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Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Heraklion, Greece

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icon1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes  (Approx.)
Paper ticket
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Overview

Get to know Heraklion and stop to visit the Palace of Knossos just outside the city on this open-top hop-on hop-off tour. With your unlimited-use 1-day ticket, board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of 10 stops around the city. Then, with your free city map, hop off at the stops of interest to visit attractions such as the Minoan relics at Knossos and the harborside Venetian Castle. Otherwise, stay aboard and absorb the panoramic views of the sights as you learn about Heraklion’s past from the onboard audio commentary.
  • Discover Heraklion with an unlimited, 1-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour ticket
  • Create a personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore Heraklion at your own leisure
  • See top Heraklion attractions including the ancient Palace of Knossos
  • Stop to visit Koules Venetian Fortress, Heraklion Archeological Museum and other sights
  • Hop on and off as you wish at any of 10 stops around town
  • Enjoy audio commentary in eight languages and receive a free city map
  • Make use of a ticket that’s valid for one day from the time of your first use
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Hop-on hop-off bus tour
Audio commentary
Heraklion city map
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Crete’s buzzing capital of Heraklion blends ancient history, intriguing museums, and colorful shops, and crowns them with the ruins of the ancient Palace of Knossos, situated just outside the city. With all this begging to be explored, a hop-on hop-off bus tour has to be one of the most convenient ways to see the sights.

Simply book your 1-day ticket and, when you’re in the city, hop aboard the open-top, double-decker City Sightseeing bus, receive a free city map, and set off to discover Heraklion’s highlights.

Sit back, relax and absorb the 360-degree views on the entire loop as you learn the stories behind the sights from the informative onboard audio commentary. Pass historical sites such as the city's original Venetian walls and when you’re ready, hop off at any of the 10 stops, to sightsee by foot as you wish.

Be sure not to miss the famous Palace of Knossos archaeological site. Leave the bus here to explore its treasures: the semi-ruined and partially restored palaces and courtyards of what was Crete’s Minoan capital between 3400 and 2100 BC. Stroll around the relics and rooms of King Minos, and learn the story of the mythical Minotaur, the strange beast that was reputedly kept in the palace’s mysterious underground labyrinth.

Having explored here, hop back on the bus and travel back into Heraklion to discover other must-sees. Maybe hop off the bus to visit the beautiful Venetian Castle at the harbor, or disembark at the Archaeological Museum to see its vast collections of classical statues, frescoes, and other items excavated from around the island.

Your ticket is valid for one day of unlimited travel on the bus, from the time of first use. Buses depart from each stop regularly.

See the Itinerary for a full list of hop-on hop-off bus stops.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  Our route is completed in 60 minutes and makes 12 stops at the main sights of the city, while we also offer our clients opportunity to visit countless historical monuments by utilizing the constant circulation of our buses. Visit sights such as: Archeological Site of Knossos Venetian Castle "Koules" Archeological Museum Historical Museum N. Kazantzakis' Tomb Natural History Museum Old Town Historical Gate
Puerto Heraklion
PORT - Starting point
Leoforos Nearchou
FITAKI MEGARON
I. Merineli 2
VENETIAN CASTLE KOULES
Historical Museum of Crete
HISTORICAL MUSEUM - ST. PETER & PAUL
Natural History Museum of Crete
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Nik. Plastira 107
HISTORICAL GATE HANIOPORTA
Grave Monument of Kazantzakis Tafos Kazantzaki
NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS GRAVE
Nik. Plastira 12
JESUS GATE
Knossos
KNOSSOS PALACE
Galaxy Hotel Iraklio
HOTEL GALAXY
Pl. Eleftherias 28
CITY CENTER - ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Leof. Eth. Antistaseos 147
CENTRAL BUS STATION
Points of interest passed by on this route
The Palace of Knossos
 
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
 
Duration: 
1 hour 45 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Get to know the areas of Ammoudara - Gazi and Heraklion simultaneously in one route (blue and red route on our map) with ease and comfort. The route is complited in 105 minutes and has 18 stops offering our clients the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the sites of the visited areas. Visit sights such as: Archeological Site of Knossos Venetian Castle "Koules" Archeological Museum Historical Museum N. Kazantzakis' Tomb Natural History Museum Old Town Historical Gate Malevizi Archeologican Museum
Apollonia Beach Resort & Spa
HOTEL APOLLONIA BEACH RESORT & SPA - Starting point
Dolphin Bay
HOTEL DOLPHIN BAY
Technópolis
TECHNOPOLIS
Agapi Beach Resort
AGAPI BEACH RESORT
Candia Maris Resort & Spa Crete
CANDIA MARIS RESORT & SPA
Plastira 107
HISTORICAL GATE CHANIOPORTA
Grave Monument of Kazantzakis Tafos Kazantzaki
NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS GRAVE
Nik. Plastira 12
JESUS GATE
Knossos
KNOSSOS PALACE
Galaxy Hotel Iraklio
HOTEL GALAXY
Pl. Eleftherias 28
CITY CENTER - ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Leof. Eth. Antistaseos 147
CENTRAL BUS STATION
Free parking
HERAKLION PORT
I. Merineli 2
VENETIAN CASTLE KOULES
Historical Museum of Crete
HISTORICAL MUSEUM - ST. PETER & PAUL
Natural History Museum of Crete
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Talos Plaza
TALOS PLAZA
Archaeological Collection Malevizi
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MALEVIZI
Points of interest passed by on this route
Knossos Archaeological Site
 
The Palace of Knossos
 
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Open Bus City Tour

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "this hop on hop off was so awesome great views and great stops , highly recommend, we really enjoy all the stops indeed" See review

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star-5
fantastic tour
Compass644354
, Nov 2019
this hop on hop off was so awesome great views and great stops , highly recommend, we really enjoy all the stops indeed
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Expensive for the one stop day at...
Linda
, Oct 2017
Expensive for the one stop day at Knossis. Sharing a cab with someone off the ship would be better. We bought our tickets for this HoHo before we left home but it was very disorganized at the port pickup!
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Very little commentary as there was...
Stuart W
, Oct 2017
Very little commentary as there was not that much to see. If I go to Heraklion again I will just stay in the town surrounding the old port.
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Easy to catch, the audio was...
Jake P
, Sep 2017
Easy to catch, the audio was excellent explaining what the site was and provided historical info too. Fun 60 minute ride that allows you to see the main points of interest. You can get off at stops and check out the area. W rode the route once to get a lay of the land and used the second time to get off at sites that we wanted to see more closely. Well done.
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star-4
A good way of getting around Heraklion...
Carlos M
, Sep 2017
A good way of getting around Heraklion, goes to Knossos too. Recommended
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Not enough to see in Heraklion to...
Kenneth R
, Sep 2017
Not enough to see in Heraklion to justify a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
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star-5
A great bus tour and we were able to...
Rachelle P
, Jul 2017
A great bus tour and we were able to see some beautiful views of Heraklion, which is an absolutely amazing part of Crete. You can literally get on and off the bus as many times as you want and the information system that tells you about the certain destination was very educational as well.
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This was not a good experience. Not all...
Jacks
, Jul 2017
This was not a good experience. Not all the speakers in the bus worked.
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This was a good choice. It allowed...
John V
, Jul 2017
This was a good choice. It allowed for keeping at our own pace. We mostly stayed on the bus but we were able to see most things from there.
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The tour is good for visiting...
Kevin C
, Jun 2017
The tour is good for visiting museums in the City and Knossos, but as a sighseeing tour alone there is nothing to see but modern commercial buildings.The audio system only produced hissing and crackling.
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