Travel to Seville
Flying to Seville
Airlines offering direct flights to Seville from the UK include easyJet and Ryanair. There are often cheap flights to Seville all year round, but be sure to book early at Christmas and New Year for the best prices. If travelling from the USA, there are no direct flights. The quickest route is via Madrid with Iberia.
From London - 2 hour 45 minutes; New York - 10 hours 15 minutes (including stopover);Los Angeles - 15 hours (including stopovers); Toronto - 14 hours (including stopovers); Sydney- 32 hours (including stopover).
Travel by road
In Seville, traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 120kph (74mph) on motorways (autopista) and 50kph (31mph) within towns.
A valid driving licence and third-party insurance are required to drive in Spain.
National licences from EU countries are accepted, although drivers are advised to obtain an International Driving Permit. A Green Card is strongly recommended for all visitors and is compulsory for those from outside the EU. The use of mobile phones, unless completely hands-free, is illegal while driving in Spain.
Real Automóvil Club de España - RACE (tel: +34 900 100 992; www.race.es) has reciprocal agreements with the AA and RAC in the UK and the AAA in the USA for emergency breakdown services.
Emergency breakdown services
Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE) (tel: +34 902 112 222).
Alternatively drivers can contact the Ayuda en Carretera, run by the Guardia Civil, via the roadside SOS telephones located on both sides of the carriageway at 2km (1 mile) intervals.
Seville is well connected to the rest of Spain and Europe by a network of motorways. All of the motorways from Seville to other major Spanish cities are toll-free except the A4, which connects to Cádiz.
There are two routes to get from Seville to Portugal: A-49 via Huelva or the A-22 that leads directly to Faro and Lagos. In the opposite direction, Córdoba is connected via A-4 and Granada lies along the A-92. A-3 leads to the coast towards Valencia via Ciudad Real.
ALSA coach company (www.alsa.es) runs domestic and international coach services from Estación Plaza de Armas in Seville’s city centre. It operates routes to all the main cities in Spain as well as ongoing travel across Europe in conjunction with Eurolines.
Time to city
From Madrid - 5 hours; Barcelona - 9 hours 30 minutes; Valencia - 6 hours; Córdoba - 1 hour 30 minutes; Granada - 2 hours 30 minutes; Faro - 2 hours; Lisbon - 4 hours 30 minutes.
Travel by Rail
Train travel in Spain is comfortable, punctual and fast. Modern high-speed AVE trains connect many of the major cities, while local and suburban carriages cover the remainder of the country.
The main train station in Seville is Estación de Santa Justa, located to the north of the city on Avenida Kansas City. This modern terminal has a number of cafés, bars and shops with taxi and bus ranks located just outside.
Seville has good rail links to the rest of Spain, with hourly departures to Almeria, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva and Valencia. Thanks to the AVE high-speed train, travel time to Madrid is 2 hours 30 minutes and to Barcelona is 5 hours 30 minutes. There are no trains from Seville to Algarve in Southern Portugal despite its proximity; the best way to get there is by bus.
The Spanish rail network is operated by Renfe (tel: +34 902 320 320; www.renfe.com). It operates all routes in Spain including suburban (Cercanías) and medium-distance trains as well as international rail services. Renfe connects Seville to all major Spanish cities including Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. Ongoing international connections to Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam are available via Madrid.
From Madrid - 2 hours 20 minutes; Barcelona - 5 hours 30 minutes; Granada - 3 hours 10 minutes; Córdoba - 45 minutes; Malaga - 1 hours 55 minutes.
Taxi is the quickest and easiest way of getting into the city centre from the Estación de Santa Justa, with a taxi rank located directly outside the terminal. A cheaper option is by bus. Routes C1, C2 and 32 all head to the city from outside the terminal.