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Alhambra-in-a-day from Sevilla and night train to Barcelona

Hello Travelers,

We are a young couple traveling to Spain for about 9 days in June on a tight budget.

I know we are really trying to squeeze in a lot into these 9 days, but as of now we are planning to take a morning train/bus from Sevilla, reach Granada and leave our bags somewhere, go visit the Alhambra and take the night train to Barcelona from Granada.

I checked the tickets available for Alhambra on the day and only tickets post 5 p.m are available for entry into Nasrid Palace.

Can we take the post 5 p.m entry and still spend some good time inside the palace before catching the night train around 9.30 p.m from Granada?

Any tips on how we can optimize this back-breakingly ambitious trip?

Thanks in advance!


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Please examine your itinerary and determine if you have planned a trip which will provide more memories about dashing from point A to B, create needless travel stress, increase the opportunity for travel glitches and leave you thinking about all the trains, planes, buses and terminals you experienced.
Re-examine your priorities and recognize even on a tight budget you can a few destinations, slow down and enjoy experiences which create wonderful memories.
I am speaking from the experience of first trips to Europe (oh so long ago) when we had to "max the value for our money" by "seeing" a lot of places to "justify" our expenditure.
Invest in creating wonderful memories.
And the answer remains "No" you should not attempt to spend a couple of hours in one of the most wonderful places in Spain and say "done did that". "Quickies" really are not that satisfying.

Posted by
16893 posts

If you give yourself 3 hours in the Alhambra, catching a taxi at 8 p.m. for the 9:30 train, you won't have enough time and will be stressed during the entire visit. I recommend sleeping in Granada. What happened to your earlier idea of flying to Barcelona?

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Thanks to both of you for your responses!

Marbleskies: I completely agree with you, but i guess it's also a matter of personal preference. We do not mind the dashing around as much especially in Europe where the trains are great!

Laura: Does the entry into Nasrid palace at 5 p.m mean we cannot enter and see the other sections within the Alhambra before that? Or are you saying just Nasrid palace will take a good three hours to visit? Our thought was to reach Granada by train/bus in the morning, and enter Alhambra as soon as we possibly can so that we visit the areas other than Nasrid Palace before 5 p.m and spend about 2-2.5 hrs inside Nasrid Palace when we enter there at 5.

Please let me know if i am making any wrong assumptions.


Posted by
4535 posts

^^^ You are correct: A 5:00 Nasrid entry allows you to enter the other ticketed areas after 2:00. So you'd have 3 hours to see them (plenty) and then finish with the Nasrid. It can be done in as little as an hour and easily up to 2 hours if you want to soak it all in.

The schedule would be very tight but technically doable. Sounds exhausting...

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Thanks Douglas,

Once we are done with the Alhambra/Nasrid Palace tour, can you tell me how long it will take to get to the train station from there?


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4535 posts

It would depend on how you get there. A taxi would take maybe no more than 30 minutes. Taking the shuttle back downtown and then a bus or taxi from there would add another 30 minutes at least. If taking a taxi from Alhambra, I'd give yourself at least an hour and half total (allowing for getting a taxi, delays and getting settled on the train).

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Thanks a lot, Douglas!
But we are most likely dropping this somewhat outrageous plan now :) Too many moving parts, i guess.
Will save Alhambra for later. Gives us a reason to come back :)

Will do a stopover at Cordoba while traveling between Madrid and Sevilla now.
Hope it's worth it!