If you’re visiting Seville, getting tickets for your visit to Royal Alcazar is essential.
I have visited the Alcazar twice, and I prepared this handy guide that will save you lots of time and frustration and help you avoid many common mistakes people make when visiting this famous landmark of the Andalusian capital city.
If you prefer to skip the tips and advice, click the link below to get your tickets for Seville Alcazar online.
Seville Alcazar Tickets: What You Need to Know
Nearly 2 million people visit the Royal Alcazar each year. For conservation reasons, only a limited number of visitors are allowed in the palace per hour.
Currently, the maximum admittance for the chosen time slot is 250.
GETTING TICKETS TO THE ROYAL ALCAZAR
There are two ways you can get access to Seville Alcazar – by buying tickets online, or by buying them from the ticket office at the palace.
It’s nearly impossible to get tickets for the day from the ticket office (Patio de Banderas), even if you travel off-season. If you’re staying in Seville for a longer period like 5 – 10 days, you might be able to secure a ticket for a later day from the ticket office, but I would not recommend taking the risk.
In the summer, the tickets online can be sold out weeks in advance, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your trip.
You cannot buy tickets just to see the gardens or the Royal apartments. A general admission ticket is needed to see both, extra tickets need to be purchased for the visit to the Royal Apartments and these can be viewed only till 1.30pm
You can visit the Alcazar on your own or with a guided tour – there are guided tours you can book online and meet the guide at the entrance, or you can join one of the guides that are available at the entrance gates, which cost 10 euros per person (depending on the guide).
ACCESS TO ROYAL ALCAZAR
There are security scans before the entrance, do not bring any sharp objects, hazardous items or food inside. No large luggage allowed, not pets (even if your dog fits in a bag, it’s still considered a pet).
There is a free entrance to the palace available each Monday from October to December from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, but an online ticket is required and as you can imagine they are quite popular
Photo ID is required for those who purchased discounted student or pensioner tickets (only available to EU residents).
Why Buy Seville Alcazar Tickets Online
You should always buy your Alcazar tickets online for several obvious reasons. These include:
- Saving time on the location and heading straight to the entrance gate
- Being able to get inside on your dedicated time slot
- Guarantee that you will be able to access Alcazar on your chosen day
- Less time waiting as there are only a number of people allowed for each time slot
Where to Buy Seville Alcazar Tickets
The best place to buy the tickets is online.
- Click the link above and scroll down to the calendar
- From the calendar choose your date and from the date, dropdown select your preferred time slot – please note this cannot be changed later
- The ticket does not include a guided tour, only entry to the Alcazar
- The ticket is provided as a digital ticket with a QR code you will need to scan at the entry
Types of Seville Alcazar Tickets
Here are a few popular ticket options and tour combinations you can explore:
- Single Skip the Line Tickets to the Royal Alcazar
- Seville Alcazar, Cathedral and Giralda Tower with Guided Tour
- Royal Alcazar ticket with Audio Guide
Entry To Seville Alcazar With Your Online Tickets
- Once you get your online ticket confirmation, double-check the date and time of your entry
- Save your ticket on your phone, no need to print it out
- They normally allow entry about 15 minutes before your dedicated time slot
- IMPORTANT – the entrance to the Alcazar is from Puerte de Leones, the pink gate. From there you might see a long line of people waiting to get in, sometimes there might be two queues simultaneously.
- It’s IMPORTANT that you ask the person in front which time slot they’re letting in, as you might end up lining up in the wrong queue and will have to go all the way to the back of the other line if it wasn’t your time slot yet.
- Before the gate, they will check you have the correct time slot and ask for your ID if you have a student or pensioner ticket. From there you proceed to the gate to scan your luggage.
- Right after the gate, there is a place to get audio guides and a map of the palace complex.
- Toilets are available on the left side as you enter the main courtyard of the palace
Insider Tips for Visiting Royal Alcazar in Seville
- If you want to avoid crowds, it’s best to try to get the first tickets available on the day
- Try to be be among the first ones to get in at Puerta de Leon
- If you’re visiting off-season, April to May is a nice time to see the gardens in full bloom. In the summer months, it’s not very pleasant to spend too much time in the gardens as it’s super hot!
- Comfortable shoes are a must when strolling through the Alcazar
- If you want to explore the Alcazar at a leisurely pace, I would say you need at least 2 hours for the visit
- There is a decent size cafe near the gardens where you can get sandwiches, pastries, coffee and drinks to take a break from your visit
- Once you leave the palace, you cannot re-enter with your ticket
- Toilets are right next to the main square before you enter the palace, in the corridor heading towards the exit, they are clearly marked
Seville Alcazar Tickets: Frequent Questions
Here are some of the most frequent questions about buying tickets for the Royal Alcazar in Seville. If your question hasn’t been answered in here, just leave a comment and I will be happy to answer it there.
Can you buy your ticket the day before Alcazar Seville?
You can try but it’s usually pretty impossible. In the winter season, you might be lucky to secure tickets a day before if there are no many bookings online for the specific day.
Do I need a ticket for Seville Cathedral or Alcazar?
Yes, the entrance to Seville cathedral and Alcazar is not free and you have to buy tickets, ideally in advance online.
Do I need to purchase Alcazar Seville tickets in advance?
Yes, it is highly recommended. There is a ticket office near the entrance, but it’s near impossible to get tickets for the day as they have allocated time slots and also a maximum number of people allowed for each time slot.
Do you need tickets for the alcazar seville
Yes, you do. It’s best to buy them online in advance to guarantee that you can get in on the day and hour you would like to. In the summer the tickets tend to sell out weeks in advance.
How to buy Alcazar Seville tickets?
It is recommended to buy the tickets online.
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