A visit to the temple of Poseidon makes a cool half-day trip from Athens and also gives you the opportunity to see the stunning coastline. I visited the temple a few weeks ago and it’s quite easy to get there independently. And especially with the tips below, your visit by bus to the temple of Poseidon should go nice and smooth!
Where to take the bus in Athens?
It’s probably easiest to take the bus at the main bus station ‘Mavromateon’. This is what I did: I walked from the Omonia metro station, passed the famous National Archeological Museum and you’re there. Ask around for the bus to Cape Sounion and you will be pointed to the right stop. Make sure to double-check this. It’s marked with a Sounion sign plate and it’s located in front of a busy traffic road.
Note: In my case the bus left from the left next to the official Sounion stop, so keep an eye on all busses.
Note: The bus also passes by a few other central points in Athens (such as the Acropolis station and Syntagma Sq.). Ask your hotel/hostel if the bus stops nearby and at which times.
What time do the buses from Athens to Sounion leave?
The bus to the temple of Poseidon via the coastal road leaves every hour from 07.30 until 17.30 from the main bus station. There is also suppose to be one at 06.40 AM.
Update April 2017: according to some readers (Ahmed and Russ) this is the new schedule and price. Thanks for the info!
Its now every hour starting 7:05AM until 16:05. There are also one at 6:10 AM and 17:30. For the way back to Athens its every hour starting 8AM to 8PM. The price also changed its now 6.90 EUR
In the bus
The bus is quite comfortable. You will probably sit there with many (old) Greeks and maybe one or two fellow tourists. Make sure to get a seat on the right side of the bus to fully enjoy the beautiful coastal views. My heart literally skipped a beat when I first saw the Aegean sea. What a beautiful sight! During the busride you will pass by a number of beautiful beaches. These also make excellent stops (especially during summer).
In the bus you will have a driver and a bus assistant. You will pay for your bus ticket at the bus assistant. It will cost about 5 euro for a single way ticket. During our ride, we even switched buses at some point (SE Asia flashback!), but I’m not sure if that’s always the case. It takes about 90 minutes to reach Sounio and the temple.
At the temple!
You made it! The gorgeous temple of Poseidon (God of the Sea) was constructed in 444–440 BC and is located at a hill top overlooking the sea. There is small entrance booth and an overpriced restaurant. If you have time you can walk down for about 20-minutes (down the same way the bus came) and also take photo’s from a parking lot.
Where to take the bus in Sounion back to Athens?
The Cape Sounion bus stop is located right next to the temple of Poseidon. It’s the last stop of the public bus.
What time do the buses from Sounio to Athens leave?
The buses via the coastal road leave every hour from 08.00 until 20.00 from the Sounion bus station. After the 10th of October the last bus leaves at 19.00. Unfortunately, this makes it more difficult (impossible) to see the sunset. Always check the sign for the most recent bus schedule!