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Lots of folks write to ask me about the bus from Athens to Sounion and back. Since I’ve always driven there, and since I think the logical way to go there is by car (either renting a car yourself or hiring a driver), I’ve never paid much attention to how to get there or back by public KTEL bus. However, since it seems to still be a frequent question, particularly how late you can catch a bus back to Athens, I thought I’d add a post about getting back from Sounion, since it was easy enough to snap a photo of the bus schedule when I was visiting the Temple of Poseidon in October 2010.

Note that there are two routes: one goes coastal, the other inland. I know that at least one of those buses starts in Athens at Plateia Aigyptou (or Egyptou). This is the square near where Patission & Alexandros street meet, sort of kaddy corner from the entrance to the park, or across the street from the Park Hotel. Perhaps someone reading this can let us know if this is both the coastal and the inland bus stop or if there is anyplace else where travelers can catch this bus in central Athens to head south to Cape Sounion.

Of course the advantage of renting a car or a car and driver is that you can take your time, enjoy the sunset if you so choose, but most important, so you can stop for “paidakia” (lamb chops) in Kalyvia and / or great gelato in Lavrio.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

2 thoughts on “Sounion to Athens by bus”
  1. I could have taken a bus if my intention is to just get a first hand view of the many ruins at Athens but seeing the possibility of great food like ““paidakia” (lamb chops) in Kalyvia and / or great gelato in Lavrio” I would surely rent a car and manage my time there. For me, touring places is always a balance of all the senses, the sight, the feel, the smell, the sound and most of all, the taste.

  2. The Paidakia looks sumptuous. I would love to rent a car and enjoy the road trip, sceneries, and most of all the food at a leisurely pace. I don’t have to worry getting left behind by the bus.

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