Lycabettus Hill is the highest point in Athens at a height of 277m. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole of Athens, the acropolis and out to sea towards the islands. Visiting Lycabettus Hill can be a great activity to do in Athens with kids.
We visited Mount Lycabettus at the beginning of our travels around Greece this summer as part of a 4-night stay in Athens. After exploring the main tourist sites of Athens, and having been before on a past backpacking trip to Athens, I wanted to see something slightly out of the city centre.
Lycabettus Hill is the highest point in the city of Athens, nearly twice as high as the Acropolis at a height of 277m. Visiting the hill is one of the most popular things to do in Athens.
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Mount Lycabettus, Athens LOCATION MAP
How to get to Mount Lycabettus
By Taxi | Local taxis in Athens are very cheap. With kids, a taxi is a good option to get there fast. Taxis can be picked up at a taxi rank or hailed on the street. We booked a taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups so that we had a car seat for my little girl. A taxi can drop you right at the entrance to the cable car for minimal walking.
By Bus | Bus number 060 takes you relatively near the cable car entrance.
By Metro | The nearest metro station to mount Lycabettus is Evangelisimos. However, you would still have to walk uphill for 25 minutes to reach the cable car entrance. This could however be an option for the way home. The metro is a fast and efficient way to get around Athens.
Walking | It is possible to walk to Mount Lycabettus from Athens city centre. It’s only 11 minutes away from Syntagma square. However, the walk back took us a lot longer. There are numerous steps, so it’s not a good idea if you have a pushchair. The step-free route is significantly longer.
Mount Lycabettus Cable Car/Funnicular
Opening Times | 9:00AM – 1:30AM, every 30 minutes all year round.
Admission | 5 euro one way and 7 euro return.
For more information, visit the official website here.
Climbing Mount Lycabettus
Climbing mount Lycabettus takes between 30 and 90 minutes each way, depending on fitness levels and speed. If you’re climbing Mount Lycabettus with kids, I recommend that you take the cable car up and walk down again. Here. you’ll be able to see the same sights but while doing an easier walk.
At the Top!
From small bites to 3 course meals, the Orizontes resturaunt provides a perfect place to watch the whole city go by. We stopped for an ice cream and coffee to get my little girl out of the sun. It turned out to be one of our best experiences in Athens and the best view!
Creative flavours at the highest level of enjoyment at the highest point of the city.Orizontes, Athens
Agios Georgios Chapel
This small 19th-century chapel is one of the highest points of the hill’s summit. The church is surrounded by a viewing platform that’s great for some Instagram shots! There’s also a payable binoccular viewing point on the viewing platform.
From the top, you’ll be able to see a panoramic view of the whole of Athens, the Athens Riviera and towards the mountains outside of the city. You’ll also be able to see an alternative view of some of the major sights of Athens. The view of the acropolis from above is much more vivid than that of below. You can see more of the structure for free! There’s also a good view of the Panathenaic Stadium.
Lycabettus Hill with a baby
My daughter was 12 months when we did this trip. It went very well overall, although we had to be careful to keep her in the shade. Bringing a buggy was a slight pain getting on and off the cable car and there’s a few steps to carry the pushchair up at the top. However, I’m still glad we got to see the best view in Athens.
Lycabettus Hill with a toddler
Although taking a toddler to Mount Lycabettus may come with it’s challenges, the hill is still well-worth visiting with proper planning. I would reccomend brining reigns or a pushchair. Toddlers will love getting an ice-cream from the hilltop cafe.
Lycabettus Hill with kids
Mount Lycabettus is a brilliant half day trip to do with kids. Kids will love travelling up in the cable car and seeing a panoramic view of the whole city at the top. There’s also a cafe at the top. We enjoyed an ice cream with a view!