City Bus, Sevilla
A few VTers have said they have no problem taking a subway or metro but they find buses too difficult. While I can understand their concerns, Sevilla's bus system is well laid out and inexpensive.
Sevilla's bus system is run by Tussam, a local company. Tussam operates about 40 daily bus routes and a tram line. Once we learned how they worked it made the stay just outside of town a lot easier. Basically, there are two bus routes the C1 and C2 that circle around the outlying areas of Sevilla. Both of them stop at or near the Prado de San Sebastian bus station, Santa Justa Train Station, and the tram. The only difference between the two is that the C1 rounds clockwise and the C2 counterclockwise. The C3 and C4 run just outside of old town and are the quickest way of getting to see the touristy sites. C3 runs clockwise and the C4 runs counterclockwise. Last the C5 bus line runs throughout the old town or historic city. It is hard to get lost on the C5 and most of the places you might want to see our on the line.
Bus fare one way 1.20 euros and an all day unlimited tourist pass is 4.50 euros, a three day 8.5 euros.
The Sevilla Transportation home page [http://www.tussam.es/] has a small image of a map with two links beneath it
- Plano de la red de líneas de Tussam. [Tussam network map]
- Servicio Nocturno [night service]
Clicking these links will bring you to a page requiring the input of characters displayed in a security image. From there, you will be able to download the maps in PDF format.
This is the other bus company that offers a hop on hop off service around the city. They main stop is at Torre del Oro with other stops at Plaza de Espana, Isla Magica and Monasterio de la Cartuja. The bus departs every 30 mins and will take around an hour to complete the circuit. You can purchase tickets onboard and these will last 24 hours. There are headphones with a multilingual guide. Children under 5 accompanied by a fare paying adult will travel free.
The bus service runs from 10.00am to 8.00pm during Spring and Autumn, from 10.00am to 6.00pm during Winter and 10.00am to 10.00pm in Summer.
The Seville Hop on Hop off bus is one the best ways to get around the city and see the main attractions and it classes itself as the official tour bus. The all day tickets can be bought a the main stop which is at the Torre del Oro where the tour starts as well as other places. There are four main stops with a multilingual commentary on board. The double decker buses start at 10.00am and run through to 10.00pm at night with a frequency of around 20 to 30 minutes.
We did not need much public transportation, since we mostly walked, but when walking becomes strenuous or distances are just a little long (like going to the train station), there is always buses available. The fare in September 2008 was 1,10 € for a single ticket.
The tramway is very new and only has 4 stops so far. As time progresses I am sure they will build more stops!
There are buses in Seville that can take you all over the city. A ride is only 1 euro and they're not usually crowded. Just look for the bus stops all over the city and check the map to find which one will take you to where you want to go. But they don't run at night except during the feria (and even then, they just take people from the fairgrounds to other parts of town, nothing more).
During the feria, most of the busses still run normally, but there is also a bus that goes directly between the Prado San Sebastian and the fairgrounds.
Just to let you know that the bus stop for the express service to the airport has been moved from the bus station around the corner to the Avenida El Cid. It is directly outside the University on the opposite side of the road. The timetable seems to have improved as well, with a bus about every 15 minutes around midday.
There are signs in the bus station directing you to the right place, and it is a couple of minutes walk around to the new stop, which only came into use on November 3rd.
Sevilla like other cities has a tourist bus service. We didn’t make use of this in our short visit as its so easy to walk to most places - But for those interested there are 3 routes its 12 euros for main tour of city sights with commentary and15 euros if you want to do this and the old Expo site ( a third smaller route is an added bonus too). Ttickets can be purchased from outlets around the city or via ticket agents who may approach you. They are valid for 48 hours so you can hop on and off during this time at one of the several tourist bus stops. Good if you have limited time and want to see as much as possible - but I always feel so much detail can be whizzed passed in this way.
Alternatively use the local city buses, run by TUSSAM:. Four handy lines are the C1, C2, C3 and C4. The C1 and C2 (Circular Exterior) follow the top of the old city, heading off past Santa Justa train station and through Nervion to the east, and Isla Cartuja to the west. The C3 and C4 (Circular Interior) stick to the edge of the old city (Puertas Carmona, Carne, Jerez, Torre del Oro, Macarena) and then go through Triana. It costs one euro per trip - so good for one off bus trips to particular areas rather than the more expensive tourist bus.
The cost of the bus from the airport to the centre of Sevilla currently (12/2005) stands at 2.30 Euros. They are meant to run every 30 mins but this does change at the weekend when they are less frequent. It takes about 30-40 mins to get to the centre with a few stops on the way, including Santa Justa railway station.
It can get very busy and the queue can be rather boisterous and haphazard! It's alot cheaper than a taxi though which costs about 17 Euros. Happy travels!
You can get to most tourist places in Seville walking. There isn´t to much to see in the outskirts. Anyway if you don´t like walking the best and chipest transport are Tussam buses. You can buy a BonoBus for 10 travels for around 5€.
THERE ARE PLENTY OF BUSES ALL AROUND THE CITY. YOU CAN BUY A 1,2, OR 3 DAY TOURIST TICKET GIVING YOU UNLIMITED TRAVEL . I BOUGHT MINE AT THE TOURIST BOOTH AT THE RAILWAY STATION AND WAS GIVEN A VERY GOOD MAP OF THE BUS ROUTES.
THERE IS A TOURIST BUS GOING ROUND THE CITY WHICH IS GOOD IF WALKING ISN'T YOUR SCENE, OR YOU'VE DONE TOO MUCH !! THEY PROVIDE HEADPHONES SO YOU GET A GOOD DESCRIPTION OF ALL THE PLACES OF INTEREST YOU SEE.
Local Buses in Seville are okay. Not too good and not too bad. Though in the peak hours its a bit difficult to get space in them. The short distance ticket costs 1 Euro (such as from San Sebastian Bus Station to Plaza Dearmas Bus Station)
A few tips on buses:
-Exact change is appreciated when paying. After 9pm it is mandatory.
-Buses generally run until 11:30pm. There is a limited number of nocturnal buses with routes that typically end around 2am.
-Ring the timbre or bell if you want to get off at the next stop
-You may need to push a button to open the door on some buses
-Route maps are in the tourist office. You can also see where most buses go by looking at the map at the bus stop itself. Most buses are on circular or line routes.
-People generally get in line for the bus, so make sure you put yourself behind the others already there.
Route maps by bus number are here:
Bus to and from the airport.The connection from the airpot is fantastic. Sevilla to Airport: There’s a bus every 30 minutes from 6.15 to 23h. Airport to Sevilla) Also every 30 minutes, from 6.45 to 23.30h. Saturday and sunday:check timetable at your arrival. It lasts about 15 minutes to get to the city centre. Price: 350ESP.
To get around you can use your feet, distances are not quite big, anyway a bus, sometimes is not a bad help...!
Also you can enjoy the tourist buses.There are two companies that offer its service:
Tour por Sevilla: the route has 4 stops: Torre del Oro, Plaza de España, Isla Mágica and Monasterio de la Cartuja. Price: 1500ESP The buses leave every 30 min., the first one starts at 10h.
Sevilla Tour: They have also 4 stops. : Torre del Oro, Plaza de España, Isla Mágica and Monasterio de la Cartuja. Departure: every 20 min. 34.95.450.20.99