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How to Get to Italica from Seville

Are you planning to visit Italica on your next trip to Seville? What a fantastic idea! Since both destinations are very close to each other, it is easy to organize a trip to visit this important archaeological site.

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

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How to Get to Italica from Seville

Italica | ©VIATOR IMPERI

It's no secret that Seville, one of the most important destinations in the region of Andalusia, is a city to fall in love with, where you'll find hundreds of things to see and do. But have you considered the dream attractions located around the city? The Italic ruins is one of those places that you can visit from the charming Seville.

Considered as the Rome of Seville, visiting Santiponce and the Italic ruins can be done in a half day excursion and is well worth it! If you want to discover the transfer options available here is all the information you need to know.

1. The best option: an organized excursion

Getting to know Italica| ©Paul VanDerWerf
Getting to know Italica| ©Paul VanDerWerf

Considered one of the best excursions to do outside of Seville, many of the tourists who travel to the city opt for an organized excursion due to the many facilities it offers.

As you will soon notice, numerous local companies offer this type of service and most of them at really affordable prices.

What these excursions offer

These types of excursions usually depart from the center of Seville in the morning, generally between 9am and 10:30am, to arrive at the ruins early in the morning as well.

Depending on the company you hire, you can be picked up at the hotel, usually only in private tours, or have a common meeting point in the heart of Seville.

An expert art historian guide accompanies the group of hikers at all times to tell the most interesting aspects of the places you will be visiting.

Before paying for the excursion it is necessary to review the itinerary but, for your consideration, some companies offer stops at the following destinations in their travel plan:

  • Conjunto Arqueológico de Itálica; here you will encounter a Roman city more than 2 thousand years old; with a fabulously preserved ancient Roman amphitheater and a wonderful collection of mosaics from the time of the great empire.
  • The Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo; an ancient medieval monastery of great historical importance to the area and where the remains of San Isidoro of Seville are believed to be found.

Useful information

  • Price: This type of experience is available from 35€ per person.
  • Duration of the trip: Including transportation to and from the city, this type of excursion usually takes 4 to 5 hours to complete. You should reserve at least half a day for the excursion.
  • Recommended if... Your plan is to complete a relaxing vacation and you don't want to worry about the logistics of transportation between the two destinations. The accompaniment of an expert guide is an added bonus that is certainly worth investing a few extra euros.

Book your excursion to Italica from Seville

2. The cheapest option: Travel by bus to Italica from Seville

Bus to Italica| ©JanD442
Bus to Italica| ©JanD442

An inexpensive and very popular alternative for locals who want to move to nearby places is to travel by bus from Seville.

It is important to keep in mind that, when it comes to moving around Seville, the bus is the most used means of transportation in the city, so you can rely on its efficiency and punctuality without major problems.

Route

If you decide to use this means of transportation you can take the M-170A bus or the M-170B bus on the Seville - Santiponce route.

In the city of Seville you must take the bus at the Plaza de Armas Station to get off directly in the town of Santiponce at the gates of the Architectural Complex. The whole trip will take approximately 1hr 15 minutes, consider as additional the waiting time at the station.

Companies that offer this service

The Seville - Santiponce route is provided by the Sevillian transport company Damas; I recommend visiting their website for information on schedules and availability of the service.

Pay close attention to the operating schedules of the different bus lines, especially if you travel to Italica in the afternoon, this way you avoid problems such as missing your bus back to Seville.

Useful information

  • Price: The single ticket has an approximate cost of 1,50 € per passenger per way. The total cost of the trip will be 8 € in this means of transport.
  • Duration of the trip: The trip will take about 50 minutes not counting the waiting time between bus changes.
  • Recommended if... you are looking for a travel option that allows you to save as much as possible, also when visiting Italica if you have time to spend because this option may involve longer waiting times than the other alternatives.

3. Fastest option: Travel by car to Itálica from Seville

By Car| ©Darwin Vegher
By Car| ©Darwin Vegher

Traveling by car to Italica from Seville is another alternative to consider. Although it is a little more expensive than other options studied in this article and also requires more planning, it offers some considerable advantages such as: the possibility of traveling more comfortably and the possibility of going at your own pace.

If you are traveling to Seville with small children, this is a great alternative and since both destinations are very close to each other the time on the road is not tiring at all.

Route

To make the trip by car from Seville to Italica you have three different routes; each of them offers a similar distance and take almost the same travel time so the choice of one or the other will depend more on your starting point in Seville. The routes are:

  • Taking the SE-30 road; this is the most used route, the 14.4 km journey will take about 20 minutes on the road if you don't make stops.
  • Taking the N-630 road; this is the shortest route according to the map, the route of 12.7 km will take about 20 minutes.
  • Taking the Ronda Urbana Norte road; this route is about 14.6 km from the old town of Seville and will take about 22 minutes to complete.

Companies to rent a car

If you wish to rent a car you should know that in the city of Seville you will find numerous companies that offer this service. Here are some of the most popular and best rated by users.

  • Centauro Located at Av. de Kansas City, 32 Edificio Aniversario Local B2.
  • Europcar Its offices are located at Av. de Kansas City.
  • Golden Rent Its offices are located in Calle Nalón.

Parking in Italica

Whenever you choose this means of transportation, an important aspect to consider is the parking options at the destination you plan to visit.

When visiting Italica you will find free parking options very close to the ruins.

Useful information

  • Price: Car rental in Seville is available from 28€ per day for single vehicles, adding other associated costs. You will also have to consider fuel costs as additional.
  • Travel time: The drive between Italica and Seville will take about 20-25 minutes to complete.
  • Recommended if... If you are traveling to Italica with a group or family and you are looking for a means of transportation that offers flexibility but also comfort, the price to pay for the rental of the fuel vehicle can be easily compensated.

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4. The most expensive option: Traveling by cab to Italica from Seville

Seville Taxis| ©LaPetitEtoile
Seville Taxis| ©LaPetitEtoile

If you want to travel by car to Italica, but do not want to drive, the alternative is to pay a private cab to take you directly to the site.

Fortunately in Seville you will find numerous companies willing to provide this service and you can count on a private transport entirely flexible and adapted to your itinerary.

Companies that offer this service

You should know that the regulated cabs in Seville are always painted white. They have a sign on the hood and the license number visible on the sides.

Here are some companies that you can call in the city when you need to use the service.

  • 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 Horas Located at Calle Puerta de la Macarena, 31. The contact number is +34 654 110 110.

Useful information

  • Price: For cabs in Seville the price per kilometer starts at 0,92€ and the flag down at 1,33€ approximately.
  • Duration of the trip: Between 20 and 25 minutes from the center of Seville to the Italic ruins.
  • Recommended if... you do not want to adapt your schedule to the regulations of an organized tour, because the excursions to Italica from Seville also offer direct and comfortable transportation between both destinations with the added advantage of the accompaniment of an expert guide.

5. The least recommended option: The suburban train

Train from Seville| ©Matthew Black
Train from Seville| ©Matthew Black

One of the favorite options to travel from Seville to other destinations in Andalusia is the use of the suburban train; unfortunately for a destination as close as Italica the train results in more disadvantages than advantages.

However, just know that this alternative is available in case you want to consider it.

Route

To start the journey using this transport option you will have to take the C5 commuter train at Sevilla Santa Justa station, to get off at Camas station. The trip will take no more than 20 minutes with only two scheduled stops.

From here you will have to walk to Apeadero V station, located a short distance away and take bus 1722 to Italica. This section of the route will take you 20 minutes on average and has about 18 stops before you reach your final destination.

The commuter train is operated by the company Renfe; on their website you can buy tickets in advance. On the other hand, the route Santiponce-Italica is run by theConsortium Networkof Andalusia.

Useful information

  • Price: About 10 € are usually enough to cover the ticket of the train and bus in each of the routes.
  • Travel time: This is the longest route of all those analyzed. The complete journey will take 50 minutes plus the waiting time for each of the transports.
  • Recommended yes... it is not an alternative that I recommend since it will save you neither time nor money.

Book your excursion to Italica from Seville

We compare the different options to get to Italica from Seville

  • Organized Excursion
  • The best option
  • Price: 35€ approximately
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours round trip.
  • By bus
  • The cheapest option
  • Price: 8€.
  • Duration: 50 minutes each way.
  • By car
  • The fastest option
  • Price: 28€ and up
  • Duration: 20-25 minutes each way.
  • Cab
  • The most expensive option
  • Price: 0,92€ per kilometer traveled.
  • Duration: 20-25 minutes each way.
  • Train
  • The least recommended option
  • Price: 10€ each way.
  • Duration: 50 minutes to 1 hour.

A bit of historical context

Amphitheater of Italica| ©Olga Díez
Amphitheater of Italica| ©Olga Díez

According to historical records, Italica was the birthplace of at least three Roman emperors: Trajan, Hadrian and, quite possibly, Theodosius.

Italica is considered to be one of the first Roman settlements in the territory that today belongs to Spain; it is estimated that the city was founded around 200 BC.

During the first and second centuries after the Christian era and during the rule of Trajan this important Roman enclave reached a high social and military status, as an impulse of its ruler and his successor Hadrian. In this period, the city reached a population that then exceeded 8,000 inhabitants.

On a trip to visit the ruins of this important ancient city you will see one of the largest amphitheaters of the Roman Empire, with a capacity for 25,000 spectators. The amphitheater space has been beautifully preserved over the years.

You can also see the remains of the temple to Emperor Trajan, ancient Roman baths and a series of beautifully preserved mosaics. In 2016 part of the 7th season of the famous series Game of Thrones was filmed in the ruins of Itálicas in Seville.