Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the north via Highway 101 to Paso Robles. Due to the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County, travelers from the Los Angeles area are advised to use Interstate 5.

The only way to experience the grandeur and wonder of Hearst Castle is to purchase tour tickets. Your tickets for daytime tours also include admission to the Hearst Castle Theater film “Hearst Castle – Building the Dream.” (For the Evening Tours, movie tickets can be purchased separately at a discounted price.)

Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center upon arrival depending on availability, but advance tour reservations are strongly recommended. Reserve online now or call Hearst Castle Reservations at 1-800-444-4445.  Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.

Tour Reservations, Changes and Cancellation Policy

Reservations can be made, changed or cancelled online at ReserveCalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-4445. Reserving tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

There is an $8.00 per ticket registration fee to reserve tickets.

Changes to tour date or time can be made in advance for a service fee of $8.00 per ticket.

Cancelled reservations will be assessed a $7.00 cancellation fee, and a $7.00 per ticket service fee.

The outdoor Neptune Pool is currently empty due to restoration work in progress.

Ticket Pricing

Tours Adult Children (Ages 5-12)
Grand Rooms Tour $25.00 $12.00
Upstairs Suites Tour $25.00 $12.00
Cottages & Kitchen Tour $25.00 $12.00
Evening Tour $36.00 $18.00
Accessibly Designed Grand Rooms Tour $25.00 $12.00
Accessibly Designed Evening Tour $36.00 $18.00

Hearst Castle Tour Hours

Hearst Castle Tour times and hours vary by season, with most scheduled from 9:00am. Last tour times of the day vary.  Hearst Castle is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. To view available times, please check availability online, or call 1-800-444-4445.

If you reserve your tickets in advance, please arrive at least 15-20 minutes before your scheduled tour time to pick up tickets from the Ticket Office at the Visitor Center.

Order online, or Contact the Call Center During the Following Hours:

Dates Monday – Friday Saturday – Sunday
March – September 8AM to 6PM 8AM to 6PM
October – February 9AM to 5PM 9AM to 3PM
Reservation Center Numbers
Type Number
Tour Ticket Reservations (within U.S.) 1-800-444-4445
Tour Ticket Reservations (outside U.S.) 1-833-448-7287
Tone Dialing for the Deaf (TDD) 1-800-274-7275
Group Travel Professionals 1-800-401-4775
Group Tours 1-800-401-4775
Cancellation & Refund 1-800-444-4445
School Tours 1-805-927-2067

Distinguished Veteran Pass

Hearst Castle welcomes the Distinguished Veteran Pass for California residents.   The Distinguished Veteran Pass is a lifetime pass and no fee is charged. This pass must be applied for in advance.  To obtain  more information on this pass and to download an application, please visit the California State Parks website.

Group and School Tour Tickets

Whether you’re visiting with a large group, or want to supplement your education curriculum with an on-site experience, Hearst Castle offers group and school tour tickets.
Learn more about Group and School Tour tickets »

Payment Methods

Hearst Castle accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.


Still deciding which tour to take? Learn more about the different parts of the Castle you can visit with our Daily Tours, or explore the Castle now with a Virtual Tour.