How to Get to Alhambra Palace

By Harshitha Jagathiesh

The Alhambra Palace lies on a hill overlooking Granada City.

You have to ascend a few steps to reach it. Its address is C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, Centro, 18009 Granada, Spain; Get Directions. 

Although visitors may walk to Alhambra, some buses and taxis also go there.

But if you prefer admiring nature and the artistic beauty of the surroundings, we’d recommend walking Uphill.

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. You can take a bus or car from the city center or walk 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

Taking a Taxi can be pricey, but reaching Alhambra is also a convenient option.

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 best route is to take a scenic walk through the woods from Plaza Nueva Square.

You can climb Cuesta de los Chinos Street from Paseo de los Tristes via Realejo neighborhood from Campo del Principe.

You may also descend via Cuesta de Gomerez Street.

Enter the Cuesta de Gomerez route via Pomegranates Gate (Puerta de las Granadas). 

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

You’ll walk through the old Sabika Hill forest, which is now 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. 

Alhambra on Foot

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.

When visiting Nasrid Palaces (remember that Nasrid Palace has a specific time), take a left turn after passing through the Puerta de las Granadas. 

You will soon 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.

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.

How to Get to Alhambra from Barcelona 

Alhambra and Barcelona are 875 kms (543 miles) apart.

A direct flight from Barcelona is the fastest way to reach Granada, taking 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 a 20-minute taxi ride 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 start at €36 if bought promptly after release, typically around 90 days before your travel date. 

We’d advise early booking as prices can surge to €142 or higher for one-way tickets if delayed.

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. 

The buses depart from Nord Station and stop 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

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 close, approximately 418km (260 miles).

If you are short on time and want to reach your destination quickly, a direct 1.5-hour flight is best.

A 3.5-hour train ride is perfect and convenient for a relaxed and scenic trip.

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

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

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

By PlaneBy Train
Distance: 367 km (228 miles)Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: 1.10 hrsTime: Around 4.30 hours.
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.The train is the quickest and most convenient means of transport to reach Alhambra from Madrid.
34 direct flights fly daily from Madrid to Granada in a week.The journey by train from Madrid to Granada is relatively short. 
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.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). 
Nonstop flights to Granada’s domestic airport take only one hour, and then there is a quick 20-minute taxi ride to the city center.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.
By BusBy Car
Distance: 420 km (261 miles)Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: Around 4.30 hoursTime: 4.5 hours
The bus is the better option for budget-conscious travelers, though it takes long. Driving 420 km (261 miles) from Madrid to Granada will take approximately four and a half hours. 
The bus takes about an hour longer than the AVE trains, taking about four and a half hours to reach Granada.The route is relatively easy, mainly through the main R-4 and A-44 roads. 
ALSA offers services daily, allowing you to board a bus that works out for you. Though the driving time is almost the same as when taking a bus, it is more enjoyable and flexible. 
Tickets usually cost €33 to €49 and are often sold online.A road trip through this region will show many medieval landmarks and much more, but only for 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 By Car
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.
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.
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.

Tickets are available online or at Malaga train station and cost 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, or 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 get there- by 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.

Granada from Seville by Train

Boarding 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 in 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

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Direction to Alhambra FAQs

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. How to get to Alhambra Palace?

    The Palace is easily accessible by multiple means, depending on your location.

    Granada: To reach the Alhambra Palace, you can take a taxi or bus, drive yourself or even walk.

    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 takes one and a half hours, whereas the train takes around 6 25 hours to reach Granada.

    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. 

About the author

Harshitha’s heart lies where greeny mountains meet stretches of beach. She believes getting lost is the best way to explore

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