Getting around Seville
Seville is a relatively compact city and its major attractions are all within walking distance of one another, but if you’re looking to travel outside the historic centre, there are plenty of options. The main bus network within the city centre is TUSSAM (tel: +34 95 501 0010; www.tussam.es). The most useful for visitors are the C1-C5 circular lines. Services in general operate between 0600 and 1130.
The Metro de Sevilla (tel: +34 900 927 172; www.metro-sevilla.es) is a fast way to get to the suburbs and the expo. There is only one metro line and it works like a tram in the city centre. Tickets can be purchased at any metro station and validated in a machine before boarding. Services generally run daily from 0630 to 2300 on weekdays, until 0200 on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 0730 to 2300 on Sundays and holidays.
Single, return and one-day tickets are available.
Reliable taxi companies in Seville include TeleTaxi (tel: +34 95 462 2222), Radio Taxi Giralda (tel: +34 95 467 5555) and Radio Taxi (tel: +34 95 458 0000). Meter fares include VAT (rates rise at night and on Sundays and holidays). Tipping is not expected, but if you would like to tip, the usual amount is 5 to 10% of the meter fare.
Driving in Seville is not recommended, as the narrow streets within the historic city centre are hard to navigate, with many now closed to cars; in addition, drivers have 45 minutes after entering the city centre to find parking or face a fine (there are several cameras monitoring this). There are paid car parks in the city centre, and some hotels have parking, but it's expensive. During rush hours, the motorway leading to the suburbs can get extremely congested.
The minimum age to hire a car in Spain is 21. Car hire companies often charge supplements for drivers under the age of 25. A valid passport is required for proof of identity. A valid international insurance policy is also necessary, although this can be purchased at the time of hire.
Since the expansion of the bicycle route network, Seville has become a great city to explore on two wheels. Sevici (tel: +34 900 900 722; www.sevici.es) is the city's bikeshare scheme. A deposit is required.
Major bicycle hire companies include Rent a Bike (tel: +34 95 511 8228; www.rentabikesevilla.com) and Cyclotour (tel: +34 95 468 9666; www.cyclotour.es) where you can hire canopied quadricycles. You can rent scooters on a daily basis from Vespasur, Júpiter 25 (tel: +34 95 441 7500; www.vespasur.es).