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Booking the Caminito del Rey (how to buy a ticket)

I hope these instructions help you to reserve a walk on the Caminito del Rey. The comments and questions at the bottom are also very helpful so please feel free to ask or leave some feedback/experiences

IF THE DATE YOU ARE WANTING IS NOT AVAILABLE, PLEASE CLICK HERE AND READ HOW TO GET A PERMIT WITHOUT USING THE ONLINE FORM…

Entry permits are 10 Euros per person and payment is made by credit/bank card in full during the booking process.

  • Go to www.caminitodelrey.info (This is the English language page.)
  • In the the top left column click on “Book your visit” and you’ll be taken to the booking portal (In Spanish) You can select English language at the top right of the booking portal.
  • A new page opens and there are six image logos of the Caminito del Rey. The top left Image says “CAMINITO DEL REY”  and is larger than the other five logos. Click on “Comprar” (buy/choose). NOTE: The other 5 selections are for last minute bookings for, say, tomorrow, the 5th link is to rebook a date if the Camito del Rey is closed for some reason on your original reservation date. The 6th link is to book a guided visit.
  • (If you are rebooking for another date because of closure on your original date of entry click on the link that says “CANJEO POR CIERRE”. Select the new date you want and then add the original reference number from the email you received when you made your initial reservation.)
  • In the new page with the calendar select the date that you would like the permit for. (use the buttons to navigate through the calendar. It is a bit long winded if the dates you want are not available as you have to click on “Inicio” to go back and start again.) “Agotado” means no places available…
  • Select the hour you want to enter the Camino del Rey
  • Select how many people are going in your group (maximum 4 people.) You can select the just ticket or ticket plus bus ticket for your return to your start point.)
  • Click on “Comprar” and a new screen appears for you to fill out your details.
  • Tick the box to say you accept the rules – “Normas Reguladoras de Uso”
  • Click on” Finalizar” and enter your card details and click “Pagar”. You will receive an email with confirmation of your entry…PRINT THIS and take it with you along with your passport AND the credit card that you used to make the purchase on the day of your walk.

Note: Try to get all your info right the first time. Sometimes when the page refreshes and you have got something wrong, the information you previously entered is lost and you have to start again.

Some people are having trouble with the system accepting emails. If this happens try a different email address.

If you can’t get a ticket for the day you want then the only real alternative is to stay in a local hotel. These are the ones nearest to the Caminito del Rey.

Hotel Posada del Conde
Hotel La Garganta

 

91 thoughts on “Booking the Caminito del Rey (how to buy a ticket)”

  1. Hola!

    That about rules now for climbers access? Last year it was writen rule to let in free climbers who has civil liability insurance. Thats heard for this year?

    Cheers

    1. Hi Dennis, I have not heard that this rule will be changed and climbers stopped from enetering…. You should email the official website and ask

  2. Dear Clive,

    We are visiting from Hungary. I managed to buy the tickets and going to rent a car. My question is, that El Chorro is the starting / meeting point of the Camino del Rey trip? We do not want to be late the trip because of any misundersatings….as we are foreigners. Maybe this is stupid question…but thanks in advance for your answer. Regards, Anita

    1. Hi Anita…. The starting point for the walk is from the lakes, kings chair, el kiosko restaurant side and not the village of El Chorro. one way foot traffic also means that you will need to get the bus back to your starting point and car… Buses run every half hour or so.

  3. I’ve booked today for a group of 13 of us for 5 May at 10.30 am. We are being taken there in a mini bus. What time will we need to get there ready for our start time of 10.30 am? Also, when I booked for my group it only requested my passport details. Do the others still need to take theirs? Do we start from the Ardales side? And will our mini bus be able to collect us from the other end? As I’ve heard there are big queues for the buses to bring you back. Sorry, so many questions. Many thanks for your help

    1. Hi Sarah, not sure how you booked so many people as I saw that there was a limit of 4 people along with the person buying the tickets (making a total of 5 people) or, did you do the process 3 times?

      you really need to get there at 9:30 at the latest because from where the bus will drop you off you have a 20 minute walk to get to the caminito entrance gateway. You start from the reservoir/kings chair/El kiosko/Bar Mirador side and your bus will drive around to El Chorro to pick you up… You could tell him to meet you at the train station as thats easy enough to find and there is a bar there for a beer or 2 after your walk. Hope that helps…

  4. Hi,
    I have booked tickets for 2 people on the 21st may. We are staying in Malaga and am not sure on the best way to get to the start of the walk. The time we have booked is 1200. Any help would be fantastic!
    Thanks John

  5. Have all the dates now been booked up as the website only seems to show Friday 22nd April 2016 – or are they just releasing a few dates at a time?

    1. Hi Jillian, they have changed the booking page again… its really confusing for even Spanish speaking people….. You need to click on the top left image that says Caminito del Rey or the “comprar” link here https://entradas.mientrada.net/evento/public/janto/
      There are four links for comprar and only 1 is for private people. The other links have (ag), (es) and (co) after the words Caminito del Rey… Once the page reloads just use the calender to navigate to May, June etc…. Hope that helps…

      1. Thanks, I booked the tickets, printed off no problem and thoroughly enjoyed the walk last week!! (wasn’t asked for passport or the card I booked with just had the printed tickets scanned)

        1. Hi Jillian, thanks for that feedback it helps me a lot… I have had other people commenting that theyhad to show their passports so I am still advising people to take their id with them…

  6. Is there any posibility to get tickets for apríl 30 or may 1 when in the online systém is writen:”agotado”?
    thanks

  7. The website did not like my E U or USA passport number and I do not know what Tif, one of the requirws blanks, means.

    Any help please?
    Thanks.
    Ann

    1. Hi Anne, not sure what has gone wrong there as I know other people with US passports have used theirs OK and without issue… I don’t understand the second part of your message, sorry…

      1. The “Tif” blank was the problem. Finally figured out it was for ” Telefono”. We had a beautiful day for our walk on April 27 and thought El Caminito was truly spectacular! If we had not had the restaurant El Mirador as an end point, we might have had a bit more of a problem finding the start. So thanks for all the helpful hints!
        Ann from Northern California

  8. Hi Clive,

    Thank you for such detailed and informative guide on how to book the Camihito tickets. May I check if you know when the dates for Sept/Oct is going to be released? I followed your instructions for booking and it seems that the date are only opened till 30th June. Thanks in advance for your kind help!

    1. Hi Kylie, The reservation system will probably open for july, august and september during the last part of June. (Thats what hapopened last year anyway)

  9. could you please let me know what the start times are for the walk

    we are staying by the raiway station how often are the buses and what is the price to the start of the walk

    1. Hi Robert, the buses run every half an hour or so and its a couple of Euros. Of course it depends what time you have your permit for, if its early you may have to find another way to get to the start point. The best people to help you with this on the day is your hotel…

  10. Maybe they have changed the site, but the larger image of the four is on the top right, not top left.
    Am I correct in thinking the top right image is now the image I should use for a member of the public booking?

    1. Basically, they keep changing the layout…. The main booking calendar is still at the top left with 3 last minute booking links and also a 5th one for changing your date to a new one if the Caminito is closed for some reason…

  11. Really appreciate the information provided.
    I was able to purchase 2 tickets for June 24 2016 but it only required me to enter one name and one passport number – will that be a problem? I read that names and passport details are required for all ticket holders. If so is there a website to enter the second person’s details.
    The earliest time I got tickets for was 1500 hours – is there anything we need for that hour of the day from heat or if it gets dark?
    Also I heard it is safer now to do the walk. Is safety equipment provided and is there help along the way? We have never climbed mountains etc but are comfortable walking 10km +.
    Thank You

    1. Hi Rajeev, I try to keep the info here as up to date as possible but I would appreciate it if you would let me know when you go how it went re checking in etc… The system has changed again and it seems that just 1 person gets the permits for all people going. Still, it is best for people to carry their id with them at all times anyway just in case. You should have yours and maybe even the card that you used to pay with.

      Dark won’t be a problem but make sure you have a hat and suncream plus plenty of water for everybody. The walk is completely safe and you will be supplied with hard hats for the walk when you enter.

  12. Hi Guys,

    Just one question.
    After buying a ticket ( following your instructions, god bless you 😉 ) i finally got to the print a ticket part. Something went wrong and i didn’t take a picture or saved it but money from my account was taken. Will I receive any confirmation email or do you maybe have their contact number?

    Thanks for everything!

    1. Hi Paulina, did you get an email yet? Check your spam folder… Or maybe they have changed the system again and are now not sending emails… If you don’t have your ticket then the only thing to do is call them or email from the contact info on the booking website…

  13. Hello,

    I plan to visit the caminitio in august. My plan is to stay overnight at the camping in El Chorro and will take the bus in the morning to the entrance. I found a plan for the busses. I noticed that the earliest bus left El Chorro at 8.45 in the morning in direction north. Is this right?
    How long will the bus drive north to the destination at the Kiosk where my walk to the entrance starts?
    And is it early enough to reach in time the entrance at 9.30 ( 30 min before 10.00) for the first start to the caminito?
    I have my own helmet. Is it allowed to use this or do I have to use this from the organisation?

    Kind Regards
    Markus

  14. HI there,
    I would like to go CAMINITO DEL REY on 22-May 2016.But I saw all the tickets already sold out. If I want to try my luck to book those last minutes ticket( with (ag), (es) and (co) ), what is the different between those ticket?
    BTW I will stay in a hotel in Malaga for one night only, they can’t help me to book the ticket on 22-MAY 2016. If I fail to book the last minute ticket, is there any other method to go inside?Thank you.

    Regards,
    Sunny

    1. Hi Sunny, I think you will have to rely on one of the last minute (2 or 3 days in advance) links and hope for the best. The ticketing system is very confusing for people, even native Spanish speakers. Bets of luck and let me know how you get on….

  15. Hello!

    The site is quite vague & confusing. I can get 55 tickets for tomorrow afternoon, but there are only 3 tickets available at varying times for the entire month of June? hmmm…
    Where is the best place to park an auto?

    Best regards,

    Jeff

    1. I agree with you Jeff, the booking website is a confusing mess even for Spanish native speakers who tend to go round in circles before getting a reservation… Hopefully it will get better soon. Trt using one of the other links on the home page to get a permit in the upcoming 3 or 4 days… (The dates for tickets are at the bottom of eacj Caminito del Rey booking logo image…

      Re parking, you can park anywhere from the area by the Hotel Posada del Conde along the lake in designated spaces and the parking area by the big camping site… Getting there as early as you can helps a lot…

      1. Hi Clive,
        Thanks for the response! I just went back on the site and got tickets for my day! (21 Jun) There are hundreds available now. Thanks again for the help!

  16. Hello,
    I want to buy 5 tickets. The system says “unvalid email” but the email is right. What can I do?

      1. Clive, this website is a terrific help and prepared me for the difficulties of using the online booking. The email problem that people have may be because the last box to be filled in, bottom right, asks you to repeat some information. Because that box was under the passport number box I put in my passport number. Wrong: it is for you to repeat your email address.

  17. Hello, nearly booked tickets but for some reason it is not accepting our e-mail addresses. Has this happened to anyone else? Any ideas?

    Thanks

  18. Hi,
    for last minute booking I find three different links:
    CAMINITO DEL REY (AG.) CAMINITO DEL REY (ES.) and CAMINITO DEL REY (CO.).

    What is the difference and what do I have to choose as a private person?

    1. To be honest I dont see a difference between the three links for last minute bookings and it isnt clear why there are 3 different links… But yes you should choose as a private person

  19. Hi Clive,
    I’ve promised you to give you some feedback after visting Caminito del Rey.
    I booked my four tickets on the 22nd of April on the website and it worked very well.
    We started our walking tour on the 18th of May at 12 o’clock from restaurante El Kiosko on the north side and it took us 3½ hours to reach the busstop in El Chorro. It was an amazing trip that I can recommend others to do. Beautiful landscape in this mountain area.
    In the future I would suggest a better logistic so that you don’t have to do so much queuing by the entrance and at the buss stop. It took us more than half en hour to board the bus.
    The bussdriver had to tear of the ticket from the boardingpass with a ruler from every passenger. He was not familiar with that. Some passengers paid for the tickets with cash. He got no small change, because of getting so many banknotes.
    The worst thing was the lack of toilets.
    This pulls down the overall experience, but we are all children at the beginning.
    Anyway I will recommend this walking tour to everyone. It was exciting and not so dangerous at all. Even for me who have problems with heights and vertigo.
    Many thanks for your good websites and comments, Clive!
    It was a good birthday gift for me on the 18th of May 2016 with many nice fotos from the Caminito del Rey

    Abrazo
    Per

    1. Hi there

      Just a quick question, is this starting point downhill? I’m reading that there is more than one but taking my parents so don’t want the uphill one!

      I had to book for 5:30pm as most time slots were take (13th July). Hoping it will be a bit cooler than the height of the afternoon.

      We have a car and just want to make sure we know where we are going, plan to see the lakes first since we have the morning free. How long will it take us to get to the starting point and how early do we need to get there? Some pointers would be great!

      Sakina

      1. Hi Sakina, The only way to start the walk is from the lakes/el Kiosko/ Kings chair side. (The entrance from el chorro side is not open) so yes, you will be walking mostly downhill or level…. At 5:30pm it will still be very hot so make sure that you take plenty of watrer with you…. If you park somewhere near the Kiosko restaurant or the mirador restaurant it will take you 20 to 30 minutes to walk to the actual entrance gate of ther Caminito. Hope that helps and please send me some pictures or any comments about your day….. Also, if you are having lunch then try the Posada del Conde on the reservoir side…. Great food and lovely people working there 🙂

  20. Hi. Am really confused (or stupid!). If we get to train station at el chorro how do we get to start of walk and/or back to station? Thanks for your help

    1. Hi Lynne, you would arrive at El Chorro and then catch 1 of the buses that run every half hour or so to the start point. Then, walk back along the Caminito to El Chorro where you catch your train. Make sure you book your entry time to coincide with train times.

  21. hello, thanks for all your help its been very useful! One question, can you chose what side of the route your start? It isn’t specific to tickets?

    Thanks for a great service and help, my Spanish friend was struggling to use the website!

    1. Hi Mark, thanks for your kind comment. No, you can’t choose the entry point. The walkway is 1 way starting from the kings chair/reservoir/Bar el Kisoko side. When you reach el Chorro side you get the bus back to the start point…

    1. Hi, I am sure that you would be able to call a taxi from 1 of the bars on the El Chorro side after you finish the walk.

  22. Thanks for the guidance. Some feedback from doing the walk today. Had to book the walk at the last moment which meant no way to print the tickets.
    The website is not good but with a bit of care it all seems to work. First problem on an iPad is that some of the pages are bigger than the screen. Things like language selection and the buttons to select your timeslot are only visible if you swipe in from the right. I had a problem with an ‘unvalid’ email address as well. This was my fault as the email confirmation box is right under the passport number box. I wasn’t reading properly and was trying to re-enter my passport number. All worked when I spotted this.
    As I couldn’t print the tickets, I took my phone along with a pdf image. This was fine as all they wanted to do at the kiosk was scan the QR code on the ticket. FOR US, no other ID was requested. Just make sure you have an offline copy of the pdf as you can’t download it when you arrive if there’s no phone signal.
    You must start the walk at the north end. Trying to find this on a map is not easy as the ‘entrance’ kiosk is 15 minutes walk from the road. For us ‘Caminito del rey acceso norte’ is findable in Google Maps. Just drive there. It’s really obvious when you arrive and plenty of parking nearby.
    Finally, despite a previous comment, we found toilets at both ends.

  23. Hi, I trvale with my husband to Malaga and when we checked ticket during weekend, everything was sold out. We found last tickets for guided tour on July 31st, so we booked guided tour. Now I checked and there are plenty free ticket for regular tour and also for other dates. Is it possible to cancel and book regular tour? If not, I have one more question, we have time 12:45 and seems for us good as there is train to El chorro from Malaga at 10:05. But now I read that shuttle bus starts at 12:30?!!!! How can we get to El Kiosko from El Chorro? (We are not going to book accommodation there). Thank you.

      1. Hi, thanks, finally everything ended up well. We took guided tour and it was great! Guide was very nice and told us many interesting information. And the whole path was just stunning, it was amazing experience that we will never forget…

        1. Many people take the cheaper option and miss out on the guided benefits…. Well done Klaudia I am glad that you enjoyed your guided tour of the Caminito del rey

  24. Hello,
    is passport necessary for entrance into Caminito or is ID card enough? We have several tickets, that I bought with my passport, but one of the ticket owners does not have a passport. We are EU citizens. Thank you.

    1. Hi Ela, you should be able to use a normal european identity card but the booking system wil llet you know by rejecting the number if it is not a correct identity number

  25. hi CLive,
    what a helpful website – I was totally confused when I tried out the website that gives the option for English then doesn’t use English.
    We are staying in Ronda and I am wondering whether we should see if a tour is available or whether we can get there under our own steam without a car? Can we get a train/ Bus to King’s Chair where the walk starts? thanks

    1. Hi Suzanne, I am sorry to be so late in Replying to you…. Renfe have just introduced a new daily service between Malaga and both El Chorro and Ronda. but its not much help I am afraid. The train departs Málaga MZ station at 10.05, stops at Álora at 10.30 and arrives at El Chorro at 10.43 and Ronda at 11.52. The return train leaves Ronda at 16.55, leaves El Chorro at 18.02 arriving in Álora at 18.15 and Málaga MZ at 18.47.

      It’s the wrong way around for you. You could ask in the bus station but I think the time it takes won’t work… A car is really the best option from Ronda…

  26. Hi Clive,
    we have 2 additional ticket avaliable for date October 15, 2016 – 13,30 pm, entry + bus, total price 11,55 eur each.
    Is it possible to return the tickets or is there anyone interested in buying them?
    Thanks
    Ela

    1. You will have to contact them directly and ask what the procedure is, I presume you had an email with the permits to the Caminito del Rey? As far as I know tickets are not transferable as you booked in your name and I doubt if there is a refund available.

  27. I have a few questions and thank you in advance for your help. We will be driving from Nerja, so what town do I put in the navigation? I can’t tell if I am supposed to park in El Chorro and take a bus from there, or drive to the other town?

    Also is there a better time of day for hiking it? We will be there on November 11th. I’m hoping it won’t be intensely hot…..also wondered it there is a better time for taking photos there?

    1. Put El Chorro in your navigation… Once at el Chorro you need to drive around to the North side where the resevoir dams are and the start point is not far from the Kiosko bar restaurant right on the shore of the lake…. Park in that area and then do the walk. Once you arrive at El Chorro you can then get a shuttle bus back to the start point and your car…

      Please share http://www.cxaminodelrey.es with your friends and family. Thanks!

  28. Also one more question. It says in November it is open from 10:00-2:00. Does that mean everyone has to be out by 2 or is that the last time someone can enter? How long does it take to walk once you are on the actual path?

  29. Hi clive ….we booked two tickets for 4/11 at 14.30. We will come from Ronda by car. How many time it takes to arrive from ronda to ardales where it is the beginning of the tour? It is right that in the pdf of the tickets do not our names appear ? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi, The Caminito del Rey is about an hour by car from Ronda.. (Allow an hour and a half really)… I thought that there would be one name on the ticket that you printed but maybe they have changed the booking system again. Remember the start point is at the lake side/El Kiosko restaurant and NOT at the village of El Chorro…

  30. Hello, I am visiting from the UK and have just bought 2 tickets for 10.30 on Sunday (15th Jan). We shall be driving to El Chorro, can you please confirm where we need to go and what time we need to be there?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Jeremy… There is a map of the area here… http://www.caminodelrey.es/getting-to-el-chorro-the-reservoirs-and-the-camino-del-rey/

      Remember that you must go to the northern entrance by the kings chair/el kiosko bar/lakesides… Not El Chorro which is the finishing point…. You need to have parked your car by 9am at the latest because the walk to the start point is about half an hour and you should really be there an hour before your entry time….. Once you have walked to El Chorro along the Caminito del Rey you will be able to get the shuttle bus back to your car (every 30 minutes or so)

  31. Hi Clive,

    I’ve managed to successfully book myself a ticket for the Caminito Del Rey for March – yay! I’ll be using public transport to get there and can see that the best way from Malaga is by train arriving at El Chorro. I’m just not clear on where to go once I arrive at El Chorro as from earlier posts I have read that this is where the walk ends. I have booked the bus along with my ticket, so can you tell me if I can get the bus from the train station or thereabouts in El Chorro to the start point at Kings Chair/El Kiosko Bar/Lakesides? Also I presume that the self service ticket machines are located at Kings Chair?

    Many thanks
    Gayle

    1. Hi Gayle…. The bus timetable are here… (scroll to the bit that says horarios de invierno (winter hours)) http://static.sopde.es/malaga/subidas/archivos/7/6/arc_255167_v2.pdf …You should be able to get off the train at el chorro and get a bus fairly quickly to the lakeside where you will start your walk….

      Not sure what you mean by the self service ticket machines??? At the entrance to the walkway there are people who check your tickets and the system isn’t automated with ticket machines??? (Or it wasn’t the last time I visited a month ago)

      1. Thanks, I’ll take a look at the link.

        When booking my ticket through the website, on the page where you enter your name it tells you to collect tickets from the self service machine using the debit card used for the purchase. I’ve printed my ticket now so I suspect I’m sorted, saves me wasting time looking for a machine!!!

        Thanks again.

  32. Afternoon Clive

    I’m aiming to do the walk in February (looking like 16th) and want to do the longer walk at the start which I think is from King’s Chair. I’ll be driving there from Estepona – where should I be aiming for to park please?

    Also am I right in thinking the time I pick to book is for the entry to the “boardwalk” section and I therefore need to work back from that 50 mins to 1 hour plus to work out my park up time/walk start time which I see from one of the websites is 50 mins approx from King’s Chair?

    Regards

    Ian Wood

    1. Hi Ian, yes your timing is about right (45 minutes from parking to arriving at the checkpoint)… Park anywhere you can along the lakeside from the bar kiosko towards and across the dam to the hotel posada del conde… There is also a pay car park by the mirador restaurant at the lakeside before the kiosko restaurant

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