Free Things To Do In Athens

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 18 August 2022
Free Things To Do In Athens
Athens is among the top destinations in Europe that offer the best value for money and justifiably so! The Greek capital provides visitors with unlimited options in terms of sightseeing, dining, shopping, and entertainment that won’t break the bank.
If you’re visiting Athens on a tight budget but still want to cherish the experience, here are some amazing things you can do in the city without spending a dime!
Free Museums 

National Historical Museum
Most museums in Athens require an entrance fee, but there are museums with free admission, too. You can visit the National Historical Museum for free every Sunday, while the Benaki Museum is absolutely free every Thursday. Other museums that offer free admission all year round are the Museum of Popular Instruments, often overlooked yet including an impressive collection of 1,200 Greek musical instruments, the Museum of Folk Art & Tradition, and the Melina Merkouri Cultural Centre, to name a few. 
Visit The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center 

Completed in 2016, the SNFCC fast became one of the city’s most popular landmarks, and it’s undoubtedly worth a visit. Upon visiting, there are a bunch of things you can do without spending any money, such as taking a 20-minute tour of the SNFCC, browsing the collections at the National Library of Greece, participating in a free outdoor session of yoga, and enjoying various free events, including outdoor movie screenings, concerts, and exhibitions hosted at the centre.
Admire The Archaeological Collections Of Various Metro Stations

Syntagma Metro Station

During excavations of the 135-kilometer-long metro network, workers discovered a trove of ancient treasures. In fact, more than 50,000 historical artifacts were unearthed, including old city walls, parts of an ancient bridge, vases, and even sarcophagi. Many of these relics from antiquity are now exhibited in big metro stations open to the public free of charge, turning a subway ride into a journey through time. They can be found on the upper level of Syntagma, Panepistimio, Acropolis, Monastiraki, Evangelismos, Egaleo, and Dafni metro stations.
Free Walking Tours Of The City


Who said you have to pay for a tour guide? If you do a little research, you will find several organizations offering free walking tours led by enthusiastic locals who will show you the best the city has to offer and share fascinating facts about the Greek capital. During these walks, you can admire from the outside world-famous ancient ruins, such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Tower of the Winds, the Panathenaic Stadium, and, of course, the Parthenon!
Explore Athens’ Vibrant Markets 

Offering everything from antiques and fresh produce to books and fashion, Athens’s street markets cost nothing to look at, though you may be tempted to buy a unique souvenir to bring back home with you. The most famous of them all is the Monastiraki flea market lined with stores selling handmade sandals, clothes, souvenirs, and second-hand items. The Varvakios Agora, the biggest meat-and-fish market in the city, and the antique flea market at Avissinias Square are also worth a visit!