Alhambra Tickets Sold Out? 7 Ways To Get Them [2024]

Alhambra Tickets Sold Out? 7 Ways To Get Them [2024]

Did you find that Alhambra tickets are sold out, and you’re desperate to see this UNESCO World Heritage site?

In that case, you landed on the right article.

I have visited Alhambra three times already, and in this article, I will explain all the options you have for getting tickets to Alhambra, even if they are showing as sold out on the official website.

In short, the tickets to Alhambra are also sold as part of deal tickets, such as the Granada Card, giving you an excellent alternative to the standard official ticket.

The best one out of all seven options is the Dobla de Oro Ticket, which is great value for money at only 27.30 euros and includes daytime access to all parts of the Alhambra complex.

Read on to find out more about all the options.

The ticket office at Alhambra, in Granada.
The ticket office at Alhambra, in Granada.

What to Do When Alhambra Tickets Are Sold Out?

There are 7 options to get the tickets to Alhambra when they are sold out. You will find details for each below.

Ticket Prices
Ticket Type Price
Night Visit of Nasrid Palace 10.61 euros (cheapest)
Alhambra Experience 19.09 euros (great value)
Dobla de Oro Tickets 27.30 euros (best option)
Granada Card from 46.92 euros
Alhambra Guided Tour from 45 euros per person
Generalife & Alcazaba Tickets 10.61 euros
Day Trip Alhambra Tour from 90 euros

Can You Buy Alhambra Tickets on the Day?

In theory, yes, you can buy tickets to Alhambra on the day, but in 90% of the cases, they will be sold out, so you shouldn’t leave it until the last minute.

Alhambra tickets can be booked up to a year in advance, something many travelers take advantage of, and tickets usually sell out many weeks in advance. Alhambra is the most visited monument in Spain (taking the top spot in 2023), attracting over 2.3 million visitors; you can imagine that there is a very high demand for tickets.

1. Book the Night Visit

Night visits to the Nasrid Palace are not as popular as daytime tickets, so you might be able to get one even at last-minute notice.

The night tickets are sold separately for the Nasrid Palace (the main part of the Alhambra) and then also for the Generalife Gardens, and run in two different opening times, for summer and winter.

To get the night visit, book them on the official website for Alhambra and choose your preferred date.

The tickets cost 10.61 euros.

Nasrid Palace Visiting Hours

Season Days Hours
Winter (October 15th to March 31st) Friday & Saturday 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Summer (April 1st – October 14th) Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Please remember you have to bring your ID with you to enter the palace, they won’t let you in without it.

You don’t need to print the ticket, save a digital copy on your phone. They will just scan the QR code at the entrance.

If you’re interested in the night visit to the Generalife Gardens, the tickets cost 7.42 euros and can be bought here. Please note the opening times are different to the ones for the palace, they are open all year round from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 pm and 11.30 pm.

Is the Night Visit to Nasrid Palace Worth it?

I can’t say for sure, as I have always visited Alhambra during the day. I would vote for a night visit if you can’t get any other ticket from the options below.

A night visit to Alhambra is a great way to enhance your experience, especially if you’ve already seen the rest of the complex during the day.

The Alhambra complex as seen from the Alcazaba tower.
The Alhambra complex as seen from the Alcazaba tower.

2. Book the Alhambra Experience

Alhambra Experience is just another name for a combined ticket available on the official website, and an alternative route to get a ticket if the individual tickets for Nasrid Palace are sold out.

The Alhambra Experience costs 19.09 euros and includes a daytime visit to the Generalife and Alcazaba and a nighttime visit to the Nasrid Palaces on two consecutive days. It’s a great value ticket option, that gives you access to the night tour of the Nasrid Palace, and you can still see the rest of the monument during the day.

Here are the opening times for this type of ticket:

Visiting Hours for the Nasrid Palace

Date Days Hours
October 15th – March 31st Friday and Saturday 20:00 – 21:30H
April 1st – October 14th Tuesday to Saturday 22:00 – 23:30H

Visiting Hours for the Rest of the Complex

Date Range Visiting Hours
April 1st – October 14th 08:30 – 20:00H (Monday to Sunday)
October 15th – March 31st 08:30 – 18:00H (Monday to Sunday)

Is the Alhambra Experience Worth it?

I think the Alhambra Experience ticket is well worth it, if you can’t get tickets to see the Nasrid Palace during the day. It gives you access to the whole monument for a very reasonable price.

Patio de los Leones in the Nasrid Palace.
Patio de los Leones in the Nasrid Palace.
The famous marble fountain with the lions in the Nasrid Palace.
The famous marble fountain with the lions in the Nasrid Palace.

3. Buy the Dobla de Oro Tickets

Dobla de Oro ticket is another combined deal that gives you access to Alhambra palace during the day, plus access to the other Andalusian monuments in Granada.

After the individual tickets to Alhambra, this is the best and cheapest option available.

The tickets are available at the official Alhambra ticket website, and cost 27.30 euros per person.

In addition to the daytime Alhambra access, tickets to these monuments are also included in the price:

  • Corral del carbón
  • El Bañuelo
  • Palacio de Dar al-Horra
  • Maristán
  • Casas moriscas: Horno de oro, Casa de Chapiz and Casa Zafra
  • Qubba del Cuarto Real de Santo Domingo

You can visit the Alhambra during the standard opening times

Visiting Hours
Season Hours
October 15th – March 31st 08:30 – 18:00H
April 1st – October 14th 08:30 – 20:00H

The rest of the Andalusian monuments included in the price have their own opening hours, which you can check here.

Is the Dobla de Oro Tickets Worth it?

The Dobla de Oro tickets are the best option for getting tickets to Alhambra if you can’t get the individual ones anymore.

The tickets are a great value for money, and even if you only have one day in Granada, you can tick off almost all of the monuments included in the tickets.

Outside of the Alhambra palace during sunset.
Outside of the Alhambra palace during sunset.

4. Buy the Granada Card

Granada card is the most expensive out of all the options available, and I recommend it only if you can’t get the tickets using any other options in this article.

The card is the best option if you are planning to stay in Granada for longer and explore more, and plan to use the local transport since the card includes also some bus rides.

There are four types of Granada Cards available:

  • Granada Card for 24 hours – 46.92 euros
  • Granada Card for 48 hours – 49.06 euros
  • Granada Card for 72 hours – 56.57 euros
  • Granada Card for Gardens – 46.92 euros

In our case, let’s presume you are interested in the cheapest one as a way to get inside the Alhambra during the day.

That means you have to get the 48 hour card, because the 24 hour card only includes a night visit to Alhambra, not a day visit.

Here is what’s included in the Granada Card for 48 hours:

  • day visit to Alhambra and Generalife
  • Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel
  • La Cartuja Monastery, Sacromonte Abbey and San Jerónimo Monastery
  • Science Park Museum
  • Andalusian Monuments – Zafra’s House, Cuarto Real,
  • Casa de los Tiros Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeological Museum.
  • 9 trips in the local bus network

Is the Granada Card Worth it?

Based on my experience, 48 hours is not enough to see all the monuments included in the card, as you will need at least half a day just to see the Alhambra.

If you’re planning to get the Granada Card, I recommend stretching your budget a bit further to get the 72 hours, giving yourself three days to tick off almost all the monuments on the list.

Gardens of the Nasrid Palace in Alhambra.
Gardens of the Nasrid Palace in Alhambra.

5. Book a Guided Alhambra Tour

In addition to standalone Alhambra tickets, you can also book a tour that includes entrance tickets to the monument. Local tour companies book a bunch of these in advance and then include them as part of the tour package.

That’s great news, because you get access to the palace and an expert local guide that will tell you everything you need to know about the monument!

The best value local tour I could find is this one, which includes tickets to the monument (the whole complex) and a guided tour in each part of the monument. It is a small group of up to 30 people maximum, and you will get a headset to hear the guide properly.

The tour, including tickets, costs 45 euros, which is great value for money if you consider that just the Alhambra tickets cost close to 20 euros each.

The tour option has a free cancellation policy, where you get a 50% refund if you cancel 24 hours before the trip.

Visiting the Alcazaba in wintertime.
Visiting the Alcazaba in wintertime.

6. Book Generalife & Alcazaba Ticktes

The combined ticket that includes the Nasrid Palace, and Generalife Gardens is the most popular one, so you will often find that those sell out first, followed by individual tickets to the Nasrid Palace.

In my experience, the separate tickets to Alcazaba and Generalife Gardens are still accessible even if Nasrid Palace is sold out, and are well worth a visit!

In Generalife Gardens, you can admire the sultan’s summer palace, and the Alcazaba offers amazing views of the whole city and the Alhambra complex. Don’t skip it if you can’t get inside the Nasrid Palace!

The tickets cost 10.61 euros per person, and access to the gardens and Alcazaba is at the opening times marked below.

Visiting Hours
Season Hours
October 15th – March 31st 08:30 – 18:00H
April 1st – October 14th 08:30 – 20:00H
Generalife Gardens with Alhambra view in Summer.
Generalife Gardens with Alhambra view in Summer.

7. Book a Day Trip Tour

The last option is the best to consider if you’re not staying in Granada but somewhere else in Southern Spain or Costa del Sol and would like to see the Alhambra.

As I mentioned, local tour companies pre-book a lot of Alhambra tickets, which they then sell as part of a day tour or a day trip to Granada. These day trips are one of the best ways to see Alhambra, and also include transport to the city and back, and a guided tour of the Alhambra.

You can book a day trip to Alhambra from Malaga, bigger cities like Cordoba or Seville, but also all the destinations on Costa del Sol, including Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Estepona or Nerja.

Keep in mind that the day trips are very popular, so they sell out pretty fast.

8. Visit the Free Parts of Alhambra

This may not be obvious from the official website, but some parts of Alhambra are actually free to enter, even if you can’t get tickets to the Gardens or Alcazaba.

The Palace of Charles V, with its museum, is one of them, and you’re also free to explore the courtyard between the Alcazaba and the Nasrid Palace, so you can at least see it from outside and enjoy the gorgeous views of Albaicin.

What to See in Granada Without Alhambra

In case you’re wondering, Granada is worth visiting without Alhambra, there is so much to see and experience. Don’t cancel your trip just because you can’t get the tickets.

Here are my top tips for making the most out of your trip to Granada.

Admire Alhambra from Outside

You can enjoy beautiful views of Alhambra from many different places in Granada, but the best views are from Albaicin, in particular these spots are great:

  • Paseo de los Tristes
  • Mirador San Nicolas
  • Mirador San Miguel Alto
  • Any elevated location in Albaicin
  • Restaurants next to Mirador San Nicolas

See The Mini Alhambra: Casa del Chapiz

The closest you will get to experience the architecture of Alhambra is by visiting the Casa del Chapiz, which is located by the entrance to the Sacromonte district. The place has quite random opening hours, so it took me a few attempts to get inside, but it was well worth it because this place is not on the tourist hotlist.

It is pretty small, with one main courtyard with a pond, but the gardens offer wonderful views of Alhambra and the building itself has a lot of common features with the famous complex too.

Location: Cuesta del Chapiz 22, about 10 minutes walk up the hill from Paseo de los Tristes

Opening Hours: From September 15 to April 30: Monday to Sunday 10:00-17:00. May 1 to September 14, Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 14:30 and 17:00 to 20:30.

Entrance Fees: 2 euros, free with the Dobla de Oro card

Casa del Chapiz in Granada, Spain
The main courtyard at Casa de Chapiz
Casa del Chapiz in Granada, Spain
Alhambra views from Casa del Chapiz

Visit The Other Andalusian Monuments

The Andalusian monuments which are included in the Dobla de Oro tickets (translates as ‘Golden Double’ tickets) are well worth visiting, Casa de Chapiz I mentioned earlier is one of them.

The other two monuments worth your time are the arab baths called El Banuelo, which are right by the river in Albaicin, and the other one is Palacio de Dar al-Horra, which is further up in the hills in Albaicin.

I suggest taking a taxi to see the Palacio de Dar al-Horra, and, if you have time, checking out the other monuments included in your ticket.

Here are the locations of all the monuments included in the Dobla de Oro tickets:

Frequent Questions: Alhambra Tickets

Are Alhambra Tickets Refundable?

No, tickets to the Alhambra are not refundable. According to their internal policy, you can only request a change of the name for the ticket up to one day before the visit, but no refunds are offered.

Can You Buy Alhambra Tickets at the Gate?

Yes, tickets are available at the gates, by the entrance to Alhambra, but you can’t get them for the same day, and usually they are sold out for weeks in advance. I recommend getting them online, and if they are sold out, check out some alternative options suggested in this article.

Do Alhambra Tickets Sell Out?

Yes, Alhambra tickets sell out very frequently, its almost impossible to get tickets for the same day. I highly recommend booking them as soon as possible, so you can choose the best time slot for visiting the Nasrid Palace.

Conclusion

I hope this article offers you lots of options to explore if you see a notice that the Alhambra tickets are sold out. Even in the

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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