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Culture Corner

Getting around Sevilla

Walking is generally the most common mode of transportation among locals and visitors alike in Sevilla. It's the best way to learn street names, experience the personality of the city, and soak up the local culture. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk much more than you might be used to at home! If you get lost, don't be afraid to practice your Spanish.

Aside from walking, public transportation is also common when getting from one point to another in Sevilla. Bus and metro transportation is the most economical way to traverse Sevilla (aside from walking). One ride costs about 1.20€ and most people simply pay upon boarding the bus; however, "bonobuses" (10-ride cards) may be purchased in estancos (tobacco and newspaper stands) for about 7€.

To learn more about the different ways to navigate Sevilla, please read the descriptions below.

Types of Transportation

Bus
Many locals use Tussam, the bus system. If you are studying at the Pablo de Olavide University you will be especially interested in the bus due to the fact that the university is just outside the central part of Sevilla. For current schedules, pricing, and information, please consult the website by clicking here.

Metro
The long awaited subway system project is now complete and ready to use for your commuting convenience. It is an above-ground train (tranvía) that crosses through the center of the city. More information can be found here.

Bicycle

Another new option that might be of interest to students is called Sevici, short for "Sevilla en bici." It is a bicycle rental program that is free of charge for rides under 30 minutes and is available throughout the city. For more information, click here.

Taxis

It may be more expensive than you think to travel by taxi on a daily basis and Sevilla has excellent public transportation. However, although more expensive, taxis are one of the most practical means of transportation to take when returning home late at night unaccompanied.

When taking a taxi, make sure the car displays the name of the company and that the car has an official meter. Many people use their personal automobiles, and may even have a meter, but these "independent" drivers are not the safest way to travel. Also make sure that the taxi has a meter inside that is working; this will alleviate any problems you may encounter. Taxis will always charge a surcharge for leaving the airport or train station. If you find a taxi driver that you like from a reputable company, ask for his card. The next time you need a taxi, call ahead and request the same driver.

RENFE
The national network is known as RENFE. Eurorail and student-railpass are also valid for Spanish trains; Eurorail and student-railpasses may only be purchased in the US. RENFE has also established a series of special prices and discounts that make traveling by rail in Spain much more convenient. The AVE is a high speed train which runs from Madrid to Sevilla, amongst other locations. This is an excellent way to get to Central Spain and back although it can be expensive. Click here to view more information about RENFE.

Air
The Sevilla airport is located approximately ten kilometers north-east of the city proper. Flying into or out of Sevilla tends to be more expensive than flying into or out of Madrid, but is extremely convenient. Click here to be redirected to the Sevilla Airport website.

Transportation Passes

Tarjeta Multiviaje
The best value for those who are in the city for an extended period of time is the tarjetamultiviaje. The tarjetamultiviaje offers two different types of bus/metro passes: the transfer pass is approximately 7€ and the non-transfer pass is approximately 6€. Each pass offers 10 travels each and are rechargeable magnetic cards that may be purchased at many kiosks and tobacconist's. The price of the travels using the transfer pass and the non-transfer pass is less expensive than using the individual ticket.

For more information on fares and restrictions, please visit the TUSSAM website.