How to get around Seville

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By Shawn Hennessey, your Seville expert

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Getting around Seville - my advice

Getting around Seville

Not just the best, but often the only, way to get around the centre of Seville, is on foot. Almost everywhere is within easy walking distance, and many streets are pedestrian only. Finding your way around can be difficult though, and it's easy to get lost, particularly if you want to explore off the main streets. Get a street map from one of the tourist information offices or your hotel, and memorise a few landmarks on your route. It's worth it!

However, if you do want to roam a bit further afield, there are plenty of options.

Buses

There is an extensive network of buses operated by the municipal bus company Tussam (www.tussam.es) that connects the suburbs to the edge of the old centre, the main termini being at Plaza Ponce de Leon and the Prado San Sebastian. A few services run into the centre itself, including the little, electrically-powered minibus that follows a circular route around the middle of town. The most useful routes for tourists are probably the C3 and C4, which run in opposite directions around the inner ring road. Fares are €1.20 a journey, or you can buy a plastic rechargeable pass at tobacconists and some kiosks. Best bets for visitors are probably the one day (4.50 euros) or three day (8.50 euros) passes. Regular hours are 6am - midnight, and there are also nightbus services

Tourist Buses

The hop-on, hop-off open top tourist bus is a great sightseeing aid, particularly for those places close to, but outside, the centre, such as the Cartuja and the Plaza de España. Tickets cost €15, are valid for 24 hours from time of first use, and can be purchased on the bus, from most tobacconists and kiosks, and some shops. You can board the bus from any of the stops, but the start of the tour is next to the Torre del Oro.

Metro

Although there are more planned, there is only one line so far, mainly used by commuters. There are stops in the centre at Prado San Sebastian and Puerta Jerez.

Tram

The trams connect the main bus stations at the Prado San Sebastian on the edge of town (an extension to San Bernardo train station is opening soon) with the Plaza Nueva in the centre, running past the Cathedral along the Avenida de la Constitución. Runs from (6am to midnight) and uses the same tickets as the buses.

Taxis

Licensed taxis are white, clearly marked, reasonably priced and fairly plentiful, particularly if you are close to one of the taxi stands. In some of the more difficult to access parts of the city they are rare though. Drivers generally know their way around, but if you don't speak any Spanish try to have the address where you are going written down clearly. 

Rental Bikes

Over the last few years an extensive system of bicycle rental stations and bicycle paths has been developed that covers most of the city. Visitors can buy short-term tickets from rental stations (you'll need a credit card). The service is generally good, but there is no guarantee that a working bike will be available, or that there will be a free parking space at journey's end.

Getting to the city

For advice on getting to and from the airport, see my guide Seville flights

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