Seville is ideal for exploring on foot. The historic centre is largely pedestrianised and is made up of narrow, winding streets, perfect for walking. Strolling through these streets and alleyways is the best way of getting to know Seville, but it's not the only option. There's an excellent bus service and taxis which will also take you conveniently around the city.
How to get around
The bus is a quick and efficient way of getting into the city's historic centre. Buses run between approximately 6 am and 11:30 pm, and approximately 7 am and 11:30 pm on public holidays. There is also a night service. Specifically, lines A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, N28 and N29 depart daily from the centre of Seville (Prado San Sebastián) at midnight, 1 am and 2 am. On Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays there are additional departures until 2 am. Line 16 has a night service on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and the eve of public holidays with departures between midnight and 2 am from the centre of Seville (Plaza Jerónimo de Córdoba square). The bus line indicated Especial Aeropuerto (EA) (Airport Special) links the airport with the city centre and makes several stops, for example at the Santa Justa Station, the Nervión Plaza shopping centre, San Bernardo and Prado de San Sebastián.
The underground system operates from 6:30 am to 11 pm, Monday to Thursday; 6:30 am to 2 am on Fridays and the eve of public holidays; 7:30 am to 2 am on Saturdays; and 7:30 am to 11 pm on Sundays and public holidays.
Most people prefer to use taxis at night for speed and convenience. They are available any time, any day of the year, and are white with the city crest, a yellow stripe and their licence number on the side. You can hail them in the street when they have the green light on. They can also be found at taxi ranks in central streets and squares, or ordered using the radio taxi service. The fares are displayed inside the taxis and comprise the minimum rate, flag-down charge, kilometre charge and other extras such as night service, public holidays, and station or airport service.
The most convenient option
Which is the best option?
Your choice of card will depend on the number of people travelling, the length of your stay in Seville and the number of journeys to be made. The Multiviaje card is a very practical option as it is transferable, meaning it can be shared and used by a group. In any case, Seville's size means you can comfortably get from A to B on foot if you prefer. How much does transport cost?
There are several different tickets and fares available. A single ticket for the bus costs €1.40, and €1.35 for the metro. If you want to take more than one bus journey, there is a Multiviaje card, which can be topped up in increments of €7, and considerably reduces the price of each trip. The equivalent card for the metro is the Bonometro, which requires minimum top-ups of €10. There are also two types of Tourist Cards, which offer unlimited journeys for one or three days. These passes are available from the ticket office and cost €5 for one day and €10 for three days, plus a deposit of €1.50. You can also purchase the Sevilla Card, available online and at tourist offices. This offers ticket-holders a range of benefits including unlimited use of public transport, guided tours, free access to most museums, and boat trips on the Guadalquivir River. There are cards available for two, three and four days; prices range from €33 to €77.
Other ways of getting around
Another way to explore the most emblematic spots such as Seville's Real Alcázar palace or the popular Santa Cruz neighbourhood is the sightseeing bus, costing €17. An original way to explore the historic old town is in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. You can also visit the city by boat on the Guadalquivir River.
SEVICI public bikes: Seville has 120 km of bike lanes, and the service features over 250 points where you can rent bicycles. Visitors to the city or occasional users can make use of a weekly pass for the price of €5. They can be purchased with a credit card at all the Sevici stations.
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