Granada is separated from Seville by only 212 km, which is a 2h 30min drive. A trip from the Andalusian capital to this magical destination is one of the best things to do in Seville, provided your travel itinerary allows it.
Today I will explain everything you need to know about the tours to Granada available for travelers, but if you want to know other interesting excursions to complement your trip to Seville, take a look at the following alternatives.
Get to know Granada in one day from Seville
Enjoy a tour of Spain's most famous Moorish monument and many other architectural wonders in Granada on a guided tour with private transportation from Seville.
One of the most requested tours in Seville. The operating company takes a group of travelers in private transport from Seville to the city of Granada. This tour includes hotel pick up, specialized guides and of course the entrance to the monuments of the citadel of the Alhambra to know all the wonders that are here as its gardens and palaces.
The Seville-Granada tour departs early in the morning to make the most of the day and returns to the city in the evening, so you should reserve about 12 hours of your itinerary for the adventure.
Recommended if... you are on vacation for a few days in the city of Seville and want to see some of the highlights of southern Spain. This tour allows you to do it without wasting time planning the details of the trip.
1. How to book an excursion to Granada from Seville
When it comes to booking tours to Granada from Seville, you should know that in the city you will find numerous local tour operators offering this type of experience. Many of them are hosted on search servers such as Hellotickets.
Just enter the name of the city in the main search engine to find all the activities and excursions you can do from this destination.
My advice before choosing a provider is to always read very carefully the details related to the experience and not immediately opt for the cheapest alternative.
It is very common to find companies that charge only a few euros more but offer facilities such as hotel pick up, refreshments or tickets to some attractions, fully compensating the extra price you can pay.
Once you have selected the excursion, you only have to follow the regular purchase process which involves entering the number of participants, your personal data, and the information concerning the payment of the excursion. The reservation is automatically registered and confirmed by e-mail.
2. How much does an excursion to Granada from Seville cost?
With a base price of around 135€ per adult traveler, children from 3 to 11 years old pay a reduced rate of 80€ on average; and babies from 0 to 2 years old pay approximately 10€ per child.
This price includes round-trip transportation between the two cities, for group tours the tour takes place aboard a panoramic bus equipped with comfortable seats and air conditioning.
Additionally you will be accompanied by an experienced guide for your Seville-Granada tour as well as for your tour inside the monuments.
Regarding the monuments in Granada, entrance fees to sites such as the Alhambra may or may not be included. Depending on the company you choose, lunch may be covered in the price or you can add it if you pay an additional 20€.
3. Timetable of the excursions to Granada from Seville
Although this is an aspect that may vary slightly depending on the company you choose, generally the excursions to Granada depart from the city of Seville very early in the morning, largely due to the distance of about 200 km that separates the two destinations.
Be prepared to leave Granada between 07h and 08h and return to the city after sunset. Excursions from Seville to other nearby destinations in Andalusia, usually take as a meeting point the central areas around the most famous hotels in the historic center such as: Hotel Becquer, Plaza del Duque near Antiguo Hotel Derby or the basic Hotel Doña Manuela.
It is important to coordinate this aspect in advance with your service provider and be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the pick-up time.
4. Duration of the excursions to Granada from Seville
Although both cities belong to the autonomous community of Andalusia, the distance between both destinations makes it advisable to dedicate at least a full day's itinerary to see the highlights of the city; between 10 and 13 hours depending on the company you hire.
Excursions from the Andalusian capital usually take as a starting point some central location in the old town of Seville; but many offer the traveler the direct pick-up at the hotel as long as it is located in a central area.
5. What am I going to see on this type of excursion?
Located in the extreme south of Spain, Granada is one of those unique places in the world that is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.
Characterized by its bohemian atmosphere, this city was part of the Mulsuman reign for at least 800 years so the influence of Moorish architecture in Granada is, to say the least, fascinating.
The Alhambra: Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a fortified citadel and one of the greatest examples of Islamic art in Spain and possibly Europe. Inside the Alhambra you will be able to visit
- The Nazari Palaces: Comprised of four important palaces are the Mexuar, the Comares Palace, the Palace of the Lions, and the Palace of the Partal.
- The Generalife Gardens The summer residence of the sultans of the Alhambra is a historic palace with beautiful gardens located not far from the Alhambra.
- The Albaicin Quarter: The oldest quarter of Granada, it is one of the most touristic areas of the city.
6. Is it worth a trip from Seville or is it better to visit Granada on my own?
When in doubt whether or not to pay for an organized excursion to Granada from Seville, the answer is in the vast majority of cases positive, for several reasons.
First of all, Granada is a small city whose main attractions can be seen and toured in a single day trip, but organizing in detail a trip from Seville on your own can bring unexpected inconveniences.
All these inconveniences are easily solved if you opt for an organized tour.
If you visit Granada with the intention of seeing the Alhambra, like most travelers, it is important to keep in mind that this attraction has a limited capacity of visitors.
It is not advisable to delegate the purchase of tickets to this monument on the same day of the excursion; by booking your excursion in advance you avoid this additional concern; this fact becomes especially relevant if you visit the Andalusian region in times of high tourist influx such as summer in Seville.
7. Best time to visit Granada from Seville
Granada is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, as well as one of the most visited destinations not only in the country but also in the rest of Europe. Before scheduling your visit take into account the following aspects.
- The best timetable; when it comes to the best schedules take into consideration that on weekends throughout the year the city is crowded with visitors, so visits to important monuments such as the citadel of the Alhambra should be scheduled, whenever possible for early in the morning and on weekdays.
- The best time of the year to visit Granada from the Andalusian capital will be spring in Seville, punctually between April and May. During these months the tourist influx is notably lower than in summer and yet the garden areas of Granada are at their peak of splendor.
8. Tips for an excursion to Granada from Seville
If you want to make your trip even more memorable, take into account the following list of tips when organizing a visit to the city of Granada.
The Alhambra is a huge site
Even if you have a map of the attraction, you will soon realize that the Alhambra is bigger than you might imagine at first glance. The best way to visit this monument is, obviously, with a guided tour where a specialized guide will take you through all those elements that you should not miss during the excursion.
Plan your itinerary carefully
This point is especially important if you decide to visit Granada on your own and skip the option of an organized tour. Take into consideration that many of the attractions require a special time to visit.
If you want to have time for everything, check in advance the schedules of the Alhambra and the rest of the monuments before your visit.
Consider the food options
You are allowed to eat in the garden areas of the Alhambra, which is why some visitors bring a snack for a break during the tour. However, my recommendation will always be to take advantage of the visit to eat local food; in the surroundings of the important monument you will find numerous options including restaurants and bars serving Andalusian food.
Book in advance
Remember that the Alhambra is an attraction with limited capacity, which is why it is recommended to book tickets as far in advance as possible.
Keep in mind that when booking an organized tour the entrance tickets to this and other monuments are generally included so you avoid this type of inconvenience.