Visiting seville

Purchasing a guidebook is strongly recommended for more detailed information. However, a great deal of useful information (including recommendations for sites of interest, travel websites or search engines, etc.) can also be found in the Onsite Student Handbook.

Travel

There are a number of options for travel to/from Seville (listed below):

  • Air: Normally, a travel website (such as Expedia, Travelocity, etc.) is the best way to search for flights to Seville – including low-cost air carriers. However, those looking for the best deal should try a search engine, such as Kayak, which specializes in comparing flights found on various websites. Seville's San Pablo airport is relatively small, despite the importance of Spain's fourth largest city as a major tourist destination, with just 14 gates and only a handful of airlines operating. Located a mere 10 kilometers from the city, there are only two options for visitors getting to/from the airport: taxi (approximately 21-31€ to any city location – however, price may vary according to day of week/time of day/holiday) and the airport bus (4€ one-way/6€ round-trip).
  • Rail: Seville's main train station, Estación de Santa Justa, is located in the city center and is serviced by a variety of commuter, medium/long-distance, and high-speed trains, all of which are operated by the national rail company, Renfe. Destinations range from numerous cities throughout Andalucía as well other national (Madrid, Barcelona, etc.) and international destinations.
  • Additional methods of arriving include bus, car rental or even by cruise ship.

Public transportation

  • Bus: the city is served by an extensive bus system, Tussam, but for which the website's information is still only available in Spanish, except for the airport bus.
  • Metro: currently, there is just one metro line in operation connecting the outer-lying suburbs with numerous neighborhoods or site of interest in the city center (Nervión, San Bernardo, Prado, Puerta de Jerez, Plaza de Cuba, Triana, as well as various schools of the Universidad de Sevilla and Universidad Pablo de Olavide). However, there are several more lines in the planning and development stages. Information in English can be found on the official website for the Metro de Sevilla.
  • Tram: the Metrocentro, also known as the "tranvía" (tram), is operated by Tussam, but for which the website's information is still only available in Spanish.
  • Bicycle: the city's public bike-sharing program, Sevici, is an economical and sustainable method of moving about the city's on over 120 kilometers of bike paths which has recently earned Seville's ranking as the 4th friendliest bike city, after Utrecht, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The website now offers an English version.
  • Taxi: the two major companies Teletaxi and Radiotaxi have official fare rate information on their websites, but only in Spanish. Taxis can be caught at the taxi stands located throughout the city (easily identified by their blue sign), by hailing a taxi on the street (when the green light on the roof is on it means that the taxi is available), or by calling the dispatch center (please note that in this final instance, the fare will incur an additional charge). Finally, tipping (other than rounding up to the nearest euro) is NOT expected.

Lodging

Seville normally has a wealth of accommodation options to choose from (except during Semana Santa and Feria when lodging can be hard to find and expensive), ranging from hostels and pensiones to short-term apartment rentals and boutique hotels. Normally, a website is the best way to search either by accommodation type, price, location, or even by certain amenities. However, those looking for the best deal should try a search engine, such as Kayak, which specializes in comparing accommodations found on various websites. The following is a short list of some of the more frequently used accommodation websites for visitors: