SEVILLE FAQ'S

How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

Seville's Aeropuerto San Pablo is about six miles from the center of the city. If you have not booked a private transfer with us then a bus run by Transportes Urbanos de Sevilla (tel. 90-245-99-54) meets all incoming flights and transports you into the city center for 4€.

Alternately, taxis are available at the airport and you can expect to pay around 20€ - 25€ for cab fare from the airport to the city center. Legal taxis are metered, but it's a good idea to get an estimate of the fare from the driver before you climb aboard.

How do I get from the train station to my hotel?

Train service into Seville is centralized at the Estación Santa Justa. From here, buses C1 and C2 take you to the bus station at Prado de San Sebastián near Plaza de España, Calle Manuel Vazquez Sagastizabal, s/n. (tel. 95-441-71-11). Taxi service is also available.

How do I get around the city using public transportation?

Seville's metro is under construction so be sure to check the website of the Metro's Oficina de Información before you go for up-to-date information on what lines are completed and which trains are running.

Bus service is available with most lines converging at Plaza de la Encarnación, Plaza Nueva or in front of the cathedral on Avenida de la Constitución. Buses run daily from 6:00am to 11:15pm with limited night service until 2:00am. Buses C1, C2, C3, and C4 run circular routes between the main transportation terminals with the city center. The city tourist office can provide a booklet detailing these bus routes (circulares interiores). The fare is 1.40€ per ride or you can buy a bus pass, known as a Bonobus, which is good for 10 rides, for 5.15€. They can be purchased at tobacco stands and news kiosks. For general bus information, call tel. 90-245-99-54. There is a tram, called Metro Centro that runs between San Bernardo station and Plaza Nueva.

Please note: Buses do not go directly into the town's medieval center since the streets are too narrow, but you can actually walk most everywhere in Seville.

How do I call/hail a taxi?

Taxis are plentiful and may be hailed on the street or from specified taxi stands. This is an excellent means of getting around, especially at night, when streets can be dangerous due to muggings. Cabs are metered with fares starting at 3€ and charging about .50€ per kilometer during the day and .60€ per kilometer at night. You are not required to tip taxi drivers, although rounding off the amount is appreciated. Call Tele Taxi (tel. 95-462-22-22) or Radio Taxi (tel. 95-458-00-00).

I will have a car in Seville, where can I park?

If you're planning to explore Andalusia then a car makes travel convenient; however, we do not recommend driving a car in Seville as almost all of its narrow streets run one-way toward the Guadalquivir River. This medieval city was designed for horse drawn carriages rather than cars and requires considerable patience (and a good map) to navigate.

If you are renting a car we suggest you pick it up as you depart the city to avoid excessive rental/parking expenses. If you must have a car while in the city then your hotel may offer a car park (for a fee), but your best bet is one of the public garages, which are safer and less expensive.

Warning: Small items such as hand luggage, cameras and laptops are commonly stolen from parked cars. Don't leave anything in a parked car and keep doors locked, windows up, and valuables out of sight while driving!

Is Seville a walking city?

The heart of Seville is along the east bank of the Guadalquivir River. The Old Town (Centro Histórico), once enclosed by walls, is compact and best explored on foot. Almost all the sights lie between two of the major bridges: the Puente de San Telmo and the Puente de Isabel II (also known as the Puente de Triana).

You'll need a detailed street map (available at local newsstands and in bookstores) that provides tourist information, places of interest and the locations of vital services (such as the police station) for your explorations; although you can more or less count on getting lost in the intricate maze of the Barrio Santa Cruz, for which no adequate map exists.

Is Seville a dangerous city? Are there certain areas I should avoid?

Due to widespread unemployment, the city has experienced a crime wave in recent years. María Luisa Park can be especially dangerous as well as the highway to Jerez de la Frontera and Cádiz. Muggings and pickpocketing are common so travelers should exercise caution, carry limited cash and credit cards, and leave passports and personal documents in a safe location; and never leave cars unattended with luggage inside. If an incident does occur, file a police report immediately! The police station is on Paseo de las Delicias (tel. 95-428-94-44).

Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The currency of Spain is the Euro. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout the city. For more detailed information, consult our guide to tipping in Spain by clicking here.

I don't speak Spanish. Will many people speak English?

English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but not everywhere. We suggest you get a good English-Spanish guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.

When are the normal mealtimes? What is the standard for tipping?

Eating out is an intrinsic part of the Andalusian lifestyle and most Sevillanos eat out at some point during the day. Lunch usually happens from 2:00pm and dinner is from 9:00pm at the earliest, though 10:00pm is the norm. It is a bit cheaper to have drinks and tapas at the bar rather than sitting at a table. Locals usually leave very small tips - just odd change for drinks and snacks. Unless you are somewhere upscale, where International rules apply, a 10% tip for a meal is considered generous while 5% is more the norm.

Note: You often have to show your passport when paying by debit or credit card. And you must carry your passport with you by law.

What are the best areas for shopping?

The pedestrian zone of Calle Sierpes is the main shopping street of Seville. Mostly dedicated to locals, its stores rarely feature trendy or high-fashion shops. These tend to be located near Plaza Nueva. The side streets leading off from Sierpes, especially Calle Tetuán, are also great places for shopping. Calle Cuna is another popular shopping street.

If you're looking for Andalusian handicrafts, head for the narrow streets of Barrio de Santa Cruz. Other antiques and handicraft shops are found in the area west of the cathedral, including El Arenal. Major stores are open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8:00pm. Smaller stores often observe the siesta, doing business from 9:30 or 10:00am to 1:30 or 2:00pm and again from 4:30 or 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

'Los Hippies', what Seville bargain hunters call their flea markets, operate Wednesday through Saturday at various locations around the city selling anything from antiques and junk to Cordovan leather goods and clothes. There are no set hours, but it's best to go before noon.

Where can I rent a bicycle in Seville?

Bike rentals are available at Cyclotour (tel. 95-468-96-66), Av. Hernán Cortez, Parque de María Luisa s/n. The shop is open daily from 10:30am to 8:00pm. Rentals are 6€ for 2 hours and 18€ for 4 to 8 hours. A deposit of 100€ is required for any rental.