• Location: Heraklion, Greece
  • Duration: 1 day (approx.)
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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 11 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

What You Can Expect

Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Stop at the Palace of Knossos on this Heraklion hop-on hop-off bus tour

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 1-hour 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 11 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 roughly every 45 minutes.

See the Itinerary for a full list of hop-on hop-off bus stops.


Customer Reviews

Anthony M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great way to see the city!

Jake P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Rachelle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

We did not rent a car while we were in Heraklion and this was a great way to see the city and get to Knossos. I recommend doing this tour.

TM United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We accessed the bus adjacent to the cruise port after taking a shuttle from the ship and navigated a gauntlet of taxi drivers trying to sell us a tour and telling us we could not prepay for the bus, however, we already had through Viator. Buying on-line saved us about 7 euros. The route runs about an hour and does go to the Knossos Palace which is a highlight. You cannot see the site from the bus, but with the hop-on hop-off feature this was not a problem. We spent a couple of hours there and easily got back on. The bus also goes by the grave site of the author Nicholas Kazantzakis and hits a few other highlights. A real economical way to see the sites if you have a limited time and budget.

Maria Y United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great service.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great experience, nicely organised. recommend while in Heraklion

Susilowati B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The best tour in Heraklion , we were really enjoyed with this tour and you can just get off anywhere and get on back anytime on bus schedule .

stacey h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

learned many interesting facts about the city

Kenneth L W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Heraklion was a lovely place to visit. HOHO bus was very good and frequent.

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