HOW TO GET AROUND Seville, Spain

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Best way to move around Seville

  • Seville’s center is not too big and all attractions are reachable on foot.
  • If needed, taxis are convenient and affordable.
  • Be cautious driving into the old town since it is a labyrinth of narrow one way streets, full of access and parking restrictions. Expect to pay around 20-25€ per day for parking in the city center.
  • Renting a bike is also a good option to move around quickly, but part of the joy of Seville is taking time to walk its streets.

Walking

Seville’s city center is easy to navigate on foot and is the most practical way to move around. It takes about 20-25 minutes to cross from one side of the old town to the other. If you plan out your day well, you can minimize your walking to about 10 minutes or so between each attraction. Plus, one of the joys of Seville is just walking through it and admiring its beauty.

To give you an idea, here are some walking distances between the city’s most important attractions:

  • The Royal Alcazar and the cathedral are right next to each other.
  • Next to the cathedral is the medieval Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz neighborhood.
  • From the cathedral, it is a 6 min walk to the bullring and, from there, it is just 6 more minutes to the colorful neighborhood of Triana.
  • From the cathedral, it is a 10 min walk to Casa Pilatos and, from there, it is just a 8 min walk to both the Metropol Parasol (Setas de Sevilla) and the Palacio de las Dueñas.
  • One of the furthest attractions is probably the monumental Plaza de España, which is a 20 min walk south. You can always get a taxi or uber to get there. As another alternative, you can rent a bike for the day and use it to also check out the beautiful Maria Luisa Park adjacent to Plaza de España.

Regarding safety, Seville is a safe city to walk around both day and night. As anywhere else in the world however, common sense must be used. You should always be aware of your surroundings and never leave your belongings unattended. Also, as in any other popular city, be aware of pickpocketers in the most touristy/crowded areas.

Bus

The city of Seville has an extensive bus system (almost 70 lines), however, it is not that useful for visitors unless you are staying outside of the city center. There are only a few bus lines that zig-zag throughout the old town and in most cases you are better off walking or taking a taxi.

The bus line EA is the most used by visitors, since it conveniently links the airport with downtown.

BUS TICKET PRICES

  • One single trip costs 1.40€. You can buy the ticket directly at the bus from the driver. Note that the bus to the airport (line EA) costs 4€.
  • Tourist travelcard (Tarjeta Turística): take as many trips as you want for a day for 5€ or buy a 3-day pass for 10€. You can buy this card in the Customer Points at the following stations: Prado de San Sebastián, Plaza Ponce de León and Avenida Andalucía 11. A 1.5€ deposit is required when purchasing the card. It is reimbursed once the card has been returned. The card can be recharged online here. It is also valid for the tram (line T1 or also called MetroCentro)

For more information about city buses in Seville, go to www.tussam.es

Hop-on hop-off Bus

One way to move around Seville is using the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses. These buses have a set route through Seville’s main touristic attractions that will allow you to visit them at your own pace and get back in the bus whenever you are ready to continue.

At the bus, there are also audio commentaries that will give you some history and anecdotes about the city while you are on the go. You can choose between a 24 and 48-h pass with prices starting at 21€. The ticket includes several perks: free guided walking tours, free entrance to several attractions, 1-h free rental bike, etc.

Taxi

Taxis in Seville are a convenient and affordable way to travel. To give you an idea, the ride from the airport to the city center takes 20 minutes and costs around 23€.

Once in Seville, you will soon realize that the city center is easily visited by foot and there will probably not be more than a couple of occasions when you will need any means of transport. If that is the case, taking a taxi can be much easier than having to figure out the public transport options. It can also be a pretty good deal if you are traveling with more people (splitting the taxi cost instead of several bus tickets).

Taxis in Seville can be easily identified because they are white with a diagonal yellow line in the side.

  • Radio Taxi: +34 954 580 000
  • Tele Taxi Sevilla: +34 954 622 222

Uber

Uber is operating in Seville. However, there are not that many drivers which can mean long waiting times. You will usually save a little bit compared to taking a taxi, but it might not be worth the wait.

Car

Although it is very easy to travel by car in between cities in Andalusia, getting into Seville’s city center can be quite stressful. The old town is made up of a labyrinth of pedestrian and narrow one way streets (some of them very, very narrow and really only accessible on scooter), full of access restrictions.

If you are not planning to get out of the city, however, you will probably not need/want a car during your stay in Seville. Using taxis and/or public transport will end up being a cheaper option, since you will save money on parking and gas. Our recommendation would be not to rent a car on arrival and only do it when you are leaving the city.

But if you end up having a car while in Seville, we would recommend you to avoid getting in the old town by car. If your accommodation happens to be in it, then make sure to look up a parking garage prior to your arrival (or even better, make sure to book a hotel with parking) set it as destination in your GPS and go straight there.

PARKING IN SEVILLE

Although parking prices vary, generally speaking you can expect to pay around 20-25€ per day for parking downtown. Here is a list of the largest parkings in Seville’s downtown:

PARKING INFO
Parking AUSSA Mercado del Arenal 2 min walk to the bullring and less than 10 min walk to the cathedral
Calle Genil, 41001 Sevilla
16 €/day
Parking Paseo de Colón - Maestranza Right next to the previous one: 2 min walk to the bullring and less than 10 min walk to the cathedral
Paseo de Cristóbal Colón s/n, 41001 Sevilla
from 18.15 €/day
Parking APK2 Magdalena 3 min walk to Plaza Nueva, 5 min to Fine Arts Museum, 8 min to bullring, 11 min to the cathedral
Calle San Pablo 1, 41001 Sevilla
24.90 €/day
Parking Imagen Right next to Metropol Parasol (Setas de Sevilla), 6 min walk to Casa Pilatos
Calle Sta. Angela de la Cruz 2, 41003 Sevilla
2 €/h, 22 €/day
Parking Saba Plaza Concordia Right in front of El Corte Inglés, 5 min walk to Fine Arts Museum and Setas de Sevilla
Pl. de la Concordia, 41002 Sevilla
2.50 €/h, 21-32 €/day
Parking Escuelas Pías 7 min walk to both Metropol Parasol (Setas de Sevilla) and Casa Pilatos
Plaza Ponce de León 11, 41003 Sevilla
2.30 €/h, 22 €/day
Parking Saba Plaza de Armas Next to Plaza de Armas bus station, 4 min walk to Fine Arts Museum
Calle Marqués de Paradas, 41001 Sevilla
2.15 €/h, 18.50-24 €/day
Parking APK2 Arjona Next to Plaza de Armas bus station, 5 min walk to both Fine Arts museum and Salvador church, 10 min to the bullring
Calle Arjona, 41001 Sevilla
17 €/day
Parking AUSSA Mercado de Triana Located in the colorful Triana neighborhood, right next to the Triana bridge and the market
Plaza del Altozano, s/n, 41010 Sevilla
16 €/day
Parking Saba Santa Justa Train Station Located right next to the Santa Justa train station
Av. de Kansas City, 41007 Sevilla
2 €/h, 23 €/day
Parking AUSSA José Laguillo 9 min walk to Santa Justa train station, 12 min to Casa Pilatos, 14 min to the Setas
Av. José Laguillo, s/n, 41003 Sevilla
16 €/day

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Bike

There are almost 80 km (50 miles) of bike lanes throughout the city. Be aware that in the center there are plenty of cobble-stone streets and they can make for a bit of a bumpy ride. If you are used to riding a bike in cities, then it will be no problem as Seville is pretty bike friendly. However, if you are not super comfortable with your bike skills, then it might be a good idea to stick to the river side path. Most of the river stretch is free of cars and you can relax more.

The river path extends all the way to the Plaza de España. The square is one of the only attractions that is a little out of the center so going there on bike is a great option. The beautiful Maria Luisa Park is right next to the Plaza de España and is also great for exploring on bike.

Bikes are also becoming more and more popular among Sevillians and the city offers a “city bike rental service” called Sevici. There are 2,500 bikes spread in over 250 pick-up/drop-off points throughout the city. This service offers an interesting option for visitors:

  • Initial registration fee for visitors (short stay - 7 days): 13.33€ (150€ deposit will be temporarily deducted from the credit card until the 7 days are over)
  • First 30 min: free
  • First hour (after first free 30 min): 1.03€
  • Following hours: 2.04€

You can register at any of the machines located at the pick-up/drop-of points. For more information: Sevici website

There are also many bike rental companies in Seville’s center. You can expect to pay 12 to 15€ for a day. Usually there are discounts for renting over several days.

Tram

Seville’s tram, called T1 or MetroCentro, is run by Tussam, the same operator as the city buses. As such, the ticket fares are the same and the Tourist Travelcard is also valid for the tram.

Seville’s tram is made up of just one 2-km line with 5 stops starting at the San Bernardo train station and ending at Plaza Nueva. Again, it might be useful depending on the location of your accommodation.

For more information about Seville's tram, go to www.tussam.es

Metro

Inaugurated in 2009, Seville’s underground is made up of just one line with 22 stops. It crosses the city from east to west and isn’t usually of much use for tourists, unless you are staying outside of the city center and happen to be close to a metro stop. The closest stop to downtown is Puerta de Jeréz, which is a 6-min walk to the cathedral.

For more information about Seville’s metro, go to www.metro-sevilla.es

METRO TICKET PRICES

Seville’s underground line 1 (the only one) is divided in 3 fare zones. Ticket prices are based on the number of “hops” between fare zones (“saltos” in Spanish) the journey requires:

  • 0 hops (1 fare zone): 1.35€
  • 1 hop (2 fare zones): 1.60€
  • 2 hops (3 fare zones): 1.80€

If you are traveling in a group, you can save some money by getting a travelcard and topping it up (minimum of 10€). The travelcard can be used simultaneously by several people and with it the ticket prices are as follows:

  • 0 hops (1 fare zone): 0.82€
  • 1 hop (2 fare zones): 1.17€
  • 2 hops (3 fare zones): 1.37€

A whole day ticket with unlimited journeys across all of the zones costs 4.50€.

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