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How to get cheap or free tickets for the Alhambra Palace

If you would like to visit the Alhambra for less money or for free, in this post I tell you how you can do it

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

8 min read

How to get cheap or free tickets for the Alhambra Palace

Luis Cardoso

The Alhambra is one of the most beautiful monuments in Spain, which receives thousands of visitors every year. It is a unique palatine city in Europe and a cultural reference of Hispano-Muslim art in the West whose beauty has inspired travelers from all corners of the world.

To visit it you will have to buy a ticket. Getting tickets for the Alhambra on the Internet is easy because the offer is wide and varied. However, the possibility of finding discounts that allow you to see it paying less money or directly for free is not so easy although there are some exceptions.

If you would like to know if you are one of the visitors who can have access to get cheaper tickets for the Alhambra I advise you to read on.

1. How to get the cheapest tickets for the Alhambra

Enjoy your visit to the Alhambra to the fullest ©Jorge Fernández Salas
Enjoy your visit to the Alhambra to the fullest ©Jorge Fernández Salas

If you are traveling to Granada on a tight budget and what you want is to save as much as possible when visiting the Alhambra because you have other activities scheduled, I advise you to buy the single ticket (without guided tour or audio guide) on the official website of the monument or at the ticket office itself.

However, these tickets have no cancellation option in case of unforeseen circumstances and if you choose to get them at the box office for the same day, the queues can be endless and you run the risk of running out of them because places are limited. The standard price for adult tickets is 14 euros.

The best option

In my opinion, for a little more money the best option to explore this mythical Nasrid palace city is to take a guided tour of the Alhambra with a professional guide who will reveal all the secrets of this reference of Islamic architecture and art in Spain.

The price of guided tours of the Alhambra varies depending on the type of tour you book and what the tour includes but in Hellotickets you can find options from 37 euros.

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2. How can I save by buying tickets for the Alhambra?

Tour this architectural marvel steeped in history | ©Sharon Mollerus
Tour this architectural marvel steeped in history | ©Sharon Mollerus

The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most famous and visited monuments in Spain. As you can guess, it is difficult to find discounts, deals or cheap tickets at the last minute. However, it is not impossible to get savings when buying tickets for the Alhambra. I'll tell you how you can do it, it's very easy!

Getting the ticket at the ticket office

One option is to try to get a single ticket without a guided tour for the same day of the visit at the ticket office. Although it is a little cheaper, I do not recommend it because the demand to see the Alhambra is very high and places are limited.

Tickets are usually sold out in no time and it is not worth standing in endless queues at the ticket office. Your time is also precious and if you buy tickets for the Alhambra online and in advance you can spend it doing other more fun activities in Granada.

Visiting the Alhambra with the Granada Card

Another possibility to save money on your visit to the Alhambra is get the Granada Card, a tourist pass with which you can visit the Alhambra and the Generalife as well as other interesting attractions in the city. On the other hand, with this card you can also use the city bus to move from one place to another comfortably seated.

Acquiring the Granada Card: has several advantages. You will not only save time (because presenting this pass you will not need to queue at the ticket office of each monument to get the tickets) but also money because this tourist card of 24, 48 or 72 hours will allow you to access with a reduced or flat rate to the main attractions of Granada. In addition, you will be able to enjoy succulent discounts on other tourist services.

Children from 2 to 11 years old can also use the Children's Granada Card which includes the same services as for adults, so if you are traveling as a family this is an option to keep in mind to save a little more.

Take advantage of discounts

The Alhambra has some discounts for specific groups: (people with disabilities, European Youth Card holders, EU citizens over 65, etc.) who can buy tickets at a lower price than the general public but in order to benefit from such discounts is essential that these people present a supporting document at the box office.

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3. Who has access to reduced rates at the Alhambra.

Interior decoration of the Alhambra | ©Gwen Fran
Interior decoration of the Alhambra | ©Gwen Fran

The visit to the Alhambra in Granada is paid and to access you will need to buy a ticket. However, some groups can get them at a lower price than the general public.

Broadly speaking, this is the list of people who could benefit from discounts to visit the Alhambra:

  • European Youth Card holders.
  • EU citizens over 65 years old.
  • Groups linked to cultural or educational institutions with 15 or more members, with prior authorization.
  • Disabled persons.

If you are one of them you will have to present at the ticket office of the monument a supporting document that makes you beneficiary of the discount. To carry out this procedure and get your final ticket I recommend you to go with enough time in advance so that this management does not take too much time of your visit to the Alhambra.

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4. Alhambra tickets for children.

Guided tour groups | ©Rob Hodgkins
Guided tour groups | ©Rob Hodgkins

Tickets at the ticket office

Families who would like to try to get single tickets without a guided tour on the day of the visit at the box office can take advantage of the free or discounted tickets available for children.

  • The general tour for children up to and including age 11 is free when accompanied by an adult.

  • The general visit for children from 12 to 15 (inclusive) will have a reduced price of 8 euros when accompanied by an adult.

Of course, you will have to bring an identity document where they can verify the age of the child at the ticket office and access to the Alhambra.

Even being free, it is mandatory for any visitor to have a ticket to access the monumental complex as it is a guarantee against any incident that could occur in it.

Book your tickets online

The great advantage of booking your Alhambra tickets online and in advance is that you will have the tickets with you before your trip and you will not have to queue endlessly at the ticket office to try to get one of the tickets that are on sale for the same day.

The capacity is limited and the demand is very high so you could run the risk of running out of tickets after having been there so long waiting.

In Hellotickets: you can find tickets or guided tours to the Alhambra where the price of the children's ticket is also somewhat lower than that of adults. So you can save without having to get tickets at the last minute once in Granada!

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5. When is it free to enter the Alhambra?

Gate of Justice | ©Matt Kieffer
Gate of Justice | ©Matt Kieffer

There is currently no specific day when you can enter the Alhambra for free. To visit the interior of the monumental complex it is necessary to purchase a ticket in advance.

However, there are some exceptions that will allow you to enjoy the Alhambra without spending a euro. Here's how you can do it!

If you are from Granada or resident in Granada

The Alhambra is the great emblem of the city of Granada and in order to raise awareness of its historical and cultural importance among the local population, the Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife launched an initiative so that all residents of Granada and residents in the province can enter for free during the weekends.

Those who want to visit the Alhambra for free and free of charge have to make a reserva online: filling out the form and attaching the required supporting documentation. Another option is to make the reservation in person at the Residents' Office located in the Corral del Carbon.

Unfortunately, people who are not from Granada or do not reside there cannot participate in this initiative but foreigners still have another option to contemplate the Alhambra without opening their wallet.

If you are a foreign traveler

If on your trip to Granada you are on a tight budget and prefer not to buy tickets to the Alhambra to see other places or in case you finally can not get tickets to the monument, do not worry because you can always visit the free part of the Nasrid palatine city and take some beautiful pictures as a souvenir.

Although the free part is the least spectacular part of the monumental complex, it has some very interesting sites that you can see such as:

  • The walls
  • The Gate of Justice, which is the most iconic of the enclosure.
  • The Plaza de los Aljibes
  • The Gate of the Chariots
  • The Palace of Charles V, which houses the museums of the Alhambra and the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • On the esplanade in front of the palace you can see the Wine Gate and even take a souvenir photo with the Albaicin in the background.
  • The Calle Real, the main street of the old Medina that has been preserved since the Middle Ages.
  • The Parador de Turismo de Granada in the Alhambra.

Another place you can go for free to enjoy the wonderful Alhambra is the mirador de San Nicolas in the Albaicin neighborhood.

It is said that there you will find the most beautiful sunset in Spain and from this place you will get the best panoramic view of the Andalusian fortress with Sierra Nevada in the background. In addition, you will have unbeatable views of the Alcazaba, the Nasrid palaces and the Generalife.

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6. In short, what can I see for free at the Alhambra?

Palacio de Carlos V | ©michael clarke stuff
Palacio de Carlos V | ©michael clarke stuff
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Access to the monumental complex of the Alhambra in Granada is paid and you will need to buy a ticket to take a tour of the Nasrid palatine city. However, there are some sites in the Alhambra that you can see without spending money.

For the sake of clarity, below is a summary of what you can see in the Alhambra for free and what you can't see:

Requires paid admission

  • The Nasrid Palaces
  • The gardens and the Generalife Palace
  • The Alcazaba
  • The Bath of the Mosque

It is free and no entrance fee is required.

  • The ramparts
  • The Justice Gate
  • The Aljibes Square
  • The Palace of Charles V, which houses the museums of the Alhambra and the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • The Royal Street of the Alhambra
  • The Wine Gate
  • The viewpoint of San Nicolas
  • The Gate of the Carriages
  • The Parador de Turismo de Granada in the Alhambra, a former 15th century convent built by the Catholic Monarchs.

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