According to information provided by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the recently launched e-ticket program is gaining popularity. At present, this system is still in the testing phase and is available only in 11 selected most popular museums and excavations located in Attica and on Peloponnese and Crete. In the near future, the possibility of buying electronic tickets is to be expanded to include new places.
The positive information published by the Ministry of Culture is not fully covered by statistical data. Revenues from the sale of electronic tickets represent only a negligible part of the total receipts. In the period from July 5 to August 5, all institutions under the care of the Ministry of Culture were visited by approximately 5.5 million people. This translated into the sale of tickets with a total value of € 9.3 million. For comparison, during the two weeks from July 19 to August 5, the electronic booking system recorded 145 thousand. € revenue.
The large disproportion of revenues is surely partly due to the fact that the electronic system includes only 11 places, which together handle about 40% of the total tourist traffic. The second important issue is, in our opinion, the lack of proper advertising increasing the popularity of this solution. It's a pity because in our opinion, the electronic system is one of the most convenient forms for buying tickets. In the peak season of the holiday season, it allows you to avoid the queues formed in front of the checkout points.
Knossos is one of the two places currently covered by the electronic tickets program
The electronic ticket booking system is relatively simple. It requires basic knowledge of English or Greek and an active mailbox. Payment is made electronically via a payment card (Visa / Mastercard). If, after all, you do not feel strong enough to use it, you will find our little guide below.
The first step to purchase an electronic ticket is to go to the website: https://etickets.tap.gr/ and then select the appropriate language version (EΛ | EN) available from the right side of the top section. Then, by clicking the Visitors option, you will go to the section of choosing the region of Greece for which you want to buy a ticket. Currently, options such as ATTICA, CRETE, PELOPONNESE are available . After choosing the region, you will be able to choose a specific museum or archaeological site. At the end, you only have to choose the day when you plan to visit the place. The system also asks you to provide an approximate time of visit, which is not binding for you and is collected only for statistical purposes.
Window choices of the Greek region and the Museum / Archaeological excavations
After moving to the next tab you will be asked to choose the number of individual ticket types. At this point it is worth noting that in the case of some facilities, apart from the possibility of choosing between a full and reduced ticket, you can also choose a combined ticket ( COMBINED ) allowing you to visit several places. In Crete, this ticket is available to Knossos and the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion . It is worth noting that it costs only 16 €, which is much less than two single tickets, which cost 15 € for Knossos and 10 € for the Archaeological Museum. If you plan to visit both places, this COMBINED ticket will be a great choice. An additional advantage of this ticket is that after visiting the first place, it remains valid for the next three days, during which you have the possibility of a single entry to the second facility.
Choosing the type of tickets
After completing the ticket selection process, you can go to the payment which is available after clicking the Add to Basket button. Earlier, however, a dialog box will appear to allow you to add other ticket reservations to the shopping cart or transfer to the payment. If you want to pay for the tickets, simply select the Check Out option to go to the basket. On this page you can find a list of tickets that you want to buy.
To go to the correct payment page, you must provide an email address to which you will be sent tickets, choose the country from which you came and accept the terms of service. After doing this, click on the Continue button, which will direct you to the electronic payment supported and secured by the National Bank of Greece. Here, just enter all the data on the payment card. After paying you, there is nothing else but waiting for you to receive the tickets you have purchased, which you will have to show when crossing the gates leading to the entrance to the museum or excavation site.
Ticket booking - transfer to payment