Families looking to visit Granada and the Alhambra can take advantage of discounts and free tickets to make their trip more affordable. If you're on a tight budget, you can buy the simple ticket (without a guided tour or audio guide) on the official website of the monument or at the ticket office. Children from 2 to 11 years old can also use the Granada Card for children, which includes the same services as the adult card, so if you are traveling as a family this is an option to consider to save a little more. The Granada Hop on Hop off train route includes the main entrance to the Alhambra, the Albaicín and other major tourist sites, such as the Cathedral.
The 24, 48 or 72-hour tourist card will allow you access Granada's main attractions at a reduced or flat rate. You can also buy tickets for the Alhambra online and in advance to save time. The Alhambra is the great emblem of Granada and with the aim of publicizing its historical and cultural importance among locals, the Patronato de la Alhambra and Generalife launched an initiative so that all residents of Granada and its province can enter for free on weekends. Unfortunately, people who are not from Granada or who do not live there cannot participate in this initiative, but foreigners still have another option to see the Alhambra without opening their wallets.
Another way to save money on your visit to the Alhambra is to get the Granada Card, a tourist pass with which you can visit the Alhambra and Generalife, as well as other interesting attractions in the city. Families who want to try to get individual tickets without a guided tour for the same day of their visit at the box office can take advantage of free or discounted tickets for children. Although staying in Granada's Albaicín may seem attractive, it wouldn't be my first choice due to its steep streets, cobblestones, narrow roads and often lack of taxi access.