Royal Palace of Madrid Opening Hours, Price & Free Entry (2018 Update)

Even though my degree is in Spanish wine and I offer the only tapas tour in Madrid specialized in it, I have lived in Madrid all my life and know well the inns and outs of visiting the Royal Palace of Madrid (pay special attention to the 2 warnings):

1 Royal Palace of Madrid opening hours
2 Royal Palace of Madrid tickets online
3 Royal Palace free entrance times
4 Guided tours of the Royal Palace of Madrid
5 Who goes in for free 
6 Reduced price entrance
7 Lockers at the Palace
8 Audioguides
9 Royal Palace of Madrid price

1 Royal palace of Madrid opening times and hours

WARNING! Thousands of people waste their time visiting the Palace because they didn’t check this website first!:

Spanish national heritage monuments closed due to official acts

Opening times, all days of the week:

  • Winter (October to March): 10:00 – 18:00.
  • Summer hours (April to September): 10:00 – 20:00.
  • Admission to the Palace close one hour earlier.

2018 royal palace of Madrid closing days:

  • 1 May: closed
  • 12 October: closed until 17:00
  • 24 December: closed from 15:00 on
  • 25 December: closed
  • 31 December: closed from 15:00 on


2 Royal palace of Madrid tickets and skip the line

The entrance to the palace is opposite the cathedral. You have two different entry doors, one next to each other:
1 The one on the right is for people with tickets bought online. This is the fastest way to go into the palace but when you buy the tickets online you have to select an entry time and abide by it. Click here to purchase the tickets, official website.
2 The one on the left is for people who want to buy a ticket. In my experience the line is so short that you will only wait a few minutes to buy a ticket, that is, I do not see much of a point in buying the tickets online.

3 Royal palace of Madrid free hours & free entrance times

The free hours are limited to:
Citizens of the European Union or holders of an European work permit and Latin American citizens or holders of a Latin America work permit. Although the last time I entered during these hours no one asked for my ID.
Winter (October to March): from 16 to 18 hrs and only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Summer (April to September): from 18 to 20 hrs and only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Warning! I do not like to visit the palace during these hours due to:

  • Never ending line, brace yourself to wait for ever
  • Crowded palace, not comfortable
  • They either run out of audioguides or the ones you are given have low battery life.
  • There are no guided tours of the palace


4 Guided tours of the Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace offers 1-hour guided tours at only 4 euros per person. In my experience there are 3 to 7 tours a day in English. When you enter the palace and buy your tickets ask when the next tour in English is. If you need to wait for the tour go to the bar. You will find it upstairs the shop in the ticket area. When you join the tour make sure the guide wears the palace suit and not plain clothes or you will be joining a private tour.
If you are looking for a free tip walking tour of the area Spanish Tapas Madrid offers one.

5 Royal Palace of Madrid free entrance

  • Children under 5 years of age.
  • 18 May, International Museum Day.
  • Professors in individual visit with teaching staff card.
  • Persons with disability with accreditation.

6 Royal Palace of Madrid reduced price entrance

  • Citizens between 5 and 16 years of age. Accreditation by means of identification card or passport from 14 to 16 years of age.
  • Persons over 65 years of age of the member States of the European Union or Latin American countries. By means of identification card, passport, driver’s licence, work or residency permit.
  • Accredited students up to 25 years of age with updated national or international student’s card.


7 Lockers at the palace

It is not comfortable to visit the palace with a backpack or a heavy coat. There are lockers in the entry area. You need to put one euro into the slot to be able to take the key out of the lock. Once you open it again you get the euro back.

8 Audioguides

You can rent audioguides, (they are tablets with earphones, that is, there is visual content), at only €3. But I would not do it. You end up spending more time time looking at the tablet than enjoying the palace. I would rather download the audioguide to my smartphone before the visit and get acquainted with the palace.

9 Royal Palace of Madrid price

Basic Admission fee 10 Euros
Reduced Admission fee 5 Euros



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