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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

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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

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A great way to get a lay of the land when arriving in a new place. The drivers and workers were all very helpful!

Albert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

On-time clean informative Excellent Tour!!!!

Thomas United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Overall a good tour, the stops were as scheduled. Some of the audio plugs did not work on the bus and at times my wife and I had to share earplugs. The stop at Knossos was excellent. Not always a good view at sites i.e., Jesus Gate unless you get off the bus and then wait an hour.

Lois S

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

The HoHo was a great option for us. We stopped at the Knossos Palace and paid the entry fee E20 each and E10 each for a small group guided tour 1 hour with George who is located just inside the entry gates. Much cheaper than the option of tours offered by the cruise line or any other small group tour we could find on-line. Our next two stops was the Archeological museum abt E8 ea and then shopping and lunch in Heraklion. Good value and excellent sites to see some of the 4000 yo Minoan culture.

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