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Transportation in Seville

BUSSES

Seville Busses

Seville proper is served by the municipal corporation TUSSAM (Transportes Urbanos de Sevilla, Sociedad Anónima Municipal). There are a total of 44 urban bus lines and a fleet of about 400 busses that provide public transport links throughout the city and metropolitan area. Night service is provided by 6 night bus lines, but Sevillian night bus service is notoriously sparse so if you're going to be out late in Seville try not to get too far away from your residence. City bus operating hours are generally from 06:00 - 23:00, though this varies from line to line. You can consult the operating hours for all lines at the TUSSAM website (Spanish only). Generally, night bus hours are from 0:00 - 02:00 and frequency is hourly (three busses cover the route per night). Special late night busses, which are numbered the same as their normal counterparts with a "P" at the end, are operational only on Fridays, Saturdays and the run-up to holidays and take over after regular night bus service stops at 02:00. On Fridays they run from 03:00 - 05:00 while on Saturdays and the run-up to holidays service lasts until 06:00. Frequency is also hourly. You can consult night bus hours here (Spanish only).

Fares are relatively high by Spanish standards. A billete univiaje (one trip ticket) currently stands at 1.20€, though if you purchase a tarjeta multiviaje (multitrip card) the cost per trip is considerably less. One trip tickets can be purchased directly from bus drivers when you board or at ticket machines located at tram stops. You can acquire and top up a multitrip card at special TUSSAM card desks located in Gran Plaza and Plaza Ponce de León, the Information Office at Prado San Sebastián, the main TUSSAM office at Avenida de Andalucía 11, in any tabacco shop or other shop in the city and provice of Seville with the TARJETAS TUSSAM - Venta y Recarga sticker. You can also top up your multitrip card at ticket machines located at tram stops, but cannot acquire one there. When you first purchase your multitrip card you'll be charged a 1.50€ fianza (deposit). You can get this back at the end of your stay by returning your card in good condition at any of the TUSSAM card desks in Gran Plaza and Plaza Ponce de León or at the main TUSSAM office at Avenida de Andalucía, 11.

The Consorcio de Transporte Metropolitano del Área de Sevilla (Seville Area Metropolitan Transport Consortium) is a publicly owned company that manages and administers both inner-city and inter-city bus transportation within the province of Seville. Their website is helpful if you're planning a bus trip from Seville and you understand or are learning Spanish, as there is as yet no English language version, unfortunately.

METRO

Seville Metro

The Seville Metro is brand new! Only just inaugurated in 2009, it has been quite successful and already moves more passengers than the Palma de Majorca Metro. It is currently the fifth largest in Spain and ambitious plans for expansion are already underway. There is presently just one line in operation, Line 1, which has 22 stations throughout four municipalities, including Seville itself, and is 18 kilometres long. Three other lines are being constructed. Seville Metro lines use light rail, so they can come above ground and use, for example, the central reservation. Seville's Metro network is completely independent of other traffic.

The Seville Metro was first proposed as far back as 1968. The original plan was quite similar to the one now being carried out and was supposed to be completed in the 70s. The project was ultimately cancelled, however, due to the structural integrity risk posed by tunnelling under historical buildings and the lower-than-expected population growth. Some of the tunnels had already been constructed. It has been restarted now thanks to new tunnelling technologies.

The Seville Metro is open from 06:30 - 23:00 Monday to Thursday, from 06:30 to 02:00 Fridays and on the eve of holidays, 07:30 - 02:00 Saturdays and 07:30 - 23:00 Sundays and holidays. Tickets can be purchased in metro stops at ticket counters and range from the expensive billete sencillo to the much more economical ten-trip ticket called Bonometro. Fares are charged according to a saltos zoning system. Each salto, or "jump", between zones raises the fare. If you stay within one zone you are charged the minimum, if you jump between zones you pay a bit more and if you go through three zones (that's two jumps or saltos) you're charged the maximum. You can also buy bonos con transbordo (switch-enabled passes) which allow you to change from one type of public transport to another (i.e.: metro to bus) at a 20% discount. We strongly recommend you get a ten-trip ticket as if you pay the price of a single ticket you'll be paying perhaps one of the most expensive public transit fares in Spain (30% higher than even Madrid!). Be sure to always keep your ticket with you, even if it's one-way, to swipe again when you leave the network and remember that all tickets can be topped up!

LOCAL AND LONG DISTANCE RAIL

Seville Local Rail

The Estación de Santa Justa is the undisputed rail hub of Seville. It is a new station, built between 1987 and 1991 to accommodate the new high-speed AVE connection with Madrid, operational since 1992. It has since become one of the most important RENFE stations in Spain and one of Andalusia's main rail hubs. Aside from the high-speed Seville-Madrid route (only 2 1/2 hours), Cercanías trains regularly arrive from and depart to towns all around the province while Regional trains provide service to nearby Autonomous Regions as well as all major Andalusian cities and provincial capitals.

TAXIS
Sevilla Taxi

In Seville, taxis are white with an orange diagonal stripe on the back door. Some 2,200 vehicles serve the Seville metropolitan area and none is over four years old. Taxis in Seville are required by law to have change on hand for up to a 40€ note. Pick-up priority is given to parents with children, pregnant women and the elderly. Fares are charged per kilometre, not per person. You can consult up to date taxi fare information for Seville here (Spanish only). Bajada de bandera is the minimum fare, but in Seville taxis also have what is called a carrera mínima (minimum travel distance fare), which you must pay even if you haven't travelled the entire distance covered by the fare. So the effective minimum fare for Seville is really the bajada de bandera + the carrera mínima, about 4.43€, pretty expensive really. Most Spanish taxis charge for carrera mínima although, notably, Madrid, Barcelona, Vitoria and Pamplona taxis all do not. On the other hand, the rate por cada kilómetro recorrido (per kilometre) is on par with the Spanish average in Seville. Hora de espera is the charge for waiting, which is hourly. Bear in mind that, as with all cities, another, more expensive fare scheme called Tarifa 2 is applied at night and in the early morning hours (21:00 - 07:00), at weekends and holidays, and during Semana Santa (Holy Week), Feria de Abril (April Festival) and from December 24 to December 31. For service between the airport and the city of Seville you pay a flat rate (Tarifa 3), regardless of where you go or how long the trip takes. The airport fare also goes up whenever the normal fare would (i.e. holidays, evenings, etc.).

Note that tipping taxi drivers is not customary in Spain, although tips are accepted. If you tip your driver for good service, about 5% to 10% of the total fare is the norm. Surcharges are also applied to luggage (maletas) over 60cm wide. Fares are 25% more expensive than usual during Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Feria de Abril (April Festival) between the 21:00 and 07:00.

BICYCLING
Sevici - Bicycling Seville

If you like to bike, you're in luck. In 2007, Seville inaugurated its new public biking system, called Sevici. Unlike Barcelona's public bicycling system, which is limited to permanent residents only, Sevici is open to short term residents and tourists. Another plus is that Sevici is available 24 hours a day. On the other hand, the Sevillian government requires a 150€ deposit to access the system, which is only returned at the end of the service if the user's bicycle returned in good condition. The deposit can be waived for students of the Universidad de Sevilla, so enquire if you're studying there. A weekly pass, called the abono de corta duración, is available for 6€ - 5€ are for the cost of the pass and 1€ buys you an extra hour from the outset. A yearly pass, called the abono de larga duración, costs only 13€, three of which buy you an extra 6 hours of riding time, though you must send an application to the city government. Passes can be purchased by debit card or credit card at station kiosks. If you use a credit card (not a debit card) to buy a yearly pass, your deposit will be retained against your credit limit but you won't actually be charged unless you return your bike in unusable condition. To sign up, check out the Sevici website (Spanish only), where you can also find current rates. Remember, the first half hour of any trip is always free of charge.

Sevici offers 2500 bicycles and 250 stations in the city of Seville.

AIRPORT
Seville Airport

El Aeropuerto de Sevilla-San Pablo (Seville-San Pablo Airport) is one of the world's more visually attractive and was built with a traditional Sevillian motif, using the two architectural styles most associated with this city: mosque, palace. A traditional orange grove greets visitors at the airport entrance. The Seville Airport has 50 check-in desks. Between 4 and 5 million passengers use the airport every year.

Most of the air traffic generated by Seville's airport is from domestic flights (70%). The busiest air route in Seville is the Seville-Barcelona route, with 15 flights a day and about 1.2 million passengers a year, followed by the Seville-Madrid route (7 flights a day and some 500,000 passengers a year). Paris, Valencia, Palma de Majorca, London and Tenerife are the next most important routes. To get to the airport, you can take the special airport bus route (Aeropuerto-Puerta de Jerez line) or a taxi. Be aware that taxis charge a flat rate of about 23€ on trips between the city of Seville and the airport.

Seville's first "airport" was the unassuming Tablada airstrip, cleared in 1913 for an air show the following year. The first flight from Morocco to the Iberian Peninsula landed here. A permanent airport was erected on the site in 1915 at the behest of the Sevillian government, and installations such as hangars and workshops were finished in 1923. The first commercial flights took off in 1919 with destination Madrid. The first intercontinental airport entered into service in 1945. The AVE high speed train to Madrid caused a bit of a crisis in the Seville Airport in the nineties as the train route attracted many frequent flyers, stagnating the airport's growth compared with other Andalusian airports. The advent of low-cost airlines after the late 90s, however, reversed the slump and Seville-San Pablo Airport is now enjoying a significant growth phase.

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