Seville transport is first class in terms of getting there and getting around once you’ve arrived. Please go to Seville Airport Transfers if you’re looking for how to get from the airport to the city.
Getting to Seville is easy thanks to the high speed AVE train service that arrives from Madrid. The AVE also links Madrid to Barcelona. Seville airport has many domestic arrivals from the main Spanish cities as well as some international flights. Bus services arrive from all over the country.
Once you’re in the city you’ll be able to get around most of the main sights on foot or on one of the Hop on, Hop off Bus Tours. For something unique to Seville you can take a short Horse Drawn Carriage Tour of the centre including the spectacular Plaza de España. There’s also a great system for renting bicycles and dropping them off at hundreds of places scattered all over Seville.
Seville City Buses
Public buses in and around the Seville metropolitan region are operated by a consortium of operators. Timetables (in Spanish) are available on the Seville bus transport website. City buses including the airport bus are operated by Tussam. There are bus services to destinations all over Andalucia departing from the Prado de San Sebastian bus station in Seville. Departures to Madrid or Portugal depart from the Plaza de Armas bus station. These bus timetables and fares are on the Movelia website.
Seville Train Transport
RENFE operates intercity trains to Seville including the high speed AVE service to Cordoba and Madrid. Their website can also be used to find information about local trains (cercanias) serving the Seville metropolitan region. If you’re coming to Seville by train from Madrid you’ll arrive at the Santa Justa Station in just 2 hours 30 minutes from Madrid Atocha. Reservations should be made well in advance for journeys which coincide with the Feria de Abril or Holy Week. Bookings can be made online in English at RENFE. From Santa Justa it’s best to take a taxi to your final destination. Before booking the AVE be sure to take a look at the ALTARIA train which takes longer but can prove a fair bit cheaper.
There are also efficient train services to Granada, Malaga, and many other destinations in Andalucia. Please note that some departures are also from the San Bernardo railway stations which is walking distance from Barrio Santa Cruz and far more convenient than the Santa Justa station if you’re staying in the tourist centre.
The Seville metro has been an ongoing headache for local politicians since initial construction began in 1974. Fears of damage to historic buildings resulted in the project being put on hold between 1983 and 1999. The idea is to create four lines covering the city and its metropolitan area though it isn’t expected to be fully functional any time before 2017. Currently there is one 18km line running from Ciudad Expo to Olivar Quintos though you’re unlikely to use it for the purpose of tourism.
A great addition to Seville city centre is the tram which runs from Plaza Nueva to Prado de San Sebastián with stops at Archivo de Indias and Puerta de Jerez. This is being extended to link with the high speed AVE train station at Santa Justa.
Hop on Hop Off Buses
On the riverside next to the Torre del Oro is the most convenient starting point for the Hop on, Hop off Bus Tours of Seville. Buses depart about every 20 minutes following a route which includes the following stops: Torre del Oro – Plaza de Espana – Isla Magica – Monasterio de la Cartuja. The whole route takes about 1 hour 15 minutes and you can get off as often as you like at the designated stops. Commentary is available in English and the ticket is valid for 24 hours from when it is first used.
Horse Drawn Carriages
In the main square outside the Cathedral you’ll see many Horse Drawn Carriages which offer short tours around the city. They generally follow a fixed route out past the Tobacco Factory to the Plaza de España and María Luisa Park returning via the Torre de Oro and La Maestranza bullring. The trip lasts around 40 minutes and official prices are posted on signs near the departure point. They can be pre-booked at the above link.
If you’re planning on using the hop on hop off bus service you might like to consider purchasing the Seville Tourist Card which covers not only the hop on hop off service but also includes a boat trip on the Guadalquivir river, entrance to the city’s main tourist attractions and discounts on shopping, restaurants and entrance to flamenco shows.
If you fancy a break from walking around the city there are daily cruises along the Guadalquivir River which depart from the Torre de Oro. You can get more information at Seville River Cruises. This river cruise isn’t the best way to see the city as you don’t get close enough to the main sights although it’s generally popular with children and tourists with tired legs. A good alternative is to book on to a Seville City Tour & River Cruise which gives you the best of both worlds.
Seville has made commendable progress in making the city cycle friendly by building cycle paths all over the city and setting up a bike share scheme which allows you to pick up a bike from one of the many bike stations and leaving it at another. The locals have adopted the new system with open arms and cyclists can be seen all over the place. For current prices, terms and conditions take a look at http://en.sevici.es/. You can also book a Private Bike Tour of Seville and cycle around the main sights in a small group led by a local tour guide.