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  • Address: Calle de Bailén, Madrid 28071, Spain
  • Hours: Oct - Mar: Mon - Sat 9:30am - 5pm (9am - 2pm on Sundays & public holidays). Apr - Sept: Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm (9am - 3pm on Sundays & public holidays)
  • Admission: Admission: € 8, or with guided tour € 10. Other palace areas have separate entrance fees

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Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Tours

Madrid's Royal Palace (also known as the Palacio Real or Palacio de Oriente) is a beautiful baroque structure with approximately 3,000 rooms, making it one of Europe's largest castles. Although the royal family no longer lives here, the Palacio Real still serves as the king and queen's official residence, a venue for state ceremonies, and a place for tourists to get a peek into the royal history of Spain.

The Basics
The Royal Palace of Madrid is open daily, and citizens of the EU enjoy free admission, while other visitors pay a small fee to go inside. Travelers can explore independently, hire a tour guide, or rent an audio guide upon arrival; some opt to book a guided tour in advance. For a truly royal experience, you can secure exclusive early access before the palace opens.
  • Royal history buffs and art historians rejoice — you'll get to visit the Throne Room, see a variety of Goya paintings, and more.
  • Ticket lines can take a while, so book a skip-the-line ticket to avoid a long wait.
  • The palace is generally accessible for travelers with disabilities, and wheelchairs are available.
  • The nearby Royal Pharmacy (Farmacia Real) and Royal Armory (Armería Real) are included in your palace entry ticket.

How to Get to Madrid's Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is conveniently located on Bailén Street (Calle de Bailén) in downtown Madrid near many other must-see attractions. It's an easy walk from Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, and there are also a number of Metro stations, bus lines, and train stops nearby.

When to Get There
You can visit the palace year round, but be sure to check the schedule for closures and reduced hours during some public holidays. The Changing of the Guard is held every Wednesday except in July through September, during official events, and when weather doesn't permit. As at most attractions in Madrid, crowds are bigger and lines are longer in the peak summer months.

Other Sights to See Near the Royal Palace
There's a lot to see beyond the palace walls, so be sure to carve out a few hours to see the rest of the area. Just across the courtyard from the Royal Armory is the Almudena Cathedral, and beyond the gates are the free Campo del Moro gardens and Sabatini Gardens. And in front of the palace lies the Plaza de Oriente, a great place to stop at a café for a coffee or snack with a view of the royal residence.

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Madrid Small-Group Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Guided Tour, Madrid, null
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Madrid Small-Group Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Guided Tour

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Madrid Panoramic Tour with Royal Palace Entrance Ticket, Madrid, Walking Tours
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Madrid Panoramic Tour with Royal Palace Entrance Ticket

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Embark on a sightseeing bus tour of Madrid and discover the most important buildings, avenues and squares.

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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Afternoon Express from Madrid, Madrid, City Tours
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Afternoon Express from Madrid

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Madrid Half-day City Tour with Japanese Guide, Madrid, Day Trips
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Madrid Half-day City Tour with Japanese Guide

Marvel at the sights of Madrid on this half-day tour of the city and the Royal Palace.

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Madrid Private 4-Hour Tour of the Royal Palace, Madrid, Half-day Tours
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Madrid Private 4-Hour Tour of the Royal Palace

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Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid

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Take the chance to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid with this early entrance tour and skip-the-line access. Accompanied by an official guide you will enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour, Madrid, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour

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Discover the Royal Palace of Madrid on a 1.5-hour guided walking tour. You will be able to discover how the kings of Spain lived. You will meet your guide at ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Madrid Royal Palace and Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Tickets, Madrid, Cultural Tours
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Madrid Royal Palace and Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Tickets

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Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Prado Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Entrance, Madrid, Cultural Tours
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Prado Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

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Make the most of your visit to Madrid and take this tour filled with art and culture. While you are visiting Madrid, you cannot miss the Spanish National ...  Read more

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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Cultural Tours
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Early Access to Royal Palace of Madrid

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Get early access to the Royal Palace of Madrid with this 2-hour tour. Get acquainted with the residence of the Spanish Royal Family, including parts of the ...  Read more

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Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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