and the metro.

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