Alhambra Tickets Explained – Prices, Highlights, Discounts And More!

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Timings: 8.30 am to 6 pm

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Best Time to Visit: 8.30 am to 10 am

Price: €16 

Address: Real de la Alhambra 18009, Granada 

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Top Alhambra Tickets

Alhambra Skip The Line Tickets

From €16

  • This is the cheapest and the most popular ticket to visit Alhambra Palace. 
  • With this ticket, you can skip the lines and enjoy priority access to all palace attractions, such as the Alcazaba, Generalife, Bath of the Mosque, and the Gardens.
  • On a self-paced visit, take your time to marvel at Generalife’s exquisite architecture and learn the history of the Alhambra Museum.
  • After strolling through the palace, you can relax in the Generalife gardens, which feature fountains, manicured paths, and scenic picnic areas.
  • Visit the Palace of Charles V and the Moorish-inspired Bath of the Mosque to complete the tour.
  • Please note that this ticket does not include admission to Nasrid Palace. 

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Alhambra and Nasrid Palaces Entry Ticket

From €25

  • With this ticket, visitors get fast-track admission to Nasrid Palace along with all the other attractions in Alhambra 
  • You can explore the Alcazaba, Generalife Villa, the Charles V palace at your own speed and appreciate their exquisite architecture
  • Admire the mosaics and exquisitely carved pillars of Mexuar and visit Comares, the royal residence of Spain’s Moorish kings 
  • Enjoy a walk among the flowers and fountains of the Generalife Gardens. 
  • This ticket also lets you access any temporary exhibitions at the Alhambra

Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Tour with Tickets

From €45

  • This guided tour allows visitors fast-track entry to Palacios Nazaries and the Generalife
  • An expert tour guide will give you detailed commentary on the secrets, stories and artistic details of the Alhambra complex
  • This tour is multilingual and offers commentary in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.
  • Participants will also get an audio headset to hear their tour guide better.
  • After completing your tour, you can stay back and enjoy the beautiful views of Granada from Alhambra’s hilltop.

Alhambra Palace + Granada Cathedral

From €55

  • This combo ticket is for visitors who want to explore multiple attractions in Granada at the price of a single ticket
  • With this ticket, you can visit Granada Cathedral with an official guide. You can choose your guided tour in English, French or Spanish.
  • After that, pay a visit to Alhambra Castle and visit Nasrid Palace, Alcazaba, Palace of Charles V and the Alhambra Museum.

Granada City Pass

From €26

  • The Granada City Pass lets you explore one or more attractions in Granada over an extended period
  • You can skip the lines and explore Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens at your own pace.
  • Visitors can take a hop-on-hop-off train in Granada and explore the streets of the city\
  • You also get a 10% discount on all other attractions in Granada City.

Ticket Booking Information

Ticket Prices

The basic admission ticket to Alhambra Palace costs €16 for all visitors above 12 years. 

Children until 11 years old get free admission to the palace. 

If you wish to explore Nasrid Palace, the entry ticket price increases to €25. 

A guided tour of Alhambra palace costs €49 for visitors over 12 years and €29 for children between three and 11 years. 

Children below two years old can join this tour for free. 

Here is a brief look into the ticket prices of all available options: 

TicketPrices
Alhambra skip-the-line ticket€16
Alhambra and Nasrid Palace entry ticket€25
Alhambra Guided Tour €49
Alhambra Combo Tour€55
Granada City Pass€26

Ticket Discount

Online tickets are cheaper than offline tickets, but they also offer age-based discounts. 

While skip-the-line entry tickets to Alhambra cost €16 for visitors over 12 years, the ticket is free for children below 11. 

Children below two years also get free admission to guided and private tours. 

EU Citizens with Youth Cards also get a discounted price of €10 on the entry tickets.

How to Buy Alhambra Tickets

Buying Alhambra tickets is a simple and convenient process. 

Once you reach the ticket booking page, select the ticket that suits you best. 

Select the date of visit and number of participants and proceed to payment. 

Once the payment is made, the ticket will be delivered to your email. 

On the day of your visit, present the mobile ticket at the entrance and enjoy your visit. 

Advantages of Booking Online Alhambra Tickets

  • Buying tour tickets online saves money and offers discounts you won’t get offline. 
  • You can easily compare prices, features, and reviews online to pick the perfect ticket for your budget and preferences.
  • After booking online, you instantly receive a confirmation email with all the details.

Which Alhambra Palace Ticket Is the Best for You?

For Solo Visitors

Suggested Ticket:

Ticket price: €16

The basic entry ticket to Alhambra is the best option for budget travelers. 

With skip-the-line admission, you can visit one of Granada’s most-visited landmarks at the lowest cost.

You can also access the Alcazaba, Generalife, Palace of Charles V, Partal, and Alhambra Museum.

For a Detailed Visit

Suggested Tour

Tour price: €46

The guided tour is the best option if you wish to enjoy a comprehensive visit to Alhambra Palace. 

During this tour, an expert guide will take you through all parts of the Palace, including the Nasrid Palace, Alcazaba, Generlife Gardens and more. 

This tour is available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish, making it accessible to visitors worldwide. 

For a Budget Trip to Granada

Suggested ticket

Ticket Price: €26

We recommend you buy the city pass if you plan to visit multiple attractions in Granada.

The Granada City pass offers up to 50% discounted entry to the city’s top attractions. 

This pass includes entry to Alhambra Palace, hop-on and hop-off bus tickets and an audio guide. 

Know Alhambra 

Alhambra Palace, a 13th-century-old site, is a popular tourist destination in Granada, Spain.

It is well-known for its Moorish palaces and fort from the last Islamic dynasty. The castle is named after the reddish walls and towers surrounding it.

Standing on a plateau hill overlooking Granada’s Albaicin quarter, the Darro and Genil river valleys and the Sierra Nevada mountains, it attracts around 3 million tourists annually. 

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the Alhambra is mostly visited along with two other sites: the Albaicín (Albayzín) and the Generalife Garden.

It includes four separate areas: Alcazaba (the military zone), Palacios Nazaries (the Nasrid palace), Medina (the city) and Generalife.

Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours

Alhambra Palace is open year-round from 8.30 am to 6 pm. However, it remains closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

During the peak season, from 1 April to 14 October 14, the opening hours are until 8 pm. 

Night Visiting timings: 10 pm to 11.30 pm 

Gardens and Carmen of Martyrs: 6 pm to 8 pm 

Museum of Alhambra: 8.30 am to 10 pm (closed on Mondays) 

How to Reach

Alhambra Palace lies in Granada, Spain, 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the city center. 

Alhambra – Generalife is the closest bus stop, and you can take bus lines C3, 0110, 01210, and 313B, 0111. 

The easiest way to reach Alhambra is by taking a cab from the city center. 

Entrances

There are many entrances to the Alhambra Palace, each offering access to different sections of the complex.

The common entrances are on the south and east sides, including the Access Pavilion, Gate of Justice, and Gate of Carts. 

The Access Pavilion, on the eastern side, is the main entrance for ticketed entry. It has amenities like ticket counters, restrooms, and wheelchair access.

The Gate of Justice offers quick entry, and the Gate of Carts has shorter waiting times

Restaurants

While touring the Alhambra, you can refuel at several dining options within and around the complex.

Inside the Alhambra Palace are La Mimbre and  Parador De Granada.

Two top restaurants near Alhambra are Restaurante Jardines Alberto and Restaurante Garnata,

Other than these, there are a variety of restaurants near Alhambra and in Granada 

Vacatis Insider Tips. 

  • We’d recommend visitors plan their itinerary in advance while visiting Nasrid Palace Courtyards. 
  • While there is no time limit to the visit, once you leave a courtyard, you can not reenter.
  • A visit to Alhambra palace involves a lot of stairs and walking. Hence, we recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and prepare for a small hike. 
  • Don’t forget to bring your passport as it’s required for entry into various zones of the palace. 
  • If you are touring  Spain, visit Torre De Calahorra in Cordoba, which has a model of Nasrid Palace. 

Highlights 

Nasrid Palaces

These palaces in the heart of the Alhambra feature courtyards, reception halls and residences of the kings of Granada.

It was built by Muhammad II of the Nasrid Dynasty, the first king to move to the Alcazaba, and it was influenced by Moorish art, architecture, and culture.

The Alcazaba

One of the oldest parts of the Alhambra, the Alcazaba is a fortress at its western tip that was used as a military fortress and stronghold for the Muslim rulers.

The military barrack of the Nasrids and the national prison was for the Catholic monarchs after the conquest of Granada. 

Its most notable features are Torre de la Vela, Torre de los Picos, Puerta del Vino and Patio de la Alberca.

Generalife

Lush gardens, orchards, trees and fountains surrounded the Sultans’ summer palace and retreat. 

It houses the open-air theater that hosts the Granada Music and Dance Festival in the present day.

Palace of Charles V and Museum of the Alhambra

The palace represents the Renaissance in Spain with its square structure and circular courtyard at the center. 

It houses the Alhambra Museum on the ground floor and the Museum of Fine Arts on the top floor.

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FAQs

  1. How do you buy the tickets to Alhambra?

    You can buy your Alhambra tickets online or at the gate. Buying online saves time and energy waiting in long lines and you also get potential discounts. 
    You just select the ticket you want, fill in the necessary details, and pay. Once booked, the tickets are delivered to your email.

  2. How much is the ticket to Alhambra?

    The primary entry ticket to Alhambra costs around €19 for adults.

    For those over 65 EU citizens, disabled individuals, and children aged 12 to 15 years, it costs €13. Children below 12 years old can enter for free.

    A skip-the-line ticket starts at €15, and an audio guide ticket costs around €45. Guided and private tours cost more, around €65 to €90. 

  3. How far in advance should I book the tickets to visit Alhambra?

    We recommend booking one month in advance because of its popularity. Most of the tickets sell out quite early. 

    However, you also have the option to buy last-minute Alhambra tickets.

  4. Is it possible to visit Granada City in combination with Alhambra?

    Yes, there are city passes or day trips that take you around the city of Granada after or before the Alhambra visit.

  5. Can I visit the Alhambra without a guided tour?

    You can explore the Alhambra independently by purchasing general entrance tickets or self-guided tours with multilingual audio guides at your own pace.

  6. How many participants are allowed on private tours?

    Private tours are generally conducted in small groups, with participants ranging from 8 to 15.

  7. What are the different parts of the Alhambra to visit?

    The Alhambra is a vast complex with several parts and areas to explore, some of which are: 

    • The Nasrid Palaces
    • The Palace of Carlos V
    • The Alcazaba
    • Gardens and Palace of the Generalife
    • Rauda – Royal Cemetery
    • The Medina

  8. Can you take pictures in Alhambra?

    No, you can’t take photos in the palace without permission from the authorities.

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