Disabled Access in Athens


Disabled access in Athens is possible atthe toptourist sights including the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum. There are several hotels in the tourist area that provided disabled access in Athens, and descriptions of these hotels can be found below.

All of the Metro stations in Athens have elevators to get down to the platforms which make it one of the most accessible public transportation systems in Europe. The challenge for disabled travelers visiting Athens is the many areas with cobblestones and the hilly nature of the city. Don’t let that scare you… I spent a few days there in my wheelchair and had a wonderful time.


The Parthenon temple located on top of the Acropolis can be seen from almost anywhere in town and makes a great reference point. Just north of the Acropolis isa popular area for dining and shopping called Plaka.

Several of the tourist attractions are within walking distance although you should see the tourist attraction pages below to see if there are hills or cobblestones separating them. In particular, the ruins at the Ancient Agora are located just northwest of the Acropolis; the New Acropolis Museumis just south of the Acropolis;and the Temple of Olympian Zeus is 500 m east of the Acropolis.

The Syntagma squarein front of theParliament building is located 1 km northeast of the Acropolis. On the street running on the north side of the Parliament building you will find 3 popular museums: the Benaki Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, and the Byzantine and Christian Museum.

The National Archaeological Museum is the furthest tourist sight from the Acropolis and is 2 km to the north.

Wheelchair Accessible Travel to Athens

Wheelchair accessible travel to Athens is possible by flying into Tegel airport or Shönefeld Airport, or by taking a train to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main train station). All of these have good disabled access with good options for accessible transportation to your hotel. See more about Accessible Travel to Athens

Getting Around Athens with a Disability

Getting around Athens with a disability is easy in some ways and difficult in others. It is easy in the sense that Athens has one of the most accessible public transportation systems in all of Europe. All of the Metro stations have elevators to get down to the subway platforms.

The difficult part about getting around Athens with a disability is because cobblestones are present in many parts of town and Athens is not a very flat city. Numerous streets have inclines, particularly areas near the Acropoplis. You can find more accessibility information on hills, cobblestones, subways, and busses at Accessible Transportation in Athens

Accessible Athens Tourist Attractions

The tourist attractions in Athens generally have good accessibility, however there are some challenges particularly at sites with ancient ruins. The most popular tourist attraction in Athens, the Acropolis, can be accessed in a wheelchair using an elevator. Be sure that visit the Acropolis page to see advice about the nearby cobblestones and hills.

The Ancient Agora and the Temple of Olympian Zeus both are both accessible to wheelchairs although you won’t be able to visit every part of archeological site.

Disabled access in Athens museums is generally good. The Benaki Museum, Museum of Cycladic Art, National Archaeological Museum, and Byzantine and Christian Museum can all be accessed via ramped or level entrances. Some of the museums don’t have accessible bathrooms. Find out more about accessibility at Handicapped Accessible Athens Tourist Attractions

Accessible Athens Hotels

The vast majority of hotels in Athens provide poor disabled access. Many of the hotels are house in very old buildings, and even when the interiors have been remodeled they may not be fully accessible. I have researched hotel accessibility in cities across Europe andit is particularly difficultin Athens. I have been able to find several hotels with disabled access which you can find here: Athens Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Rooms

Recommended Athens travel supplies:

See also:

Disabled Access in London
Disabled Access in Paris

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