The Tholos at the base of Mount Parnassus, Delphi

The archaeological site of Delphi is an UNESCO World Heritage site near the modern village of the same name in Greece. In ancient times it was the site of the most important oracle of the god Apollo. Delphi was revered throughout the Greek world as the site of the ομφαλός (omphalos) stone, the centre of the universe. In the inner ἑστία (hestia), or hearth, of the Temple of Delphic Apollo, an άσβεστος φλόγα (eternal flame) burned. After the battle of Plataea, the Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought new fire from the hearth of Greece, at Delphi; in the foundation stories of several Greek colonies, the founding colonists were first dedicated at Delphi.

Get in

From Athens

There are several companies offering day trips from Athens to Delphi, prices varying from €80 to €100. To save money, you can easily organise your own day trip utilising Athens long distance buses. The journey takes about 3 hours. One-way fare: €15,10 (return ticket also available). Seats are numbered.

Buses leave several times a day from Bus Terminal B. Finding this terminal is a bit tricky, as it is not on a main road and local buses do not stop there. You can take a bus to Liosion Street and get out around number 260. Then walk to parallel street Agiou Dimitriou Oplon. Use Google Maps Public Transport to find buses to 260 Liosion St.

It is recommended to buy bus (return) tickets to Delphi the day in advance, so you are sure they are not sold out and that you can find the bus terminal on time.

Daily times to Delphi from Athens are: 07:30, 10:30, 13:00, 15:30, 17:30, 20:00
Return: 05:30, 09:00 (not on Sunday), 11:00, 16:00, 18:00
For bus schedule see , times may change.

Get around

Delphi is small enough that walking is really the only means of transportation required. The museum and archaeological site are both in walking distance from the town. Taxis however are readily available.


Temple of Apollo in Delphi


Most hotels in Delphi are a bit run down as most guests only stay for one night before they visit the archeological sites. Package tourists are the main source of income and prices start at 20 Euros per night. Most mid-range hotels charge 50-70 Euros per night for a double room. Check if internet and/or breakfast is included. Hotels are booked well during the weekend and at public holidays (e.g. Easter). Arachova and Galaxidi are under 30 minutes away and good value options to avoid the package tourists.

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Delphi Countryside
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