How to Reach the Alhambra by Bus, on Foot, byTaxi or Driving
The Alhambra monumental complex is located on top of a hill overlooking the city of Granada. This means you will have to climb a few slopes in order to reach its main gate.
Although it is within walking distance from Plaza Nueva (in the city center), you might prefer to use public transport to get to the Alhambra.
We explain here the different options available to the visitor to reach the Alhambra easily.
How to Get to the Alhambra by BusYou can take one of the red minibuses called Alhambra Bus, routes C30 or C32. They leave every 8-12 minutes from Isabel Católica Square (Columbus monument).
Get off at the bus stop called 'Alhambra - Generalife 2', which is the last stop for bus C30. Bus C32 continues its journey towards the Albaicín, so be careful not to miss your stop.
If you are going to stay in Granada for few days, you would probably be better off buying a Travel Card called Bonobus, so a trip will cost you cheaper.
You can buy a single journey ticket or the travel card directly on the bus.
How to Get to the Alhambra on FootThe easiest and more pleasant way to reach the Alhambra from Plaza Nueva square is to walk up Cuesta de Gómerez and enter the monumental complex through the beatiful Puerta de las Granadas (Pomegranates Gate).
This gate was built in 1536 by Emperor Charles V to replace an old Nasrid gate.
It's a very pleasant walk that takes less than 30 mins.
You will walk across the old forest that extends throughout the Sabika hill: it´s the Alhambra's forest. It was planted in the 17th century and has a wide range of species.
From here three paths will lead you into the Alhambra; the lateral ones are only for pedestrians.
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.
To the left you will see, among the trees, the Gate of Bibarambla.
Keep walking straight following the main road, called Paseo del Generalife, until you reach the Main Gates that grant acces to the Alhambra through the Generalife Gardens (on your left).
If you are going to visit the Nasrid Palaces first (remember that this is the only part of the monument that has an allocated time), then take the path on your left when you cross the Puerta de las Granadas.
You will reach the Pilar de Carlos V (Fountain of Charles V) and the amazing Puerta de la Justicia (Gate of Justice).
Enter the walled enclosure of the Alhambra through the Gate of Justice and turn right towards the Puerta del Vino (Gate of Wine).
You will find the Palacio de Carlos V (Palace of Charles V) and on the left side the queue to enter the Palacios Nazaríes.
There is another way to get to the Alhambra through the Realejo. However, the Cuesta del Realejo and Antequeruela Baja streets are very steep and narrow.
From Paseo de los Tristes you can walk up Cuesta de los Chinos or del Rey Chico street, crossing the river Darro.
This route is used mainly by locals and will take you very close to the Alhambra Main Entrance, passing by Las Mimbres Restaurant.
How to Get to the Alhambra by TaxiFrom the city center it´s just a short taxi ride to the Alhambra. Unlike other cars, taxis are allowed to drive through the Alhambra monumental complex.
There are many official taxi ranks around the center and they can be hailed on the street too. Taxis that are available have a green light on their roof.
You can also book a taxi on your mobile using the pidetaxi Granada application: https://www.granadataxi.com/pidetaxi-app
This table shows typical fares based on distance for the different tariffs. Fares may be higher if there are delays or heavy traffic.
North of Granada
The first column of the table shows prices for Tariff 1, which is valid on weekdays during the daytime.
Tariff 2 (in the second column) is applied in the evening and at night time (from 22:00 to 07:00), during holidays and weekends.
As you can see, from the centre of Granada to the Alhambra a taxi would cost 5-7 euros, and from the bus station of Granada (in the norht) is about 10-12 euros.
For more information about taxis see: Granada Taxi.
How to Get to the Alhambra by CarCars are not allowed to enter the Alhambra complex, but there is a big parking next to the monument which can be accessed. The price is approximately 2.80 euros/hour. There are parking spaces for buses and caravans too.
You can reach the parking by Ronda Sur (N-323, A44), Granada´s bypass road.
Head towards Sierra Nevada and keep on the left lane when going through the Serallo tunnel. Then urn left at the roundabout and go uphill along Avda de Santa Maria de la Alhambra and then take the road that leads to the cementery (Camino Viejo del Cementerio).