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Buying Alhambra tickets

Buy online

Tickets to the Alhambra often sell out, so it is easiest and safest to buy your tickets to the Alhambra online before your arrive. You can do this at the Alhambra tickets website.

Buy from the ticket office

alhambra palace with sierra nevada behind

If you are unable to order tickets before you arrive in Granada and you learn that they are sold out, it is still possible to get a ticket. The best way is to go directly to the Alhambra as close to 8.00 in the morning as possible. Each day they sell 1,000 tickets for the morning (which are valid from 8.30 to 14.00 hours) and 1,000 tickets for the afternoon session (which are valid from 14.00 hours to 18.00 from November to February and from March to October until 20.00 hours). These tickets can only be purchased at the ticket office and not online or at the local bank. The tickets must be paid for in cash when purchased at the ticket office.

Buy a tourist pass

The final option to acquire Alhambra tickets is to purchase a tourist pass, which provides you with access to public buses, on and off tickets for a special bus that takes you on a guided tour of Granada and tickets to the Alhambra. This option can sometimes be a problem if the tourist offices are closed or if the computers are down, which can happen from time to time.

carlos v palace

Once you enter the grounds of the Alhambra, it is possible to rent a head set to listen to an audio tour narrated by Washington Irving that guides you as you walk through your visit. This is a good way to get the most out of your visit.

Note: A time will appear on your ticket. This time indicates the half hour window in which you are allowed to enter the most spectacular of all the palaces, the Nasrid Palace. Once you are inside this palace, you may stay as long as you want, although it generally doesn´t take longer than an hour to walk through this palace. Regardless of the entrance time for the palace, you may enter the grounds of the Alhambra earlier to explore all the other areas.