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Visiting the Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site & Museum in Athens, Greece

The Ancient Olympia is one of the most significant landmarks of Greece. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for being the birthplace of the Olympic Games and is home to the ruins of the ancient stadium and Temple of Zeus. The Ancient Olympia museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and sculptures that date back to ancient times, making it an essential destination for anyone interested in Greek history and culture. Continue reading to find all the information you need to make your visit to the Ancient Olympia an unforgettable experience, including opening hours, how to get there, how to purchase tickets, and more.

Why Visit Ancient Olympia?

Why Visit the Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site & Museum?
  • Unravel the history: Discover the rich history of Greece through artifacts dating back to the 2nd millennium BC.
  • Unique Architecture: The museum building is a work of art in and of itself. It has a contemporary layout that syncs perfectly with the natural beauty around it.
  • Discover the birthplace of the Olympic Games: The Archaeological Site of Olympia and the museum showcases the history of the ancient Olympic Games that were held in Olympia for over a millennium.
  • Explore the site: The museum is located in the heart of Ancient Olympia, so you can also explore the ruins of the ancient Olympic complex, including the stadium and temples. 
  • Learn about ancient Greek legends and myths: The museum houses many famous artifacts related to Greek mythological characters like Zeus, Apollo, Nike, and Hermes.

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Skip the Line Tickets

Don't waste your time waiting in long queues and step into ancient Greece with skip-the-line tickets. You can always upgrade your experience with an informative audio guide for a self-guided tour. Optional skip-the-line admission tickets are also available.

Flexible Cancelation Policy: You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase. 

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Combo Tickets

Combo tickets are ideal for first-time visitors to make the most out of their sightseeing experience. Enjoy skip-the-line access to iconic sites and an optional multilingual audio guide. Don't miss out on this super-saver opportunity to see multiple locations at the lowest price.

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Entry Tickets

Entry tickets for the Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site and Museums allow visitors to skip the line and explore ancient Greece's public places, temples, monuments, and artifacts. Upgrade to a self-guided tour with an informative English audio guide for an even richer experience.

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Why Should You Buy Ancient Olympia Tickets Online?

The Ancient Olympia houses numerous ruins and priceless artifacts from the ancient Greek world and is a popular tourist attraction. Buying Ancient Olympia tickets online is a smart option because of many reasons. 

  • Advance Booking: Online ticket bookings allow you to buy the tickets in advance and ensure that you get guaranteed access upon payment confirmation.
  • Convenience: One of the best perks of buying tickets online is that you don't have to wait in long lines. Book your Archaeological Site of Olympia tickets from the comfort of your home!
  • Discounts: Booking Ancient Olympia tickets online can also help you get offers and discounts.

Archaeological Site of Olympia Highlights

Temple of Zeus 

Temple of Zeus

This impressive temple was built in honor of Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. It was also one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You can now explore the ruins to get a sense of Greek architecture.

Temple of Hera

Temple of Hera

This Doric-style temple was dedicated to Hera, the queen of the Greek gods. It was also the site of the lighting of the Olympic Flame. You can still see the remains of the temple, including the columns and the altar.

The Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum

The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts excavated from the archeological site, including sculptures, pottery, weapons, and many other items depicting the history of ancient Olympia.

Philippeion

Philippeion

This circular monument was built by Philip II of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great to commemorate their victories. It is one of the few remaining models of circular buildings built by ancient Greeks.

The Ancient Stadium

The Ancient Stadium

The ancient Olympic Games were held in this stadium. It was a massive structure that could hold up to 45,000 spectators. You can still see the starting blocks, the track, and the seating areas of the stadium.

The Palaestra

The Palaestra

This was the site where athletes used to train for the ancient Olympic Games. It was built in the 4th century BCE, and you can still see the remains, including the central courtyard and the columns that supported the roof.

Plan Your Visit to Ancient Olympia

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Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site & Museum Timings
  • November - March: 8:30 AM - 3.30 PM
  • April - October: 8 AM - 8 PM

Last Entry: 15 mins before closing time.
Closed On: 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, 25 & 26 December and Easter Sunday.
Duration of the Visit: at least 2 to 3 hours
Best Time To Visit: During winter when there are fewer visitors or during spring when the weather is perfect for exploring the entire Archaeological Site of Olympia.

How to reach Ancient Olympia?
  • Address: Archaia Olympia 270 65, Greece
    Find it on Map
  • By Train: From Pyrgos Illias to Olympia
    Nearest Stop: Olympia
  • By Bus: From Athens to Olympia via Pyrgos
    Nearest Stop: Olympia
  • By Car: Distance from Athens Airport (ATH): 294 km
    Car Parking: Free parking facilities are available.
Facilities at Ancient Olympia
  • Wheelchair friendliness: The museum is accessible to wheelchair users. They also provide their own wheelchairs ( requires telephone reservation at +30264022742).
  • Pram/strollers accessibility: You can use prams or strollers if you have young kids.
  • Restroom facilities: Restroom facilities, including accessible toilets, are available at the museum.
  • Food & beverages: You can find snacks and drinks at the museum cafe.
  • Souvenir shop: The museum also houses a gift shop from where you can buy souvenirs and other merchandise.
Ancient Olympia nearby areas
  • Acropolis Museum: It is a thematic museum that displays the relics found at the historical site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum contains over 4,000 exhibits that showcase items from the Archaic, Classical, and Roman eras.
  • National Archaeological MuseumIt is the first-ever museum in Greece and houses an extensive collection of sculptures from the Neolithic, Mycenean, and Cycladic periods. You will also find Egyptian and Eastern metalwork and ceramics here.
  • Museum of IllusionsStep into a world of optical, sensory, and educational illusions that can deceive your perceptions. The Museum of Illusions has over 15 exhibits, each creating an intriguing illusion that will make you second-guess your surroundings.
  • Heraklion Archaeological MuseumThis is one of Greece's finest museums and the best in the world for Minoan art. It boasts the largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts from the Minoan civilization on Crete.
Ancient Olympia Visitor Tips
  • Wear comfortable shoes: As there will be a lot of walking at the Archaeological Site of Olympia.
  • Reach early: Reach the location 15 minutes before your scheduled visit time to prevent delays.
  • Book your tickets in advance: Be sure to book your Ancient Olympia tickets online in advance to avoid long queues.
  • Carry the essential electronics: If you pick the audio-guide option, please bring a charged smartphone and earbuds.
  • Carry all the necessary documents: Although the museum does not allow pets, they permit service dogs inside. Remember to carry proper documentation like proof of identity with you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ancient Olympia Tickets

Where can I buy Ancient Olympia tickets?

We recommend you buy Ancient Olympia tickets online as it is much more convenient than waiting in long queues at the venue. Booking tickets online also ensures that your spot is reserved upon payment confirmation.

What is the cost of Ancient Olympia tickets?

The Ancient Olympia ticket prices start at €14.

What to see at the Ancient Olympia?

You can see the ruins of ancient Greek buildings, including the Temple of Zeus and the original Olympic stadium, along with the various artifacts and sculptures showcased in the museums.

Does Ancient Olympia have an entrance fee?

No, there are no separate entrance fees for different sites of Ancient Olympia. Your Ancient Olympia tickets will cover most of them.

Where is Ancient Olympia located?

Ancient Olympia is a small town in Elis, located on the Peloponnese peninsula in Western Greece.

What are some of the highlights of Ancient Olympia?

Some highlights of Ancient Olympia include the model of Pelopion, Bronze Battering Ram, and statues of Hermes of Praxiteles and Nike of Paionios.

How to reach Ancient Olympia?

You can reach Ancient Olympia by car, train, or local buses.

What are the timings of Ancient Olympia?

Ancient Olympia generally opens from 8 AM to 8 PM from April to October and 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM from November to March.

What facilities are available in Ancient Olympia?

You can find facilities like restrooms, car parking, wheelchair and stroller accessibility, cafes, and souvenir shops in Ancient Olympia.

Is Ancient Olympia wheelchair accessible?

Yes. You can avail of wheelchairs if you need them at the museums. There are wheelchair ramps for visitors with limited mobility.

Is photography allowed in Ancient Olympia?

Yes, photography is allowed in Ancient Olympia.

Is it worth visiting Ancient Olympia?

Yes, visiting Archaeological Site of Olympia is worth it. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of the Olympic Games, offering a unique historical and cultural experience.