How to Get to Alhambra Palace

By Nikita Verma

The Alhambra Palace is situated on a hill overlooking Granada City.

To get there, you need to walk up some slopes. 

Even though you can walk to Alhambra from Plaza Nueva, some prefer public transport. 

But if you admire nature and the artistic beauty of the surroundings, walking up to reach Uphil is recommended. 

Alhambra Address: C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

Distance from Granada: 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
Distance from Barcelona: 874.6 km (543.4 miles)
Distance from Madrid: 178 km (111 miles)

Distance from Malaga: Around 140 km (87 miles)
Distance from Seville: 249 km (155 miles)

How to Get to Alhambra from Granada

Getting to Alhambra Palace is easy and simple. You can get there by bus from the city center, by car or on foot from Plaza Nueva and Cuesta de Gomerez. 

By Bus

Take the C30 or C32 Alhambra Buses departing every 8-12 minutes from Isabel Catolica Square near the Columbus monument.

If you’re on the C30, disembark at Alhambra-Generalife 2, the final stop. For C32, continue to Albaicin.

Alight at the Alhambra bus station and stroll to the main entrance. 

You can purchase bus tickets directly onboard.

How to Reach Alhambra By Taxi

Taxis can be pricey, but they are convenient to reach Alhambra Place.

It will take a while to reach Alhambra from the city’s center.

Taxis are readily available; you can get one from anywhere and have a direct drop-off at the entrance.

The taxis with a green light over them signify they are available for a ride.

The table below shows the usual fares based on the distance for various tariff levels. 

DestinationFare 1 (Weekday Daytime)Fare 2 (evening and at nighttime)
Bus Station €10€12
Plaza Nueva€5€7
Palacio Congresos€7€9
North of Granada€10€12

Driving Directions to Alhambra

You cannot take your cars within the Alhambra complex. 

Park your car in the parking lot near the monument and walk to the entrance. 

From road N-323 / A-44, follow the signs for Alhambra Palace and transfer onto the ring road Ronda Sur (A-395).

After reaching the Serrallo tunnel, stay left and take exit 5A.

Turn left at the roundabout onto Avenida Santa María de la Alhambra.

Continue straight on Camino Viejo del Cementerio, following signs to the parking lot near the Alhambra’s ticket office and primary entrance.

How to Get to Alhambra on Foot 

If you enjoy walking, the most pleasant way is to take a scenic walk through the woods from Plaza Nueva Square.

Another option is to climb Cuesta de los Chinos street from Paseo de los Tristes, via Realejo neighborhood from Campo del Principe, or descend via Cuesta de Gomerez street.

Taking the Cuesta de Gomerez route, you will enter via Pomegranates Gate (Puerts de las Granadas). 

This gate was constructed in 1536 by Emperor Charles V to replace an old Nasrid gate.

This pleasant walk will take less than 30 minutes of your time.

You’ll walk through the old forest in Sabika Hill, called Alhambra’s Forest. People planted it in the 17th century, and it is home to many different kinds of plants.

Three paths from here will take you to the Alhambra- the lateral ones are for pedestrians only. 

The main road will take you to a small square featuring the Fuente del Tomate fountain. 

Adjacent to it is a monument dedicated to the writer Angel Gavinet.
On the left, among the trees, you’ll see the Gate of Bibarambla.
Keep walking straight until you arrive at the main gates on your left side. 

Follow the signs leading to Generalife Gardens to enter the Alhambra.

Main gates of the Alhambra(2)

When visiting Nasrid Palaces (remember that Nasrid Palace has a specific time), take a left turn after passing through the Puerta de las Granadas. 
Shortly, you will reach the Fountain of Charles V (Pilar de Carlos V) and the impressive Puerta de la Justicia (Gate of Justice).
Enter through the Gate of Justice, then turn right towards the Gate of Wine (Puerta del Vino).

You will be at the Palace of Charles V (Palacio de Carlos V), and there will be a queue for entry into the Palacios Nazaríes on the left side..

NasridPalaces (Palacios Nazaríes)

An alternative way to get to the Alhambra is via the Realejo. 
However, be careful with the very steep and narrow streets of Antequeruela Baja and Cuesta del Realejo.

You can walk up Cuesta de los Chinos or del Rey Chico Street from Paseo de los Tristes, crossing the river Darro.

This local route will close you to Alhambra Main Entrance, bypassing Las Mimbres Restaurant.

Street from Paseo de los Tristes

How to get to Alhambra from Barcelona 

Alhambra and Barcelona are about 875 km (543 miles) apart.

A direct flight from Barcelona is the fastest way to reach Granada, which will take around one and a half hours.

The second best option is a train, which will take around six to seven hours.

Driving will take a bit longer – around eight hours—than the train. 


Barcelona to Granada By Plane

Time: 1.5 hours.

You can take a direct airline from Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN) to Granada’s Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX). 

El Prat Airport is around 10 miles from Barcelona’s city center, and traffic congestion is expected. 

After reaching GRX, it typically takes about 20 minutes by taxi to get to downtown Granada.

Once you arrive at Granada-Jaen Airport, you can take a taxi or bus to the Alhambra.


Barcelona to Granada By Train

Time: 6.25 hours

The train is the swiftest way to reach Granada from Barcelona.The AVE high-speed train runs daily from Barcelona Sants station to Granada. 

Departing early morning, the journey will take around six hours and 25 minutes, arriving just in time for Spanish lunch at 2 p.m. Once you arrive at Granada station, you can take a taxi or bus to the Alhambra.

Tickets begin at €36 if bought promptly after release, typically around 90 days before your travel date. Early booking is advisable as prices can surge to €142 or higher for one-way tickets if you delay.


Barcelona to Granada By Bus

Time: 12 to 14 hours

Buses are more time-consuming and expensive than other means.Several bus companies offer direct service from Barcelona to Granada.

The ALSA company operates four buses daily from Barcelona to Granada.The buses depart from Nord Station, stopping at either the Sant Station or the airport.

Once you arrive at the Granada bus station, you can take a bus or taxi to Alhambra.The ticket will cost between €25 and €81.

Barcelona-to-Granada-By car

Barcelona to Granada By Car

Time: 8 to 9 hours.
Granada is around 850 km (528 miles) from Barcelona. The most direct route is to take the AP-7 highway. 

Once you arrive in Granada, follow the signs to the Alhambra.

Parking is available at the Alhambra but can be limited, especially during peak season

Barcelona to Alhambra Map

How to Get to Alhambra From Madrid

Madrid and Granada are pretty close destinations at approximately 418km (260 miles).

If you are short in time and want a quick way to reach, a direct 1.5-hour flight is best for you.

If you crave a relaxed and scenic trip, a 3.5-hour train ride is perfect and convenient for them.

For those who prefer more flexibility, booking a private driver or renting a car would be the best option. 

There also are direct buses, but that will be the most time-consuming way.

We’ll explore the best ways to make this journey to improve your travel experience.

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By Plane

Distance: 367 km (228 miles)
Time: 1.10 hrs
Flying is the fastest way to travel, and by booking tickets in advance, you can get your tickets at a similar price to train tickets.
34 direct flights fly daily from Madrid to Granada in a week.
During the lean period from March to June, the round-trip ticket cost €60. Whereas all other times of the year, the cost is around €81.
Nonstop flights to Granada’s domestic airport take only one hour, followed by a quick 20-minute taxi ride to the city center.

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By Train

Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: Around 4.30 hours.
The train is the quickest and most convenient means of transport to reach Alhambra from Madrid.
The journey by train from Madrid to Granada is relatively short. 
The two are connected by Spain’s high-speed AVE service at a distance of three and a half hours with a speed of 310 km per hour (193 miles per hour). 
The train departs from Atocha station several times daily between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm, with limited stops before reaching Granada.
The train tickets range from €62 to €119.

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By Bus

Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: Around 4.30 hours
The bus is the better option for budget-conscious travelers, though it takes long. 
The bus takes about an hour longer than the AVE trains, taking about four and a half hours to reach Granada.
ALSA offers services daily, allowing you to board a bus that works out for you. 
Tickets usually cost €33 to €49 and are often sold online.

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By Car

Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: 4.5 hours
A 420 km (261 miles) stretch from Madrid to Granada will take approximately four and a half hours of driving. 
The route is relatively easy, mainly through the main R-4 and A-44 roads. 
Though the driving time is almost the same as when taking a bus, it is more enjoyable and flexible. 
A road trip through this region will show a lot of medieval landmarks, much more, but only those willing to handle Madrid’s traffic..

How to Get to Alhambra From Malaga

Granada is only 135 kilometers (83 miles) from Malaga.

You can take a train, drive yourself and reach there in less than two hours, or board a bus that will take only two hours.

Public transport is the most convenient and affordable way to get to Alhambra. 

Many buses operate daily to Alhambra from Malaga, including the Avanza and Alsa buses.

Malaga to Alhambra by Bus 

Malaga to Alhambra by Bus 

Traveling by bus is the most convenient way to get to Granada.
Several buses, including Alsa and Avanza bus services, run from Malaga to Granada with fast bus frequency.
One can also get a bus every hour or even more frequently, and the journey takes around two and a half hours.
The buses typically begin from Malaga’s main bus station, 10 minutes from the city center. 
And the ticket will cost between €15 to €20.

Malaga to Alhambra by car

By Car

Granada is in the northeast of Malaga, and the route mostly follows the coastal route.
The ride will take up to two hours.
Take A7 west for 143 km (89 miles) until you pass by the town of Motril.
Then, exit onto A44 and stay for another 55 km (34 miles).
After that, take exit 128 into Granada, following the signs towards the city center.  

Malaga to Alhambra by train

By Train 

If you run short on time, a train is the best option.
Take a high-speed AVE train with a stop at Loja, which will take about one hour and 10 minutes.
You can buy tickets online or at Malaga train station, costing around €36 for a single round trip.
After reaching the train station, follow the signs for the AVE platform. The trains are usually parked at the end of the station. 
On reaching Granada station, you can take a taxi, bus or walk to the destination.
Ensure you carry your passport and ticket to produce them when the security guard asks for them..

How to Get to Alhambra From Seville

Seville and Granada are approximately 249 km (155 miles) apart.

There are three ways to travel there- bus, train or car.

The train is the fastest way to get to Alhambra, the bus is the cheapest, and the car is flexible. 

Granada from Seville by Bus

A bus from Seville is the cheapest but slowest way to reach Alhambra.

The Alsa bus departs about ten buses daily from Seville’s central bus station (Plaza de Armas).

The ticket price ranges from around €12 for a one-way trip. 

The buses start departing around 9 am till 8 pm and will take either two hours and 45 minutes or three hours and 15 minutes depending on the selected mode of connection.

If you are on a day trip, consider taking the first bus to Granada and the last bus back to Seville to ensure you have enough time to see the city.

Seville from Granada by Train

Taking a train is the most convenient option from Seville to Granada. 

You can catch a regular train leaving Seville Santa Justa and arriving at Granada’s central train station. 

The ticket cost starts at €20 and may rise based on factors like the day of the week, how early you book and the travel time. 

It will take around two and a half hours or a bit longer, depending on which connection you take

Train Station in Seville

The train station of Seville is well-equipped with restaurants, cafes and shops.

The train departs from Seville station on the lower floor, while the facilities are on the upper floor.

Your tickets will be checked at the entrance of the train platform.

Seville to Granada Driving Directions

Granda has two driving routes from Seville.

Route A92: The route passes through Osuna town at A92 and proceeds through Norteh through Estepa town.

The drive will take two and a half hours, covering around 140 km (87 miles).

Find the more detailed directions below: 

  1. Start in Seville and head south on the A-92.
  2. Take exit 53 for Osuna.
  3. Follow the signs for Osuna and enter the town.
  4. Continue through Osuna and follow the signs for A-92.
  5. Take exit 41 for Estepa.
  6. Follow the signs for Estepa and enter the town.
  7. Continue through Estepa and follow the signs for Granada.
  8. Take exit 139 for the Alhambra.
  9. Follow the signs for the Alhambra, and you will arrive at the main entrance.

Route E-92, E-5: This is similar to the A- 92 route, but after Osuna, it goes through the south.

This route is 20 minutes longer than A-92, covering 349 km (217 miles).

Book the Alhambra tour from Seville with transportation and explore all the attractions of the Palace along with Albaicin.

Explore Alhambra From Seville

Direction to Alhambra FAQs

How to get to Alhambra from Granada bus station?

You can take a bus or a taxi to get to Alhambra.
However, there is no direct bus from the Granada bus station to the Alhambra.
Get on line 33 to the Cathedral and then change to line C30 or C32 to Alhambra.
Get off at the Alhambra bus station and walk to the main entrance. 

How to get to Alhambra from Granada train station?

Board a bus or take a taxi to reach Alhambra.
There is no direct bus service available for Alhambra. 
Exit the station and take a right turn towards Avenida de Andaluces.
Cath a bus line C30 or C32 from a nearby bus station to Alhambra bus station.

Where is the Alhambra Palace?

Address: C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
The Alhambra is located west of Granada, Andalusia, Spain.
Situated on the top of the Sabika hill on the left bank of the Darro River, it provides a view of the whole city. 

How to get to Alhambra Palace?

The Palace is easily accessible from multiple means, depending upon your location.
Granada: You can take a taxi or bus, drive yourself or even walk to reach the Alhambra Palace.
Madrid: Take a one-hour flight to Granada or board a 3.5-hour high-speed train.
Driving is a flexible option but will take more time than a train, whereas the bus is an affordable option. 
Barcelona: A flight will take one and a half hours, whereas the train will take you to Granada in around 6. 25 hours.
A bus is the cheapest way but time-consuming with a 12 to 14 hours journey, and you will reach in around eight to nine hours via car.

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