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Knossos Palace Heraklion | A glimpse into Minoan Civilization

The Heraklion Palace of Knossos is an ancient archaeological site located near Heraklion, Crete. It once functioned as the administrative and political center of the Minoan civilization in the Bronze Age. The palace has a series of labyrinthine passageways adorned with vibrant frescoes depicting scenes from Minoan daily life, mythology, and spirituality. As you explore the court, you'll encounter remnants of Minoan grandeur, from the symbolic Throne Room to storage spaces hinting at a well-organized economy. Read on to know more about the palace, its history, how to book Knossos Palace tickets, and other information to plan your visit. 

Things to know before you book Knossos Palace tickets

  • Skip ahead of long lines and enjoy priority entry to the Minoan Palace of Heraklion with . These tickets allow you to explore the entire site, including the Royal Temple tomb, the Central Court, the Throne Room, and more. 
  • There’s a ticket for every budget. At around €18, you can enjoy priority access to the Heraklion Palace of Knossos. And, at just a one-time purchase, starting from €39, you can purchase a Knossos Palace combo ticket. The combo pass allows you to visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum along with the Knossos Palace and even includes a self-guided audio tour in both English and German. 
  • If you are a culture enthusiast and want to know more about the Minoan civilization, opt for an . These tours are perfect for anyone looking for an in-depth introduction to the Knossos archaeological site. 
  • You can upgrade your with an audio upgrade for lesser-known tales of King Minos, his labyrinths, and the Minoan civilization. 

Which Knossos Palace tickets to book?

Knossos Palace Skip the LineTickets

If you are short on time

Go for: Skip-the-line tickets
Duration:
1 hour
Guide:
Audio guide for Android and iOS in English, French, and German

  • Skip ahead of long lines at the Heraklion Palace of Knossos with these priority access tickets. Witness the remains of one of the earliest civilizations in Greece, admire their architecture, and look at the undeciphered Linear A clay tablets. 
  • Upgrade your ticket to include an audio guide, available in English, French, and German to make your visit more informative. You can also avail yourself of offline maps and text to navigate around the site comfortably. 

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Knossos Palace Combo Tickets

If you are on a budget

Go for: Combo tickets
Duration:
Flexible
Guide:
Audio guide in English and German

  • At a one-time purchase, you can explore the Minoan ruins as well as visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which houses some of the most iconic pieces of Minoan art. Admire renowned pieces like the Bull-Leaping fresco, Prince of the Lillies, King Mino’s Ring, the Golden Bee pendant, and more. 
  • An informative audio guide helps you familiarize yourself with the history of the Minoan civilization and their cultural relevance in Greece. You can also plan your visit anytime during your stay, for these tickets are valid for up to 3 days. 

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Knossos Palace Audio-guided tours with skip-the-line access

If you are a history buff

Go for: Small-group guided tours
Duration:
1 hour 30 minutes
Guide:
English-speaking guide

  • Enjoy a 90-minute guided walking tour of the Knossos Heraklion Archaeological Site and get a deeper understanding of the Minoan Palace ruins. You can also skip ahead of long lines to the Knossos Palace with these tickets. 
  • Since these group tours admit only up to 16 people at a time, you can have more in-depth conversations with the guide and explore at your own pace to some extent, as compared to unstructured larger group tours.

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Plan your visit to the Heraklion Palace of Knossos

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How to Reach the Knossos Palace?

Address: Φειδίου 8, Iraklio 714 09, Greece

Find on maps

  • By bus: Board the line 2 bus from Heraklion to reach the Knossos Palace. It takes around 36 mins to reach the attraction from Heraklion.
  • By taxi: Another convenient way to reach the Knossos Palace is to grab a taxi from Heraklion. It takes around 5 mins in a cab to reach the palace. 
  • By foot: Knossos Palace is a long way from Heraklion. The roads are busy, hence we recommend you board a bus or get a taxi to reach the palace. 
Facilities Available at the Knossos Palace
  • Wheelchair accessibility: The Knossos Palace offers accommodations and assistance to help visitors with limited mobility navigate their premises. It may be challenging to cross the uneven terrain and ruins on wheelchairs, however, you can go around almost 50% of the site comfortably. They also have an accessible toilet near the entrance.
  • Photography: You can click pictures inside the Knossos Palace, however, please refrain from using tripods and other commercial photography equipment, as they may disrupt others’ viewing experience. 
  • Restrooms: You can access public toilets at the Heraklion Palace of Knossos. However, please be mindful that restrooms are limited around the entire Knossos archaeological site. Make sure to use the restroom before starting your tour.  
Tips to Note When Visiting the Knossos Palace
  • Mind the heat: Temperatures soar in Greece during summers, hence it is best to wear light clothing when visiting the palace. Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear comfortable shoes: The site involves walking and exploring ruins, so wear comfortable clothes and sturdy footwear to navigate uneven surfaces.
  • Arrive early: To avoid crowds and the heat of the day, consider arriving early in the morning when the site opens.
  • Visit the museum: When exploring the Knossos Palace, make sure to visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum a while away from the site. They contain several interesting artifacts that would supplement your understanding of Minoan culture and history. 
  • Consider guided tours: Choose Knossos Palace tickets including guided tours of the premises to get in-depth insights into the history, architecture, and significance of the site. Guides can provide context, stories, and anecdotes that enhance your understanding of the palace. If a guided tour isn't your preference, an audio guide can provide similar insights while allowing you to explore at your own pace.
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Attractions near the Knossos Palace
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum: Home to a vast collection of Minoan artifacts, this museum offers a vivid journey into Crete's ancient past, showcasing its rich history and cultural heritage.
  • Fortress of Koules: Guarding Heraklion's harbor, this Venetian fortress embodies centuries of maritime history and military architecture, offering panoramic views and a glimpse into the city's past.
  • Venetian Loggia: A striking Venetian-era structure, the Loggia is a testament to Heraklion's Venetian heritage, serving as a historic backdrop for events and a reminder of the city's architectural legacy.
  • Cathedral of St.Minas: Dominating Heraklion's skyline, the Cathedral of St. Minas honors the city's patron saint. This Byzantine-revival cathedral features intricate frescoes and religious artworks that reflect its spiritual and cultural significance.

Frequently asked questions about Knossos Palace tickets

How much is a ticket to the Knossos Palace?

The Knossos Palace skip-the-line tickets including an audio guide, offline text, maps, and audio narration cost around €16.50. If you are interested in ancient Greek history, you can also opt for the Knossos Palace combo tour with the Heraklion Archaeological Museum for €31.50.

How to book Knossos Palace tickets?

We recommend you book Knossos Palace tickets online to save time and money. Online ticket bookings are more convenient and fuss-free since you can secure your tickets with just a click. 

Why should I book Knossos Palace tickets online?

The best way to secure Knossos Palace tickets is to get them online when on-site availability might be limited. Booking tickets online ensures that you can explore the palace no matter the crowd on the day of your visit. You can also avail of great deals and discounts. 

What do Knossos Palace tickets include?

Most Knossos Palace tickets offer skip-the-line access, an audio guide, offline text, maps, and audio narration. The audio tour is available in both English and German. 

Can I get skip-the-line tickets for the Knossos Palace?

Yes, you can skip ahead of long lines with Knossos Palace tickets. You can also access an audio guide, available in both English and German, audio narration, offline text, and maps with these tickets. 

What is the cancellation policy for Knossos Palace tickets?

Knossos Palace skip-the-line tickets that include an audio tour can be canceled and rescheduled up to 24 hours before the experience begins. You can also get a full refund on your purchase. 

What are Knossos Palace's opening hours?

The Knossos Palace is open from 8 AM to 8 PM every day throughout the year. If you are planning to visit the palace during summer, make sure to reach early in the morning or visit around late afternoon to beat the heat.

How long does it take to complete a Knossos Palace tour?

Most Knossos Palace tickets include an audio guide that you can listen to while exploring its interiors. You can spend around 1.5 to 2 hours strolling through the elaborate passageways and courtyards of the Knossos Palace. The palace's various rooms, including the Throne Room and storage spaces, offer insights into the social dynamics and daily activities of that time.