Granada Tourist Train - Granada City Tour - Alhambra and AlbaycinThe tourist train 'Granada city tour', also known as the Alhambra Train offers a tour to the most important areas of Granada: the Alhambra, the Albaicin, Plaza Nueva, etc..
This train is specially designed to suit the characteristics of the city of Granada, it can pass through the narrow streets of the Albaycin and has a maximum speed of 25 km/h.
These trains are equipped with panoramic style roof and windows in the carriages to offer a better view of the city. They also have an audio system and TFT with information about the momuments and beauty spots along the route, as well as a space for people with disabilities. The trains have a capacity for 60 people.
This service is provided by the Joint Venture (JV) composed by Julia and Train Group Progresa SA.
The Itinerary of the Tourist Train of GranadaThere are two routes: one daytime and one nighttime route.
The tour starts at the Alhambra, then - Puerta de las Granadas - Plaza Nueva - Carrera del Darro - Paseo de los Tristes - Mirador de San Nicolas - San Miguel Bajo - Romanilla Square - Alhondiga Street - Mariana Pineda Square - Molinos street - Alhambra Palace.
The night tour bypasses the Alhambra. It starts in Plaza Nueva, than Carrera del Darro - Paseo de los Tristes - Cuesta del Chapiz - Salvador Square - Abad Square - Tomasas - Camino Nuevo de San Nicolas - Santa Isabel la Real - San Miguel Bajo - Carril de la Lona - Cuesta Alhacaba.
Granada City Tour Ticket PricesThe price of the tour is 6 euros if you do not get off at the train stops, and if you want to use the train all day the price is eight euros for adults. This eight-euro ticket allows you to get off at any train stop to visit the monuments (the entrances to the momuments are not included) and then get back on the train to continue the tour.
Those over 65 years pay two euros for a single trip and four euros to have unlimited travel for one day. Free for children up to eight years.
Residents of the Albaicin pay less, 1.05 euros for a single trip with ten-journey travel card. Those over 65 who are residents in the neighborhood of the Albaycin travel free. Reduced rates do not include relatives of the residents of the Albaycin, neither pensioners under 65.
Granada tourist train does not offer free transfer to Granada urban buses.
The tourist train is free for those with Granada City Pass.
Schedules, Frequency and Duration of Tourist Train RouteIn April, May, August, September and October the tourist train runs from 9:00 to 1:00; in March, June and July from 9:00 to 22:00; in January, February, November and December from 10:00 to 19:00.
The day tour is 8.4 miles long and it takes about an hour to complete the route. The night tour is 3.5 miles long and is takes about 30 minutes to complete the itinerary.
The frequency is between 15 and 25 minutes depending on the season.
What is IncludedThe Granada city tour train stops at the Alhambra, the Cathedral, etc ... but entrance to attractions is not included in the ticket price.
Another Way to Get to the Monuments and the Beauty SpotsYou can reach all monuments and places of the city bus tour separately using buses in Granada. The price of single bus ticket (with travel card similar to London Oyster card) is 0.79 cents.
Is It Worthy to Use Granada Tourist Train?The tourist train is similar to Granada bus tour, has audio guide, panoramic views, but has another route. If you want to see the city from the outside, it's worth using it. It is cheaper than the tourist bus.
Because of its size the tourist bus cannot enter the Albaizyn (but passes through the Garcia Lorca Park, the Science Museum, etc..). The tourist train enters the Albayzin and has a stop at the Viewing-point of San Nicolas from where you can get the best view of the Alhambra.
If you just want to see 2 or 3 monuments in one day, the Albaycin and the Alhambra, for example, and you are not interested in the rest of the monuments, and do not want to see exterior of Granada, it is better to take a normal city bus, comes cheaper.
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Opinions about Granada Buses
Our driver dumped us 2 stops shortDon't take the night tour and expect to go all the way round - our driver dumped us 2 stops short at 2245 because he was "contracted to do only these hours". He said another bus would come but it didn't and we were stranded not knowing how to get back to the start of the route (stop 3 at night) (Viviane).
Ticket sellers allowed people to jump the queueWe took the bus with carriages from the Alhambra, around the city and got off at Albaycin. The buses were clean, smooth and well driven, allowing passengers to see the tourist sites en route.
What let it all down were the ticket sellers at the Alhambra stop who took money, gave tickets but then when the bus arrived allowed people to jump the queue, and there was total chaos.
We waited 30 mins with many other people, were first in the queue but had to be very forceful to obtain a seat. We could see free seats but the ticket sellers and drivers wouldn't allow anyone on and had no sense of order.
It was most disappointing and it spoils what could be a good transport service and is done so well in other busier cities. (Margaret).
Alhambra - Albaycin TrainIt is a good and quick way for the tourists to see Granada, also for the residents of Albaycin and people from Granada, now we have at our disposal another perspective to tour our beautiful city (Manuel).
What do you think about Granada tourist train?