Transports in Sevilla

Seville metro
Updated 2023-07-15 14:29

While the capital of Andalusia has a long and ancient history that stretches back to the eighth century BC, its public transport system is anything but old and creaking. With a city center tram service, metro, bicycle lanes, taxis and an extensive bus network that reaches every neighborhood, Seville is a very easy city to get around.

Commuting for work in Seville

The peak weekday congestion levels, when the city goes to work, are typically between 7:30 am and 9 am, between 2 pm and 3 pm and again between 6 pm and 8 pm. If you commute to and from work by car, expect to add 12 minutes to your travel time for every 30 minutes spent in your vehicle. During peak evening hours, you will spend an additional ten minutes in your car for every 30 minutes on the road.

Commuting by metro

A relatively hassle-free and less infuriating way to get to and from work is on the metro. The network serves the city and its metropolitan area and encompasses 21 stations spread across three zones on one line. More lines are being planned for the future.

Currently, metro tickets cost 2.70 euros for a return journey in one zone, 3.20 euros for a return journey in two zones, and 3.60 euros for a return trip that crosses all three zones. However, there are several ways you can ensure metro travel makes less of a dent in your pocket, for example, with a one-day travelcard offering an unlimited number of journeys for 4.50 euros or the Bono Plus 45 travelcard. This allows 45 journeys of the same type during a maximum period of 30 days from the purchase date.

The cost of a Bono Plus 45 travelcard is: one zone costs 30 euros, two zones cost 42 euros, and three zones will set you back 50 euros.

Commuting by bus

Buses are a quick and efficient way to move around Seville. Their passage through congested peak-hour roads is made easier by miles of segregated bus lanes. Tickets cost 1.40 euros per one-way trip, but a cheaper option is to buy a rechargeable 30-day or student travel card. Details of prices, routes, and timetables are available on the official website of TUSSAM (Transportes Urbanos de Sevilla, SAM).

Commuting by tram

The city's tram service has just one line, which operates in the city center, between Plaza Nueva and San Bernardo. There are five stops along its two-kilometer length, including the terminals. Typical fare prices are 1.40 euros for a single journey.

Commuting by bike

Seville is a relatively flat city and very bike-friendly. There are approximately 180 kilometers of green-tarmacked bike lanes that are separated from vehicle traffic by raised kerbs and fencing.

Alongside this ever-expanding bike network is a public bike rental service with thousands of unisex bicycles available at 263 stations around the city. It costs 13.33 euros to register with the system for a 7-day plan. The first 30 minutes are free, after which you pay 1.03 euros for the first hour and 2.04 euros per hour for each following hour. You can also rent a bike for just one day. With this plan, you pay 2.59 euros to register. Long-term subscriptions are also available. Check out SEVici's website for more details.

Commuting for leisure in Seville

Seville's public transport network operates throughout the weekend, and the roads are easier to navigate by car as there is less congestion. If your weekend plans are to unwind in the city center, it is a good idea to leave the car behind. The compact downtown area is easily walkable.

Public transport access in Seville for people with disabilities

In general, Seville is a wheelchair-accessible city. Buses have an access ramp for wheelchair users, and the metro network is completely adapted to the needs of people with limited mobility. Stations are designed without obstacles or barriers and have lifts that connect the street to platforms and hallways. The distance between the train and the platform is the minimum required for wheelchairs, and there are reserved seats on all trains for people with reduced mobility.

Other accessible features include parking lots with spaces reserved for people with reduced mobility and accessible ticket machines with braille markings for the blind.

Regarding trams, the floors are low with respect to the track, and passenger saloons are fitted with four priority seat places and two places for wheelchairs, bicycles, and pushchairs.

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