Seville Stories and Tips

Getting Around

Waiting Photo, Seville, Spain

During your Seville visit, you will find that travelling from your hotel to the numerous activities and attractions in the city will be fairly easy. Seville's city layout is quite easy to understand. The town centre lies within the boundaries of the old Arab walls on the east bank of the Guadalquivir River and this is where you find most of the city’s attractions. These walls, which are visible in parts, enclose an area where it is difficult to drive a car. Streets are mostly still as narrow as in the Middle Ages, so buses generally don’t enter this area. The most practical way to get around here is to walk, enjoy the hustle and bustle, and when you feel tired just hail one of the many cheap taxis.

Outside this area, and to travel around the perimeter of the centre, buses are the best option for getting around in terms of cost and destinations covered, while for comfort and convenience, taxis provide a better option. If you’re only in town for a short time and want to see as much as possible during your stay, then the hop-on, hop-off tourist buses are by far your best option.

Public bus services in Seville are provided by the TUSSAM bus company and a total of 10 different routes operate on a daily basis. For visitors, the most useful services are the C1, C2, C3 and C4 circular lines which provide connections between city centre locations. Services commence at 06:00 and conclude at 23:45. Buses in Seville are easily recognised by their bright orange colour and are generally single-decker vehicles only.

Here are a few hints when you decide to ride the buses in Seville. Exact change is appreciated when paying and after 9pm it is mandatory. There are a limited number of night buses with routes that typically end around 2am. Ring the bell if you want to get off at the next stop. You may need to push a button to open the door on some buses. Route maps can be obtained in the tourist office. You can also see where most buses go by looking at the map at the bus stop itself. People generally get in line for the bus, so you should put yourself behind the others already there but realise that at some stops not all people in line will want the first bus that comes along.

Visitors requiring taxis will find hailing them in the street a fairly easy and reliable option at most times. Taxi drivers on the whole are not the best English speakers in the country, so arming yourself with a map or a phrasebook is a wise course of action. If you are staying at a reputable hotel, an English speaking hotel representative will usually call a taxi and explain the whereabouts of your desired destination to the driver on your behalf.

Bus services travelling between the most popular sites in central Seville are available to tourists. Sightseers can get on and off the buses at whim in order to spend time exploring key areas. Purchase a ticket at the beginning of the day and ride as many times as you like for the duration of that day.

Seville's tram finally opened to the public in October 2007 after much testing. At present the tram's route is short; just connecting Plaza Nueva with the Prado de San Sebastian bus station, a total of 1.3 km. This is generally though what is otherwise a pedestrian only area. 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) and 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.

Seville carriages are a city institution and the romantic way to tour the city. The horse carriages are widely available around the Cathedral with an official price of €30 - 40 an hour but you will find that they ask this even for a short trip. They seat four with the possibility of a fifth passenger seated next to the driver.

A great option if you are staying in Seville for a week or more are the Sevici bikes which are available throughout the city with special docking stations that allow you to easily grab a bike and go wherever you need, then drop it off at another station when you arrive. Bikes cost 5 Euro for a week pass, which allows the first 1/2 hour free and subsequent hours are one Euro each.

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