Getting Around Seville
The best way to get around Seville is on foot. While it is the capital of Spain's Andalusia region, Seville is a rather small city, and most of the major attractions, shops and restaurants are within walking distance of one another. Bicycles are another popular mode of transportation: Seville boasts many bike lanes and a popular bike share program (Sevici). If the distance seems like too much to cover on foot or two wheels, the city features comprehensive public transportation options, and taxis are easy to find.
The closest airport to Seville is the Aeropuerto de Sevilla (SVQ), which sits about 6 miles northeast of the city center. The airport offers flights to and from many Spanish cities and to select points around Europe. For 4 euros (about $4.50), you can ride Tussam's EA bus line from the airport to the centrally located Plaza de Armas. High-speed trains operated by Renfe and other companies connect Seville's Estación de Santa Justa (located about a mile northeast of El Centro) to Spanish cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Granada. You can get to Seville by bus (via companies like Socibus) from major cities in both Spain and Portugal.
Nearly all of Seville's most popular things to do sit in or within walking distance of the El Centro neighborhood. Though the streets are quite flat and easy to navigate, you will find some uneven sidewalks and particularly narrow walkways. Be sure to pack comfortable shoes and carry a map. Walking also provides an added bonus – you'll be able to access pedestrian-only streets that are home to shops, restaurants and otherwise unreachable cultural sites like Barrio Santo Cruz. Make the most of the time on your feet, with a walking tour of the city center. Many companies offer guided treks in and around Seville's top attractions.
Before bike-sharing systems debuted across the United States, Seville's Sevici service was fully implemented. A weekly membership costs 13.30 euros (about $14.50) and can be purchased with a credit card at any of the 250 bicycle stations throughout the city. You can pick up and return bikes to any station within the system. The first 30 minutes of your ride will be covered by your subscription fee, but you'll be charged just more than 1 euro (about $1.10) for the first hour you exceed that time limit and roughly 2 euros (about $2.20) for the second hour and every hour after that.
Finding a taxi in Seville is fairly easy – they drive through the streets regularly and are often stationed in front of hotels and around plazas. If you are in town during major festivals, rates will include an additional surcharge that varies from year to year. Taxi fares are metered at a fairly inexpensive rate; official city taxis charge a bit less than 1 euro per kilometer during the weekdays and a bit more than 1 euro per kilometer on week nights and weekends. Drivers do not expect tips, though it is common to round up to the nearest euro. Ride-hailing apps such as Uber are also available in Seville. Taxis charge a flat rate for rides to and from the airport. Expect airport rides to cost between 22.81 (about $25) euros and 31.78 euros (around $35), depending on the time and day of the week.
Buses are a reliable way to get around the city. The Tussam bus service offers access to nearly all neighborhoods in and around Seville. Circular routes C1, C2, C3 and C4 are most useful for visitors, running through the city's major areas from about 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays. Limited bus lines operate night service from Prado San Sebastian in El Centro to nearly all corners of the city until 2 a.m. One-way trips cost 1.40 euros (about $1.50), and tickets can be purchased on the bus or from machines at most bus stops. Tussam also offers one- or three-day tourist cards for 5 euros (about $5.50) and 10 euros (about $11), respectively. These cards allow for unlimited travel (not including trips to the airport) within the prepaid period. You can purchase tourist cards at the airport, the Santa Justa train station or at many hotels.
Seville's metro system opened in 2009, so it has a fresh and modern feel to it – but there's only one line. Puerta de Jerez, Prado de San Sebastian and San Bernardo are the three stops closest to the city center, but as a visitor, it's unlikely that you will rely on the metro; Seville's metro system is best suited for reaching neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city. If you do choose to ride, note that one-way fares range from 1.35 to 1.80 euros (around $1.50 to $2) each way based on the number of "hops" you make between zones. Day passes offer unlimited rides and hops in a single day for 4.50 euros (about $5). You can purchase tickets using self-service kiosks located at each metro station. Trains run from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays; from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays; and from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Driving in Seville can be a challenge due to the city's many pedestrian-only streets. The streets that do allow cars tend to be narrow and crowded, and finding parking in the city is often challenging. But if you're planning to explore other Andalusian cities like Málaga, Cádiz or Ronda, a car will allow you more freedom. You can find several car rental agencies at the Seville airport. Keep in mind that you'll need to obtain an international driving permit before you arrive in Spain (it's illegal to drive without one).
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