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Bus services for the Caminito del Rey

Once you finish your walk at Caminito del Rey, you can take the return bus service which runs approximately every 30 minutes. The cost of the bus service is 2.50 Euros. However, make sure that you have the correct change as the drivers do not accept cards. It’s also important to note that paying with a 50 euro note may cause some frustration to the drivers who run the bus services for the Caminito del Rey

Book a guided tour through Viator

An alternative is to book a guided tour ticket for the Caminito del Rey at the Viator website here. Then you don’t have to worry about the shuttle buses as all will be arranged for you.

See if you can get the “combined” ticket when you book your tickets

Alternatively you should be able to buy the combined entry and shuttle bus ticket when you reserve on the official online booking system at 12,50 euros per person…

Remember that you will need to get the return bus journey if you have parked your car at the starting point as the Caminito del Rey can only be walked in one direction from Guadalhorce reservoir / Kings chair / Kiosko bar side to the El Chorro / train station side.

Bus services for the Caminito del Rey start from El Chorro at 08:30 and run every 30 minutes (on weekends) and hourly on weekdays until 17:30 . The buses run from Tuesday to Sunday as the Caminito del Rey is closed on Mondays. (Check the official website when you buy your entry tickets as timetable are liable to change.)

More information on how to get your entrance permit here.

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Caminito del Rey rules and regulations

Some people seem to be a bit confused about the Caminito del Rey rules and regulations and some have even been stopped from entering because they have the wrong type of rucksack or refuse to give up their selfie stick.

So here is a basic list of rules

Hours of opening:
From October 31st to March 31st (winter) and from April 1st to November 1st (summer).
The gates open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (winter time ) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (summer).

The pathway will allow 50 people at half hour intervals to enter from the access point (Lakes, Kings chair, Kiosko bar.) There is no access from the El Chorro side. The maximum number of people allowed to be on the path at any one time is 400

The path is closed on Mondays plus December 24th, 25th and 31st, and January 1st.

The most important rules
  • For organised groups the maximum is 50 people plus the guide.
  • Children under 8 years old are not allowed. (Visitors over the age of 8 and under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and provide proof of age through an ID, passport, family book or equivalent so it can be verified along the route by Staff. Plus, adults must always carry a proof of age document as it will be required in order to enter and exit the path)
  • The route is LINEAR so you can’t walk there and back. (If you have parked your car by the lake, kings chair, kiosko bar area then you get a shuttle bus back from El Chorro where the Caminito del Rey pathway ends.)
  • The total length of the Caminito del Rey is 7.7 kms. The actual elevated route is almost 5 kms and the rest the access footpaths. Estimated time for walking the path is about 4.5 hours.
  • There are no toilet facilities along the path. (Toilets at the start point).
  • There is no where to buy food or water (bring your own and
    Picnicing along the pathway is not allowed).
  • The path is not recommended if you are afraid of heights or are generally unfit.
  • Safety helmets will be provided at the start of the Camino del Rey and must be worn at all times.
  • You cannot carry large rucksacks. (The kind backpackers use). Only a small rucksack to carry water and other essentials is allowed.
  • Umbrellas are not allowed 🙂
  • Selfie sticks are not allowed
  • No pets allowed.

There are lots of other Caminito del Rey rules and regulations but the above cover the most important ones. Funnily enough, you aren’t allowed to scatter the ashes of your favorite Grandmother along the Caminito and neither are you allowed to take your clothes or shoes off

Seriously no ash scattering or stripping please! 🙂

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Caminito del Rey reopens after rockfalls

UPDATE 2nd February 2023. Work to restore the damaged section of the famous El Chorro tourist attraction has been completed and the Caminito del Rey is open as normal with access from the Guadalhorce lakes /Kings chair/kiosko bar area.

The Caminito del Rey will reopen tomorrow, Friday 16th of December, with a circular route that will begin and end at the southern access to the area. (The El Chorro area which is normally the end point.) This is a provisional solution that will be available until the repairs of the damage (caused by the landslides in early December)

The temporary route is 500 meters shorter than usual, but it does mean that you get to go across the suspension bridge twice and pass through a tunnel that is normally closed to the public. If you have an entry ticket for the Caminito del Rey then you need to head to the El Chorro side and go to the “exit” point where people would normally leave their safety helmets on finishing the walk. The reservation system on the official site has instructions on getting there.

Caminito del rey closed due to rockslides

The people running the Caminito del Rey have decided to re open the walkway even though the the work on repairing the damage caused by last Mondays rockfalls have not been completed yet. The new circular route will not pass through the damaged area.

An initial evaluation of the damage has recommended that works will also be needed to stabilise the cliffs as well as repair the broken walkway. It’s so serious that in collaboration with the University of Malaga, a scan of the walls on both sides of the gorge will be carried out consisting of a high-resolution topographic survey, combining the use of LIDAR and photogrammetry. This will provide a 3D model to help engineers work out how to solve the issues of landslides and rockfalls in this, the narrowest part of the Caminito del Rey.

I have a feeling that this “temporary” measures might last for quite a while! 🙂 However, the official website for the Caminito del Rey is stating that works will be completed by January the 15th 2023.

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Caminito del Rey tickets spring and early summer 2023

From Wednesday March the 25th of January, Caminito del Rey tickets spring and early summer 2023 will be on sale via the official reservation website and for the various agencies that provide guided visits to the area. Tickets will be available up to June the 25th

This year the Caminito del Rey will also be open on Monday, April 3, coinciding with Holy Monday festivity (Easter), and on Monday May 1, (International workers day holiday.) NOTE: Normally the Caminito del Rey is closed on Mondays.

Also included in this next batch, is the availability to reserve car parking along with your entry ticket and the shuttle bus. The car park is located next to the official information centre for the Caminito del Rey (Puerto de las Atalayas). Read some important information about the reception centre here:

See here for instructions on booking your ticket:

Read this if the date you want is not available:

Or, have a look at these guided options from Get your Guide for Caminito del Rey tickets 2023

Caminito del Rey tickets spring and early summer 2023

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