If you are staying in Malaga, this is a great way to visit the Caminito del Rey. You can purchase a ticket combining train, bus and the entrance to the path on any of the ticket vending machines at train stations in Malaga. All the information regarding the steps to follow when buying the tickets can be read on the poster located next to the machines.
Important! You can only buy tickets on the same day you are going. the ticket machine is open from 6am to 09:15 every day except Monday (when the Caminito del Rey is closed)
There are 100 tickets available each day with 30 allocated for guided tours and 70 for self guided tours. Prices are 23 euros sin guía (without a guide) and 31 euros con guía (with a guide)
Its in Spanish but fairly straight forward to follow.
Tickets are now available for the period October 2018 to March 2019 but move fast as you can be sure that they will get booked up pretty quickly. Last year over 300,000 people visited and it is expected that next year will be the same.
If you can’t get the tickets for the dates you want then consider a guided tour or just turning up at the gate but don’t forget that many people get turned away using that option….
I still maintain that to really enjoy the walk and the area then stay in one of the local hotels such as the Magdalena, Garganta or Posada del Conde (Thats what I always do!)…
So you have been to the official website to book your tickets for the Caminito del Rey and to your dismay the dates you want are full (agotado). Not to worry as there are two other ways that you can get your ticket.
Firstly, stay in a local hotel such as the Posada del Conde or the Garganta Complex. These are the two hotels nearest to the walk that can get the tickets for you. (When you make the booking, make sure that you add a message to say that you are specifically booking because you want to walk the Caminito del Rey.) If the hotels are full then other hotels found on booking.com can help as well such as the fantastic Hotel Magdalena closer to Antequera.
Secondly, Just turn up and buy your ticket at the gate. (10 euros each and you can pay by card as well as cash). THIS DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK BUT MANY PEOPLE HAVE COMMENTED THAT THEY WERE ALLOWED TO PAY AT THE GATE.
Latest comments are that there are just 50 tickets available (unconfirmed) at the gate and people are turning up to queue as early as 07:30 am!
Thirdly, If you are staying in malaga go to a train station and see if you can get the combined ticket…. Click here to read more about the combined ticket!
Remember that the entrance for the Caminito del Rey is at the reservoirs/kings chair/el kiosko side… The north entrance. Right now you cannot start the walk from the El Chorro (south) side…
This is because there are a percentage of tickets (6% of the 1100 people allowed in daily.) When you can enter depends on how many people turn up for each allocated time slot. The maximum amount of people that enter every half an hour is 60 people so if you are there to buy your ticket at 11am and there are only 45 people checking in then you will be allowed to go along with that group… If there are 60 people you will have to wait for the next group in 30 minutes time.
Speaking with the manager there she told me that very rarely do people have to wait for more than an hour and on this day she had sold 120 entries at the gate and the people went in almost straight away but, she did say…”Try to get here as early as possible for the morning entries and weekends or holidays can be more complicated sometimes meaning people get turned away”
Even if you do have to wait a while, it really isn’t a hardship to sit and admire tha amazing scenery at the entrance to the Caminito del Rey!
The official portal for reserving a walk along the Caminito del Rey has opened up the booking system to the end of May 2018… For details on how to make a reservation click here…
If you cant get the date you want try this……No tickets? No Problem!
There will be around 100,000 tickets available and with December and January pretty much full,This next booking period is for February, March, April and May2018.
I am getting a lot of emails from confused people that they can’t “find” where to reserve their tickets on the “official” website for the Caminito del Rey. This also confused me at first untill I looked up the .com and .es websites and who owns them.
First, lets make things really clear. THERE IS ONLY ONE WEBSITE (THE OFFICIAL ONE) WHERE YOU CAN RESERVE YOUR TICKETS) and that is www.caminitodelrey.info
caminitodelrey.com is privately owned and has nothing to do with the official website. Same for .es so if you accidentally go to the .com or the .es and get confused it’s not your fault. They are deliberately misleading.
This (my) website www.caminodelrey.es is also privately owned by me and yes, I earn money when you click an ad or reserve a hotel via this site but it is designed to help people having difficulty with the official website with in depth instructions and up to date information about the area. There is a big difference between this website and the other two unoficial ones.
The caminitodelrey.es website is simply taking advantage of peoples unawareness and is designed that you contact them so that they can “arrange” the visit and your hotel/restaurant for you. It is annoying as especially a lot of the info on the site is copied and pasted from the official website and is outdated to the point of being useless. An example is that the site still says you can access the caminito by both entrances and this is simply not the case.
I will repeat… THERE IS ONLY ONE WEBSITE (THE OFFICIAL ONE) WHERE YOU CAN RESERVE YOUR TICKETS) and that is www.caminitodelrey.info
For anyone interested, you can find out info, like who owns and runs a domain by using a whois search… I use this one http://whois.domaintools.com/
Info on getting your tickest on this website is here…