We would be selling you short if we started this post by telling you that Seville is the largest city in Andalusia and the fourth largest in Spain. Why? Because Seville is so much more than that. Seville is art, it’s flamenco, it’s gastronomy, it’s good weather, it’s the Giralda and Triana. Seville is more than we can put into words; it’s really better if you visit it and experience it for yourself, trust us. And we can certainly give you all the reasons why you should visit and, of course, tell you the best options for parking in Seville and getting around the Andalusian capital. Ready? Let’s go! ¡Vamos!
It’s true that Seville is a favorite destination for both national and international tourists, which is proof that this city wins people’s hearts around the world. But of course, with all those people, that makes the traffic and parking in Seville complicated…
It’s important to know that the entire historic center of Seville has some streets blocked off, various pedestrian areas, and many other restrictions to favor local residents. Not everything can be for tourists, right?
During rush hour the traffic in Seville can be quite dense, so you’ll need to have patience if you want to drive through the city’s main arteries. Engrave that word into your keychain, your mind, wherever, especially if you’re going to come visit Seville during its two most important events:
Many of the parking spots in Seville are controlled by the GES (Surface Parking Management), better known as the old Blue Zone in Seville. You can park in these spots for a limited time after paying for a ticket.
The Blue Zone (High Frequency Zone), the Green Zone (Low Frequency Zone), and the MAR Zones (High Traffic Areas) have the same schedule. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. On Sundays and holidays you don’t have to pay to park. In summer (from July 1st to August 31st), the schedule changes, operating from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in all zones.
The only area with different conditions is Bami, south of the city. Here, the GES operates from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. In summer, Bami has the same schedule in July and August that is applied to the rest of the city.
In the MAR Zone (high traffic), you can park for one hour maximum and it costs €0.60 for 35 minutes and €1.25 for the full hour.
In the Blue Zone (high frequency), you can park for up to a maximum of 2 hours. It costs €0.45 for 35 minutes and €1.70 for 2 hours.
In the Green Zone (low frequency), it costs €0.65 for 1 hour, €1.25 for 2 hours, and €2 for 3 hours.
During major events in the city, like Holy Week or the April Feria (which we mentioned briefly above), the traffic situation obviously gets much more complicated. Which is why a good piece of advice is to book your parking space with Parclick before your trip.
That way you can leave your car in a monitored car park without having to worry about incessantly searching for parking. Thankfully, Parclick has several car parks in Seville in different areas of the city: In the historic city center, at the Santa Justa train station, or even the Seville airport.
Once you’ve booked your parking spot in Seville, the following question probably comes to mind: Now, how do I get around a city I don’t know? From here on out, you don’t have to worry.
Seville is very well-connected in terms of public transportation. You have the choice of city buses, subway, tram, and more. Getting around Seville is easy, and we’ll explain how:
The Seville bus network has 58 lines that will take you all over the city and even to more remote areas, like Pablo de Olavide University, located in the adjacent municipality of Montequinto (Dos Hermanas). The buses also serve the neighborhoods in East Seville and the Seville Airport. The price of a one-way ticket is €1.40, but you can always go to any tobacco shop and buy a rechargeable card. The minimum amount to put on the card is €7, which gets you about 10 rides (much more affordable than paying each time).
The Seville subway consists of only one line, which connects Seville with Montequinto and Mairena del Aljarafe, from the southeast to the west of the city. It is without a doubt the fastest option to get yourself from one side of the city to the other in a matter of minutes. There are plans to continue expanding the number of subway lines over the years, due to the rapid growth of the city and its number of inhabitants. The price of a one-way subway ticket in Seville varies from €1.35 to €1.80, depending on what zones you travel to/from. You can also use the rechargeable bus card to pay for the subway, taking into account that it will cost a little bit more.
The Seville tram is a slightly more modest option, although it saves you from walking to the center when you’re in a hurry or just don’t feel like walking. In addition, its speed and the places it passes through let you enjoy the trip just by looking through the window. It connects the San Bernardo area with Plaza Nueva, in the heart of the capital, passing through emblematic sites such as the Archivo de Indias or the Cathedral of Seville. If you have a chance, take the tram. It costs the same as the bus, and you can also pay for it with the rechargeable card.
Renting a bike with SEVIci is another option to consider, since Seville has 77 kilometers of bike lanes, which connect many of the most emblematic areas of the city. You can purchase a short-term voucher for this service, which allows public bicycles to circulate for 7 days for approximately 5 euros. Booking parking in Seville with Parclick and getting around the city by bike is a great idea!
Finally, did you know that Seville has been named one of the best European cities to skate? Its geographical location (plains) and the extension of its bike lanes make this city enticing for inline skate lovers. So now you know, if you’re adventurous and want to see the city in a different way, don’t forget to pack your skates!
Seville is a relatively large city, with a population of more than 690,000 inhabitants. Its historic city center is the largest and most striking in all of Spain. In addition, it has many historical monuments that are well worth visiting. The Cathedral of Seville, the Giralda, the Alcazar, and the famous Archive of the Indies, just to name a few, have all been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Seville also offers plenty of other places that tourists ought to see: Churches, basilicas, parks, the Torre del Oro, etc. Looking for something more unique? Check out Seville’s port, the only seaport located in an inland city. You may be wondering how that works… The Guadalquivir River runs all the way from the coastal city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda to Seville (and beyond) so ships coming from the ocean can sail along the river straight to Seville’s port.
Seville’s cuisine is based on the famous, pure products from Andalusia, like olive oil and Iberian ham, which makes the city perfect for sampling the region’s local flavors. It’s also a good place to enjoy the nightlife, especially in areas like Barrio del Arenal or Alameda. These neighborhoods get thousands of tourists and locals continuously, so you should avoid taking your car to these areas, since parking is a virtually impossible task.
Remember that Parclick puts a wide range of car parks in Seville at your disposal to make it easy for you to enjoy your trip to the Andalusian capital, worry-free.
It’s important to note that Seville isn’t just touristic sights to see, scattered randomly throughout the city. We love Sevilla just for the simple fact that we can experience it by walking through its winding streets and different neighborhoods. So, what are the neighborhoods in Seville that you can’t miss?
In our opinion, we believe that now you know everything you need to know to visit Seville without wasting time with parking, traffic, or wandering around aimlessly. What more can you ask for? Time to pack! We’ll be waiting for you in Seville. ;)