While this Andalusian capital may be old – Seville is one of Spain’s most historic cities – its public transport system is anything but aged and out of date. The options for getting around Seville are modern and efficient, and the city is easy to navigate.
For many expats living in Seville's city centre, a car is unnecessary. The historic centre is tackled easiest on foot, and driving through the windy one-way streets can be complicated and stressful. Instead, expats can plan to get around Seville on foot or by bicycle, bus, tram, metro, train and taxi.
Public transport in Seville
Seville has a variety of public transport options to fit the needs of all its residents and visitors. It offers an urban bus system, a tram, metro, two main train stations and many official taxis.
TUSSAM, Seville’s city bus system, is one of the most popular and efficient means of public transit available. Residents can purchase a rechargeable multi-trip bus card at any kiosk or tobacco shop. When waiting for the bus people are expected to form a line and respect the order.
The only downside to the bus system in Seville is its schedule. Day buses usually stop running at 11.30pm (right after Spanish dinner time), and night buses run only until around 2am (a time when the night may just be getting going for many).
Many bus services also connect Seville with other cities and towns.
Seville's metro is another way to get around various areas and neighbourhoods, and stations are easily found through apps such as Google Maps. However, coverage is limited as not all areas can be reached by metro alone. Depending on where an expat lives or needs to go, they may also need to catch a bus to complete their trip.
The tram, called MetroCentro, is a good alternative to the bus or metro for getting around the historic centre, although many prefer walking the short distances which Seville's tram covers. The tram routes also connect with the San Bernardo and Santa Justa train stations.
As the tram is run by TUSSAM, passengers can also use their bus card to pay for their trips.
Seville’s train stations connect the city with the rest of Spain. Santa Justa is the main station and is also a regional hub. In addition to the standard trains, the renowned high-speed AVE train is also available to cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Ticket prices range based on the destination and the train’s speed.
Taxis in Seville
Taxis make getting around in Seville easy. Fares depend on the distance and the time of day. Drivers are strict about only transporting four people per taxi, and may charge extra for luggage. It's a good idea to ask for a rate estimation before taking a taxi in Seville. When paying, passengers aren’t expected to leave a tip.
Ride-hailing apps such as Uber are also available in Seville and are often preferred by expats as they eliminate the language barrier.
Motorcycles and driving in Seville
Owning or renting and driving a vehicle in Seville is not necessary, thanks to the various other means of transport available. That said, for expats who frequently travel outside of the city, or expat families with kids, having a car is convenient. Expect to rent a garage space, as street parking is limited in Seville.
Another option is buying or renting a scooter or motorbike. This mode of transit makes it easy to get around the city quickly. As always, safety is encouraged and helmet laws are enforced.
Cycling and e-scooters in Seville
Seville offers extensive bicycle lanes and a public bicycle rental system. Both expats and tourists benefit tremendously from Sevici, Seville’s public bicycle-sharing program. In line with the program, two-way bike lanes surround the historic centre, and there are bicycle rental stations throughout the city.
Users will pay to rent a bike for a length of time and can also get a year-long membership. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to get around Seville – just make sure to respect traffic laws and stop at red lights.
Similar to the bike rental system, e-scooters can also be rented in Seville and this is linked to a phone application. E-scooters are a fun way to explore the city, but be sure to park the scooter in a designated area.
Walking in Seville
Getting around Seville is simple, primarily because the city centre is relatively small. There are also plenty of storied landmarks that can double as great meeting points or memory joggers for new arrivals. Seville's tourism office provides walking maps which locate all of the centre’s famous monuments for new arrivals initially acquainting themselves with the layout.
Do be careful when walking though, and take care to stay on the sidewalk whenever possible. Only cross the street at official crosswalks, as jaywalking is discouraged and dangerous. On the small, one-way streets, cars, motorbikes and bicycles must also make their way past, and sometimes it’s necessary to press against a building to allow a large vehicle to move forward.
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"Public transportation is what you’d expect in a big city: there is a large network of buses, one metro line, a light rail system and, due to Seville being a regional capital, getting to and from other places in Spain and Portugal is pretty simple. What is really great about Seville are its bike lanes! The city is flat and easy to cruise." Read more about Cat's experience of expat life in Seville in her interview.
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