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The best time and length to go to Seville
When to go to Seville
In spring it can still be cool in Seville in the evening, but the daytime temperatures are ideal for exploring the city. From April onwards it rains much less than in March, so April and May are excellent months to visit.
During this time, Seville also hosts many cultural festivals. One of the highlights is the Feria de Abril, which always starts two weeks after Easter. Seville is in a state of emergency for seven days and you will encounter women in flamenco dresses, men in traditional costumes and decorated horses everywhere.
From June it will slowly but surely get hot in Seville, the daytime temperatures can climb to over 30 degrees. But at night it cools down refreshingly.
From July to the beginning of September Seville is only suitable for you if you are very heat-resistant. During the day it is over 40 degrees, mostly without any breeze. Even at night, temperatures rarely drop below 28 degrees.
From the middle of September it will be cooler again. In October it is mostly still warm in summer, but it can also rain from time to time. This varies a lot from year to year and is difficult to predict. So pack an umbrella in October to be on the safe side.
From November until March it rains on average every third day. The temperatures are mostly still around 15 degrees, but in the drizzle it feels much cooler.
How many days should you plan for Seville?
For a quick look at the absolute highlights of Seville, a two-day stay is the absolute minimum. But we can only recommend this to a limited extent, as you would miss out on a lot with such a short stay.
In order to take it easy, and to really experience the Andalusian lifestyle, you should plan four days or even more.
There are hardly any upper limits, in Seville there are enough sights and tapas for a whole month.
If you are going to Seville in midsummer, you should plan a little more time. From 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m., it just gets too hot to be out in the streets and the whole city then takes its siesta. So you can't do nearly as much in a day as you can in spring or autumn.
Arrival in Seville from Germany
There are direct flights to Seville from various German cities, including Lufthansa, Ryanair and Easyjet.
Our tip: If you are planning a round trip through Andalusia, it is better to look for flights to Malaga. There the offer is bigger and the prices are usually lower.
We always use Skyscanner's price comparison to find the best connections and prices.
Transfer from Seville airport to the city
The airport is about ten kilometers northeast of the center. Unfortunately, a train or metro does not go into the city. But there are still different transfer options
The convenient option is a taxi. For the trip to the center you have to reckon with around 25 to 35 euros, depending on your exact destination. The journey time is between 20 and 25 minutes. Taxis are waiting in front of the arrivals hall.
If you want to worry about as little as possible after landing, you can also book a private transfer for a maximum of three people in advance for 35 euros.
The driver will then wait for you in the arrival hall with a sign in hand and take you to your hotel. Since the private transfer is hardly more expensive than a taxi, it is definitely worth it.
Book private transfer here
If you're looking for the cheapest way to get into town, the bus is the right choice. There is a bus connection from the airport to the bus station in Plaza de Armas, in the center of Seville.
A single ticket costs 4 euros. You can buy this directly from the driver. There is also a return ticket for 6 euros, but both journeys must take place on one day. So this makes less sense for visitors.
At the airport there is a bus stop both in the departure area and on arrival. Look for the bus number EA. That stands for Especial Aeropuerto.
The drive to Plaza de Arma takes about 35 minutes. On the way there, the bus stops at these stops:
- Kansas City - Estacion de Santa Justa (Central Station)
- Luis de Morales (Sevilla FC Stadium)
- San Bernardo (metro station)
- Avenida Carlos V (just a few meters from the Real Alcazar)
- Paseo Christóbal Colón (Plaza de Toros)
You can see the exact route on this website.
The buses run approximately every 15 minutes. You can take the bus from the airport to the city from 5:20 a.m. to 1:25 a.m. The other way around, from the center to the airport, the EA runs from 4:30 a.m. to 0:30 a.m.
Getting to Seville within Spain
If you are already in Spain, you can use trains and buses in addition to domestic flights. There are no flights within Andalusia anyway, they would be pointless. Andalusia isn't that big either.
Arrival by train to Seville
From Malaga you can take the express train to Seville in just under two hours. A ticket for this route costs 47 euros.
With the regional train you need almost three and a half hours for the same route, but a ticket costs only 25 euros. So if you have the time, you can save a little here.
There is no such thing as savings prices with Deutsche Bahn, if you book early, in Spain. The tickets always cost the same. However, only as many tickets are sold as there are seats, so Spanish trains can sometimes be fully booked.
Of course you come not only from Malaga to Seville, but also from many other cities in Spain. You can even take the express train from Madrid directly to Seville in under three hours.
You can get tickets either on the Spanish or English website of Renfe, or on the German website of the French Oui.sncf.
To the Renfe website
To the Oui.sncf website
Arrival by bus to Seville
You can also get to Seville by bus. Alsa offers the largest Spanish bus network. Conveniently, the Alsa website is even available in German, so that you can conveniently book your tickets online.
It takes about three hours by bus from Malaga to Seville. Tickets are available from 19 euros. Since this is only a very small saving compared to the regional train, we would recommend that you take the train. It's much more comfortable than the bus.
Getting around on site
Since the highlights in Seville are almost all in the old town, you can do almost everything on foot.
If you walk from the Basílica de la Macarena on the northern edge of the old town to Parque de Maria Luisa in the very south, you will need about an hour. You have already crossed the historic center with this.
Metro in Seville
There is also a metro in Seville, but it is quite uninteresting for visitors. There is only one line that primarily brings suburban commuters into the city. The metro does not run through the old town or along the sights. So you can safely ignore them.
Public buses in Seville
A handful of the public buses run through the old town. Bus routes C1 to C5 are mainly of interest to visitors. Lines C1 to C4 go in a circle around the old town, C5 also goes a little way into it. You can get a ticket for a single journey directly from the driver for 1.40 euros.
It will be cheaper if you get a Travelcard from Tussam. You can get them at kiosks and in tobacco shops. You have to leave a deposit of 1.50 euros, which you will get back when you return the Travelcard.
You can load credit onto this card, which you can use over several days. You have to top up at least 7 euros, up to a maximum of 50 euros.
The advantage: Instead of 1.40 euros, a single trip with the Travelcard costs you only 69 cents. If you want to change one time, 76 cents will be deducted from the card.
Our tip: If you have accommodation in Triana or one of the suburbs and are staying for at least three days, the Travelcard is worthwhile for you. With the bus lines 40, 43 and C3 you can be in the old town in no time. This saves you a kilometer or two on foot.
With an accommodation in the old town, the Travelcard will not be worthwhile. If you should actually get on a bus, you can also buy the normal ticket.
Seville by bike
If you don't just want to be out on foot, rent a bike for a day. You get a lock and even a city map, and you can cycle around all day.
You can rent a bike here
A bike is a great way to get from A to B in the alleys of Seville's old town.
Alternatively there are rental bicycles from Servici. In the old town you will find a Servici bike station about every 300 meters.
Get a short-term pass for seven days from the machine at one of the bike stations. To do this, you have to register with a credit card and a deposit of 150 euros will be blocked on your credit card. If you don't break a bike, the blockage will be lifted after the seven days.
You pay 14 euros for the short-term pass for one week. There are no shorter periods. You will receive a code with which you can rent a bike at each station.
The first 30 minutes are free. After that, the longer you use the bike, the more expensive it gets. The cheapest way to ride is to grab a bike, drive to your destination and park the bike again in a station. For the next trip you just get a new bike and the free half hour starts again.
Alternatively, you can join a bike tour through the old town. On the two and a half hour tour you will pass the most important sights and your tour guide will have lots of information and tips for you.
Book a guided bike tour
Hop on hop off bus in Seville
There are two hop-on hop-off bus operators in Seville that are roughly on the same route. These buses do not go through the historic center, but only along the edge.
There is simply no room for buses in the streets of Seville. We think that the hop-on hop-off bus only makes sense if you are in Seville for a longer period or if you have accommodation in Triana, as you can simply take it to the other side of the river to the old town.
Note: A hop on hop off tour in Seville is definitely not worth it over Easter! At this time, Easter processions take place everywhere, which is why the routes of the buses are massively shortened.
To the Sevirama hop-on hop-off bus
City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus
A boat trip on the Guadalquivir
For a relaxed tour in between, you can also get on a boat and sail across the Guadalquivir.
You have an excellent view of the bridges under which you drive. But you won't see the big sights. Unfortunately they are not on the river.
We only recommend the boat trip for stays of three days or more. There are simply much more important highlights that should be higher on your to-do list.
One hour round trip on an excursion boat
Round trip on a yacht including wine and appetizers
Security in Seville
Seville is basically a safe city. Wherever there are tourists, there are also pickpockets at work in Seville. This is neither worse nor better in Seville than in other cities.
So just take the usual precautionary measures: carry wallets or cell phones on the front of your body, do not leave luggage unattended, watch out for backpacks in the crowd.
Language and communication
If you speak Spanish, this is of course helpful in Seville. But don't worry if you don't. In Seville, thanks to the large number of foreign students and tourists, people are used to finding ways to communicate.
More and more Spaniards speak English, but by no means all of them. If nothing works, just pull out the Google translator. The Sevillians are usually very helpful and try hard to understand you.
The best thing that has ever been put on a glass of wine is tapas! What began centuries ago as a decoration on a lid against the flies in wine has degenerated into one of the greatest food cultures of mankind.
A short digression into Spanish: the lid is called tapa.
Tapas are appropriate in every situation. Whether as a bowl of olives with beer or wine, or to order the tapas menu up and down as a whole meal. Tapas are always fantastic.
Both wine and beer go well with tapas, whichever you prefer. The summer drink for eating in Andalusia is Tinto de verano, a mixture of red wine and Gaseosa (Spanish lemonade). Try it, it's the perfect drink at temperatures above 30 degrees.
Go out for tapas at least once in Seville. Of course, twice a day is also possible. There are tapas bars on every corner in Seville, so you can hardly go wrong. We couldn't find a bad tapas bar in Seville.
If you'd rather have more of something delicious than tapas, you can order a media ración (half portion) or even a ración (whole portion) in most bars.
Of course there are also plenty of classic restaurants where you can order whole dishes à la carte and where you can enjoy the Andalusian cuisine in several courses.
Many stores also offer both. On the terrace there is often tapas, inside à la carte.
Danger: The Spaniards eat very late and the Andalusians even more. Most restaurants and tapas bars don't really fill up until after 8:00 p.m. In many restaurants you can even only order dishes from the large menu after 9 p.m. However, you can also eat for a correspondingly long time in the evening. In Andalusia it is not uncommon to order in a restaurant around 11 p.m.
But don't worry: there are also many restaurants that are geared towards tourists and also serve dinner earlier.
Splitting the bill is not common in Spain. With tapas in particular, everything is paid together and then it is agreed among themselves how to share.
By the way: In Seville there are water dispensers everywhere in the old town where you can get drinking water for free. The water is not a culinary highlight, but certainly not unhealthy.
Tipping is not a common practice in Spain. Locals usually give little or no tip. Due to the large number of tourists, it is now not uncommon to tip.
A tip of five to ten percent is okay. It is not rounded up like with us, but you take your change first and then leave what you want to tip as a tip on the table.
Travel expenses for Seville
Andalusia is generally a relatively cheap travel destination. In the bigger cities like Seville everything is of course a little more expensive than in the countryside around, but still much cheaper than in many other European cities.
Hotel prices fluctuate a little sometimes. In spring and autumn, staying in Seville is more expensive than in midsummer or even in winter. The price difference is not too high, so you shouldn't put up with 45 degrees or drizzle.
Food and drinks are also not very expensive. Of course you can also find upscale restaurants and drink cocktails for ten euros. But if you want to save your wallet, you can usually find cheaper restaurants just a few meters away.
In the old town there are plenty of small and larger supermarkets where you can stock up on snacks and drinks for on the go.
Here is a small overview of the prices you have to expect in Seville:
- Flight to Seville there and back: from 140 euros
- Flight to Malaga there and back: from 70 euros
- Train from Malaga to Seville: 25 to 47 euros
- Bus from Cordoba to Seville: 15 euros
- Double room in a good middle class hotel: 70 to 150 euros
- Bus trip in Seville: 0.69 to 1.40 euros
- Bottle of water: 1 to 2 euros
- Glass of wine: 3 to 6 euros
- Caña Cerveza (small beer): 1.50 to 4 euros
- Jarra Cerveza (large beer): 3 to 7 euros
- Tapa: 2 to 5 euros
- Dinner in a simple restaurant: 10 to 20 euros
- Dinner in an upscale restaurant: 20 to 50 euros
Travel guide for Seville
With us you will find a lot of practical tips for Seville. If you still want to take a printed travel guide with you, we of course also have a few recommendations for you.
Travel know-how CityTrip Seville
Reise Know-How Sevilla is the only travel guide that deals exclusively with Seville.
In the compact city guide from Reise Know-How you will find all the important information about the highlights, a few insider tips and information about the districts of Seville.
We thought it was a bit old-fashioned, but ok. There isn't a big selection either.
To travel know-how Seville
Vis à Vis Seville and Andalusia
The Vis à Vis travel guide is a little more detailed and rather nothing for the pocket. In addition to all the necessary information and a small Andalusian cookbook, you will also find many 3D illustrations that describe the sights to you down to the smallest detail.
There is no Vis à Vis travel guide just for Seville. Other cities such as Cordoba, Granada and Gibraltar are already included. The Andalusian culture with flamenco and other traditions is also extensively presented.
If you are planning a round trip through Andalusia, the Vis à Vis is a good choice.
To the Vis-a-Vis Seville
Andalusia travel guide by Love and Compass
Our dear friends Sara and Marco, who spent several months in Andalusia, wrote a travel guide of a different kind.
They will introduce you to their favorite places and villages and give you their personal insider tips in their travel guide.
To the Andalusia travel guide
Packing for Seville
As always with city trips, the number one rule is: comfortable shoes!
If you prefer to wear sandals or the like, make sure that they are firmly in place. You are doing yourself a disservice on Seville's cobblestones with baggy flip flops.
So that you can get supplies from the water dispensers in the old town, put a water bottle in your pocket. It's best to use a thermos flask so that your water doesn't get warm immediately.
Take a hat or cap with you, otherwise in summer you can get yourself a sunstroke very quickly and without noticing it. The sunscreen should of course not be missing in the luggage.
In spring and autumn you should have a cardigan or something else to wear with you for the evening hours. It can get chilly after the sun goes down.
Pack an umbrella or rain jacket in your day pack in autumn. Just in case of emergency, in autumn you never really know what is coming.
You can find even more packing tips on our packing list for city trips.
These were our practical travel tips for Seville. You can find more information about the capital of Andalusia in our other articles.
Do you have any questions or a good tip for Seville yourself? Then we look forward to your comment.
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