The large cities in Spain are easily accessible by train, bus and air. Renting a car in a larger city doesn't make sense not only because of the other available transportaion options but because of the high cost of parking. However to see the smaller towns of Andalucia and Portugal having a car is a must. Based on our itinerary we decided to rent a car in Sevilla. In preparation of a week rental I did a great deal of research and was happy with the outcome which was a comfortable and trouble free car for our travels. Here are my tips for renting a quality inexpensive car in Sevilla.
TIP # 1- Location Matters- The cost of renting a car in downtown Sevilla as opposed to the Sevilla airport is anywhere from 8% to 15% less depending on the date and length of rental. We chose to rent a car at the Santa Justa Train Station. The station while not centrally located is easily accessible by the C1 and C2 buses. Rental locations are immediately across the street from the station.
TIP # 2- Smaller Can Be Better- Deciding the size of a rental car is always a challenge. If there are just two of traveling a subcompact or mini car is an option. Not only are the smaller cars more fuel efficient but in many cases they are easier to park and maneuver. We chose to rent a Ford Fiesta Trend. The car averaged about 42 miles a U.S. gallon and was easy to drive.
TIP #3- Consider a Pre Paid Voucher and Ask If they Accept Any Travel Discounts- To save $ many rental car companies offer a pre paid voucher. The pre- paid voucher we chose with Hertz was actually cancellable up to the date of the rental without penalty. Hertz also accepted a 10% AAA motor club discount. The cost of the car with the prepaid rental was an astoundingly cheap 89 euros for the entire week including all taxes! This was during the first week of May, 2012.
TIP #4- Check Your Credit Card to See if It Covers Collision Damage- The car we rented in Sevilla from Hertz automatically included liability for an accident. It did notcover the cost of collision would have been an additional 30 euros for the week. However my American Express Credit Card fully covers the cost of collision and damage to the car for an additional 13 euros or $ 18 for the week rental period.
TIP # 5- Check the Tank Even if the Rental Company Says it Is Full- It is no surprise that the cost of fuel in Spain is expensive. When I rented the car from Hertz the tank appeared to be not completely full but the attendant assured me it was. So just for curiosity I drove out of the lot to the nearest station which was less than 100 meters away. It turned out the car needed 8 liters of fuel. The rental car company apologized and reimbursed me the cost.
If you are only going to be using a bus a few times in Sevilla, then purchasing a Tarjeta Multiviaje can be a good investment. The ticket allows you to 10 trips on a Sevilla bus or tram at a cost of 8 euros. However if you return the ticket after you are done the ticket price drops to 6.5 euros.
Tarjeta Multiviajes can be purchased at the information stands of Tussam, the tram automated ticket machines and 700+ spots (e.g. newsstands, tobacconist shops and other shops with a Tussam sticker at the entrance). You can even recharge the cards for additional trips.
In addition, if you plan on transferring buses a lot around town you can buy a Tarjeta Bonobus con Transbordo for an additional euro.
The Paseo de Colon parking is one of the most central one, but don't worry if you miss the entrance because there are quite a few more. Just after its entrance driving with Maestranza at your right and the river at your left you will find two more parkings: Arenal and El Corte Inglés. If you are driving in the opposite direction you'll find Delicias, just next to Puerta de Jerez.
It's very easy to park next to the city center.
Throughout the city we saw bike rental stations and people riding on those red and silver bikes. Since Sevilla is a very flat level city, biking is just great!
There are a lot of bike rental stations and all you have to do is to get yourself a tarjeta (a card) that you can use in those rental machines next to the bike parking lots.
When we inquired about this at the tourist information, we only got the info that you would have to buy a pass for a week minimum (plus ensure a deposit for the bike). I am not quite sure about this "at least a week" thing, but you might want to find out about it yourself - I did find a website which is even in English!!!!
i meant the bus station!!
you could try this site
or you could just go to the bus station in the morning and buy a ticket. i did that, but i was going to faro, portugal first. i stayed there for a couple of nights then went to lisbon. it's surprisingly quick by bus.
I caught the Airport bus to the city centre...The bus service runs from Seville airport into the city centre at 30 minute intervals, Monday to Friday from around 05.00 hrs until just after midnight, and 6am-11.45pm on Sundays.
The journey costs about 2.50 Euro single or 4 Euro return (2009 price ). I purchased a single ticket as my next bus journey would be to Madrid,
The bus stopped a short walk from the tram stop, which would take me to Plaza Nuova, then a short walk to my hostel.
to be continued...
I flew to Seville from Bilbao with Vueling airlines. This cost me 74.50 Euros.
(I'd originally booked a return flight from Santander to Madrid, with Ryanair).
The total cost for the return flight was less than 13 Euros, but then I had to get from Madrid to Seville - so I decided to go for the easier, quicker, but more expensive option - sacrifice my Santander to Madrid flight and go for the Bilbao to Seville flight.
I left Bilbao in the rain, and 21 degrees It was a shock to arrive to a hot dry evening and a temperature of 47 degrees!
A smooth flight- I think the majority of passengers were traveling for the same reason as I was - (to see Bruce Springsteen on the 2nd date of the Spanish leg of his European tour in Seville) judging by the concert T-Shirts worn by my fellow passengers!
I was also looking forward to seeing Seville, my first visit, and a city that had been near the top of my 'Must See ' places for years.
I'm used to flying with Ryanair, and I thought Vueling was very similar. No frills- got me from A-B and more or less on time. Drinks and snacks served on flight. Vueling website
Telephone from within Spain
807 00 17 17 - 08:00-24:00 every day. 0.41/min. from landline and €0.75/min. from mobile, taxes incl. Plaza Pla de l'estany nº5, 08820 Barcelona .
807 200 200 - 08:00-24:00 every day. 0.87/min. from landline and €1.22/min. from mobile, taxes incl. Plaza Pla de l'estany nº5, 08820 Barcelona .
902 10 42 69 - 08:00-24:00 every day.
902 48 66 48 - 08:00-22:00 every day.
Seville airport is 10km NE from the city centre
Ctra. Nal. IV. Madrid-Cádiz Km. 532
ES - 41020 Sevilla
The design of this airport was based on Seville's cultural roots, using three traditional components:The mosque, The palace and The orange trees.
An orange grove greets the travelers upon their arrival at the airport before they enter the hall, which has blue glazed roof tiles, and is crowned by a line of arches supported by vaults.
This airport mainly deals with domestic flights, 'though it does cater for a small number of international flights.
I caught the bus from the airport to the centre, then a tram to Plaza Nuova
Buses from the airport and the City Centre run every 30 minutes between 6:15 and 23:00. The journey takes between 20-30 minutes and a single ticket costs €2.30.
Checkout the online timetable
Information telephone: +34 954720200
To and From: From Seville to Cordoba for a day trip and then from Seville on to Granada to continue my visit in Spain I used a long distance bus. For both trips I left from the Prado de San Sebastian Bus Station on c/Manuel Vazquez Sagastizabal.
The platforms are outdoors but there are waiting rooms that are indoors too.
I used ALSA. The buses are on time, clean and easy to use. There was a really nice travel video with scuba divers and lots of beautiful under water scenes for most of the trip.
I had reserved my ticket for Granada online in advance. A user friendly site. No problems making my reservations. You can sign up as a user, but it is not necessary to reserve a ticket.
There was no need to stop at the ticket window. The driver accepted the printout without questions. Seats numbers are reserved. You choose your seat when you make the reservation.
To Granada I paid Euro 21.32
I'm quite a fan of these Hop on Hop Off buses - Yes, they're touristy, but I've found them a great way to get my bearings, learn a bit about the city/history and culture etc, then use as a taxi/local bus service. Also, a good way to meet other travellers.
Tickets are valid for 24 hours-so chose your starting time to maximise your needs.
To be continued...
The next stage of my Spanish trip was from Seville to Madrid- partly to attend a VT meet in Madrid, and partly as yet another transport hub-Madrid to Santiago de Compostela, to attend Bruce Springsteen's last Spanish and European concert of his 'Working on A Dream' Tour.
I was restricted by a fairly tight budget, so the bus was the cheapest option- if money wasn't a problem, I'd have flown or caught the express train.
to be continued....
Alighting from the airport bus, I had a short walk to the tram stop, where I would be transported to Plaza Nueva, which was within walking distance of my hostel.
The tram runs from Prado de San Sebastián to Plaza Nueva with stops at Archivo de Indias and Puerta de Jerez.
I purchased my ticket for the tram from a machine (pic 2)- Quite easy! There was a short wait, before the tram arrived.
to be continued...
Unlike similar tours in Madrid and other European cities, Sevilla's hop on/hop off bus is not worth the price. It costs €12 (US$18) for a speedy trip around Sevilla and across the river. There are four stops, only one near a site most tourists will want to photograph. Otherwise the bus speeds past the most interesting places on its route.
Getting from Barcelona to Seville is easiest by air - the question then becomes how?
Vueling has some wonderful discounts. When I was searching for a flight there was a special offer for only Euro 35.
Then the problems began...
First off they want a cell phone number. Don't own a cell phone and don't want to. The site refused to accept my reservation without one. My son agreed to let me use his number to reserve the flight.
Then the Vueling site refused to accept my reservation even with a cell phone number.
Tried again and again for over a week. Even wrote to them.
Finally after more than a week I decided to check out other possible flights.
After I added up all the extras like checked luggage, taxes and such I discovered that with Iberia I could fly for only Euro 5 more - and choose my seat w/o an extra payment (If I had wanted to choose my seat on Vueling it would have cost even more than the Iberia flight in the end).
The topping was that it was the same flight! A Vueling/Iberia combo flight. I reserved my flight in a matter of minures and no more worries. That alone was worth the Euro 5 extra!
A week later finally got an answer from Vueling - the site had a glitch and wasn't accepting any reservations. They had only just discovered it!
The lesson learned - sometimes a small amount of extra money can save a lot of wear and tear.
The flight itself was uneventful, went well arrived on time.
Seville became the first southern Spanish mainland city to get an underground on Thursday, as the first of a planned four lines started functioning.
The line measuring 18 kilometres links north-western Seville with the southeast.
The construction of the subway, which is estimated to cost 600 million euros (800 million dollars), is running more than two years late of schedule. Media reports attributed the delay to unexpected problems caused by short-term planning.
Seville, with 700,000 residents, is the sixth Spanish city to get an underground after Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Palma de Majorca.
Seville is very bike friendly - at least in the areas tourists want to see. There are wide bike lanes thru the parks and along both sides of the river - and it is very flat. If you can't borrow or rent from your hotel, find one of the many city bike racks, and sign up for the city's take-and-leave bike system. Special bikes that lock into these racks can be borrowed from one spot and left at another - first 1/2hr. free and cheap thereafter. Great way to sight-see and take photos. Many locals use this system to commute across town and there seemed to be lots of bikes in most racks even during the April fair when bikes were the fasted thing on the horse slowed streets.
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