Transportation in Seville

Whether you're looking for the best way to get around the city or traveling to destinations outside of Seville transportation is one of the most important (and often confusing) items to get a handle on. I'll cover the basics of both types of travel below, with some helpful hints along the way.

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Seville Tourist Office

Oficina de Turismo

I highly recommend using the tourist office in Seville for maps, bus and train schedules. They have plenty of information in all languages and like this page it is free! Other items you can pick up are Welcome, a tourist magazine which covers the sites and other activities for the month, as well as El Giraldillo, which covers cultural events such as art exhibitions, music, theatre and dance performances. You can also get maps (at a small cost) of other cities. The office is located down the street from the cathedral.

Helpful Information & Links
Tourist Office Location
Avda. Constitución 21-B  954 22 14 04
Plaza del Triunfo 954 21 00 05
Plaza San Francisco (Edficio Laredo) 954 59 52 88
Estación Santa Justa (Train Station) 954 53 76 26
Aeropuerto San Pablo (Airport) 954 44 91 28
Paseo de las Delicias, 9 (Costurero de la Reina) 954 23 44 65
C/Arjona, 28 (Naves del Barranco) 902 194 897

Walking in the city


Almost all of the tourist sites in the center are best reached by walking. I recommend taking a map, especially when you are in Barrio Santa Cruz. But beware that maps often "straighten" the streets (as in, "hmmm.. this map makes it look like the street is at a right angle, but here it goes off to the left and I don't see a street sign with the name..") and it still can be a bit challenging. I have seen many tourists at intersections with a map looking very confused. During late spring and the summer the shade is coveted and the experienced walkers will cross the street to seek it out while getting around the city. The city government stretches toldos, or tarps, across the buildings in the center so many of the streets always have shade - a great idea that keeps the shopping district busy through the hottest days.



Sevilla is relatively flat and you'll have a hard time finding a hill. That makes for easy biking if you don't take the situation on the roads into consideration. I would recommend using some type of protective head gear. Maybe it's my mom talking, but between the cars, buses, scooters and pedestrians, safely navigating the streets can be difficult. A few suggestions if you plan to buy a bike, or ship one over with you:

  • cheap bike - bike theft is a problem and having a less lucrative target helps avoid the possibility that your new $500 bike disappears.
  • locking your bike - there are not a lot of bike racks in Sevilla, so you may find yourself searching a little for a suitable place to lock your bike to. When you do:
    • two chains and locks are better than one
    • try to lock it within site of where you will be, or at least in a busy place where it's less likely someone will walk off with it.
    • under every circumstance do always lock your bike to something solid - don't just lock the wheel to the frame.
  • seat - if you have a quick release seat consider taking it with you
  • walk your bike - don't be that moron in the middle of Calle Sierpes trying to bike through the afternoon crowd.
  • get a bell or horn - I know it sounds dumb but I've seen a lot of collisions and arguments simply because the people in front of the biker don't know they're coming from behind.

You can't help but notice the increase in bike paths all around the city center. Once the tranvia gets moving pedestrians may feel like they're in Amsterdam, trying to dodge all sorts of traffic (bike, car, tram and bus). Seriously, it should not be that bad, and I think this is a good development. Now the city has bikes to go with the bike paths, and at a very reasonable rate. For residents there is a 10 Euro annual fee, and any time you rent the bike you have up to 30 minutes free. Then 50 cents per half hour after that. For visitors it is also possible to rent for a week or just a day. You need a credit card and in the case of short term rentals you can sign up on the spot at the kiosks located next to the bike racks. For resident passes you can sign up online or at the office in the center. The system will freeze or debit 150 Euros from your credit card / bank account when you take it off the rack. The money should be instantly back in your account when you lock it back up.

Some great places to ride your bike include along the river where there is a path for bikers, joggers and the likes; the expo grounds, which are fairly deserted; Parque Maria Luisa and Parque Alamillo just across from the bridge by the same name. A rent a bike service I can recommend is run by Carlos Amarillo, called rentabikesevilla.com. They rent small, foldable bikes which are ideal for fitting into small places if you want to bring it on the bus or store it in your hotel room. They have home/hotel delivery, suggest routes and even offer a tour of the city with a bilingual guide. If you want to get out and do some mountain or road biking in Andalucia, especially around Granada, check out bikingandalucia.com.

Helpful Information & Links

Rent a bike:
Tel: 619 461 491

c/ Fernando TIrado, 5 (Corner of Luis Montoto)
Tel: 954 58 49 27

Mountain and Road Biking Tours:



If you want to get places quicker, avoid the hassles of parking and don't mind spending a little money then a scooter, or moto, may be a solution for you. You get great gas mileage as well! I would not recommend Sevilla as a place for learning to ride a moto as traffic and narrow streets tend to push your driving limits. If you are familiar with riding a moto and have spent some time in a European city using one then I suppose Sevilla is not that difficult. Do be aware that there is a helmet law in effect and the police will fine you for not using one. You will also need insurance for a moto, although for a ciclomotor you don't need a driver's license (it all has to do with the cylinders the moto has), which makes it a popular choice for those who don't want to pay for classes and go through the hassle of getting a license.

The drivers or riders of motos in Sevilla are famous for their "flexible" attitude regarding the laws of the road. Red lights for many don't mean they really have to stop, and you will often see people on motos sneaking through them. There is also a tendency to weave through traffic, either to make one's way to the front of the line at a light or simply moving through traffic which is going slow. In witnessing these habits I wonder why there are not more serious accidents on motos. You are of course not obligated to perform any of these acts but you will certainly see them.

Helpful Information & Links

Rent a moto:
Alkimoto: alkimoto.com
Rentamoto Sevilla: rentamoto.net

Seville City Bus

Autobús urbano

Buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around Seville if you're going a little further. If you plan to use them a lot buy a bónobus at a kiosco (newsstand) or estanco (tobacco shop). If you plan to be here for a month and use the bus a lot, you may wish to purchase a monthly pass, or an abono 30 días. The bus network is comprised of circular (C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4 buses) and line routes (north, south, east and west). You can catch most city buses in one of four locations below. Note that Plaza Nueva is no longer an option due to the work to convert Avda Constitución and the plaza into pedestrian zones

  • Puerta de Jerez
  • Plaza de la Encarnación
  • La Barqueta
  • Prado de San Sebastian

Stops are also easy to find on the main avenues. So how much does the bus cost? That depends on how you purchase a pass. Below is a breakdown of the prices which reflect the price increase starting on January 1st, 2007. You can only purchase a pass with or without transbordo, or transfer. Reduced fair or free passes also exist for the elderly, young or unemployed. The airport bus is 2€ and can be caught every 30 minutes by the Prado de San Sebastian bus station, which is the most central location (see section below for more information on airport transportation).

ticket type price good for
univiaje 1,10 € 1 trip
bónobus 5 € 10 trips
bónobus (con transbordo) 6 € 10 trips with transfers
abono 30 días 24,88 € unlimited for 30 days
tarjeta turística 1 día 3,11 € unlimited for 1 day
tarjeta turística 3 días 7,25 € unlimited for 3 days

A few other helpful hints when you decide to ride the buses in Seville:

  • Exact change: is appreciated when paying. After 9pm it is mandatory.
  • Waving: if you are the only person at a bus stop for multiple lines, it is normal to indicate with a slight wave that you want to get on the bus. If you are the only one at the stop and looking in the other direction the bus may pass you by!
  • Timetables: Buses generally run until 11:30pm. There is a limited number of nocturnal buses with routes that typically end around 2am.
  • Ring the timbre or bell: if you want to get off at the next stop
  • Opening doors: you may need to push a button to open the door on some buses
  • Route maps: you can find in the tourist office. You can also see where most buses go by looking at the map at the bus stop itself. Most buses are on circular or line routes.
  • Lines: people generally get in line for the bus, so make sure you put yourself behind the others already there.
Helpful Information & Links

Center city map with bus routes (PDF)
Tussam city bus page (in spanish)
Bus Stops by bus number (in spanish)


Tranvia / Metro-centro

After many months of testing Seville's tram finally opened to the public on October 28th, 2007. For the first day rides were free, although all stops except Plaza Nueva and the Prado were inactive. Things went well and everyone seemed to enjoy the ride. On Monday October 29th the first day of paid operations began, and unfortunately the first tram derailment as well. It was minor and since then everything is going as planned.

The first thing to mention is the tram's short route, which connects Plaza Nueva with the Prado de San Sebastian bus station, with a total of 1.3 km. While it covers little ground, it does cover what is otherwise a pedestrian only area. So if you don't feel like walking the route you have no other option but to take. The stops, from the center going further out, are:

  • Plaza Nueva
  • Avda. Constitución (in front of Correos)
  • Puerta de Jerez (in front of Hotel Alfonso XII and the University)
  • Prado de San Sebastian (just next to the regional bus station)

You can purchase single trip tickets at any of the stops using ATM like machines. The price per single trip is 1 Euro. In a bit of rational thinking and planning, the tram uses the same ticket system as the city bus lines, allowing a few advantages:

  • You can save buying the bónobus, the multiple trip pass which reduces the fare to about half of the normal 1 Euro cost. (See the above chart in the City Bus section for prices which also apply to the tram).
  • The system accepts transfers. If you purchase the bónobus, with the transfer (transbordo) option, you can take the bus, and then the tram without additional cost.
  • The obvious is that you don't have to manage multiple transport passes for a tram system and a bus system, something very few would be willing to do with the current short length of the tram.

The future, and in my opinion the success, of the tram will be in extending the route. Original and rumored plans have the tram connecting to Santa Justa train station (practical in bringing visitors to the city center with public transport), as well as crossing through the central shopping district all the way to Santa Catalina (practical in connecting my house to the route - ok, this is just for me. Really practical in offering a public transport option through the center where bus and taxi options are not ideal. Not practical in perhaps disturbing pedestrian areas which don't seem to have enough space to accommodate the tram). Many merchants and center city residents would kill me for saying this, but I think construction on the next leg should begin now!

Taxi service in Seville


Taxis are another way to get around, although a little more expensive than the bus. When hailing a cab look for the green light on top meaning the taxi is free. Most are fairly new and offer enough room for two with plenty of luggage. If you need a van or larger taxi you can generally secure one by calling ahead. Likewise, if you need a taxi for the airport very early in the morning my recommendation is to call the night before and make a reservation (see the telephone numbers below). Many of my short cab rides cost between 3-6€ for two people. From the airport to the center of town or the opposite there is now a flat rate in effect for taxis. The fee is 18€ during the day and 20€ during holidays, Sundays or night (after 10pm). Taxis can be found in the main plazas of the center in designated taxi stands if you can't hail one on the street. The best locations for finding a taxi are:

  • Plaza del Duque (in front of El Corte Inglés)
  • Plaza de la Encarnación
  • Puerta Jerez
  • Plaza de Cuba

A few more helpful hints for taxis:

  • Luggage: extra charges will be added for luggage handling (by piece), holidays, Sundays and late night rides.
  • Number of people: 4 people is generally the maximum allowed in a taxi.
  • Paying: Taxi drivers prefer smaller bills to larger one (i.e.: avoid using a 50 or 100€ bill)
  • Tipping: Drivers to not expect tips, but rounding off the change is normal.


Helpful Information & Links

Taxi Telephone Numbers:
95 467 55 55
95 458 00 00
95 462 22 22  

Distances to other towns and cities in Spain

Distancias a otros pueblos y ciudades en

First and foremost is just how far from Seville are the various cities and towns you may want to visit. The distances below are approximate:

Destination km miles
Albacete 520 322
Algeciras 190 118
Alicante 650 403
Almeria 410 254
Barcelona 1,025 635
Bilbao 935 580
Burgos 780 484
Cádiz 125 77
Caceres 260 161
Córdoba 155 96
Cuenca 570 353
Gibraltar 150 93
Girona 1,125 698
Granada 260 161
Jaen 245 152
Jerez de la Frontera 100 62
Huelva 95 59
La Coruña 1,085 673
Leon 710 440
Madrid 515 319
Málaga 220 136
Marbella 205 127
Merida 195 121
Murcia 580 360
Oviedo 820 508
Palencia 640 397
Pamplona 980 608
Ronda 120 74
Salamanca 470 291
Santander 1,030 639
Santiago de Compostela 1,010 626
Soria 755 468
Toledo 500 310
Valencia 695 431
Zaragoza 840 521



Seats on the AVE high speed train

Getting to the station from the center

Taking a train (or arriving by train) is fairly easy with Seville's Santa Justa train station located on Avenida Kansas City, close to the center. If you choose to walk it's about 15-20 minutes from the center, depending on your location. A cab will also get you there for 4-6€ depending on your location. Two bus lines will drop you at the station itself: Bus C-2 or Bus 32.

Getting to the center from the station

When arriving you can catch a cab to the center (at the front exit) again for about 4-6€. If you want to catch a bus to the center you have two good options. Bus 32 will take you to Plaza Encarnación in the center. If you prefer Plaza Nueva, perhaps a little more central, walk a block or two to Avenida Kansas City and catch Bus 21. If you don't have a lot of luggage you can easily walk to the center as well.

Tickets and Schedules

You can purchase tickets at the station, in the RENFE office located in Calle Zaragoza behind Plaza Nueva, or online at the RENFE reservation page. Many travel agents will book tickets for the train as well, especially when booking them with a flight or other travel services. As there is a travel agency just about on every block you shouldn't have trouble finding one. When traveling to Madrid it is often nice to catch the AVE - a great high-speed train that has shaved hours off the journey. Tickets are more expensive than the normal train, but it is well worth it. If you want to save a little money catch the 10pm train as I did a while back. Just make sure you know what you're doing and where you're staying once you get to Madrid at 12:30am. Do note that it can be cheaper to fly to Madrid, especially if you use public transportation to and from each airport. I found a 19 Euro flight one time, which was more than half the price of the AVE. In general the AVE is cheaper, but not always. You can check exact prices and schedules of any train to and from any city at the RENFE schedule page. I highly recommend that you check the schedule so please don't rely on this page for exact fares or times. Some notes on the table below:
  • Prices: are approximate and rounded up to the nearest Euro as they fluctuate often. For example, some departure times to cities are a few Euros cheaper or more expensive. Price changes occur frequently but are generally small. You should use this as a guide for price estimates. Note that round trip prices are discounted from the one-way price.
  • Departure times: are likely to change, be suspended or offered for holidays and other months. Schedules change and there are additional trips to some destinations on certain days of the week. You should use this as a guide to frequency of trips.
  • Connections: this list covers direct connections but does not include transfer options. You can get from Seville to just about any other city or sizeable town provided you are willing to change trains. Buses in many cases may be the most direct route to your destinations.
Destination approx.
time of trip
departure times
1-way price
( € )
Almeria 5.5 hrs. 7:00, 11:50, 15:55, 17:40 28 €
Caceres 6 hrs. 16:30 15 €
Cádiz 2 hrs. 6:50, 7:55, 9:00, 10:00, 10:56, 11:55, 13:20, 13:58, 15:30, 17,00, 18:00, 19:55, 20:00, 21:35 9 €
Córdoba (AVE) 0.75 hrs. 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 21:00, 33:00, 23:00 20 €
Córdoba 1.25 hrs. 7:20, 7:45, 9,00, 9:30, 13:25, 15:30, 18:45, 19:55, 20:30, 7 €
Granada 3 hrs. 7:00, 11:50, 15:55, 17:40 18 €
Huleva 1.5 hrs. 9:10, 13:30, 16:40, 20:50 7 €
Jaén 3 hrs. 6:45 15 €
Madrid 2.5 hrs. 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:30, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 21:00, 33:00, 23:00 52 - 65 €
Málaga 2.5 hrs. 7:40, 11:10, 13:15. 15:10, 19:35, 22:30 14 €
Merida 4.75 hrs. 16:30 11 €
Valencia 8.5 hrs. 8:00 43 €

Helpful Information & Links

RENFE Home Page (English)
RENFE Schedule Page (English)
RENFE Reservation Page (English)
RENFE 24 hour Information: 902 24 02 02

Regional Buses

Autobuses interurbanos


Getting to and from the bus station

Plaza de Armas Bus Station Both stations are practically in the center and in most cases you can walk to or from both of them. If not, take a taxi and give the name of the bus station. Plaza de Armas is about 3 blocks from the Triana bridge and Reyes Catolicos. The Prado de San Sebastian station is close to the university and across the street from the Jardines Murillo. The most confusing thing about bus travel from Seville is the choice of the bus stations. There are two possibilities depending on your destination: Prado de San Sebastian or Plaza de Armas. If you are traveling to cities or towns in Andalucia, such as Cádiz, Granada, Málaga or Carmona you need to go to the station in Prado de San Sebastian. If you are traveling to Huelva or outside of Andalucia, such as Madrid, Extremadura, or Portugal you need to head to the station in Plaza de Armas. As things change I do recommend you check before heading out. It is often difficult to get an actual person on the telephone at either of the general bus station numbers listed below. Many times the lines are busy, or they simply fail to answer. The best thing to do is go to the bus station the day before or head to the tourist office for some help.

Tickets and Schedules

You can reach many of the smaller pueblos and larger cities by bus as well. Bus service in Spain is well organized but run by many separate companies, and the company depends on the destination. Buses are probably the cheapest option for travel outside of Seville, although in general you should expect longer travel times. If you are on a very tight budget you may wish to catch a bus to Madrid that takes 6 hours. The same route by train, however, takes 2 and a half hours. Also consider when the timetables versus train travel. Sometimes a more convenient departure or arrival time will make the choice between bus and train easier.

Some notes about the list of destinations below:

  • Prices: are approximate and rounded up to the nearest Euro as they fluctuate often. For example, some departure times to cities are a few Euros cheaper because they are less popular. Price changes occur more frequently because so many companies handle different routes. You should use this as a guide for price estimates.
  • Departure times: are likely to change or be suspended for holidays. Schedules change often and there are additional trips to some destinations on certain days of the week. You should use this as a guide to frequency of trips.
  • The company: knowing which company offers the route is generally not of much help because phone service is not good. It is always best to go to the station and purchase the ticket in person. When you arrive at the station inquire about the destination or look for the signs where they indicate routes and inquire about departure times and prices.

Prado de San Sebastian Station

tel: +34 954 417 111

Destination Duration
departure times
(subject to change)
Round trip
Algeciras 3.75 hrs. 6:00, 7:15, 9:00, 10:30, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:30, 18:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00 15 € 24 €
Almería 7 hrs. 7:00, 16:00 22 € 35 €
Arcos 2 hrs. 8:00, 16:30 7 € 13 €
Cádiz 2.5 hrs. 7:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 10 € 16 €
Chipionas 1.5 hrs. 7:00, 8:00, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 20:00, 21:00 7 € 10 €
Cordoba 2 hrs. 5:00, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:30, 21:30 9 € 14 €
Gibraltar (La Linea) 3.75 hrs. 9:00, 15:00,
17:30, 20:00
19 € 28 €
Granada 3.25 hrs. 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 15:30, 16:30, 18:30 17 € 29 €
Guadiz 5 hrs. 11:00 23 € 32 €
Jerez 1.25 hrs. 6:00, 7:15, 8:30, 10:30, 12:00, 13:00, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 20:30, 21:00 6 € 11 €
Marbella 3 hrs. 8:00, 16:00 14 € 21 €
Nerja 4 hrs. 7:00, 18:00, 24:00 18 € 26 €
Ronda 2.25 hrs. 7:00, 10:00, 12:00, 15:00, 17:00 9 € 15 €
San Lucar 1.5 hrs. 7:00, 8:00, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 20:00, 21:00 7 € 10 €
Tarifa 3.5 hrs. 9:00, 15:00,
17:30, 20:00
15 € 24 €

Plaza de Armas Station

tel: +34 954 908 040


Destination Duration
departure times
Round trip
Aracena 1.75 hrs. 9:00, 16:00 6 € 9 €
Baeza 4.5 hrs. 15:30 17 € 32 €
Bilbao 12 hrs. 21:15 39 € 78 €
Burgos 10.5 hrs. 21:45 40 € 73 €
Cáceres 4 hrs. 6:00, 8:30, 11:00, 13:00, 15:30, 18:00, 21:45 15 € 27 €
Coruña 15.5 hrs. 18:15, 23:00 46 € 88 €
Huelva 4 hrs. 8:15, 11:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:30 14 € 24 €
Jaen - - - -
León 11 hrs. 6:00, 11:00, 21:00 36 € 65 €
Madrid 6 hrs. 00:30, 1:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 23:00 17 € 28 €
Matalascañas 1.25 hrs. 8:15, 11:00, 15:00, 17:00, 18:30 6 € 10 €
Merida 3 hrs. 6:00, 8:30, 12:00, 13:00, 15:30, 18:45, 21:45 11 € 21 €
Salamanca 8.25 hrs. 6:00, 8:30, 11:00,
13:00, 21:00
26 € 47 €
San Sebastian 13 hrs. 21:15 44 € 89 €
Ubeda 5 hrs. 9:30, 15:30,
20:15, 20:45
19 € 36 €
Valencia 11.5 hrs. 9:30, 17:00, 22:30 45 € 87 €

Portugal (coming soon)

Destination Duration
departure times
Round trip

Helpful Information & Links

Prado de San Sebastian Bus Station
Tel: 954 41 71 11
Plaza de Armas Bus Station
Tel: 954 90 80 40


Planes and the Seville Airport


Airport Bus run by Los Amarillos

Getting to the airport

San Pablo Airport is located about 12 km north of the city. For a taxi to the airport there is now a flat rate in effect: 19€ during the day and 21€ during holidays, Sundays or nights (after 10pm). Just remember that salidas means departures and llegadas means arrivals so the driver drops you in the correct place. There are not multiple terminals as with other, larger airports so it makes it easy on you and the driver. You can also catch a bus to the airport which has stops in several locations:

  • Palos de la Frontera (next to the Casino de la Exposición)
  • Prado de San Sebastian (just next to the bus station)
  • Pedro de Castro (Hotel Pasarela - Hotel Meliá)
  • Enramadilla (RENFE - Viapol)
  • Avda. San Francisco Javier (Edificio Sevilla II)
  • Luis de Morales (Hotel Portacoeli - Hotel Lebreros)
  • Avenida de Kansas City (Estación Santa Justa - Hotel Occidental)
Bus tickets currently cost 2€ and departures are about every 30 minutes beginning around 6:15am with an hour and 30 minute break around 3pm. Somewhere just around midnight (24:00) they stop. For more information you can call Los Amarillos, the charter service who runs the route, at 902 21 03 17.

Getting to the center from the airport:

Taxis are waiting outside the arrival terminal near the baggage claim. Go to the taxi at the front of the line and normally the driver will help you with your luggage. You can also catch the same bus mentioned above by exiting the terminal, taking a right and passing the taxis. There is a sign for the bus with times indicated. You can rent cars at the airport and there are a few desks waiting in the arrivals area if you want to book upon arrival. Check the section below for more information and how to get a better rate on car rentals.

At the airport

Well, it's an airport so they have overpriced food, a bar and upon passing through the metal detectors in departures there are a few shops (which are not always open) where you can buy a few items. If you arrive and need to change money you can do so upstairs at departures at the Iberia office. There is also an ATM located upstairs. Do expect a fairly modern building, but don't expect a lot of services catering to airport travelers. The airport does close for a few hours some time after midnight and before the earliest flights in the morning. There are plans to have it open 24 hours in the future.


I still say use a travel agent to find your best deals for flights out of Seville. Mine has done wonders so far and we are hoping he still has time to find us some cheap tickets to the U.S. for August. In 2004 - I got round trip tickets from Madrid to Charlotte, N.C. for 454€ for both June and August trips. Flying to other countries close by from Seville is relatively cheap (you're in Europe already!), although most require you to connect in Madrid. There are some direct flights to London (Gatwick), Paris, Brussels and now several new flights on Air Berlin to 15 or so destinations in Germany. Vueling has just opened an office in the Seville airport (October 2007) and will be offering several flights to destinations such as Amsterdam and Lisbon, as well as other destinations in Spain. Additional flights are said to be in the plans so we will keep an eye out for those in the future.

Helpful Information & Links

San Pablo Airport Tel: 954 44 90 00
San Pablo Airport Off Tel: 954 22 89 01
Los Amarillos (Airport Bus): 902 21 03 17

Automobiles: Driving in Seville and Spain


Driving in the city

Driving in Seville can be a lot of fun but also a little scary. I enjoy driving once I am out of Seville and on the highways. Driving within Seville, especially the center, takes a bit of patience and I like to compare it to a video game except you don't get points for every obstacle you hit. Watch out for:
  • pedestrians crossing at any moment from most any direction
  • scooters or motos weaving through traffic and ignoring traffic signals
  • other drivers ignoring the red light in front of them because it looks pretty clear from where they are...
  • taxi and bus only lanes
  • narrow one-way streets, blind curves and intersections

Parking in the city

If you want to rent a car I do recommend a very small one - it's easier to park and much easier to navigate through the streets. Keep in mind there are parking problems if you are looking for a free space. I should say more about parking - it really is a pain in the ass in most of the center and Sevilla has a problem with double parking. You can't live here long without noticing some poor soul who is blocked in and has no other option but to hit the horn every 30 seconds until someone runs up and moves his car so the guy can get out. On a weekend night people come to the center looking for nightlife and double parking in some places is very, very common. There is even a custom to leave your car locked, but in neutral with the brake off. Now if someone needs to get out from behind you they can nudge your car over until they have enough room to leave. Why all the double parking and half hour searches for a free space? Parking garages or paid spots are expensive since they have eliminated the cheap parking next to the river. Remember to never keep anything in your car if you are leaving it somewhere or anywhere. Rental or out of town tags are like a neon sign asking for your car to be robbed. I've seen cars with back seats folded down and the glove box open so the would-be thieves could see there wasn't anything in them. I've also seen "Soy de Sevilla" ("I'm from Seville") signs in cars for those hoping not to have their car broken into. So paid parking is expensive but can also be a nice security feature, so if you want to locate a parking space I recommend going to lanetro.com and using the callejero feature. Enter the address of where you will be and look for the blue "P" signs on the map to locate public parking - garages or lots. They even have an English version. Public garages charge anywhere from 12 - 19 Euros per day.

Requirements, insurance and know-how

If you want to take a chance and rent a car you'll need to meet the following requirements:
  • U.S. driver's license (valid, of course)
  • Be at least 18 years of age but in some cases at least 21
  • Be a tourist or have a residence permit of 6 months or less.
Finally, be prepared for manual drive (stick-shift) cars. So you think you're ready to drive? Before getting on the road here take a look at these signs and see if you know what to do (or not to do) when you see them. If you feel like testing your skills on a more official level try one of the written tests from the Dirección General de Tráfico.

The other way is to have an international driver's license. I'm still checking up on how you get one, and the process is fairly easy, but as this doesn't apply for me anymore my search has trailed off recently. In a day of non-laziness I will offer more information. Also realize you will be required to pay any traffic fine or ticket on the spot if you are not a resident of Spain. Insurance is generally purchased when you rent the car and some policies in the U.S. may cover you while abroad. Some platinum credit cards also will offer coverage when you rent a car, but check to see what your benefits are first. Many rental agencies require a deposit that will be charged or authorized on your card, and then refunded upon return if the car is in good condition. There is risk involved in this if you have a scratch or accident and you should check the amount you will be responsible for. All agencies allow you to buy your way out of that deposit, and in my experience it is a good investment, if for nothing else than peace of mind. For deposits note that some agencies mentioning "a charge to your card" but often they will only be authorized, meaning they will check to see if you have sufficient credit to pay the damage deposit and then have the right to charge your card should you return the car damaged. To avoid paying for preexisting damages, always check the car to make sure any dents, scratches or other problems are noted before you leave the lot.

Who to rent from?

I recommend using Carjet.com in almost all cases versus the big national or international chains. If you want cheap it's either these guys or look for something local. Why? First, they have the advantage of being a broker and thus can shop around for the best rates. Second, international chains like Hertz, Avis, etc tend to charge much more for rentals in Spain or Europe for that matter. Third, even though Carjet contracts through National Atesa and other larger providers, these same companies do not offer a better rate than Carjet. Weird, but true. Sample price for the budget minded - 140€ for a compact rental for 6 days! That was a special recently offered on the site and National Atesa had the same car for 195€. The only problem may be for very young drivers as Carjet does require that you be at least 21 years old to drive. Why else do I like Carjet?
  • unlimited mileage on all car rentals
  • A lot of drop off and pick points, mainly in airports and train stations throughout Spain.
  • no extra fee for one-way rentals if you rent for at least 3 days. So you can take the car from Sevilla to Barcelona, drop it off and you'll pay nothing more than the normal rental price!
  • Covers travel in all of Spain and Portugal
  • Up to three additional drivers insured at no charge. That's much better than some agencies which can charge 7-9€ per day.
  • Their philosophy - no hidden charges or limits. You can easily get a quote online and the email comes back with literally everything you need to know about costs, returns, insurance.
  • It's all in English! This can be nice versus reading the fine print in Spanish if you don't speak that much.
Ok, so maybe you don't want to use Carjet and are looking for another place to go. If I had to make a second choice it would be Autos Hisaplis Rent a Car. They are located 50 meters from the Cathedral just off Avda. Constitución (behind the giant San Buenaventura location). They have some good rates as well as pretty good service. I swear Carjet is not paying me anything - it's just you have to like a place that tells it like it is.

Helpful Information & Links

MotoEuropa.com - resource for driving Europe.
Carjet.com - best rental prices
Autoshispalis.com - local alternative
Lanetro.com - find public parking in Sevilla




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