Alhambra Tickets

Updated information about the reopening of the Alhambra after COVID-19 closure

We are happy to announce that the Alhambra of Granada is open and can be visited.

Safety measures are in place to guarantee a safe visit. Wearing a mask is mandatory and disinfectant gel is distributed to visitors at the entrance gate. Visitors must follow social distancing guidelines after entering the premises.

As a result of the provisions against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, online booking is strongly recommended. Please note that only limited numbers of people will be allowed inside the Alhambra (50% capacity) until further notice. Make sure to book early to avoid disappointment. The price of the tickets hasn’t been changed.

Do you want to know the best way to get your Alhambra tickets last minute when they are sold out on the official website? Don’t worry, there are other ways to visit the Alhambra.

How to get Alhambra tickets last minute when sold out on the official website? What to do?

I will go straight to the point. If by chance you only have a specific date to visit the Alhambra and all the tickets are sold out on the official website and you need last minute entrance to the Alhambra, there are 3 options:

  1. Buy the Alhambra Card. The Alhambra Card includes always a ticket to enter the Alhambra. When you buy the card, you will need to select the day of the visit of the Alhambra and you will be sure that it will be valid to enter on that day. The price is usually 49€.
  2. Book a guided tour (starting from 28€), in which there is always a ticket included even if the tickets are sold out in the official website. There are many companies offering tours and you can easily compare all of them visiting TourScanner. With a guided visit, there will be a local guide to explain you everything about the history of the Alhambra. The duration of the visit is usually 3 hours. The benefit of the tours is also that you get a ticket even if the venue is sold out on the official website.

3. Stay awake the night before or wake up very early. Every night, the official ticket system is refreshed and updated. Some tickets become available for the day after and they are added on sale on the official website.
The Alhambra official website has confirmed to us that this process happens every night. But, there is not a pre-defined number of “new” tickets added on sale every night. And, the exact time at which the system is refreshed and the new tickets are released is not known, and it can vary every day. Therefore, this is not an easy and guaranteed way to buy a ticket. If you want to try it or if there are no other options available, it’s an alternative that exists. Instead, we do suggest booking a tour or the Alhambra card to be sure to be able to visit the palace.

Until some years ago, the same procedure was happening offline. Every morning, there were some tickets available for the same day. They were sold to the first people in line in the morning at the opening of the entrance. But, it’s not the case anymore. This is the reason why in many blogs and websites, you will still read about the possibility to wake up early and go to the entrance to be the first in line.

4. Bonus option: if you cannot afford a tour, you can visit a small part of the Palace for free. It is only a limited part of the fortress, in which you can enjoy a view of the city, but you will not be able to enter inside the Palace. At the end of this article, you will find more info about it.

How to buy Alhambra tickets on the day?

If you are looking for Alhambra tickets on the same day of your visit:

  • You can check the official website to see if there are any tickets still available
  • You can follow one of the suggestions given to travellers looking for last minute tickets:
    1. Book a guided tour starting on the same day, which includes the entrance ticket. Make sure to select the date of today to see what is still available.
    2. Buy the Alhambra card
    3. Check the official website on the night before the date of your visit or early in the morning. If you are lucky, you can get a ticket on the same day, but, as explained above, it is completely unpredictable.

How much do Alhambra tickets cost and what is included?

The costs of the tickets entirely depend on what you want to see. Well, there are numerous types of tickets and thereby divided into three types. There are tours during the days (which are actually divided into the morning and the afternoon shifts), the Night Tour and the Garden tour. So, let’s dive in and explore the ticket options and costs.

1. General Alhambra ticket

The cost of the general ticket is 14 € while kids under the age of 12 years get a free admission. Young people (with European youth card), as well as retirees, pay 9 € while disabled and children in the age bracket of 12 to 15 years get to pay 8 €. You can easily book your ticket on the official website, but, if you are trying to get your ticket last minute, you will probably find out that the tickets are sold out.

What is included:

Once you secure your general ticket, you have access to the following;

  • Alcazaba,
  • Nasrid Palaces,
  • Generalife

The general time proximity of the ticket should last approximately 3 hours and that should be enough time to go through all the places of the Alhambra.

2. Night visit to Nasrid Palaces

For the night visit to the Nasrid palaces, adults pay 8.48 € while children under the age of 12 years get free admission. Young people (with European youth card) on the other hand get to pay 6.36 €.

What is included:

  • Nasrid palaces
  • Palace of the Lions
  • Alhambra Atrium
  • Mexuar
  • Palace of Comares

It actually takes one hour to have a complete visit and tour for this ticket. You can purchase the Night Visit to Nasrid Palaces tickets here.

3. Night visit to gardens and Generalife

The costs for purchasing the Night visit to Gardens and Generalife tickets are 5 € for adults and 4.24 € for young people (with European youth card). Children under the age of 12 years old get free admission to the gardens and generalife.

What is included:

  • New Gardens of the Generalife
  • Palace of the Generalife

You should also note that the night visit to Generalife ticket does not cater for the Nasrid Palaces due to the specifications of time.

It takes approximately 1 hour to have covered every corner that is catered by the ticket. Check out your desired ticket here.

Flamenco show (option)

One thing I noted is that there is also the option of considering a Flamenco show to accompany the Night visit to Gardens and Generalife. Here you get an exotic dance and singing show from dancers that showcase the exotic culture. The tickets normally go for 28 € while the youth get to pay 6 € for their ticket. You could purchase the tickets here or book a tour.

4. Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba

For the Gardens, generalife and the Alcazaba, the total cost of the tickets is 7.42 € while for youths with European youth card get to pay 6.36 €. For children under the age of 12 years, entry is free.

What is included:

The tickets will include the following

  • Alhambra
  • Gardens of the Monastery of San Francisco.
  • Alcazaba
  • Partal
  • Palace of Generalife

The visit generally takes around 2 hours to fully cover everything that is included. Check out the tickets here.

5. Alhambra and Rodriguez Acosta Foundation combined tour

For this ticket, the prices are 18 € for the general public while youths that have the European youth card pay 12.79 €. People with disability (disability to be accredited) pay 11.73 € while EU elderly citizens, of whom ID is required, get to pay 12.79 €. Children between the age of 12 years and 15 years pay 11.73 € but it is absolutely free for children under the age of 12 years.

What is included:

  • Alcazaba
  • Nasrid Palaces
  • Generalife
  • Carmen of the Rodríguez (Acosta Foundation)

It would comfortably take you 4.5 hours to complete this visit so I highly recommend you get your mind and body ready for a really long and enjoyable time. Check out the tickets here.

Who is eligible for discounts?

Well, discounts are available mostly for children, disabled and a section EU residents. Children under the age of 12 years old have a free admission to the palaces and all tickets are free. Some tickets have discounts for children who are between the ages of 12 to 15 years. For children, if they do not have an ID that would verify their age, purchases should be made via the purchaser of the tickets ID.

The disabled also get to have some discounts on some tickets depending on the rates of the tickets. Though, it is mandatory that the disability must be accredited.

EU youths also enjoy discounts on various tickets and must have the European youth card when being admitted. Lastly, elderly members of the EU community also get to enjoy some discounts on the tickets. They should be aged 65 and above and have an ID to prove this.

How to buy a ticket to visit the Alhambra in advance

One piece of advice I give to most travelers is the need for booking tickets in advance. The Alhambra has very many visitors per day and also taking into consideration the restricted number of visitors per day, advance booking is anybody’s safest bet.

Tickets generally become sold out on a daily basis, so a good approach I recommend is buying an advance ticket some days before the official visit day. You could check out the official Alhambra website.

Most of the day of the year, the Alhambra tickets are sold out on the official website. However, it is still possible to visit the Alhambra. In case you don’t find the tickets on a specific date of your choice, the best way around this would be booking a tour. With tours, you have the added advantage of having a guide that will be with you throughout the whole visit. You could check out and compare various the prices of various tours on TourScanner. Usually, by adding 10€ – 15€ on top of the normal entrance ticket price, you can get a 3 hours guided tour, with the benefit to get a last-minute ticket.

Another possibility is buying the Alhambra Card, which includes the entrance to the Alhambra, even if it is sold out on the official website, plus several other attractions. This option is described below.

If you do not want to purchase either a tour or the Granada Card, the only option is visiting the open part of the Alhambra, which are completely free. You can enjoy a nice view over the city as well. You can learn more about this option at the end of the article.

Is it possible to visit the Alhambra for free?

Yes, somehow. The access to the museum is actually free for children under the age of 12 years. For everyone else, you have to wait until November 16 to visit the Alhambra without the entrance charges. The November 16th is the International Day of World Heritage where the board of the museum has a free cultural and educational day in the monuments of Andalusies as well as in the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra. Though, in order to get access to the museum on this day, you will have to receive an invitation.

What is included in the Alhambra Ticket? What will you see?

Each ticket is specifically made to cater for certain sites and scenes in the monument. So depending on the tickets, there are various things that you would see.

General Alhambra Ticket

  • Alcazaba: This marks as the highest point of the hill giving you a great piece of view that you can oversee the city and get a good glimpse of the vega too. It is also among the oldest sections of the Alhambra
  • Nasrid Palaces: These consist of the Dar al-Mamlaka royal houses that were built during the Nasrid period of reign. Though each palace is on a compartmentalized unit space, each palace is identified according to the sultan that ordered its construction which are nowadays sectioned into three separate areas; Mexuar, Comares and Lions
  • Generalife: It forms part of the lower gardens, the high gardens as well as the Palace of Genaralife. On the outer walls of the Alhambra, as well as the eastern side of the slope of Cerro del Sol, is situated the Genaralife. It is and was a recreational facility for the Nasrid sultans where they also did some agriculture. The Alhambra and the Genaralife were connected through the gardens that made it possible to integrate buildings with nature.

Night Visit to Nasrid Palaces

  • Access to the Alhambra Atrium
  • An evening or night visit to the Nasrid palaces where there are special lighting conditions
  • Access to the Nasrid Palaces, which include Mexuar, Palace of the Lions, and Palace of Comares

Night visit to Gardens and Generalife

  • The visit starts at New Gardens of the Generalife
  • Palace of the Generalife

Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba

  • You access the Alhambra through medina artisanal industry quarter that is made of the Promenade of the Cypress Trees known as the Secano or Dryland.
  • Alcazaba is the second place to visit.
  • Partal which was included less than a century ago is the next sight where it consists of the Gallery, gardens and paths of the Palace, Rauda, Promenade of the Towers, Palace of Jusuf III.
  • Then lastly is the Palace of Generalife.

Alhambra and Rodriguez Acosta Foundation combined tour

  • For this visit it will encompass a visit to the Alcazaba, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife
  • A visit to Carmen of the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation where it is a walk around five levels of a study-building and its gardens. It was built by José María Rodríguez-Acosta who was a painter in the dawn of the XX century.

Cancel/modify your Alhambra tickets?

Once you purchase the ticket from the official website, the tickets cannot be canceled or modified, so I highly recommend that you be very keen on the dates when purchasing the tickets.

Well, if you are buying from reseller websites, some websites offer the cancelation or modification option at a fee, so I would recommend checking the terms and conditions of the website before purchasing any of the tickets.

Is the Alhambra Ticket included in the Alhambra Card?


If you have the Granada Card, and intend to visit the Alhambra, you can decide the time range in which you have guaranteed entrance. The entrance to the Alhambra is guaranteed even if the tickets are sold out in the official website. It’s a good option to get an entrance ticket last minute. During the booking process you can decide the date and the time interval. The price of the Alhambra Card is usually 49€.

Check the price and availability of the Alhambra Card:

What is included in the Granada Card?

  • Alhambra (including Generalife, Alcazaba and the Nasrid Palace)
  • Cathedral of Granada
  • Royal Chapel
  • Monastery of la Cartuja
  • Monastery of San Jerónimo
  • Science Park Museum
  • Museum CajaGRANADA
  • City bus: 5 trips on the local network

What are the Alhambra opening hours?

The schedule below is a guide on the opening and closing hours of the Alhambra.

Daytime general visit

April 1st – October 14th

  • Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am-8 pm
  • Ticket office: 8 am-8 p.m.

October 15th – March 31st

  • Monday -Sunday: 8:30 am -6 pm
  • Ticket office: 8 am – 6 pm

Visit to the Gardens

April 1st – October 14th

  • Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am- 8 pm
  • Ticket office: 8 am-8 pm

October 15th – March 31st

  • Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am to 6 pm
  • Ticket office: 8 am to 6 pm

Evening visit to the Nasrid Palaces

April 1st –October 14th

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 pm- 11.30 pm
  • Ticket office: 9.30 pm -10.45 pm

October 15th – March 31st

  • Fridays and Saturdays: 8 pm- 9.30 pm
  • Ticket office: 7.00 pm -8.45 pm

Evening visit to the Gardens and Palace of the Generalife

March 1st – May 31st

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 pm-11.30 pm
  • Ticket office: 9.00 pm- 10.45 pm

September 1st -October 14th

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 pm -11.30 pm
  • Ticket office: 9.00 pm-10.45 pm

October 15th – November 14th

  • Fridays and Saturdays: 8 pm- 9.30 pm
  • Ticket office: 7.00 pm- 8.45 pm

Avoid the crowd – What is the best time to visit the Alhambra?

The best way I recommend for avoiding crowds at the Alhambra is opting for early morning or the nights. These two timeframes have fewer people and less congestion which makes it easy to move around the Alhambra.

NB: The Alhambra remains closed on the 25th of December and on the 1st of January.

What if I don’t get any kind of ticket or tour for the Alhambra? May I still visit something?

Well, even if you run out of luck and don’t get any tickets, there are still some breathtaking sights that you might still experience from the Alhambra. There are some free zones where all this can happen. Taking into consideration that the Alhambra by itself is a city, you can easily cross the wall gates with no restriction and you can have the view of the GATE OF JUSTICE.

Once you are on, the Palace of Charles the fifth that hosts two museums the Alhambra and Fine arts museum is easily seen. On the front terrace of the palace, there is the Gate of Wine famously known as the Puerta del Vino where you can comfortably have a selfie or picture with the background being the Albaicín.

I also advise people to take a stroll through the Calle Real where they get to go through the citadel and end up at a really nice hotel that was initially an old monastery.

Though you get a whole bunch of great places and sites to visit, that should not be enough. You should really try and get a ticket and have the experience of the Alhambra!

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