EL CAMINITO DEL REY
The Ardales Camino del Rey Information point is located at (36.932480, -4.788978) which is actually at the end of the long access road to the hydro electric station by the Gaitanejo reservoir dam.
The official starting point of the Camino de Rey access path is on the country road MA-444 (which branches off the MA-5403 6km east of Ardales) just south where it crosses over the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam by the Sillon del Rey (King's seat) a stone seat where King Alfonso XIII signed off the dam in 1926, It is near a popular roadside restaurant called "El Kiosko". (GPS 36.931863, -4.801762) The official return bus service from the El Chorro exit points terminates here. This is a suitable place to park your car. However parking by the side of the road is limited and you may have to scout around. To join the main access path walk through the little tunnel just to the right of the El Kiosko restaurant and on leaving the tunnel, take the path immediately to the right which is signposted "Camino del Rey 2.7km". Follow this path through the woods up to the ridge and then take a signposted "Camino de Rey 1.8km" right turn to drop down and walk with the Gaitanejo reservoir below on your left. Where the path meets the access road you will find the information office for registration and collection of safety hats. Allow 30 to 50 minutes for this access path walk.
A shorter alternative access road (not path) has become more popular, it leaves the MA-444 just south of the small tunnel on the MA-444 near the restaurant El Mirador de Ardales (900m south of El Kiosko on the MA-444). As an easier and quicker alternative to the official access path you can park around this junction ( GPS 36.927564 -4.801131) and walk along the access road instead of the access path to the Camino del Rey information office. Don't forget the further you drive down this access road looking for parking, the further you may have to walk on your return. The return bus service only sets down at 'El Kiosko'. Allow 25 minutes for this access road walk. There is a 2€ car park just north of the tunnel under El Mirador de Ardales but it fills up by 11.00 hrs.
Return bus service
A shuttle bus service will return you to your starting point - 12km by road for 1.55€. The bus runs every day the Caminito de Rey is open, with an hourly service (half-hourly at weekends) from 09.30 to 17.30 (winter) and 20.00 (Summer - 1st April to 31 October). The bus conveniently stops right outside El Kiosko restaurant at the northern Ardiales start access and picks up outside the El Chorro railway station near the exit point. Here is a link to a pdf bus timetable (summer timetable on page 3, winter timetable on page 4). If you did not buy the bus ticket together with the walk ticket you can pay the driver 1.55€ cash.
If you don't use the bus, you will need to take two cars or leave a member of the party to drive to the El Chorro exit.
TRAIN TO EL Chorro
Only a few trains stop each day at El Chorro station, which is conveniently located near the exit of the path. One should first take the shuttle bus from near the station (see above) to El Kiosko and start the walk.
From Malaga: A train from Málaga María Zambrano departs at 10.06 hrs and arrives at El Chorro at 10.46 hrs (also calling at Álora 10.34) The return leaves El Chorro in winter 2019 at 15.50 and 19.54 hrs (calling at Las Mellizas 15.56, Álora 16.02 & 20.06, and arrives at Málaga María Zambrano at 16.35 and 20.37 hrs. The standard return ticket from Malaga costs 9.70 euro.
If you take the 10.06 hrs train form Malaga arriving at El Chorro at 10.46 hrs and then taking the 11.00 hrs shuttle bus from outside the train station to El Kiosko restaurant; arriving at 11.25 hrs, then walk the short access route (see above) via the tunnel near 'El Mirador de Ardales' you will arrive at the El Caminito del Rey control cabin at about 11.50 hrs, just in time for a 12.00 hrs booked ticket entrance. Better to book a 12.30 entrance if it is you first time and are uncertain of these logistics. The remaining 5km Caminito del Rey walk can be achieved in time for the 15.50 (winter 2019) return train to Malaga from El Chorro, however better to slow down enjoy the views and catch the 19.54 (winter 2019) train back to Malaga.
From Seville: A train from Seville Santa Justa departs at 07.40 hrs (also calling at San Bernardo 07.44, Dos Hermanas 07.54, Marchena 08.27, Osuna 08.54, Pedrera 09.41, Bobadilla 10.00) and arrives at El Chorro at 10.15 hrs. The return leaves El Chorro at 16.58 (calling at Bobadilla 17.13, Pedrera 17.36, Osuna 18.26, Marchena 18.45, Dos Hermanas 19.20, San Bernardo 19.31) and arrives at Sevilla 19.35. The return ticket from Seville costs 32,20 euro.
From Algeciras and San Roque stations on the Henderson Railway via Ronda, the train arrives at Bobadilla at 08.45 hrs where you change for El Chorro arriving at 10.15 hrs. The return leaves El Chorro at 16.58, change at Bobadilla at 17.13 for the 19.00 stopping train to Ronda & Algeciras..
Bus to El ChorRo
There is a bus service to El Chorro village from Alora train station, with four busses day it just possible to make the return journey by bus in one day. Here is a link to the bus timetable. Alora station is located at the terminal of the Malaga C2 'Cercanias' line which has regular services from Malaga city.
Guided tour Camino del Rey
Private Guided tour Camino del Rey
Guided excursions from other destinations to Camino del Rey
Private guided excursions from other destinations to Camino del Rey
Note: Tickets are now available for the Caminito del Rey path which is open from 12 June 2020. Under the Coronavirus regulations of the state of alarm tickets are limited to 550 a day. Only residents of Malaga province can walk the path until Malaga enters Phase Three of Coronvirus de-escalation plan in late June 2020.
Caminito del Rey Entrance TicketCaminito del Rey Entrance Ticket
Caminito del Rey entrance tickets are curently only available for some dates in October 2019 can be booked online here for the official 10€ per person ticket price. Booking here via Viator includes a full refund if cancelled more than 24hrs in advance. Everyday except Mondays. Price 10€
Caminito del Rey - Morning Guided TourMorning Guided Tour
Caminito del Rey three hour group guided tour. Meet at El Kiosko restaurant near the start of the walk at 11:45 hrs. This time is suitable for catching the train from Malaga city to El Chorro and the shuttle bus to El Kiosko. Thursday to Saturday. Price 32€
Caminito del Rey - Private Full Day Tour from Cadiz, Jerez or El Puerto de Santa MaríaPrivate Day Tour from Cadiz, Jerez or El Puerto de Santa María
Caminito del Rey private tour for just you and your party with knowledgable guide. Pick up from hotels in Cadiz, Jerez, or El Puerto de Santa Maria. Also Chiclana, Sanlucar de Barrameda or Rota with an extra fee. Travel to start of path and collection from exit. Everyday except Mondays. Hotel pick up at 09,00 hrs - Price from 165€ pp (for six)