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While the bus to/from Athens (and every city included on the route) is direct; for/from all other destinations, you have to take a bus to the close city of [[Itea]] and then wait for the Delphi shuttle. (The wait is not long in season)
  
 
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Delphi

The archaeological site of Delphi is an UNESCO World Heritage site [1] 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. As shown on this map, 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. See also Athens Guide: Bus Terminal B.

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, 13:30, 16:00, 18:00
Times may change.

From other cities

While the bus to/from Athens (and every city included on the route) is direct; for/from all other destinations, you have to take a bus to the close city of Itea and then wait for the Delphi shuttle. (The wait is not long in season)

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.

See

Temple of Apollo in Delphi
  • Sanctuary of Apollo
  • Sanctuary of Athena with the Tholos

Do

Buy

There is a lot of touristic stuff to buy.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • Arion Hotel, [2]
  • Fedriades Hotel, 46 V.Pavlou & Friderikis str., Delphi, Central Greece,, +30 22650 82370, [3]. Fedriades Delphi Hotel is situated in the heart of the city of Delphi only 8 km from Arachova and 28 km from Galaxidi and is one of the top Delphi Hotels, but that is not saying much, since most are very run down. A few of the rooms overlook the magnificent view of the Corinthian Gulf and the olive groves of Itea, however you will probably not be lucky enough to get one of these rooms.
  • Parnassos Hotel, 32, V.Pavlou & Friderikis str, GR - 33054 Delphi | Greece, +30.22650.82321, [4]. Parnassos Hotel is the ideal place to stay all year round at Delphi, just 8 km from Arachova and 28 km from Galaxidi.
  • Orfeas Hotel, 35 Iphigenias Singrou St., (2265)082077. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. An excellent and well-run budget hotel just up the hill from the main town. Very clean rooms, with doubles available to single travellers for 20 Euros, with bathroom. No wireless, but breakfast available for extra. 20 Euros.
  • Hotel Leto, 15 Apollonos str., 33 054 Delphi, Greece, +30 22650 82302, [5]. checkin: 12.00; checkout: 11.00. 800 meters from the archaeological site. It's a very nice modern hotel with a magnificent view of the city of Itea and the Corinthian gulf.

Get out

Delphi Countryside

Visit the nearby Arachova villages and also Parnassos Mountain during the winter season for skiing. If you have your own car drive up to Galaxidi, a seaside traditional Greek town about 40 minutes away.

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