Book Online: Day Trip From Seville To Alhambra (With Local Tips)

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If you’re planning to book a day trip from Seville to Alhambra, you came to the right place – I have visited the Alhambra palaces three times already, and in this article, you will find all your options for booking a day trip to this stunning historic monument, together with my practical tips for making the most out of your time there.

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Your Options for Day Trip From Seville To Alhambra

There are three different ways you can see Alhambra on a day trip from Seville:

  1. Booking a day trip with a tour operator – highly recommended as it saves you a lot of hassle and time, and you will also get a dedicated tour guide to make the most out of your trip. It’s one of the most efficient ways to see Alhambra without the added stress of commuting and trying to secure tickets on your own. The tickets to all parts of the Alhambra and a guide in English are included in the price.
  2. Plan a day trip on your own with a rental car & prebooked tickets – you can also organize your own day trip by renting a car in Seville, and then driving to Granada on your own. You will still have to get tickets to the Alhambra monument, find a place for parking and pay for the rental and petrol, on top of navigating big city traffic in a car. A lot of car rental places also charge an extra surcharge for one-day rentals. It might end up costing you a lot more than option one, and the added stress of driving.
  3. Plan a day trip on your own using public transport – this is another option if you don’t like driving and would like to use public transport. There are train services available from Sevilla Santa Justa, however, the train journey is around 2.5 hours one way, and the tickets will cost you between 20 to 60 euros one way, per person. You will have to take into account the timing of the arrivals, and your transport from the station to the monument, as the tickets to Alhambra have a dedicated time slot, so you can’t be late.
Palace of Charles V in Alhambra, Granada
Palace of Charles V in Alhambra, Granada
Palace of Charles V in Alhambra, Granada
Outside walls of the Palace of Charles V in Alhambra

Where to Book Day Trip From Seville To Alhambra

To ensure you don’t have to worry about transport, guide or tickets to Alhambra, I recommend booking your trip online to save a lot of time and hassle, via the link below.

PLEASE NOTE: in the summer months even day trips like these sell out really fast, so secure your spot as soon as you know the details for your stay in Seville.

Online booking for a day trip like this has a lot of advantages, for example:

  • Free cancellation policy – you can cancel up to 24 hours before the trip, and for this trip, you will be able to get a full refund
  • Reserve now and pay later – you can make your booking now with no payment required right away
  • Guide in English included
  • Pick up and drop off in selected locations throughout Seville, you can find one that’s closest to you after booking (there are no hotel pick-ups available)
  • Skip the line tickets to the monument included, so no need to worry about securing your own tickets
  • Honest traveller reviews are included on the booking page, so you can check the feedback before you make your booking
  • Activity duration of 13 hours, which is perfect for a day trip like this (includes transport)

What’s Included in this Day Trip From Seville To Alhambra

  • tickets to the Alhambra Palace – full complex access included (palaces, Alcazaba, Charles V palace and Generalife gardens)
  • walking tour of Albaicin district (historic old town of Granada with views of Alhambra)
  • free time to explore Granada
  • seeing the Arch of Elvira
  • English and Spanish speaking tour guide
  • transport to and from Granada to the pick up location in Seville
Generalife Gardens, Granada Spain
Generalife gardens of Alhambra in late spring
Generalife Gardens, Granada Spain
Palace inside the Generalife gardens

Itinerary For Your Day Trip From Seville To Alhambra

  • pick up in Seville, at the designated pick-up locations, usually between 6am and 7.30am (you will notify the tour operator which one is the closest to you)
  • drive to Granada via the highway in a comfortable bus, the journey should take about three hours, with a short break after 1.5 hours at a service area
  • once you arrive in Granada, you will head straight to the Alhambra with priority skip-the-line tickets included in your day trip voucher and see the whole complex
  • time to explore Granada and lunch (own expense)
  • guided tour of the Albaicin district
  • travel back to Seville, with a break at a service station after 1.5 hours

What You Need to Know: Day Trip From Seville To Alhambra

I have been to Alhambra a number of times, and have seen it both in busy season and off season – in either case, you can’t simply get tickets for next day and drive there with a car, especially from Seville. The tickets sell out pretty fast, and if you want a guided tour you might struggle securing a guide with a smaller group, especially in the main summer season.

For booking this day trip, it’s essential that you plan quite a bit ahead and secure a spot on this day trip as soon as you have dates for your main trip to Seville confirmed.

Here are some of my tips for making the most out of your trip:

  • The day trip option I linked above runs seven days a week, so you have plenty of availability to choose a day that works for you!
  • For the booking, you will need to provide details for the travellers including their date of birth and passport number – the tickets are issued as personal ones and checked against the ID at the entrance, don’t forget to bring your ID with you for this trip
  • Latest 24 hours before your tour, you will need to confirm your pick-up location and pick-up time with the tour operator (instructions are provided on the booking)
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring Alhambra and the gardens, the complex is pretty big
  • Take water with you to keep hydrated, especially in the summer months. There are some vending machines between the Nasrid palace entrance and the Alcazaba courtyard, that’s where the toilets also are
  • No food is allowed inside the complex, you can have a snack in the courtyard between the Charles V palace and Alcazaba, there is also a small kiosk to buy coffee, drinks and snacks
  • No backpacks are allowed inside the Alhambra complex (bigger than 40×40 cm), there are lockers near the vending machines but the number of available ones is pretty limited – please keep this in mind!
  • Baby prams are also not allowed inside the complex, you will have to leave them in the luggage storage room

Frequent Questions About Day Trip From Seville To Alhambra

Is this trip suitable for kids?

I would probably advise against taking kids on this trip, as the bus journey alone is quite long (all together 3 hours one way).

What should I do in my free time in Granada?

There is some free time in Granada included in this day trip, I think with the limited time you have, the best use of it is to take a stroll through the streets of Albaicin and take in the views of Alhambra from one of the higher points.

You can also sit down for a drink and enjoy the old custom of free tapas with every drink served, pretty much anywhere in the city. If you’re looking for some restaurant recommendations, my favourite ones are in this article.

Is there barrier-free access in Alhambra?

As far as I remember there isn’t and this day trip is not recommended for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility.

Can you do this trip in bad weather or on a rainy day?

You can easily see Alhambra even if the weather is not great, as most of the exploring is indoors. The only issue is seeing the Generalife gardens and the Alcazaba fortress.

I hope this article provided a good overview of what you can expect on this recommended online booking for a day trip to Granada! I hope you will enjoy this trip and will be keen to hear your feedback in the comments section.

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Lucia is a founder and travel writer at Viva La Vita. She has been living on Costa del Sol in Southern Spain (Fuengirola) since 2020. She helps travellers plan the perfect trip to Spain thanks to her local insights, practical tips and unique insider perspective complemented by original photography.

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