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No tickets for the Caminito left online? No problem (hopefully)

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). 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!

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20 thoughts on “No tickets for the Caminito left online? No problem (hopefully)”

  1. I’m planning on visiting on Sunday 9th April. Tickets are sold out! Is it worth taking the risk…?

    The transport from Malaga only arrives at 10.50ish at El Chorro… I don’t mind waiting, but it would be a waste if I went all the way and then wasn’t able to do the hike…!

    1. Hi, it is difficult to say as it is a Sunday and obviously weekends are busier than workdays…. Still, the train ride is nice and you can explore the area a little bit if there are no tickets available at the gate… I would still go anyway…

      1. Hello, any idea what is there to do in the area if the caminito is closed due to wind? Another hike eventually? We also come by train. Thanks!

        1. Well, you can still get the bus to the lakeside/kingschair area and then walk down to the entrance of the Caminito del Rey… The area around the reservoirs is very nice and there are plenty of places to have a beer and lunch…

    1. On a Sunday I would doubt it…. There are 10 of you? Maybe during the week but as you can imagine weekends are always busier in any tourist attraction.

      1. Five of us are going to be there from 11 till 20 April . What days would you recommend? My daughter is seven and an half- tall and fit- do you think that I can try to take her with us?

        1. Hi, First you need to check to see if there is a space available for the 5 of you for one of the dates you are in the area…. Or try your hotel to see if they can help out or maybe a guided visit… I know tickets for spring and summer are going fast…. Re the age, its up to you… 7.5 is almost 8 (8 is tyhe age limit)

          If you are going to just turn up at the gate then as early as possible and better on a weekday but there is no guarentee that you will get in.

  2. Hi, we are only in Malaga for 2 nights – 21st and 22nd May and since the hike is closed on the Monday, we are limited to only the Sunday.

    On the website – this is already booked out unfortunately.
    We only need x2 tickets.
    Do you think its worthwhile to show up on the Sunday morning? We don’t really want to travel unless we have a high likelihood of getting in.

    1. Hi Felicity… I would say not, it is a Sunday and it is Easter week……. Still, you never know if you got there early enough… I would suggest exploring more of Malaga. So many excellent museums and the castle and the port to explore….

      If you have a car then you could set off early, it is a nice drive up the lakes and the scenery is stunning… Fantastic food in the Hotel Posada del Conde right on the Dam by the Kings chair area

  3. Hi.
    We would like to visit on Thursday 20 th April. Only one ticket is available at 9:30. – we need 3 tickets.
    Should I pay the one and maybe buy the rest 2 tickets at the gate?
    Thanks in advance!

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for the tips!
    We couldn’t get tickets for Friday 26th May so as you recommended we turned up at about 10:15 at the North Entrance Gate. We were able to buy tickets (two) and go on the Caminito right away!
    So glad we could make it 

  5. How can I buy tickets for October? It’s not available on the website. Is it published later? I hope it’s not closed..😁

    1. Hi Susanne, No the Caminito del Rey is not closed 🙂 The ticket website is allowing up to and including the 30th of September 2017…. I would guess that in August they will open up the tickets for the last quarter of the year (october to december) Just keep checking the site…. You could follow the official site on facebook if you use it… I see that they said coming soon the tickest for october…. https://www.facebook.com/caminitodelreyoficial/photos/a.1126333524089839.1073741828.1124383280951530/1484255841630937/?type=3&theater

  6. Hi,

    Wanting to visit on Tuesday 1st August but tickets are sold out on the website. We are hoping to go earlier on in the day as we are flying home that evening. There are four of us, do you think it is likely we will get tickets without a very long wait time?

    1. Get there as early as you can and don’t be too disapointed if you can’t get in…. It is holiday season after all… However it is a weekday so that helps a bit. It is still a fantastic area to visit even if you don’t get tickets…

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