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 public bus to the temple of Poseidon from Athens should go nice and smooth!
Updated in 2023 > please make sure to check out the comment section below.
To the Temple of Poseidon from Athens by public bus
Where to take the bus in Athens to Cape Sounion?
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/Temple of Poseidon 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. Please note the bus schedule seems to change frequently!
Update February 2018: according to reader Mac, this is the latest timetable of the KTEL buses from Athens to Sounio. It now leaves 07.05, 08.05, 10.05, 11.30, 13.05, 14.05, 15.30. This is the official website of the KTEL bus company.
Update April 2019: according to reader Dan, this is the latest timetable of the KTEL buses from Athens to Sounio: 7:05 (except Sunday), 8:05, 10:05, 11:30, 13:05, 14:05, 15:30, 17:05. From Sounio to Athens: 08:00, 10:00 (except Sunday), 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:00, 19:00, 20:00. But double check the bus times before the trip, as they are frequently changing. The cost is 12,50 Euro for a return ticket (payable in the bus).
Update January 2023: Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo from the latest time table. However, this seems to be the current schedule on the website of the KTEL bus company. If you have more info please leave a comment or email to help future travelers :)
In the bus from Athens to Cape Sounion
The bus is quite comfortable. You will probably sit on the bus 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 bus ride, 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. These days, it will cost about 7 euro for a single way ticket (according to reader Will) and 12,5 euro for a return 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.
–> Check out these 7 other day trips from Athens to do yourself (including Hydra, Meteora and Delphi)!
At the Temple of Poseidon
You made it! The gorgeous temple of Poseidon (God of the Sea) (find more info on the official Visit Greece website) was constructed in 444–440 BC and is located at a hilltop overlooking the sea. There is a 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 take photo’s from the parking lot or continue to the beaches.
Opening hours of the temple of Poseidon: 8 AM to 8 PM
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 when you arrive or online for the most recent bus schedule! The bus schedule changes regularly and seems to be season-dependent.
Where to stay in Athens?
I stayed in two different accommodations in Athens. First, I stayed in the Athens Backpacker Hostel, which is perfect for those on a strict budget. I also stayed a few nights in the centrally located, affordable, but fancy Hera Hotel, with Acropolis views!
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Did you take the bus to the Temple of Poseidon from Athens? Let me know how it went and if you have additional tips for future travelers!
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