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How To Buy Your Bullfight Tickets

Trying to get bullfight tickets can be a challenging task. Depending on the bullfight you want to attend, you risk waiting in line for hours, not being able to communicate with the ticket office staff and explain them where you want to seat or ending up with not very good tickets with poor visibility…

That’s why the best way to ensure you get good seats at a bullfighting is to order them online before you leave home.

Online purchases allow you to:

  • Save time, avoiding long lines at the bullring ticket office.
  • Analyze the bullring seat map to select the best tickets according to your budget.
  • Find better prices and even save money.
  • Read recommendations from other users.

And it’s just a couple of clicks away!

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Bullfight Tickets: Type Of Seats

All bullrings are round. You won’t find a squared, oval or any other shape bullring. They used to be squared in the 1800s but it soon became evident that a bullring with corners was much more dangerous for the matador than a circular one.

Hence, every bullring is divided into 3 different areas:

  • Shade area (sombra). The best seats are always in this area. But they are also the most expensive.
  • Sun and shade area (sol y sombra). As the fight goes on seats become shaded. If you seat here you will be exposed to the sun first and, depending on its location, you will then be in the shade.
  • Sun area (sol). These are seats are the most uncomfortable because you’ll be dazzled by sunlight. Despite they are the cheapest ones, try to avoid them in summer – the heat and the bright sunrays may ruin your experience. If you sit in the sun, apply sunscreen before leaving home; don’t laugh and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Each of these areas is divided into several sections or tendidos. As you will see in the seating chart available below, each tendido is a “slice” of the bullring.


Seats at Las Ventas in Madrid

Apart from checking the official schedule to see if a fight will take place while you are in Madrid, you should determine where you want to seat. Madrid bullring, Las Ventas, has several types of seats and prices vary depending on their visibility.

In Las Ventas the tendidos are located as it follows:

  • Shade area (sombra). Tendidos 9, 10, 1, 2 and Preferente.
  • Sun and shade area (sol y sombra). Tendidos 8 and 3.
  • Sun area (sol). Tendidos 7, 6, 5 and 4.

Additionally, the bullring has different types of seats depending on their location and how close to the arena they are. The best ones are barrera and the worst are andanadas because they are far away from the action is they have lower visibility.

Have a look at Las Ventas seat map. This will help you understand the seats’ distribution and choose the seat that you prefer.

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Seats at La Maestranza in Seville

In La Maestranza the tendidos are located as it follows:

  • Shade area (sombra). Tendidos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and palcos bajos.
  • Sun and shade area (sol y sombra). Tendidos 6 and 9.
  • Sun area (sol). Tendidos 8, 10, 11 and 12.

As all bullrings, La Maestranza has different types of seats. The best ones are barrera and the worst are tendidos altos because they are far away from the action, they are in the sun area and the columns can refrain you from seeing the arena.

A look at La Maestranza seat map will help you visualizing the seats’ distribution.

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How Much Is A Ticket To A Bullfight?

Bullfight tickets prices vary considerably depending on several factors.

First of all, the importance of the bullring, the type of festival and the bullfighters that participate are decisive elements that will determine the price of the ticket. For instance, a ticket to attend a fight at Las Ventas is more expensive than at La Maestranza in Seville. To give you another example, it will cost you more to see the biggest names in the industry than a beginner novillero.

And as you have probably guessed, the better the seat, the more expensive it is.

Seats in the bullring are priced based on proximity to the arena and whether they’re in the sun or the shade.

Therefore, prices for corridas can go from less than 20 euros to several hundred euros depending on where and when you buy it.


When Are Bullfight Tickets Available?

Tickets are released as soon as the bullfights are scheduled and the official dates are published. The sooner you buy your bullfight tickets, the greater your chance of choosing the best seats.

Actually, depending on the event, bullfight tickets can be sold in just a few hours. This is why you should buy your Madrid tickets as soon as possible.

And the best option is to get your Seville tickets online. The purchasing process is easy and you can ask for the tickets to be delivered at home. No waiting lines, risk of missing the fight or last minute negotiations with third parties.

However, if you are more like a last minute person, you can always go the bullring and purchase your tickets at the office.

While it’s true that you won’t pay any commission, you risk not having tickets at all. In Madrid, this is particularly true during the most popular festivals (Feria de San Isidro, Feria de la Comunidad and Feria de Otoño). In Seville, you’ll have a hard time finding tickets during the Feria de Abril.

In addition to this, you’ll have to face the language barrier. Most staff at the bullring doesn’t speak English so you’ll need to have a very good idea of:

  • The bullfight you want to attend.
  • The exact area of the bullring where you want to seat. Remember that prices depend on the seat visibility and proximity to the arena.

If you don’t have a clue, you risk ending with not-so-good bullfight tickets…

Alternatively, they may be available through a reseller who will ask for a much higher price. They usually operate at the bullring surroundings and look for last minute clients. Don’t turn on them unless you really want to attend this fight, try to buy your tickets in advance at the official price instead.

Again, your preferred option should always be purchasing your tickets online as soon as you know the dates in which you will be travelling.

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How To Get Your Bullfight Tickets Online Easily

The process to purchase your bullfight tickets online either for Madrid or for Seville is extremely simple. All you have to do is follow this step-by-step guide and you will be done in a few minutes.

1. First, select the bullfight you want to go to according to your preferred dates.

2. After what you have read in the previous sections regarding the seats specifications, have a look at the seating chart and select your area (sombra, sol y sombra or sol).

3. Select your seats. Remember that the closer to the arena, the better you see the action but also the more expensive the price is.

4. Fill all your details. Here, you can also register so that all your personal information is saved for future purchases.

5. Select your payment method and fill your details.

As soon as you receive the confirmation email, you’re done!


If you plan to watch a bullfight, have a look at a practical list of FAQ about bullfighting. Spain has a long tradition and it will help you know what is involved in this most complex and moving spectacle. These answers throw light on every question that you may have before attending a fight.