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El Escorial Madrid Tickets

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Fast Track Ticket: San Lorenzo of El Escorial
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El Escorial Madrid Tickets Guide

One of Spain's finest sights is King Felipe II's massive monastery-palace, El Escorial. This massive landmark houses a royal palace, a monastery, a tomb, 4000 chambers, 15 cloisters, and one of the best Renaissance libraries, encapsulating all that was vital to one of Europe's most powerful kings. Read on to know all about the best El Escorial tickets, location, opening hours, what to expect on your visit, and more.

Post-COVID-19 Safety Measures at El Escorial Madrid

  • El Escorial tickets purchased online will be given priority. Restricted visitor capacity is being maintained here.
  • Only credit cards will be accepted at the ticket office. 
  • Masks are mandatory for visitors aged six and up at all times during their tour.
  • Entry with food or drink will not be allowed. 
  • Elevators will only be used in the direst of circumstances. 
  • With the exception of elderly dependents, the general public must maintain a space of 2 meters from each other. 
  • Some rooms may be excluded from the tour of the visit due to capacity constraints. 

All Your El Escorial Tickets & Tours

Explore the gardens, chapels, and town squares of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Madrid to learn about Spanish Renaissance history. Your experience depends on the El Escorial ticket you choose. Save time by avoiding the queues with a skip the line ticket, or go for a guided tour for a more immersive and in-depth experience. Here’s a breakdown of each ticket option.

Skip-the-Line Tickets

Guided Tours

With these tickets, you can visit the King of Spain's historic residence! These skip-the-line El Escorial tickets enable you to skip the long queues at the ticket booth and go straight into the attraction. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, which includes the Armory, Royal Mausoleum, and Basilica inside the El Escorial Monastery.

Recommended experiences

Skip the lines and get direct entry into the royal El Escorial in Madrid. Visit the Courtyard of the Kings, The Armory, the Royal Mausoleum and more with this ticket.
El Escorial's royal palace and old monastery is seeped in fascinating history. The best way to get an in-depth insight into its history, significance, architecture, and the royalty that resided here, opt for a guided tour. An expert local guide will accompany you along the tour and enlighten you with interesting trivia and stories about this monument. An added benefit of opting for guided tours is that you also enjoy skip-the-line access.

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Take an air-conditioned bus to El Escorial, the historic royal house and monastery. Your guide will give you an overview of the monument when you arrive, after which you are free to explore the palace’s extraordinary highlights at your own pace.

Plan Your Visit to El Escorial Madrid

Opening Hours

Getting There

Guidelines/Facilities

What are El Escorial’s hours? 
Hours are as follows:
October to March: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
April to September: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
When is El Escorial closed?
El Escorial remains closed on Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 1 May,  11 September, 24, 25, and 31 December.
What is the best time to visit El Escorial in Madrid?
The best time to visit San Lorenzo De El Escorial is early morning on weekdays to avoid large crowds. In terms of weather, the best time would be between October to April. The summer months of June to September tend to get quite crowded in the city.
How long is an El Escorial tour?
Your El Escorial tour will last approximately 5 hours.
Where is El Escorial located?
El Escorial is located at San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain.
Google Map Directions
Can I take the metro/train to El Escorial?
Yes, board commuter line C-8 at the Atocha Station from Madrid to reach El Escorial station located just 10 minutes from the monument.
Can I take the bus to El Escorial?
Yes, hop aboard either line 664 or 661 from the Moncloa interchange to reach El Escorial via bus. The closest bus stop is Av.Constitucion-Fco.Valiño, and is located 5 minutes from the monument.
Is El Escorial wheelchair accessible?
Yes, most parts of the palace are wheelchair accessible. However, some paths outdoors have an uneven terrain making it difficult for wheelchair access, and the basilica is not wheelchair accessible.
Is a storage facility available at El Escorial?
Yes, a storage facility is available at El Escorial at the front desk.
Is photography permitted at El Escorial?
No, photography and filming are not permitted inside the monastery and the exhibitions.
Does El Escorial have a visitor dress code?
No, there’s no designated visitor dress code for El Escorial.

What to See on an El Escorial Tour?

There’s a lot to discover at El Escorial in Madrid. From the monastery and the gardens to the library and the majestic halls, your experience at El Escorial will be anything but uneventful. Here are the top things to see on a tour.

Basilica Of San Lorenzo El Real

The basilica of San Lorenzo el Real is the principal structure in the El Escorial complex, with a long nave on the east-west axis divided by a shorter transept halfway between the west entrance and the high altar. Italian artists have ornamented the east end, with sculptures by Leone and Pompeo Leoni, a father-and-son combination. The entire corpses of ten saints, as well as 144 heads and 306 arms and legs, are claimed to be housed in the reliquaries near the altar.

Pantheon Of Kings And The Pantheon Of Infantes

The Pantheon of the Kings has twenty-six marble sepulchers containing the bones of the regnant monarchs and queens of the Habsburg and Bourbon dynasties from Charles I to the present. The Pantheon of the Princes, which was completed in 1888, is a collection of nine burial chapels that serves as the ultimate resting place for princes, princesses, and consorts who are not the parents of kings. The mausoleum of Prince John of Austria is particularly noteworthy, with its white marble floors and roof.

Library And Museum

There are three libraries at the Escorial. One can be found behind the basilica's Chorus. Another used to be supplied to the various monks' cells and chambers within the monastery, but the Augustine monks have progressively managed to construct their own. Finally, there is the Royal Library, which is open to the public and is protected by a papal decree. The Royal Library is part of a greater symbolic edifice and has symbolic importance. It connects the monastery and the seminary across the building's main axis, symbolizing the spiritual and physical worlds coming together.

The Hall Of Battle

The Hall of Battles at El Escorial represents not only Spanish conquests during Philip II's reign but also other past military successes — the frescoes are both elegant and interesting, stretching the length of the hall wall. A medieval triumph over the Moors, as well as several of Philip's French campaigns, are among them.

Top Attractions in Madrid

Here are the top things to do in Madrid you should add to your itinerary.

Madrid Prado Museum

The Prado Museum, also known as the Museo del Prado, is a Spanish art museum in Madrid that houses the world's largest and most extensive collection of Spanish paintings, as well as masterpieces from other European painting schools, particularly Italian and Flemish art. The architect Juan de Villanueva was commissioned by Charles III to develop a natural-science museum in 1785, and the Prado was born. Book Madrid Prado Museum tickets.

Royal Palace Of Madrid

Madrid's Royal Palace, which was home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, takes us on a tour through Spanish history. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the most important Baroque palace in Spain, and it is located in western Madrid. The palace signified a change in styles because it also incorporates neoclassical characteristics. It is a massive building with a lot of artwork. Book Royal Palace of Madrid tickets.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum’s collection is composed of works from different periods and contains Italian Renaissance paintings by old masters, and art by ancient sculptures. It was founded by Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon, father of Baron Hans Heinrich "Heini" Thyssen-Bornemisza, the current owner. Book Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum tickets.

Liria Palace

The Liria Palace is one of Madrid's most prestigious private residences. It was built on the orders of Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Colón, the third Duke of Berwick and Liria, between 1767 and 1785. The building was designed by renowned architect Ventura Rodrguez, who took over the task of Louis Guilbert and created a long, rectangular, neoclassical structure. Book Liria Palace tickets.

El Escorial Tickets FAQs

Are El Escorial tickets available online now?

Yes, you can buy El Escorial tickets online now. Since the venue operates at limited visitor capacity, guests are advised to prebook their tickets online so as to get their preferred date and time of visit.

What safety measures are in place at El Escorial Madrid?

Guests are expected to maintain social distance, wear a mask, sanitize their hands frequently, and follow all the applicable COVID-19 protocols to stay safe.

What are the different types of El Escorial tickets?

There are two types of El Escorial tickets you can choose from; skip the line tickets and guided tours. Skip-the-line tickets are for visitors who are looking to avoid the queues and save time, while guided tours are for those who want an in-depth exploration of the monument with an expert guide.

Are discounts available on El Escorial tickets?

Children aged 0-5 enjoy free entry, while children aged 6-15 and seniors above the age of 65 enjoy reduced pricing on their El Escorial tickets.

Do El Escorial tickets include skip-the-line entry?

Yes, you can opt for skip-the-line El Escorial tickets if you don’t want to wait in line. These enable you to bypass the long waiting lines and get priority entry into the landmark.

Are guided ElEscorial tours available now?

Yes, guided El Escorial tours are available. You’ll be accompanied by an expert tour guide who will not just show you around but will regale you with fascinating stories and facts.

What are El Escorial hours?

From October to March, El Escorial is open between Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. From April to September, it is open between Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

How do I get to El Escorial?

You can take the commuter line C-8 at the Atocha Station or bus line 664 or 661 from the Moncloa interchange to get to El Escorial. Both the train station and the bus stop are within a 5-10 minute walk from the monument.

What is the best time to visit El Escorial?

The best time to visit San Lorenzo De El Escorial is early morning on weekdays to avoid large crowds. In terms of weather, the best time would be between October to April. The summer months of June to September tend to get quite crowded in the city.

Is El Escorial wheelchair accessible?

Yes, most parts of the palace are wheelchair accessible. However, some paths outdoors have uneven terrain making it difficult for wheelchair access, and the basilica is not wheelchair accessible.

Is photography allowed at El Escorial?

No, photography and filming are not permitted inside the monastery and the exhibitions.

Does El Escorial have a visitor dress code?

No, there’s no dress code for visitors at El Escorial.
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