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Directions to Alhambra

Nestled in the heart of Granada, Spain, the Alhambra Palace is situated on a hill overlooking Granada City.

There are four ways by which you can reach Alhambra from Granada- bus, car, taxi and by foot.

But if you admire nature and the artistic beauty of the surroundings, it’s recommended to walk up to reach uphill. 

Alhambra Address: C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

Distance from Granada: 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
Distance from Barcelona: 874.6 km (543.4 miles)
Distance from Madrid: 178 km (111 miles)

Distance from Malaga: Around 140 km (87 miles)
Distance from Seville: 249 km (155 miles)

By Bus

Hop one of the crimson Alhambra Buses, either route C30 or C32, departing every 8-12 minutes from Isabel Católica Square, near the Columbus monument.’

Get off at Alhambra- Generalife 2 bust stop, the last bus stop for the C30 route.

For the C32 route, continue to Albaicin.

Get off the bus at the Alhambra bus station and walk to the Alhambra main entrance. 

You can buy the ticket directly on the bus. 

Alhambra By Taxi

Taxi can be expensive, but it is convenient to reach Alhambra Place.

It will take a while to reach Alhambra from the city’s center.

You can take a taxi from anywhere and have a direct drop-off at the entrance.

The taxis with a green light over them signify they are available for a ride.

The table below shows the usual fares based on the distance for various tariff levels. 

DestinationFare 1 (Weekday Daytime)Fare 2 (evening and at nighttime)
Bus Station €10€12
Plaza Nueva€5€7
Palacio Congresos€7€9
Cathedral€5€7
North of Granada€10€12
Sacromonte€8€10
Albaycin€7€8
Realejo€6€7

Fare One: Charges for weekdays during the daytime.
Fare Two: The evening and nighttime (from 10 pm to 7 am) during holidays and weekends.
In case of heavy traffic or delays, the charges may increase. 

Driving Directions to Alhambra

Cars are not permitted within the Alhambra complex, but there is a spacious parking area adjacent to the monument that is accessible.

From road N-323 / A-44, transition onto the ring road Ronda Sur (A-395) while following the Alhambra signage.

Upon reaching the Serrallo tunnel, stay in the left lane and take exit 5A. 

Make a left turn at the roundabout and proceed along Avenida Santa María de la Alhambra.

Continue straight onto Camino Viejo del Cementerio, where clear signs will guide you to the parking facilities just a short distance from the Alhambra’s ticket office and primary entrance.

Walking Directions to Alhambra

If you enjoy walking, the most pleasant way is to take a scenic walk through the woods from Plaza Nueva Square.

Alternatively, you can climb Cuesta de los Chinos street from Paseo de los Tristes, through the Realejo neighborhood from Campo del Principe, or descend via Cuesta de Gomérez street.

If you are coming via Cuesta de Gomerez, you will enter the Place through Pomegranates Gate (Puerts de las Granadas). 

This gate was built by Emperor Charles V in 1536 to replace an old Nasrid gate.

It’s a pleasing walk that takes less than 30 minutes of your time.

You’ll walk through the old forest on Sabika hill, called the Alhambra’s forest. People planted it in the 17th century, home to many different kinds of plants.

Three paths from here will take you to the Alhambra- the lateral ones are for pedestrians only. 

The main road leads to a small square with a fountain. 

It’s the Fuente del Tomate, and the nearby monument is dedicated to the writer Angel Gavinet.


Continue walking straight until you reach the main gates on your left side. 

Follow the signs to the Generalife Gardens to enter the Alhambra.


If you are visiting Nasrid Palaces (mind you, this area in the monument has a specific time), turn left after passing the Puerta de las Granadas. 

You will soon get to the Fountain of Charles V (Pilar de Carlos V) and the impressive Puerta de la Justicia (Gate of Justice).

Enter through the Gate of Justice and take a right towards the Puerta del Vino (Gate of Wine).

There will be the Palacio de Carlos V (Palace of Charles V) and the queue to gain entry into the Palacios Nazaríes on the left side.

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There is another way to the Alhambra through the Realejo. 

However, be careful with the very steep and narrow streets of Cuesta del Realejo and Antequeruela Baja.

You can walk up Cuesta de los Chinos or del Rey Chico Street from Paseo de los Tristes, crossing the river Darro.

This local route will close you to Alhambra Main Entrance, bypassing Las Mimbres Restaurant.

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Directions From Granada Airport

If you are flying from another country, the nearest airport is Federico Garcia Lorca Airport (GRX), around 16 km (9.4 miles) west of the city.

Once you have landed, you can choose from various options to reach the city Centre (Granada).

By Airport Bus

The Airport bus line ALSA connects Granada’s airport with the city center. 

The bus runs every 45 minutes and is the cheapest option with a one-way fare costing €3. 

The Airport bus doesn’t go directly to Alhambra. You must change at the Cathedral and take the Alhambra minibus (next to the Columbus monument) route C30 or C32.

By Taxi 

A taxi ride is the most convenient but expensive means of transport.

The ride will take around 30 minutes and costs approximately €20 to €30 on weekdays.

And on weekends, holidays and nighttime hours it will cost €25 to €35.

Rental Car

If you prefer more flexibility, you can also rent a car at the airport. 

Although renting a car from the airport is expensive, it is worth it if you plan to explore the region at your own pace. 

Directions to Alhambra From Madrid 

Granada is around 418km (260 miles) from Madrid. 
Various convenient ways are available for the trip, but a direct flight from Madrid is the best and fastest option. 
Here are the different modes of transportation. You can choose a suitable one.

By Plane

Distance: 367 km (228 miles)
Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Ticket Price: €60 to €81 

  • A flight is the fastest way to travel, with around 34 daily direct flights from Madrid to Granada.
  • Once you arrive in Granada, you can take a 20-minute taxi ride to the city center.

By Train

Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: Approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes
Ticket Price: €62 to €119

  • The AVE high-speed train service connects Madrid to Granada and is a convenient way to travel.
  • Trains depart from Atocha station multiple times every day between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm.

Directions By Bus

Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: Approximately 4.5 hours 
Ticket Price: €33 to €49

  • ALSA offers daily bus services from Madrid to Granada.
  • The bus journey takes about an hour longer than the train but is a more budget-friendly option.

Directions By Car

Distance: 420 km (261 miles)
Time: Approximately 4.5 hours

  • A road drive will take about 4.5 hours, mainly using the R-4 and A-44 roads.
  • It is a flexible option with the opportunity to make stops along the way, such as in Toledo or Jaen.
  • You can also explore other landmarks, castles, cathedrals, and more, but be prepared for Madrid’s traffic.

Direction From Malaga

Granada is only 135 kilometers (83 miles) apart from Malaga.
Public transport is the most convenient and affordable way to reach Alhambra. 
To reach Alhambra from Malaga, you have three main options:

By Bus

Time: Around 2.5 hours
Ticket Price: €15 to €20

  • Bus services like Alsa and Avanza depart daily from Malaga’s main bus station.
  • The bus station is about ten minutes from the city center. Pre-book your tickets, especially during peak season.

By Train

Time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes. 
Ticket Price: €36

  • A high-speed AVE train stopping at Loja can get you to Granada in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Upon reaching Granada, you can grab a taxi or bus or walk to your destination.

Driving Directions

Time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes. 
Ticket Price: €36

  • Drive from Malaga to Granada, following the coastal route.
  • The journey takes approximately two hours, covering 143 km on A7 and 55 km on A44.

Explore Alhambra From Malaga

Direction to Alhambra From Barcelona

The Alhambra is about 875 km (543 miles) south of Barcelona.
You can use various transportation options, such as a direct flight, train, bus, or car.
All the options are discussed below:

By Plane

Time: Around 1.5 hours.’
Ticket Price: From €30 

  • Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN) has direct flights to Granada’s Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX).
  • It takes about 20 minutes by taxi from (GRX) to Granada. From there, you can use a taxi or bus to the Alhambra.

By Train

Time: Approximately 6.5 hours.
Ticket Price: From €36

  • The AVE high-speed train departs Barcelona Sants station to Granada.  It commences early in the morning and reaches at lunchtime in Granada.
  • Book early if possible, as tickets start at €36 and may rise to €142 or more for one-way tickets. 
  • After reaching Granada, you can take a bus or taxi to the Alhambra. 

Directions By Bus

Time: 12 to 14 hours
Ticket Price: €25 to €81

  • Buses are comparatively slow and costly than other options. ALSA runs four daily buses that run from Nord Station to Granada.
  • After reaching Granada, you can take a bus or taxi to the Alhambra.

Directions By Car

Time:8 to 9 hours

  • AP-7 highway is the most direct route, covering about 850 km (528 miles). Follow signs to the Alhambra once you reach Granada.
  • Note that parking at the Alhambra can be limited, especially during peak seasons.

Directions to Alhambra From Seville

Seville and Granada are about 249 km (155 miles) from each other.
To the Palace, there are three means of transport, namely: train, bus or car.

By Bus

Time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes.
Ticket Price: Around €12

  • Journey by bus is the cheapest but slowest option.
  • Alsa bus service every day departs ten buses from Seville’s central bus station.
  • Buses operate from 9 am to 8 pm, with travel times ranging from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours and 15 minutes.
  • After reaching Granada, you can take a bus or taxi to the Alhambra.

By Train

Time: Around 2.5 hours.  
Ticket Price:From €20

  • The most convenient option from Seville to Granada is the train.
  • Trains depart from Seville Santa Justa and arrive at Granada’s central train station.
  • Ticket prices start from €20, however, factors like booking time and day of the week can fluctuate the prices.
  • After reaching Granada, you can take a bus or taxi to the Alhambra.

Driving Direction By Car

There are two primary routes for Granada.

  • Route A-92: This takes a journey of about two and half hours, covering the distance of a little over 140 km from the city of Seville to the South along the A-92.
  • Route E-92, E-5: This route is similar to A-92, but it takes a southern direction and is approximately 20 minutes more than route A-92.

Book the Alhambra tour from Seville with transportation and explore all the attractions of the Palace along with Albaicin.

Explore Alhambra From Seville

Direction to Alhambra FAQs

How to get to Alhambra from Granada bus station?

You can take a bus or a taxi to get to Alhambra.

However, there is no direct bus from the Granada bus station to the Alhambra.

Get on line 33 to the Cathedral and then change to line C30 or C32 to Alhambra.

Get off at the Alhambra bus station and walk to the main entrance.

How to get to Alhambra from Granada train station?

Board a bus or take a taxi to reach Alhambra.

Direct bus services are not available for Alhambra.

Exit the station and take a right turn towards Avenida de Andaluces.

Cath a bus line C30 or C32 from a nearby bus station to Alhambra bus station.

Where is the Alhambra Palace?

Address: C. Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

The Alhambra is located west of the city of Granada, Andalusia, Spain.
Situated on the top of the Sabika hill on the left bank of the Darro River, it provides a view of the whole city. 

How to get to Alhambra Palace?

The Palace is easily accessible from multiple means, depending upon your location.

Granada: You can take a taxi or bus, drive yourself or even walk to reach the Alhambra Palace.

Madrid: Take a one-hour flight to Granada or board a 3.5-hour high-speed train.
Driving is a flexible option but will take more time than a train, whereas the bus is an affordable option. 

Barcelona: A flight will take one and a half hours, whereas the train will take you to Granada in around 6. 25 hours.

A bus is the cheapest way but time-consuming with 12 to 14 hours journey, and via car, you will reach in around eight to nine hours. 

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