Transport around Seville
Although it’s the largest city of the Andalusia region, Seville is a relatively straightforward city for visitors to travel around in. Travelling by the locals’ favourite methods of bus, tram, scooter or on foot in particular allow you to experience how Sevillanos live and breathe their city.
Seville’s bus system runs from around 06:00 to 23:30. With several lines in operation, you can navigate your way around by looking at the bus routes on the online plan
, or by picking up a map from a tourist office. In addition, several night buses depart from Prado San Sebastián area in central Seville.
While many use the Especial Aeropuerto bus to get to and from the airport, the bus also stops in popular areas including the Santa Junta Station and Nervión Plaza shopping mall.
A single bus ticket costs 1,40€ or a Bonobus voucher allowing 10 trips costs 6€. Multiviaje cards allow you to travel by bus more cheaply, available for a refundable 1,50€ deposit. Each journey costs as little as 0,70€. You can buy and top up Multiviaje cards from tobacconists, newsstands and metro stations across the city; top-up can be made in increments of 7€.
There are also Tourist Cards available which can be cost-effective for visitors who intend to travel around the city by public transport a lot. The passes allow an unlimited number of journeys for 5€ in one day or 10€ for three days, while the deposit of 1,50€ is refundable. You can buy them from tourist offices and some of the city’s larger hotels.
The Sevilla Card
includes guided tours, boat trips, and entry to a number of museums and attractions, as well as unlimited travel on public transport. The Sevilla Card costs 33€ for one day, up to 77€ for five days. You can buy Sevilla Cards from tourist offices or online, which secures you a 5% discount.
Seville has one tramline that connects a stretch of the city of longer than 1km between Plaza Nueva with the Prado de San Sebastian bus station. Tickets, timetables and payments work in exactly the same way as the bus system and the tram is a quick and reliable way to get around. Tourist Cards and Sevilla Cards are also valid on trams.
While the bus and tram tend to be the preferred methods for getting around Seville, the fairly new metro system is another mode of transport worth considering. With just three lines, the metro runs from 06:30 to 23:00 and until 02:00 on Friday and Saturdays. A single ticket costs 1,40€ or a one day ticket including unlimited travel on the Metro is 4,50€. The Bonometro cards allow you to travel more cheaply and easily, with single fares costing as little as 0,80€. You can top them up in increments of 10€.
Tourist Cards and Sevilla Cards are also valid on the Metro.
While most visitors travel by boat on the Guadalquivir River for the experience rather than as a mode of transport per se
, a river cruise is certainly a scenic way to explore Seville. The boat runs between 11:00 and 23:00 every day with departures from the foot of the Torre del Oro every half an hour. The trip takes an hour in total and costs 16€ for adults; under 14s go free.
The Sevilla Card includes boat trips in the package.
Seville is now super easy to explore by bicycle since the Sevici public bicycle service was introduced to the city. The city boasts an impressive 120km of bicycle lanes and has the advantage of being almost completely flat. With 250 terminals to rent these public bicycles from across the city, you’ll always be close to a terminal to pick up or drop off a bike. A weekly pass costs just 5€ and you can pay by credit card directly at the bicycle terminals. Remember to bring a padlock and protective headgear.
You’ll notice the locals love getting around by scooter and there are companies that will hire scooters to tourists too. You’ll need a driving licence, as well as some confidence, to tackle the sometimes hair-raising traffic system. Scooter hire typically costs around 30€ a day and companies such as Seville Services
will drop off and pick up the scooter from your hotel.
Seville’s taxis can be spotted by their white colour and yellow stripe on the side, as well as the Seville city crest prominently emblazoned. The green light indicates a taxi is available for hire. Hail a taxi by waving or queue at one of several taxi ranks dotted across the city centre. Most trips you’ll need to make within the city centre cost around 5€.
Seville’s centre is largely pedestrianised and flat, making it the ideal city for exploring by foot. Nothing is too far away either: pick up a map from one of the tourist offices and enjoy exploring.