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This is the screen shot of the online booking portal for the Caminito del Rey when it is overloaded with people trying to buy tickets… The message tells you where you are in the queue and also the warning “Do not close your browser or you will lose you place in the queue! The page will refresh untill the number reduces to zero and then will forward you to the booking portal.
I have had quite a few emails from people asking me why they can’t book 2022 caminito del Rey tickets (currently we are in September 2021) or in many cases any entry tickets more than a month or so in advance at any time of year.
The reason for this is that the online reservation system for the Caminito del Rey normally only opens up ticket availability for a period of around 8 weeks in advance. For example, in the second week of July 2021 tickets were made available for the months of August and September and it should be safe to assume that tickets for October and November 2021 will be made available sometime around the second week of September.
Working forwards, tickets for the Caminito del Rey in 2022 should become available in the second week of November for (December 2021 and January 2022).
This service seems to have been cancelled and is not available from any train stations in the malaga area.
UPDATE 26th August 2021
Many people are commenting that the Train to the Caminito del Rey is not available at Malaga train stations. Others, however are saying they purchased the tickets at the train station without an issue. RENFE insist that the tickets are available as normal.
Another option for visiting the Caminito del Rey are the guided trips available from the Malaga area on the Get your Guide website.
The combi train ticket – Train to the Caminito del Rey
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.