Lycabettus Hill Athens: Your Guide to Visiting with Kids

Lycabettus Hill, Athens is the city’s highest point 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 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.

Whether you’re spending 2 days in Athens or a week, Mount Lycabettus is a must-do activity.

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Lycabettus Hill, Athens LOCATION MAP


How to get to Mount Lycabettus

Taxi to Mount Lycabettus

Local taxis in Athens are very cheap. With kids, a taxi is an excellent 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 to have a car seat for my little girl. A taxi can drop you right at the entrance to the cable car for minimal walking.

Bus

Bus number 060 takes you relatively near the cable car entrance.

Metro

The nearest metro station to Mount Lycabettus is Evangelisimos. The metro is a fast and efficient way to get around Athens. However, you would still have to walk uphill for 25 minutes to reach the cable car entrance. This could, however, be an option for getting home.

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.


The Cable Car Up to Lycabettus Hill Athens

Mount Lycabettus Cable Car Opening Times | 9:00 – 14:30 every 30 minutes all year round.

Admission | 7 euro one way and 10 euro return.

For more information, visit the official website here.


Climbing Mount Lycabettus

Climbing Mount Lycabettus takes between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on fitness levels and speed. If you’re climbing Mount Lycabettus with kids, I recommend taking the cable car up and walking down again. Here. you’ll be able to see the same sights while doing an easier walk.

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A view across Athens from Mount Lycabettus

At the Top!

Orizontes resturaunt

From small bites to 3-course meals, the Orizontes restaurant provides a perfect place to watch the whole city go by and try some popular Athens food.

We stopped for 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—great for Instagram shots! The platform also has a paid binocular viewing point.


The View!

From the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of Athens, the Athens Riviera, and the mountains outside 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, and you can also get a good view of the Panathenaic Stadium.

the view from the top of Mount Lycabettus in Athens. Views of the city buildings and the acropolis in the middle.

Lycabettus Hill with a baby

My daughter was 12 months old when we made 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 were 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.

Visiting Mount Lycabettus with a baby

Lycabettus Hill with a toddler

Although taking a toddler to Mount Lycabettus may have challenges, the hill is still well-worth visiting with proper planning. I recommend bringing reins or a pushchair. Toddlers will love getting ice cream from the hilltop cafe.


Lycabettus Hill with kids

Mount Lycabettus is a brilliant half-day trip for kids. Kids will love travelling up in the cable car and seeing a panoramic view of the whole city at the top. We enjoyed an ice cream with a view! There’s also a cafe at the top.


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