For anyone who wants to truly experience Spanish culture at its best, a visit to the city of Seville is practically a must. Famous for its preservation of flamenco culture, beautiful architecture and excellent food, it is a charming city everywhere you look.
In Seville you will have many things to see, do and learn, but an important aspect of any travel itinerary is to know how to get to the different places; in this article I explain in detail the best alternatives available.
Tours: the best way to get around Seville
The historical and cultural richness of Seville means that my favorite way to get around is to go with a professional tour company.
As you will soon realize on your trip, getting to know Seville is much more than just walking through its streets or seeing its famous museums, since the historical context contributes a lot to the particular idiosyncrasy of this beautiful destination.
Fortunately, numerous companies offer this type of experience taking the traveler through a tour of the main and most important monuments of Seville; but also through more secret places that you will not see in conventional travel guides.
Walking tours in Seville
The best way to really admire and get to know a city will always be walking through its streets with the people who make life in the place. In Seville this is no different and a walking tour of the main attractions allows you to soak up the atmosphere and flavor of Seville.
You can find both night tours and tapas tours and my favorite tours are the ones that include a visit to Barrio Santa Cruz (Seville's Jewish quarter), the Real Alcazar of Seville and the Cathedral of Seville.
Bike tours in Seville
The bike tours in Seville, on the other hand, have the enormous advantage of covering large areas in short periods of time (between 2 and 3 hours); although Seville is a rather small city. In addition, they include the accompaniment of an expert guide and all the necessary equipment.
These types of tours are perfect for visitors with tight itineraries, so if you only have one day to get to know Seville, don't hesitate! Booking a bike tour through the streets of Seville will allow you to get a quick overview of the whole city and make the most of your day.
Tourist bus: the best option if you are visiting Seville for the first time
As its name suggests, Seville's tourist bus is a resource designed exclusively to provide service to the thousands of tourists who visit the city.
With an operation similar to that of other major cities in Europe, when you book your ticket for the Seville tourist bus you will make a tour through the main historical monuments of the city and the sites of greatest interest to travelers. But also:
- Recorded commentary is provided in different languages including, of course, Spanish and English.
- Its route runs approximately 14 stops and you can hop on and off as many times as you wish.
- The service can be purchased for 24 hours or 48 hours.
- The price of the bus service starts at 25€ and a new bus passes through the route approximately every 30 minutes.
- The ticket can include free admission to some monuments or museums in the city such as the Flamenco Museum.
- Among the attractions that you can visit on the tourist bus in the city are: the Cathedral of Seville, the Giralda, Plaza de Toros, Barrio de Triana and the Torre de Oro.
Seville public transportation: the most popular option
The public transport system in the city is highly efficient, organized and punctual, as well as economical. The transportation network is very well interconnected, which translates into a system that will allow you to easily get from one point to another in the city.
If you are on a multi-day excursion in the city, such as visiting Seville in 5 days, and you are looking for mobility alternatives that allow you to save money, do not hesitate for a second.
The Seville Metro system has a total of 22 stations distributed along 188 kilometers and connects the main areas of the Andalusian capital.
However, it is not a system that I recommend for tourists visiting the city for the first time, since the interesting thing about Seville is the possibility of walking through its streets, not moving under them. Anyway, if you need to make a quick and economical tour the metro is a great option.
- Schedule: from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm from Monday to Thursday; on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the schedule is extended from 6:30 am to 2:00 am.
- Frequency: varies between 5 minutes for peak hours and 15 minutes for off-peak hours and days.
- Price: from 1,50€ the ticket.
- Tip: keep in mind the route and map of Metro stops in Seville.
Also known as Metrocentro, this system is ideal for touring the historic center of Seville and moving between the main attractions. The San Bernardo station is the head station, which in turn allows the streetcar to connect with the L1 line of the Seville metro and with the C1 and C4 lines of the suburban train.
- Timetable: Monday to Friday from 06:00h to 23:30h, Saturdays until 01:50h and Sundays from 07:00h to 23:30h.
- Frequency: from 5 to 10 minutes.
- Price: approximately 1,40€ each way.
- Tip: keep in mind the route and stops map of the Seville Tram.
A transport system that the inhabitants of Seville have been using for decades. The city's bus system offers a total of 44 lines that operate during the day and 9 lines that operate exclusively at night.
Together they provide service not only to the downtown area but also to the nearest points on the outskirts of Seville.
- Timetable: every day of the year from 06h to 23:00h.
- Frequency: from 15 to 20 minutes.
- Price: from 1,40€ per person. To save on your trip to Seville, you can purchase the tourist transport card valid for 1 or 3 days and offering unlimited travel.
- Tip: check in detail the available routes, schedules and much more information on the official website of the transport company Tussam.
Taking a cab in Seville: the most comfortable option
The historic center of the city of Seville concentrates much of the attractions and main points of interest, so if you decide to move by cab I recommend that it is mainly for short distances or to go to your hotel or accommodation if it is very far from the central area.
Costs to consider
Take into account the following rates when hiring a cab service in the city:
- The price per kilometer starts at 0,92€ and the flag down at 1,33€ approximately.
- The cost of the cab ride from the airport to the city center is approximately €25.
- The average waiting time is around €20.
- On Sundays, holidays and late at night the fare usually increases.
Companies offering the service.
The regulated cab companies in the city are very easy to recognize, as the cars are white and are identified with the TAXI sign on the hood; the license number is easily visible on the sides of the vehicle. Here are some of the companies with contact numbers.
- Cab Sevilla Santa Justa. Located at Calle Cloro, 2. The telephone number is +34 645 23 01 97.
- Radio cab Sevilla. The offices are located at Avenida de Kansas City, 42. The telephone number is +34 954 98 11 44.
- Cab Sevilla Mercedes. The offices are located at Calle San Eloy, 57. The telephone number is +34 669 202 136.
- Cab Aljarafe 24 Hours. Located at Calle Puerta de la Macarena, 31. The contact number is +34 654 110 110.
Renting a bicycle in Seville: the best option if you are looking for independence
In recent years, Seville has become one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Spain. Currently it has a mobility system very adapted to this means of transport, reason why more and more tourists and locals prefer to move around using two wheels instead of their feet.
You can choose between several time options to return it whenever you want and, in addition, equipment such as helmet, complementary seat or lock is usually included.
Train: the best option for destinations beyond the city.
The train is the ideal option to move beyond the limits of Seville from 10 ¤ per way. As the capital of the Andalusian region, Seville is the ideal starting point to go to areas such as Cordoba and Granada.
Although for this type of adventure my general advice is to book an organized tour from Seville, it is advisable to be aware of alternatives such as the train service at Santa Justa Station, San Bernardo Station and Virgen del Rocio Station.
But if you are looking for organized tours in the city of Seville you will find excursions to the following destinations.